Dirty Sons of Pitches

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are once more tackling two similar movies released closely, this time the twins of 1998 college murder schemes, with the more star-studded "Dead Man on Campus" plays its premise for lackluster dark comedy, the indie noir thiller "The Curve," formerly titled "Dead Man's Curve," is an absurd movie that overdoses on twists that undo every logical aspect about the plotting, all in the name of being seen cool but failing so badly. It's a new favorite of Ben's, and maybe it will be for you too.

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Episode 364 includes:

-We've lost a key Power Ranger. It's mournin' time.

-Nate shares thoughts on "The Menu," "My Son Hunter," "Black Panther 2," and "Smile."

-Disney's "Strange World" is a movie best worth waiting for being on TV.

-Double or Nothing -- "Dead Man on Campus" / "The Curve"

-The guys discuss the two weirdly similar movies, both about schemes to get straights As by pushing a collegiate roommate to kill themself, and one of them is a middling dark comedy and the other is one of the most hilariously ridiculous examples of twist-overdose Tarantino-knockoff neo-noir that the late 90s indie scene has to offer. Ben declares "The Curve" a new addition to his favorite so-bad-it's-good movies.

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Category:Double or Nothing -- posted at: 7:16pm EST

The guys from "Saturday Night Jive," the Bailey brothers, are once again tackling the bad and intriguing movies of SNL alums. This week it's the 1990 movie "Taking Care of Business" with Jim Belushi and Charles Grodin. Naturally, the movie is awful, and Ben and George go to great lengths to make you feel their self-induced misery.

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are once again pairing similar movies released shortly together, this time 2009's "Surrogates" starring Bruce Willis in a world of robot doubles, and "Gamer" where Gerdald Butler competes for his life, and also the world and culture are awful, and maybe that's the point but is that good enough to count as commentary?

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Episode 363 includes:

-R.I.P. Kevin Conrroy, Gallagher, Aaron Carter, Saul Bass

-Nate is charmed by the shakespeare spinoff, "Rosaline."

-Be says "Wakanda forever" succeeds on its real-life gravitas.

-Double or Nothing -- "Surrogates" / "Gamer"

-The gents chat about two 2009 sci-fi action movies about people controlling other humans to serve as their real-world avatars. In the bland "surrogates," it's Bruce Willis investigating a murder in a world where 98% of people stay at home and operate their surrogate robots to go outside. In "Gamer," the team behind the "Crank" movies assault our senses and good taste with a murder game show where Gerald Butler is a death row inmate being controlled in kill-or-be-killed combat by Logan Lerman. There are... vast differences of opinion on "Gamer."

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Category:Double or Nothing -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are adding another new format change to their long-standing podcast, this time examining similar movies released in short order from one another. The guys kick things off by exploring the two Christopher Columbus biopics released in 1992, both of which are bad but for different reasons. "Columbus: The Discovery" is the cheaper, sillier, but strangely more accountable version, whereas Ridley Scott's "1492: Conquest of Paradise" is the bigger production but far more boring and more morally egregious even as it had less exploitation aims.

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Episode 362 includes:

-Trailer reactions for "The Whale," the Guilermo del Toro "Pinnochio," and "Glass Onion."

-Elon Musk and Kanye West.... finally bearing some consequences of their idiocy.

-Ben feels like "Black Adam" is a step down for The Rock.

-The Weird Al biopic is about eveyrhting you would want it to be.

-Double or Nothing -- "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery" / "1492: Conquest of Paradise"

-The guys discuss the dueling Christopher Columbus movies released in 1992, marking the 500th anniversary but delivered to a very different market. Both movies have some fleeting artistic merit but are mostly hagiogrpahies of Columbus and excuse his many historical atrocities to other convenient guilty parties. This is a figure whose historical evaluation has gone through great changes, but even in 1992, he was protrayed by Hollywood as a heroic visionary ahead of his time, and the movies are just wrong in so many frustrating ways.

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Category:Double or Nothing -- posted at: 2:27pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are concluding their series looking at the most horrifying of "Star Trek" episodes to inspire a TV writing project, and the final episodes are "Realm of Fear" from "Next Generation" and another "Deep Space Nine" standout, "Empok Nor." The guys also take a deeply nerdy deep dive into Ben's 14-page lore document about the mysteries of the universe and hidden histories behind the sci-fi project they've been brainstorming over the last couple months.

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Episode 361 includes:

-R.I.P. Leslie Jordan.

-New "Ant-Man" trailer gives us the first look at Kang.

-Ben declares "Barbarian" an interesting miss.

-Star Trek-ifying -- "Realm of Fear" / "Empok Nor"

-The guys discuss the fear of transport teleportation and what lies beyond in the intriguing "Realm of Fear" episode, and then then madness-induced homicidal games of survival in "Empok Nor." Then the big nerdy sci-fi exploration really begins.

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Category:star trek-ifying -- posted at: 2:24pm EST

A special new podcast subset featuring Nate and his father. "My Dad & the Movies" is a ten-part series where Nate and his father, George, discuss a movie of his father's choice, maybe a favorite or a formative work that made him the cinephile he is, and father and son can talk about their shared love of the movies. This time it's the classic sweeping romance set amidst the Russian Revolution, 1965's immensely popular "Doctor Zhivago," and both gents have opinions veering from the consensus.

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Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 6:07pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have two more episodes in their "Star Trek" horror series exmaining selected epsiodes across the many classic TV series to help the guys brainstorm a sci-fi TV project with Lovecraftian elements. This week the guys are discussing the infamous Halloween themed episode for the original series, "Catspaw," complete with spooky castles, black cats, and hanging skeletons, and then the much much better "Deep Space Nine" episode styled like Stephen King's Misery, the character-driven "Waltz."

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Episode 360 includes:

-R.I.P. Coolio, Louise Fletcher, Loretta Lynn, Robbie Coltrane, and Angela Lansbury.

-Ben shares his thoughts  on plenty of new horror movies and "Werewolf by Night."

-"Halloween Ends" actually... does not suck. Surprise!

-Star Trek-ifying -- "Waltz" / "Catspaw"

-The guys discuss another standout episode of "Deep Space Nine," written by ronald D. Moore, the intimate and play-like "Waltz," and then the notorious "Catspaw" episode from the original "Star Trek" series and its absurdity. The guys then discuss their sci-fi horror TV project beyond its planned first season.

 

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Category:star trek-ifying -- posted at: 9:08am EST

It's the Bailey brothers of "Saturday Night Jive," George and Ben, and their weekly examination on the films of SNL alums, though this epiosde veers into a special category as Jay "Poppy Butt" Leno teams up with Pat Morita for the strange buddy cop movie that nobody asked for. This movie has been the stuff of legend for Ben (whose phone screen is the film's poster) and can it possibly live up to its so-bad hype? Listen and find out.

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Category:Saturday Night Jive -- posted at: 10:15am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are reaching an end of their special series looking throug the most horrific and Lovecraftian of the "Star Trek" series, this time watching Voyager's body horror/character introspection "Faces" episode and Enterprise's killer A.I. mystery episode, "Dead Stop."The guys then use these episodes as inpsiration for a sci-fi horror series they're developing.

Episode 359 includes:

-Gay news! "Scooby Doo's" Thelma canonically gay! "Bros" underperforms!

-Trailer reactions to movies that are frustraingly close to some of Ben's many, many pitches.

-Is Rob Zombie's "The Munsters" as bad as it looks, and it looks quite bad?

-The guys have big differences of opinion on the controversial Marilyn Monroe biopic, "Blonde."

-Star Trek-ifying -- "Dead Stop" / "Faces"

-The guys discuss the body horror and identity issues of Voyager's "Faces" and the mysterious spacecraft curiosity of Enterprise's "Dead Stop." The guys then brainstorm from there into a sci-fi TV project, "The Void," and the back-half of season one's planned twelve episodes.

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Category:star trek-ifying -- posted at: 9:56am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are once again boldly going into the darkest regions of space and the human imagination, as the guys revisit the more horrifying and weird episodes of various "Star Trek" TV series as inspiration for a similar-themed writing project about Lovecraftian horrors being discovered through space.

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Episode 358 includes:

-D23 news! Marvel stuff!

-Nate says "Fall" is a solid B-movie with some nifty aerial views.

-Ben cannot stand the new live-action "Pinocchio."

-Star Trek-ifying -- "Genesis" / "Hard Time"

-The guys discuss Ben's favorite "Next Generation" episode growing up, "Genesis," where the crew transforms into different monsters, and then a standout "Deep Space Nine" episode, "Hard Time," in an effort to inspire their creative brainstorming for the sci-fi/horror TV project they are developing through the podcast.

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Category:star trek-ifying -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

A special new podcast subset featuring Nate and his father. "My Dad & the Movies" is a ten-part series where Nate and his father, George, discuss a movie of his father's choice, maybe a favorite or a formative work that made him the cinephile he is, and father and son can talk about their shared love of the movies. This time it's 2019's cult horror movie, "Midsommar," which became his favorite movie of that year. Did he too fall under the spell of the cult?

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Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 4:29pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are exploring the reaches of space two "Star Trek" episodes at a time, those focusing on more horror or Lovecraftian elements, to serve as inspiration for a creative writing project the guys are working through. This week's exploration features a season 7 episode "Phantasms" of "The Next Generation," the Data dreams and speaks with Sigmund Freud and the zombie thriller episode "Impulse" from "Star Trek Enterprise" with a standout Jolene Blalock.

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Episode 357 includes:

-If you don't know about the behind the scenes drama of "Don't Worry Darling," then buckle up.

-Ben doesn't fall for "Fall."

-Nate finds "Clerks 3" to be a sad ending for several reasons.

-Star Trek-ifying -- "Impulse" / "Phantasms"

-The guys discuss a strange dream-heavy season 7 "Next Generation" episode exploring Data's fragmenting sense of reality as well as the zombie Vulcan episode from "Enterprise." The guys then use both as a jumping point to brainstorm and structure the season of their sci-fi Lovecraftian space project.

