Dirty Sons of Pitches (Switch the Pitch)

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

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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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

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 EST

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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Category:Switch the Pitch -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST