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Episode 307: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

After an assassin fails to kill Padmé Amidala, she falls in love with her Jedi protector: Anakin Skywalker.

We get into aggressive negotiations as we chat about cloner confidentiality, why no one bothered to rescue Anakin’s mother, and what Obi-Wan Kenobi has in common with James Bond. Then we find out if Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 306: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

While trying to resolve a trade dispute, two Jedi meet a young slave who just may be the Chosen One. 

The saga begins as we discuss the proper pronunciation of Tatooine, a lightsaber duel with a dual lightsaber, and a track listing that’s also a spoiler. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to finding out if Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 305: The Big Chill (1983)

Seven college friends reunite after a member of their group commits suicide.

Special guests Carole Abramson and Rochelle Brief—our moms!—join us to talk about enlisting in the Peace Corps, Jeff Goldblum’s shtick, and what Billy Joel taught us about New York City nightlife. Then we find out if The Big Chill stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 304: Breakdown (1997)

After their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, a woman is abducted, and her husband tries desperately to find her.

Join us as we talk about people who hate catharsis, the podcast selection in heaven, and playing Doom on a refrigerator. Then we find out if Breakdown stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 303: Adam’s Rib (1949)

A husband and wife—both attorneys—take opposite sides in a high-profile court case. 

Listen as we chat about helmets for infants, the worst kind of candy, and how Madonna is different from DJ Khaled. Then we find out if Adam’s Rib stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 302: In & Out (1997)

The life of a small-town teacher is turned upside down when he’s outed as gay on national television.

Join us as we discuss Steven Seagal’s Oscar chances, why one kid has to come out twice, and what not to name this movie’s sequel. Then we decide if In & Out stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 301: The Bad News Bears (1976)

Against all odds, an alcoholic coach leads a team of misfits to their little league’s championship game.

Special guest Eli Noah joins us to talk about Tchaikovsky’s middle name, the price of Rolling Stones tickets, and Walter Matthau’s resting grumpy face. Then we find out if The Bad News Bears stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 300: 300 (2007)

A handful of Spartan soldiers defend their country against a massive invading army.

We celebrate our 300th episode by talking about a better way to judge babies, how hard it is to find a good piercer in Persia, and what Zack Snyder was like in film school. Then we find out if 300 stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 299: The Godfather Part III (1990)

Michael Corleone attempts to make his business fully legitimate, but finds that it’s not easy for a gangster to retire.

Listen as we chat about a comical death by cannoli, a deeply disturbing romance, and how fat the voice of Fat Tony really is. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in to see if The Godfather Part III stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 298: The Godfather Part II (1974)

As a young man, Vito Corleone builds a criminal empire. Decades later, his son Michael finds a traitor within the family.

Join us as we talk about the practice of cupping, the geography of Lake Tahoe, and what smart people don’t say. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer as we find out if The Godfather Part II stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 297: The Godfather (1972)

When a mob boss is shot, his son seeks revenge and takes control of the family business.

Listen as we discuss why Dan Quayle shouldn’t hide weapons, the worst thing about being strangled with piano wire, and James’s good buddy, Wikipedia. Leave the gun, take the cannoli, and find out if The Godfather stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 296: The Lawnmower Man (1992)

A simple-minded gardener unlocks the true power of his brain through advanced virtual reality experiments.

Listen as we discuss a sex-positive groundskeeper, the rare ability to program a VCR, and names for the internet that didn’t catch on. Then we find out if The Lawnmower Man stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 295: Raising Arizona (1987)

After kidnapping a baby, an ex-con and an ex-cop have to evade the authorities, fugitives, and a biker from hell.

Join us as we chat about leaving important things on car roofs, Bruce Willis’ recent string of terrible movies, and the yodeling that lives rent-free in Alan’s head. Then we decide if Raising Arizona stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 294: Over the Top (1987)

To reconnect with his son, a truck driver must… win an arm wrestling contest?

This week, we talk about flying as an unaccompanied minor, how not to tell someone their wife died, and the rules of double-elimination tournaments. Then we find out if Over the Top stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 293: Moulin Rouge! (2001)

A poet and a courtesan fall in love at a famous Parisian cabaret.

Special guest Courtney Noah joins us as we discuss passing out from absinthe, spreading tuberculosis through song, and who among us is most bohemian. Then we find out if Moulin Rouge! stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 292: Cool Runnings (1993)

Four athletes defy the odds by competing as Jamaica’s first Olympic bobsled team.

Listen as we discuss video game speed runs, the law that made montages mandatory, and the stupidest thing a sports commentator can say. Then we find out if Cool Runnings stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 291: What About Bob? (1991)

A man with multiple phobias and severe anxiety invades his therapist’s family vacation.

Join us as we talk about unethical college professors, a surprisingly short trip from Chicago, and a bittersweet explosion. We also share our thoughts on The Matrix Resurrections before deciding if What About Bob? stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 290: First Kid (1996)

A Secret Service agent gets the worst possible assignment: babysitting the President’s teenage son.

Listen as we discuss the thrill of going into a reptile house, the only thing we know about Amy Carter, and the middle names of child actors. Then we find out if First Kid stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 289: Prime (2005)

A woman starts dating a much younger man, who also happens to be her therapist’s son.

Listen as we talk about a haunted movie theater, the limited number of pediatricians in the Hamptons, and why you should never turn down sex to play video games. Then we find out if Prime stands the Test of Time. (Hey, that rhymes!)

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Episode 288: Fantastic Voyage (1966)

A submarine and a team of doctors are miniaturized and injected into a dying man’s body in the hopes of saving his life.

Join us as we discuss a second-rate screensaver, the actors who didn’t want to grope Raquel Welch, and if kids today know about Morse code. Then we find out if Fantastic Voyage stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 287: 200 Cigarettes (1999)

Several singles search for dates on New Year’s Eve, 1981.

Listen as we discuss inauthentic Long Island accents, the creepiest pickup line ever, and why you shouldn’t strip naked for sex in a public bathroom. Then we find out if 200 Cigarettes stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 286: A Christmas Story (1983)

It’s Christmas time, and all little Ralphie wants is a Red Ryder BB gun.

Join us as we discuss the Nintendo games that hold a special place in our hearts, the good thing about global warming, and the importance of proper line management. Don’t shoot your eye out as we decide if A Christmas Story stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 285: The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Machines are about to kill everyone in the last human city, and only Neo—a.k.a. THE ONE—can stop them.

Listen as we talk about the opposite of Eric Cartman, the opera song that sounds like every other opera song, and a terrible deal between Luke Skywalker and the Emperor. Then we find out if The Matrix Revolutions stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 284: The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus continue to fight against the machines that have enslaved humanity.

Join us as we discuss the best thing about science, guys who are too weird looking to be in a Whitesnake video, and the difference between a Keymaker and a Keymaster. We also share some news about the next Nick’s Marathon before finding out if The Matrix Reloaded stands the Test of Time.

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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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