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Tearing apart supposedly great movies that actually suck.


108 - Cast Away
May 28 • 112 min
In 2000, Robert Zemeckis made “Cast Away,” the longest FedEx commercial in history that masquerades as a trapped-on-a-desert-island story. Granted, the middle section of the film where Tom Hanks is marooned isn’t terrible, but the pair of…
107 - Dances with Wolves
May 9 • 105 min
The Kevin Costner vanity project “Dances with Wolves” beat “GoodFellas” for Best Picture in 1990. That’s right, this three-hour goofy slog that was heralded as the first movie not to have two-dimensional Native American characters, took home the gold…
In Theaters: Us
Apr 23 • 34 min
After the enormous success of Jordan Peele’s first feature film, “Get Out,” he’s back at the helm again with his followup, “Us” (which is currently in theaters). And, because of that, we went and saw it for our aptly-named In Theaters segment that we do…
106 - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Apr 2 • 107 min
If you actually do stop and look around at the 1986 John Hughes classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” there’s a lot of stuff you can’t miss that doesn’t make sense. Are Ferris and his sister twins? Do his parents think he has the mind of the 5-year-old boy?…
105 - Green Book
Mar 7 • 95 min
The controversial 2018 film “Green Book” that just won the Academy Award for Best Picture has it all: a white-savior narrative, cheesy New York Italian-American accents, and a series of cringeworthy tone-deaf scenes that aim to solve racism, but end up…
2019 Oscars Wrap-Up
Feb 27 • 44 min
For the third year in a row, we fired up the mics immediately after watching the Oscars ceremony and give you our take on what we witnessed. We also figure out who got the most categories correct (and settle our wager), discuss the ceremony, some of the…
Our 2019 Oscars predictions
Feb 19 • 46 min
We guide you through the Oscar nominations for movies released in 2018 leading up to this Sunday’s ceremony (which will take place on Feb. 24). We discuss the snubs, the surprises, and give you our picks for all 24 categories. We also decide upon a bet…
104 - (500) Days of Summer
Feb 13 • 123 min
Happy Valentine’s Day! This time we tear apart the 2009 movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel “(500) Days of Summer,” an overly-stylized hipster attempt at an anti-romantic comedy. You can’t spell parenthetical without pathetic.
103 - American History X
Jan 24 • 89 min
We decided to curb stomp the 1998 Edward Norton vehicle “American History X” that showed us all neo-Nazis have to do to overcome their vicious deep-seated racism is have one jokey conversation with a funny black guy in prison. This movie has it all: a…
102 - Splash
Jan 9 • 119 min
The 1984 box office smash “Splash” gave us a lot of things: Tom Hanks as a leading man, Ron Howard as a bankable director, and oddly the name Madison becoming popular. It’s just a shame that’s all this pile of fish crap is worth. It’s literally a fish out…
REPLAY: Episode 62 - When Harry Met Sally…
Dec 31, 2018 • 109 min
Happy New Year! It’s 2019 now. The future. Makes the 2015 from “Back to the Future Part II” seem like a million years ago. But now we’re in the year of “Blade Runner.” And they really nailed that. No better way to describe Los Angeles 2019 than a bunch of…
REPLAY: Episode 65 - Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Dec 18, 2018 • 96 min
Hey, guys, we’re still hoping to get a Christmas episode done, but this past week hit a little snag. A good little snag. Jim’s wife just gave birth to their second child, so needless to say, he’s been a little busy this week. And more good news: Keating…
101 - Gone with the Wind (2/2)
Dec 11, 2018 • 93 min
Continuing our discussion and dismantling of the epic classic film from 1939, “Gone with the Wind,” we break down everything that happens in the nutty second half of this movie (after the intermission). Scarlett O’Hara gets married two more times to…
100 - Gone with the Wind (1/2)
Dec 4, 2018 • 98 min
In our 100th episode, we cover the first half of the epic classic 1939 film “Gone with the Wind” that tells a story of Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara who begins her life as a bratty rich girl on her idyllic plantation, and then loses everything when the…
99 - The Intern
Nov 27, 2018 • 116 min
Nancy Meyers’ most recently helmed vehicle, 2015’s “The Intern” once again shows that she is out of touch with society and unable to make a movie that doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator. This cliche fish-out-of water story is just the same…
98 - Remember the Titans
Nov 20, 2018 • 124 min
In 2000, Disney released “Remember the Titans,” a true story about a newly racially-integrated Virginia high school football team that in 1971 went 13-0, and in the process dissolved racial tensions in the community. Great story, but too bad it’s not true.
