Dirty Sons of Pitches

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have a lot of news to cover, from Oscar results, to new blackface controversies, to reactions to the new "Ghostbusters" trailer, and also they're pitching Human Worlds for Non-Humans in honor of Disney's animal-centric "Zootopia." The guys are close to completing their rewatch and discussion over season two of SyFy's zombie series, "Z Nation."

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Episode 136 includes:

-Stanley Kubrick: genius or a weirdo with no feel for human emotions?

-Oscar recap and the eternal question of whether a black woman can be in blackface. Also, "Ghostbusters" trailer early reaction.

-"London Has Fallen" is an action movie for the Trump supporters of the world.

-Ben defends "Gods of Egypt."

-Ben declares "Zootopia" to be a fun, colorful, and shockingly relevant look at the racial conflicts at play in our modern society. Huh?

-This Week's Pitch -- Human Worlds for Non-Humans!

-Ben pitches a world of sentient Animals, Vegetables, and Minerals, a world of zombies as a dominant species, and a world overpopulated with superheroes.

-Nate pitches an alternate world where dinosaurs evolved into human-like creatures without that pesky asteroid.

-Bonus discussion: 'Z Nation' Rewatch (episodes 2x10-11)

-The guys discuss a great two-parter for SyFy's ongoing zombie series where our ragtag heroes go up against a powerful Mexican cartel with a unique purpose for zombies.

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are going for the gold, Olympic gold that is, in honor of "Race" and "Eddie the Eagle." The guys are pitching Olympic-related properties and, after a healthy discussion over the success of "Deadpool" and its implications for the industry, the guys continue their discussion over the re-watch of SyFy's "Z Nation" zombie series. along the way they talk about Gene Shalit, Fergie's lyrical implications, whether "Blade Runner" is overrated, when was the last time they watched the Olympics, the general disappointment over the return of "The X-Files," Gus van Sant's shot-for-shot "Psycho" remake, the danger of "cool" at the expense of substance, and the career of Leni Reifenstahl.

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Episode 135 includes:

-Does anyone know Gene Shalit's opinion on movies beyond bad puns?

-The guys discuss the merits and dangers of fan service movies and whether "Deadpool" is the tipping point of something good or bad.

-Ben thinks "Deadpool" is an okay movie but can't stand its fans.

-A "Cabin Fever" remake... what's the point?

-Jesse Owens deserves a better movie than the formulaic "Race."

-This Week's Pitch -- Olympics!

-Nate pitches a drama about two athletes from different halves of Germany who only get to see one another every 4 years for the Olympics and an expose on the corruption of Olympics officials.

-Ben pitches cyborg Olympics, a story of the first Olympics from ancient Greece, and a small-town that tries to lure the Olympics.

-Bonus Discussion: 'Z Nation' Re-watch (episodes 2x09-11)

-The guys talk about three more episodes of SyFy's zombie TV series with a series of entertaining one-off episodes.

-The guys finally remember to predict who will win the Oscars main categories.

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are excited to bring back another year of a game of their own invention, the Fantasy Movie Mogul where players draft movies for their teams and track box-office gains against budgets. It's a chance for the guys to get even nerdier. They also discuss another batch of 'Z Nation' season two episodes, and along the way they talk about the new 'X-Files,' the physical properties of GoGurt, whether anyone has gotten anything useful out of Yahoo Answers, the perils of subscription services, the trailer for the third Purge movie, how bad '50 Shades of Black' gets, and the positives for attracting downloads by putting the word "naked" and "nude" in your title for what is an auditory medium.

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Episode 134 includes:

-Find out what the "coolest calcium" could possibly be.

-Star Trek news that should excite even non-Star Trek fans.

-Ben sings the praises for 'Room' and Jacob Tremblay.

-Nate goes into vivid detail about the suck that is "Jem and the Holograms."

-'Deadpool' is a fan service character in a fan service movie.

-This Week's Game -- Fantasy Movie Mogul!