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Category:star trek-ifying -- posted at: 8:49pm EST

A special new podcast subset featuring Nate and his father. "My Dad & the Movies" is a ten-part series where Nate and his father, George, discuss a movie of his father's choice, maybe a favorite or a formative work that made him the cinephile he is, and father and son can talk about their shared love of the movies. This time it's 1964's OTHER famous Cold War anihilation thriller, "Fail Safe," with the biggest discussion saved for the final decision by the U.S. president to avert an all-out nuclear war.

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Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 10:45am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are changing things up and boldly going where, well, many have gone before, examining one of Ben's most beloved series of all time, "Star Trek." The guys are selecting two episodes across the five series of"Trek" to watch and relate to a sci-fi/horror writing project for the next several weeks. This week it's a "Trek" episode beloved by fans and one derrided by the fans.

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Episode 356 includes:

-Shia LeBouf might even be a bigger liar than we thought. Shocker.

-Nate says "Oprhan First Kill" has a brief stretch of entertainment.

-Ben says "Samaritan" is a fine movie with the most obvious twist and challenges you, the listener, to guess it (and you will).

-Star Trek-ifying -- "The Doomsday Machine" / "Threshold"

-The guys discuss one of the most hallowed episodes of the original Star Trek series, "The Doomsday Clock," and one of the all-time most loathed, from Voyager, "Threshold." The guys discuss the merits of each and then use both as a srpingboard to talk about a new sci-fi pilot concept they're creatively sketching out.

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Category:star trek-ifying -- posted at: 9:29am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are reconsidering whether or not it's actually worth it to ever watch another Woody Allen movie, especially after they talk about the painful experience that is 1993's light-hearted "Manhattan Murder Mystery. They also discuss Christopher Nolan's "Insomnia" remake from 2002, a much much better movie experience.

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Episode 355 includes:

-R.I.P. Anne Heche and director Wolfgang Peterson.

-"Secret Headquarters" makes "We Can Be Heroes" look better.

-"Bullet Train" is a movie that knows exactly what it wants.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Manhattan Murder Mystery" / "Insomnia"

-The guys discuss Woody Allen's "quirky" mystery and their general distaste for the man and his sense of comedy, and then praise the 2002 Christopher Nolan "Insomnia" thriller as an example of what Hollywood filmmaking can be with the right people and vision. After, they pitch a project combining both elements that will be better than "Manhattan Murder Mystery" for sure.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 6:32pm EST

A special new podcast subset featuring Nate and his father. "My Dad & the Movies" is a ten-part series where Nate and his father, George, discuss a movie of his father's choice, maybe a favorite or a formative work that made him the cinephile he is, and father and son can talk about their shared love of the movies. Next is the three-hour adaptation of Stephen King's popular series, 1999's "The Green Mile."

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Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 7:46pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are ready to leap into the jungle with 1984's hit "Romancing the Stone," a movie that spawned its own rom-com subgenre, and then the little remembered 2009 film "Inkheart," starring Brendan Frasier and Paul Bettany, about a family with the power to open portals in and out of literature.

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Episode 354 includes:

-R.I.P. Bernard Cribbins, Donna Noble's grandfather on "Doctor Who."

-Does the ongoing chaos in project cancelation at Warner Bros Discovery make it more or less likely Ezra Miller's "Flash" get yanked?

-"Prey" is a high-quality Predator prequel that packs a punch.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Romancing the Stone" / "Inkheart"

-The guys discuss the 1984 rom-com adventure by director Robert Zemeckis that isn't quite as it's remembered and then 2009's fantasy adventure "Inkheart" which fails from a lack of imagination for its imagination. The guys then combine both movies into a new project they pitch on the spot.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are once again delving into the hallowed film career of Orson Welles, Ben's "favorite director," and looking at another well-regarded classic, the last of his career in the Hollywood system, 1958's border thriller "Touch of Evil," and then they also discuss a 2017 unknown action thriller with Dave Bautista about America under assault from within by reactionary white supremacist forces (timely!).

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Episode 353 includes:

-Lots of Marvel Comicon news! Also, DC might be melting down... again!

-R.I.P. Paul Sorvino, David Warner, and Nichelle Nichols.

-"Nope" is a pretty solid "yep"

-Netflix's $200-million "The Gray Man" is a dispiriting and bland action movie.

Switch the Pitch -- "Bushwick" / "Touch of Evil"

-The guys discuss the all-in-one-take urban warfare movie "Bushwick" starring Dave Bautista and Orson Welles' 1958 B-movie classic "Touch of Evil" with Charlton Heston as a Mexican-American and Janet Leigh in motel rooms being harassed yet again. After, the guys combine both movies into a new project and pitch it live.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are staring into the madness of 2017's "The Evil Within," a self-financed horror movie from a wealthy Getty scion before he died of a drug overdose, and then going back to Orson Welles with his last movie, completed near 30 years after his death and available on Netflix. Both are artistic visions that consumed their artists, finished after their demise, and both present an interesting discussion.

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Episode 352 includes:

-R.I.P. James Caan, who we forgot to mention last episode.

-More "Halloween" and "Jeepers Creepers" we don't care about.

-"The Black Phone" is an enjoyable survival horror thriller with too many other kinds of movies competing for time.

-Switch the Pitch -- "The Evil Within" / "The Other Side of the Wind"

-The guys discuss at length (like 45+ minutes) about the final films for two artists finished years after their deaths. "The Evil Within" is a horror movie by Andrew Getty, and it's nightmarish and impressive and campy and crazy but works. "The Other Side of the Wind" was the movie Orson Welles tried completing for the last 15 years of his life, and it took an additional few decades to finally be completed by Netflix. The guys go into both movies problems, ambitions, artistic merits, and then combine into a new project sharing both of their key creative elements.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 3:07pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are examining Netflix's 2020 indie sci-fi thriller "Horse Girl" co-written and starring Alison Brie as a woman who thinks she may be abducted by aliens, and they're watching for the first time the supposed classic from 1974 "The Conversation," the Francis Ford Coppola movie he mad between the two "Godfathers"s.

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Episode 351 includes:

-Me Too updates: David O. Russell, R. Kelly, and James Franco still bad humans

-Is there any realistic hope at all for Rob Zombie's "The Munsters"?

-"Jerry and Marge Go Large" is sweet and shockingly almost conflict-free.

-"Thor: Love and Thunder" has the right parts but is trying too hard to rekindle your memory of "Ragnarok."

-Switch the Pitch -- "Horse Girl" / "The Conversation"

-What exactly is 2020's "Horse Girl" really going for? Is 1974's "The Conversation" a victim of our sensibilities about a surveilance state and a conspiracy thriller moving beyond what it can do? The guys discuss their misgivings about both movies and then pitch a brand-new project combining elements from both movies.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 9:15am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are having a lengthy discussion over the appeal and nature of the "Star Trek" film canon, about David O. Russell's Me Too status, about popcorn ads, and about combining two films into a brand new creative project for this week's Switch the Pitch. Also, they discuss their old monthly sketch comedy show in 2007 when they were unknowingly the front for a local religious cult. Click here to watch the comedy sketches (and not religious cult propoagands, we promise).

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Episode 350 includes:

-Are the Skinny Pop ads just a little bit... overdoing it?

-Trailer reactions for "The Woman King," "Amsterdam," and Kevin Smith's "Clerks III."

-"Men" is all about... well... men.

-Ben has seen the "Minions" and... did not hate it or himself.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" / "From Beyond"

-The guys pitch a TV series combining elements from the first, very leisurely paced foray into film for the "Star Trek" franchise as well as the Lovecraftian horror movie "From Beyond."

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 8:19am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are examining two less-than-familiar movies for this week's edition of Switch the Pitch, starting with 1995's "Memory Run," where a man has his consciousness transplanted into the body of his dead lover, and then 2006's "Fay Grim" by indie auter Hal Hartley.

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Episode 349 includes:

-So who cares about 50 years of legal precedent anyway? Ramifications of the Roe v. Wade decision being overturned by the Supremes.

-Nate runs through a littany of okay-to-dull movies like "Spiderhead," "Crimes of the Future," and "Cha Cha Real Smooth."

-Ben declares "Elvis" his favorite Baz Luhrman movie.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Memory Run" / "Fay Grim"

-The guys discuss the 1995 direct-to-video sci-fi action movie from a trans perspective and also Hal Hartley's 2006 "Fay Grim," a sequel to "Henry Fool" and a winky ironic satire of spy movies, and then the guys combine major elements into a new concept better than both.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 11:49am EST

A special new podcast subset featuring Nate and his father. "My Dad & the Movies" is a ten-part series where Nate and his father, George, discuss a movie of his father's choice, maybe a favorite or a formative work that made him the cinephile he is, and father and son can talk about their shared love of the movies. Next is the Oscar-winning, post-apocalyptic, face-meltingly awesome "Mad Max: Fury Road."

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Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 7:25am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have returned from a recent power outage and are even more powerful than ever, or so they believe. The guys are watching two very different movies this week, 1944's "Double Indemnity" and 2016's "Shin Godzilla," to combine into a new project.

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Episode 348 includes:

-The game of chicken that Ezra Miller continues playing with Warner Brothers takes a few new turns, also more MeToo news.

-R.I.P. respected character actor Phillip Baker Hall.

-Nate runs through several mildler romantic comedies like "Downtown Abbey," "Father of the Bride," and "Good Luck to You, Leo Grande."

-Turns out "Jurassic World: Dominion" is even worse than you feared.

-"Lightyear" is solid mid-range Pixar.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Double Indemnity" / "Shin Godzilla"

-The guys discuss the 2016 very talky, very in-the-weeds of government technospeak Godzilla movie, where it loses them, and then Billy Wilder's 1944 film noir classic that has less shine for Ben, and then they attempt to combine them into a new project about insurance fraud via giant monster destruction.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 3:15pm EST

A special new podcast subset featuring Nate and his father. "My Dad & the Movies" is a ten-part series where Nate and his father, George, discuss a movie of his father's choice, maybe a favorite or a formative work that made him the cinephile he is, and father and son can talk about their shared love of the movies. Next is 2001's "Vanilla Sky," based upon the 1997 Spanish movie, "Open Your Eyes," both starring Penelope Cruz.

