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Episode 244: The Muppet Movie (1979)

A frog with dreams of being rich and famous heads to Hollywood, and is joined on his journey by a bear, a pig, and whatever Gonzo is.

This week, we discuss when Kermit needs to lawyer up, how much Alan’s kids love Cloris Leachman, and the Muppets’ history of sex and violence. Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection: the lovers, the dreamers, and if The Muppet Movie stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 243: A Time to Kill (1996)

A lawyer in the Deep South takes on a case that seems unwinnable: defending a Black father who killed the white men that raped his daughter.

This week, we discuss if “good ole boys” are actually bad, if you need to provide references on a KKK application, and why we want to see Kiefer Sutherland get hit by pies. Then we find out if A Time to Kill stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 242: Reality Bites (1994)

A young woman, unsure of what she wants to do with her life after graduating college, finds herself in a complicated love triangle.

Special guest Sue Winter from the Go Informed podcast is back as we talk about why Carmen Sandiego would go to space, when smoking in movies hit its peak, and the dangers of reading whatever’s on the cue cards. Then we find out if Reality Bites stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 241: Singles (1992)

Several singles scour the Seattle scene for suitors.

This week, special guest Sue Winter from the Go Informed podcast joins us to discuss storing your grandma’s digits in your watch, the secret of the Seattle sound, and what’s so special about Bill Pullman’s eyebrows. Then we find out if Singles stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 240: Glory (1989)

An infantry of Black soldiers makes history as they fight in the American Civil War.

This week, we discuss when movies should double check their facts, we reveal what The Mandalorian has in common with Frasier, and Alan offends a very specific group of Brooklyn hipsters. Then we find out if Glory stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 239: Biloxi Blues (1988)

A group of army recruits endure a brutal drill sergeant as they go through basic training during the final days of World War II.

This week, we chat about good times at the craft services table, how teenage boys learned about sex before Playboy, and when it’s acceptable for writers to write about writing. We also talk about the reasons roles are recast before finding out if Biloxi Blues stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 238: This Is Spin̈al Tap (1984)

A British heavy metal band releases a new album as they tour America.

This week, we discuss a brutal real-life music review, we analyze which decades were the most sexist, and we take a shallow dive into Paul Shaffer’s acting career. Then we turn it up to 11 and find out if This is Spin̈al Tap stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 237: The Frisco Kid (1979)

A Polish rabbi makes his way through the Wild West, with the help of a lovable bank robber.

This week, we chat about a cowboy love story made decades before Brokeback Mountain, when the Sabbath really ends, and the stupidest piece of IMDb trivia ever. We also share our thoughts on Wonder Woman 1984 before finding out if The Frisco Kid stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 236: Hollow Man (2000)

An arrogant scientist turns himself invisible… and goes insane in the process.

This week, we discuss useless eyebrows, Josh Brolin’s 7-pack abs, and how to properly give an injection to an invisible ape. We also chat about the current season of Saturday Night Live before finding out if Hollow Man stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 235: The Invisible Man (1933)

A small English town is terrorized by a man that no one can see.

This week, we talk about Depression-era incels, a reverse Yoda, and an NRA that has nothing to do with guns. James also puts his love of model trains to good use as we find out if 1933’s The Invisible Man stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 234: Elf (2003)

An elf raised at the North Pole discovers that he’s actually a human, and leaves Santa’s workshop to find his father in New York City.

For this year’s Christmas episode, we chat about where all the Ray’s Pizza locations have gone, the 80s sitcom that Buddy the Elf would have felt at home in, and the holiday song that *should* be canceled. Then we pass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gumdrops, and walk through the Lincoln Tunnel to find out if Elf stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 233: Nine to Five (1980)

Three women get revenge on their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss.

This week, special guest Courtney Noah joins us to talk about keeping health insurance reps employed, being prejudiced against deer, and writing on one-ply toilet paper. Then we tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchen, pour ourselves a cup of ambition, and find out if Nine to Five stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 232: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Three convicts, on the run from the law, try to find a long-lost treasure.

