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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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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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