Dirty Sons of Pitches

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are being holding up for the long hall this week as they pitch hostage and siege concepts in honor of the George Clooney vehicle "Money Monster." They drop the plan to discuss "The Flash" on a weekly basis and play another game of Movies Against Humanity. Come for the banter that vacillates between inane and enlightened, and stick around for the hidden war between Fred Murtz v. Fred MacMurray, the new Civil War, whether dogs can recognize the real Kevin Bacon, what Ben's four nipples and their placement say about him, and why Disney should flex its muscle and release an explicit movie.

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Episode 143 includes:

-Will there be a good video game movie yet? "Assassins Creed" trailer says.... probably not?

-Ben theorizes the rise and fall of the dog-eat-dog blockbuster era and the return of the auteur. Guess which studio he thinks will outlast them all.

-New chief overseer for the struggling DCU. Can they course correct?

-Ben unknowingly watches a Lifetime original movie, and Nate heartily recommends "Green Room" for fans of suspense thrillers.

-"Money Monster" feels strangely out of touch and out of place. Wall Street culture let off the hook and the dumbest hostage taker.

-This Week's Pitch -- Hostage Situations!

-Nate pitches a pair of sorority sisters who have to navigate and survive a frat house party, learn who they can trust as allies, to escape and report a rape.

-Ben pitches Congress held hostage, a father holding a medical facility hostage to clone his dead son, and a time loop White House thriller.

-This Week's Game -- Movies Against Humanity!

--The guys take turns competing by arguing a movie that best fits a series of category topics including Better Music, More Complex, and More Un-American.

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are facing a civil war but the best kind, Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War," an excellent new addition to the MCU. They pitch properties related to bad breakups in honor of Team Cap vs. Team Iron Man and then take a turn discussing the first two episodes of CW's "Flash" under the idea it could be a regular segment (it won't be).

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Episode 142 includes:

-Would you wait 100 years to see a Robert Rodriguez movie? Get ready for a century of unmet disappointment.

-More DC fallout from "Batman v. Superman" and Affleck's Batman.

-Ben says "High Rise" wants to be Snowpiercer in a building but doesn't quite work.

-Nate and Ben rave about "Civil War" and say it does everything right that "Batman vs. Superman" did wrong.

-This Week's Pitch -- Bad Breakups!

-Ben pitches a biopic of No Doubt, a remake of the Burning Bed, and a Scott Pilgrim-like world of a club of wronged ex-boyfriends.

-Nate pitches a group of friends trying to sabotage their one friend's relationship because even though he has found happiness he and his girlfriend are extremely annoying now.

-Bonus Discussion: The Flash (episodes 1x01 & 02)

-The guys discuss the CW comic book hero's starring vehicle

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" learn a thing or two about vengeance this week thanks to the thematic link of the movie "Wild Tales," a rip-roaring Argentinian movie made up of a series of vengeance-laden shorts. The guys pitch projects centered around revenge in many forms. They also play another round of the game Movies Against Humanity.

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Episode 141 includes:

-Does the upcoming DC movie lineup, and its new turmoil at Warner Brothers, resemble a slate of "I Love Lucy" episodes to anyone else? No? Okay.

-Alicia Vikander (Everyone's 2015 crush) slips on the short shorts for Lara Croft.

-"Wild Tales" is a movie that every human being needs to see.

-Keanu is an adorable kitten. Also "Keanu" is a fairly funny movie by Key & Peele.

-This Week's Pitch -- Revenge!

-Nate pitches the vengeance of a foreign transplant who erroneously grew up believing the Buffalo Bills won four Super Bowls.

-Ben pitches a high school monster movie, a mutual hitman association, and a woman who wonders if her husband is really an old high school enemy playing a long con.

-This Week's Game -- Movies Against Humanity!

-The guys take turns competing by arguing a movie that best fits a series of category topics including Most Spiritual, Best Movie for Kids, and Most Eclectic Film.

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have watched many bad movies but now they're looking into the world of bad unaired TV, pilots that never made it to your television set because somebody realized, rightly, that they were awful (or were they???). The guys talk, as usual, about an assortment of topics both intellectual and low-brow as Ben has a moral crisis of whether he should go to the same crude joke wells so readily. You be the judge, folks.

