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This week, we welcome Somerville, Mass's finest (don't say Boston...), comedian Steve Post to talk about the Edward Snowden documentary CitizenFour (as well as the upcoming Oliver Stone biopic and Oliver Stone movies in general). We also Skype in Ben from Costa Rica to talk about his Kickstarter project, his post-testicular cancer vision quest and current swing through Central America. He updates us on staying fit and the backpacking ladies, we get in deep to talk about the Oxy epidemic that drove Steve Post to leave Somerville, talk about Matt Lieb's latest Xfinity commercial and getting "shrunk" in a Nature Valley commercial. Then Steve one-ups him with his story about playing a bartender in a Silicon Valley episode, thanks to his nine years of actual bartending experience.

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This week on the Frotcast, comedian Jane Harrison joins Matt Lieb, Vince, and Bret in the Frotquarters. We open talking about Mystique from X-Men being the perfect woman, which leads us to the appeal of 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' and pretty much all things porn - watching it, guilt surrounding it, evolution of desires, the search for novelty, whether the younger generation's ideas about sex have been skewed by, whether it changes intimacy in a relationship, etc. etc. It just sort of happened. We also talk about the Oscars and pitch a TV show about Matt Lieb and his silicone sex butt, which he kept in his closet when he lived with his mom. Matt Lieb is a sick, sick, man.

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We open this week's show discussing Matt Lieb's romantic Valentine's Day on Snuggly Rock, which leads in to other Valentine's Day stories, and whether we feel pressure to have sex when we can hear lots of sex happening around us. I read the infamous Jack White Guacamole Letter of 2015 and we discuss whether Jack White realizes how insane he sounds. Bret hadn't heard us talk about Jupiter "Bees Recognize Royalty" Ascending yet, and we discuss whether Mila Kunis being able to control bees counts as a Beeus Ex Machina, or if it's more of a Chekhov's Bees kind of situation. We get into SNL 40, with the big question being, should they have invited Sarah Palin on and thus be complicit in making her look like a good sport? Then we bring on Brian Abrams to discuss his new book, 'Party Like A President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office,' and to talk about 'Wetlands,' the infamous German vagina movie that's now on Netflix. The big question about Wetlands seems to be: does punk rock need a political agenda, or can it just be taking a dump onstage purely for the pleasure of taking a dump? Enjoy, Frot On, Tell a Friend.
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Comedians Matt Lieb and Torio Van Grol are in the Frotquarters this week, with Film.com's Laremy Legel joining via Skype. We open discussing Matt Lieb's recent audition for Adam Devine's House Party, and lead into arguments about Kurt Cobain and our pitches for Spider-Man now that Marvel is rebooting the franchise. We get into that crazy NY Times article about the internet shame machine and the girl who lost her job and had to move to Africa over a bad AIDS joke. Laremy comes on to talk about his viewings of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and of course, Fifty Shades of Grey, leading to Matt Lieb's truly priceless Christian Grey impression. Enjoy. 

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Back from hiatus, we've got Matt Lieb and Brendan in the Frotquarters with Ben joining via Skype. We talk about Matt Lieb's newly-acquired quicksand porn (thanks, listeners!), read an alleged treatment for Kevin Spacey's body-swap-with-a-cat comedy sent in by a listener, and talk about my trips to the AVN Awards and to Sundance. Then we bloop in Gavin Booth, director of Scarehouse, to talk about the challenges of shooting a horror movie and being Canadian, and also the dumb things people ask at Q & As. Also, I convince everyone to see Jupiter Ascending because it's one of the most ridiculous movies ever. Enjoy!

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American Sniper was the big topic this week, so we all saw it, and invited on my former co-worker and roommate, SB Nation's Matt Ufford, Marine veteran, and host of the new podcast The Inactives. Is the movie any good? Is Chris Kyle a hero? A murderer? Does the film paint fake babies in a false light? Is it a proper representation of military tactics? We answer all these and more, probably the longest we've ever talked about a single movie. Besides that, Bret talks about celebrating his birthday in a sensory deprivation tank, Matt Lieb eats the supermarket sushi he bought with food stamps, and we read your emails about a guy with two buttholes. Enjoy, and for the love of God, tell a friend. Download it multiple times yourself, spread the word. Frot-nation is sweeping the nation, and you can get in early.

