This week on the Frotcast, LA Matt aka Matt Lieb returns from his ban to join Vince, returning from TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival) to talk Adrien Grenier's NY Mag profile, Snowden and Oliver Stone, Nate Parker and Birth of a Nation, and of course perform a few segments of the "Royalty Freestyle." Brendan joins about 30 minutes in. We're sorry.
This week, we discuss Shane Black's recently-released-on-DVD stooge noir, The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Is it an action movie? A comedy? Does believability matter? Is Ryan Gosling playing Wile E. Coyote? We ponder all those questions as well as our recent news obsessions, like the cinematic rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos, Apple headphones, and The Night Of. Panel includes comedian Joe Sinclitico from Adam Devine's House Party, and Joey Avery, fresh off his one-episode arc on Fox's Coupled.
Sep 1st, 2016 by filmdrunk
Is the original Point Break a classic? Is it a good-good movie, a good-bad movie, or a bad-bad movie? And what does that say for the remake? Critics didn't like the original that much when it came out, but by the time the remake came they were calling it a masterpiece. What does that say for the remake? Will it eventually be respected? We ponder all these questions and more, with the help of guest Francesca Fiorentini from AJ+. Comedian Joey Avery is sitting in for Bret this week, with Brendan and Vince returning. We also talk the hottest Colin Kaepernick takes, Crystal Corner, and your emails.
Aug 25th, 2016 by filmdrunk
With Werner Herzog's new internet documentary, Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World expanding this week, the Frotcast is all about the internet. We discuss the actual documentary as well tangents from it. The internet is one the most scalable technologies ever created, but did our humanity scale with it? In Don't Woke Daddy, we discuss "the satire paradox," and Malcolm Gladwell's recent critique of SNL's Sarah Palin sketches and Steven Colbert. Are we actually trying to change anyone's mind or just make people laugh? After that, Crystal Corner. Apparently "mysticore" is the new normcore. Hooray for CHAOS MAGICK. Comedian Jane Harrison guests, with Irregular Regular Matt Lieb joining Vince, Bret, and Brendan via Skype.
This week on the Frotcast, Matt Lieb, Bret, and Brendan are all back in the studio for a discussion of William Friedkin's The French Connection (1971). Are the cops supposed to be heroic? Is this the best car chase in cinema? What is about a hyper-focused narrative that's so compelling? All that and more, but first, we talk about Ryan Lochte and his Brazilian robbery ("hobbery") story and Matt's in-character appearance (as "LA Matt") on North Carolina local news. We've also got Matt Lieb Improvises Lyrics To Royalty-Free Songs (aka "Royalty Freestyle"), Tales From NPR, Crystal Corner, and a second week in a row where I spend five minutes trying to explain to one of my co-hosts who Miles Teller is. Enjoy.
Jul 29th, 2016 by filmdrunk
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You're either with Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters or you're with the misogynists, or so the internet has decreed, which is at least mildly annoying to those of us who don't really care about a big budget reboot either way. It feels wrong to divert activism energy towards a ghost movie. I mean, where were the people crowing about proving the misogynists wrong during the release of Maggie's Plan (insert other movie written and directed by a woman here)? But then people share pictures of smiling little girls at the premiere and you have to concede they have a point. I mean, those little girls probably weren't going to show up to Maggie's Plan. And Hollywood was going to make dumb reboots anyway, right? Maybe this one will at least be a "net good," even if you don't particularly care to argue with some dumb neckbeard? That's my question to the Frotcrew this week (Me - Vince Mancini, Matt Lieb, Bret, and Brendan), though we also talk the most NPR thing we've ever heard (Tales From NPR), a 14-year-old's woke slam poem, Crystal Corner, and of course, force Matt Lieb to sing fully-improvised royalty free songs. Enjoy and frot on.
From genius parody of your average moronic sports blog commenter to critically-acclaimed host of his own podcast (Pardon My Take), controversial, divisive, mysterious internet figure PFT Commenter joins the Frotcast this week for his first live appearance. The leader of the "Internet Commenters For Trump" movement explains what goes into crafting the hottest sports takes, how he dealt with the cease and desist letters he received from ESPN and Mike Florio, and disputes SI writer Rick Reilly's recent claim that Kate Upton having three boobs would be bad. Comedian Matt Lieb (Viceland's Flophouse) also returns this week, along with Vince, Brendan, and Bret. Matt sings fully-improvised songs set to royalty-free music, we discuss the OJ 30 for 30, and answer your emails. We also talk about Ice T and Body Count's new cover of "Institutionalized," and offer an abbreviated "Crystal Corner." Enjoy.
Matt Ufford of SB Nation joins Vince Mancini from Uproxx and the rest of the Frotcrew (Bret and Brendan) to discuss the Game of Thrones finale. After that, we discuss Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion cunnilingus masterpiece Anomalisa. Other topics include Brexit, the world's worst relationship column, Harambe memes, and of course, Crystal Corner.
Jun 16th, 2016 by filmdrunk
Big topics this week include Primer (2004), Megan Fox in Crystal Corner, OJ: Made in America, and of course my staph infection, and also getting in a car accident on the way to the hospital to be treated for said staph infection. But of course, most of the brilliance was off-topic, including Matt Lieb's improvised song about eczema, a collaborative Beach Boys song about Jewish conspiracies, and a return visit from El Chapo, who has become addicted to heroin. Que pena.