Mailbag: Watching porn with dad
Nov 6, 2018 • 55 min
Today we open our mailbag and answer questions on subjects like: what movies do we disagree on, what movies are we looking forward to doing on the show most, and whether or not our ads are real. We also recount a story about Keating fixing a beauty…
97 - Halloween (1978)
Oct 30, 2018 • 89 min
Happy Halloween! In 1978, John Carpenter made a film where a guy slowly strolls around a town killing babysitters for no reason, but apparently it is a deep social commentary—but if you really think about it, it isn’t. It’s just a movie about a guy slowly…
In Theaters: First Man
Oct 23, 2018 • 35 min
In this installment of our periodical “In Theaters” segment, we give you our immediate reaction to seeing a new movie on the big screen. This time, we discuss a movie where Disney dreamboat Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong, “First Man.” Will we think…
96 - Legally Blonde
Oct 16, 2018 • 115 min
A woman dumps her boyfriend because she’s about to go to Harvard Law School and doesn’t want his childish antics holding her back. Then this jilted lover devises an elaborate scheme to enroll in her school specifically to stalk her and systematically…
95 - Love, Simon
Oct 2, 2018 • 114 min
Dear Blue, I’m just like you. I’m a multimillionaire cool guy stud-muffin, with two still-married, supportive supermodel parents who are extremely liberal and accepting of gay people. I just don’t know how I’m ever going to come out. There are too many…
94 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Sep 25, 2018 • 90 min
Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” has been a part of the world’s consciousness since it debuted in 1982, but when you take off those nostalgia goggles and look at it with fresh eyes, you’ll realize it’s nothing more than a story…
REPLAY: Episode 55 - Crocodile Dundee
Sep 18, 2018 • 108 min
Hey, guys. Jim is feeling a little under the weather, so we decided to wait on recording “E.T.” for now and re-air a classic episode, one of our favorites. See you next week!
93 - While You Were Sleeping
Sep 11, 2018 • 94 min
The 1995 smash hit “While You Were Sleeping” is about a mentally deranged woman who infiltrates the family of a man who was violently attacked and falls into a coma by claiming that she is his fiancée. She deceives his family into welcoming her as one of…
In Theaters: Crazy Rich Asians
Sep 4, 2018 • 77 min
In this installment of our periodical “In Theaters” segment, we give you our immediate reaction to seeing a new movie on the big screen. This time, we discuss a movie that has been dominating the box office for the last three weeks and shows no signs of…
92 - October Sky
Aug 28, 2018 • 112 min
In 1999, famed director of “Jurassic Park III,” Joe Johnston, outdid his previous attempts at making the perfect melodramatic cheesefest movie with “October Sky.” The film is about teens with hardscrabble beginnings who launch a projectile as an attempt…
91 - Kindergarten Cop
Aug 21, 2018 • 105 min
The 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy smash hit and cultural sensation “Kindergarten Cop” reminds us that this kid’s movie mainly loved by teenagers shouldn’t be revisited by adults.
90 - Finding Forrester
Aug 7, 2018 • 111 min
In 2000, Gus Van Sant released his second film about a sad older man who mentors a promising young genius only to regain his zest for life along the way, “Finding Forrester.” They tried to rekindle the magic from “Good Will Hunting,” but they instead…
89 - The Patriot
Jul 31, 2018 • 110 min
German filmmaker Roland Emmerich’s second ultra-jingoistic movie about American independence, “The Patriot,” plays a lot like an unofficial remake to Gibson’s 1995 masterpiece “Braveheart,” but without the whole being a good movie thing.
In Theaters: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Jul 24, 2018 • 79 min
In this installment of our periodical “In Theaters” segment, we give you our immediate reaction to seeing a new movie on the big screen. This time, we travel back to Island Kalokairi to see what happened to our favorite love quadrangle in, “Mamma Mia!…
88 - Mamma Mia!
Jul 17, 2018 • 115 min
Does Your Mother Know you’re listening? Well, we’re glad that you decided to Take a Chance on us this episode, you little Chiquititas. We don’t Lay All Our Love on the 2008 smash hit “Mamma Mia!” Audiences lost and studios won as this movie made $615.7…
87 - Notting Hill
Jul 10, 2018 • 115 min
Somehow the 1999 Julia Roberts-Hugh Grant flick “Notting Hill”—which is just the repeated gag of “Holy cow; she’s famous and talking to us!”—was extended into a 2-hour movie that made $364 million at the box office.
REPLAY: Episode 42 - Independence Day
Jul 3, 2018 • 103 min
Happy Independence Day 2018, everybody! We’re taking the week off for the holiday, so we decided to re-air one of our favorite episodes that originally dropped July 4, 2017. We hope you have good time re-listening to it, and we’ll be back in your ears…
86 - Three Men and a Baby
Jun 26, 2018 • 84 min
Weirdly, Mr. Spock himself Leonard Nimoy (not Dr. Spock) directed the highest-grossing film of 1987, “Three Men and a Baby.” He might be famous for his ears, but he certainly doesn’t have an ear for comedy.
