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Hypothetical Movie: Jaws 19

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Paul and Corey are joined by Brian Crawford of the River’s Edge Network to discuss the movie from Back to the Future Part 2 Jaws 19. what could it have been and what has brought us to this point in the Jaws series. Listen in for some fun and good times. Happy Back to the Future Day!

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Hypothetical Movie: The Curse of Rambo

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Corey pitches a movie idea to Paul and special guest Steve of the podcast Bad Culture Crew. What if Rambo where actually a slasher?

B-Movie Chat: Science Fiction (With Gary Morgenstein)

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A chat about Science Fiction, with former Sci Fi channel writer and published Science Fiction writer “Gary Morgenstein”.

Gamera: The Invincible (Kaiju Month)

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A giant fire breathing turtle is attack the city. Paul and Corey must stop the destruction if they’re going to review the 1966 film “Gamera; The Invincible”.

Breaking the Waves (1996)

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At first glance, “Breaking the Waves” may appear to be slow paced and full of unnecessary exposition. However, as the film unfolds, each scene comes together like pictures in a photo book. Protagonist Bess McNeil is an innocent and naive woman, who falls madly in love with a man named Jan Nyman. After the two are married, Jan is sent off to work at an oil rig, leaving Bess all alone. Bess pines for her husband and prays for his safe return to the point where her family and friends call her selfish for not readily accepting circumstances. Tragedy strikes when Jan is badly injured in an accident and is feared to never recover. In order to keep his beloved wife happy (and in a drug induced delusional state), Jan encourages Bess to sleep with other men in order to feel the love and affection that he can not show her. Torn between her devotion to her husband and the strict religious convictions she had been raised with, Bess struggles to fulfill Jan’s wishes and maintain her role as a devoted child of God. Ultimately Bess chooses to serve her husband, believing that God would want her to make him happy. Bess feels no love from her encounters with other men, longing only for the touch of her husband. The task kills her inside, but she lies to Jan, saying that she enjoyed the experiences. She soon finds herself shunned from her community as her attempts to serve her husband, her community and God fall apart and ultimately lead to her exile and death at the hands of a violent gang who sexual assault and murder her. As she prays for guidance, it becomes clear that there are no answers and the choice between being a good wife and a good Christian can not be compromised. We’re given a small solace at the end of the film, when Jan (recovered from his injury) learns of his wife’s death and the loyalty she showed him pays tribute to Bess after the church refuses to show such respect. “Breaking the Waves” is a tragedy of conscience, in which no matter what choice is made, heart break is the inevitable outcome. It show cases the conflict between following the strict and unwavering doctrines of religion and doing what is right in unusual and unforeseeable circumstances.

Harlequin (2016)

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This short film follows the day in the life of a clown who struggles to find meaning in his job and his existence. The clown puts on a veneer of joy during his performances that is clearly superficial, and meant to hide his melancholy and the emptiness he feels inside. At the start of the film, the audience is asked “What does it take to kill a clown?”. This question could easily be rephrased as “What does it take to kill the human spirit?”. We see the clown drinking by himself before a performance in order to numb himself to the darkness that plagues him. Flashes of the clown staring into space, with his make-up in disarray, and look increasingly deranged are interspersed throughout the film. This provides a visual insight into the clowns deteriorating sanity. A clown’s purpose is to make others laugh. To shield his audience from the ever growing Nihilism of the world. However, this clown has fallen victim to the darkness he shields others from, turning his job into his own existential hell. When performing in front of a crowd of two unenthusiastic onlookers, the clown finally snaps. He lashes out at them, as if to blame them for all his pain. If only they would laugh, then maybe he would have a purpose once again. This scene makes the audience question whether our sense of purpose derives from inside ourselves or the approval of society. Are we simply the reflection of how society views us? If society rejects the clown, refusing to laugh at his jokes, then can he even call himself a clown at all? Or has society successfully killed the clown?

Screamers (1995)

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As a huge fan of the works of Philip K. Dick, I was excited to find out that a film adaptation of his story “Second Variety” had been made. I wasn’t expecting a completely faithful adaptation to the original story. I had already seen “Blade Runner” which was very different from “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, yet it still ended up being a fantastic film. Unfortunately, Screamers plays out like a standard Sci Fi action flick. Doing very little to establish an identity of its own. A group of humans attempt to survive against some kind of hostile, non human force. In this case, the non human force consisted of war machines, which use their built in blades to chop up enemies without mercy. Originally created by the military, these “Screamers”, named for a screaming noise they make before attacking, went rogue and began attacking indiscriminately. We soon find out that the Screamers come in various forms. Some of which look like humans. It also turns out that a mysterious third variety of Screamers exist, but the humans can’t identify it due to lack of data. This leads to mistrust between the group as they begin accusing each other of being Screamers. From that point on, most of the characters die, either from killing each other or from being killed by the Screamers themselves. It turns out that one of the group members actually was a Screamer the whole time, but by the time we learn who was, it really doesn’t matter. The big reveal only serves to create a final conflict before the movie ends and there really wasn’t much evidence to suggest that this character was a Screamer It really could have been anyone and not made a difference to the plot. “Screamers” is by no means a bad film. The action and violence is fun and impressive consider the low budget that this movie had to work with. However, there really isn’t much that this movie has to offer that you wouldn’t find in any other Sci Fi action film. It’s not a waste of time, but it’s also not the best way to be spending your time either.