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Episode 140 includes:

-Hasbro Cinematic Universe segues into a remembrance of TNN, the weird return of Ren and Stimpy, and the new Rita Repulsa.

-Ben is shocked and amazed to find himself actually sort of enjoying "The Boss."

-Ben attempts to name ten Spanish names on the spot. Stay for "Lil' Pogo, the investment banker."

-Ben and Nate disagree over "Midnight Special" and then somehow shift into a "Foxcatcher" impression about repopulating that "Interstellar" planet with Anne Hathaway. So... yeah.

-This Week's Pitch -- None!

-Bonus Discussion -- What the Hell Did We Just Watch? TV Pilots!

-The guys explore a world of failed TV pilots based upon TV and feature films including "Clerks," "Driving Miss Daisy," and a 21st century "Mr. Ed."

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are losing themselves deep in the jungles of... jungles. In honor of the new Disney version of "The Jungle Book" the guys are pitching movies set in or related to jungles. But before they get to that they have an array of news items to discuss from the high and low.

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Episode 139 includes:

-NEWS! Dr. Strange trailer! Star Trek TV show! MIB 23! Jumanji 2! Etc.!

-Would you go to a theater that allowed texting? Stupid Millenials.

-Hollywood finds a way to be even dumber about white washing with the live-action "Ghost in the Shell." #GhostinShellSoWhite

-Ben says "The Jungle Book" is a great visual experience... weighed down by a bad child actor.

-This Week's Pitch -- Jungle Pitches!

-Nate pitches a sequel to "A Bug's Life" set in a rain forest.

-Ben pitches a story where the world wakes up to nature having taken over, a flower that grants immortality deep in a jungle, and Tarzan in space on a jungle planet.

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are adopting the perspective of the new action thriller "Hardcore Henry" which means they're pitching movies from a first-person perspective. The guys also finish their discussion rewatching season 2 of SyFy's zombie series "Z Nation."

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Episode 138 includes:

-What is the appeal of apocalyptic chic? What would the movies of the post-apocalypse be like?

-"Rogue One" trailer debuts and there's already sexist complaints.

-Louie C.K.'s web series "Horace and Pete" is one of the greatest things you will ever see and a twenty-first century masterpiece of theater.

-Ben declares "Hardcore Henry" the best action movie of all time and Nate says it made him sick.

-This Week's Pitch -- POV Movies!

-Nate pitches a first-person version of "Rashoman."

-Ben pitches witnesses to their own murders, a totalitarian government that can jump from different people's eyes and ears for surveillance.

-Bonus discussion: 'Z Nation' Re-watch (episodes 2x14-15)

-The guys come to an end of the second season with the SyFy Channel zombie series.

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are celebrating four years doing this silly thing and they are reflecting on their time together and what it has meant. The guys reveal a lot of information they've been holding back for years. Beforehand, they've got even more to discuss about the reactions to "Batman vs. Superman" and end the anniversary show on a return game of Five-by-Five. No Marthas need to die when you listen to the DSoP.

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Episode 137 includes:

-How much do you think you know about Johnny Appleseed? Was it all a ruse? Do you know how to behave with apple salesmen?

-"Batman vs. Superman" and its negative fallout on WB/DC Universe. Marvel has proven itself as a brand. DC not so much. Affleck Batman solo film? "Suicide Squad" reshoots for levity? Record second weekend drop?

-They compare BvS to the animated "Dark Knight Returns" and what could have been BvS.

Bonus discussion: 4-Year Anniversary Podcasting!

-Ben and Nate reflect about podcasting together for four years and also FINALLY reveal exciting news about their creative productivity thanks to this very podcast. They've been holding back on this stuff for a long time.

-This Week's Game -- Five-by-Five!

-The guys take turns guessing five movies that were on each other's list of category topics. They then get into a final round of seeing who can name more Gary Oldman movies, and they fail.

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Ben and Nate just saw the new DC comics epic "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice," and spoiler alert, it is epic in its badness. The guys insisted upon recording immediately after they saw the movie, so here goes an hour of the two "Dirty Sons of Pitches" trying to make sense of the senseless and coming to the startling conclusion that 1997's megabomb "Batman and Robin" was actually a better movie than this new one. Let that fully sink in. Take a tall drink there, Holly Hunter.

WARNING: LOTS OF SPOILERS IN THIS PODCAST.

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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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