Dirty Sons of Pitches (Switch the Pitch)

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 EDT
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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 EDT
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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 EDT
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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?

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 8:19pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 10:49am EDT
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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.

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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 11:25am EDT
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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.

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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 12:32pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 9:03pm EDT
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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."

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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 1:03pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 10:52am EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT
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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.

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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 11:05am EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 6:07pm EDT
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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.

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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 7:49pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 8:44pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT
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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?

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 4:37pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 11:40am EDT
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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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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.

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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT
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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.

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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT
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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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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 11:36am EDT
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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."

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 3:12pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT
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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT
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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. 

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 9:38pm EDT
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The "Dirty Sons of Pitches" are trying to surf the waves of discontent over the anger over a mermaid casting, a bizarre children's movie trailer, the lack of songs in the new Mulan film, as well as making sense of Ari Aster's "Midsommar," a subject that becomes their pitch of the episode as they remake it on the spot via the rules of "Switch the Pitch." The guys close out playing America's favorite game, "So Shalit Be," devising blurbs for the films reviewed in keeping with the famous TV critic turned vulgarian.

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Episode 242 includes:

-The live-action Ariel will be played by a young black woman, and portions of the Internet are losing it.

-Trailer reactions to live-action "Mulan" and "Spies in Disguise."

-Ben and Nate debate the merits of "Midsommar" and whether it's an improvement from "Hereditary."

-January releases "Escape Room" and "The Kid Who Would Be King" get their due. One is... fine.

-"Spider-Man: Far From Home" is a fun sequel that Ben thinks even does things better than its predecessor.

-This Week's Pitch -- Switch the Pitch: Midsommar!

-The guys play their new game where they roll a die and make up a new version of the movie on the spot. You decide if it's any better.

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

-The guys wrap up the episode by emulating famed critic Gene Shalit to give blurbs about the movies reviewed on this week's podcast.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT
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Here's part two of the "Dirty Sons of Pitches" epic game and pitch relating to the new Avengers blockbuster.

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Episode 238 includes:

-Switch the Pitch -- "Avengers: Endgame" Edition

-The guys randomly pitch a new version of the concluding Avengers film from scratch, relying upon a system of dice rolls that determine what plot element to add to build their story one turn at a time. This gets really really epic, and epically long, but if you're a Marvel fan or a fan of superheroes in general, you should be highly entertained by how this pitch shapes up.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT
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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. The guy then close out another podcast with America's favorite game, the "So Shalit Be" of "So Shalit Be" games.

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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.

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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 9:21pm EDT
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