WHAT WENT WRONG

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Cats

When all else fails, throw the VFX team under the bus.  An exploration of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s uphill ‘Cats’ battle from the get-go. The risks of setting deadlines based on the awards season calendar. Why the once massively successful broadway production bombed in the box office. And most importantly - What IS a Jellicle Cat (spoiler: we don't have the answer). 

Note: this episode was recorded prior to Covid-19 stay at home orders, and no... we do not regret that ‘Cats’ is one of the last films we saw in theaters.

Evan Almighty

Hollywood attempts to draw a churchgoing audience with a broad comedy - what could go wrong? Apparently quite a lot. But shrouded in the backstory of this biblical flop are some praiseworthy characters and righteous causes.

The Abyss

Life’s abyss and then you dive. James Cameron’s willfulness filming in the depths of a nuclear power plant.  The resilience of the cast and crew in the face of abyss-olute death. A tale of Beansie the liquid breathing rat.  Are NTI’s aliens?

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Huge egos, hurricanes, and black magic are but a few of the destructive forces that waylaid this notorious production. The team dives into why a director shouldn’t sneak back onto set once they’ve been fired, Marlon Brando’s firm stance against ever reading scripts, and Val Kilmer’s method approach to playing an *sshole.

Southland Tales

The Rock stars as a Republican action star with amnesia at the center of a sex tape scandal that threatens to derail a presidential election in Richard Kelly’s eerily prophetic 2007 film, Southland Tales. We explore why this follow up to cult classic Donnie Darko tanked at Cannes, derailed Kelly’s career, and perhaps came out 10 years too soon.

Fantastic Four (2015)

There are only two good reasons to make a movie - one, the script is great; two, if you don’t, Marvel gets their characters back. This week, the team fires up Fox’s 2015 misfire reboot of Fantastic Four, exploring director Josh Trank’s schadenfraude laden fall from grace, comic book culture’s weird obsession with race and why this franchise feels (Dr.) Doomed.

Titanic

I'll never let go, Jack... unless I really, really have to pee.  Titanic was a massive hit; we saw it, we felt it, and it went on (in theaters for a record breaking amount of time).  But as we learned from 'The Abyss', James Cameron's incredible filmmaking comes at a cost.  In this episode we explore how the entire cast and crew got drugged with PCP, Jim's addiction to building behemoth tanks of water and the hardships that caused Kate to wish she was dead and Leo to contemplate which piece of fine dining silverware he should use to lobotomize himself.

The Exorcist

1973s The Exorcist left audiences shocked, nauseous, and scandalized - unfortunately, director William Friedkin had a similar effect on the movie’s cast and crew. This week, we tackle the misfires, gunfire and actual fires that plagued this classic film’s production. Let’s just say, if you have to ask the cinematographer where the director’s guns are hidden, you’re probably going to get slapped in the face.

Apocalypse Now

Join the team as they forge a path through this war classic’s horrendously long production, 238 shooting days plagued by typhoons, dysentery, heart attacks and drugs. Lots and lots of drugs.

Tune in next week for our first guest host, Matt Detisch who will be covering ‘Heaven’s Gate’!

Heaven’s Gate

Ever wonder where “No Animals Were Harmed In The Making of This Film” came from? Special guest Matt Detisch dives into the details behind Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, including record breaking budget overages, and widespread animal abuse. We also examine the age old question: are Christopher Walken and Kris Kristofferson simply too hot for their leading lady?

Aeon Flux

Hands for feet! Sexy diaper pajamas! Frances McDormand going full ginger! This week, the team exhumes Karyn Kusama’s sci-fi misfire, Aeon Flux. We (attempt to) cover issues of representation in Hollywood, director’s jail (and why men tend to serve shorter sentences), and Charlize Theron’s trajectory as cinema’s most legit bone crusher.

Showgirls

Think you enjoy nudity in films? Think again. This week, the team explores the collateral damage of Paul Verhoeven’s cult classic, Showgirls. Topics covered include the dynamics of aquatic intercourse, the paradoxical task of marketing an unsexy NC-17 movie, and why lead actress Elizabeth Berkley was left holding the (Verhoeven filled) bag.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Adam Driver stars in a film conceived only 6 years after he was. Listen to the story of director Terry Gilliam’s 29 year battle against F-16s, prostate infections, and insubordinate horses on his (perhaps) misguided quest to finish ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’

The Last Airbender

M. Night Shyamalan’s whitewashed adaptation of the beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender remains his most expensive and critically derided film. How did such acclaimed source material yield this unmitigated flop?

Waterworld

Near decapitation, sunken sets, and an incredibly expensive divorce... 1994 was not Kevin Costner’s year. This week we’re talking about the notorious box office bomb that wasn’t: Waterworld. Join us as we dive into the story behind a film that lost audiences before it even hit theaters.

The Wizard of Oz

Toxic body paint, third degree burns and 80 cigarettes a day, oh my!  This week we cover the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz.  A film that brought  joy to so many was a nightmare for most of its cast, especially for 16 year old Judy Garland.

Doctor Dolittle

Of the 1,500 animals that worked on 1967’s Doctor Dolittle, not one threw more shit at the fan than lead human actor Rex Harrison.

Twilight Zone: The Movie (Part 1)

Twilight Zone: The Movie earned mediocre reviews at a very high price: a deadly helicopter accident on John Landis’ set which took the lives of actor Vic Morrow and two young children.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Star Wars. The $70B franchise... that basically no one wanted to make. Learn how George Lucas’ failure to adapt Flash Gordon spawned THX, Industrial Light & Magic, and generations of zealous followers.

Twilight Zone: The Movie (Part 2)

The trial that changed Hollywood.  Director John Landis and four other crew members were charged and tried for involuntary manslaughter following the on set deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two young children (Renee Shinn Chen and Myca Dinh Le).

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