Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast – Episode 80: Boogie Nights

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A movie about the 70s from the 90s shall be discussed in the 2010s on a podcast. Also, the movie is about the 80s too. Also, the movie is Boogie Nights, the P.T. Anderson vehicle. Seth was seeing it for the first time. How did he feel? How did we feel? How does it feel?

Lunks!

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The theme song remains “Her Favorite Bra” by Dan Emery Mystery Band. Thanks for listening. I wish that I had Jessie’s Girl.

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Better Money Than Ben Stein’s Money

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Remember Win Ben Stein’s Money? You know, the game show that combined the odious individuals Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel? Sure, they were relatively affable on the show, and it was a pretty good game show. The questions were challenging, and it was marginally funny. You didn’t get to actually win Ben Stein’s money, which is a shame, because actually getting his actual money would have been fun, I imagine.

Here’s the thing. There is one real reason to want Ben Stein’s money. It was rumored for some time that he was Deep Throat, the guy who gave Woodward and Bernstein their information on Nixon and CREEP and Watergate. Of course, he wasn’t. It was Mark Felt. So, in short, I propose a game show called Win Mark Felt’s Money. Now, I know what you might be saying. “Chris, Mark Felt died in 2008. Do you really want a game show where people are vying to win a dead guy’s money?” My answer is, of course, yes, that’s exactly what I want. He had a couple kids. One of them can come and try and fight for the money. Their dead father’s money.

I also wish Mark Felt had been in ads for Clear Eyes.

 

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The Real Life Gambit

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Tomorrow Never Dies is a flawed movie, which makes it different than all those perfect movies that are made. Pierce Brosnan only got to lead one good James Bond movie, and it was his first, Goldeneye. Tomorrow Never Dies is a middling Bond affair, with a forgettable villain and not great Bond girls. However, the movie also has a couple of actors in it that amuse me in their appearance in the film. No, this does not include Joe Don Baker as Jack Wade. Go ahead on. It’s your move.

Two of the villains in the film are played by Ricky Jay and Vincent Schiavelli, whose name I just spelled from memory. Now, Schiavelli’s role makes sense. It is a small role as an assassin known as Dr. Kaufman. He’s an odd looking guy and a bigger guy, so it is easy to turn him into a villain. He slides into being creepy and sinister pretty quickly. For a fairly small role, even in a Bond film, he sort of makes sense. I mean, Richard Kiel was in a Bond film. The dude who played Tattoo was too. I can’t spell his name from memory, and I don’t want to look it up.

On the other hand, I am more amused by Jay playing Henry Gupta, who Wikipedia refers to as an “American Techno-terrorist,” which is funny and stupid and James Bond-esque. Jay is a good actor, but he doesn’t do it a lot outside of David Mamet films. His real vocation, and advocation, is magic and card throwing and arcane knowledge. If they wanted to cast him as Gambit, they could, and they wouldn’t need special effects. So, the fact they took ol’ Ricky Jay and were like, “be a henchman in this Bond film” entertains me. Teri Hatcher as a Bond girl? Not as much. It’s all been downhill since McGyver.

 

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Let That Camera Roll

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Here are a couple things about America’s Funniest Home Videos, which I feel had its heyday during the 90s. It existed afterward, sure, but those glory days, those Bob Saget days? That’s the 90s. One, it’s a garbage show. It’s one of the worst, most inane, and idiotic things ever on television. I just can’t stand it. However, this isn’t what’s important. This isn’t what is relevant.

What’s relevant is the theme song. There’s a line wherein the lady sings “You might be a star tonight…” This is patently false. Nobody else became a star from AMFV. People have become more famous from internet videos. Name one person from AMFV. Do it! You can’t. You can give vague descriptions of various people falling or getting hit with stuff. You may have the vague image in your brain of some family and their god damn dog in the audience or whatever. But nobody got any real fame or notoriety from this show. Not even Bob Saget.

Lies. Lies and slander.

 

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Heroes And Golfing Villains

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Say what you will about Adam Sandler’s films. Like, say they are bad, because a lot of them are. The jokes are sophomoric and inane. The plots are flimsy. The acting is poor. The emotional moments baldly manipulative in an ineffectual way. We talked about Sandler’s 90s movies in a podcast episode, so you can check that out.

However, despite all that, I will say this; Shooter McGavin is a pretty much ideal name for a golf playing villain. It’s the platonic ideal. You’ve got the Shooter, which is key. And then McGavin could be a lot of things, but it more than suffices. Sandler is all like, “The bad guy in my golfing movie is named Shooter McGavin” and I’m all like, “I’m in!”

Happy Gilmore is a dumb name, though, even for a name that is maybe supposed to be dumb. But it does stick out. Virginia Vennett, on the other hand, is just super stupid. Chubbs I’m OK with. I don’t remember anybody else’s name. Verne Lundqvist, sure, but he’s a real human person.

 

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Teenage Rap Session

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So apparently the internets is abuzz with memes and such from A Very Brady Sequel, the sequel to The Brady Bunch Movie. It’s all Jan and Marcia centric and apparently is being bolstered by teenagers watching the movie on Netflix. Here’s what I have to say to these teens. Let’s have a rap session. I’ve turned my chair around, and it’s time to get real.

Alright, you dead eyed monsters. What’s the deal? Why you be so into The Brady Bunch movies? Have you ever seen the TV show? Do you have any frame of reference? When I was a kid, I saw the show, because it was on Nick and Nite. But I don’t think they’ve shown it on reruns for years? Do you think these movies are sui generis? That they are original ideas? I mean, whatevs. Enjoy it. They still have value to them in their campy ironic way. But you’re missing out on the real value of the film, and this whole thing doesn’t make sense to me.

That’s all. Next week, I will begin your abstinence only education.

 

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