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Episode 283: The Matrix (1999)

In the distant future, humans are nothing more than batteries that power machines. But most people are blissfully unaware of the truth, thanks to a simulated reality known as the matrix.

Special guest Uri Moszkowicz joins us to talk about a famous ancient Babylonian who did things, an epic prank to play on Morpheus, and how this movie ripped off a Gap commercial. Take the red pill and you’ll find out if The Matrix stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 282: The Stöned Age (1994)

Two teenagers embark on a quest to get stoned, drunk, and laid.

Listen as we chat about a band that should never be played on classic rock radio, a surprisingly good-looking eyeball, and the ole’ peeing-in-an-ice-cube-tray trick. Then we find out if The Stöned Age stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 281: Dances with Wolves (1990)

A Union soldier is sent to the frontier, where he encounters—and then joins—a Sioux tribe.

Join us as we talk about the universal language of grunting, a gentler way to drag someone, and what video gamers have in common with knitters. Then we find out if Dances with Wolves stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 280: The Iron Giant (1999)

A huge robot falls to Earth, and a 9-year-old boy tries to hide the metallic creature from the government.

Special guest Matt from Season 14, Time for a Podcast joins us to discuss baguettes at Omaha Beach, James’ Home Improvement fan fiction, and Brad Bird’s archnemesis. Then we find out if The Iron Giant stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 279: Pleasantville (1998)

When two siblings from the 1990s are transported into a 1950s sitcom, their modern sensibilities cause chaos and colorization.

Special guest Mike Kahn joins us to discuss a very bossy DVD, what firefighter Dalmatians do, and an impressive feat in Nintendo Wii bowling. It’s the keenest as we find out if Pleasantville stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 278: Donnie Darko (2001)

A troubled teen has visions of a nightmarish rabbit, who warns him about the end of the world.

In our annual Halloween episode, we discuss time-traveling acceptance letters from Harvard, the laziest teacher ever, and how NASA can win the space race. Then we find out if Donnie Darko stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 277: GoldenEye (1995)

When rogue Russians steal a powerful weapon, Agent 007 must face off against the former 006.

We wrap up our James Bond trilogy by talking about the cardinal rule of the GoldenEye video game, if someone can be a sadist and a masochist, and how clicky pens cause both anger and joy. Then we find out if GoldenEye stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 276: Moonraker (1979)

What do you do when an evil villain wants to kill everyone on Earth? You send James Bond to space!

Listen as we chat about two kinds of gondolas, Bond’s bungling of famous quotes, and an awful way to describe sex. Then we find out if Moonraker stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 275: Thunderball (1965)

When a group of villains steal two nuclear bombs, there’s only one man who can stop them: 

Bond. 
James Bond. 

Join us as we chat about the movie that Alan watches everyday, a word that makes it creepier when an old man dates a younger woman, and the magic of salt water as lubricant. Then we find out if Thunderball stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 274: The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

A mild-mannered amnesiac faces her past as a covert assassin.  

Listen as we discuss scholars who decode anagrams, making easy jokes about New Jersey, and James’ white whale on eBay. Then we find out if The Long Kiss Goodnight stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 273: Zoolander (2001)

Derek Zoolander may be really, really, ridiculously good looking, but will that help when he’s brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia?

Join us as we chat about a waste of Vince Vaughn, a shockingly dated version of Monopoly, and the real reason why cell phones aren’t tiny anymore. Don’t feel like you’re taking crazy pills—we’re just finding out if Zoolander stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 272: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Earth faces annihilation, and the only thing that can save humanity is… two humpback whales?

Join us for a chat about the Lorax’s agenda, a weird thing to say on a stump button, and the dangers of working in a fireworks factory. Then we find out if Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 271: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

Spock is dead… or is he? Kirk is on a mission to find his friend, who may have been brought back to life.

