#49: The Dirt

Drugs, sex, and rock and/or roll. This Dirt is the story of Mötley Crüe and all they’re sexin’ and druggin’ and rockin’. We’re talking about rock stars, biopics, and more in this sexy, druggy and rocky episode.

From IMDB: “The story of how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock ‘n roll groups in history.”

Cast:
Machine Gun Kelly – Tommy Lee (as Colson Baker)
Douglas Booth – Nikki Sixx
Daniel Webber – Vince Neil
Iwan Rheon – Mick Mars

Director:
Jeff Tremaine


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#45: “High Flying Bird”

Filmed on an iPhone 8, “High Flying Bird” is Steven Soderbergh’s new movie about an NBA lockout and the one sports agent who’s gonna DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. We also go down the rabbit hole on athlete activism, free speech, and sports contracts. There’s a lot to unpack here.

From IMDB: “A sports agent pitches a rookie basketball client on an intriguing and controversial business opportunity during a lockout”

Cast:

André Holland
 as Ray Burke
Melvin Gregg as Erick Scott
Zazie Beetz as Sam
Bill Duke as Spence
Zachary Quinto as David Starr
Sonja Sohn as Myra
Kyle MacLachlan as David Seton

Director:
Steven Soderbergh

Links to things we mentioned in this episode:
A comedian was ordered to pay $42,000 because he insulted a child with a disability

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#35: “Silent Night, Deadly Night”

We celebrate the Christmas season with a fan recommendation: the infamous Santa slasher “Silent Night, Deadly Night”. Pulled from theatres after only a week back in 1984, we’ll find out if this movie really was as shocking at the PTA made it out to be. We also count down our top 3 favourite Christmas movies of all time!

From IMDB: “After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.”

Cast:
Robert Brian Wilson – Billy at 18
Gilmer McCormick – Sister Margaret
Lilyan Chauvin – Mother Superior

Director:
Charles E. Sellier Jr.

#34: “Die Hard” – A Christmas Movie?

“Die Hard” is one of the most famous action movies of all time, known for it’s badass cop John McClane taking down a group of German terrorists while barefoot.  Also, Bruce Willis has hair. So that’s weird to see.

From IMDB: “John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.”

Cast:
Bruce Willis – John McClane
Bonnie Bedelia – Holly Gennaro McClane
Reginald VelJohnson – Sgt. Al Powell
Alan Rickman – Hans Gruber

Director:
John McTiernan

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#33: “Wind River”

We’re heading back for another winter movie with “Wind River”, a western drama set in rural Wyoming. We also felt like we should mention that this episode talks about sexual assault, so if that is something that you’re not interested in hearing about, maybe skip this episode.

From IMDB: “A veteran hunter helps an FBI agent investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.”

Cast:
Kelsey Asbille as Natalie
Jeremy Renner as Cory Lambert
Graham Greene as Ben
Elizabeth Olsen as Jane Banner

Director:
Taylor Sheridan

Links to things we mentioned in this podcast:
CBC: “Confusion reigns over number of missing, murdered indigenous women”
Robert Pickton
Highway of Tears
Bruce Willis Made Music

#32: “Children of Men”

This 2006 sci-fi film went from box office bomb to reclaimed classic. We take a look at the film’s view of the future, how it’s treatment of immigrants parallels today, and pooping. This is a film that people have been telling Brian to watch for years, so let’s see if they were right.

From IMDB: “In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.”

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Cast:
Clive Owen as Theo Faron
Clare-Hope Ashitey as Kee
Michael Caine as Jasper
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Luke
Julianne Moore as Julian

Director
Alfonso Cuarón

#31: “A Cure for Wellness”

This week we watched a recent box office bomb and tried to see if maybe the people were wrong to ignore this movie. Come for the eels, stay for the uncomfortable sex scenes!

From IMDB: “An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa’s treatments are not what they seem”

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Cast:
Dane DeHaan as Lockhart
Jason Isaacs as Volmer
Mia Goth as Hannah

Director
Gore Verbinski

#30: “The Gift”

This surprising thriller had a lot of darkness to mine and mine we did! Jason Bateman leads the cast of the 2015 film about gifts, secrets, and koi fish.

From IMDB: “A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.”

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Cast:
Jason Bateman as Simon Callem
Rebecca Hall as Robyn Callem
Joel Edgerton as Gordon “Gordo” Mosley

Director:
Joel Edgerton

#29: “Twilight”

Over a decade after “Twilight” was a big thing, we decide to see what all the hubbub is about. This episode we’ll cover: bad CGI, prom dresses, stupid vampire hair, and more! Let break this masterpiece of disappointment down!

From Wikipedia: “This film focuses on the development of the relationship between Bella Swan (a teenage girl) and Edward Cullen (a vampire), and the subsequent efforts of Edward and his family to keep Bella safe from a coven of evil vampires.”

CAST

Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen

DIRECTOR

Catherine Hardwicke

#28: “Halloween” (1978)

Welcome to our Halloween Spook-tacular! To commemorate our favourite holiday, we decided to review the original “Halloween”, the film that spawned countless slasher movies knock-offs. We break down some of the short comings of the genre, and try to watch this 40-year-old movie with fresh eyes.

From IMDB: “Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.”

CAST

Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
P. J. Soles as Lynda Van Der Klok
Nancy Kyes as Annie Brackett

DIRECTOR

John Carpenter

#27: “Annihilation”

Natalie Portman heads into a weird swamp bubble and weirdness ensues! We are jumping into this recent sci-fi/horror film, trying to figure out just what the hell was going on. Anyway, come find out.

From IMDB: “A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.”

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Cast

Natalie Portman as Lena
Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dr. Ventress
Gina Rodriguez as Anya Thorensen
Tessa Thompson as Josie Radek
Tuva Novotny as Cassie “Cass” Sheppard
Oscar Isaac as Kane
Benedict Wong as Lomax

Director

Alex Garland

#26: “Sully”

Time to get high in the friendly skies with “Sully”, a film about that guy who landed the plane in the Hudson River. I think. It’s definitely not about that character from “Monsters, Inc.”  Or is it? I have no idea what’s going on.

From IMDB: “The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight’s passengers and crew.”

Cast

Tom Hanks as Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger
Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles
Laura Linney as Lorraine Sullenberger
Anna Gunn as Dr. Elizabeth Davis
Holt McCallany as Mike Cleary
Mike O’Malley as Charles Porter

Director

Clint Eastwood