This week, we discuss cutting your hair with a Flowbee, how the KKK is like cheerleading camp, and what the Coen brothers have in common with fish. You won’t be a man of constant sorrow when you find out if O Brother, Where Art Thou? stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 231: Field of Dreams (1989)

Ray Kinsella builds a baseball field on his Iowa farm, and long dead old-timers show up to play.

This week, special guest Steve Hofstetter joins us to talk about the real villain of the Black Sox scandal, how baseball can defuse tense situations, and why this is the perfect date movie. If you listen, you’ll find out if Field of Dreams stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 230: The Beast (1988)

After destroying an Afghan village, Soviet soldiers try to outrun the mujahideen fighters that are hot on their trail.

This week, we chat about what makes a movie a flop, a not-so-scary notebook, and what RPG really stands for. Then we find out if The Beast stands the Test of Time. 

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Episode 229: The Outsiders (1983)

Kids from the wrong side of the tracks have to grow up fast when a member of their gang kills a rich bully.

This week, we discuss an extremely bizarre field trip, the difference between a rumble and fisticuffs, and the one way Entourage actually makes something better. Then we see if The Outsiders stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 228: “Crocodile” Dundee (1986)

Mick Dundee can tame the dangerous creatures of the Australian outback, but he faces a different kind of wildlife in the urban jungle of New York City.

This week, we chat about bidet mishaps, why you should never run barefoot on the streets of Manhattan, and the perfect metaphor for being a Mets fan. James also makes John Lennon spin in his grave as we find out if “Crocodile” Dundee stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 227: The American President (1995)

A charming widower tries to balance a new relationship with his demanding job… President of the United States.

This week, we discuss Amazon Alexas in the White House, Millard Fillmore’s character, and Elon Musk’s love life. Then we find out if 1995’s The American President stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 226: Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

A small town is invaded by… well, killer klowns from outer space. 

For our Halloween spooktacular, we chat about the “gumball” eyes on popsicles, why you shouldn’t describe what you’re doing while being chased, and what this movie has in common with Independence Day, Batman & Robin, and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Then we find out if Killer Klowns From Outer Space stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 225: The Witches (1990)

Evil witches want to rid England of all its children, and the only person who can stop them is a little boy who’s been turned into a mouse. 

This week, we chat about an odd treatment for diabetes, how Roald Dahl was inspired by the ’86 Mets, and the “hamstertopia” that James built for his pet. Then we find out if 1990’s The Witches stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 224: Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

A plane crashes in the Gobi desert, and the survivors face starvation, thirst, and nomads as they struggle to stay alive.

This week, we discuss wise words from Buzz Aldrin, how not to start an inspirational speech, and getting demoted from “Captain” to “Mister.” We also chat about this year’s depressing iHeartRadio Music Festival before finding out if 2004’s Flight of the Phoenix stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 223: The Bodyguard (1992)

When a singer is threatened by a dangerous stalker, she hires — and then falls for — a handsome new bodyguard.

This week, we discuss traceable typewriters, Yelp reviews for hitmen, and pooping in Taylor Swift’s house. We also reveal the details of Nick’s Marathon 2020 before finding out if Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii will always love youuuuuuuuuuuuu! Nah, we just find out if The Bodyguard stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 222: Showgirls (1995)

A woman goes from giving lap dances to headlining a topless revue on the Las Vegas Strip.

This week, we talk about Alien Ant Farm’s Michael Jackson cover, a sex scene that looks like a shark attack, and what nude dancers have in common with the Sith. We also discuss our 2020 voting plans before finding out if Showgirls stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 221: The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

A man in Africa with no knowledge of the “modern world” goes on a quest to rid his tribe of an evil thing: a Coke bottle that fell from the sky.

This week, special guest Joanna Brief joins us to discuss a questionable use of Rock-A-Bye-Baby, a bizarre Yiddish catchphrase, and the comedic appeal of a terrorist who slips on banana peels (sorry.) Then we find out if The Gods Must Be Crazy stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 220: Double Impact (1991)

Twins, who were separated at birth, join forces as adults to get revenge on the gangsters who killed their parents.

This week, we chat about Jean-Claude Van Damme’s résumé, Bernie Madoff’s charity work, and Lindsay Lohan’s British accent. We also discuss Super Mario 3D All Stars before finding out if Double Impact stands the Test of Time.

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