Dirty Sons of Pitches

It's a special hybrid episode for the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" as they finish discussing their TV project "The Void," elaborating upon three seasons of plots and twists and revealtions, while kicking off their newest podcast theme, The Flop Era, re-examining notorious Hollywood flops and failures and evaluating whether they are worthy of their negative reputation or unfairly maligned or maybe ahead of their time. Their first entry is the 1995 pirate action adventure "Cutthroat Island" starring Geena Davis, directed by her then-husband Renny Harlin, and proves to be a high-seas adventure missing just about everything you'd want in an adventure. 

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Episode 415 includes:

-The guys discuss the merits and many faults of the big-budget pirate adventure that bankrupted its production company. Behold, "Cutthroat Island" is not an entertaining disaster, just a curious mishandling of what could have been exciting story elements given a 90s feminist retrospective. Yo no no. 

-Star Trek-ify -- "The Void" seasons 3-5 discussion

-Ben waxes about the final three seasons of his five-season plan for the sci-fi/horror TV project, "The Void," giving an overview of each season and the widening bigger plan for the universe of characters and aliens. 

Direct download: pitch_415.mp3
Category:star trek-ifying -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are closing out their look at failed TV pilots with a trio about conspiracies and secret agencies, looking at the truly weird, and long, pilot for Ed O'Neill's "W.E.I.R.D. World," based on the old comics series, then the very early 2000s action-thriller pilot "Area 57" based upon the Warren Ellis comic, and lastly the curiously unfunny workplace sitcom pilot, "Area 57." Stay tuned for the next episode that finishes discusinng seasons three, four, and five for Ben's sci-fi/horror TV project, "The Void."

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Episode 414 includes:

-Why hasn't anyone had a movie where Daniel-Day-Lewis pretends to act as Meryl Streep and Meryl Streep pretends to act as Daniel Day-Lewis to see who is the ultimate acting force?

-Presidential debate comiseration. What can happen next besides heavy sighing?

-Nate doesn't quite like "In a Violent Nature" but admires its experimentation. 

-Ben thinks "A Quiet Place: Day One" is good but this franchise is all juiced out. 

-TV Pilot Graveyard X (Area 57, Global Frequency, W.E.I.R.D. World)

-The last look at failed pilots, at least for now, and each one of these sci-fi shows has soemthing interesting that could have worked and plenty that doesn't. "Area 57" needs more comic specificity, "Global Frequency" needed more intrigue and better characters, and "W.E.I.R.D. World" needed more honing and restraint. 

Direct download: pitch_414.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are making up for lost time, as this recorded episode was meant to be uploaded weeks ago and was initially forgotten. No longer! The guys continue looking at failed TV pilots, this time three very 1990s animated series generally intended for kids.

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Episode 413 includes:

-More "Star Trek" TV with Paul Giamatti? No more "Power Rangers" reboot? Robert Downey Jr. retuning to MCU?

-Nate sings the praises of "Hit Man."

-Ben cannot make sense of "The Watchers."

-TV Pilot Graveyard (Pryde of the X-Men, Legend of Hawaiian Slammers, Defenders of Dynatron City)

-Finally, the guys get their hands on some good TV pilots that never made it further. Well, two good ones. "Pryde of the X-Men" is an interesting 1989 artifact that laid the groundwork for the popular 90s animated series. "Hawaiian SlammerS" is a ridiculously 90s cartoon about super heroes tied with, wait for it, pogs. Remember pogs? Finally, "Dynatron City" is simply awesomely 90s and radical, dude. 

Direct download: pitch_413.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

The on-the-spot pitching of what could have been 2019's "Hellboy" is genuinely awesome and surprising. 

"The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are trying a new hybrid game/pitch this week in honor of the astounding "Hellboy" reboot, so the guys will pitch a new version of a Hellboy movie using random plot elements decided by dice rolls every so often. It's amazing that it's not only cohesive, and awesome, but easily better than the film in theaters. 

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Episode 235 includes:

-Star Wars is back with a TV show, a new trailer for Episode IX, a new title, and more... of the old.

-"Missing Link" is the least Laika film yet but still charming.

-Nate declares "Dragged Across Concrete" is one of the best films of 2019.