-Ben and Nate draft their teams of film releases from March through the end of August to play the 2016 rendition of their box-office fantasy game. Nerds.

-Bonus Discussion: 'Z Nation' Rewatch (episodes 2x06-8)

-The guys continue recapping the SyFy zombie series' second season and some major events that transpire for our ragtag heroes.

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are celebrating the art of filmmaking this week as they pitch movies about Hollywood, filmmaking, and the studio system, in honor of the new Coen brother film, "Hail Caesar." Ben dishes his opinions on a group of new 2016 releases, the guys talk about an absurd Lifetiem original TV series that was canceled, and discuss the next three episodes of "Z Nation" in their season two viewing. Along the way they talk about what the future of Google will be like, whether Bing is the symbol of the revolution, their love for Liev Schreiber, the most unfortunate FDA-approved product, and whether the glut of superhero films will be looked at as the Western was in the 50s in the future.

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Episode 134 includes:

-Behold the amazing TV show following Lizzie Borden... fighting crime?

-"World of Tomorrow" may be one of the weirdest Oscar front-runners you'll find, and available on Netlfix streaming to boot.

-Ben blasts "The Boy" and "The Fifth Wave" for being predictable and then blasts them even further. We pity Liev Schreiber.

-"Kung Fu Panda 3" is the weakest of the trio but still way better than other Dreamworks part 3 movies.

-This Week's Pitch -- Movies About Movies!

-Ben pitches a cursed script that will bring the apocalypse if produced, a family drama where the family members unknowingly play their parts in the film-version, and a dumb director trying to make his magnum opus about the South winning the Civil War.

-Nate pushes for a relaunch of the HBO Latin series "Magnifica '70," a comic docudrama about working for Cannon Films in the 80s, and a workplace series for found footage editors.

-Bonus Discussion: 'Z Nation' Rewatch (episodes 2x03-5)

-The guys carry on watching and discussing SyFy's zombie series, getting further into the strange whereabouts of season two.

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are getting weird like they usually do, this time reflecting upon recent Oscar rule changes and the full impact they may or may not have. To go along with the scary doll horror film "The Boy" the guys are pitching stories about possessed, living, or killer inanimate objects, and you haven't lived until you've heard about Killer Commode. After that, the "Z Nation" watch journeys into the exciting world of season two and even more zombie mayhem.

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Episode 132 includes:

-The Oscars are changing their voting rules but will it do the trick?

-Ben catches up on a bunch of Oscar movies including "Spotlight," "Trumbo," "The Walk," and "Steve Jobs."

-Nate says "Lazer Team" by the Internet comedy group Rooster Teeth needed more attention spent on its comedy.

-"The Boy" is 3/4 a decent supernatural horror film about a possessed doll until it throws up its hands and says, "Forget all that, let's make a different, stupid movie!"

-This Week's Pitch -- Inanimate Objects!

-Ben pitches a film about a haunted toilet that demands blood sacrifices. It is awesome.

-Nate pitches a movie about a ghost "personal massager," which then gets the guys thinking about what if "Meet Dave" had a spaceship that was a vibrator.

The guys also remember, finally, to talk about the loss of David Bowie and Alan Rickman. We apologize for letting it go this long without comment.

-Bonus Discussion: 'Z Nation' Recap (episodes 2x01-2)

-The guys kick off season two of SyFy's zombie series by finding out what the fallout is from the explosive season one finale.

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If you think you've seen the weirdest movies of all time, unless you've watched the 210 film "Final Flesh," you are living a lie. Ben and Nate check out the experimental, absurdist movie that is composed of four different segments, produced by amatuer porn-for-hire productions, creating a surreal masterwork that truly needs to be seen to be believed. God bless these performers and their sincerity. Nate and Ben talk about the nature of kink, the amatuer erotica industry and niches, and whether or not to farm out your own scripts to these for-hire performers.

