Episode 136: Leg ‘er Down a Smack ‘em Yak ‘em!

> November 20th, 2016 ---

Well, 2016 has been a bit of a drag….and the Geek Salad team has decided to liven things up!  So with your help, Andy, Mike, Joe, and Katherine are counting down the Top 25 comedy movies of all time!

 

Thanks to the over 125 individual movie entries submitted, the team has been able to boil down the Top 25, which includes some all time classics, some new favorites, and an obvious top 2 (Ni!)….!

 

So sit back and enjoy this 2 hour plus episode (there *were* 25 movies to recap after all!) and remember the laughter!!!

 

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Episode 135: The Rise and Fall of the Crystal Lake Hockey League

> October 29th, 2016 ---

Lovers of alcohol, drugs, and pre-marital sex, start running, because Geek Salad is doing their annual Halloween episode and this time, they are talking all things Friday the 13th! Yes, it's Geek Salad episode 135: The Rise and Fall of the Crystal Lake Hockey League.

In 1980, horror movie fans were introduced to a new franchise which survived and thrived when so many other slashers failed to find an audience. Friday the 13th certainly found an audience with certain members of the Geek Salad crew. So break out your machete and hockey mask and enjoy as the gang goes over the highs and lows of Jason Voorhees.

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The Controversial Take

> October 26th, 2016 ---

The Controversial Take


90’s Movies This 80’s Kid Doesn’t Quite Understand the Appeal Of…


On the current season of South Park, one of running themes of the show is a fruit called ‘Member Berries, small grape-like berries that reminisce about the good old days in adorable squeaky voices.  Among the things remembered are items like “Remember Star Wars?” “Remember the 6 Million Dollar Man?” “Remember when there weren’t so many Mexicans?”

Lately, it seems like my Facebook feed has turned into an electronic ‘Member Berry.  As someone who spent his formative years, I know that the members of my generation are annoyingly susceptible to runaway nostalgia.  However, it’s my friends on the younger end of the spectrum...the ones only 5 or so years younger than me, that have taken their love of certain movies to a degree that I cannot quite fathom.  Here are a few:

The Sandlot

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This one is a complete puzzlement...especially since there seems to be a marketing renaissance for this movie that, by all accounts, was an absolute failure when it came out (the “You’re KillingMe Smalls!” apparel is a little overwhelming).  My only guess for why this movie has such happy memories for the 90’s hive is that is was the equivalent of the “HBO Classics” of my youth.  By the time this movie was released to video, it had all of the markings of a movie that mom put on to shut the kids up while she cleaned up or had to entertain gentlemen callers…

As a baseball fan, I can understand that a solid amount of history is important to the lore of the game.  But this film, where we follow a gang of lovable losers through their time playing ball in an abandoned lot and remembering the characters of the neighborhood, would have worked better as a heartwarming two part installment of “The Wonder Years.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II:  The Secret of the Ooze

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The original TMNT movie, released in 1990, was nothing short of a minor miracle.  Taking, what is essentially, a stupid idea; four turtles mutated in the sewers of New York by a biochemical agent that learn the ancient art of the Ninja while, all the while, enjoying a slice of New York’s finest (pizza….not police officers…), and made a tight, entertaining action comedy where the central characters, with the help of the Jim Henson Workshop, didn’t look like dudes in costumes.  The sequel, released a year later, primarily decided that the previous film wasn’t taking advantage of the inherent stupidity that could have been mined.  

TMNTIITSOTO is the equivalent of the later, more awful, seasons of the cartoon.  First off, parents groups complained about the use of weapons in the first film.  Yes...they were upset that the ninjas were using non-lethal force with weapons.  So to counter this, the Turtles are tasked with using other, stupider tools as weapons.  In a deli shop?  Here’s a giant pepperoni!  Secondly, there is too much breaking the fourth wall, mugging for the camera, and just overall stupidity that sinks the film.  Shredder’s mutated sidekicks, stand ins for BeBop and Rocksteady, are immediately rendered as comic foils when it’s revealed immediately after they show up on screen, that they’ve got the minds of babies.  It’s been 27 years...still not laughing…

Then, there’s Vanilla Ice.  The entire centerpiece of the the film’s marketing campaign was to focus on minute 14:58 of his 15 minutes of fame.  The commercials and trailers featured Ice prominently.  The song, “Ninja Rap,” still recalls fond memories from the people who were kids when it was released, but as someone who was an honest to god, buying lotto and porn legally, adult, it was worse than “Ice, Ice, Baby”...and that song was written by a man who honestly didn’t think he was ripping off Queen.