-Ben is flabbergasted by the "Hellboy" reboot.

-This Week's Pitch -- Switch the Pitch (Hellboy)!

-The guys roll a dice to select new plot additions (New Character/Flashback/Plot Twist/Action Scene/Death Scene/Sex Scene) and pitch, on the spot, a new "Hellboy" and it is awesome. This lasts a half hour!

-This Week's Game -- So Shalit Be!

-The guys conclude with another rousing edition of impersonating film critic/social deviant Gene Shalit and coming up with increasingly absurd blurbs for films."

Direct download: dsop_throwback_pitch_235.mp3
Category:Best Of -- posted at: 9:56am EDT

Before the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" jump back into their cretive discussion over the sci-fi project "The Void," including the overview of all of a prospective second season, the guys run through some recent movies they've watched and offer their thoughts and condolences. 

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Episode 412 includes:

-Nate explains some personal developments that might impact future installments. Also, his life. 

-"The Strangers: Chapter 1" is fright-free, "Back to Black" is misguided, and "Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2" is better than its predessor, which means it's still plenty bad. 

-"Inside Out 2" is an enjoyable Pixar sequel that could have stood even more meaningful developments. 

-Star Trek-ify -- "The Void" season 2

-Ben unleashes a full breakdown of the 12 episodes for the second season of "The Void," the project developed over the podcast beginning back in 2022. 

Direct download: pitch_412.mp3
Category:star trek-ifying -- posted at: 9:39am EDT

The infamous "Susan's Plan" episode and all that it wrought. 

"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?"

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Category:Best Of -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

 

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are getting deep into the weeds for "The Void," the sci-fi TV pilot that they developed and worked on the podcast in the fall of 2022. The series is described  as "Star Trek with Lovecraftian monsters," and the guys go through the second half of season one following the events discussed in the pilot and the first six episodes. It's several episodes of sci-fi exploration, alien civiizations and cultures, and advancing the mysterious and character arcs begun in the pilot as well. It's gettin' nerdy in here.

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Direct download: pitch_411.mp3
Category:star trek-ifying -- posted at: 7:56pm EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are continuing to examine the failed pilots of yore with the intention of laucnhign into further discussion and analysis of the sci-fi TV project, "The Void" (appearing soon in a seperate podcast). This episode focuses on two failed pilots from the late 80s/early 90s aimed at children, "Microcops" about small space aliens, and "The Danger Team," about a budding young detective who works together with magic claymation figures built from the goo of a crashing meteor. 

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Episode 410 includes:

-Trailer reactions to "Wolfs" and "Venom 3" but also an unexpected discussion on disliking John Landis. 

-What if copyright law just didn't exist? Coul that resolve our A.I. hellscape?

-Nate discusses recent movies "Dune 2," the Moviepass documentary, "Spaceman," and the Hunger Games prequel about sexy young fascist dictator, "The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes."

-"Furiosa" is here and witness Ben as he declares it better than "Fury Road."

-TV Pilot Graveyard VII (Microcops, the Danger Team)

-Two failed pilots intended for children are both lackluster in different ways, with "microcops" featuring tiny aliens helping a NERD save the day and get the girl but also proving they can change their size, thus ending the obstacle of them being so tiny, and "The Danger Team" about a trio of claymation animated safety figures that rescue their creator from an unexpected mistaken identity mob subplot. 

Direct download: pitch_410.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am 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 the third season, and with the third episode the gentlemen discuss the thoughtful sci-fi allegory about our dystopian class system divide, Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" from 2014. 

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Direct download: mdm_snowpiercer.mp3
Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 7:57am EDT

"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: DSOP_throwback_pitch_340.mp3
Category:Best Of -- posted at: 3:12pm EDT

 

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are getting deep into the weeds for "The Void," the sci-fi TV pilot that they developed and worked on the podcast in the fall of 2022. The series is described  as "Star Trek with Lovecraftian monsters," and the guys go through the first half of season one following the events discussed in the pilot on the previous podcast. It's several episodes of sci-fi exploration, alien civiizations and cultures, and advancing the mysterious and character arcs begun in the pilot as well. It's gettin' nerdy in here.

