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Debt to Cinema 083: Bio-Dome

Given that I picked Cheech and Chong last year for 4/20, Steve naturally thought this Pauly Shore vehicle was my stoner duo follow up, but Bio-Dome is through and through a celebration of Earth Day. I strongly defend this “worst film of all time” nominee in the episode and challenge any critic, or wannabe, to listen to my thoughts and give this underrated Generation X, buddy comedy a shot.

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Debt to Cinema 082: Jesus Christ Superstar

We return to the land of Jewison just in time for the second coming of our Easter themed spectacular. Come for Steve’s song of an opening line, true to this dialogue absent 70s rock opera, stay for our discussion of my trip to Israel, why Superman is a better version of the Jesus story, and this film’s connection to Along Came Polly.

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Debt to Cinema 081: The Fly (1958)

Winding up our remake series is the original Fox adaptation of last week’s Cronenberg masterpiece. Despite the Cinemascope, nice color, and general likeness between the two flicks, we found ourselves mostly unkind to this first outing starring Vincent Price. There’s a lot to be said about the power a remake can have and even more about the nature of sequels here, but this version is sadly, proof re-imaginings can be a good thing.

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Debt to Cinema 080: The Fly (1986)

After hearing me mention it so many times in passing, Steve finally got around to catching one of my favorite non-romcoms, which just so happens to be one of the best remakes ever made. Many chalk it up as Cronenberg body horror, or a sci-fi creature feature, but come hear me tell how its truly a flawless tragic romance in disguise #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 079: Father of the Bride (1950)

Spring is in the air, weddings are on the rise, and seeing as how my selection was sandwiched between two by Steve related to remakes, I decided to make the best of it and finally watch the original for one of the better updated classics. Tune in to find out if Spencer Tracy is as bankable in the role I’ve always pictured Steve Martin in the second installment of our remake streak.

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Debt to Cinema 078: A Guy Named Joe

With how common remakes/new adaptations are in today’s entertainment, we sometimes lose sight of the inspiration behind it all. Steve’s pick of the source for Steven Spielberg’s lesser seen Always (1989), is a hidden gem lost among the clouds featuring some of the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age and a great message about letting go amidst World War II. I enjoyed my ride with Spencer Tracy so much, another first story outing featuring him will be coming next week.

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Debt to Cinema 077: A Simple Plan

There are so many filmmakers out there, both talented and not, that never leave their comfort zone and basically make the same movie over and over again. Sam Raimi is luckily not one of them, capable of filming any type of story, bringing us the perfect Hitchcockian thriller here. This selection was made initially to honor Bill Paxton, but now its a reminder that the zany guy behind The Evil Dead and Spider-Man has plenty more to offer us than genre flicks #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 076: Wings

With the Oscars just happening and award season finally coming to a close, Steve thought it would be the perfect time for both of us to watch the first film to win Best Picture. That’s not an entirely accurate description of 1927’s Wings, the silent epic which clung to the majestic camera work afforded to films mid out sound, at the precipice of talkies, but it might be just enough to get you to tune in #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 075: All the President’s Men

Its impossible to avoid political conversations or news items at the time this episode is recorded. Being at the onset of a presidency most Americans disapprove of, rife with fallacies in the news, and a severe distrust for the men and women appointed to govern alongside the latest celebrity turned politician. However, the best way to prevent future bumbles is to study the past, and this document that chronicles why Nixon resigned at the hands of dedicated journalists is the best place to start.

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Debt to Cinema 074: My Bloody Valentine (1981)

Following Steve’s subversion of Xmas with Black Christmas, this is the next installment in his (hopefully) continuing series of holidays gone rogue. If you’re a fan of the slasher genre or a spoilsport when it comes to Cupid’s Day of Love, you should check this out for its inventive kills on/surrounding a day generally reserved for bleeding hearts of a different order, just don’t expect too much, because the MPAA is the real killer here.