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Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 7:22am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back at it with Switch the Pitch, where they watch two unrelated movies and then try and marry both of them into a new creative project. This time it's the 2013 Canadian ghost thriller "Hanter" combined with the hit meta 1995 comedy, "The Brady Bunch Movie."

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Episode 347 includes:

-R.I.P. Ray Liotta

-Reactions to "Black Adam" trailer and Johnny Depp/Amber Heard defamation verdict.

-Ben has seen the horror that is the animated "Marmaduke" movie on Netflix.

-"Dual" leaves soemthing to be desired.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Haunter" / "Brady Bunch Movie"

-The 2013 ghostly thriller is a well-constructed and conceieved chiller, but the 1995 "Brady" movie is a one-joke irony time capsule for not just the 1970s but now the 1990s as well.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 3:07pm EST

While the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" wait to record next, check out Ben and his brother George's long-running podcast covering movies starring "Saturday Night Live" alums as well as exploring the history of the famous sketch comedy series. Listen to the guys discuss their take on "Problem Child," especially after they both unabashedly loved "Problem Child 2" which they saw first. Can it live up to the hype? Is that even the appropriate term?

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Category:Saturday Night Jive -- posted at: 12:51pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are catching up on movies from April and May to discuss after ending their brief hiatus and get back to pitching starting with the next podcast.

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Episode 356 includes:

-Trailer reactions: "Thor: Love and Thunder," "Mission: Impossible 7," and more.

-"Fantastic Beasts 3" is a slog about election coups that feels like it should be the end of this franchise.

-"2000 Mules" is just as bad as you would think from Dinesh D'Souza.

-Who's the firestarter? Twisted "Firestarter."

-the guys have divided responses to Marvel's "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" and different takes on whether its big villain breaking bad worked.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

A special new podcast subset featuring Nate and his father. "My Dad & the Movies" is a ten-part series where Nate and his father, George, discuss a movie of his father's choice, maybe a favorite or a formative work that made him the cinephile he is, and father and son can talk about their shared love of the movies. Next is 1945's "The Portrait of Dorian Grey" based upon the story by Oscar Wilde and featuring a young Angela Lansbury.

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Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 3:10pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back before a brief hiatus for the first half of May and they have two rather underwhelming movies to discuss before, as per the rules of Switch the Pitch, combining them into a new project on the spot. They talk about 2020's "Ava" with Jessica Chastain as a hired gun, and 2015's "Terminator: Genisys," which was supposed to kickoff an alternate timeline trilogy that never was.

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Episode 345 includes:

-Netflix down! Twitter bought? Disney booted from self-governing! News and politics and entertainment.

-Nate find the Netflix doc "White Hot" to be shallow, just like its subject, Ambercrombie & Fitch.

-Ben hates Michael Bay's runaway "Ambulance."

-Switch the Pitch -- "Ava" / "Terminator: Genisys"

-The guys discuss the unheralded 2020 spy thriller with Jessica Chastain, not to be confused with the 2022 unheralded spy thriller starring Jessica Chastain, and one of the many failed Terminator sequel/reboots before combining them into a brand-new creative project.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 6:34pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are celebrating Easter with a very special movie about what if Muslim terrorists went back in time to kill Jesus before he was crucified. Yes, amazingly, this movie exists, and it's "Assassin 33 A.D.," also known as "Black Easter," and the guys are discussing it along with the Asylum mockbuster "10 Million B.C." way back when Roland Emmerich's "10,000 B.C." bombed in 2008.

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Episode 344 includes:

-Ezra Miller working extra hard to not be employable.

-Cronenberg is back to doing what Croneberg do.

-Horror flicks "X" and "Choose or Die" are derivative but neither as good or as bad as advertised.

-Switch the Pitch -- "10 Million B.C." / "Assassin 33 A.D."

-One involves a science team traveling to the past with dinosaurs, the other involves a military team, and scientists, traveling back to the past to kill or save Jesus, so it's only obvious that the combined pitch would be dinosaurs trying to kill Jesus. Surprisingly, both of these schlocky movies earn some respect.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 7:53am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are looking at sci-fi hunts old and new, with 1997's "Future War" that was so bad it was also covered on MST3K and Best of the Worst, and one of Bruce Willis' many new and problematic films, 2021's "Apex," that has new significance to review through now that Willis is retiring from acting for medical reasons.

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Episode 343 includes:

-More fallout from SlapGate 2022.

-David Lynch secret movie coming to Cannes?

-"Everything Everywhere All At Once" is a miracle.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Future War" / "Apex"

-The guys discuss the notorious, and MST3K-featured, sci-fi movie with cyborgs and exploding dinosaurs and former hookers become nuns, "Future War," and the 2021 update of "The Most Dangerous Game," the late stage Bruce Willis thriller "Apex" that takes on new examination from the actor's revelation of his cognitive problems. the guys then combine the two to pitch a new creative project.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 9:47am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are here to discuss two crime movies, one set in the future and starring will Smith hunting robots (2004's "I, Robot") and one where Ray Liotta is trying to determine whether his assistant DA murdered a man and possible whether she's not actually black or something (2005's "Slow Burn"). Truly, this one is a bizarre movie with head-scratching decisions the guys try and unpack, and then they combine both into a new project, which they did previously as a short script they wrote, but now it's a game attempt to expand it into a potential feature.

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Episode 342 includes:

-More fallout from Oscar Slapgate 2022.

-Ezra Miller running quickly... out of excuses for his bad behavior and may be booted as The Flash.

-"Judd Apatow's The Bubble" could have been much funnier, but perhaps it's got enough gags to last.

-Here's a shocking surprise: Ben does not hate the next Sony Spider-Man on-its-own film, "Morbius."

-Switch the Pitch -- "I, Robot" / "Slow Burn"

-The guys re-examine the 2004 Will Smith robot action thriller and find it to be underrated, and they try valiantly to make sense of a very confused "erotic thriller" from 2005, "Slow Burn," that was filmed in 2003, and somehow becomes a story of Rachel Dolezar meets Keyser Soze?

Direct download: pitch_342.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 3:09pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are talking Oscars, Ben's absolute most favorite topic of every season, and going over the ceremony, the winners, and especially the big news everyone is talking about, Will Smith slapping Chris Rock and garnering no consequences. The guys also discuss Netflix's 2022 sci-fi action movie "The Adam Project" and the 2014 DC animated film "Son of Batman."

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Episode 341 includes:

-R.I.P. Ivan Reitman and William Hurt.

-All Oscars! Winners! Losers! The slap heard round the world! What should the Oscars have done?

-Nate finds "Deep Water" to be a sign that the erotic thriller is more than a thing of the past.

-Ben says "Moonfall" is a waste of everyone's efforts.

-Switch the Pitch -- "The Adam Project" / "Son of Batman"

-Ben shares his thoughts on Netflix's 2022 sci-fi action movie with Ryan Reynolds and his younger self teaming up to save the world, and the guys then discuss the disappointment of the animated 2014 "Son of Batman," and then the guys attempt to pitch a new project combining elements from both.

Direct download: pitch_341.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

A special new podcast subset featuring Nate and his father. "My Dad & the Movies" is a ten-part series where Nate and his father, George, discuss a movie of his father's choice, maybe a favorite or a formative work that made him the cinephile he is, and father and son can talk about their shared love of the movies. Next is the sci-fi film noir masterpiece and one of Roger Ebert's favorite films, 1998's stylish "Dark City."

Available on Spotify and Apple

Direct download: mdm_dark_city.mp3
Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 7:47pm EST

They've gone and done it. The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are giving noted filmmaker Brian DePalma a final chance to impress them, so each of the guys has selected a DePalma film to review and ask, once and for all, is it time to put the nails in the coffin when it comes to ever watching more DePalma movies?

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Episode 340 includes:

-Ms. Marvel trailer! Mike Myers is back at comedy!

-"Drive My Car" is too meandering for its own good.

-The guys have different takes on Pixar's "Turning Red"

-Nail in the Coffin -- Brian DePalma

-The guys discuss at length two DePalma thrillers, 1980's "Dressed to Kill" and 1992's "Raising Cain," and they go over their many problems with DePalma as a storyteller and filmmaker as he keeps going back to the Hitchcock "Psycho" well again and again.

Direct download: pitch_340.mp3
Category:Nail in the Coffin -- posted at: 5:27pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are rolling into March with a new Batman movie to talk plenty about, re-examining the many, many issues and discomforts of the 2002 sex comedy "Sorority Boys," as well as living out the harrowing 2016 thriller "Green Room" with Patrick Stewart as a skinhead Nazi leader. Fortunately, the guys have no shortage of things to say to make up for the lack of March episodes thus far. Enjoy.

Episode 339 includes:

-Ryan Coogler mistaken for robbing a bank? What?

-"Marry Me" is a rom-com that suffers from the total lack of chemistry from both of its leads.

-A whole lot to say about Matt Reeves' whole lot of Batman.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Sorority Boys" / "Green Room"

-The guys discuss the nervy 2016 siege thriller by writer/director Jeremy Sauliner and the abhorrent 2002 men-in-drag sex comedy that we are all better forgetting about, and then they combine both movies into a brand-new creative project on the spot.

Direct download: pitch_339.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 10:49am EST

A special new podcast subset featuring Nate and his father. "My Dad & the Movies" is a ten-part series where Nate and his father, George, discuss a movie of his father's choice, maybe a favorite or a formative work that made him the cinephile he is, and father and son can talk about their shared love of the movies. Next is director Paul Thomas Anderson's sprawling epic, 1999's "Magnolia."

Available on Spotify and Apple

Direct download: MDtM_-_Magnolia_1999.mp3
Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 5:19pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back and looking over their shoulders after a double dose of movies to make them paranoid, the first is Netflix's thriller "The Night Clerk" about an autistic hotel clerk who spies on the guests, and 1998's big-budget conspiracy thriller "Enemy of the State" with Will Smith and Gene Hackman, though not as much Hackman as you remember.

Available on Spotify and Apple

Episode 338 includes:

-Oscars are cutting categories for TV! Super Bowl trailers! "Doctor Strange 2," "Jurassic World 3," "Nope"!

