Stuck in the Middle With You – Episode 33 – The Producers (2005)

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Dust off that stack of crappy plays and be sure to have that blankie at the ready! This time, the guys take a look at the 2005 adaptation of the Broadway hit The Producers (which itself is an adaptation of Mel Brooks’s 1967 film of the same name).  Also, Derek talks about his height and Juan lays the smackdown on James Joyce.

This episode’s recommendations:

The Lion King

The Birdcage

Stuck in the Middle With You – Episode 32 – Venom (1981)

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To borrow a phrase from the great Irish poet Phil Lynott, the boys are back in town, and they come bearing searing takes on the movies lost in the forgotten valley of middling critical reception. So put on your best safari duds and shield your loins from that black mamba! For their triumphant return, the guys take a look at the 1981 creature feature Venom. Also, Derek thinks about the userbases of new social media, and Juan reckons with a maudlin animated short film.

This episode’s recommendations:

An American Werewolf in London

Dr. Strangelove

Stuck in the Middle With You – Episode 31 – Above the Law (1988)

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Brush up on your aikido skills and threaten to cap a government agent in the ass! This time, the guys at a look at the 1988 Steven Seagal actioner Above the Law. Also, Derek makes a comparison this film doesn’t deserve, and Juan reveals his tortured history with a certain critically-acclaimed film from 2007.

This episode’s recommendations:

Basic Instinct

Jackie Brown

Stuck in the Middle With You – BONUS – Derek and Juan v. the Top Pop Singles of 1982

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Hey there, Derek here. Well, life got in the way of Juan and I recording our Above the Law episode, but we did want to send something in the feed. So here’s a weird, completely non-canon episode from the vault! And it’s about… music?!

Back in March 2015, I got a wild hair up my ass and made a single-elimination bracket of the top 32 pop singles of 1982 according to RPM Magazine (RIP) and I asked Juan if he wanted to crown a champ, March Madness-style. He agreed, and we recorded… whatever this is. It was super fun to do, and even though the sound quality is a little rough and tumble, we hope you’ll like it too. And as ever, these are just our opinions, don’t @ us. Or do, whatever, I’m just a voice in your head.

We’ll be back to our regularly-scheduled movie-related hijinks next week. In the meantime, spread the word, leave us a review, and check out our film-crit website Dim the House Lights.

[SPOILERS] The full bracket can be found here.

Stuck in the Middle With You – Episode 30 – Tip Top (2013)

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Get the hammer from the shed and get down to the strains of Turkish classic rock! This time, the guys take a look at the French crime farce Tip Top, starring the one and only Isabelle Huppert. Also, Juan talks about a potentially biohazardous turn-on, and Derek finally introduces the raspberry (also known as the “fart noise”) to cinematic critical discourse.

This episode’s recommendations:

Snowpiercer

The Piano Teacher

Stuck in the Middle With You – Episode 29 – Death Becomes Her (1992)

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Better late than never! Grab your cans of spray paint and assemble your cadre of muscle hunks! This time, the guys take a look at the Robert Zemeckis comic-gothic jam Death Becomes Her. Also, Derek welcomes a special guest, and Juan tells the story about how he saw Eyes Wide Shut for the first time. Actually, there’s kind of a whole digression about Eyes Wide Shut in this one.

This episode’s recommendations:

Everyone Says I Love You

Die Hard

Stuck in the Middle With You – Episode 28 – #Horror (2015)

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Fire up Instagram and dig out that list of very rude words you read on the Internet that one time! In this episode, the guys take a look at Tara Subkoff’s cyber-bullying horror film called, uh… #Horror. Also, Juan talks at length about his love for Sofia Coppola, and Derek gets the angriest he’s ever been in the history of the podcast.

This episode’s recommendations:

The Visit

Antibirth

Stuck in the Middle With You – Episode 27 – Hard Target (1993)

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Finally, it’s time for season two! The boys are indeed back in town, and the town in question is New Orleans, so bottle up that bathtub gin and dust off that old copy of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bayou Country! Our intrepid hosts take a look at John Woo’s Hollywood debut Hard Target, starring the Muscles from Brussels himself, Jean-Claude Van Damme. Also, Derek tries to figure out JCVD’s character alignment, and Juan exposes his predilection for injured men.

This episode’s recommendations:

Face/Off

Hard Boiled