The Flop House: Episode #28 – Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

How can a movie centered around a lisping, fright-wigged Dustin Hoffman possibly go wrong? Anything’s possible in Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium! Meanwhile, Dan busts out another one of his 101 voices, Stuart uncovers the lost, obscene Mark Knopfler album, and Elliott reveals the rampant incompetence of medical droids.

0:00 – 0:34 – Introduction and theme.
0:35 – 5:04 – We spend the first five minutes talking about a movie about toys that WASN’T the one we watched, released more than a decade ago.
5:05 – 11:14 – We make a brief feint at discussing Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, but quickly get sidetracked by talk of Willy Wonka and old-time character actors.
11:15 – 35:41 – We finally manage to focus on the topic at hand, the horrifying tale of a sentient toy store and its insane inhabitants. What’s that? It’s a kids’ film? …You sure?
35:42 – 40:05 – Final judgments.
40:06 – 44:10 – Copyright infringement, listener mail, and discussion of nude Lea Thompson.
46:35 – 54:38 – The sad bastards recommend.
54:39 – 58:30 – Goodbyes, outtakes, and theme.

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**CORRECTION: As perhaps the whitest man alive, Elliott can be forgiven for not knowing that In Living Color aired on Fox, and not on MTV, as he stated in this episode.

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December 14th, 2008



  1. fusenumber8 says:

    David Goelz.

    And I am pleased to be obliquely referenced at long last on your podcast. Mind you, the reservoir’s stone is still visible in parts of the building. Did the documentary also mention the rumor about pages rollerskating in the stacks?

  2. Katy says:

    Nurse bot bit caused me to crack up in the middle of class!

  3. wildride says:

    Nursebot: “She lost the will to live.”
    Obi-Wan: “Are you sure? Don’t you think it might be that she’s just bleeding profusely?”
    Nursebot: “Also, she lost the will to clot.”

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