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Jul 2, 2021

Barry Carter actually likes 1972's Fritz the Cat. He thinks it a ground breaking cartoon bringing the underground comic to the attention of the masses. Jimmy thinks it an outrage that it traded on an undeserved X-rating. In between there's a lot of discussion about what made this the first - and some would say only - breakout adult animated movie.

Jun 4, 2021

Comedian Ryan Sim returns to relive his college days with 1978's Animal House and answer the question was John Belushi a one note comedian? Jim has trouble relating because his reform school had gangs not fraternities.

May 21, 2021

Jimmy recommended The In-Laws as one of the funniest movies ever, guest Mario Bernardi conceded it might be better than the re-make the way a fractured finger is better than a fractured arm. What do you think?

Aug 15, 2020
It Started in Naples but it ends on Back to the Balcony if Jimmy has anything to do with it. Chris found it charming, Jimmy found it on the list of movies he had to watch for the podcast.
Aug 1, 2020

Heroes from 1977 - did it cement Henry Winkler’s reputation as a bad boy? For possibly the first time since this podcast began guest Chris Wuergler agrees with Jimmy.

Jul 15, 2020

The Magic Christian is not at all what you’d imagine from the title. Guest Len Perdic has a hard time explaining to Jimmy what it is you should expect. Warning: Incredibly dumb movie.

Jul 1, 2020

Meatballs brings back comedian Scott Faulconbridge’s summer camp days. For Jimmy it’s a question of what kind of summer camp has more activities for the counsellors then the campers.

Jun 15, 2020

The Magnificent Seven lives up to its billing as far as guest Bret Measor’s concerned. Jimmy sees it as some of the most ridiculous gunfights since Kelly’s Heroes.

Jun 1, 2020

The 7% Solution is pretty clear about what it wants to be as far as guest and Sherlock Holmes aficionado Mario Bernardi is concerned. Jimmy sees a correlation between the title and how much is entertaining.

May 16, 2020

Network is not a documentary no matter how much it looks like network TV news today. Finally, something guest Mario Bernardi and Jimmy England can agree on. Don’t expect that to last.

May 2, 2020

Phantom of the Paradise asks the eternal question is it possible to take a timeless classic and screw it up beyond redemption. Guest Kristian Reimer has no problem. Jimmy England has no clue.

Apr 15, 2020

Enter the Dragon puts Jimmy on the defensive as guest Brett Measor takes him to the mat over how great martial arts movies are. Brett's rhapsody about the coolness of nunchucks is reason enough to listen.

Apr 1, 2020
Being There, a remembrance of a time before Covid 19 or possibly the best Peter Seller’s movie ever? A little of both actually when someone posing as Len Perdic joins Jimmy to talk about the movie. They never did figure out if it was really Len.
Mar 15, 2020

Bonnie and Clyde. Really, Clyde? Who believes a bad guy would be credible with a name like Clyde? Probably the same person who thinks someone with a name like Warren could be a sexy movie star. Yeah, that’s right, it’s a Chris Wuergler episode.

Mar 1, 2020

The Wiz, one of those rare movies that encompasses a synopsis of the plot in the title. Guests Christine Wuergler and Barry 3D Carter disagree - only one of them thinks Jimmy England’s opinion is right. Oh gee, who could it be? Download to find out.

Feb 16, 2020

Five Easy Pieces attracted a lot of viewers curious about what the title meant. Jim says it means a movie that's five times worse than usual. Will guest Mario Bernardi see it that way or is Jim out on his own again with a half-baked review?

Feb 1, 2020

Deep Throat is likely the last adult movie to be talked about on this podcast because they really aren’t all that good. Ever wonder why that is? Well guest DJ Roy can answer that. Besides being a stand-up comic he worked in the adult film industry. Adult conversation may not be appropriate for children.

Jan 15, 2020

The World’s Greatest Lover, the worst case of false advertising ever? Mario Bernardi loved it when it was first released in 1977 but does it stand the test of time. Jim didn’t catch it at the movies, his bad movie barometer was working at the time.

Jan 1, 2020

The new year begins with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor cheerfully munching scenery when Chris Wuergler brings us The Sandpiper. Jimmy beats expectations and finds nothing alluring about Liz. But does he find anything worth the watch?

 

Dec 16, 2019

Be careful what you ask for. Last year Phil and Chris Wuergler challenged Jimmy to write a better Christmas story than Scrooge – The Musical. So he did – Scrooge, The Sequel which includes a new Christmas song sure to be on everybody’s Christmas playlist: Mind Your Own Business (For Christmas). A Limited Talent Production with a cast of almost twelve!

Dec 2, 2019

Chris Wuergler thinks Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a confectionery dream, Jimmy sees it as kid corrupting lunacy. You’ll have to download the episode to find out who’s watching it with candy coloured glasses.

Nov 15, 2019

According to Len Perdic, Catch 22 has something to say about war, Jimmy thinks it has something to say about shopping. Can two opinions miles apart both be correct? Listen and decide.

Nov 1, 2019

Is 2001 a great movie or an exercise in film-making gone horribly wrong?  Guest Ryan Sim isn’t too sure of anything except that it’s a great movie. Listen in and see if you agree with him or a very confused Jimmy.

Oct 23, 2019

The Little Shop of Horrors is anything but when guest Kristian Reimer visits. Not to be confused with the musical from the 80’s with Rick Moranis. That version lacks the definite article in the title (listen to find out what a definite article is).

Oct 1, 2019

Barry 3D Carter sends Jimmy down the rabbit hole of 1980’s Midnight Madness - and no, this isn’t a podcast about shopping. Barry is renowned for sniffing out forgotten movies while Jimmy tries to figure out why they don’t remain that way.

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