Film A Week Podcast Episode 22: “Fifty Shades of Grey”

“He was polite. Intense. Smart. Really intimidating.”

Host Serg Beret goes it alone on this episode to cover a film considered one of the worst for Passion & Romance month, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Listen as Serg gives his thoughts on why the films suffers from lack of great material, the lack of sexual chemistry between the two leads and why Christian Grey is one of the most disgusting and vile characters in recent film history.

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Outro Music: “I Feel It Coming (8-Bit Remix)” by SoundHippo
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Film A Week #TBT: The Room (2003)

Cult classics are an odd bunch of films. These films that are labelled as such stretch from a variety of genres and, for lack of a better term, critical outlook. Sure, a majority are underrated, but what about films that skirt into “so bad, it’s good” territory.

There are standouts like Showgirls, “Manos” The Hands of Fate, Troll 2 and Birdemic. Even the older film of director Ed Wood (Plan 9 from Outer Space, Glen or Glenda, etc.) garners this praise. Yet, it’s Tommy Wiseau’s The Room that has stood out as the magnum opus of bad cinema in the modern era.

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It’s been the canon fodder of internet reviewers and comedians alike since its release in 2003 and for obvious reasons. The film is absolutely awful with a plot that Lifetime Movies would pass up. The film is directed, produced, written and starring Wiseau as Johnny, a lovable San Franciscan.

Johnny has a good life with his wife Lisa (Juliette Danielle) as they share passionate moments of navel penetration and using roses in the bedroom. Unfortunately, Lisa has grown dissatisfied with Johnny and is seeking out his best friend Mark (Greg Sestero) to ignite an affair behind Johnny’s back. The affair begins and Johnny is slowly becoming suspicious of Lisa’s actions behind the scenes. Can their marriage work as it cracks or will Johnny succumb to the pressures of the reality before him?

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The answer to that question will reveal itself after several unresolved subplots, side characters that add nothing and long-winded sex scenes. The dialogue is utterly horrendous and delivered as such with classics quotes of “I got the results of the test back. I definitely have breast cancer” or the immortal words of “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa.” The acting is abysmal due to Wiseau’s material being weak to begin with as the actors struggle to treat it seriously.

The production itself is also not the best basically staged like a theatrical production being shot on access television. The use of green screen for the rooftop scenes is obvious especially when Tommy enters via the door to reveal it is a much larger room inside. The ADR (alternative dialogue recording) is blatant with some line reads not matching with the scenes at all.

Yet everything that could be said about the film has already been said. From the internet reviewers Nostalgia Critic and Alison Pregler, wrestling podcast OSW Review or the crew over at Rifftrax, the film is constantly in the internet consciousness. The film even has a fan made point-and-click game called The Room Tribute (which is free to play).

It has become a phenomenon with its widespread exposure bringing Wiseau out obscurity and into the spotlight. He is always touring at conventions hocking his wares, at midnight screenings with the rabid fan base and starred in the sequel to another “so bad, it’s good” film Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance.

The rest of the cast embrace the craze of The Room by talking up the madness of Tommy Wiseau’s production. Sestero going as far to write a book about the experience titled The Disaster Artist. The book itself is being adapted into a film of the same name by James Franco, a fan of the film, with Franco playing Wiseau.

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The Room is a widespread cult hit among film fans and geeks alike with a unique brand of bad all its own. It takes the typical plot of a direct-to-video drama and manages to screw it up in spectacular fashion into an unintentional black comedy for the ages.

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I’m a fan as well with a signed copy of the film on Blu-ray.

Tangent A Week 1: Iron Walt

“WHAT DID YOU DO TO ROY?” – Robot Walt Disney

Introducing what host Patrick Raissi titled Tangent A Week in which we have a hot mic recording our conversations before and in-between episodes.

In this week’s tangent recorded in between the first episode of “Animated April,” we discuss the Lefou “Beauty and the Beast” controversy, “Iron Fist,” a robot Walt Disney’s possible reaction to modern day Disney and the overabundance of people at Disneyland.

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Film A Week Podcast Episode 22: “In the Realm of the Senses” (Criterion of the Month) NSFW

“A girl like you can stab a man’s heart without a knife, huh?”

Film A Week continues “Passion & Romance” month with Criterion of the Month pick, the controversial pornographic erotic thriller “In the Realm of the Senses.”

Hosts Serg Beret and Matthew Reveles give their thoughts on the real life tale of Sada Abe leading to serious discussion on the importance of sexual consent, the harsh reality of abusive relationships and the film showing everything that goes behind closed doors. It’s a breakaway from the lighter tone of the podcast as we venture into heavy territory as this film did not pull any punches.