-Ben finally gets to unleash on "House of Gucci."

-Nate dishes on "The King's Man," "Kimi," and Ben Shapiro's contained thriller, "Shut In."

-"Big Bug" is Jean Piere-Jeunet's return to weird.

-Switch the Pitch -- "the Night Clerk" / "Enemy of the State"

-The guys discuss the 2020 Netflix thriller "The Night Clerk" about an autistic voyeur that is just wrong from many reasons, and 1998's Will Smith paranoia thriller, "Enemy of the State," and then combine the two for a new original sci-fi project.

Direct download: pitch_338.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 10:08pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are keeping things leaner with this podcast, only talking about the recent 2022 Oscar nominations in several big categories, and then the guys discuss 2018's underrated and little-known summer camp slasher comedy "You Might Be the Killer" with Whedon alums Alyson Hannigan and Fran Kranz, and 1998's "Zero Effect" starring Ben Stiller and Bill Pullman as the world's most best/worst detective.

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Episode 337 includes:

-Oscars nominations! Predictions! Snubs! Feel Ben's loathing for all of it! So much loathing!

-Switch the Pitch -- "You Might Be the Killer" / "Zero Effect"

-The guys talk about the 2018 meta indie horror comedy "You Might Be the Killer" and the modern-day Sherlock Holmes vehicle, 1998's "Zero Effect," and then combine them to pitch a quirky crime procedural pilot project.

Direct download: pitch_337.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

A special new podcast subset featuring Nate and his father. "My Dad & the Movies" is a ten-part series where Nate and his father, George, discuss a movie of his father's choice, maybe a favorite or a formative work that made him the cinephile he is, and father and son can talk about their shared love of the movies. This month they kick things off with 1944's film noir classic, "Double Indemnity."

Available on Apple and Spotify

Direct download: MDM_-_Double_Indemnity.mp3
Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 5:51pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back and looking at political and media satire done with two very different styles, comparing 2018's indie "the Oath" with the studio bombast of 1987's "The Running Man," with Richard Dawson as a villainous game show host too.

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Episode 336 includes:

-Geoffrey Rush to play Groucho Marx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play cult leader Jim Jones.

-"Scream 5" is a worthy ad fun sequel for the franchise.

-Ben declares the animated movie "Trash" to be... well...

-"The 355" is an all-girl spy thriller that replaces male spy cliches with women. Progress?

-Switch the Pitch -- "The Oath" / "The Running Man"

-The guys discuss the promise and failing of 2018's Trumpian political satire "The Oath" and then the mega-schlock Arnold action vehicle that typifies 80s action, 1987's "The Running Man," and then combine both into a brand-new pitch.

Direct download: pitch_336.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 11:25am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are looking at the annuls of goofy television this week as they combine two blowhard TV personas to make a new pitch. The guys watch and discuss 2016's "Mindhorn" from Netflix and 2002's unexpected spy thriller "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," where the host of "the Gong Show" was really a CIA hitman.

Available on Apple and Spotify

Episode 335 includes:

-R.I.P. Meat Loaf and Louie Anderson and "sexy M&Ms."

-No more dwarves in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves"? About time.

-"Voyagers" and "the Humans" are two films to skip.

-"Happily" is a worthwhile exercise that almost makes it to the end.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Mindhorn" / "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"

-The guys discuss the dry British comedy "Mindhorn" from the team behind "The Mighty Boosh," and more so discuss George Clooney's directorial debut, the Charlie Kaufman-penned "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." Then they combine elements of both to make a brand-new pitch.

Direct download: pitch_335.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back in 2022 and taking stock of the recent losses, new trailers, ongoing controversies, and this week are reminiscing about two solid action thrillers from the 2010s, "Non-Stop" and "Source Code," to combine into a new pitch.

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Episode 334 includes:

-R.I.P. Betty White, Sidney Poitier, Bob Saget

-Does Marvel's Moon Knight look like 1997's Spawn?

-Joss Whedon just can't help but dig that grave a little deeper.

-Nate runs through several Oscar-contending indie movies, "Parallel Mothers," "The Novice," "Passing," and "The Hand of God."

-Ben's loathing of Wes Anderson's "The French Dispatch" is everything you come for.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Non-Stop" / "Source Code"

-The guys discuss two elevated action thriller,s the first about a terrorist on a plane (Non-Stop) and the second about a terrorist on a train (Source Code), and then combine them into an original pitch for a man who claims to be a time traveler trying to thwart a hijacking.

Direct download: pitch_334.mp4
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 9:03pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back with part two of their retrospective on the best and worst of 2021 movies, and now it's time for the unfortunate ones. The guys share their Bottom Ten lists for the worst movies of 2021.

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Direct download: pitch_333.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have watched over 100 movies from the year 2021, with more to go, and share their compilations for their Ten Best Movies. Part two is arriving soon as the guys look at the worst of 2021.

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Direct download: pitch_332.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pictures" have one more podcast to gift this holiday season to close out 2021. They are set to discuss more many more movies, plus the highly anticipated "Matrix" sequel/reboot, and end on discussing 2005's stop-motion animated "Corpse Bride" and 1999's Disney channel original sci-fi kids movie, "Can of Worms."

Available on Spotify and Apple

Episode 331 includes:

-No news! Straight to the movies!

-"Don't Look Up" is a scathing satire that's meant to make you uncomfortable.

-"Titane" is a weird French movie that's not weird enough, and "Petite Maman" is a delightful French drama.

-We would have been better off with nothing rather than "The Matrix Resurrections."

-Switch the Pitch -- "Corpse Bride" / "Can of Worms"

-The guys discuss the 2005 Tim Burton animated musical and where it doesn't quite measure up, especially its ending, and then the 1999 Disney Channel original movie that Ben declared his favorite growing up, about a young boy who unexpectedly becomes a fascination for many different aliens. Then the guys pitch an original movie combining elements from both.

Direct download: pitch_331.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 1:03pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are watching movies about little kids with issues, the first more homicidal and the next more earnestly deranged. They discuss 1992's "Mikey," a forgotten but enjoyably silly killer kid movie, and 2006's "Everyone's Hero," a passion project for the last Christopher Reeves.

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Episode 330 includes:

-Actor Chris Noth gets Me Too-ed and Jeff Garlin and Jay Johnston get booted from their TV shows.

-Trailer reactions: "Sonic 2," "Fantastic Beasts 3," and a new film by the Daniels ("Swiss Army Man").

-Nate shrugs at "C'mon, C'mon" and "the Tragedy of Macbeth" and "The Lost Daughter."

-"Spider-Man: No Way Home" is all the Spider-Man.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Mikey" / "Everyone's Hero"

-The guys discuss the bizarre animated movie co-directed by Christopher Reeve as a passion project, a 2006 movie about Babe Ruth, a talking baseball and a talking baseball bat, and then the far more entertaining 1992 movie "Mikey" about a killer kid who also happens to be a sex pervert and little twerp. They'll combine elements from both into an original pitch.

Direct download: pitch_330.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 10:52am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are trying to make sense of a notorious mess of a movie, Hollywood legend Laurence Kasdan's adaptation of Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher," a 2003 sci-fi misfire with some of the most insane creative choices. The guys also discuss the recent 2017 "Power Rangers" film and then dutifully combine both into a new project.

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Episode 329 includes:

-Laurence Kasdan, Rebel Wilson, giving away money, and the forthcoming destruction of Roe v. Wade.

-"8-Bit Christmas" is not a new generation's "Christmas Story."

-Nate is underwhelmed by both "the Tender Bar" and "Being the Ricardos."

-Switch the Pitch -- "Power Rangers" / "Dreamcatcher"

-Without much more discussion on the recent Power Rangers movie, the guys take a deep dive into the disastrous 2003 Stephen King adaptation and then try and pitch a new project combining elements from both.

Direct download: pitch_329.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are looking at two flawed movies and trying to make something better in their wake, starting with 2016's frustrating and low-budget "Let's Be Evil," and then the 2020 Netflix family superhero action film, "We Can Be Heroes."

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Episode 328 includes:

-"Jurassic Park" prologue... now with... CGI dinosaurs.

-Nate offers reviews for three awards-caliber movies: "House of Gucci," "The Last Duel," and "The Eyes of Tammy Faye."

-Ben says "Encanto" is a charming addition to the House House pedigree of animation.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Let's Be Evil" / "We Can Be Heroes"

-The guys discuss the low=budget indie horror thriller, "Let;s Be Evil," which has a lot of conceptual issues, and Robert Rodriguez's kids superhero action adventure, "We Can Be Heroes," which also has conceptual issues, and then they combine both into a much better pitch.

Direct download: pitch_328.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 4:20pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are down another month and there's enough room for a special presentation of "Saturday Night Jive," the podcast from George and Ben where they chat about the history of SNL and movies starring alums, and this one's a doozy. The meme-before-there-were-memes 2006 movie, "Snakes on a Plane." 

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have stumbled upon another movie so mad and crazy that it almost deserves to be seen, unless you care about your mental well-being. Thank goodness there's these guys, as they discuss 2002's "comedy" by writer/director/star Jeff Daniels, "Super Sucker," as well as the slightly memorable 1986 killer robot in a mall slasher movie, "Chopping Mall." The guys then combine both properties to pitch a brand-new project about dueling killer robot salesman.

Available on Spotify and Apple

Episode 327 includes:

-New Spider-Man trailer with more multi-verse action. But is added Spider-Men of Spider past an emotional incentive?

-Nate runs through.... a lot of movies to cover, from "Spencer" to "No Time to Die" to "Venom" to "Eternals" to "tick, tick, BOOM" to "King Richard" and more.

-"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" is a perfectly heart-felt sequel and the haters have it wrong.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Chopping Mall" / "Super Sucker"

-The guys discuss the 1986 sci-fi slasher film about a killer mall secruity droid killing dumb teenagers and 2002's truly bizarre passion project by Jeff Daniels who served as writer, director, producer, and star as a vacuum salesman who discovers they also work as a masturbatory aid.

