Episode #26 – 88 Minutes

It’s a new day in America, and what better way to celebrate the first African-American president than with Al Pacino’s thriller 88 Minutes? What, you don’t understand why that’s appropriate? Maybe that’s because you’re racist. Meanwhile, Dan makes a baldfaced plea for sponsorship, Elliott proves his facility with numbers (as long as they’re in the titles of movies), and the ghost of Stuart looms large over the episode.

0:00 – 0:30 – Introduction and theme.
0:31 – 5:02 – We explain why we’re the dynamic duo this week, and talk about how much we miss Stuart. Also: we engage in the name-droppiest name dropping yet, as Elliott tells the story of the time he met PRESIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA.
5:03 – 32:52 – We talk about 88 Minutes, the movie that is a worse example of real-time filmmaking than Nick of Time, and a far worse example of post-mortem semen-swapping than Presumed Innocent.
32:53 – 37:25 – Final judgments, plus a brief side-track into dream analysis.
37:26 – 45:43 – The sad bastards recommend.
45:43 – 46:32 – We talk about Stuart some more. Jeez! Why don’t us guys get a room, already!
46:33 – 49:03 – Goodbyes, theme, and outtakes.


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November 9th, 2008

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  1. Gerald Fnord says:

    Neither Gary Scott Thompson nor Jon Avnet appears to be particularly conservative in their work or public statements, but this movie’s misogyny, homophobia, and (especially) preference for law ‘n’ order and the opinions of a Great Man over the functioning of the judicial system are there because, loosely speaking, they’re in us, stronger or weaker.

    …and that’s why electing one decent and sane man to the Presidency, as happily happened just before this episode, can’t be enough.

    ‘The Fascism is calling FROM INSIDE THE POLITY!’

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