Mon, 25 May 2020
Ep. 264: Classics Catch-Up (or) Hot Garbage? -- "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942) / "Explorers" (1985)
The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are once more practicing social distance and watching a pair of movies to talk about with their latest podcast model. This week's classic is Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons," where the studio sliced out 50 minutes and reshot a happy ending. The cult movie is a childhood favorite of Ben's, 1985's "Explorers." Will it become the latest in Ben's realization that the movies that made childhood impressions on him were not actually good?
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Episode 264 includes:
-R.I.P. Fred Willard and Lynn Shelton.
-Ben doesn't understand why "Scoob" is trying to be a backdoor pilot for a Hannah Barbara superhero universe.
-Josh Trank's "Capone" is a movie that tears down the mystique of its gangster lead.
-Bonus discussion: whether Ridley Scott's own re-cutting of "Blade Runner" with footage from "Legend" is
-Classic Movie -- "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942)
-Orson Welles' famous "Kane" follow-up that was gutted by studio interference drives Ben crazy. Nate tries to see what Welles was setting up to be taken away.
-Cult Movie -- "Explorers" (1985)
-Joe Dante's very Speilbergian adventure with young Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix building their own flying saucer. It's successful whimsy for once, plus, as with all 80s movies, there's peeping.