Direct download: pitch_327.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 11:05am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are going into the 8-bit realm to pitch and cast a "Punch Out" movie based upon combining key elements of 1990's "Dick Tracy," a truly weird movie, and 2004's celebrated "Million Dollar Baby" which won a slew of Oscars.

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Episode 326 includes:

-Paul Rudd: People's Sexiest Man Alive.

-R.I.P. Dean Stockwell. You're with Ziggy now, pal.

-You will believe that Tom Hanks can build a robot to save a dog... in "Finch."

-So is "Eternals" the worst MCU movie as they say?

-Switch the Pitch -- "Dick Tracy" / "Million Dollar Baby"

-The guys discuss Warren Beatty's deeply weird, deeply faithful comic adaptation and the Oscar-winning Clint Eastwood boxing drama and then combine them to form a "Punch Out" movie based upon the classic NES game.

Direct download: pitch_326.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 4:30pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are voicing their frustration with our current state of affairs by pitching "Anti-Vax," built from watching 2013's "Bounty Killer," a low-budget post-apocalyptic Western, and 2016's "Pandemic," an indie found footage zombie movie that just might surprise you with its ingenuity.

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Episode 325 includes:

-Ben, sadly, catches up on his missed opportunity to quote more from Mr. Skin's skin-crawling writing.

-Tarantino to sell "Pulp Fiction" deleted scenes as NFTs... what?

-Can "Morbius" look any worse with every new trailer?

-"The French Dispatch" is more of the same Wes Anderson, perhaps even more esoteric.

-"Last Night in Soho" could have used more nights to better establish its plot and rules.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Bounty Killer" / "Pandemic"

-Two lesser-seen genre movies, one that tries too hard to be trashy exploitation fare and the other that is a surprisingly adept found footage zombie thriller. The guys then combine the elements into a brand-new pitc about hunting down anti-vaxxers in a post-apocalypse brought about from a pandemic.

Direct download: Pitch_325.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 6:07pm EST

The "Dirty Soms of Pitches" are back from filming their 48 Hour film short, which you can see here, and again watching lesser-watched movies to try and make a new project based upon their key elements. The guys tackle 1971's anti-Western Western, "A Gunfight," that looks at the human affect of a shootout, and 2011's "Carnage," based on a stage play, about two sets of parents coming into conflict because of their kids' conflict.

Available on Apple and Spotify

Episode 324 includes:

-More on the Dave Chappelle controversy with his trans blind spot and determination to ruin his career.

-Alec Baldwin fires a prop gun on set and kills the movie's director of photography. How could something like this happen?

-Trailer reactions to "Uncharted" and "Lightyear."

-"Halloween Kills" is a boring slasher movie with nothing new. EVIL DIES TONIGHT.

-Ben weighs the pros of a big, faithful adaptation of one of his favorite sci-fi books... with the nature of "Dune" also being a Denis Villenueve film.

-Switch the Pitch -- "A Gunfight" / "Carnage"

-The guys discuss Roman Polanski's very play-like 2011 tale of feuding adults descending into children and the 1971 Western starring Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash that is 98 percent lead-up to the shootout, and then the guys pitch a movie combining elements from both.

Direct download: pitch_324.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 7:49pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" once had George come onto the podcast to test us on what he deemed one of the most amazing and unpredictable movies he had ever seen. Years later, for his podcast with his brother Ben, the guys of "Saturday Night Jive" give this 2017 curiosity the full blown deconstruction it rightfully deserves.

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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are watching two movies that aren't worth your time but trying to create a brand new pitch that could be better than both, and this week's subjects are 1998's comedy "Woo" and 2019's British indie dark comedy "A Serial Killer's Guide to Life."

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Episode 323 includes:

-Casting news: Adam Warlock and animated Mario Brothers.

-Trailer discussion for "Scream 5: Scream and Scream Again."

-If you're a Sopranos fan, you might not even find enough to like with "The Many Saints of Newark."

-"The Adams Family 2" is perfectly fine family film.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Woo" / "A Serial Killer's Guide to Life"

-The guys discuss Jada Pinkett's early solo outing, 1998's "Woo," and a frustrating dark comedy that feels entirely stretched thin, 2019's "A Serial Killer's Guide to Life." They then combine both into a new, and better, pitch for a movie about the extent a lonely man will go to accept a charming serial killer girlfriend.

Direct download: pitch_323.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 8:44pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have returned from a brief break with more movie discussion and news takes and are combining the Phillip K. Dick-inspired sci-fi movie, "Paycheck," John Woo's last American movie, with the 2016 Sundance indie "Southside with You" that chronicles the first date of a young Barack and Michelle Obama. The guys debate whether an interesting movie could be had with either premise (hint: one of them, no way) and create a far more interesting new project on the fly.

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Episode 322 includes:

-Dr. Who getting new showrunner starting with the next season, and it's Russel T. Davies, the old showrunner.

-Marvel is suing the estates of its dead creators. Is this the next chapter in Phase Four?

-Evan Hansen is a monster and "Dear Evan Hansen" is a deeply misguided musical and movie.

-Ben just gives up with "Venom: Let There Be Carnage."

-Switch the Pitch -- "Paycheck" / "Southside with You"

-The guys discuss the disappointing John Wood-Ben Affleck sci-fi action movie and 2016's rambling would-be romance of the Obamas on the first date back in the day. They then combine both mediocre movies into a better pitch for a new project involving presidential time travelin' intrigue.

Direct download: pitch_322.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 6:26pm EST

On a very special edition of "Saturday Night Jive," the regular podcast Ben and his brother George record to discuss movies starring Saturday Night Love alums, the guys discuss the career and impact of one of their favorite comedians of all time, Norm MacDonald, and the reoccurring part of Stan Hooper. For all Norm fans out there, enjoy this shared tribute. 

Available on Apple and Spotify

 

Direct download: 273___R.I.P._Norm__-_Norm_MacDonald_Tribute.mp3
Category:Saturday Night Jive -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are yet again combining two movies into a brand-new pitch, this time with 2003's big broad successful comedy "Bruce Almighty" with the moribund 1934 "Death Takes a Holiday," which was the inspiration for 1998's "Meet Joe Black," a movie not discussed on this week's podcast.

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Episode 321 includes:

-Is Shang-Chi a secret menanist?

-Ben begins another front in his war of words against Martin Scorsese, this time with director Denis Villeneuve.

-Netflix documentary "Misha and the Wolves" is a survival story that's too good to be true and that's also the point.

-"Candyman" could have been a great horror movie, or message movie, but it kind of suffers from both.

-The guys talk about M. Night Shyamalan's very odd and very head-shaking thriller, "Old."

-Switch the Pitch -- "Bruce Almighty" / "Death Takes a Holiday"

-The 2003 Jim Carrey mass appeal comedy where a man is given the powers of God gets to be combined with the 1934 comedy/romance/drama "Death Takes a Holiday" where the Grim Reaper takes a brief vacation to live life as a human. One of these is less boring, guess which one?

Direct download: pitch_321.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 4:37pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have uncovered two little known movies and maybe it's best they remain that way. They discuss 2008's "Dean Spanley," starring Sam Neill and the great Peter O'Toole and 2017's "Krystal" starring Rosario Dawson, William H. Macy, Kathy Bates, and many more in one of the most head-scratching movies they've watched for this podcast.

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Episode 320 includes:

-R.I.P. Norm MacDonald, a craggy comedy icon.

-Trailers for "Dexter," "West Side Story," and finally the new-new "Matrix."

-Nate cheers "Shang-Chi" as the latest Marvel movie.

-Ben thinks he loves "Malignant."

-Switch the Pitch -- "Dean Spanley" / "Krystal"

-The guys discuss 2008's stately British drama based on a novella about a man who believes he used to be a dog and the bizarre 2017 indie "Krystal," directed by, of all people, William H. Macy where it feels like every artistic choice was the wrong one.

Direct download: pitch_320.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 11:40am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back with another edition of combining different movies into a brand-new pitch. This week it's the dreadful, truly dreadful "comedy" in 1998 written/directed by John Landis and mercifully forgotten combined with the Nicolas Cage/Shirley Maclaine 1994 comedy "Guarding Tess."

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Episode 319 includes:

-R.I.P. Ed Asner and Michael K. Williams

-New "Matrix" trailer... kind of.

-Ben says "Demonic" is confirmation Neil Blomkamp is a name that should no longer excite moviegoers.

-"Shang-Chi" is good Marvel fun by ways of punches and kicks.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Susan's Plan" / "Guarding Tess"

-The guys combine a very very bad movie by John Landis about a hit gone wrong (one of the worst films watched for the podcast, says Nate) with a forgettable and quaint Nicolas Cage comedy where he serves as a Secret Service agent to a former First Lady. FLOTUS as femme fatale?

Direct download: pitch_319.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are watching one of the most notorious flops in the history of Disney animation, the 1985 fantasy not-so-epic "The Black Cauldron," and then also talking about 1994's "Trapped in Paradise," which they both oddly recall the trailer vividly, though the final film is only memorable for unintended reasons. The guys then try and combine both films into an original pitch to once again close out the show.

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Episode 318 includes:

-New "Spider-Man" trailer and more multi-verse chaos.

-Ben says "Vivo" is not as magical as it wants to be.

-Nate says he's now off the "Fast and Furious" bandwagon after the ninth installment.

-"Reminiscence" is too reminiscent of the past.

-Switch the Pitch -- "The Black Cauldron" / "Trapped in Paradise"

-The guys discuss the Disney fantasy flop from 1985 and the bizarre 1994 ensemble comedy with Nicolas Cage before then trying to combine both into a new fantasy-set project of bumbling thieves/champions.

Direct download: pitch_318.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are combining two legendary figures of action cinema and two movies that allow them to poke fun at their super stardom. The guys watch 2008's "JCVD" with Jean-Claude Van Damme and 1993's "Last Action Hero" and sing the praises on high for the ahead-of-its-time entertainment of "Hero" and then combine them int0 a brand new movie pitch.

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Episode 317 includes:

-Blumhouse gets paid $400 million for three new "Exorcist" sequels.

-Ben declares the new "Suicide Squad" a nihilistic example of fun without meaning.