Home Alone 2:  Lost in New York

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I was originally going to include the first movie in this article.  However, I have plans for it when I eventually get around to listing out the Christmas movies that are vastly overrated.  What I don’t get about Lost in New York, is how it is allowed to be discussed like it’s a completely separate entity in the Home Alone series.  Having spent movie money on this when it came out in 1992, I recall being pissed that I spent my hard earned dollars on a film that was, essentially, a shot-for-shot remake of the original.

Taking out of the conversation that fact that it takes place in Manhattan and not in the John Hughes go-to Chicago suburb, Lost in New York follows the exact same beats as it’s predecessor.  

  1. Kid gets separated from his extended, awful, family during a mass excursion to another country for Christmas

  2. Kid ends up realizing his plight, happily repeating what he just realized…upbeat jazzy tune ensues

  3. Kid runs into his nemeses, two functionally retarded idiots,who are scheming to rob a place far beyond their capabilities.

  4. Kid befriends an elderly person who he originally is terrified of.  Elderly person comes to his rescue in the end.

  5. Kid creates a Rube Goldberg meets John McLain lair to kill the idiots several times over.

  6. Kid learns the true meaning of family and is reunited with his awful relatives.

So if you don’t believe me, please feel free to watch both of them back to back.  

(and on a side note; I’m amazed that Trump didn’t build up his two second cameo as the reason to why it had such a YUUUUUGE box office haul)

Empire Records

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Confession; I was, in the 90’s, and still today, a pretty big Gin Blossoms fan.  In fact, I still have my New Miserable Experience t-shirt from the concert I went to where they were sandwiched on the bill between Cracker and The Spin Doctors.  So when I heard the song “When I Hear It From You,” I was pretty excited for a new album.  Instead, I found out that it was being released on a soundtrack to a new movie from the director of my generation’s “The Catcher in the Rye,” “Pump Up the Volume.”  The movie, “Empire Records,” looked and proved to be, solely an excuse to sell records.  

So why does it get so much traction?  The only thing I can think of is that the children of the 90’s, who were, in all likelihood, younger than the characters running the most unrealistic record store in the history of movies, and therefore thought that they were the archetypes that they should ascend to being.  

So if you want to be seen as either lonely, angry, or impish, then sure, “Empire Records” is the movie to live your life to.  Otherwise, check out “Pump Up the Volume” to see how insufferably introspective the kids of my generation aspired to be!

Hook

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This one is probably gonna be the one that loses me followers.  There are people, many of whom I consider to be my best friends, who adore this movie.  However, I can’t see this version of Peter Pan; The 401K Years as anything more than a product of the films of the early 90’s, where adults were seen as being as one dimensional as the parents in kid’s cereal ads.  

“Hook,” which announced a powerhouse cast of Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, and Bob Hoskins, should have been pretty amazing.  Tackling the Peter Pan/Captain Hook dynamic after Peter grows up and has kids could have had a lot of potential.  However, the issues of this movie are the same issues that plagued the lamer parts of the otherwise pretty funny “City Slickers”; that adults should feel shame that their lives are dedicated to making a comfortable life for their families, but should be completely oblivious to the fact that they are spending their lives making a comfortable life for their families.  I’m a father of two kids.  My wife stays home to care for them.  I also work in excess of 50 hours a week, which includes nights, weekends, and holidays.  There isn’t a moment that my not being there all the time doesn’t twist in my gut.  So to present Peter as an oblivious evil yuppy is where the movie rolls off the tracks.

What hurts most is that “Hook” is directed by Steven Spielberg.  Now this was the pre Jurassic Park/Schindler’s List Spielberg that was giving us snoozers like “Always” so I can understand that this is where his mind was, but does that excuse the excessive schmaltz that comes out of line delivery like “Jack, I had my one happy memory!  And it was you!’?  Probably not...and I still attribute that line to the start of my functional alcoholism….

Visually, “Hook” is beautiful.  But the overall themes, the modernization of the Lost Boys to turn them into human beat boxes, and the Freudian undertones of Hook “just needing a mother” really place this one on the head scratching “classic” list.

...and to Mike G...I’m sorry I trashed one of your favorite movies!   


Episode 134: Sir Not Appearing in This Podcast

> October 22nd, 2016 ---

It is known as one of the greatest legends of all time.  It has been called a great epic story!  It’s also been called “Only a Model……”  And on this night, Geek Salad calls it Episode 134:  “Sir Not Appearing in this Podcast.”

