Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 265 – The State of the Remake

benhurposterAre you as sick of remakes as we are? On this episode of Shouts From the Back Row, Gill, Robin, and TK discuss the state of the remake. Are people lining up for remakes of classic movies like Ben-Hur or The Magnificent Seven? What kind of movies make the best remakes? Has there ever even been a good remake? Click here to download the episode!

Shouts From the Back Row’s theme music was composed and performed by Vince Nitro!

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64,000,000 Years Ago

Gotta love the National Film Board of Canada! The proud archivists of Canadian film culture have unearthed and preserved a true gem of an educational film in the form of 64,000,000 Years Ago. This short takes a stop-motion animated look at what prehistoric life may have been like, and it is absolutely glorious. You even get to see two Edmontosaurs doin’ it!

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 264 – R.I.P. Gene Wilder


It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to another beloved actor, as Gene Wilder has passed away at the age of 83. Wilder was a bit of an enigma, having mostly withdrawn from acting in the late 90’s, but although his filmography is short, he gave life to two of the most iconic cinematic roles of all time: Willy Wonka and Dr. Frankenstein (the one from Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein). Clearly Wilder was a man of quality over quantity, and so on this podcast Gill, Robin, and TK go through Wilder’s career, discuss their favourite Gene Wilder movies, and confess that there are a lot of his films that they still need to watch. Click here to download the episode!

Shouts From the Back Row’s theme music was composed and performed by Vince Nitro!

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Before They Were Stars: Joe Manganiello in “Spider-Man”

Before he was a badass werewolf on True Blood, before he was dancing around in his underpants in Magic Mike XXL, before he was Pee-wee Herman’s idol in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Joe Manganiello was trying to beat up Tobey Maguire in 2003’s Spider-Man. This was long before the MCU was established, but man, look how young everyone was. It seems like the superhero movie boom has been going on forever!

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Last Link of the Day: Paradise Garage

Tim Curry at his finest. I am in awe of his hair.

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Before They Were Stars: Jim Varney in a McDonald’s Commercial

We’ll round off our brief Before They Were Stars: McDonald’s Edition marathon with this ad for McD’s chopped beefsteak sandwiches, which features a young Jim Varney as a very cheerful cowboy. This one is kind of a grey-area BTWS pick, since Varney was probably already doing ads as Ernest P. Worrel around this time, but in my mind, Varney wasn’t a star until Ernest Goes to Camp.

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Before They Were Stars: Heather O’Rourke in a McDonald’s Commercial

Heather O’Rourke’s story is a tragic tale, as she died at the very young age of 12. You’d think that since she was only 5 or 6 when she was in Poltergeist that it would be impossible to find any Before They Were Stars material for her. Well, it’s McDonald’s to the rescue, because before Spielberg cast her in Poltergeist, Heather O’Rourke appeared in an ad for the fast food giant. Here she is working up the courage to jump in a swimming pool. What finally convinces her? Why, McDonald’s, of course.

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Before They Were Stars: Corey Feldman in a McDonald’s Commercial

I recently worked on a video for McDonald’s, and in the process I had to root through Youtube’s archive of McD’s commercials. And wouldn’t you know it? I found loads of material for BTWS! First up, here’s Corey Feldman before he found fame as a child actor, celebrating the holidays with McDonald’s gift certificates! Remember when 50 cents could actually buy you something at McDonald’s? Me neither.

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The Reviewinator: Cabin Fever (2016)

cabinfever2016Horror remakes have become so common that they’ve begun separating (or in this movie’s case, “quarantining”) into sub-categories. The “shot-by-shot” remake, for example, is pretty self-explanatory. 1998’s Psycho is still the best example of this, but now we have a very close second with 2016’s Cabin Fever. At least the two Psycho‘s went from black-and-white to color with nearly four decades between them. But the two Cabin Fever‘s are so skin-crawlingly similar, with barely a decade between them, that it makes one wonder if the producers, like the characters in the movie, were sick in the head with something.

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The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 1 – The Blind River Rest Stop Murders

June 28, 1991. An elderly couple named Gord and Jackie McAllister drive their motor home into an isolated rest stop near Blind River, Ontario, in order to spend the night. They are awakened by an armed man, who robs them before shooting Jackie to death and wounding Gord. When a motorist named Brian Major pulls into the rest stop, the suspect fatally shoots him as well before fleeing the scene. Years later, a former Blind River resident is tied to two unsolved murders from 1970 and becomes a potential suspect in the rest stop killings. This terrifying case was featured on “Unsolved Mysteries” and is our first Canadian story. Join us for the very first minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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