Available on Apple and Spotify

Direct download: pitch_409.mp3
Category:star trek-ifying -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are once again exploring the fertile terrain of failed TV pilots to combine with the renewed TV project "The Void" that Ben heped craft in 2022 during the "Star Trek-ify" series of podcasts. This episode looks at two portentious dramatic pilots, 1995's "White Dwarf" starring Neal McDonough as a doctor on an alien planet divided into light and dark sides, and 2001's "Ice Planet" with a crew stranded on an alien planet on the other side of space. 

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Episode 408 includes:

-R.I.P. Dabney Coleman and Morgan Spurlock

-"The Fall Guy" is a fun celebration of summer blockbusters and the people who make them. 

-"If" is a frustrating family film that doesn't quite know what it wants to be.

-Jerry Seinfeld's "Unforsted" is a bizarre novelty that leaves the guys baffled.

-TV Pilot Graveyard VII (Ice Planet, White Dwarf)

-The guys discuss the many ways both of these sci-fi pilots disappointed them and bored them, starting with "Ice Planet" and concluding with the truly inept and strange "White Dwarf," which was brought to us ourtesy of the same creator of "Wild Palms," the incomprehensible "Twin Peaks"-style ripoff show from the early 90s. 

Direct download: pitch_408.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50am EDT

This is the infamous movie that began a pause in the "Saturday Night Jive" podcast many months ago, and now you can hear George and Ben try and make sense of this 1999 Gary Marshall romantic drama that asks the question, "Can two mentally impaired adults fall in love and live on their own?" The obvious cringe factor is addressed as well as points of controversy as how the movie deals with its representation of its characters, their conditions, and the impact it places on their middle class families. 

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Category:Saturday Night Jive -- posted at: 7:45am EDT

It's part two of the last episode and now the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are getting deep into the weeds for "The Void," the sci-fi TV pilot that they developed and worked on the podcast in the fall of 2022. The series is described  as "star Trek with Lovecraftian monsters," and the guys go through the key characters, events, and mysteries of the pilot episode as they preview themes and sotrylines for the rest of season one and work through other creative points to finetune and explore in this first and important beginning episode.

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Direct download: pitch_407.mp3
Category:star trek-ifying -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have gone back to an older project they shepherded earlier on the podcast, "the Void," a sci-fi TV series Ben began developing in the vein of "star Trek" meets Lovecraftian horror. It was the inspiration for the 2022 "Star Trek-ify" episodes, and now the guys are trying to work through what Ben has roposed as the multiple seasons of this project. But first, the guys will discuss new movies as well as a trio of sci-fi pilots all linked to "star Trek" imitators, the 1967 BBC "Solornauts," "Boldly Going Nowhere" from the "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" creators, and as a bonus, the dramatic conent of a 1999 "Star Trek" porn parody (link is SFW edit) that, shockingly, is actually pretty faithful and reverent and well-regarded by fans. 

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Episode 406 incudes:

-Quentin Tarantino cancels his next last movie. Maybe. 

-Trailer reactions to "Trap" and "Mufasa." 

-"Rebel Moon Part 2" is finally here and it was not worth the wait or the first movie. 

-Ben sings the praises of "Boy Kills World" for its inventive action and attitude. 

-TV Pilots-- "The Solornauts" / "Boldly Going Nowhere"

-The 1967 "Solornauts" is a goofy proof of concept that has so little to offer besides as a time capsule. The "Boldly Going Nowhere" has some funny moments but also feels under-developed as far as being a "Star Trek" parody or homage. "The Orville" it is not.

-Bonus discussion over the "fan film" of "star Trek" which is really a safely edited 24-minute version of the 1999 adult film paordy, and yet it's by far the best written and most successful homage of them all. 

Direct download: pitch_406.mp3
Category:star trek-ifying -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Between new episodes, we're opening up some of our favorite back catalogue episodes to give you a chance to relisten to what we consider some of the most entertaining episodes across the decade-plus of podcasting.

"The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are walking the walk and sitting down to watch and discuss the notorious 3.5 hour Western that destroyed recently deceased director Michael Chimino's (The Deer Hunter) career, ended United Artists, and shut the door on the autuer director era of the 1970s. Ben and Nate talk about several merits to be found with the movie amidst its excess and bloat. They'll save you two hours and you'll be better for it.