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“Hustle” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Lyrics: “Phrenic Nerve”

“You’don’t deserve him
He isn’t your friend
We are instead, we are
You don’t deserve him
He isn’t your friend
But they are, they are”

I know you heard voices, is it true what they told you?
That you needed to leave me as were undeserving
Manipulation of your great mind
Turned you into the beast no one can find
Blame me for your problems and frustration
Yet the character you’re playing is startin’ to be drainin’
Covering up your thoughts and emotion will only kill you
Letting them out to me only harmed me too

But you’re hellbent on succession even if it harnesses depression
Fucking around while with me as I vanish
To the background, now you’re tempted to end it
Pulverize me to a pulp with your tongue down Mike’s throat
Witness you giving in deeper, sinking on your own boast

“You’don’t deserve him
He isn’t your friend
We are instead, we are
You don’t deserve him
He isn’t your friend
But they are, they are”

A former part of heaven, fallen down from their graces
Leaving me to wander, your mind ponders in perspectives
My feet keep me moving, but I’m headed down a dead end
I’ve been tripping on my dick since you’ve gone
Made sirens go and sing their song, but their lyrics only got lost
On my deafening ears
Where are you to quell the loneliness I fear?

You are knee deep in praise, love and affection
From false friends living in Hollywood-tainted life in their head
Put the spotlight on yourself, see the audience before you
Only till after intermission will they adore you
Now switch it over to footage of our dismay
And you’ll be treated as a sideshow Eighth Wonder on the stage
Yet I’m still a rat in a cage ready to rage
But I can’t because your voices will kill me in the end

“You’don’t deserve him
He isn’t your friend
We are instead, we are
You don’t deserve him
He isn’t your friend
But they are, they are”

Film A Week #TBT: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers combined all the badass action of martial arts and the cheesy goodness of Saved By the Bell. Five teenagers with attitude, later six, are given powers by Zordon (voiced by Robert L. Manahan) to protect the the city of Angel Grove from the clutches of Rita Repulsa (voiced by Barbara Goodson) and Lord Zedd (voiced by Robert Axelrod).

The Rangers battle against the Putties, got involved in gigantic kaiju-inspired battles and the occasional mishaps of those always kooky Bulk (Paul Schier) and Skull (Jason Narvy). The show relied on footage from the Super Sentai series from Japan in order to adapt it for an American audience complete with horrendous dubbing and screwy editing.

The show was so popular with the kids at the time that 20th Century Fox teamed with Saban Entertainment to produce and make the Rangers cinematic debut in 1995′s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. 

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Long before the upcoming 2017 big screen revamp, this film gave the audience what they wanted: Power Rangers on the big screen.

Upping the ante and giving the film version a bigger budget, this film took a risk by adapting the show with original content including a new villain, original footage that was not the Super Sentai footage and introducing a whole new ninja-based power called Ninjetti for the Rangers. The film is a goofy, cheese-filled romp, but feels like it should have stayed on the small screen in the long run.

Our rangers for this film are:

  • Blue Ranger Billy (David Yost)
  • Pink Ranger Kimberly (Ashley Jo Johnson)
  • Red Ranger Rocky (Steven Cardenas)
  • Black Ranger Adam (Johnny Yong Bosch)
  • Yellow Ranger Aisha (Karan Ashley)
  • White Ranger Tommy (Jason David Frank)

During a skydiving charity event for the passing of Ryan’s Comet, the Rangers team with comical and lovable bullies Bulk and Skull in order to raise money, but those two miss the target. They instead find themselves in a construction site which has unearthed a giant purple egg. Later that evening, Repulsa, along with Goldar (voiced by Kerrigan Mahan) and Lord Zedd, open up the egg to reveal the villainous Ivan Ooze (Paul Freeman).

Ooze is hellbent on seeking revenge on Zordon for destroying his rule of Earth 6000 years ago and does so by not only laying waste to Zordon and the Rangers’ Command Center, but by selling his hypnotic ooze to the people of Angel Grove in order to work for him to dig up his own zords known as Ecto-Morphicons. It’s up to the Rangers save Angel Grove from Ivan Ooze armed with their new Ninjetti powers from Dulcea (Gabrielle Fitzpatrick) of the planet Phaedos and use their new Ninjetti Zords to defeat Ooze once and for all.

