Tag Archives: Joe Dante

Killapalooza 23: The Howling

Killapalooza 23: The HowlingThe Howling films 1-8. Eric shoots a scene from The Arisocrats in another Director’s Cut update. Joe Dante’s original Howling film. You didn’t know it, but these ridiculous movies are based on a series of three Howling novels. Christopher Lee apologizes to Joe Dante for making The Howling 2. Australia buys The Howling franchise, leading to the creation of the most insane movie you’ve never heard of. Finding value in seemingly impossible places. Themes covered by three of the most difficult movies to talk about in monster horror history. Werewolf line dancing. YouTube weighs in on The Howling. Present day! Present time! Spider-Man webs up another Howling sequel. Continue reading

Matinee + Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Matinee + Looney Tunes Back in ActionThe two submarine keys to unlocking Joe Dante. One Joe Dante fanatic explains where his passion originated. Matinee, a film that’s totally not about William castle! Finally, a challenger to the Purge theory of why horror exists. William Castle and Alfred Hitchcock. Joe Dante’s present to cinema. Looney Tunes Back In Action, the sort of follow up to Space Jam. The little we know about the director’s opinion of Back in Action. Endless speculation: how do you know? Warner Brothers in the 90s. Branding, merchandise, and toys! Acme, the WB, and corporate culture. Joe Dante loves the Looney Tunes but did not enjoy making Back in Action. Continue reading

Spy Kids 2 + Gremlins 2

Spy Kids 2 + Gremlins 2Genetic experiments and incredible post-colon titles. Two films of unrestrained imagination. Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams. Eric gets his own correction. Reintroductions. Special effects. Returning actors, tupperware Banderas, and Ricardo Montalban. The progressive political system of Spy Kids 2. Humanity’s relationship with technology. Where Machete exists in the Spy Kids universe. The first digitally filmed movies. The main handful of digital camera you need to know. Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Michael’s evening at The Music Box. Why you should get to know directors. The themes of Gremlins 2. Breaking the 4th wall. Joe Dante’s blank check. Pleasing the critics. Continue reading

Starship Troopers + Small Soldiers

Starship Troopers + Small SoldiersWar films, Double Feature style. Paul Verhoeven. A Flying Tom Tom? Animating the bugs. The look and feel of Starship Troopers. War movie cliches. Characters and politics. Maintaining a light feel in a time of war. Censorship. Starship Troopers’ commentary on military recruitment. Wait, what strategy? Various jobs. Class warfare. Privacy. Joe Dante and the tiny. More info than you ever really needed about Eerie, Indiana. Small Soldiers, big voices. Wow, that sentence was lame. Casting. BEAR OR NO BEAR! Artificial Intelligence is apparently not a big deal. Why Small Soldiers is actually darker than Starship Troopers. Science vs one-liners. Continue reading

Bedazzled + Gremlins

Bedazzled + GremlinsEric’s blueberry drink. Why we do this show. Is this even a film? Harold Ramis. Makeup. The good kind of bad. Poor satire. Who sees bad films? Using mood in comedy. Artsy shots. Dark comedy realization moment. Counter-christmas-culture. Primary vs secondary characters. The single best dark comedy moment yet. Theatrical prop comedy. The road map. A smart screenplay. Three rules. Gremlins as a monster film. The three methods of monster films. Assembling a dark comedy. Smoking. The MPAA. The 1984 backlash against Gremlins. An ironic ratings note. Misbehaving. Our Terminator + The Prophecy progress. Continue reading