Jun 2nd, 2016 by filmdrunk
In his EXCLUSIVE FIRST PODCAST APPEARANCE (sort of but not really), Brian Grubb, the Uproxx writer formerly known as Danger Guerrero, sits in for an interview mostly about TV shows, but also his journey from lawyer to writer, using his disability to score restaurant tables, and more. Before that, we introduce our new segment, "Okay, Shut Up," which the Frot members finally watch a movie one of us won't shut up about. This week's movie, Chappie. We also have a new Crystal Corner, with this week's celebrity lover of magic crystals, Jenna Dewan Tatum (wife of Channing Tatum, aka C-Tates). There's even a Royalty-Free Music Improv with Matt Lieb. Enjoy!
May 26th, 2016 by filmdrunk
Film critic Jeff Bayer from Movie BS and FilmSchoolRejects joins FilmDrunk's Vince Mancini, comedian Joey Avery, and Frotcast co-host Bret to review Game Of Thrones, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Alice Through The Looking Glass. Plus our new segment, Crystal Corner, where we talk about which celebrities are into magical healing crystals this week. Then it's onto your email questions, which, as usual, are all about relationships and pooping. firstname.lastname@example.org, 415 275 0030. Review us on iTunes!
May 20th, 2016 by filmdrunk
"Film Critic" author Laremy Legel and comedian Joey Avery join the Frotcast this week, as we talk Laremy's trip to Australia, Neighbors 2, "feminism" as a selling point, doing acid at Coachella, and of course, Spencer Pratt's love of magic crystals. It's a "cask strength" podcast this week, as I'm drinking Maker's 46 cask strength (Bret is sipping a double-oaked Woodford Reserve). Help us monetize our #friendship, and be part of our #brand.
We dedicated an entire Frotcast to one movie this week -- Captain America: Civil War! Comedian Matt Lieb (Flophouse) and TV writer Patrick Schumacker (Sh*t My Dad Says, Surviving Jack, iZombie) join Vince Mancini to talk Cap, the superhero genre in general, Marvel vs DC and everything else. Afterwards, we talk about Beyonce and Jay-Z for some reason, cheating, and the usual dose of weird sex talk with Matt Lieb.
May 5th, 2016 by filmdrunk
Everyone needs things to hate to distract them from the grim specter of death, and this week we have a perfect target: Further Future, the Burning Man of the 1%. Other topics include a first-hand account of Guns N Roses at Coachella, and Matt Lieb singing fully improvised, royalty-free music jams for our Patreon donors. Enjoy!
Jane Harrison and Kaseem Bentley (named one of San Francisco's best comedians by SF Weekly) join the FilmDrunk Frotcast to discuss Game Of Thrones, Ted Cruz, and Beyonce's Lemonade. Also, we take our first live calls listeners. Patreon.com/Frotcast, Our #Brand Is #Content.
Imagine you've dedicated more than half your life to something, forgoing comfort and taking a vow of poverty only to toil in obscurity, and then one day, all your dreams come true! That's what happened to our guest Joe Sinclitico, who's been doing comedy for 20 years - no agent, no development deals, no sitcom guest appearances - but now, tonight, on Adam Devine's House Party on Comedy Central, he makes his national television debut. Other topics include Billy Corgan's appearance on conspiracy pimp Alex Jones' radio show, in which they discuss "SJWs" (social justice warriors). A little segment we like to call "Siamese Beams." We also talk HBO's Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill movie, Confirmation, and answer your relationship questions. Enjoy, Frot on, and write us an iTunes review! Patreon.com/frotcast
Vince is in Kentucky this week, so we couldn't record a normal Frotcast, but on the off chance that you really enjoy the actual-movie-discussions part of the Frotcast, this one should be a treat. Recorded back in September, this is a discussion with Jeremy Saulnier, writer/director of Green Room, and Macon Blair, his old friend and star of Blue Ruin who also plays a supporting role in Green Room. We talk all about getting the film made, what it's like getting Patrick Stewart to be in your movie, Jeremy's history in the DC hardcore punk scene (fun fact: he was later into breakdancing), and neo-Nazis using heavy music as a recruitment tool. Enjoy!
Apr 6th, 2016 by filmdrunk
This week, we talk about the legend of LaDasha (the apocryphal little girl named La-a), the Crying Jordan meme, and welcome GQ/Deadspin columnist Drew Magary, who tells us about his Chopped win, thumb dance, his new book, and whether I can blame him for the rise of Donald Trump. Hey! Leave us reviews on iTunes! We need them to leave!
So much #Content this week! We talk about Batman V Superman and the movie trend of "climactic hair cutting." Using actual Mormon names from 2015, we play the Mormon Name Spelling Game. We break down the SFSU fight over white guy dreads and cultural appropriation. But mostly we let Matt Lieb digress into weird sex stuff.
Mar 24th, 2016 by filmdrunk
This episode is a feast of #CONTENT! Sh*t My Dad Says author Justin Halpern joins us to discuss Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the worst songs of the '90s, and then Brendan returns for our fourth annual Name of the Year draft. Enjoy!