Nov 20th, 2014 by filmdrunk
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.
Nov 14th, 2014 by filmdrunk
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
Nov 6th, 2014 by filmdrunk
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!
Oct 30th, 2014 by filmdrunk
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.
Frot on and enjoy!
Oct 23rd, 2014 by filmdrunk
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.
Listen! Enjoy! Tell your friends!
Oct 15th, 2014 by filmdrunk
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!
Oct 9th, 2014 by filmdrunk
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:
- 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!
Oct 2nd, 2014 by filmdrunk
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 email@example.com, leave us a voicemail at 415 274 0030. Otherwise frot on and f*ck off.
Sep 25th, 2014 by filmdrunk
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.
MANDY IS A FOOL.
Sep 17th, 2014 by filmdrunk
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!
Sep 11th, 2014 by filmdrunk
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.
Sep 3rd, 2014 by filmdrunk
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!
Aug 28th, 2014 by filmdrunk
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.
LISTEN. ENJOY. TELL FRIENDS. REPEAT.
Aug 21st, 2014 by filmdrunk
This week, Ben returns from his Eat, Pray, Love trip in Asia for a Frotcast about Tom Hardy's Locke. Well, it was *supposed* to be about Locke, anyway. We start out doing some Creed impressions, which, to be fair, are almost impossible to stop doing. From there we move into a story about my electric car, then we end up talking about Ferguson and cops and stuff for a while, until Bret gets even more nihilistic. We quickly need to find something to make fun of, which brings us to a New York Times trend piece about Hey, Isn't It Crazy How Millennials Are In the News These Days? Eventually we bring on Ben, who explains what he's been doing in Asia for four months and what he's planning to do now. Then we talk about Locke, and some more Creed impressions ensue as Bret wonders if the internet was a mistake. Enjoy.
Aug 13th, 2014 by filmdrunk
I really hope you are already feeling sad and hopeless!
Otherwise, we're probably gonna make you feel sad and hopeless with this
new episode of the Frotcast. Not that we don't try our best to inject
some humor into this cauldron of chaos that has been bubbling up all
around us and scalding our souls (i.e. Robin Williams suicide, cops
murdering Michael Brown, the new TMNT movie, etc.), but it's honestly
really hard to make any of those subjects funny. But we try, oh my GOD
do we try.
This week, we have me, Vince Mancini, Brendan,
Bret, and Filmdrunk writer Heather Dockray aka Heather The Glib Lesbian live in the Frotquarters. We
start out talking about the shocking suicide of Robin Williams which
somehow segues into something less heavy. We then go on to talk about
The Guardians of the Galaxy and Bret explains how he thinks he doesn't
like movies anymore. Heather gets into her review of Michael Bay's
shitty TMNT reboot and how she was mistaken for a 14-year-old by other
14-year-olds. Then we get into the story of real-life Bond villain Vlad
Putin's denial of stealing Robert Kraft's Super Bowl ring. I just really
hope that Putin doesn't this to this particular Frotcast, because the
last thing this podcast needs is to be banned in Russia. We need all the
listeners we can get!
of which, please tell everyone that you know about the magic of the
FilmDrunk Frotcast. I realize that it's hard to explain to first-time
listeners why we are the way that we are, but just keep reassuring them
that it's worth it. It is worth it, right? RIGHT?!?! WHY DO WE KEEP
Aug 7th, 2014 by filmdrunk
This week on the Frotcast, we've got Brendan and Matt Lieb in the Frotquarters, with "Film Critic" author Laremy Legel joining us via Skype.
We open the show talking about how we're going to talk about The Raid, and the difference between Silat and Muay Thai. Matt Lieb talks about his bar fighting experiences (mostly theoretical) and that somehow leads us into a discussion of Pumping Iron, and Brendan's dead-on Lou Ferrigno impression. Lou Ferrigno's gullibility leads us into a discussion of sales tactics and pick-up tactics aimed at the dumbest people around that just end up working because so many people are so dumb. That somehow leads us to the couple who took professional photos with their stillborn baby, which naturally leads to some thoroughly dark dead baby humor. We talk some about The Raid remake, Taylor Kitcsh, Oliver Stone, and Kid Rock's strangely well-written letter in the Juggalo sexual harassment lawsuit case. Eventually we get to the famous troll article "Idiocracy is a Cruel Movie And You Should Be Ashamed For Liking It," which makes everyone groan lots.
