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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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231: The Nostalgia Industry

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. 

Listen! Enjoy! Tell your friends! 
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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. 
MANDY IS A FOOL. 
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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. 

LISTEN. ENJOY. TELL FRIENDS. REPEAT.
 
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214: Blue Ruin With Macon Blair

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! frotcast@gmail.com, 415 275 0030
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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. 

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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. 
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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!

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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!  
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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. 

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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. 

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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!" 
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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! 
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The Sacrament opens June 6th, and director Ti West joins us to talk about the process of getting it made, and of becoming a filmmaker in general. Ti's one of the few people in the world as fanatical about MMA as Vince, so we naturally talk about Wanderlei and Vitor for a while. I saw A Million Ways To Die In The West and we talk about Seth MacFarlane, whether a reference is considered a joke, and having the balls to write yourself into a love triangle between Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron. Which of course brings up the Elliot Rodger/Anne Hornaday/Seth Rogen dynamic. So topics. Much conversate. Wow. 

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Comedian OJ Patterson and Film.com's Laremy Legel join the FilmDrunk frotcrew to talk about Godzilla, a little about X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Casablanca, for our throwback title of the week. Laremy offers the top 10 reasons his Kickstarter project did not get funded :-( . Bret even joins us to give us an update on Bret! Exciting times! 

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"He had those AIDS!" This week, we have some fun with Donald Sterling talking about Magic Johnson, Burnsy introduces three songs of summer in Burnsy's Corner: Froggy Fresh's "Stolen Bikes 2," Stitches, with "Brick In Yo Face," and an abomination called "The Plastics." We talk about hemorrhoids, the most Florida things Burnsy has ever seen, and Ben bloops in from Malaysia. Our guest this week is comedian Torio Van Grol. Enjoy! 

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San Francisco comedians Matt Lieb & OJ Patterson join for a Frotcast about True Romance, plus Surviving Jack writer Patrick Schumacker calls in to talk about The Hemorrhoid That Destroyed a Marriage. Okay, technically just a wedding, but it's still a great story. In a surprise turn, his show got cancelled just a few hours before we recorded :-( . We start off with a little about OJ, the San Francisco comedy scene, and Matt having to talk the crazy girl who spit in his face out of suicide. We finish off with an in-depth conversation about True Romance. Typical FilmDrunk Frotcast. 

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Former NBA player Paul Shirley joins us at the top of the frot this week to talk about Donald Sterling and all the actual racist stuff he's done vs. the weird stuff he said to his mistress that he actually got in trouble for. Questions include: is falling all over yourself to condemn him a case of thou dost protest too much? And is it better to have honest racists or racists who are smart enough to censor themselves? After that, we talk about the "botched" execution and the idea of cognitive dissonance in general, and then we get a visit from Ben, live from Thailand. He tells us about partying with monkeys and the beach where they shot The Beach, and we wrap things up with Film.com's Laremy Legel on the subject of Short Term 12. Oh, and Matt Lieb finally comes clean about what it is about quicksand porn that he finds so hot. Enjoy. 

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200 Frotcasts! We celebrate with Film.com's Laremy Legel, who joins at the top top of the frot to read us his latest list and talk about Transcendence, which he also thought was much better than its 19% RT recommended rating would indicate. We answer a few of your reader questions about comedy and anal, and Ben calls us direct from Thailand (KaplanVisuals.com, if you're wondering what he's been up to). Then we bring on everyone's favorite glib lesbian, Heather. She tells us about teaching writing at a prison, working as a mad scientist for children's parties, and what it's like being known around Brooklyn as "the lesbian who hates sex." 

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