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We open this week discussing Matt Lieb's new haircut, which makes him a dead ringer for Lena Dunham's boyfriend, Fun guitarist Jack Antonoff. This naturally leads to 'Girls' infamous butt-eating (analingus) scene, which seems to have been written just for Matt. Who famously eats so much butt he has a bib with a picture of a butt on it. Just keeping things high brow like always.

After that, the Space Dockett includes: the politicization of Facebook, 'Frank,' and Film.com's Laremy Legel joins us to talk about Michael Mann's 'Blackhat,' aka Thordfish (thanks to commenter Erswi for that one). And did I mention Ben is back in the studio??? Enjoy, and Frot on.

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We've got three comedians in the Frotquarters this week to discuss a movie about a comedian, Obvious Child, along with Bret, who hates comedy, story, humans, and existence itself. Asked by his wife what he wants for Christmas, Bret answers "I don't want to be," and so she bought him a gift certificate to a sensory deprivation tank. Other topics include Collective Soul Bird, 'Girls' Vs. 'Entourage,' the Josh Gad Gad Movie Game, Kid Rock saying rap rock is gay, and lots of weird sex stuff. Guests: Matt Lieb, Vince Mancini, Jane Harrison, and Bret. We ate pizza. Won't you be our friend? 

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It's the FilmDrunk Frotcast Best of 2014, edited by Most Valuable Listener Token.

Intro Ep 222
0:01:08 Ep 219 Introduction of Gary from Freemont
0:06:38 Ep 223 Andrew Roberts solves/worsens America's Racial issues
0:09:13 Ep 221 Alison gets a dating profile message
0:21:12 Ep 210 Bret's Town house Ghost/Ufford makes a salad
0:30:24 Ep 224 Gone Girl/Ben's Girlfriend/LAX bro Voicemail
0:42:37 Ep 209 China's dick sucking robot
0:50:21 Ep 218 Joe Sinclitico pitches "The Forest"
0:54:56 Ep 222 Kentucky Kindergarten names
0:59:52 Ep 226 Purssey, Merney, Kerffee
1:01:54 Ep 226 The Linkin Park movie/Marlins Will Soar
1:08:44 Ep 221 Rating Alison's Dick Picks
1:14:46 Ep 216 Vladimir Putin steals Bob Kraft's Super Bowl ring
1:21:55 Ep 213 Matt Lieb Loves Red Dragon
1:25:31 Ep 230 Jane Starling vs Bret Lectre
1:39:58 Ep 227 Lieb's interview with Joe Hanh
1:52:26 Ep 218 Joe Sinclitico responds to China's dick sucking robot tech
2:00:24 Ep 224 Jumper outro
Bonus clip Ep 217 The Internet wasn't worth it

Guests Featured:
Matt Ufford
Laremy Legel
Jane Harrison
Alison Stevenson
Andrew Roberts
Patrick Schumacher
Justin Halpern
O.J. Patterson
Joe Sinclitico
William Head
Heather Dockray

Episode Clips used:
184,198(2),202,209 (2),210(5),211,213 (3),216,217,218 (4),219 (2),221 (2),222 (3),223,224 (6),226 (5),227,230(3)

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This week on the Frotcast, Vince, Matt Lieb, and Brendan welcome artist Lucy Owen via Skype. Owen's series of Juggalo portraits, Where The Juggalo Roam, is currently on display in Detroit. We swap her stories about this year's Gathering of the Juggalos with ours about last year's and compare our, American male reactions to the Gathering and Juggalo culture with her British female ones. We also talk about Matt's latest commercial gig. And of course, we couldn't not mention the Sony hack, The Interview's canceled release clusterf-ck, and all about North Korea and doxxing. Enjoy.

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SF comedians Jane Harrison and Matt Lieb are in the Frotquarters this week to talk about Australian indie horror The Babadook. But before we get to that, we go through the leaked power points from Sony that show that movie marketing is apparently done by aliens. Seriously though, that company's brainstorming sessions must be pretty f'd up. That of course leads us to Jonah Hill's awesome email and North Korea's insane propaganda. Of course, Sony's marketing plans lead us to wonder, is North Korea the bad guy in this situation or are we?