85 - Blue Jasmine
Jun 19, 2018 • 118 min
According to The New Yorker, the acclaimed director and all-around stand-up guy Woody Allen’s 2013 film “Blue Jasmine” is yet another masterpiece in a long line of them. According to us, it is boring masturbatory fantasy from an out of touch ghoul who, in…
84 - Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Jun 12, 2018 • 128 min
Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 softcore porn adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” seems like a bunch of 14-year-old boys got their hands on a camera for the first time, googled how to do cheap practical special effects, and then forced their friends to act…
In Theaters: Tully
Jun 5, 2018 • 42 min
In this installment of our periodical ”In Theaters” segment, we give you our immediate reaction to seeing a new movie on the big screen. This time, we tackled the newest Jason Reitman-Diablo Cody collaboration, “Tully.” **NOTE: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS…
83 - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
May 29, 2018 • 102 min
The 1968 musical based on an Ian Fleming novel, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” tells the story of a criminally negligent single dad who falsely impersonates a carnival worker in order to scam money to buy a jalopy old race car, and then tells a story about…
82 - Ted
May 22, 2018 • 129 min
Seth MacFarlane’s feature-length directorial debut “Ted” is just one long fart: funny in theory and for a second, but when the butt-trombone just continues for two hours, it stops being humorous and you realize you’re just sitting in a room where…
81 - Big
May 15, 2018 • 136 min
When you were 12, did you ever wish you were bigger? And did you also ever wish to make your mom think you got kidnapped and that a 30-something brash woman with smoker’s breath would have sex with you while also pretending to be your new mommy? If so,…
80 - Frozen
May 8, 2018 • 98 min
Disney’s Oscar-winning 2013 cultural sensation “Frozen,” that created ear-worm songs for annoyed parents everywhere, is already considered a classic piece of Disney animation, rivaling the likes of “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King,” and has…
79 - Private Benjamin
May 1, 2018 • 113 min
“Private Benjamin” pretends the make and model of this 1980 Goldie Hawn vehicle will bring you the new-car smell of female empowerment by having a put-upon housewife change gears by joining the Army, but when you pop open the hood and look at the engine,…
Mailbag: May I have your sperm?
Apr 24, 2018 • 69 min
In our first of many Mailbag episodes, we talk about James Cameron’s comments about Marvel movies, Molly Ringwald’s article about John Hughes’ creepy writing, tell a story about how we met each other, and answer some emails and social media questions…
78 - Argo
Apr 17, 2018 • 126 min
Argo [BLEEP] this movie! The only thing funny about Ben Affleck’s muddled film “Argo” about the Iran hostage crisis is that it’s obviously a thinly disguised C.I.A. propaganda piece. Perhaps the Academy chose it as the 2012 Best Picture winner in the…
In Theaters: Ready Player One
Apr 10, 2018 • 46 min
In this installment of our bonus segment “In Theaters,” we give you our immediate reaction to seeing a new movie on the big screen. This time, we tackled the newest Stephen Spielberg film, “Ready Player One.”
77 - Reality Bites
Apr 3, 2018 • 118 min
Ben Stiller’s 1994 directorial debut, “Reality Bites,” focuses on the lives of four repugnant Gen Xers in their early 20s who are trying desperately to figure out who they are while also trying to find love. It’s kinda like one long episode of “Friends,”…
76 - Dirty Dancing
Mar 27, 2018 • 109 min
In this episode, we have the time of our lives as we discuss the 1987 smash hit “Dirty Dancing.” It’s a fun flick about a 17-year-old girl who raises money for a botched abortion, learns to dance and loses her virginity to a small-time male prostitute,…
75 - The Shape of Water
Mar 20, 2018 • 125 min
The 2018 Best Picture winner, “The Shape of Water” was labeled “a fairy tale for troubled times” by its director, Guillermo del Toro. Coincidentally, the unanimous acclaim that the movie received despite its total lack of substance is reminiscent of…
74 - Dead Poets Society
Mar 13, 2018 • 111 min
Carpe diem! It’s time to sneak out of the dormitory at your elite 1959 prep school and go to an old cave to read poetry into the wee hours of the morning. This film won the 1989 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for showing its audience that life isn’t…
2018 Oscars Wrap-Up
Mar 5, 2018 • 30 min
For the second year in a row, we fired up the mics immediately after watching the Oscars ceremony and will give you our take on what we witnessed. We also figure out who got the most categories correct (and settle our wager), discuss Jimmy Kimmel’s…
73 - Baby Driver
Feb 27, 2018 • 87 min
The 2017 film “Baby Driver” takes place in a world of vivid colors and nonstop music, but all of the feebly-depicted characters are black and white and the chords the film attempts to hit end up sounding dissonant. Its director, Edgar Wright, seems to…