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Category:Best Of -- posted at: 9:10pm EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are looking at the four films from Alex Garland, notable genre screenwriter who began his directing career with 2015's Oscar-winning "Ex Machine," and followed it up with disorienting and challenging movies like "Anihilation" and "Men," both of which didn't quite work for the gents. They also use the occasion as an excuse to talk about Garland's latest directing effort, A24's "Civil War," supposedly following journalists treading through the terror of the United States at war with itself. 

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Category:Director's Cut -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches"

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Episode 405 includes:

-What's the opposite of an R.I.P. for O.J. Simpson?

-Trailer reaction for "Joker 2" and a possible new "Matrix" movie from a not-Wachowski?

-Nate has finally seen "Indy 5" and... it's even worse than he worried. 

-"Godzilla x Kong" is a silly monster smash 'em up that works on its own dumb fun terms. 

-By the Decade -- 1990s Bonus - "The Shadow" / "Matinee" / "Quiz Show"

-The guys close out the awesome decade of cinema that was the 1990s with a misguied big-screen revamp of 1930s radio serial action hero "The Shadow" with Alec Baldwin, then discuss the pleasures of Joe Dante's nostalgic and warm-hearted ode to the appeal of movies with "Matinee," and end on analyzing the commentarry and impact of the little-talked about Oscar-nominee for Best Picture for 1994, the behind-the-scenes movie on the early TV gameshow scandal, "Quiz Show." 

Direct download: pitch_405.mp3
Category:By the Decade -- posted at: 8:26pm EDT

This week, as a special episode of their "Saturnday Night Live"-themed podcast "Saturday Night Jive," brothers George and Ben discuss the small club of SNL alums who have received Oscar nominations, with Robert Downey Jr. the only winner. The guys discuss the different nominated performances, the movies, the years of nominated movies, and the ongoing history of "SNL" and its legacy. It's yet another opportunity to listen to Ben complain about the Oscars on another podcast!

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Category:Saturday Night Jive -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are close to finishing the 1990s examination of film, leading to the final year, one that stands as one of the greatest in movie history. The guys have taken on even more this week, starting with the failed pilot from a lot of comedy heavies, "Heat Vision & Jack," the dark side of "Babe" with the TV movie adaptation of "Animal Farm," and then Martin Scorsese's "Brining Out the Dead" with Nicolas Cage. 

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Episode 404 includes:

-Trailer reactions: "The Crow," "Good Times," "Wicked," and response to the "Quiet on the Set" doc series. 

-Nate says "The Beekeeper" is an enjoyably bonkers Jason Statham action movie. 

-Ben says "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" is a fun if lesser adventure for the larger fandom. 

-By the Decade -- 1999 -- "Heat Vision & Jack" / "Animal Farm" / "Brining Out the Dead"

-The guys discuss the much-heralded failed TV pilot co-written by Dan Harmon, directed by Ben Stiller, and starring Jack Black and Owen Wilson as the voice of a sentient motorcycle, then the TV adaptation of George Orwell's classic allegoray "Animal Farm" about the Russian Revolution, and finally Martin Scorsese's overlooked fever dream of Nicolas Cage struggling with life as an EMT in "Bringing Out the Dead." 

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Category:By the Decade -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

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Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 8:51am EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back and crusin' through the radical 1990s of cinema, this time stopping to examine "Deep rising," the creature-feature that helped launch Stephen Sommers before "The Mummy," and a failed TV pilot directed by Joe Dante, "Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy," otherwise known also as "The Osiris Chronicles," a sci-fi TV show that never got further than its second introductory episode. 

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Episode 403 includes:

-R.I.P. Richard Lewis and the creator of Dragon Ball and its many iterations.

-2024 Oscar recap and Nate finally reviews "Oppenheimer."

-Ben has some complicated thoughts on "Poor Things."

-Netflix's "Damsel" isn't quite Ben's "Damsel," and it suffers because of this. 

-By the Decade -- 1998 -- "Deep Rising" / "Warlord: Beyond the Galaxy"

-The monster movie is an enjoyably campy B-movie that showcases the strneths of Sommers and his love of the sci-fi/action movies of old, and the guys have very little positively to say about "Warlord" and its failed attempts to develop an interesting new future world and characters worth following. It's a big miss. 