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Have you noticed that the movie industry is trying to sell our childhoods back to us? Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Dumb and Dumber, Kickboxer, Encino Man, The Crow... the list goes on and on. Are these movies for people who lived through the 90s or those who didn't? That's the topic on our minds this week, as well as 'Sheik,' the documentary about the Iron Sheik, Bret saw Interstellar, Vince saw Exodus, Bret saw The Babadook, and more. Bret, Brendan, Matt Lieb and Vince in the Frotquarters this week, with Ben joining via Skype. Enjoy.

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Bret, Brendan, and San Francisco comedian Jane Harrison are live in the Frotquarters this week to talk Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, a 1976 film starring Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Shecky Greene, Art Carny, and a million other people, which I was sort of hoping would be terrible in a hilarious way, but is actually just not something I would ever recommend to anyone. Ever. Jane described it as “Sort of like a dark The Artist if the dog was trying to f*ck the girl.”

Other topics include:

  • The survivorship bias as it relates to SNL and Peanuts nostalgia. Can we see through our childhoods enough to ever be accurate about whether something was good?
  • Hey, what’s up with Vine stars? We need a tween to explain this.
  • The Serial backlash and the state of god dammit why can’t you just let me enjoy this?
  • Dave & Busters and the “No Juan” joke bitched about ’round the world.


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It's just Bret and I on this week's podcast, so plenty of room for nihilism and self-loathing. We open discussing Bret catching up with the stuff that's "all that" in pop-culture, like Adult Swim's Too Many Cooks and the Serial podcast. We discuss Serial and whether we think Adnan is guilty, and whether it's all going to end with everyone horribly disappointed. At 25 minutes in, we bring on directors Simon and Zeke Hawkins of Bad Turn Worse, which opens today. They tell us about their favorite Texas crime movies, Jim Thompson, their screenwriter's many pseudonyms, and then we talk famous filmmaking siblings. Turns out the Hawkinses got mad beef with the Duplass Brothers. The interview lasts until 53 minutes, at which point we talk about genre films, Kim Kardashian's butt, and our favorite Christopher Nolan and Farrelly Brothers movies. Boom

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This week on the Frotcast, San Francisco comedian OJ Patterson joins Vince, Brendan, and Matt Lieb in the Frotquarters to talk about Listen Up Philip, the Jason Schwartzman celebration of navel gazing. We talk about Monique's treatise on "Team Little Dick," the Lena Dunham "molestation" drama, and rank our favorite Christopher Nolan movies, in honor of Interstellar. Enjoy!

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This week on the Frotcast, we open discussing the Giants' World Series win and the respective ways in which we as San Franciscans chose to riot. We discuss some film news, like Seth Rogen being cast as Steve Wozniak in the Steve Jobs biopic, and what an Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs movie is going to look like. Then we get into the infamous Cat Call Video and the thinkpieces it has spawned, dissecting the three stages of Cat Call thinkpieces. We all saw Coherence, which we discuss (with spoilers) from about 59 to 70 minutes. Ben joins us via Skype, Matt Lieb tells us about his Linkin Park interview, and we finish up talking some Homeland. 

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The whole gang minus Ben is in the Frotquarters this week, and we open talking about Renée Zellweger thinkpieces. That leads us into her new faith-based movie project, Same Kind Of Different As Me, in which a Texas couple seems to have manifested their own magical negro. We bring on Laremy from Film.com who saw Birdman and Fury, we argue about our favorite films of the year so far and whether Michael Keaton is going to win the Oscar. Matt Lieb talks about the time he tried to interview the Linkin Park DJ about his new film, and then he sings us a rap about what he's been doing with his life since he became a Chobani yogurt pimp. 