Join us for a conversation about the measured response to a yellow alert, the logic of Vulcan mysticism, and why our podcast episodes aren’t fungible. We also discover that we define many words differently as we decide if Star Trek III: The Search for Spock stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 270: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Admiral James Kirk and an old enemy battle over a device that can create life… or destroy it. 

We kick off Star Trek September by talking about James’ imaginary friend, the Shakespeare lines we actually remember, and the difference between hard and soft sci-fi. Then we find out if Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 269: Escape from L.A. (1996)

Snake Plissken has a new mission in a city that’s been turned into a prison… only this time, he’s got to survive a night in Los Angeles.

Join us as we chat about sequels that are basically remakes, maps to Tom Arnold’s house, and how hard it is for Dave Bautista to stay shirtless. Then we find out if Escape from L.A. stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 268: Escape from New York (1981)

In the future year 1997, the island of Manhattan has been turned into a prison. When the President is held hostage inside the city, it’s up to one man to go in and rescue him: Snake Plissken.

Listen as we talk about Walt Disney’s last words, confusing a coffee shop with a gay bar, and the possible discovery of an Ernest Borgnine fart. Then we find out if Escape from New York stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 267: UHF (1989)

A man with an overactive imagination turns a UHF station into the most popular TV channel in town.

Two very special mystery guests join us for a conversation about how to make Livin’ on a Prayer funnier, the wrong way to clean your glasses, and a terrible idea for a Billy Joel parody. Then we find out if UHF stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 266: Chariots of Fire (1981)

Two British runners go for gold at the 1924 Olympics.

Join us as we talk about the disastrous Dan and Dave ad campaign, random facts you learn from The Simpsons, and why newspapers spin in the movies. Then we find out if Chariots of Fire—a movie with neither chariots nor fire—stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 265: Little Monsters (1989)

A lonely and frustrated boy discovers a magical world of monsters under his bed.

Special guest Samantha Noah joins us to discuss monster Bar Mitzvahs, what constitutes cheating in pinball, and the only acceptable way to hang baseball cards on a wall. Then we find out if Little Monsters stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 264: The Wedding Singer (1998)

A man who’s obsessed with weddings gets left at the altar, then falls in love with a woman who’s engaged to a serial cheater.

Join us as we discuss songs that should never be played at weddings, what Hook by Blues Traveler really means, and the montage Alan wants to recreate in real life. Then we find out if The Wedding Singer stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 263: Space Jam (1996)

Michael Jordan teams up with the Looney Tunes for a high-stakes basketball game.

Join us as we chat about using Mad Libs to write a script, the enduring appeal of Jock Jams, and what Michael Jordan has in common with Britney Spears. Then we find out if Space Jam stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 262: Point Break (1991)

To catch a gang of bank robbers, an undercover FBI agent must first catch some waves.

Special guest Adam Pincas joins us to discuss the many wives of James Cameron, a very uncomfortable fetish, and the scariest thing about skydiving. Then we find out if Point Break stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 261: Back to the Future Part III (1990)

To save Doc, Marty travels back in time to the Old West. But without any fuel for the DeLorean, how will they make it home?

As we wrap up our Back to the Future trilogy, we talk about the highest number imaginable, the one guy in ZZ Top who doesn’t have a beard, and what you definitely shouldn’t say as you walk into a store. We’re thinking fourth dimensionally as we find out if Back to the Future Part III stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 260: Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Marty and Doc travel to the future, and unwittingly create an alternate present. To set things right, they need to go back… to the past!

This week, we talk about the movie James wants to marry, the lie Robert Zemeckis told children, and why Doc should have put a kilobyte of memory in the DeLorean’s time circuits. Nobody calls us chicken as we find out if Back to the Future Part II stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 259: Back to the Future (1985)

A teenager from 1985 travels to 1955 and gets in the way of his parents falling in love, threatening to erase his very existence.

This week, we geek out for one of our favorite movies ever, discussing semiprime numbers, cars that look like they were built in Minecraft, and what Marty and Doc have in common with Woody and Buzz. Great Scott! We’re about to find out if Back to the Future stands the Test of Time.

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