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have much to discuss following the 2016 Oscar nominations, most notably the second year in a row there are all white acting nominees and the response to this controversy. In honor of "Ride Along 2" coming out in theaters, one of Ben's least favorite films of 2014, the guys pitch awful sequels for the worst films of 2015. They wrap up their rewatch of season one of 'Z Nation" and in general explore all number of tangents.

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Episode 131 includes:

-Ben and Nate theorize that we'll all someday turn into actor Jay Davison (The Crying Game, Stargate) as a species.

-What's white and white and white all over? The Oscar nominees! The guys take an in depth discussion that goes deep into the idea of diversity, representation, artistic merit and vision, what's the definition of "supporting" for performance, and what constitutes art.

-Ben and Nate return back to musings over "Hateful Eight" and "Revenant."

-Nate thinks Michael Bay's Benghazi movie is the director at his most restraint. There's only obnoxious product placement rather than in-your-face obnoxious product placement. Progress.

-Ben is surprised to find "Daddy's Home" to be kinda funny and fairly passable and "Sisters" to be an awful comedy.

-This Week's Pitch -- Sequels to Worst Films of 2015!

-The guys pitch terrible sequels to some of the worst films from the previous year, exploring whether there is a bottom for such movies like "Human Centipede," "Joe Dirt," and "Minions."

-Bonus Discussion: 'Z Nation' Re-watch (episodes 1x11-13)

-Ben and Nate finish their season one recap of SyFy's zombie TV series.

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are starting 2016 by looking back on some of the bigger awards releases carrying over from the previous year, like "The Revenant." They pitch a variety of survival stories big and small, physical and psychological, and get back to watching SyFy's zombie series "Z Nation" as the first season begins to wrap up. 

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Episode 130 includes:

-What's the best Brett Ratner film? Do these words even make sense?

-Ben lays bare why he blames the success of "Star Wars" for the decline of society.

-Ever wonder what Tyler Perry's Madea would be like as a cartoon?

-Nate says "Carol" is an unrequited romance that is understated to death.

-Ben and Nate find "The Revenant" to be an endurance experience. Ben rejects Leo's Oscar attention and prefers the angry bear.

-This Week's Pitch -- Survival Stories!

-Ben pitches a super-power kill-or-be-killed facility, Cast away with two dudes, and a crazy scout leader who hunts down his scouts for sport.

-Nate pitches a teacher who survived a school shooting incident who may be more involved than believed.

-Bonus Discussion: 'Z Nation' Re-Watch (episodes 1x09-10)

-The guys are back to watching and discussing the first season of SyFy's zombie series. This week they skip the worst episode in the show's history.

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Recorded in conjunction with part one, the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are continuing their look at the most memorable films of 2015 along with special guests Eric and George. This time they're looking at the worst of the worst and making their case why these cinematic abominations are worth skipping. The gang also takes the advantage of having more than two recording members to play a return game of the Gut-Check Challenge to ring in the new year right.

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Episode 129 includes:

-Ben, Nate, Eric, and George detail their selections for the ten worst films of 2015. Only one movie will appear on all four lists.

-The guys make their picks for overrated and underrated movies from 2015.

This Week's Game -- Gut-Check Challenge!

-George joins Ben and Nate for a round of the game where they take turns betting how many movie titles they can name from a selected actor. How many can you name for Bruce Dern then, huh?

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are taking stock of the year 2015 in movies. Ben and Nate have reassembled original podcast member Eric and special guests George to run through their personal lists of the best movies from 2015. There's plenty of discussion over movies that have yet to be talked over, including "The Hateful Eight," "Anomalisa," and especially the newest "Star Wars," "The Force Awakens." Oh does that one bring out the fury. The podcast was so long we broke it into two parts, so stay tuned for the forthcoming Part Two which will cover the lows of 2015, the ten worst films.

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Episode 128 includes:

-Ben, Nate, Eric, and George count down their lists of the ten best films of 2015.

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