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This week, we interview Parry Gripp of Nerf Herder and YouTube/jingle fame, and discuss the new documentary Fight Church. Bret (the Dark Lord), Brendan (future NFL hall of famer/human giant), and comedian Matt Lieb (yogurt pimp) are all in the Frotquarters this week, with Parry joining via Skype. We talk about Fight Church, about MMA-fighting Christian pastors, discussing whether the tough-guy pastor is a new phenomenon, and whether 'is MMA compatible with being a Christian' even the right question to ask. Brendan talks about the proselytizing he was subject to playing in the NFL/NFL Europe, Bret gets depressed, Matt remains Jewish.  

We bring Parry on at 26:50, and we ask him all about Nerf Herder, his new crowd-funding campaign, writing jingles vs. being in a nerd punk band, and everything we can think of. He tells us about pissing off Sammy Hagar, receiving Courtney Love's blessing, the strange, enduring popularity of "Love Sandwich," and whether he made more money being signed to a major recording label or writing songs about animals and putting them up on YouTube/iTunes. 

We finish with Parry at 1:15:00 and start talking about Kirk Cameron's new hacking allegations and the anti-Christian Canadian travel company that turned out to be fake. Basically, whether the fundamentalists are doing their own false-flag operations or if there really is a community of atheist trolls dedicated to becoming the manifestation of fundies' persecution fantasies. Enjoy!
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San Francisco comedian Jane Harrison joins us in the Frot-quarters to talk Gone Girl, as does Ben. In discussing Gone Girl, and crazy Amy, and how over-the-top the third act is, we remember the time Ben dated a girl who looked a lot like Amazin' Amy and ended up lying about having inoperable brain cancer. Bret then reveals that before he found out she had been lying, he just didn't hear about her for a while and assumed that she died. And never asked Ben about it, which to me says a lot about how guys deal with each other when one is going through a rough patch. The last act twist to Ben's cancer-faking girlfriend story is that a year after they broke up, Ben actually got cancer himself. I will never get tired of this story. 

Other things on the Space Docket:
- Dad stories, inspired by the ones collated by Mallory Ortberg, and including a few of our own. 
- Buzzfeed's "women try whiskey for the first time" video. 
-Talking whiskey and answering your whiskey questions. 
- Ben tells us about his book. 
Gone Girl talk starts around 35 minutes. Ben's cancer etc. story starts at 56 minutes. After that, we answer a few of your emails, and receive probably the best voicemail we've ever gotten. Great job! Ass pats all around! 
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It's the skeleton crew in the frotquarters this week, just Bret and Vince, as we welcome San Francisco comedian and all-around Australian guy Andrew Roberts. During the intro Andrew thanks me for introducing him as a comedian, saying "Well I'd rather be introduced as that than a wanker." Andrew tells us all about the process of emigrating for love, and getting married for love and a green card, and then subsequently getting divorced for lack of love and an inability to have threesomes with black men (I dunno, man). We all saw Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem this week, which we discuss, along with Kevin Smith's Tusk, which Andrew saw and loved. He also wants to know if America's racial problems are real or just something we do for attention. Somewhere in there I torture them with Jaden Smith's new single and we answer your email questions about circumcision and different types of rugby. Email us at frotcast@gmail.com, leave us a voicemail at 415 274 0030. Otherwise frot on and f*ck off.

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The full Frotcast crew, Vince, Ben, Bret, Brendan, and Matt, are all together in the Frotquarters for the first time in years to discuss Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure before a House of Prime Rib dinner. The Frotcast's Excellent Meat Reward, call it. We open talking about Bill Simmons' suspension from ESPN and the confusing nature of the NFL and ESPN's supposed independence. MANDY IS A FOOL.

This leads us to a discussion of Kevin Smith's new movie Tusk, which was of course based on a podcast, leading us to wonder what a Frotcast-inspired movie would consist of. Our money is on Gary From Fremont: The Movie. RIDE WITH ME.
After that I read Matt Lieb's funniest post to date, leading to much hilarity. MANDY IS A FOOL.
Then we talk about the anti-vaxxer crowd, and Bret having to stand in line at the pediatrician behind someone getting a Personal Beliefs Exemption for his son, Jaden. This leads us to a reader-sent roll of a kindergarten in Eastern Kentucky (I will post this list on FilmDrunk). FOR MY PLEAZURE.
We get into Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, and the great mall culture explosion of the 1980s, and we finish off with your emails and relationship questions. 
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This week on the FilmDrunk Frotcast, we invite comedian, VICE and FilmDrunk contributor, and online dater Alison Stevenson into the Frotquarters to read from her creepiest Tinder and OKCupid messages, and we rate the quality of dick pics she has received. We also talk about porn and the first time we all masturbated, then we Skype in Ben and talk about the various NFL debacles involving Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, and Adrian Peterson, and discuss Ken Burns and his new documentary about The Roosevelts. Enjoy! 

