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M*A*S*H (1970

MASH (1970)Watch the trailer!

It's a listener-suggestion pairing of Robert Altman films! Bennett Oberfeld contacted us on Facebook to point out that we had yet to do any films from the acclaimed director and suggested two Altman films, which we agreed with, and thus this pairing! First up, from 1970, it's the film based on the book by Richard Hooker about life in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, or M*A*S*H unit, in the Korean War. Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Roger Bowen, Rene Auberjonois, Gary Burghoff, Bobby Troup, Timothy Brown, and John Schuck, this looks at the antics of two highly-qualified surgeons, Hawkeye Pierce (Sutherland) and Trapper John McIntyre (Gould) who are assigned to a M*A*S*H unit just a few miles from the front line! With a casual indifference to anything Army-related, except for saving their patients, this film spawned an eleven-season TV series spinoff and added a theme song to our musical lexicon that still lives in our hearts and minds today!



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Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump (1994)Watch the trailer!

The second film in our "I can't believe you haven't done THAT movie yet!" list also happens to be directed by Robert Zemeckis, although that wasn't planned when the pairing was first decided upon! Winner of SIX Oscars at the 1995 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Effects, Visual Effects, this film tells the story of Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) a boy who's considered "slow" due to his IQ, but grows up to be a man who has incredible experiences that take him all over the United States and into Vietnam. 1994's "Forrest Gump" is a masterpiece of storytelling, showing you the world through the eyes of a simple yet incredibly good man as he deals with love and loss over the course of his life. And, whether it's dealing with his mother (Sally Field), his best friend and true love Jenny (Robin Wright), his army Lieutenant (Gary Sinese), or his best friend in the Army, Bubba (Mykelti Williamson), Forrest only ever sees the good in people. And finally, the trio reveal which listener-suggested pairing will be their very first for 2022!



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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)Watch the trailer!

Often, when we talk to people about our podcast, they'll ask us if we've done certain movies. This pairing is made up of two films on what we call our "I can't believe you haven't done THAT movie yet!" list. :) First up, it's the first, last, and likely only time you'll ever see Disney and Warner Brothers cartoon characters in the same film, a movie that was also instrumental in pushing ahead special effects in the industry! Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it's the story of Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a down-on-his-luck Private Investigator, who gets hired by the studio head of Maroon Cartoons to find out if their star "toon," Roger Rabbit (voice by Charles Fleischer), is being cuckholded by his wife Jessica (voiced by Kathleen Turner). And, in a world where toons and humans live, love, and work side-by-side, any investigation involving both is bound to go spectacularly off-the-rails in the most comical of ways, and 1988's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is no exception! Also featuring Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, and a plethora of voice-actors, including some of the greats from days gone by, this film blends animation and live action in ways no one thought possible until this movie was made!



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Elf (2003)

Elf (2003)Watch the trailer!

Part two of our holiday pairing jumps ahead nine years and focuses on the now-veteran director Jon Favreau's second film, the sugar-fest that is 2003's "Elf!" With an all-star cast, including Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel, Ed Asner, Mary Steenburgen, Peter Dinklage, Amy Sedaris, Andy Richter, Kyle Glass, Artie Lange, and Leon Redbone, the film tells the story of a human raised by Elves named Buddy (Ferrell), who travels to New York to find his real father, Walter (Caan). There, he meets Jovie (Deschanel) and discovers that life outside the North Pole is much more different than he anticipated. When Sants (Asner) has transportation problems on Christmas Eve, it's Buddy, Jovie, and Buddy's new family, to the rescue! Plus, find out which to movies from the "I can't believe you haven't done THAT movie yet!" list the trio has chosen to finish out 2021!



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The Santa Clause (1994)

The Santa Clause (1994)Watch the trailer!

Happy Holidays! It's part one of our yearly pairing of holiday films, this year starting with a new take on the story of Santa. In this episode we take a look at 1994's "The Santa Clause," starring Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd, David Krumholtz, and Peter Boyle. Directed by John Pasquin, this film tells the story of Scott Calvin (Allen), an advertising executive for a toy company, and also a single father to his son Charlie (Lloyd). On Christmas Eve, after hearing noises on the roof, Scott scares "Santa" who falls off the roof and disappears, leaving only his santa suit. Scott and Charlie find a card that says "Put on the suit, the reindeer will know what to do." And so begins a year-long saga as Scott slowly begins to transform into Santa Claus, much to Charlie's delight, and the dismay of his ex Laura (Crewson) and her new psychiatrist husband Neal (Reinhold).



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