From the Vault – July 2003 or: Horse of the Year

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Here’s the thing… We weren’t able to record on time in November due to conflicting holiday schedules, so we’re opening up the Mandatory Movies Vault, and releasing the first episode we ever recorded, when the format was a little different, focusing on revisiting the films of a particular month/year rather than a theme.

To discuss the films of July 2003, hosts Brad and Kevin have forced each other to rewatch Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Northfork, and Seabiscuit.

Is Pirates of the Caribbean still relevant after 15 years of bad sequels? Was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen ahead of its time? Does Northfork still warrant being called a personal favorite of Brad’s? And can Kevin discuss Seabiscuit without using the F-word? All this and more on Horse of the Year…

More Dual Roles… And Manufactured Suspense

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Brad and Kevin keep talking dual roles in this bonus episode, specifically about narrative convenience in Dead Again, predictions of the future in The 6th Day, the development of a bridge in Double Impact, and the need to drink less during these episodes…

Gemini Man, Dual Roles, and the Case for Spoon Feeding…

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Gemini has us reeling over creepy CGI before moving on to discuss a spoofed spy, a spoofed restaurant, and a spoofed marriage.

Is Austin Powers unfairly maligned? Is Eddie Murphy The Godfather of dual roles? And is Enemy a brilliant enigma or a pretentious copout? All this and more on Gemini Man, Dual Roles, and the Case for Spoon Feeding…

More Rapper Roles… And the Serious Actor Guy

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Brad and Kevin keep talking rappers on this bonus episode, specifically about the neo-realism in Torque, the vast cast of character actors in Surviving the Game, the speech patterns in 16 Blocks, and the research that goes into biker villain roles…

Hustlers, Rapper Actors, and Terrence’s Howard

Hustlers has us sympathizing with criminals before moving on to discuss the absurdity of war, the enigma of Oliver Stone, and the confusion over what 50 Cent’s actual name is.

Did David O. Russell peak early with Three Kings? Did Any Given Sunday leave any aspect of football unexplored? And does Get Rich or Die Tryin’ make us understand 50 Cent’s fame, or resent it? All this and more on Hustlers, Rapper Actors, and Terrence’s Howard…

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Preview: Hustlers

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Kevin and Brad preview their picks for the next episode, in which they’ll discuss Hustlers, and other movies starring rappers…

More Treasure Hunt Movies… And the City Slickers Cinematic Universe

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Brad and Kevin keep talking Treasure Hunt movies in this bonus episode, specifically about the nuanced acting in National Treasure, the recycled sets in King Solomon’s Mines, the low-brow humor of City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold, and Billy Crystal cinematic sex life…

Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Treasure Hunts, and A Cappella Rave Music

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold has us chuckling over its goofy supporting cast before moving on to a discussion of a boy and his dog, a boys’ club, and a boy we want to throw through a wall.

Does The Adventures of Tintin successfully avoid the Uncanny Valley? Does The Lost City of Z refuse to include one of its best characters in any meaningful way? And does Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close honor 9/11 or exploit it? All this and more on Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Treasure Hunts, and A Cappella Rave Music…