-"Free Guy" is a fun and clever action movie with a good message about the power of kindness.

-Switch the Pitch -- "JCVD" / "Last Action Hero"

-The guys watch two big stars of action movies of old send up their movie star images. First Jean-Claude Van Damme in 2008's "JCVD," and then the unfairly maligned meta blockbuster with Arnold, "Last Action Hero." Ben then pitches a new movie by combining the key elements from both action movies.

Direct download: pitch_317.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back and discussing plenty of Disney news, feuds, and movies, but the guys are watching the 2015 gangster movie with two Tom Hardys, "Legend," and then the 1989 comedy "Her Alibi" that has to be seen to be believed but really shouldn't be seen.

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Episode 316 includes:

-Disney vs. ScarJo and the squabble for money. Is it the start of a new reality?

-The end of the Chris Chibnal era for "Doctor Who" is nigh.

-Recent docs "Woodstock 99" and "Val" are both worth watching with some limitations.

-Disney's "Jungle Cruise" is not at the level of the "Pirates of the Caribbean."

-Switch the Pitch -- "Legend" / "Her Alibi"

-The guys talk about the double Tom Hardy's in 2015's "Legend" and why it separates itself from other gangster thrillers, and then they try and make sense of the very bad 1989 comedy "Her Alibi" before creating a new story based upon combining the two movies.

Direct download: pitch_316.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are combining two movies about kids growing up, the first the 2009 "Where the Wild Things Are" movie that was met with much consternation from studio execs who didn't get it (were they right?) and the 2016 "Hunt for the Wilderpeople," the comedy written and directed by Taika Watiti before helming "Thor: Ragnarok." The guys will pitch a new kids' movies taking themes and ideas from both.

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Episode 315 includes:

-The new "Dune" trailer looks fancy and dusty.

-Does the big "Black Widow" drop mean anything? Maybe that COVID is still a thing and not everyone wants to go back to the theaters?

-"Gunpowder Milkshake" is empty calories of style.

-"Space Jam: A New Legacy" feels like a WB catalogue that incensed Ben for its shameless cynicism.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Where the Wild Things Are" / "Hunt for the Wilderpeople"

-The guys discuss the curious and disconnected 2009 downer by director Spike Jonze and the 2016 whimsical and heartfelt movie by Taika Watiti before combining them into a brand-new pitch for a new movie.

Direct download: pitch_315.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

And with part two, the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" use a random dice roll generator to pitch out an entire three-act structure combining key elements from the 2009 animated fantasy "Coraline" and the 2019 meta made-for-TV Christmas movie, "A Christmas Movie Christmas."

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Direct download: pitch_314.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 11:36am EST

In part one of the latest from the "Dirty Sons of Pitches," the guys are covering movies they've watched this week including the first Marvel movie in two years, "Black Widow." They also assess the completion of the "Loki" TV show, with spoilers, and then have much to discuss with trying to make sense of the frustrating Christmas TV movie, "A Christmas Movie Christmas." Stay tuned for the next episode where the guys pitch a brand-new movie based upon combining "Coraline" and "A Christmas Movie Christmas."

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Episode 313 includes:

-Trailer responses to new Disney animated features, "Encanto" and "Turning Red."

-The latest MCU show is over and the guys sing the praises of "Loki" and what it means for the future.

-"Black Widow" is a Marvel movie where the dramatic interactions are even better than the action spectacle.

-The "UpTV original" movie, "A Christmas Movie Christmas" is a bland and starkly un-imaginative Christmas movie and Ben finds it all to be torture.

-"Coraline" might not be as good as you remember, with too much filler and mechanics, but it's still a fun.

Direct download: pitch_313.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are once again using their skills to pitch out a brand new movie based upon two pre-existing films, this week with 1995's Coolio-tastic "Dangerous Minds," where teachers adopt leather jackets to be cool and tough, and 2007's "Death Sentence" where we watch Kevin Bacon stumble his way through bloody vigilante vengeance.

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Episode 312 includes:

-R.I.P. Richard Donner. Thanks for the memories.

-The guys discuss the legacy of "The Sopranos" in the lead up to the prequel movie.

-Amazon's costly "The Tomorrow War" could have been a better series than an extra long action movie.

-Ben sings the praises of the Purge franchise and the catharsis of "The Forever Purge."

-Switch the Pitch -- "Dangerous Minds" / "Death Sentence"

-The guys pitch a brand-new teacher-based thriller combining elements from 1996's inspirational melodrama "Dangerous Minds" and 2007's gritty vigilante thriller, "Death Sentence."

Direct download: pitch_312.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are getting medieval this week by exploring two fantasy movies, 1996's buddy film "Dragonheart," and Robert Zemeckis' second mo-cap epic, 2007's "Beowulf." the guys will once again pitch a brand-new three-act structure combining key elements from both movies.

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Episode 311 includes:

-Me Too news: Josh Duggar, Kyle Massey, and breaking news, Bill Cosby released from prison. Ugh.

-"Clifford the Big Red Dog" is coming to horrify us all.

-Nate has finally found an Ohio-made indie deserving of an F grade.

-Ben declares "Fast and Furious 9" to be anything but "F9."

-Switch the Pitch -- "Dragonheart" / "Beowulf"

-The guys talk about the simple pleasures of 1996's fantasy romp "Dragonheart" and the added complexity of the 2007 "Bewoulf" CGI movie before combining both movies into a brand-new pitch to play out via dice game.

Direct download: pitch_311.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 3:12pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back to their pitching roots and this time are combining two office workplace comedies pitting workers against management, the sexual harassment comedy hit from 1980, "Nine to Five," and the 2017 dark comedy about bloody office politics, "Mayhem." 

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Episode 310 includes:

-Trailer reactions to the horror movie of our age -- "Karen."

-Nate says "Awake" will struggle to keep you awake.

-Ben has studied the laziness of Bruce Willis in two sci-fi indies where he was clearly there for a weekend.

-Netflix's "Wish Dragon" is like a Chinese "Aladdin" but okay.

-Switch the Pitch -- "9 to 5" / "Mayhem"

-The guys discuss the two movies of this week and try and pitch an entire three-act structure for a blend new movie synthesizing elements from both with the help of a random die roll system.

Direct download: pitch_310.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 2:11pm EST

In part two, the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are playing the latest game of Switch the Pitch be combining the likes of 1971's "Harold and Maude" and the awfulness of the truly terrible 1998 "Avengers" movie (non-MCU, mind you) into a brand-new movie that they will pitch out an act structure for. Behold, the likes of a May-December romance between spies and their helpers.

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Episode 310 includes:

-The guys talk about their generally warm feelings for "Harold and Maude," and their very cold cold feelings for the big-budget catastrophe, 1998's "Avengers."

-Switch the Pitch

-The guys play a dice roll game to pitch out a combination for both movies and create an original movie story.

Direct download: pitch_309.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 3:09pm EST

Due to the size, the recent recording by the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" is being split in half, with part one being the discussion of the week's news items and the movies seen, including big new studio releases like whether there is a moral fault for "In the Heights" and "The Conjuring 3," whether "Luca" is anything more than a literal fish out of water tale, and just how bad Paramount Plus' "Infinite" can get.

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Episode 308 includes:

-R.I.P. Ned Beatty, a man who is best known for squealing like a pig when requested.

-Ben think "In the Heights" is a tragedy because the character don't burn down the mechanisms of capitalism. Nate likes the songs.

-"The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It" is a gross example of deifying hucksters trying to free a real killer.

-"Luca" is pretty but nothing special from Pixar.

-"Infinite" is the first "Paramount Plus original" and there's a reason this generic, big-budget, vaguely supernatural sci-fi action thriller got shuttled off to a streamer. The guys discuss the faults at length and Ben pitches a much improved version in minutes.

Direct download: pitch_308.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back to their pitching roots and coming up with a brand-new movie based upon the mixing of two sci-fi movies, 1995's schlocky action thriller "Virtuosity," a silly hoot that nobody really talks about, and David Cronenberg's body horror descent into madness with 1983's Videodrome." The guys create a new property and set up next week's pairing to also be pitched out on the spot.

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Episode 307 includes:

-Amazon buys MGM for eight billion dollars because...?

-Sony announces another Spider-Man villain solo movie, this time starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

-The "Quiet Place" sequel is still worth talking about.

-"Cruella" might make you howl once you find out why she's so upset with dalmations.

-Switch the Pitch -- "Virtosity" / "Videodrome"

-The guys play a dice roll system and come up with a three-act structure to a pitch, on the spot, combining two bizarre technology sci-fi movies. 

Direct download: pitch_307.mp3
Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 9:38pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are closing out their run on movies and their remakes with a zombie apocalypse thanks to Netflix's big new movie, "Army of the Dead," directed by Zack Snyder. The guys watch Snyder's first movie, 2004's "Dawn of the Dead" as well as the 1978 George Romero version that cemented the world of zombies as well as zombies-as-metaphors. Stay tuned for the next new edition of the podcast.

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Episode 306 includes:

-Trailer reactions for Marvel's "The Eternals," "Last Night in Soho," and "Gunpowder Milkshake."

-The story behind the author of "The Woman is the Window" is WAY WAY more interesting than watching the movie.

-Nate says "Those Who Wish Me Dead" is a waste of Angelina Jolie, its exciting premise, and even fire.

-"Army of the Dead" is Zack Snyder's return to zombie cinema and, depending upon who you listen to, a fun return to schlocky form or more evidence he sill cannot tell a story.

-Remakin' It -- "Dawn of the Dead"

-The 1978 zombie classic from George Romero might be a little more rough around the edges, but Snyder's 2004 remake has its own merits as well as an action thriller.

Direct download: pitch_306.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 6:43pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have fulfilled a long-delayed promise and finally, at long last, watched the 1962 and 2004 "Manchurian Candidate," and surprise, they enjoyed both quite a lot. The 1962 original is definitely ahead of its time in approach and technique, and the 2004 remake is relevant for our times as well as finds ways to make some improvements.

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Episode 305 includes:

-AT&T is selling Warner Media to Discovery.