72 - Rocky
Feb 20, 2018 • 96 min
In 1976, a former porn star made a low budget movie called “Rocky” about an underdog boxer who randomly gets a shot at the heavyweight championship. The film went on to become the highest-grossing movie of the year, win three Oscars (including Best…
71 - My Girl
Feb 13, 2018 • 93 min
1991’s tear-jerker “My Girl” ♪has got storm clouds on a sunny day / It wasn’t cold outside when they killed off Thomas J / Well I guess you’d say / What can make me feel this way? / Dead kid (dead kid, dead kid) / Talkin’ ‘bout dead kid (dead kid)♪ This…
70 - Sneakers
Feb 6, 2018 • 112 min
In 1992, the director of “Field of Dreams,” Phil Alden Robinson, made a film called “Sneakers” with a far-fetched plot about an unconstitutional secret NSA domestic surveillance system designed solely for the purpose of spying on unsuspecting American…
2018 Oscar Nominations: Our reaction and predictions
Jan 30, 2018 • 41 min
On this special episode of Film Snuff, we are guiding you through the recently announced Oscar nominations for movies released in 2017 while also giving you our take on them as well as our predicitions. We discuss the snubs, surprises and how Kobe Bryant…
69 - Star Trek (2009)
Jan 23, 2018 • 110 min
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It’s 2009 J.J. Abrams-led mission: to explore strange new ways to anger fans of the franchise, to seek out new life and new civilizations that will waste their money on total…
68 - Shakespeare in Love
Jan 16, 2018 • 96 min
One of the most overrated Best Picture winners ever, 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love,” about a cool-guy William Shakespeare going around plague-ridden 1593 London, tries to pretend this is about a character trying to find love, when any viewer can see he’s…
67 - Point Break
Jan 9, 2018 • 89 min
In 1991, cool brah James Cameron and tubular dudette Kathryn Bigelow pulled down their pants and mooned the world when they created the beloved action movie “Point Break,” which showed us all that some bank robbers aren’t just criminals, but can also be…
66 - Garden State
Jan 2, 2018 • 84 min
Strap on your helmets (and your garbage bags) for a review of Zach Braff’s zany but somber-seeming directorial debut, “Garden State.” It’s got everything you could ever want in a movie: paraplegics drowning in bathtubs, humping dogs, diplomas on ceilings…
65 - Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Dec 19, 2017 • 97 min
Merry Christmas, you nosy little perverts! ‘Tis the season to steal your parents’ credit card, check into the Plaza Hotel and befriend a spooky Central Park pigeon lady with a secret lair inside Carnegie Hall. That’s right—it’s time to dissect everyone’s…
In Theaters: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Dec 18, 2017 • 33 min
In this “In Theaters” episode, we give you our initial reaction to the newest “Star Wars” episode, “The Last Jedi,” and discuss what we thought of Luke Skywalker’s story, porgs, milked aliens, and which child actor we think Supreme Leader Snoke looks like.
64 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Dec 12, 2017 • 116 min
Two years ago in a studio not far, far away…. J.J. Abrams rebooted yet another franchise — this time “Star Wars.” Well, “reboot” is a kind word, since this is essentially just a remake of the original film. It has a spherical R2-D2, an angsty millennial…
In Theaters: Lady Bird
Dec 10, 2017 • 31 min
In another installment of our bonus segment “In Theaters” we give you our immediate reaction to seeing a new movie on the big screen. This time, we tackled “Lady Bird,” which sits at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and is surely on its way to Oscar glory. But did…
63 - Pitch Perfect
Dec 5, 2017 • 113 min
The 2012 hit film “Pitch Perfect,” about dueling college a cappella groups is an “a-ca-terrible” combination of the movies “Dodgeball” and “Mean Girls,” but instead of being funny, it is just a bunch of people lip-synching over-produced Auto-Tune vocals…
62 - When Harry Met Sally…
Nov 28, 2017 • 109 min
We will not have what she’s having! The 1989 Rob Reiner-directed and Nora Ephron-written vehicle “When Harry Met Sally…” ushered in Meg Ryan as a leading lady and has been a pox on all of our houses ever since. We know that this movie is fiction because…
61 - Edward Scissorhands
Nov 21, 2017 • 109 min
The 1990 fairytale “Edward Scissorhands” about an artificial man named Edward—an unfinished creation who has scissor blades instead of hands—is in and of itself a movie that’s an artificial and unfinished creation. Tim Burton lathers the film with his…
60 - Pretty Woman
Nov 14, 2017 • 116 min
Garry Marshall’s 1990 blockbuster film, “Pretty Woman,” is a Cinderella story, if Cinderella were a $100-per-hour call girl and Prince Charming were a Wall Street douche with daddy issues. The movie can’t seem to decide if money is the root of all evil or…
59 - Jurassic World
Nov 7, 2017 • 117 min
