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Sep 24, 2021

Joel David Van Vliet was raised on the movie What's Up Doc?. In an episode that proves the harm that comes when you do something like that he insists it's the finest movie ever made - even when compared to a similar Cary Grant movie. Jimmy's so nonplussed he doesn't know how to respond half the time. One of the craziest episodes ever.

Sep 10, 2021

Bret Measor is all agog with the sci-fi classic Soylent Green. After Jimmy admits to having seen it when it came out Bret was less enthusiastic about the snacks Jimmy put out. Creepy foreshadowing or overblown fear-mongering, watch the movie, listen to the debate and then decide.

Aug 13, 2021

Comedian David Green delights in the comic genius of Peter Sellers. Jimmy wonders if they both watched the same music. A fascinating look at the chameleon powers of Sellers and the delusional powers of Green.

Jul 30, 2021

Chris Wuergler turns the podcast upside down (that's a clever pun - I don't care what anybody says) when she visits to talk about 1972's The Poseidon Adventure, a movie where the stars chew up the scenery like it's lobster at a buffet. And yeah, that's a Jimmy joke.

Jul 16, 2021

Chris Wuergler joins Jimmy and Phil to extol the virtues of The Sound of Music. But Jimmy's having none of it, insisting the music's irritating and the story ridiculous. Then he brings up Julie Andrews most scandalous performance. An hilarious review of one of the most beloved movies of all time.

May 7, 2021

A forgotten gem or is Jimmy just reliving his childhood? There's an argument to be made it's the fountainhead for movies like National Lampoon's Vacation and even Summer Rental. Guest Mario Bernardi remembers it fondly, Phil discovers it and Jimmy gloats because it was his idea.

Apr 23, 2021

Comedian Dan Brennan makes Jimmy an offer he can’t refuse – no more terrible crime family references if he can come on the show and talk about 1972’s The Godfather. A small price to pay - now if he could only get him to stop referencing The Sopranos...

Apr 9, 2021

The original Rat Pack defined cool. Drinking, smoking, using women as playthings what’s not to like? Kristian Reimer doesn’t advocate any of that when he visits to talk about 1960’s Ocean’s Eleven. He does, however, think they were pretty sharp dressers. And this while Jimmy is sitting there wearing his best t-shirt!

Mar 12, 2021

Is The Girl From Petrovka a cold war version of Breakfast At Tiffany’s? Chris Wuergler isn’t so sure. Jimmy isn’t sure if it even qualifies as entertainment. Arguably Goldie Hawn’s most forgotten movie – and deservedly so.

Dec 1, 2020

Chris Wuergler - of all people - wants to talk about 1978's The Deer Hunter. Jimmy wishes she'd go back to talking about Elvis and Gidget. The perfect podcast for those who are overwhelmed by all the Christmas cheer.

Sep 15, 2020

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, is a funny film - even Jimmy thinks so. So of course he has to spoil it by pointing out to guest Mario Bernardi how things really haven't changed. They do take time to honor the memory of Carl Reiner.

Aug 27, 2020

A movie that pits guest Kristian Reimer against Jimmy. Kristian says it's classic Woody Allen, Jimmy says the title describes the content. Download to find if it's worth staying awake for.

Aug 27, 2020

A movie that pits guest Kristian Reimer against Jimmy. Kristian says it's classic Woody Allen, Jimmy says the title describes the content. Download to find if it's worth staying awake for.

Aug 27, 2020

A movie that pits guest Kristian Reimer against Jimmy. Kristian says it's classic Woody Allen, Jimmy says the title describes the content. Download to find if it's worth staying awake for.

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