003 – Dad Law (Round 1, Part 3)

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Onward and upward through the IMDb Top 250 bracket we go! Two reprehensible Hollywood leading men go head to head in the director’s chair, and Michelle continues the great podcasting tradition of Derek’s co-host cursing him out. Which of these movies deserved their Oscars? Which ones didn’t? The answers may shock and confound you!

This week’s matchups:
Braveheart v. Into the Wild
Cinema Paradiso v. Million Dollar Baby

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002 – The Big Gold Belt of Curse Words (Round 1, Part 2)

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Our intrepid bracketeers have returned to take on the next two matchups in the IMDb Top 250 tournament. Which classic film will hang its head in shame? Which kind of neo-noir is superior? How many times is Derek going to assert that a movie “fucks?” Listen and find out!

This week’s matchups:
L.A. Confidential vs. The Wolf of Wall Street
Paper Moon v. Seven

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001 – Knockoff Muppets (Round 1, Part 1)

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And they’re off! Michelle and Derek cover the first two matchups of the IMDb bracket’s first round. They also talk about movies from their childhood, Letterboxd pranksters, and that sexy sexy so-and-so Paul Newman.

This week’s matchups:
A Clockwork Orange v. Cool Hand Luke
Back to the Future v. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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000 – An Exercise in Podcast Hubris (Rules and Regulations)

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It all begins here. Michelle Arf and Derek Godin of Dim the House Lights have decided to take on the Herculean task of plugging the Internet Movie Database’s Top 250 films (plus six wild cards) into a single elimination bracket and finding out which one is the real middlebrow champion. In this inaugural episode, they lay out the rules of the tournament, talk about the eccentricities of the list itself, and parse their own biases.

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039 – Rich and Famous (1980)

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Bust out your copy of Gone With the Wind and be careful with that teddy bear! This time around, the guys take a look at the final film from legendary classical Hollywood filmmaker George Cukor, Rich and Famous. Also, Derek asks his co-host a conceptual question about homoeroticism, and Juan goes toe to toe with a nearly 40-year-old take by Pauline Kael.

This episode’s recommendations:

Day for Night

The Women

038 – Pain and Gain (2013)

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Drink down that steroid smoothie and bust out that copy of C+C Music Factory’s Gonna Make You Sweat! This time around, the guys take a look at Michael Bay’s true crime film Pain and Gain. Also, Juan picks nits about movies set in Miami, and Derek has a long hard think about the telegeny of performers.

This episode’s recommendations:

Southland Tales

The Rock

037 – Cruising (1980)

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Bust out your best leather and make sure your hanky is in the right pocket! This time around, the guys (including a hoarser-than-usual Derek) take a look at William Friedkin’s much-maligned S&M police thriller Cruising. Also, Juan describes his ideal gay bar theme night, and Derek shouts out the non-film career of Karen Allen.

This episode’s recommendations:

Heat

Angels in America

035 – Unfaithful (2002)

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We’re a week late but we’re back in full force, so cut the tag off your fancy new underwear and mind flash windstorm! This week, the guys take a look at Adrian Lyne’s 2002 domestic drama Unfaithful. Also, Derek has opinions on flared jeans and Juan tries his hand at plugging stuff.

This episode’s recommendations:

American Gigolo

Paris Can Wait