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Under the Rainbow (1981)

Under the Rainbow (1981)Celebrating our 250th episode, this is week two of our movies about making movies with another forgotten classic from the early 80s! When a hotel owner leaves his nephew in charge, it turns into a comedy of errors at the Under the Rainbow hotel when the little-person cast of "The Wizard of Oz" checks in! Add in visiting dignitaries, assassins, and spies, and you have a madcap comedy of errors, all set in the late 1930s! Directed by Steve Rash, the film stars Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher, who make a surprisingly charismatic pair, along with Eve Arden, Joseph Maher, Billy Barty, Pat McCormick, Adam Arkin, and a compliment of little-person actors never before brought together in a film... except maybe in the movie this movie is all about! Plus, the trio reveals which two underrated comedies they'll be focusing on as they cruise into their second 250 reviews!

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S.O.B. (1981)

S.O.B. (1981)It's out 250th episode and we can't believe we've done 249 episodes before this! It seems like only yesterday we were starting out with an idea and hope. In actuality, it was June 5th of 2016, so almost 5 years ago! For this anniversary pairing, we're looking at movies about making movies! First up, it's director Black Edwards' lesser-known masterpiece, S.O.B. (which stands for "Standard Operational Bullshit" in this case). The story follows acclaimed Hollywood producer Felix Farmer (Richard Mulligan) whose latest film, starring his ex-wife Sally Miles (Julie Andrews) has bombed. Unable to cope with his first abject failure, Felix is suicidal, requiring the assistance of his friends Cully (William Holden), Ben (Robert Webber) and Dr. Irving Finegarten (Robert Preston). After literally falling into a party, Felix has an epiphany: He'll turn his family film bomb into an erotic masterpiece! Unfortunately, that means his rated-G wife would need to do a nude scene, something she has never even entertained, let alone done! With a supporting cast including such Hollywood staples as Larry Hagman, Robert Loggia, Stuart Margolin, Loretta Swit, Robert Vaughn, Shelly Winters, and Rosanna Arquette, it's a tour de force in dark comedy filmmaking!

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Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan (2016)The second film in our "Fast Zombies" pairing is so good, we're breaking our "10 years old or older" rule for choosing movies! It's an amazing offering from the filmmakers in South Korea who may very well be the new masters of horror. Winner of over 30 awards from around the world, the film is 2016's "Train to Busan." Directed by Sang-ho Yeon, and follows the story of Seok-woo (Gong Yoo), a harried single father trying to deliver his daughter Soo-an (Su-an Kim) to her mother in Busan. As the train is departing, a zombie outbreak is beginning, and an infected woman boards the train, starting the infection spreading. The film also stars Ma Dong-seok and Jung Yu-mi, a husband traveling with his pregnant wife. This movie has scenes of such suspense and horror that it should come with content warnings, and it actually made the resident horror geek hold his breath! Plus, the geeks and G.I.T. reveal the films they'll be reviewing to help celebrate the 250th episode of the podcast!

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Zombieland (2009)

Zombieland (2009)The pairing Jeff swore he'd never do, but was persuaded by great films, this is the first of our "Fast Zombies" films! From 2009 comes the Ruben Fleisher-directed masterpiece that is "Zombieland." The film follows neurotic survivor Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) who is trying to get home to find his parents. En route, he crosses paths with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and they decide to travel together for a bit. They run across a pair of zombie-era con artists, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) who, after taking Columbus and Tallahassee's vehicles and weapons not once, but twice, decide that four are better than two, as they change directions and head toward an amusement park in California, meeting a celebrity along the way, and all the while hunting the elusive last Twinkie. A post-modern zombie movie that's so good, the speed of the zombies becomes irrelevant, this is a new classic of the zombie genre.

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The Last Picture Show (1971)

The Last Picture Show (1971)Our second film in our "In Memorium" pairing honors the 1972 winner of the Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of Ruth Popper in "The Last Picture Show." We lost film and television legend Cloris Leachman on January 27th, 2021. Although well-known for her comedic roles and her collaborations with Mel Brooks, Ms. Leachman won the Academy Award for her role in Peter Bogdanovich's magnum opus as the neglected wife of the high school athletics coach. Co-written by original novel author Larry McMurtry and Bogdanovich, the film co-starred Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ben Johnson, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, and Clu Gulager. It also gave newcomers Cybill Shepherd and Randy Quaid their start in motion pictures! The film tells the story of the slow death of Anarene, Texas in the early 1950s, by telling the interwoven and tragic stories of its residents. The film gave Leachman her only Oscar, and also awarded Ben Johnson a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Sam the Lion. Plus, the trio discuss why they're afraid Chad won't be able to get through the next horror pairing!

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