Dirty Sons of Pitches

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back and digging into the year 1976 with the blaxploitation monster take on Jerkyl and Hyde, "Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde," and with the last movie of Alfred Hitchcock's career, the low-stakes "comedy" about fake psychics and jewel thieves, "Family Plot."

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Episode 389 includes:

-R.I.P. the original Harley Quinn, Arleen Sorkin.

-In solidarity with the strike, Ben is only reviewing old movies, and this episode it's from 1960 with "the Time Machine" and "The Flesh and the Fiends." 

-Nate has finally seen "Barbie" and has good things to say about horror indie, "Talk to Me."

-By the Decade -- 1976 -- "Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde" / "Family Plot"

-The guys discuss two more disappointing movies from the 1970s. First a blaxploitation movie that does nothing with its race-flripping monster-alter ego premise, and then Alfred Hitchcock's final movie that sadly proved that the legendary director had been eclipsed. 

Direct download: pitch_389.mp3
Category:By the Decade -- posted at: 12:28pm EDT

A special new podcast subset featuring Nate and his father. "My Dad & the Movies" is a monthly 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. It's season two and the seventh episode looks at the feminist roadtrip with one of the most famous endings in the last 30 years of cinema, 1991's "Thelma & Louise." Does it hold up and how eye-opening was this for its time? 

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Direct download: thelma_and_louise.mp3
Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are making their way through the 1970s and examining two movies by each calendar year, and this episode looks at 1975's paranoia thriller "Three Days of the Condor" starring Robert Redford, and the strange and nihilistic "A Boy and His Dog" set in a post-apocalyptic Southwest and featuring a teenage loner and his dog looking for food and women. 

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Episode 388 includes:

-R.I.P. William Friedkin and look deeper into his udnerrated filmography. 

-Nate says "Heart of Stone" is another bland Netflix espionage action movie meant to take a nap through. 

-Ben has rejected new Hollywood movies in solidarity with the strikes, so he now chooses movies from the 1960s and 2010s to catch up on, like his own By the Decade. This week: Zack Snyder's animated owl movie. 

-By the Decade -- 1975 -- "Three Days of the Condor" / "A Boy and His Dog"

-The guys are disappointed by another supposed classic of paranoia 70s thrillers and more impressed by the weird and off-putting cult classic "A Boy and His Dog" which inspired both George Miller's Mad Max series and the Fallout video games. It's got a telepathic dog too. 

Direct download: pitch_388.mp3
Category:By the Decade -- posted at: 11:20am EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are halfway through the 1970s decade and discussing one of the most famous films of that decade, Mel Brook's Western comedy "Blazing Saddles," and a far lesser known movie based on a play, "Rhinoceros," which reteams the comedy duo from "The Producers." Can they make movies like this today? 

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Episode 387 includes:

-R.I.P. Paul Ruebens and Sincead O'Conner. 

-Nate has seen the new disappointing "Project Greenlight" movie and lived to tell the tale. 

-Ben finds the big "Barbie" movie to be a good time for all. 

-By the Decade -- 1974 -- "Blazing Saddles" / "Rhinoceros"

-Can you really not make movies like "Blazing Saddles" today, and the better question is, why would you want to? The guys reassess Mel Brooks' classic comedy and the artistic intent of "rhinoceros," a movie based upon a play, also starring Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel, about people turning into rhinos and how people view this. 

Direct download: pitch_387.mp3
Category:By the Decade -- posted at: 3:07pm EDT

While we wait for another "Dirty Sons of Pitches" recording, Ben has taken it upon himself to record several solo podcasts of himself playing the familiar game of This Meets That, watching and discussing two movies and then combining them for an original pitch. For the next episode of this bonus series, Ben is watching the OTHER atom bomb development movie, 1989's "Fat Man and Little Boy," and 1957's "The Story of Mankind" which features the Devil and God arguing over mankind and co-starring Vincent Price and the Marx Brothers. Ben discusses both movies in depth then combines elements from both movies to pitch a brand-new project. 

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Direct download: This_Meets_That_-_I_Am_Become_Death.mp3
Category:This Meets That -- posted at: 7:33am EDT