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.
Archive for the 'movies' Category
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?
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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!
Speaking 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 DOING THIS!?!??!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.