For as long as man has been telling stories, man has been telling science fiction stories. They might not always be about spaceships and robots, but we have always had a fascination with things that were just a little bit beyond our abilities.
Well, for as long as sci-fi stories have existed, sci-fi sequels have existed. So this week, we get in on the action by putting out our own science fiction sequel. Nearly three years later, we bring you… The Son of The Hitchhikers ...
Usually neither one of us care how much money a movie makes or loses. It’s a fairly irrelevant piece of information. Unless you have some personal stake in the success of a film, like if you’re an investor, an actor, a writer, your company did something for the film, the box office receipts of a particular film are possibly the most irrelevant thing about it. While you could use a massive failure or success as a way of gauging the quality of a film, a quick look at the mo...
For those of you who have been following the show for a while you may have noticed that we haven’t done a feature commentary in a few years. You may, or more likely, may not, be wondering why we stopped. Well, there are a few reasons for that.
First off, recording them is kind of a [...]
A few months ago Jim had an idea. What if we did a show where we not only did zero preparation, but had no idea what the show would be about until we were recording it? Would it work? Would it fail spectacularly? How could we actually do it?
With the help of electronic-mail and occasional Thug and Midnight Movie Cowboy Hunter Duesing we figured out how.
We opened the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org and gave the password to Hunter. We ...
Going to the movies is a singular experience. You pay too much for something you probably won’t like, you buy insanely overpriced food and drinks, you sit next to complete strangers who may or may not have wildly varying ideas about what constitutes acceptable behavior in a theater, and the most you are hoping to get out of the transaction is a pleasurable ninety minutes or so.
But there is so much to love about it. The amazing picture, the incredible sound, the ex...
One man’s trash is another man’s overused cliché’. Welcome to The Film Thugs Movie Show where we continue our look back at “classic” episodes by tackling. This week we look at Episode 4: Movies that are not good, but we love them anyway.
It’s kind of a guilty pleasures show, but neither of us really likes to use that term, so we go slightly longer and more descriptive in our titling.
Join us as we talk about the movies that we really d...
This year at the Austin Film Festival, Jim saw the premiere of a Canadian documentary called “The Rep,” about the Toronto Underground Cinema, a repertory theater, in its first year of operation. The screening was held at the Alamo Drafthouse, which has become the global Mecca for rep theaters.
The film was di...
Alpha to Omega
The film franchise is an inescapable part of the modern movie landscape. In this series I will address a series of films from the first to the last, looking at each film as a standalone and how it fits into the series.
Have you ever screwed up with your [...]
You got your actors, then you got your movie stars.
Actors are all over the place. You recognize them, you follow their work, hell, you may even watch some movies just because of them.
But they aren’t movie stars.
A movie star is something different. Movie stars are people like Jimmy Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Carey Grant, Lauren Bacall, Catherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn… those are movie stars.
There’s always an air of… alm...
Man, we have been doing this a long damned time. How long? Long enough that we can safely go back and revisit our old shows. Honestly, I must be getting old as hell because recording this original episode seems far more recent than 3 years ago, but here we are.
Episode 6 (from back in a time when we actually numbered the damned things) was simply called “I’m the Asshole,” and it was a look at movies and directors and stars that, though popular, we just don’t get. This ...
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