-R.I.P. Charles Grodin. May you meet all the Beethovens in heaven.

-Trailer reactions to "Hotel Transylvania 4" and "Dear Evan Hanson."

-"Oxygen" is a contained thriller that could have done more by ironically doing less.

-"The Woman in the Window" has a twist that Ben guessed in its opening SECONDS.

-Remakin' It -- "The Manchurian Candidate"

-The political thriller about an unwitting American sleeper agent caught in a dangerous conspiracy and it's actually a very good movie from 1962 and a quite good thriller from 2004. They've done it, they've found a movie that succeeds as an original and as a remake!

Direct download: pitch_305.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 6:40am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are gambling on one of the few remakes held in high regard with its well regarded source material. the guys are watching the 2008 Swedish vampire movie "Let the Right One In" as well as the 2010 American remake from director Matt Reeves and starring Chloe Grace-Moritz and Richard Jenkins, "Let Me In." Stay tuned for a long-delayed promise to finally get penciled in for the next episode's remakes.

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Episode 304 includes:

-Trailer responses to "A Quiet Place II," "The Forever Purge," and whatever you're calling "Venom 2"

-Seth Rogen and James Franco won't be starring in any projects together if Rogen has his way

-Ben has found an even worse animated movie on Netflix than the last bad animated movie from Netflix.

-"Tom Clancy's Without Remorse" is Tom Clancy even minus Tom Clancy.

-Remakin' It -- Let the Right One in" (2008)

-The guys talk adolescent vampires and disaffected teen friendships and the places you'll go with the Swedish vampire import "Let the Right One In" and the American remake from 2010, "Let Me In."

Direct download: pitch_304.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 4:28pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are heading for disaster with the Irwen Allen classic, the Academy Award-winning 1972 spectacle "The Poseidon Adventure," one of Ben's favorite movies, and then the big-budget 2006 Wolfgang Peterson remake, "Poseidon."

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Episode 303 includes:

-Trailer for Paul Verhoeven's first movie in five years, and there are lesbian nuns.

-Me Too hits the "Dr. Who" family.

-Ben reviews the first season of Amazon's animated super hero satire, "Invincible."

-Nate loves "The Mitchells vs. the Machines" and Ben enjoys it but with some mild reservations.

-Remakin' It -- "The Poseidon Adventure" / "Poseidon"

-The guys talk about the power of cheese versus action spectacle, which movie had the more authentic or resonant emotional moments, and whether both can be fun on different disaster terms.

Direct download: pitch_303.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 9:47pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are going to prom this week, twice, thanks to watching the 1976 horror classic "Carrie" and its far less regarded 2013 remake starring Chloe Grace-Moritz and Julianne Moore. The guys assess the original, director Brian De Palma's artistic inclinations and limitations, and whether or not the new version is better than its predecessor.

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Episode 302 includes:

-Oscars! Reactions! Surprises! Octopuses!

-Can Steven Spielberg direct a musical?

-Ben laments how both "The Courier" and "Stowaway" get caught in their realism details a little too much.

-The new "Mortal Kombat" movie has guts and not much else, but does it matter?

-Remakin' It -- "Carrie"

-Is it actually possible the 2013 remake that few liked is actually an improvement on Brian De Palma's 1976 horror original? Believe it!

 

Direct download: pitch_302.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 8:06pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are checking out feminist sci-fi classic "The Stepford Wives" from 1975 and the much-reviled 2004 remake starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Frank Oz. It's an extra big episode so enjoy all that granular analysis and scant scat jokes.

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Episode 301 includes:

-Trailer responses for "Army of the Dead" and Marvel's "Shang-Chi"

-Oscar predictions for the Oscars the least amount of people may watch.

-Ben declares "Thunder Force" a guaranteed slot for his Worst Films of 2021 List.

-"Nobody" is a fun, bruising action movie that might have been more fun had its lead been less special.

-Remakin' It -- "The Stepford Wives"

-The guys talk about the commentary and relevancy of the 1975 original and the steep steep decline of the 2004 comedy remake.

Direct download: pitch_301.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are all monkey business on this episode and the gents are looking at the cinematic titan of King Kong, first in the stop-motion original 1933 version and then in the 1976 remake that answered what a man in a suit would add to the lore. There's a lengthy discussion over the assessment of old art, nostalgia, and the lens we view film classics, and yes, there needs to be a discussion over the obvious racial optics.

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Episode 300 includes:

-All WB news this week, including reactions to the new "Space Jam" trailer, where Ben asks, "Has nostalgia become that dumb?"

-"Chaos Walking" is not worth the chaos. Or the walking.

-The new "Godzilla vs. Kong" is a giant monkey fighting a giant lizard and it certainly is that.

-Remakin' It -- "King Kong"

-The guys talk about the film legend that dazzled audience,s inspired generations, and may not be as good as you choose to remember. They discuss the maligned 1976 remake and find points of improvement, and assess the nature of deference to "film classics."

Direct download: pitch_300.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are making up for the pain of past movie choices by going back to the goodness that is the 1987 "RoboCop" movie, offering a balm to Ben's soul. The guys talk about the schlocky 80s sci-fi satire and the 2014 remake and where it went wrong and how it might have been ahead of its time as well.

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Episode 299 includes:

-R.I.P. Yaphet Kotto, Jessica Walter, George Segal, and maybe Thomas Middleditch's career

-New "The Suicide Squad" trailer with more "the."

-Ben challenges Nate to watch Netflix's "Secret Magic Control Agency" as homework.

-The Oscar-nominated "Another Round" is a curious fizzle.

- Canadian horror comedy "Slaxx" is stretched out.

-Remakin' It -- "RoboCop"

-The guys sing the praises of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven original and find new meaning and relevancy with the unheralded 2014 remake.

Direct download: pitch_299.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 7:50pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are spending the ENTIRE PODCAST, nearly two hours, to discuss Zack Snyder's fabled "Snyder cut," the four-hour new version of 2017's "Justice League" superhero movie. The guys explain why bigger isn't exactly better and how they actually have a strange new appreciation for the 2017 version.

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Direct download: pitch_298.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 10:08pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are looking into two very different movies from very different directors that both disappointed them, in somewhat different ways. "The Virgin Spring" is an Oscar-winning rape revenge film from Igmar Bergman, and it was remade into a low-budget 1972 exploitation movie by Wes Craven, the hugely successful "Last House on the Left." The guys watch both and discuss the problems in both and especially the issues of tone and execution with the remake somehow considered a genre classic.

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Episode 297 includes:

-Conservatives and the false uproar over cancel culture extending to Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head, Pepe LePew and Lola Bunny.

-Nate and Ben discuss the full-spoiler season of the MCU TV series "WandaVision."

-"Boss Level" is a living video game of a movie.

-"Raya and the Last Dragon" is an enjoyable fantasy franchise from Disney.

-Remakin' It -- "The Virgin Spring" / "Last House on the Left"

-The guys talk about the Igmar Bergman 1960 Swedish original and the atrocious 1972 remake that serves as the film debut of Wes Craven. Yikes.

Direct download: pitch_297.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 8:51pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are looking to see how comedy handles the remake process with their Remakin' It series this week. The guys examine the 1988 con caper "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and the much less beloved 2019 remake, "The Hustle." It's a textbook example of how hard comedy can be even if you're repeating someone else's funny material near beat-for-beat.

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Episode 296 includes:

-Hope you like the return of box-sized movies, Snyder Cut Apologists, because your "Justice League" opus got scrunched for your home televisions. 

-"Monster Hunter" is excuse-free monster pulp.

-Nate says the Russo brothers' Marvel-follow-up "Cherry" is all style and little substance (butthole POV shot!).

-Ben bemoans the existence of "Tom and Jerry."

-Remakin' It -- "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

-The guys talk about the delightful 1988 Michael Caine and Steve Martin con artist comedy and the extremely lesser imitation from 2019 with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson.

Direct download: pitch_296.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 9:53am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are looking at more remakes through 2021, this time the horror film "The Wicker Man" that taught us al to fear and loathe wicker. The guys watch the 1973 film for the first time, for both of them, and then try and make sense of the 2006 remake and whether it actually might be an improvement over the heralded original.

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Episode 295 includes:

-R.I.P. Rush Limbaugh, a man who made the world a worse place.

-Trailer reactions for "Cruella" and "Mortal Kombat."

-Sia's much-maligned autism musical "Music" gets an unexpected defender with Ben.

-The guys fall in love with Netflix's "Street Sweepers."

-Remakin' It -- "The Wicker Man"

-The guys discuss the 1973 original, whether it is deserving of its classic status, and the 2006 Nicolas Cage "so bad it's good" remake and whether it is deserving of that status as well.

Direct download: pitch_295.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 7:57pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are furthering their newest segment on their podcast as they look at movie originals and their remakes. This week it's creepy crawly 1982 nightmare-fuel classic "The Thing" and its CGI-laden prequel/remake in 2011. Do either hold up?

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Episode 294 includes:

-R.I.P. Christopher Plummer and the future careers of Gina Carano and Joss Whedon.

-Nate recommends "The Father" and "Judas and the Black Messiah."

-Ben loves "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar." Really.

-Ben says "Willy's Wonderland" is just about everything you'd want in a Five Nights at Freddy's movie.

-Remakin' It -- "The Thing"

-The guys relive the 1982 John Carpenter body horror classic and the far lesser prequel/remake from 2011.

Direct download: pitch_294.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 5:15pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are starting a new double-feature option for their podcast and that's watching an original movie and then its remake. This week is the hostage thriller "The Taking of Pelham 123" and the guys watch the 1974 original and the 2009 Hollywood remake. Will one outshine the other? Will Ben become incensed? Listen and find out.

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Episode 293 includes:

-More movies are delayed even longer. Repeat.

-Lots and lots of R.I.P.'s this episode.

-Ben declares "Psycho Goreman" the greatest film of all time.

-"The Little Things" is a 90s serial killer movie that feels left behind.

-Remakin' It - "The Taking of Pelham 123"

-The guys discuss the 1974 original, which is one of Ben's favorite films, and the abysmal 2009 Tony Scott remake starring John Travolta and Denzel Washington.