Direct download: pitch_403.mp3
Category:By the Decade -- posted at: 8:25am EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back and ready to sing the praises of the cinematic year that was 1997, primarily with the subversive classic that today's modern fascists confuse as being pro-fascism, "Starship Troopers," and less so the second Full Moon Pictures selection of the 90s, "Hideous!", a movie about rich jerks who collect genetically deformed freaks who then break loose and wreck terror... or should have.

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Episode 402 includes:

-Nate is perplexed by the one-half Coen Brother lesbian sex comedy "Drive-Away Dolls."

--Ben comes to "Dune Part Two" with some significant praise and some grumbling over extnesive ength. 

-By the Decade -- 1997 -- "Starship Troopers" / "Hideous!"

-"Starship Troopers" is still as aweosme today as it was back then, even more ahead of its time and socially relevant in an age of rising fascism and rightwing forces, and then "Hideous!" is a low-budget creature feature with some promising ideas and a lack of imagination to do anything with them, plus some of the most gratuitous nudity for one poor woman in the cold. 

Direct download: pitch_402.mp3
Category:By the Decade -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Between new episodes, we're opening up some of our favorite back catalogue episodes to give you a chance to relisten to what we consider some of the most entertaining episodes across the decade-plus of podcasting. 

"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."

Direct download: dsopthrowback_pitch_362.mp3
Category:Best Of -- posted at: 7:09pm EDT

Between new episodes, we're opening up some of our favorite back catalogue episodes to give you a chance to relisten to what we consider some of the most entertaining episodes across the decade-plus of podcasting. 

"Back in 2013, the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" had a great idea, to watch the lowest-grossing wide release film of all time, "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure." It'll be fun, they reasoned. Oh how wrong they were. Recording minutes after finishing that awful children's movie, the guys unleash their thoughts and reflections, trying to make sense of what will never make sense. If you've ever wanted to know what this movie was about, or what makes it... special, then this podcast will be enlightening and entertaining."

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Category:Best Of -- posted at: 6:54pm 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 the start of a new season, the third in this series, and the first movie up for discussion is 2014's epic yet alienating Biblical adaptation from Darren Aranofsky, "Noah," a movie both gentlemen thoroughly enjoy and definitely recommend, and Nate's father finally goes on the record as a preacher who hates "church movies." 

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Direct download: mdm_noah.mp3
Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

It's been a while but the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are back with an even bigger episode, as there's much to discuss and get caught up on, as well as transition into the fils of 1996, this time the indie comedy about two Italian brothers trying to save their restaurant in "Big Night" and then "The Island of doctor Moreau," the unholy mess that became the sci-fi action thriller about animal-human hybrids made even more famous by Marlon Brando's bizarre onset behavior and the production firing its director after four days. 

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Episode 401 includes:

-At long last, reactions to the 2024 Oscar nominations and snubs. As usual, Ben is unamused.

-We have a Fantastic Four cast, and does Marvel have a vision for going forward?

-The guys have survived the twisted web of "Madame Web," a sperhero movie nobody wanted. 

-The guys split on "Argylle," Matthew Vaughn's latest spy action-comedy. 

-By the Decade -- 1997 -- "Big Night" / "The Island of Doctor Moreau"

-The indie comedy ends up not quite being what the guys hope for whereas the ridiculous movie that has animal-human orgies, Val Kilmer impersonating Marlon Brando, and Fauriza Balk as a cat lady ends up delivering way more entertainment than could possibly be hoped for regarding the movie's reputation. 

Direct download: pitch_401.mp3
Category:By the Decade -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

Between new episodes, we're opening up some of our favorite back catalogue episodes to give you a chance to relisten to what we consider some of the most entertaining episodes across the decade-plus of podcasting. 

"The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" were not expecting this. They were not expecting a movie so cringe-inducing, maddening, and filled with artificial whimsy that bordered on delusional sadism. The new sequel "Mary Poppins Returns" get the guys going like few others as they try and make sense of what they have just watched as if they have witnessed a Lovecraftian god, which Mary Poppins just might be. Enjoy their lively and disturbed critical and comical analysis of the Disney movie that begs to be belittled and feel bad for Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda. And you thought "A Wrinkle in Time" was a bad move for Disney. Just you wait. Just you wait."