The fourth installment of the “Jurassic Park” franchise from 2015, “Jurassic World,” is yet another mediocre sequel to the original 1993 masterpiece. The story is unoriginal, the characters are annoying cartoons and the special effects aren’t even as…
58 - Scream
Oct 31, 2017 • 109 min
Happy Halloween! Back in the year 1996, famed horror director Wes Craven and the dude who made “Dawson’s Creek,” Kevin Williamson, got together to produce an ultra-self-referential stabfest called “Scream.” It led to three sequels as well as a TV series,…
57 - Field of Dreams
Oct 24, 2017 • 102 min
If you build it (a baseball field for ghosts who were banned from the major leagues for cheating) and you kidnap a civil rights activist, he (the ghost of your estranged dad) will come. As a fringe benefit, a bunch of sightseers will also show up so you…
56 - The Cider House Rules
Oct 17, 2017 • 106 min
Lasse Hallström’s 1999 Oscar darling “The Cider House Rules” is crafted to seem like a heartwarming coming-of-age story about leaving childhood behind, falling in love for the first time and accepting adult responsibilities. However, under the schmaltzy…
In Theaters: Blade Runner 2049
Oct 10, 2017 • 33 min
We want to introduce you to a brand-new bonus segment we’ll be doing sporadically on Film Snuff that we’re calling “In Theaters.” This is our immediate reaction after seeing a new movie we’re interested in that was just widely released theatrically.
55 - Crocodile Dundee
Oct 3, 2017 • 109 min
G’day, mates! The 1986 Aussie-American comedy “Crocodile Dundee” takes us deep into the Outback on a harrowin’ journey with poisonous snakes, gun-totin’ roos and giant rubber crocs. It also takes us to New York City where the hero of the story goes around…
54 - What Women Want
Sep 26, 2017 • 112 min
Back in the year 2000, Nancy Meyers made “What Women Want,” another installment in her series of battle of the sexes films that purport to be pro-women but are anything but. She seems to believe that the only thing women want is to find a bad boy and make…
53 - Titanic (2/2)
Sep 19, 2017 • 100 min
In Part 2 of our discussion about Canadian madman James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film “Titanic,” we go through the second half of the movie, which essentially feels like a different picture than its first half. Where that half was a fruity love story,…
52 - Titanic (1/2)
Sep 12, 2017 • 122 min
In this episode, we’ll cover the first half of James Cameron’s 1997 film, “Titanic.” It’s a story of two star-crossed lovers overcoming their socioeconomic differences only to experience one of the worst maritime disasters of the 20th century. Join us as…
51 - Rudy
Sep 5, 2017 • 98 min
The 1993 inspirational (to idiots) sports drama, “Rudy,” is based on a true story—meaning that it’s mostly made up. Most of the characters never existed, and all the events are misconstrued to make it seem like this little manipulative weasel actually…
50 - Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Aug 29, 2017 • 107 min
The 1989 megahit Disney flick, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” is allegedly a fun comedic science fiction movie for children. In fact, it’s actually a disturbing horror film. During their harrowing journey, the shrunken kids narrowly escape getting crushed to…
49 - La La Land
Aug 22, 2017 • 106 min
Damien Chazelle’s 2016 musical “La La Land” follows an age-old tradition of blatantly making movies for the sole purpose of licking Hollywood’s balls in order to win Oscars. It’s right on par with other transparently pandering piles of garbage like 2014’s…
48 - Police Academy
Aug 15, 2017 • 90 min
Join us as we discuss former president William Jefferson Clinton’s favorite film, the 1984 classic, “Police Academy.” The movie made $146M at the box office and spawned six sequels as well as a short-lived TV series. It’s only a matter of time before J.J.…
47 - Slumdog Millionaire
Aug 8, 2017 • 109 min
The 2008 Best Picture winner, “Slumdog Millionaire,” is a fake episode of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” set in India with an evil version of Regis Philbin. Despite the fact that the questions they ask are extremely easy, Evil Reege suspects the winning…
46 - Footloose
Aug 1, 2017 • 93 min
“Ecclesiastes assures us… that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to laugh… and a time to weep. A time to mourn… and there is a time to dance.” - Ren McCormack The 1984 musical drama, “Footloose,” makes viewers laugh at its afterschool…
45 - My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Jul 25, 2017 • 107 min
The 2002 Nia Vardalos one-woman-show-turned-movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” seems like it should have been a Lifetime channel original. However, it somehow became the highest grossing romantic comedy film of all time, and it still retains that…
44 - The Goonies
Jul 18, 2017 • 107 min
Hey, you guys! We all loved Richard Donner’s 1985 adventure comedy, “The Goonies,” as kids, but do we really have to spend the rest of our lives pretending that it is a quality film? Sure, Jeff Cohen’s portrayal of Chunk is brilliant, but the rest of the…