After that, we bring on Laremy, and we talk about The Raid, and Kenneth Turan's LA Times piece, "Kenneith Turan takes a critic's lonely stand on 'Boyhood.'" That of course leads us to discuss some of the courageous stands that *we* have taken in film criticism. I don't want to use the word "hero," but...
Jul 31st, 2014 by filmdrunk
Comedians Matt Lieb and OJ Patterson join this week with Brendan returning as we welcome Macon Blair to talk about his starring role in Blue Ruin. We open the show welcoming Brendan back to the Frotquarters for the first time as a married-ass dude. He tells about finally getting to score and we talk about which jams got the people on the dance floor at his wedding, and whether he kept his "Return of the Mack" streak alive, leading to an impromptu sing-along sesh, as often happens on the Frotcast. After that we talk about Stephen A. Smith's criteria for when it's okay to hit a woman, and Whoopi Goldberg's subsequent elaboration on it.
About 30 minutes in, we bring on Macon Blair, who tells us about his critically-acclaimed star turn in Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin. He tells how he created such a realistic puking effect (spoiler alert, by actually puking) and how he handled the pressure of acting in a film he new his friend had bet his entire life savings on. After that, we talk about Blue Ruin and read your emails. Frot on! Tell your friends! Write us reviews! firstname.lastname@example.org, 415 275 0030
Jul 23rd, 2014 by filmdrunk
Comedian Matt Lieb and regular Bret join Vince Mancini of FilmDrunk in the Frotquarters this week, to discuss the Scarlett Johansson-naked classic Under The Skin and read futuristic fiction about Chinese automatic sperm extractors. With Luc Besson's 'Lucy' opening this week, starring Scarlett Johansson, we decided to catch up on ScarJo's last star turn, Under the Skin, from Sexy Beast director Jonathan Glazer. Bret liked it more than the rest of us, but for the most part, we thought the handful of cool images wasn't enough to make up for a... movie... where... people... do... things... real... slow. We spend the first 20 minutes discussing Under The Skin, then movie into Brett Ratner talk, with Matt revealing that Red Dragon is one of his favorite movies, so much so that he can quote it at length. At 32 minutes, I begin to read a story I wrote for Ivan Hernandez's show, Gimme Fiction, which I believe will soon air on the Boing Boing network with mine and all the other comedians' stories from the same night, the theme for which was "Futurism." My story is called "Love In The Time Of Extraction," or "Last Extraction Hero." After that, we talk about Israel for some reason, then discuss Facebook, weddings, and read your email questions on the subject of, naturally, anal sex. Enjoy.
Jul 15th, 2014 by filmdrunk
This week we welcome Massachusetts's own Steve Post, comic and San Francisco resident, to discuss Snowpiercer, our nightmarish calls and experiences with Comcast and the state of customer service in general, as well as Richard Linklater and movies that made us cry. We also talk about going into Trader Joe's still wearing your bike helmet, Gilbert Gottfried's incredible Bob Saget roast (flashback!), and our bad student films and why they always involve suicide. Enjoy!
Snowpiercer starts at 51 minutes and ends at 1:07 if you're trying to religiously avoid spoilers.
Jul 10th, 2014 by filmdrunk
This week we've got Matt Lieb and Bret coming at you live (I think. Not sure what “live” actually means) from the Frotquarters in San Francisco. We talk about Bret's ghost and how Matt lives in a paradox of being an atheist who's scared of ghosts.
Later, we're joined by Justin Halpern (Shit My Dad Says, Surviving Jack, future awesome things) and we discuss David Wain's romantic comedy spoof “We Came Together” starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. I'd like to preemptively apologize for Halpern's shitty internet connect, as we do end up disconnecting with him about five thousand times throughout the podcast. We go on to talk about the ludicrous amount of money that some of our podcasting peers have been making and we then spend the remainder of the podcast just begging (into our brand new dildo-microphones) for our listeners to spread the good word of the Frotcast to all of their friends and family so that Matt Lieb can finally quit his job as a handyman and just watch quicksand porn full time.
