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Podcast #36 – The Bacon: Sampling Todd’s DVDs

Once more, unto The Bacon, dear friends! Still flying in missing Pig formation, this episode of the Film Pigs Podcast focuses on Todd Robert Anderson’s terrible mental illness: his obsession with collecting DVDs and Blu-rays. Sequestered in a room lined with shelves of plastic discs, Skelton pulls 12 random movies and demands Todd explain himself before it’s too late. It’s kind of like Intervention, but very lazy and nothing is really accomplished.

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Podcast #28 – The Bacon: Road House

Once more unto The Bacon! We assumed the last episode of the Film Pigs Podcast featuring The Bacon would be so well received we went ahead and immediately recorded another one, Matrix-style! Since we’ve run out of hosts to interview, this episode focuses on one movie and one movie only: Road House. Possibly the greatest B-movie ever made, and a personal favorite of the hosts, you will surely be enthralled by the discussion until a polar bear falls on you.  (Music by Adam Blau.)

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Podcast #27 – The Bacon: Todd Robert Anderson

Here comes a fresh episode of The Bacon! This time, we’re focusing on the maddening psyche of Film Pig Todd Robert Anderson. Why is he an actor? No, seriously, why is he an actor? How does he approach his craft? When is it kind of pointless to use “craft” on set? What movies excited him as a child? Why don’t movies excite him in the same way now? What is the root of his terrible DVD collecting problem? Why won’t we stop asking him so many questions? Plus, where’s Falk? (As always, awesome music by Adam Blau.)

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Straight-to-DVD Corner with Tonn Slingdog: Alien Raiders

Okay, for Christmas this year I’ve found a little alien creature feature that should satiate anyone like me who has an undending hunger for this particular subgenre.  And yes, the movie’s concept is as generic as the title, and it adds nothing new to all the stories it rips off.  However, its producers and director clearly understood the limits of their budget and managed to pull off a totally entertaining little B-picture that looks pretty good and is well acted. Continue reading Straight-to-DVD Corner with Tonn Slingdog: Alien Raiders

Rewriting DVD Marketing Blurbs #2: Syriana

What the back of the DVD says:

Big oil means big money.  Very big money. And that fact unleashes corruption that stretches from Houston to Washington to the Mideast – and ensnares industrialists, princes, spies, politicos, oilfield laborers and terrorists in a deadly, deceptive web of move and countermove.

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Rewriting DVD Marketing Blurbs #1: Max Payne

What it says on the back of the DVD:

  • Mark Wahlberg delivers an explosive performance in this action-packed thriller based on the legendary, hard-hitting video game.
  • Max Payne (Wahlberg) is a maverick cop with little regard for rules and nothing left to lose. Hell-bent on revenge, he’s determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murder of his family, but his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmarish journey where dark fantasy collides with stark reality.
  • As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world…and face an unthinkable betrayal that will drive him to the edge of his own sanity.
  • This edition includes both the theatrical version and harder-hitting unrated extended cut of the film.

What it should read:

  • Mark Wahlberg delivers a lazy but adequate performance in this snow flurry-packed moving picture based on an all but forgotten video game.
  • Max Payne (Marky-Mark) is a cop cliche with little regard for rules, nothing left to lose, too close to the case, blah, blah, blah, cop, blah.  Contractually obligated to collect the paycheck, he makes one determined expression that doesn’t let up while he tracks down those responsible for the brutal murder of his underwritten family, but his color-by-numbers investigation takes him on a nightmarish journey where visuals that look like a sequel to Constantine collide with plot devices lifted from Jacob’s Ladder.
  • As the movie continues, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world, and by that we mean the computer generated world…and face an unthinkable betrayal (which you most likely will have thought about the minute you saw Beau Bridges for the first time) that will drive him to the edge of his own sanity but you still won’t see any difference in his expression.
  • This edition includes both the theatrical version and the unrated version which contains three more minutes that you won’t notice because the movie was shot to get the PG-13 rating and that’s all it will ever be.