43 - Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Jul 11, 2017 • 90 min
Blake Edwards’ 1961 classic, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” is a madcap romantic romp about an extraordinarily well-dressed New York City courtesan and her dapper male prostitute neighbor. This movie has it all: call girls, gigolos, yellow face, cat abuse,…
42 - Independence Day
Jul 4, 2017 • 106 min
Happy Independence Day, everybody! If world events are making you feel less than celebratory, you can always take solace in the fact that there aren’t currently any giant spaceships filled with genocidal aliens hovering over the world’s major cities like…
41 - Jerry Maguire
Jun 27, 2017 • 123 min
Hello, Did you know that a freshly severed human head weighs 8 pounds? The overly-quoted 1996 Cameron Crowe film, “Jerry Maguire,” informs us of this fact along with a bunch of schmaltzy nonsense. The film’s cornball dialogue and maudlin characters gave…
40 - Sixteen Candles
Jun 20, 2017 • 97 min
John Hughes’ 1984 motion picture “Sixteen Candles” was a seminal point in film history—meaning, this is when movies started to get much worse. Way too many flicks have emulated this garbage heap’s style and essence over the years, and somehow people look…
39 - Sully
Jun 13, 2017 • 86 min
Noted empty chair scolder, Clint Eastwood, directed the 2016 biographical drama, “Sully,” which was proudly nominated for three AARP Movies for Grownups Awards. The film somehow manages to take the captivating story of one of greatest heroes of modern…
38 - Starship Troopers
Jun 6, 2017 • 115 min
The emperor has no clothes! Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 film, “Starship Troopers,” is a blow ‘em up action war movie for 13-year-old boys featuring slimy aliens and a co-ed shower scene. It cowardly tries to claim that it’s misunderstood satire rather than just…
37 - Bridesmaids
May 30, 2017 • 99 min
Viewing Paul Feig’s overly-praised 2011 comedy, “Bridesmaids,” is like watching a series of bad deleted scenes from a better movie. The film is a mediocre and forgettable “Saturday Night Live” sketch that keeps dragging on for more than two hours of your…
36 - Liar Liar
May 23, 2017 • 86 min
The 1997 Jim Carrey/Christopher Darden vehicle, “Liar Liar,” is about a child who makes a birthday wish, just for one day, that his slimy lawyer dad cannot tell a lie. When the boy’s wish is granted by some unspecified demon, his father is stricken with a…
35 - Birdman
May 16, 2017 • 117 min
As Raymond Carver once said, “I hate tricks. At the first sign of a trick or gimmick in a piece of fiction, a cheap trick or even an elaborate trick, I tend to look for cover.” Carver would be diving for cover lickety-split upon viewing the 2014 Best…
34 - Something’s Gotta Give
May 9, 2017 • 123 min
The 2003 Nancy Meyers joint, “Something’s Gotta Give,” tells the story of a mother falling wildly in love with her daughter’s boyfriend after spending a couple days with the guy while he’s recovering from a heart attack. It’s a tale as old as time, told…
33 - Stand by Me
May 2, 2017 • 84 min
In 1986, Rob Reiner (“Meathead” from “All in the Family”) attempted to adapt a Stephen King novella called “The Body” into a Rated R kids movie. The resulting film, “Stand by Me,” is an 88-minute cry-fest about four adolescent buddies who walk about 30…
32 - Saturday Night Fever
Apr 25, 2017 • 111 min
The iconic 1977 musical-drama, “Saturday Night Fever,” is perhaps the most overrated movie we’ve reviewed to date (e.g., Gene Siskel’s favorite movie). People tend to remember the film as a fun little dance flick instead of seeing it for the poorly-filmed…
31 - Chocolat
Apr 18, 2017 • 105 min
One winter day in the year 2000, a sly wind blew in from the North carrying the rotten stench of “Chocolat.” Its watered-down message about religious zealots needing to get laid every once in a while and lighten up slightly is supposed to be charming, but…
30 - The Passion of the Christ
Apr 11, 2017 • 94 min
Happy Easter! Sir Mel Gibson’s 2004 box office smash “The Passion of the Christ” is in a genre of movie we have yet to cover on the show: torture porn. It’s a movie about suffering—specifically, the audience’s. Join us two lapsed Catholics as we discuss…
29 - High Fidelity
Apr 4, 2017 • 85 min
Top 5 reasons people who love the 2000 romantic comedy , “High Fidelity,” need to break up with it: 1. The main character, Rob Gordon, played by John Cusack, is a mopey man-child who doesn’t change, but the movie pretends he does. 2. Rob annoyingly talks…
28 - Big Fish
Mar 28, 2017 • 80 min
Tim Burton’s 2003 fantasy drama, “Big Fish,” took an interesting novel, shredded it into a bunch of disjointed pieces and removed all its compelling aspects. The story of a son working to overcome the deep-rooted distance between himself and his…
27 - Gravity
Mar 21, 2017 • 58 min
In space, life is impossible. But if only Alfonso Cuarón filmed his overrated and meaningless turd from 2013, “Gravity,” in the vacuum of space, we wouldn’t have had to sit through this 91-minute chore that somehow felt like three hours. This movie was…
26 - Ghost
