Dirty Sons of Pitches

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are recording after dark and hot off the presses after coming from a screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2," so they're a little tired and punchy, which makes for a slightly loopier podcast. The guys pitch montser-as-metaphor ideas after Anne Hathaway's "colossal," and then they call it a night.

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Episode 174 includes:

-Director Jonathan Demme joins all those lambs.

-Ben loves "Guardians 2" and declares it better than the first, and Nate enjoys it thusly but prefers the first tune.

-Ben rewatched all the Harry Potter movies and has some new insights and questions.

-"Colossal" is a very different monster movie and even different from the advertising.

-This Week's Pitch -- Monster as Metaphor!

-Ben and Nate take turns pitching movies where monsters double as metaphors for struggling characters and their conflicts.

Direct download: pitch_174.mp3
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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are grinding their gears over the eighth film in the never-ending "Fast and the Furious" franchise, and rather than pitch something related to this franchise again, the guys are pitching projects related to "Free Fire." It's stories based around one mistake that spirals out of control. Afterwards, the guys play a game of Re-Cast It to improve "Free Fire" and offer better characters into the same firefight scenario.

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-Episode 173 includes:

-Is there a darker undercurrent behind the tomato/tomatoe song?

-Reactions to new trailers for "Thor Ragnarok" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Hint: one of them is positive.

-"Fast 8" is an absurd and ridiculous movie and that's still the best selling point.

-Ben sings the praises of the practical effects horror thriller "The Void."

-The would-be Tarantino knockoff "Free Fire" shoots blanks.

-This Week's Pitch -- One Mistake Goes Wrong!

-Nate pitches a lottery winner who gets his wallet and ticket stolen and the violent calamities that follow to gain control of the ticket.

-Ben pitches a man set off on a killing spree from the wrong breakfast order, and a space ark where one extra person upsets the balance of elements.

-This Week's Game -- Re-Cast It!

-Ben and Nate recast "Free Fire" by slotting in their own gunslingers, you know people with personality, and debate who would be the one to make it out alive.

Direct download: pitch_173_full.mp3
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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" had planned a "What the Hell Did We Just Watch?" edition for surefire disaster "Monster Trucks" and then had to change those plans when the movie actually proved to be okay. In light of that, the guys threw together pitches for family films based upon puns. Yeah, it was a bit of a stretch. The guys also introduce a new game that leaves them giggling like mad, the pun-laden world of Gene Shalit, the podcast's favorite film critic, is put to new use. Happy five years podcasting.

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Episode 172 includes:

-The guys debate the appeal of exploring dark places.

-A potential "Purge" TV show should make a killing. Get it? Get it?

-Ben says so long to "The Bye Bye Man" (DON'T THINK IT! DON'T SAY IT!)

-Surprise of 2017: "Monster Trucks" is actually an okay kids film.

-This Week's Pitch -- Pun-Based Children's Films!

-Listen for pitches for "Couch Potato," "Dog-Gone-It," and "A Monkey's Uncle" to know how far the realm of children's entertainment has come.

-This Week's Game -- Gene Shallit-Off!

-The guys randomly draw film titles and have to come up with a prospective blurb from Gene Shalit. Puns!

Direct download: pitch_172.mp3
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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are recording after dark once again and it certainly brings out an extra dose of anger in Ben's case about a certain live-action remake of a classic anime. In honor of the Netflix original sci-fi movie "The Discovery" the guys are pitching stories based upon an unusual afterlife scenario.

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Episode 171 includes:

-Jordan Peele being courted to direct live-action Akira... run away, Jordan... run away.

-Ben unloads on "Ghost in the Shell" and says it is worse than "Suicide Squad," his worst film of 2016.

-Nate says "The Shack" is the most laborious Ted talk ever.

-Ben couldn't even get through "Why Him?" thanks to James Franco's balls.

-"The Discovery" is the kind of story that Garp would have written.

-This Week's Pitch -- Unusual Afterlife!

-Nate pitches a mystery of people waking up in a white void and trying to figure out where they are and who they are.

-Ben pitches the soul as a database that's found and exploited, the discovery that everyone who dies goes to a Hell, and being reincarnated as aliens across the universe

Direct download: pitch_171.mp3
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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" welcome back fan of the podcast and overall Power Rangers fan Alex Knerem for a Power Rangers heavy episode now that Ben's most anticipated film of 2017 has come to theater. Expect lots of Power Rangers minutia while Nate tries to play the novice in this world of teenager drama and giant rubber monster suits. Go go, Dirty Sons of Pitches!

Episode 170 includes:

-The new "Justice League" trailer is out and it looks like hot garbage.

-Alex gives his thoughts on "Split," "Logan," and "Get Out," a movie that made him rethink his general dislike of horror.

-Nate says "Life" is an "Alien" ripoff and that's okay.

-"Power Rangers" may not have been the greatest movie of all time... but it was a fairly enjoyable franchise starter.

-This Week's Pitch -- Power Rangers!

-Alex pitches a recreation of an obscure Marvel comic "Team America" (no relation to the 2004 movie) based upon Evel Knievel toys.