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Direct download: dsop_throwback_-mary_poppins_returns.mp3
Category:Best Of -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" have revealed their top films of 2023 and now it's time to go in the other direction, as the guys discuss the movies that frustrated them, made them angry, and plain confounded them. The guys discuss the worst movies they watched for the year as well as offer their selections for Overrated and Underrated movies. Plus stick around to the very end for Ben's long-awaited thoughts on the movie many are deeming the best film of 2023, Christopher Nolan's acclaimed three-hour opus, "Oppenheimer."

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are finally revealing their individual lists for the Top Ten best films of 2023, a year that left them a little deflated despite the Barbenheimer of it all. The guys discuss the movies that just missed the final cut, some notable 2023 releases that weren't going to end up on their lists, and reveal in descending order what they believe are the best movies of this past year.

Stay tuned for the next episode where the guys reveal their Bottom Ten lists for the worst films of 20023.

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Direct download: pitch_399.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:49pm 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 the last episode of season two, the finale, and the last movie is 1945's "Leave Her to Heaven," an Academy Award-winning noir mellodrama where Gene Tierney is an obsessive woman who won't stop until she eliminates any other alternative for her husband's attention and affections. Also, this could be the source of the warning about not swimming until 30 minutes after you finish eating. Season three coming next month, folks. 

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Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are working their way through the kickass 1990s and this week's episode places them square in the middle, 1995, and both movies are about sci-fi future worlds about downloadable experiences that nefarious forces are after. It's the Keanu Reeves pre-"Matrix" vehicle, "Johnny Mnemonic," and the slightly classier yet still sordid "Strange Days" starring Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett. 

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Episode 398 includes:

-Trailer reactions: "Abigail," "Spaceman," "The First Omen," and "Lisa Frankenstein."

-They've used A.I. to reanimate George Carlin for a "new" "comedy" "special," and it's an ehtnically troubling brave new world for any dead celebrity. 

-Nate runs through thoughts over "Maestro," "Leave the World Behind," "Poor Things," "The Zone of Interest," "Bottoms," and "American Fiction."

-Ben discusses "Aproia," "Nimona," "Corner Office," and "The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster."

-By the Decade -- 1995 -- "Johnny Mnemonic" / "Strange Days"

-The guys tackle the schlocky cyberpunk future that has Keanu Reeves as a human courier where his brain is the flash drive that a lot of weirdos want and Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron's collaboration about a scary future world where humanity is prone to paying for voyueristic experiences catered to them, plus a noir-style murder mystery and police brutality conspiracy at no extra charge. 

Direct download: pitch_398.mp3
Category:By the Decade -- posted at: 9:36am 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 eleventh episode is looking at the newest movie in the show's run, the new monster movie from Japan that's breaking box-office and impressing fans and critics alike, the suprisingly emotional and evocative "Godzilla Minus One." 

Available on Spotify and Apple

Direct download: mdm_godzilla_minus_one.mp3
Category:My Dad & the Movies -- posted at: 5:53pm EDT

The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are working their way through revisiting the 1990s of film, and this week it's 1994's turn as the guys watch the John Carpeneter horror freakout "In the Mouth of Madness" and Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures" with stunning debut performances by Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet. 

Available on Apple and Spotify

Episode 397 includes:

-R.I.P. great character actor Tom Wilkinson and the rich dad guy from "Parasite."

-Nate reviews a lot of movies like "Godzilla Minus One," "The Boy and the Heron," "Napoleon," and more.

-The guys are left thoroughly unimpressed by Zack Snyder's "rebel Moon: Part One."

-By the Decade -- 1995 -- "In the Mouth of Madness" / "Heavenly Creatures"

-The gents findspooky merit in John Carpeneter's forgotten ode to Lovecraftian madness with a very game Sam Neill and celebrate Peter Jackson's proof of concept movie with "Heavenly Creatures" that he can do serious Oscar-worthy dramas with his style and signature too. 

Direct download: pitch_397.mp3
Category:By the Decade -- posted at: 8:28am EDT

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