Mar 14, 2017 • 60 min
Once upon a time (in 1990) there was a movie named “Ghost” that haunted box offices across the world until it made more than $500 million. “Ghost” scared its audiences with terrifyingly bad performances, frighteningly cheesy love scenes and startlingly…
25 - Trainwreck
Mar 7, 2017 • 96 min
The 2015 Judd Apatow/Amy Schumer joint, “Trainwreck,” has been heralded as some sort of groundbreaking feminist triumph, but it’s about as feminist as your creepy drunken uncle Lou. It’s really just a disjointed hodgepodge of Amy’s standup bits and sketch…
2017 Oscars Wrap-Up: What the Hell Just Happened?
Feb 27, 2017 • 22 min
We fired up the mics immediately after watching the 2017 Oscars, and we couldn’t stop asking, “What the hell just happened?” because, uh, seriously: what the hell just happened? We give you our analysis of what exactly transpired at the end of this year’s…
24 - Zootopia
Feb 21, 2017 • 66 min
Disney’s misguided cartoon about racism (they’re actually against it this time), “Zootopia,” received a 2016 Academy Award nomination for Animated Feature and is currently sitting at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet the best analogy the filmmakers could come…
23 - The Notebook
Feb 14, 2017 • 68 min
Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this special occasion, we discuss a movie that puts the romance back into terminal dementia, Nicholas Sparks’s “The Notebook.” It’s the third time we’ve covered an MTV Movie Award winner for Best Kiss, but it won’t be…
22 - Chasing Amy
Feb 7, 2017 • 68 min
Kevin Smith’s 1997 turd pile, “Chasing Amy,” has 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. We didn’t want to waste our time wading through this cesspool of a movie, but the critics didn’t do their job, so we had to. Ben Affleck plays Holden McNeil, a pompous stand in for…
21 - The Big Short
Jan 31, 2017 • 56 min
The 2015 Academy darling “The Big Short” focuses on a band of sanctimonious Wall Street traders. The director of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and “The Other Guys,” Adam McKay, has now decided that he’s a serious auteur filmmaker all the sudden. He…
Our Reaction to the 2017 Oscar Nominations
Jan 26, 2017 • 20 min
On this special episode of Film Snuff, we are guiding you through the recently announced Oscar nominations for movies released in 2016 while also giving you our take on them. We discuss the record-tying 14 nominations by “La La Land,” Meryl Streep’s 20th…
20 - The Artist
Jan 24, 2017 • 62 min
We tried to tap-dance around the subject, but we couldn’t manage to keep our big yaps shut about the 2011 Best Picture winner, “The Artist.” Despite the silent nature of this film, the movie’s transparent pandering to the Academy came in loud and clear.…
19 - Spider-Man (2002)
Jan 17, 2017 • 59 min
A great thinker and out-of-work electrician once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” 2002’s MTV Movie Award-winner for Best Kiss, “Spider-Man,” failed to live up to the great responsibility of its $140M budget and spun a web of awful…
18 - Top Gun
Jan 10, 2017 • 62 min
On May 16, 1986 the United States Navy released a propaganda film featuring some of the worst music ever created. Its purpose was to brainwash young men into signing up for the military by offering them false hope of becoming the best fighter pilots in…
17 - Midnight in Paris
Jan 3, 2017 • 70 min
Woody Allen won an Oscar for writing the 2011 film “Midnight in Paris” that pretends to assail pretension and nostalgic yearning for different artistic eras when, at the same time, all the movie does is romanticize different artistic eras in the most…
16 - Avatar
Dec 27, 2016 • 83 min
How on earth (or any other planet) was James Cameron’s 2009 film “Avatar” nominated for 9 Oscars and how is it currently the highest-grossing movie of all time? This movie doesn’t brand itself as an animated film, even though it is, and somehow it won the…
15 - Home Alone
Dec 20, 2016 • 79 min
Two violent criminals invade a house in which an 8-year-old child has been abandoned while his family goes on vacation to Paris. The 1990 classic film, “Home Alone,” shows us that child endangerment is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Merry Christmas,…
14 - As Good as It Gets
Dec 13, 2016 • 85 min
A mentally ill author, a spunky waitress, and a gay painter show us that all you need to do in life to find true happiness is settle for less in the 1997 Best Picture nominee “As Good as It Gets.” Jack Nicholson plays Melvin Udall, a reclusive…
13 - The Blind Side
Dec 6, 2016 • 112 min
Real-life professional American football player (and actual human being, mind you) Michael Oher, who is the subject of the 2009 Oscar-nominated sappy box office smash hit “The Blind Side,” isn’t the biggest fan of how he was depicted in this movie — and…
12 - The Breakfast Club
Nov 29, 2016 • 92 min
Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice 97 minutes to watch this movie. But we think you’re crazy to consider this an acceptable piece of art. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions.
