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Episode 420: Twister (1996)

An estranged husband and wife work together as they chase powerful tornadoes.

Listen as we chat about Cracker Jack QR codes, strong coaxial cables, and scientists on a box of Wheaties. Then we find out if Twister stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 419: Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

To stop a counterfeiting ring, Axel Foley infiltrates an amusement park.

Listen as we talk about James’ beautiful beard, the details of dollars, and the fun part of sending interoffice memos. Then we find out if Beverly Hills Cop III stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 418: Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to solve a series of violent crimes.

Join us as we chat about the trouble with making sequels, shooting virtual reality guns, and keeping vitamins in a paper bag. Then we find out if Beverly Hills Cop II stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 417: Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

A Detroit police officer investigates the murder of his best friend in Beverly Hills.

Listen as we chat about Eddie Murphy’s laugh, sequels on streamers, and saying “I love you” to your bro. Then we find out if Beverly Hills Cop stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 416: Chinatown (1974)

A private eye investigates a complex web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Listen as we chat about shockingly expensive concert tickets, a comically small gun, and the difference between a scar and an open wound. Forget it, James… it’s a podcast to see if Chinatown stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 415: National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

The brothers of a rowdy fraternity drink, party, and try not to get expelled.

Special guests Rich Noah and Paul Brief—our dads!—join us to chat about John Belushi’s eyebrows, a freeze-frame heart attack, and getting an A in lobotomy. Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to find out if National Lampoon’s Animal House stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 414: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Mad Max fights for his life, and the lives of young plane crash survivors.

Listen as we discuss Jeff Garlin’s thoughts on Michael Bay, laws that are just six words long, and what this movie has in common with Showgirls. Two men enter, one man leaves as we find out if Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 413: The Road Warrior (1981)

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a small community is threatened by violent maniacs, and only Mad Max can help.

Join us as we discuss the MMCU, the most annoying thing about The Fast and the Furious, and traditional marriage after the end of the world. Then we find out if The Road Warrior stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 412: Mad Max (1979)

In a near-future Australia, one cop fights back against a ruthless biker gang.

Listen as we talk about how difficult it is to show society crumbling, a guy named Toecutter who cuts no toes, and the word that’s forever associated with the Hall of Justice. Then we find out if Mad Max stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 411: Top Secret! (1984)

An American rocker falls for a beautiful woman who recruits him into the East German resistance.

Join us as we wonder if kids today understand Pac-Man references, why Ford Pintos blew up, and where the hell Grand Moff Tarkin is. Then we find out if Top Secret! stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 410: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

A widowed lawyer teaches his children important life lessons as he defends an innocent man.

It’s our annual Mother’s Day episode, and our moms are back! Carole Abramson and Rochelle Brief join us to discuss dog actors in the 1960s, where witnesses are supposed to sit, and how to defuse a lynch mob. Then we find out if To Kill a Mockingbird stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 409: Purple Rain (1984)

An aspiring singer struggles with a new lover, rival musicians, angry bandmates, and an abusive father.

Special guest Clinton Festa joins us to talk about resting Prince face, Ben Folds’ LLC, and how to respond when someone says, “I would die for you.” Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to find out if Purple Rain stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 408: Spirited Away (2001)

To save her parents, a 10-year-old girl works for a powerful witch.

Listen as we talk about the worst job for medical school interns, what happens when people have no work-life balance, and the difference between an evil villain and a jerk boss. Then we see if Spirited Away stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 407: Half Baked (1998)

Three potheads sell high-grade marijuana so they can raise enough money to help their friend.

In honor of 4/20, special guest Samantha Noah joins us to discuss high school stoners, who’s on the Mount Rushmore of comedians, and not smoking up with Snoop. Then we find out if Half Baked stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 406: Go (1999)

One wild night is told from three points of view.

Listen as we chat about food shopping without reusable bags, proper hit-and-run etiquette, and bros being bros. Then we find out if Go stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 405: The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

Joan Wilder and Jack Colton journey to Africa to stop a power-hungry tyrant.

Join us as we talk about unnecessary sequels, blowing up an F-14 with a single bullet, and red flags that the guy you just met is a dictator. Then we find out if The Jewel of the Nile stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 404: Romancing the Stone (1984)

A romance novelist and a smuggler search for a valuable emerald in Columbia.

Listen as we discuss euphemisms in books, moms who are insistent about travelers cheques, and the Road Runner cheating death. Then we find out if Romancing the Stone stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 403: Some Like It Hot (1959)

After witnessing a mob hit, two male jazz players pose as women and become involved in complicated relationships.

Listen as we discuss zig-zag jokes, the art of negging, and a song about Marilyn Monroe that *isn’t* Candle in the Wind. Then we find out if Some Like It Hot stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 402: Do the Right Thing (1989)

Racial tensions reach a boiling point on a hot summer day in Brooklyn.

Special guest Eddie Perez-Cortes joins us to chat about video game remakes, massaging pizza dough, and… well… bigotry, police brutality, and other depressing real-world topics. Listen to the truth, Ruth, as we find out if Do the Right Thing stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 401: Splash (1984)

A mermaid looks for love in New York City.

Join us as we chat about digitally hiding a butt crack, 80s men who can’t say “I love you,” and the worst sport to play while smoking. Then we find out if Splash stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 400: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

A rogue U.S. general tries to start a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, and only a handful of people can prevent the end of the world.

It’s our 400th episode, and we’re talking about modern conspiracy theories, the most fun city in Texas, and destruction caused by defective dicks. Then we find out if Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 399: Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Cybernetic aliens attempt to assimilate humanity into their collective, and only the crew of the USS Enterprise can stop them.

Listen as we lament lost GeoCities websites, ponder if aliens could unite humanity, and make a predictable Moby-Dick joke. Resistance is futile as we find out if Star Trek: First Contact stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 398: The Score (2001)

An aging thief plans to steal a priceless French scepter with the help of a young accomplice.

Listen as we chat about taking inspiration from a keg, hacking a 10-digit code, and the best of the puppet pantheon. Then we find out if The Score stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 397: Always (1989)

After an aerial firefighter dies, he becomes a spirit and has the chance to inspire a young pilot… and say goodbye to his grieving girlfriend.

Special guest Courtney Noah joins us to talk about Jar Jar Binks trivia, a big choo choo plane, and the Dawson’s Creek scene that lives rent-free in James’s head. Then we find out if Always stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 396: Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

A dull marriage gets an unexpected jolt when the husband and wife discover that they’re both secret assassins for rival agencies.

Listen as we discuss an easy way to kill killers, TV networks for women, and what Nicole Kidman might say about Halloween. Then we find out if Mr. & Mrs. Smith stands the Test of Time.



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