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Power Rangers: The Movie is a bit of a mess, but what a beautiful mess it is. In my original review back in 2013, I was admittedly really harsh to it. In hindsight, the film captures the spirit of the show and the show itself is not the greatest to begin with. As a longtime fan, I prefer In Space to the original Mighty Morphin’ series, but that’s just me.

The acting in this film is pretty bad, save for David Frank as Tommy, Jo Johnson as Kimberly and Yong Bosch as Adam. The story and the dialogue is abysmal with certain plot threads not making total sense, but then again, this is based off a show where they once had to fight a rapping pumpkin. It also does nothing for the people who are not into the show to begin with as anyone coming into this trying to give it a chance will be alienated out of the gate with countless lines of exposition that would make Final Fantasy look casual in comparison. The CGi effects are disgustingly outdated, even by the standards of 1995. This film was just two years after the groundbreaking effects of Jurassic Park, so there was no excuse for it to look so bad.

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Luckily, the film does have some positives that can help with the enjoyment. The costume designs and makeup effects are awesome. Lord Zedd always looked brilliant, Ivan Ooze was completely astounding and the revamp Ranger suits are some of the best suits to this day. Love and care were actually put into these designs and fleshed out for the big screen.

The original action footage for the film is great fun, well choreographed and sticks to the spirit of the Super Sentai footage. The absolute highlight of the film is Freeman as Ivan Ooze. Freeman seems to be having a ball on set, chewing the scenery until there is none left to bite out of. He’s over-the-top and a maniacal comic that just happens to have superpowers.

It’s not worth go, go going after (that was horrible), but Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie gives the fans at the time what they wanted, but once the nostalgia wears off, the flaws will finally show.

Film A Week Episode 21: “West Side Story” (Classics Revisited)

“Somewhere, we’ll find a new way of living, We’ll find a way of forgiving. Somewhere . . .”

hosts Serg Beret and Patrick Raissi continue “Passion & Romance” month by heading back to New York for Classics Revisited with the 1961 musical classic, “West Side Story.”

Listen as Raissi watches this film for the first time ever leading to interesting discussions on improving the tragedy of star-crossed lover, the beauty of Maria and Tony’s romance, and the problem spectacle over substance.

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“Hustle” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Maria Maria” from “Supernatural” © 1999 Artisa Records

Film a Week Podcast Episode 20: “About Time” (Passion & Romance Month)

“Lesson Number One: All the time traveling in the world can’t make someone love you.”

Host Serg Beret is joined by his sister Jenni Chante @jennichante stepping in for Patrick to discover 2013’s “About Time.”

Listen as the two discuss this underrated modern gem by divulging into the consequences of time travel, the sweetness of genuine romance and the love of life and family. The hosts also dive into Serg’s endearing crush on Rachel McAdams, the awkwardness of Domhall Gleeson and the big screen debut of Margot Robbie.

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Lyrics: “Worship”

Hey you, how have you’ve been?
It’s been quite some time
Hasn’t it?
I feel a bit lost in my world
I need guidance, I need hope
I seek salvation in you
I’ve worshiped here a thousand times
Even before I truly believed
Came to your shrine for answers to questions
And sometimes I do receive what I need
In the church for you
Tasted the sacrament, your communion
That pleasures all yours to keep
Bathed in the waters to baptize my youth
Sins seems to wash away, contrition slips away
Confessed all the hardships in your grace
A little honestly to help me save face
A little touch of your light to help take the weight
Off these shoulders to ease the pain
I’ve been dealing with without you
I’ve worshiped here a thousand times
Even before I truly believed
Came to your shrine for answers to questions
And sometimes I do receive what I need
In the church for you
I’ll pray harder next time
Read the rites over to memorize
Why it feels to have your hand over mine
Sit in the pew and listen to what was said
About your life in the sermon you give
I’ve worshiped here a thousand times
Even before I truly believed
Came to your shrine for answers to questions
These answers I shall keep for when I need
To stay in the church for you

Film A Week Podcast Episode 19: “When Harry Met Sally…” (Passion & Romance Month)

“I’ll have what she’s having.”

All March long, host Serg Beret and Patrick Raissi celebrate “Passion & Romance” month taking a look at romantic films and kicking things off is the classic 1989 romantic-comedy “When Harry Met Sally…”

Listen as the hosts talk about the unconventional romantic lead of Billy Crystal, the adorableness of Meg Ryan and the genuine chemistry the two have. We also discuss rebounds, casual sex and that infamous “fake orgasm” scene.

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“Theme for Harold (var. 2)” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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