11 - You’ve Got Mail
Nov 22, 2016 • 95 min
We all know the awful sound of connecting to dial-up. But can you imagine a whole movie as painful as that? Yeah? Then join us as we tear apart the sickly-sweet 1998 romantic comedy about two people conducting emotional affairs: “You’ve Got Mail.” This…
10 - Casablanca
Nov 15, 2016 • 83 min
This week we have a Bogie in our sights as we tear apart one of the most acclaimed movies in Hollywood history, “Casablanca.” This 1942 film noir “masterpiece” tends to stirrup the emotions in critics, but we feel that it’s time to put it out to pasture.…
9 - The American President
Nov 8, 2016 • 101 min
As it’s Election Day, we considered covering a movie about the Apocalypse, but instead decided to tear apart a movie about a U.S. president. So we went with the 1995 so-called romantic comedy “The American President.” We break down Aaron Sorkin’s entire…
8 - Donnie Darko
Oct 31, 2016 • 99 min
Happy Halloween! This week on Film Snuff, we release our own philosophical tome and craft an episode devoted to pretension, emotional depth, and the poignancy of mental illness. Actually, we have one long, hair-pulling rant about the 2001 film “Donnie…
7 - Fight Club
Oct 25, 2016 • 81 min
The first rule of this podcast is: you do not pretend that this movie is good. The second rule of this podcast is: YOU DO NOT PRETEND THAT THIS MOVIE IS GOOD! This week we tear down the 1999 cult film that’s about a cult tearing down stuff, “Fight Club.”…
6 - Little Miss Sunshine
Oct 18, 2016 • 77 min
This week we’re taking down one of the all-time most overrated quirky comedies, “Little Miss Sunshine.” How did this paper-thin road trip movie win Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor? We don’t know, but we’re quite mad about it. We discuss…
5 - Meet the Parents
Oct 11, 2016 • 90 min
This beloved, zany flick starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro milks running jokes more than that male nurse Gaylord Focker milks cats. This week we discuss how “Meet the Parents” could be so incredibly popular, how it’s strangely a remake of a 1992…
4 - The Karate Kid
Oct 4, 2016 • 82 min
This week we are snuffing out the 1984 film, “The Karate Kid.” Not any of the sequels, but the original. We break down this movie’s insane plot, over-the-top villains, and cheesy romantic relationship. And we have so many questions, like why does Mr.…
3 - Silver Linings Playbook
Sep 27, 2016 • 79 min
This week we tear apart the 2012 David O. Russell film, “Silver Linings Playbook.” We wonder why this pile of [BLEEP] that’s essentially just an unfunny sports movie was nominated for EIGHT Academy Awards and how Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for Best…
2 - Love Actually
Sep 20, 2016 • 86 min
This week we’re tearing apart the beloved romcom from 2003 “Love Actually.” This star-studded cast of British regulars (and Laura Linney) intersect in a tangled web of love (I guess) in London that would make Robert Altman spin in his grave. Hugh Grant…
1 - The Mighty Ducks
Sep 13, 2016 • 80 min
In the inaugural episode of Film Snuff, we tear apart a beloved classic from our childhoods, the 1992 film “The Mighty Ducks.” This movie was so popular that it spawned two sequels, an animated TV series, and a professional hockey team. Emilio Estevez…
An Introduction
Sep 6, 2016 • 4 min
A sneak peak at FILM SNUFF, a new comedy podcast where hosts Keating Thomas & James Hunt offer a different bent on all those “bad movie podcasts” out there that usually take the worst movies ever made that everyone agrees are terrible—and most of us…