Speaking of which, PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE FROTCAST! I DONT NORMALLY TYPE IN CAPITAL LETTERS AND I WONT STOP UNTIL YOU TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
Jul 3rd, 2014 by filmdrunk
Bret, comedian Matt Lieb, and SB Nation's Matt Ufford join this week's podcast, on the subject of Weekend At Bernie's (turning 25) and HBO's The Leftovers.
We open talking about Gary the Goat and Jimbo the Australian, and rural Australiana in general. This leads us to Nathan For You, and whether it's real or not, and whether that matters. We wonder what's going on in the background at Ufford's, and it turns out he's been making a nice summer salad this whole time. We talk a bit about the World Cup and secretary of defense Tim Howard with soccer superfan Matt, and around the 50-minute mark, we get to 'Weekend At Bernie's,' which Matt Lieb defends and I get angry about because I have no soul and I hate your childhood, as always. Around an hour ten we get to 'The Leftovers.' We wrap things up with a listener's incredible email story, which may or may not be real, but then again does it really matter? Full circle.
INVITE A FRIEND TO LISTEN TO THE FROTCAST!
Jun 26th, 2014 by filmdrunk
It's just Vince, Matt Lieb, and Bret in the Frotquarters for a Transformers-week podcast on Michael Bay's LAST movie, Pain And Gain. We weren't about to sit through three hours of Transformers, so we just watched P & G on Netflix. We also discuss Gary Oldman's quasi-anti-semitic Playboy interview and ensuing kerfuffle with the Anti-Defamation League and Abe Foxman. We also talk about Spike Lee's new comments about "America's addiction to violence," as well as whether he's just out of touch these days, or if he's actually addicted to pain pills or something. We also have a ton of fun with the new Automatic Chinese Sperm Extractor. Probably the most fun we've ever had with a topic. Enjoy.
Jun 20th, 2014 by filmdrunk
Comedian Alison Stevenson and our old pal Bret join us in the Frotquarters this week for the most fun Frotcast we've had in a while. We cover a lot of topics because we're drinking, from the best of Alison's online dating pick-up lines, to Laremy reading the meanest comments on his Clint Eastwood article. We open with Alison reading us her creepiest messages, then transition into a local news story about an angry motorcycler and the inherent smarm of local news. We answer a reader question about girls and whether they can poop without peeing. Alison talks 'Obvious Child,' and then we bring on Laremy to read his most hateful comments. He also saw Jersey Boys, so we get Laremy's review of Jersey Boys as well as a discussion of the last decade of Eastwood films. We talk about internet commenting in general, get briefly into Zach Braff's movie, talk about why older film critics go crazy, and EVERONE. GETS. LAID. Enjoy.
Jun 11th, 2014 by filmdrunk
Comedian David Gborie joins Brendan & Vince in Frotquarters to discuss PCU, the Dumb and Dumber To trailer, and the drone kid and his indiegogo lawsuit whiner campaign. I also, you can hear my phone interview with Rob Riggle!
We open talking about Dumb and Dumber To on suggestion from a listener voicemail. We talk about that, and weird nostalgia pimping in general. After that, there's my Rob Riggle Interview. We come back around the 26 min mark talking about improv vs. stand up, and how us stand ups always hate improv people because they seem like such well-adjusted non losers who actually hang out with girls. Then we talk about "dealbreaker movies" (movie opinions you couldn't tolerate in a significant other), then the 1994 non-classic 'PCU', and finish off talking about the drone kid who got in a fight with a lady on the beach. "STOP ASSAULTING ME ASSWIPE!"
Jun 4th, 2014 by filmdrunk
PFT Commenter reads from his e-book, we talk Game of Thrones with Ivan Hernandez from Boars, Gore, and Swords, we play the IMDB keywords game, and more on this week's Frotcast.
World famous shtickmedian PFT Commenter is not ready to break character just yet, but he does read to us from his e-book, Goodell Vs. Obama. Meanwhile, comedian Ivan Hernandez, co-host of Boing Boing's Bores, Gore, and Swords podcast, joins to talk about Game of Thrones, The Mountain, spoilers, and Marvel movies. We hear a couple local news stories, a few of your emails and voicemails, and finish things off with a brand new game where I give the IMDB keyword and you try to name the highest-rated movie. Fun! Fun! Fun! Tell your friends and write us a review! Frot on!