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An amused second look at movies and culture from the last century.
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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.

Sep 16, 2019

To Kill a Mockingbird you have only to ask Jimmy his opinion. It was part of the English course when he and guest Mario Bernardi went to school. Both regret not saving their notes.

Sep 1, 2019

The Great Race may be many things but Jimmy thinks great is hardly the right term. Guests Al Peti and Mario Bernardi try to convince him it’s at least entertaining. Jimmy is having none of it.

Aug 15, 2019

Saturday Night Fever and Jimmy is overwhelmed when Barry Carter and Chris Wuergler guest. See how long the two of them go before Jimmy gets a word in edgewise.

Aug 1, 2019

Mad Max is the unlikely choice of Chris Wuergler who likes its rebel quality. Jimmy can’t figure out if the lunatic bikers escaped from a Frankie and Annette beach movie.

Jul 15, 2019

You talking to me? Jimmy certainly needs a talking to when comedian guest Ryan Sim visits to discuss 1976’s Taxi Driver. All of a sudden Uber doesn’t look so bad.

Jul 1, 2019

1966’s Django is one of the most influential movie ideas of all time. Comedian guest Bret Measor explains why while Jimmy comes to grips with some of the biggest plot holes ever.

Jun 15, 2019

We put the pedal to the metal for Smokey and the Bandit with Mario Bernardi and special guest Al Peti. Among other things there’s a spirited debate with Jimmy over Jackie Gleason’s southern-fried accent.

Jun 1, 2019

Is 1963’s Summer Holiday the perfect summer movie or a clumsy attempt to knock off Elvis? Len Perdic says take it for what it is. Jimmy says just take it.

 

May 15, 2019

Mario Bernardi introduces Jimmy to the movie Sleuth. Jimmy introduces Mario to the concept of a plot making sense. NOTE: If you haven’t seen it, watch it first because we’re going to spoil a big surprise ending.

May 2, 2019

Splendor In The Grass with guest Chris Wuergler. No, wait, that can’t be right. It’s about the movie not what you’re thinking. Chris loves it, Jimmy sees a movie about the perils of celibacy. 

Apr 16, 2019

Thank God It’s Friday with guest Barry 3D Carter. Could a movie this bad have some redeeming value? Barry finds redeeming value Jimmy finds a cure for insomnia.

Apr 1, 2019

Gidget Goes Hawaiian with guest Chris Wuergler. She explains why it’s just a bit of fluff while Jimmy thinks it’s the offspring of the most influential movie of the 1950’s.

Mar 16, 2019

1973’s Papillon a story of man’s indomitable spirit or a sloppy movie from a hackneyed script? Len Perdic tries to raise Jimmy’s appreciation level – Jimmy just wants to escape.

 

Mar 2, 2019

Comedian Kristian Reimer joins Jimmy to sing the virtues of 1963’s The Nutty Professor and star Jerry Lewis. Jimmy thinks he’s off tune on both counts.

Feb 15, 2019

Len Perdic helps Jimmy England to understand the finer points of 1971’s A Clockwork Orange. Jimmy remains mystified at how one would taste.

Feb 1, 2019

Ah to be young and a juvenile delinquent. No it’s not It’s A Wonderful Life, it’s the Lords of Flatbush. Will Jimmy and guest Mario Bernardi find it a cautionary tale or will they be considering a career change? It’s worth listening to find out.

Jan 15, 2019

Jimmy and Barry 3D Carter go undercover to figure out why On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is such a pivotal James Bond movie. Actually Barry explains while Jimmy can’t get past some of the most ridiculous chase scenes on record. Who’s right? You decide.

Jan 1, 2019

A judge accused of rape, like that could really happen in real life! And yet that’s the premise of 1979’s …And Justice For All. Jimmy and guest Mario Bernardi consider the implications and the improbability (obviously they don’t follow the news much).

Dec 15, 2018

Jimmy England brings a heaping bag of humbug to Scrooge the Musical while guest Christine Wuergler finds it a charming Christmas classic. Together can they solve the mystery of exactly what’s wrong with Tiny Tim?

Dec 2, 2018

Jimmy England and Christine Wuergler take on Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable in 1961’s The Misfits, a movie about cowboys, drinking and divorce - basically a country song come to life without the cheery chorus about the dog dying and pick-up truck breaking down.

Nov 16, 2018

Comedian Barry Carter gets down with The Blues Brothers. Jimmy gets down with Metamucil. Together they justify why a movie from 1980 should be included on a podcast about movies from he 60’s and 70’s. Warning: Serious Rationalizing Ahead.

Oct 31, 2018

If you’ve been working in the lab it’s time to take a break as Jimmy and guest Len Perdic dissect The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Does it hold up or does it need a jolt of electricity?

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