 

Join Andy, Mike, Joe, Katherine, and special guest “Also Joe” as they discuss the legend of King Arthur in the realms of popular culture.  From literature, to music, to television, to movies, the Geek Salad team has you covered, including a not so lengthy discussion on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

 

Special thanks to David McLain for his contribution to the historical film renditions of the Arthurian legend.  Help him out by buying his book “The Time Traveler’s Resort and Museum” and contributing to his Indie Go Go page, www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-time-traveller-s-resort-and-museum#/

 

 

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Episode 133: The Sausage King of Little China (Part 2)

> September 30th, 2016 ---

Geek Salad is back with the second half of episode 133: The Sausage King of Little China!

We know you've all been waiting with baited breath to find out how they can possibly top the first half, so now I can safely reveal that they get to talk about some of their personal favorite films from the year, 1986. Will Big Trouble in Little China make someone's list (as if you couldn't tell from the episode's title)? Could Iron Eagle make the cut? And might we see a certain musical based on an alien plant?

Small hint, all answers point to "Yes".

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Episode 133: The Sausage King of Little China (Part 1)

> September 22nd, 2016 ---

Geek Salad's annual tribute to films of 30 years ago continues, and what a year they've gotten to this time! Join the regular crew as they chat about the awesomeness of the movies of 1986 in Episode 133: The Sausage King of Little China (Part 1)!

Yes, as you might have guessed with a year filled to the brim with film classics such as Labyrinth, Aliens, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, they went a bit long. So, to save a bit of your bandwidth, and for ease of listening, the episode has been cut in half. For the first half, they go down the list of the year's top ten highest-grossing films, at least highest-grossing in the United States. Can you guess the #1 film that year without looking it up?

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Episode 132: The Motherf*cking Catalina Wine Mixer

> August 26th, 2016 ---

When you need a special nerdy cocktail, who you gonna call?  Well, in this case, you’d be calling the team of Andy, Mike, Katherine, and Joe in a special multi-platform episode of Geek Salad.

 

In Episode 132:  The Motherf*cking Catalina Wine Mixer, the team takes to their YouTube page (which you can subscribe to by searching for “Geek Salad Podcast”) where they mix their favorite Pop Culture Themed Cocktails (including a special drink from The Simpsons).

 

Then, after you listen to the full audio of the first half, then join the team as they discuss their favorite Pop Culture Cocktails from TV and Movies, as well as some of their other favorite libations!

 

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Episode 131: I Can’t Hear You!!!!

> August 11th, 2016 ---

Hello Cleveland!  Are you ready to rock?  I can’t hear you!  The team of Geek Salad are way louder than you!  And Andy, Mike, Katherine, and Joe have sobered up to tell you their favorite (and comically horrifying) concert and live music stories in Episode 131: I Can’t Hear You! 

 

Have you ever been a beer mule for a Brian Adams concert?  Andy has!  Have you ever seen Eric Clapton 8 times?  Joe has!  Have you ever seen Travis Tritt during the World’s Greatest Mullet phase?  Mike did!  And have you ever had to drive the stoner bus to a Phish show?  Katherine has stores…

 

There are also stories about opening bands that forgot their place in the pecking order, worst encores, and a whole lot more!   So grab your lighter (or your lighter app if you’re..ya know…young…) and hold out hope that they’ll close the show with “Freebird!” 

 

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Episode 130: Eat Thunder and Crap Lightening

> July 15th, 2016 ---

Have you traded your passions for glory yet?  Or have you not lost a grip on the dreams of the past?  If you’re anything like the team at Geek Salad, you’ve probably done the former….

 

…however, Andy, Mike, Katherine, and Joe are here to kick off their Summer Podcast Series with their homage to the singular talent that is Sylvester Stallone in Geek Salad Episode 130:  Eat Thunder and Crap Lightening!  Listen to the chronicles how a man got his start in soft-core skin flicks and hit the pinnacle of his success fighting the US’s ills and pouring copious amounts of groin sweat into his American Flag boxing shorts!

 

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Episode 129: Six Flags Over Valhalla

> June 24th, 2016 ---

Get your tickets and Fast Passes ready, because the team at Geek Salad is going to be taking you on a wild ride!  Relive the fun, the laughs, and the motion sickness when Andy, Mike, Joe, and Katherine discuss their favorite amusement parks. 

 

From the parks that the gang grew up around in New England, to some of the most head scratching “amusement” parks imaginable (Dollywood, I’m looking right in your general direction!) to the House of Mouse, the Geeks have you covered!

(For the parents out there, we would like to point out that, while we are discussing a whole bunch of Family FunTime destinations, this show is definitely NOT for your kids!!!)

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