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Wizards (1977)

Wizards (1977)The second film in our "Psychedelic 70s Animation" pairing moves ahead four years from the last, to 1977, and features the work of underground animator extraordinaire Ralph Bakshi and his film "Wizards!" In a post-apocalyptic world, magic and technology co-exists, although technology is forbidden as it caused the destruction of the world once already. A pair of brothers, born to a fairy queen, face off against each other, as one embraces nature and magic while the other seeks power in technology and stumbles upon relics of the old world: Nazi propaganda! He uses it to rally his troops like never before and to lay siege to the peaceful magical kingdoms. Only the good brother, along with a (mostly) fairy princess and an elven warrior, along with a former assassin turned helper, seek to find the leader of the mutants and put a stop to the war once and for all! A true classic, and a final confrontation like no other in cinematic history! Plus, the trio discuss which American city is the focus of their next pairing!



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Fantastic Planet (1973)

Fantastic Planet (1973)We begin our "Psychadelic 70s Animation" pairing with a film from 1973, started in Czechoslovakia and completed in France, a film that took five years to finish, and which won the audience award at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Rene Laloux, with a score written by Alain Goraguer, this film tells the story of a planet of human-like creature known only as the Oms, who are either pets or vermin to the ruling species, the Draags. The story follows an Om named Terr (voiced by Barry Bostwick), orphaned through the unintentional cruelty of a group of adolescent Draags, who is adopted as a pet by the Draag female Tiwa (voiced by Jennifer Drake) and raised to adulthood. Terr learns the same knowledge that Tiwa is absorbing and leads a revolt amongst the Oms to try to save their species. Beautiful animation and a quality score, nevertheless not all three of the hosts were as enamoured as some, resultinng in a rather spirited discussion and some... unique comparisons!



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American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho (2000)This film is part two of the pairing of "Psychopath" films, with the movie requested by listener Joe Nash, a rather searing indictment of Wall Street and the end of the Reagan era, 2000's "American Psycho." Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) seems to have it all! Co-workers he can socialize with (Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, and Jared Leto), his doting girlfriend Evalyn (Reese Witherspoon), his devoted secretary Jean (Chloe Sevigny), and his mistress Courtney (Samantha Mathis). But what he doesn't have is peace of mind, or happiness, or satisfaction, or any other vaguely positive human emotion. Instead, he begins a killing spree of people he decides he has nothing in common with. This brings him to the attention of Detective Donald Kimball (Willem Dafoe), and starts his desparate spiral into true madness and self-destruction... or does it? This is one of those films where everyone has a slightly different take on the way it ends, reading it however their brain deciphers the flimic text. Plus, the geeks reveal which two 70s psychadelic animated films they're going to torture Chad with in the next pairing!



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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)This pairing comes at the suggestion of a listner! Joe Nash sent us a request to review a film we thought this one would pair nicely with, so we begin this pairing with one of only three films to win the "Big-5" Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay, 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs." Directed masterfully by Jonathan Demme, with the screenplay from Ted Tally (based on the novel by Thomas Harris), the film follows FBI Trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) as she is recruited by the Head of Behaviorial Sciences, Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) to go and attempt to compile a profile of famous cannibal and serial-killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins). The FBI is currently trying to locate the killer they call Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) who has just kidnapped Catherine Martin (Brooke Smith) the daughter of a prominent senator. Through twists and turns, Lecter becomes a second mentor to Starling as they both pursue their individual goals, hers to track down the killer and save the senator's daughter, and his to escape! An amazing performance by both Foster and Hopkins, and one that made them household names from that point on!



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Quick Change (1990)

Quick Change (1990)Part two of "Buddy's Underrated Comedies" moves ahead to 1990 and a little-known Bill Murray black comedy called "Quick Change." Directed by Murray and Howard Franklin, the story follows Grimm (Murray), who dressed up as a clown and robs a bank. But there's more to the story than first appears to be the case. Two of the "hostages" turn out to be co-conspirators as Loomis (Randy Quaid) and Phyllis (Geena Davis) help Grimm escape the bank under the guise of hostages released as a quid-pro-quo for the accomodations provided by harried Chief of Police Rotzinger (Jason Robards). From there, however, the plan goes spectactularly astray as they run afoul of problem after problem in their attempts to get to the airport and out of the country with their million dollars! The film also features cameos from Phil Hartman, Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, and Kurtwood Smith. And the trio reveal the listener request that prompted the next pairing of cinematic psychopaths!



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