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Episode 66: Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

mrshendersonSocialite Mrs. Henderson is recently widowed and trying to figure out what to do with herself. After trying several things appropriate to her status, she ultimately decides to open a theatre in London in the late 1930s, and bring Moulin Rouge-style to London. Soon, the city is under seige from Nazi bombers, but the show must go on! Directed by Stephen Frears and based on a novel by Sheila van Damm, this film tells the story of an out-of-place society woman and her attempt to bring to the theatre something that the country sorely needs, especially after entering World War II! Starring Dame Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Will Young, and Christopher Guest, this semi-biographical film shines a light on this odd philanthropic outing which was the first of its kind in London.

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Episode 65: Pirate Radio (2009)

pirateradioGreat Britain, 1966 - The BBC was Mom-and-Pop-ing radio to death with its Leave it to Beaver-esque programming, which completely ignored the very height of the British rock scene (from which the United States was benefiting in a major way)! But never fear, where there is rock and roll, there will be rebels, or in this case, literal pirates! "Pirate Radio" tells the story of Radio Rock (based on the real-life pirate radio vessel Radio Caroline), and the merry band of lunatics and rock loyalists who live in the Atlantic, just inside international waters, that brought the best rock and roll of the day to, at its peak, half of the population of Great Britain! Written and directed by Richard Curtis, and starring an amazing cast of lead and character actors, including Tom Sturridge, Bill Nighy, Tom Brooke, Rhys Darby, Nick Frost, Chris O'Dowd, Kenneth Branagh, Ralph Brown, Rhys Ifans, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, this is a movie that'll have you rooting for the pirates in their fight against the forces of a corrupt, anal-retentive, overly-conservative government, all while rocking out to one of the best movie soundtracks of all time! Plus, find out why the hosts are returning to war-time England for their next two reviews, and what those movies might be!

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Episode 64: Pump Up the Volume (1990)

pumpupthevolumeIt was the end of the Reagan era, and those in high school were turning on "yuppie" parents and trying to figure out how to walk their own paths, and talk their own talk, in a decade they felt was devoid of meaning. Enter Happy Harry Hard-On, the pirate radio DJ, giving the disillusioned youth a voice, and a hero to rally around! Written and directed by Allan Moyle, and starring Christian Slater, Ellen Green, a very early (and brief) appearance by young Seth Green, and introducing Samantha Mathis, this film is the ultimate youth reaction to the Reagan era, and the censorship of our voice on the public airwaves, threaded through with teen angst, romance, and death! A positive, albeit somewhat mixed review, with an unlikely champion among the reviewers!

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Episode 63: Waterworld (1995)

waterworldPost-apocalpytic is generally thought of as post-nuclear, but what if was post-global warming instead? Enter 1995's hellaciously expensive "Waterworld," written by Peter Rader and David Twohy, and directed by Kevin Reynolds... mostly. Starring Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tina Majorino, Michael Jeter, and Dennis Hopper, this is the story of decades after the polar icecaps have melted and what's left of humanity lives on the water. The trio have a lively discussion about whether or not Costner's acting was appropriate for the film, and whether or not this movie is good enough to recommend! Find out what decisions they each come to, and what bad broadcasters they're going to be focusing on for the next two episodes!

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Episode 62: The Road Warrior (1981)

roadwarriorThe fear of nuclear war gave birth to many genres, but the post-apocalyptic film genre is different. Borrowing from mythology, samuri films, and the western genre, it's built around several central themes, and 1981's "The Road Warrior" is the prototype for all that would come after it. Technically a sequel, the film was written by Terry Hayes, George Miller, and Brian Hannant, and directed by George Miller. Starring Mel Gibson and a cast of largely unknown fellow actors, this movie established these types of stories, all the while telling an incredible film of life after a nuclear war!

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