Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 271 – The Actors We Hate

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Sometimes you just hate an actor, am I right? Certain performances, and indeed actors themselves, can just get under your skin and annoy you to no end. So on this episode of the podcast, Gill, Robin, and TK rant about the actors and performances that drive them crazy. 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: Jerry Seinfeld talks about sex with Dr. Ruth (1986)

I wish I had more context for this clip, but here it is! In 1986, back when he was just a stand-up comic, Jerry Seinfeld appeared on Dr. Ruth’s show to discuss sex and relationships. I find it pretty funny that Ruth criticizes Jerry’s bachelor lifestyle, which would become the basis for his character on the show that shot him to fame – Seinfeld – only a few years after this.

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Bad Movie/Bad Review: Thunder Squad

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The Facts
Format: DVD
Running Time: 90 minutes
Year of release: 1985
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Production Studio: Euramerica International Film

“Call it bravery…Call it courage…Call it guts…Whatever you call it, they’ve got it!”

Well, I call it casual racism and not so casual misogyny. And they certainly have that in spades.

So here we have Thunder Squad (also known as Wild Team in the US) starring none other than Antonio Sabato and directed by Umberto Lenzi. From Italy. He’s Italian.

Ahh.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 270 – Harry Potter and the Back Row

harrypotterThe Harry Potter franchise is back with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, so it’s high time that Gill, Robin, and TK take a look at the entire movie series. On this episode they look at everything from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (not the “Sorceror’s Stone,” America!) to the stageplay-sequel Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and try to determine if there’s a more annoying character than Dobby. 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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Bad Movie/Bad Review: With Friends Like These…

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The Facts
Format: DVD (originally released Direct-To-Video)
Running Time: 81 minutes
Year of release: 1991 (redistributed: 2001)
Director: Chris Malazdrewicz, Thomas Parkinson
Production Studio: Whalen Castravelli Productions

I suppose I should preface this review with the acknowledgement that if someone is taking even a passing interest in reading this, then there is also a very real possibility that the person reading this review might also take the same interest in finding and watching ‘With Friends Like These’. I have a reason for highlighting this seemingly self-evident fact, and that is to scare such a person so much that they just might prevent putting themselves through the blender of shit that I did. This will not be a glowing review, full of beans for a film I’m eager for others to experience. It won’t even be a balanced attempt at allowing the reader to decide for themselves on whether or not to experience With Friends Like These. No, this is me telling you, and absolutely deciding for you, that you MUST NOT watch this embarrassing rubbish. If you do, you will regret it, this I promise.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 269 – Kurt Russell

kurtrussellGill, Robin, and TK all love Kurt Russell, and they’re not afraid to admit it! On this episode, the guys discuss their favourite Kurt Russell films as they go over the filmography of a man who has been acting since he was eleven years old and is still going strong. 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: Russell Crowe in a Workplace Rehabilitation Video

What better way to learn about workplace rehabilitation programs in Australia than with an Oscar-winning actor? Of course, this video from 1989, titled “Manager on the Case,” was made long before Russell Crowe was any kind of celebrity. In fact, his character doesn’t even have a name! He’s just “Injured Employee,” and he has some choice inner monologue moments that really show off his acting chops.

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I suggest you play the game…

Two estranged brothers reunite at their missing father’s video store to liquidate the property and sell off his assets. As they dig through the store, they find a VCR board game dubbed ‘Beyond The Gates’ that holds a connection to their father’s disappearance and deadly consequences for anyone who plays it.

I’m not posting this trailer for Beyond the Gates because I think it will be a good movie – the production quality of the title card alone is enough to tell me it won’t be.  But how could I resist posting about a movie that’s a cross between Jumanji, The Ring and that old VHS horror board game NightmareNightmare was a huge part of my childhood, and one of my formative forays into the horror genre. Just scary enough to give a 10-year-old me bad dreams for a week, but not so scary as to traumatize me. If you’ve never played Nightmare, I highly recommend it. The whole video portion is on Youtube, so you don’t even need a VCR anymore. As for Beyond the Gates, I fully intend to watch it, since it’s so clearly a love letter to the VHS format, but the forecast isn’t good.

Beyond the Gates comes out December 2016.

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Before They Were Stars: Mads Mikkelsen Does The Can Can

Before he became an internationally acclaimed actor, a Bond villain and a Marvel villain, Mads Mikkelsen was a professional dancer for nearly a decade. In this clip, we get to see him perform the Can Can, and not only is he light on his feet, but he performs the splits most impressively. But when will we get to see him a role that finally combines his penchant for playing bad guys with his talent for the art of dance? Get on that, Marvel.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 268 – Halloween Special 2016

After a lengthy hiatus due to technical issues, Shouts From the Back Row returns with our annual Halloween episode! As is the tradition, Gill, Robin, and TK have each selected a horror movie that their fellow podcasters hadn’t seen before. Now, everyone has watched the selected films, and it’s time to review them! This time, TK has chosen Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a silent adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson story from 1920, Robin picked the Larry Cohen cult movie God Told Me To from 1976, and Gill picked three episodes of the 2011 TV series Black Mirror, which has been called The Twilight Zone of modern science fiction. So enjoy one last bit of Halloween spirit before the season is over, and 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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