Smug Film Podcast Episode #39 – Monsters: Dark Continent / Nitpicking Movies / ‘African Queen’ Romance / (7/27/15)

Episode 391:14:05 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, John D’Amico, Jenna Ipcar and I discuss the film Monsters: Dark Continent, the phenomenon of nitpicking movies, and ‘African Queen‘ romance. Plus, Chloe Pelletier with a review of Ted 2, and a voicemail from a fan named Anthony! If you have a question or comment that you’d like answered/played on the show, call our voicemail box at 718-395-9711, and be sure to leave your name as well!
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Jenna Does Elvis #15 – Charro! (1969) / The Trouble With Girls (1969)

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It’s the home stretch! After this post, I have only ONE Elvis movie left to go!

I’ve thus far neglected to really delve into the historical backdrop for these films—however, it is now 1969, and boy have we come a long way. When Elvis’ first film came out, in 1956, he was a mere 21 years old and had just debuted his “Hound Dog/ Don’t Be Cruel” single. Elsewhere in 1956, Norma Jean changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, Eisenhower got his second term, Grace Kelly became a princess, and the Supreme Court declared the Alabama Bus segregation laws illegal. 

Now, in 1969, Nixon has become president, Neil Armstrong has taken one small step for man, Woodstock has burst onto the scene, The Beatles recorded Abbey Road, the Manson murders happened, and Don Draper had a zen moment on a California mountaintop. 

Though the world has changed, Elvis has largely stayed the same—if you judged America solely by Elvis movies, you’d think we never made it past ’63. These last ones, however, are real wild cards:

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Smug Film Podcast Episode #38 – Best Steven Seagal Moments / Movies on Planes / Batman & Robin (7/20/15)

Episode 381:03:12 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, John D’Amico doesn’t show up, and me and Jenna Ipcar fashion a podcast together from scratch, using some sticks and bits of string and some old chewing gum! We discuss our favorite Steven Seagal moments, the phenomenon of watching movies on planes, and more! Plus, Chloe Pelletier with a review of Jurassic World, and a voicemail from a fan named Nick! If you have a question or comment that you’d like answered/played on the show, call our voicemail box at 718-395-9711, and be sure to leave your name as well!
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Jenna Does Elvis #14 – Speedway (1968) / Live a Little, Love a Little (1968)

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Wow guys, this is really winding down. I have only five more Elvis movies left, and my heart is feeling a bit heavy.

Now we’re getting into 1968, better known as the year Elvis released his ’68 Comeback Special and blew away the entire world by not just for looking spectacular in an all black leather outfit, but for performing actually good music. If you haven’t watched the comeback special, I highly recommend it—this is Elvis live for the first time since 1960, and boy does he bring it. But, just before Elvis got his groove back, two movies came out before it that year:

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Smug Film Podcast Episode #37 – All Mailbag Edition / Sex Scenes / Female Leads / Striking Moments (7/13/15)

Episode 371:12:31 | View on iTunes | Download Mp3

On this episode, I’m joined by John D’Amico and Jenna Ipcar to answer some old mailbag questions we haven’t gotten to yet. Plus, Chloe Pelletier with a review of Minions! We’re closing mailbag, and from here on out are only going to be playing voicemails from fans. If you have a question or comment that you’d like answered/played on the show, call our voicemail box at 718-395-9711, and be sure to leave your name as well!
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