Dirty Sons of Pitches

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. 

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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. 

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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."

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Category:Best Of -- posted at: 7:09pm EDT