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Episode 144: Teachers (1984)

teachersThe trio are talking about their day-jobs for this pairing, as they sample two films about the vocation of teaching! This episode looks at one of the definitive films from the 80s about the perils of a job in education: Administrators, unions, peers, and students! 1984's "Teachers" is a sometimes serious and sometimes hilarious look at what it's like to try to teach high school. Directed by Arthur Hiller, written by W. R. McKinney, and starring Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Judd Hirsch, Ralph Macchio, Allen Garfield, Lee Grant, Richard Mulligan, Royal Dano, William Schallert, Laura Dern, Crispin Glover, and Morgan Freeman, this film will have you laughing one minute and falling suddenly silent the next, but it's a loved favorite of all three reviewers, and a must-see for anyone who is, or knows, a teacher!



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Episode 143: Galaxy Quest (1999)

GalaxyQuestThe second film in our Sci-Fi Comedy/Parody Films pairing is one that brings a unique blend of pathos to its comedy, so much so that by film's end, you care about the characters and actually want them to succeed, which isn't always the case in a comedy. Starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell as the crew of the TV program "Galaxy Quest," in their latter years, long after the program's been cancelled, this film is something of a love-letter to fans and the conventions they patronize. Enter Enrico Colantoni, Patrick Breen, Missile Pyle (in her first feature film role), and Jed Rees as the Thermians who seek out the help of the actors they believe to be real heroes, to help fight Sarris (played brilliantly by Robin Sachs). The actors-turned-heroes must find a way to become their characters for real and triumph over the bad guy, but not without the help of some of their biggest fans, led by Justin Long (in HIS first feature film role). It's a comedy, it's a love story, it's a sci-fi adventure, and somehow it succeeds on all three fronts! Plus, the trio disclose how their day jobs influenced the pick of the next pairing coming up!



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Episode 142: Spaceballs (1987)

SpaceballsThis pairing is Sci-Fi Comedy/Parody Films, and we're starting with one from the master, Mel Brooks, and his send-up of the Sci-Fi genre (and Star Wars in particular), 1987's Spaceballs! Starring Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner, Joan Rivers, and (of course), Mel Brooks, this film is an oddity in that it would actually work as a decent adventure film if you took the comedy out, but leaving the comedy in makes it a masterpiece! Borrowing from Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, and countless other sci-fi classics, it makes fun of them all in a way that doesn't demean or lessen the originals! It's so tender and clearly affectionate in its fun-poking that George Lucas blessed the film with assistance and even a little footage donation!



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Episode 141: The Great Race (1965)

greatraceLegendary Hollywood director Blake Edwards gives us our second film for our "Race Around the World" pairing with 1965's epic race-comecy, "The Great Race!" Directed by Edwards, and written by Arthur A. Ross and Edwards, this film follows The Great Lesley (Tony Curtis), a hero all in white, who proposes to stage, and win, a race from New York westward to Paris! Accompanied by his driver and mechanic Hezekiah (Keenen Wynn), he is continually crossed by two different types of opponents. The first, in what may be his greatest comedy role ever, is the evil Professor Fate, played with perfect wit and abandon by Jack Lemmon, who is accompanied by his henchman Maximillian (Peter Falk). The other opponent, however, proves to be equally distracting: A suffragette newspaper reporter who has entered the race to report on it from within, one Maggie DuBois (Natalie Wood). Will Lesley win? If not, who is the cause? A great road comedy, as great as its name implies! Plus, Buddy, Chad, and Jeff reveal which two Sci-Fi comedies will be their next pairing!



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Episode 140: Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

80daysIt's our "Race Around the World" pairing for the next two episodes, starting with the globetrotting Jules Verne story first put on film in 1956! "Around the World in 80 Days," directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Niven, Mexican superstar Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton, and featuring a veritable cavalcade of cameos, follows English gentleman's gentleman, Phileas Fogg (Niven), and his manservant, Passepartout (Cantinflas) as they accept a wager that one could travel around the world in but 80 days during the latter half of the 19th century. Along the way they run afoul of a Scotland Yard Inspector (Newton) and pick up a damsel in distress, the Indian princess Aouda, who accompanies them on the rest of their voyage. With a score by Victor Young, this Academy Award-winning film embodies the best of the "epic" films of the 50s and early 60s!



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