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Welcome to another episode of what we like to call "Comedians with Microphones Talking Movies." This week on the Frotcast, our guest is Laremy Legel from Film.Com (and the upcoming movie 'Lightweight'), and the topics are rape scenes in Game of Thrones and feminism in Mad Max: Fury Road. But before we get to that, we've got an update on the "Startup Castle," which you may remember from last week as the folks behind the world's most pathos-drenched roommate ad. It turns out, the guy who "founded" (aka rented) the Startup Castle is a former Chippendales dancer and castmember on a pirate reality show. Neat! After that we get to Game of Thrones, and whether departing from the books has made it open season on criticisms of being gratuitous/rapey/predictable. We move onto Mad Max: Fury Road and the great (misguided) "Is It Feminist??" debate. Also, we discuss Armond White's review. Finally, we finish things off with your emails, including a question about honk shaming and a Smash Mouth story. Enjoy, and please continue Frotting.

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This week on the Frotcast, Incompatent Thieves director Tom Dean joins Matt Lieb and myself (Vince Mancini) in the Frotquarters. We begin discussing the epic beef between Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins and Smash Mouth's Steve Harwell, the most 90s beef since the Arch Deluxe. After that we discuss 80s sitcom theme songs and how bizarrely similar they all were. They were all somehow about a perfect family, that was an antidote to depression, bad news on the TV, and a general apocalyptic hellscape they implied existing outside the set. Then we get into the Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck, heroin addicts in general (a subject with which Matt is somewhat familiar), and why Courtney Love is so perfectly hatable. Is Courtney Love everything we accused Yoko of being? Finally, we finish off talking about "The Startup Castle," and their ad for a roommate who doesn't wear too much makeup, watch too much TV, drink, smoke, have too many tattoos, listen to songs with explicit lyrics, or drive too much - another perfectly insufferable illustration of everything despicable about the tech industry in Silicon Valley. Fun! Fun! Fun! 

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This week, OJ Patterson of Courting Comedy/Super Trashed Bros is in the Frotquarters to discuss the #CONTROVERSY surrounding Jeremy Renner's alleged slut-shaming of Black Widow. Is it okay to call a fictional character a slut? Did he ruin his original non-apology by trying to explain it? Also, why did Joss Whedon quit Twitter, or rather, where did Patton Oswalt & Co come up with their explanations for Joss Whedon quitting Twitter? After that, we talk about A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Underrated? Overrated? Accurately rated? X-Rated? Is the setting supposed to be Iran? Also, BRET FINALLY SELLS OUT! "I want a slice of that idiot pie," Bret says. "In a world of monsters and shills, I want to be a shill." "I want you to be a shill with me," Matt Lieb says. "People always try to make it about Batman and the Joker, but it's not about Batman and the Joker. It's about the Joker and Ronald McDonald, and I want to be Ronald McDonald. I want to feed you, but in a clownish sort of way."

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After losing a week to technical difficulties, we're back! This week, we're discussing the release of the Star Wars trailer and the people competing to see who can be the most nostalgic for Star Wars. The big question is, what’s the line between acceptable, earnest fandom for something that meant a lot to you, and cheering while a corporation sells you your childhood? We try to answer that, talk about "thug" as we solve race relations in Baltimore, listen to some of Joe Sinclitico's stand-up comedy about koala hunting, and try to figure out if Matt Lieb actually likes us. As for the listener who asked if the Frotcast was dying, no, it is not, we just had some troubles upgrading our recording set up. We've come a long way, from shouting into a single mic to multi-track recording. Not successfully, mind you, but it's been a journey. 

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I was in SoCal this week for the MTV Movie Awards and Alison Rosen's podcast, so the regular Frotcrew is gone this week (though Bret did still show up to the Frotquarters, poor Bret). Not to fear, though, because I was able to get a couple fan-favorite guests to record the make-up 'cast, comedians Joe Sinclitico and Matt Louv (the museum of comedy). We talked about Joe's righteous mustache and it smelling like a condom, the MTV Movie Awards, Furious 7, and discussed whether Vin Diesel is trying to bring up Paul Walker as much as Rudy Giuliani brings up 9/11. Enjoy.

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There's a new bus service in San Francisco that basically helps rich tech nerds pay a few more dollars not to see poor people. Is this a sign of the apocalypse or is it basically all capitalism in a nutshell? Either way, it seems like we the San Francisco residents are guinea pigs in an experiment to see what it'd be like if tech companies ruled the world. WE HAVE SEEN YOUR FUTURE, AND IT SUCKS. We discuss the infantilizing effect of tech before moving onto 'Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,' with Ben back on the pod after two months in Central America. He talks where to go and what to spend and all that good stuff. We finish up with your emails and voicemails about your personal encounters with Name Of The Year contestants like Dr. Loki Skylizard, and Tokyo Sexwale.

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We couldn't get the Frotcast crew together for a proper Frotcast this past week, but I did interview Paul Fischer 'A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power.' While it's not the same thing as a normal Frotcast, I did go all Teri Gross for a Fresh Air-style, hour-long interview. The book tells the story of Choi Eun-Hee and Shin Sang-Ok, who at one point were the most popular actress and director in South Korea. They were kidnapped by Kim Jong-Il in 1978, and after Shin tried to escape twice and spent five years in North Korean gulags, he eventually got out, was reunited with Choi (his ex-wife at that point) and they made seven movies for Kim Jong-Il, including the so-bad-it's-good cult classic, Pulgasari. They tried to make movies good enough that they'd be in Jong-Il's good graces, so that he eventually gave them just enough freedom that they were able to escape back to the west. Shin eventually went to Hollywood and made a few movies, including '3 Ninjas Knuckle Up.' I talk to Fischer about North Korea, parallels betwen North Korea and Scientology, The Interview, his personal experience in North Korea, and all about himself, writing the book, Kim Jong-Il, and everything else. Enjoy.

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Twollie Vanderworf! Tokyo Sexwale! Taco BM Monster! Dr. Loki Skylizard! These are all people's real names, uncovered every year by the folks at NameOfTheYear.com. Using their 2015 Name Of the Year bracket, we all chose our Name Of The Year fantasy teams, with guest and fantasy sports expert Matt Ufford of The Inactives podcast. After that, we discuss competitive Paul Walker grieving among the Furious 7 cast, and go down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theory websites. Enjoy, and go to AudibleTrial.com/Frotcast for your free Audiobook download. 

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This week on the Frotcast, we talk The Jinx and Robert Durst. The appeal of the show, is it closure or characters? Or is it just that Robert Durst is nuts in so many different ways that it seems like there's a new one every week? And why would people feel closure at the end of the show, because the weird guy was talking to himself? Wouldn't any rational human being know how did it from the very beginning? Did you hear the story about his rubber mask? About him killing his dogs? So we talk about that for a while, and compare it to Serial. Then we bring on Laremy Legel to talk about 30 for 30's I Hate Christian Laettner and tell us about The Divergent Series: Insurgent. As Bret says, "This is the dumbest book I've ever had told to me."

Matt also tells the story about a listener trying to make Matt look bad so he could have sex with his girlfriend. No snitching!

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The usual crew couldn't get together in the Frotquarters this week, so in lieu of a regular frotcast, I'm posting audio of FilmDrunk interviews with Homegrown Video's Farrell Timlake, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking author Anya Von Bremzen, and a couple quickies from the AVN Awards. Sorry, and I hope you enjoy these! As always, email us at frotcast@gmail.com, leave us a voice mail at 415 275 0030

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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.

Enjoy, and check out audibletrial.com/Frotcast to sign up for a free trial and get your free audiobook.

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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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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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