-Ben goes nerdy to the next power by unleashing a torrent of Power Rangers pitches he's been waiting years to share.

Direct download: pitch_170.mp3
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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are recording after dark and are a bit punchy, as quickly evidenced from their opening conversation. In honor of the horror B-movie "The Belko Experiment" the guys are pitching movies based around an office setting. Enjoy this especially energized podcast as the guys come to their 5-year podcasting anniversary. Also listen in on playgrounds in theaters, a possible "Matrix" reboot, why the Enchantress would leave helpful magical items to the Beast she cursed, whether Belle and the Beast had sex, Vampire Ice-T, and the latent labial nature of human-possessed wardrobes.

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Episode 169 includes:

-Watch as a conversation about Chuck Berry possibly being in hell goes to anatomical lengths never before imagined.

-What do Russia and Alabama have in common?

-Surprise, "Beauty and the Beast" is a charmless, inferior version! Do not be our guest.

-Ben defends Netfix's "Iron Fist" from attacks, and also berates those who complained about "Passengers" but excuse the Stockholm syndrome of "Beauty and the Beast."

-"The Belko Experiment" is a bloody, entertaining, good enough B-movie.

-This Week's Pitch -- Office Life!

-Nate pitches an office workplace comedy set in Heaven trying to make sense of God's contradictory demands. And then God goes missing.

-Ben pitches an office building during a zombie apocalypse, an Everything Evil office setting, two men competing to build the tallest building, and a Die Hard on take your child to work day.

 

Direct download: pitch_169.mp3
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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are recapping Oscars, lapping up R-rated Wolverine movies, and pitching final farewell stories for superheroes. It's a slightly delayed episode but the discussion will still be the same old level of esoteric nonsense and entertaining stream of consciousness banter.

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Episode 168 includes:

-The live-action "Beauty and the Beast" is banned from an Alabama drive-in. Not for the reason you may think.

-Oscars shock the world and one last "F U 'La La Land.'" Ben and Nate assess the Oscar telecast and make sense of its twist ending.

-Ben and Nate saw "The Red Turtle" and it was... fine. Ben was let down by the all-female directed horror anthology, "XX."

-"Logan" is a bloody, satisfying, mature finale. They saved the best for last. Where does the X-Men franchise go from here?

-This Week's Pitch -- Final Superhero Stories!

-Nate pitches a superhero retirement home and a mysterious killer stalking the ailing residents.

-Ben pitches an epic end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that starts for Captain America when America elects... Trump, and it involves every big name character like Iron Man and the Hulk in a typically epic fashion. Strap in, folks.

Direct download: pitch_168.mp3
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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are looking at the films of the man who set the bar for modern fantasy epics, Peter Jackson. Ben and Nate look at his early splatterhouse horror, the best and worst films of his prolific career, how underappreciated 1996's "The Frighteners" is, the impact and risk of the original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the excess of the "Hobbit" films, and where the guys might like to see Jackson go next. They also chat about the new "Kong: Skull Island" and compare it to Jackson's epic-sized Kong.

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Direct download: peter_jackson.mp3
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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are making predictions for the 2017 Oscar ceremony and are pitching stories based upon living in some aspect of Trump's new America in honor of Jordan Peele's horror debut, "Get Out." Enjoy Ben's extra raspy voice and just pretend that Jeff Bridges is on the podcast and doing the one gruff voice he seems to do with every character nowadays.

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Episode 167 includes:

-More bad news for Batman and could Mel Gibson actually direct a superhero movie?

-The guys predict the top eight Oscar categories while Ben moans and groans over the entire exercise.

-"The Great Wall" proves China can now also make mediocre monster spectacle. It's a new global age in cinema!

-"Get Out" is Nate's favorite theatrical horror film since 2012's "Cabin in the Woods."

-This Week's Pitch -- Horror in Trump's America!

-Nate pitches an investigative journalist that discovers the White House is sacrificing reporters they don't like and a post-apocalypse where scientists are hunted down for sport from climate deniers.

-Ben pitches Trump's West Wing starring the cast of "The West Wing," and a civil war between citizens determining their own reality.

Direct download: pitch_167.mp3
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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are entering the proverbial Red Room of their imaginations in honor of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequel, "Fifty Shades Darker." The guys are pitching kinky movies involving sexual exploration. They chat about plenty of news items, catch up on awards films like "Elle" and "The Founder," and bemoan their tiring experience watching "Lego Batman."

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Episode 166 includes:

-Ben Affleck doesn't want to direct a Batman movie anymore. Burn all the DC movie to the ground. BURN IT DOWN.

-"Lego Batman" almost killed Ben. Almost.

-"Elle" might just be the rape-iest movie of all time.

-Nate says "Fifty Shades Darker" is even worse than the original and even the sex scenes aren't that good.

-This Week's Pitch -- Kinky Movies!

-Nate pitches a polyamorous relationship drama and a couple whose sexual experiments become more and more dangerous.

-Ben pitches a colorful small town comedy that pulls together to save the local sex dungeon, a dominatrix vigilante, and a Hope Springs of BDSM.

Direct download: pitch_166.mp3
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