Direct download: pitch_293.mp3
Category:Remakin' It -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

While the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" prepare for their next recording, take in another edition of Ben and his brother George's SNL-themed podcast, "Saturday Night Jive." On this episode, the guys watch "Problem Child 2" and fall under is strange, crude spell and sing its insane praises.

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Direct download: 244___Poop_Salad__-_Problem_Child_2_1991.mp3
Category:Saturday Night Jive -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are finalizing their double-feature breakdown of the "Alien" franchise, this time focusing on the more action-oriented entries, 1986's "Aliens" for the Classic film entry and 1997's "Alien: Resurrection" for the Cult film entry. You may be surprised which of the two Ben prefers.

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Episode 292 includes:

-Is Armie Hammer a cannibal?

-"Shadow in the Clouds" is entertaining despite the icky Max Landis of it all.

-Ben genuinely loves COVID-made "Locked Down," and Nate is simply stunned.

-Classic Film -- "Aliens" (1986)
-James Cameron's sci-fi blockbuster is still a classic example of big filmmaking and iconic moments.

-Cult Film -- "Alien: Resurrection" (1997)

-The much-maligned final chapter with Ripley might be schlocky, but could it also be the best movie of the series?

Direct download: pitch_292.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are starting 2021 by tackling the "Alien" franchise but splitting the four movies along tonal lines, so this week will be the more horror/thriller based films, with 1979's "Alien" as this week's Classic and 1992's "Alien 3" as this week's Cult. Stay tuned for the other half in the next podcast.

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Episode 291 includes:

-One week later, storming the Capitol to overthrow democracy at the behest of Donald Trump still seems like a bad idea.

-Ben lauds "The Prom" as exactly what he needed.

-Nate shares two foreign, depressing, but artistic and meaningful movies -- "Beanpole" and "Collective."

-Classic Film -- "Alien" (1979)

-The OG "Alien" movie that kicked things off with a chest-bursting flourish, but might it be a little dated, slow, and... quaint?

-Cult Film -- "Alien 3" (1992)

-David Fincher's first movie has quite a bad reputation, but is it the disaster it's been made out to be?

Direct download: pitch_291.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40am EST

Here's the second part of the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" examining the best and worst movies of 2020, and this podcast features the worst of the worst. See the previous podcast for the highlights, because it's all low-lights from here.

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Episode 290 includes:

-Ben and Nate run down their Top Ten Worst Films of 2020 and also cite some overrated titles.

-Can Dinesh D'Souza win a FIFTH Worst Film of the Year declaration? What are some of the most unfunny and painful movie experiences of the year? Find out.

Direct download: pitch_290.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have gotten together to talk the best and worst films of this past garbage fire of a year. This first edition will cover each sharing their top ten films of the year as well as some underrated selections, and the next part will cover the worst of the year and movies that were overrated.

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Episode 289 includes:

-Ben catches up on movies that didn't make his list, including "Da 5 Bloods" and "Promising Young Woman."

-Nate catches up on god movies, like "Unpregnant" and "Never Rarely Sometimes Always," and some not as good, like "Pieces of a Woman" and "Fatale."

Nate and Ben share their Top Ten Films of 2020 and share several common choices.

Direct download: pitch_289.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:47pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are performing yet another directorial double feature and this time the lucky artist is Robert Zemeckis. The guys are revisiting 1992's "Death Becomes Her" as their cult movie of the episode and his follow-up, 1994's "Forrest Gump," as the classic edition. Shocker: both are pretty great and Ben and Nate have the hot take of hot takes for "Gump."

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Episode 288 includes:

-Tom Cruise goes off on crew members about COVID safety and splits the guys down the middle.

-Pixar's "Soul" feels a little lacking in that department.

-"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "One Night in Miami" are two great ensembles worth your time.

-"Wonder Woman 84" doesn't quite soar.

-Cult Film -- "Death Becomes Her" (1992)

-The dark comedy pitting Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn against one another is a fun, underrated slapsticky dark comedy worth revisiting.

-Classic Film -- "Forrest Gump" (1994)

-Forget everything you thought you knew about the Best Picture Oscar-winner from 1994. "Forrest Gump" is one of the most subversive, cynical, and ironic movies of recent memory and everyone missed it!

Direct download: pitch_288.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:24pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are bringing good tidings and holiday cheer to their fellow man this season by looking at their series the Movies That Made Us and re-watching Christmas movies that had an effect on them during those formative years. Relive the joy of "Muppet Christmas Carol" and the horror of "Nutcracker Fantasy." Also some huge news out of Disney as far as the next five years of releases and many movies to discuss.

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Episode 287 includes:

-Shia LaBeouf joins the ever-expanding Me Too list.

-Disney unveils dozens of new TV series and movies for Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars and we're still catching up.

-Ben highly recommends "Wolfwalkers," the traditionally hand-drawn animated feature from Apple Plus.

-Nate says Nolan's "Tenet" is not worth the headaches.

-Check out "Promising Young Woman" but skip out on Netflix's groan-inducing "The Midnight Sky."

-The Movies That Made Us -- Christmas Edition!

-Ben and Nate celebrate the timeless delight of "Muppet Christmas Carol" and argue it's the best version of Dickens' classic.

-Ben shares a childhood nightmare that is the stop-motion animated 1979 fever dream "Nutcracker Fantasy."

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Category:Movies That Made Us -- posted at: 4:58pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are checking out failed pilots of shows that never got a second chance, and this time it's a superhero edition with the failed CW pilot for "Aquaman" in 2006 and the failed NBC pilot for "Wonder Woman" in 2011. This was before the rise of Greg Berlanti, and both provide insight into how to adapt and not adapt comic legends for the small screen.

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Episode 286 includes:

-More fallout from Warner Bros decision to move their entire 2021 slate to streaming, and is Christopher Nolan a murderer?

-"Freaky" is fun but could have been even more fun.

-If you're looking for a period piece, slowburn lesbian romance, don't watch "Ammonite," and just watch last year's "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" instead.

-Nate says Fincher's "Mank" is a movie that is all homage.

-TV Pilot Graveyard V -- Superhero Edition!

-The 2006 "Aquaman" pilot from the team behind "Smallville" makes a very "Smallville"-esque show about a young man who can talk to fish. Plus Adiranne Palicki!

-The 2011 "Wonder Woman" pilot written by David E. Kelley and starring Adiranne Palicki gets Ben so mad he's seeing red, white, and blue.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:52pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are getting in touch with their emotions by looking at formative movies that made them cry and left quite an impact. Ben chooses the Don Bluth animated classic, 1988's "The Land Before Time," and Nate selects a dear favorite, 1999's "The Iron Giant." Can either man resist the emotional pull of these two animated films or have they aged poorly in time? Also, breaking and significant news that could change the entire relationship between studios and theater owners from here on out.

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Episode 285 includes:

-Huge news: Warner Brothers to stream ALL of their 2021 films the same day they release to theaters.

-R.I.P. David Prowse, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Joss Whedon as the head of his new HBO TV series.

-Ben has seen Nolan's "Tenet"... and hates it.

-"Hillbilly Elegy" is an awards season misfire of screamy proportions and bad thinking.

-The new Melissa McCarthy vehicle "Super Intelligence" seems to be lacking that very ingredient.

-Movies That Made Us -- Movies That Made Us Cry

-Ben and Nate re-watch 1988's "The Land Before Time" and discover it hasn't quite exactly held up.

-Nate talks about his fervent love for 1999's "The Iron Giant" and declares it a perfect movie.

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Category:Movies That Made Us -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

With more room to give thanks this month, take a listen to Ben's personal podcast still going strong, "This Meets That" where he watches movies and tries to pitch a new creative project based upon the both of them. This is a sub-series of his "Anthologist" podcast widely available online. Give it a listen and see what Ben thinks going back to Christopher Nolan's 2010 Oscar-winning action thriller after almost a decade and seeing a 2017 film from a first-person perspective about a future of implosions.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:04am EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" took extra time to deliver an extra helping of their podcast right before a holiday known for people gorging themselves. The gents are sharing another pairing of Movies That Made Us, films that had a formative impact on who they are, and this family edition looks at movies that their dads still guilt them over having seen in the theater for their children. For Ben it's the 1997 Power Rangers movie "Turbo," and for Nate it's the 1990 sequel "The Never Ending Story Part II." Both sequels, both bad, and both dads are right to continue holding this over their sons' heads.

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Episode 284 includes:

-Disney is trying to rewrite copyright law... again.

-"Wonder Woman 1984" coming to you on streaming now and theaters if you'd prefer COVID.

-"Christmas musical Jingle Jangle" confounds Ben.

-"Run" is a lean, mean thriller but not much more.

-The Movies That Made Us -- Films Our Dads Still Guilt Us Over!

-Ben discusses the woeful Power Rangers big screen sequel/reboot "Turbo" and has no fun whatsoever.

-Nate shares the 1990 sequel to the classic "Never Ending Story" that is quite far from classic.

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Category:Movies That Made Us -- posted at: 6:32pm EST

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are bringing back a formula they haven't had since summer 2018, and they're looking at old failed TV pilots to analyze and wonder what could have been. This episode features two sci-fi pilots, both pushing two episodes in length, and each with sci-fi/fantasy genre bonafides attached, George r. R. Martin's 993 "Doorways" and Bryan Fuller's 2014 "High Moon." One feels like "Sliders" and the other feels like little else.

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Episode 283 includes:

-R.I.P. Alex Trebeck and Sean Connery.

-Johnny Depp removed from "Fantastic Beasts 3."

-Nate says if you're a fan of "The Craft" you should skip the reboot/sequel, "The Craft: Legacy."

-Nate and Ben finally watch "The New Mutants," the movie that's been delayed since 2017, and they wish they hadn't.

-TV Pilots -- "Doorways" (1993) and "High Moon" (2014)

-"Doorways" is like "Sliders" but written for the dumbest common denominator. 

-"High Moon" has goofy characters, a mystery on the moon, and geo-political machinations, plus a giant robot dinosaur and magic Indian mystic warriors.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:23pm EST