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If you've ever seen The Room, the biggest question on your mind is most likely: who is this Tommy Wiseau and where did he come from? Wiseau reportedly spent $6 million of his own money making the best/worst classic, and not only does no one really know where he made so much that he could afford this, they don't know Tommy's country of origin (a Redditor recently claimed Poland, which is entirely plausible). He has an Eastern European accent and seems to speak French, but claims to be from Louisiana. He says things like "As an American..." and his self-written critic blurbs for The Room raved "the new Tennessee Williams is a ragin' cajun!"

I recently finished Greg Sestero's wonderful book about the making of The Room and his relationship with Wiseau, The Disaster Artist. 300 or so pages later, I was still full of questions. As it happens, one of my friends from the SF comedy scene, Aaron Barrett, a comedian and rock drummer who moved to San Francisco in 1991, worked for Tommy Wiseau for 11 years (!!!!), making him one of the few people on Earth to have known Tommy Wiseau nearly as long as Greg Sestero. After taking away Bret's The Room virginity, we invited Aaron Barrett into the Frotquarters to see if he could help fill in any of the gaps in Tommy Wiseau's mysterious biography, and alternately torture him with bad "YOU ARE TEARING ME APART!" impressions. Enjoy.
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This week on the Frotcast, Matt Lieb, Bret, and Brendan are live with Vince in the Frotquarters (plus Laremy Legel on Skype) for a Frotcast about the great celebrity nude leak of 2014, aka The Fappening. We talk about the impulse to take nudes, as well as the impulse to criticize people when bad things happen to them. As usual, Bret thinks he can trace the cognitive roots of these impulses in his newly-named, Disturbed-inspired segment, "Down With The Thinkness."

Before we get to that, we open the show with more of Lieb's exuberant quotings from Red Dragon, some discussion of 'The Trip' and 'The Trip To Italy' (on the subject of Michael Caine impressions) and Schnitzel Bob's incredible Matt Lieb fan-fiction. Matt Lieb talks about hanging with Jeff Ross, and the advice he gets from comedians he has to open for in general, including a great story about a friend of Gabriel Iglesias getting in a fist fight with an audience member in San Jose. 
At about 30 minutes, we bring Laremy on. He reads us an awesome new list, and we talk about The Fappening. There's plenty to chew on there, and that occupies us until we get to your email questions. Enjoy! 
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Comedian Joe Sinclitico and old favorite Ben Kaplan join Bret and Vince this week. We open discussing reporters pestering Sopranos creator David Simon about the Sopranos finale and DOES TONY DIE! We wonder, what is the impulse that makes people ask questions about an ending that they've already seen? Is it the same impulse that makes them try to explain what's in the suitcase in Pulp Fiction? As always, Bret has a lot of thoughts, some involving Thanatos. That seemed a little heavy for the first five minutes of a comedy podcast, so around 10 MINUTES IN, I introduce Bret to the song Creed's Scott Stapp wrote for the Florida Marlins, "Marlins Will Soar." I nearly broke Bret with that one. Naturally we try to mash that with the Smash Mouth isolated vocal track. We talk about the Henry Rollins/Robin Williams suicide editorial, then get into David Lynch's ice bucket challenge, and the ALS ice bucket challenge in general. About 30 MINUTES IN, I attempt to explain The Identical to Bret, with limited success. We add Joe Sinclitico at 33 minutes, who has a lot of questions about yarmulkas and a bone to pick about us comparing the Chinese automatic sperm extractor to his idea for an ejac box. Ben comes on to talk about the one-year anniversary of losing his left testicle to cancer, and at ONE HOUR TWENTY, Joe King pitches some movies. 

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