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Episode 55: Way Out West(world)
December 8th ,2016
The podcast goes west this week as Clay and Darren settle their WESTWORLD score via another thrilling installment of “Text Message Theatre,” then discuss the classic westerns SHANE and JOHNNY GUITAR.
Episode 54: #Noirvember (with guest Robbie McCluskey)
November 30, 2016
As #Noirvember comes to a close, we invite Vidiots’ resident noir expert Robbie to join us for a disussion of two of his favorite examples of the genre: 1944’s LAURA and 1951’s HIS KIND OF WOMAN.
Episode 53: Fantastic Thanksgiving Discussion Topics, 2016
November 23, 2016
Prepare for your awkward Thanksgiving dinner with this primer of current film and television topics: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, WESTWORLD and upcoming “Oscar” movies.
Episode 52: Harry Potter and the Podcast of Vidiots (with guest David Janove)
November 16, 2016
With Fantastic Beasts finding their way into theaters this weekend, Quizmaster and Harry Potter expert David Janove joins Darren and Clay to discuss all EIGHT Harry Potter films and administer a speical Potter-themed Quiz Show the Quiz Show the Segment.
Episode 51: Comfort Films
November 10th, 2016
We weren’t going to do an episode today, but felt like a good ol’ movie discussion was the only way to stay sane. Join us as we catch up on what we’ve been watching lately, then talk about the films that we turn to for comfort when times are tough.
Episode 50: A Cronenberg Halloween (RABID / DEAD RINGERS)
October 31st, 2016
We forgot to do a horror-themed episode last year, and we almost forgot again this year, but then Shout Factory sent us their upcoming Blu-Ray remasters of David Cronenberg’s RABID and DEAD RINGERS!
Episode 49: Keith’s Picks (with Keith Calder)
October 26th, 2016
Producer Keith Calder (THE GUEST, YOU’RE NEXT, ANOMALISA) comes to Vidiots to discuss THE RED SHOES, DEMOLITION MAN, and the rest of his picks shelf!
Episode 48: Year One Draft!
October 19th, 2016
On this, the one year anniversary of the Vidiots Video Store Show, Darren and Clay look back at the many, many films they’ve discussed in the last 365 days and drat their 11 favorites!
Episode 47: Harry Dean Stanton Part 3 (Pretty in Pink / Death Watch)
October 12th, 2016
We conclude our trilogy of episodes dedicated to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton by enjoying and discussing 1986’s PRETTY IN PINK and 1980’s under-seen futurist gem DEATH WATCH.
Episode 46: #AllNicolasCageMovvies
October 6th, 2016
This episode is a little bit longer than normal, because, well, #AllNicolasCageMovies. But first: Clay and Darren discuss the trailers for JACKIE and ALLIED, and the first poster for LOGAN.
Episode 45: Independent Women (with Angela Matano)
September 30th, 2016
Inspired by Women in Film Los Angeles’ #52FilmByWomen initiative, Clay, Ryan, and Vidiots’ longest-tenured employee, Angela, discuss two independent films made by women directors: Ida Lupino’s gritty 1953 noir THE HITCH-HIKER and Ava DuVernay’s eye-opening second feature, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (2012).
Episode 44: Jen’s Picks! (with Jen Yamato
September 21st, 2016
Jen Yamato (The Daily Beast) joins Clay and Darren to play Title That Title and discuss her Vidiots picks shelf, in particular 1973’s TERRIFYING GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL: LYNCH LAW CLASSROOM and 1998’s BELLY.
Episode 43: Harry Dean Stanton Part 2 (Cisco Pike / Straight Time)
September 15th, 2016
We continue our celebration of legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton with two 70’s L.A. set crime flicks, Bill Norton’s CISCO PIKE and Ulu Grosbard’s STRAIGHT TIME. But first, we discuss the epidemic of extra-textual fan theories and catch up on what we’ve been watching lately.
Episode 42: Best of Summer 2016 “Draft!”
September 9th, 2016
Amidst all the discussion of movies being dead, it’s easy to forget that summer 2016 actually held many cinematic treasures and we “draft” the seven best, in vintage VVSS fashion.
Episode 41: Harry Dean Stanton Award Kick-Off (Paris, Texas and Repo Man)
September 1st, 2016
Harry Dean Stanton has nearly 200 IMDb credits to his name, stretching all the way back to 1954. He’s given countless amazing performances and worked with everyone, from Alfred Hitchcock to Joss Whedon, but he’s never won an award that’s worth a damn. Vidiots aims to fix this, by awarding him with the first ever Harry Dean Stanton Award, on October 23rd, in L.A. In preparation, we’re going to dedicate several episodes over the next two months to the varied and impressive filmography of one of Hollywood’s most enduring and endearing fixtures, Mr. Harry Dean Stanton! First up, two from 1984: Wim Wender’s PARIS, TEXAS and Alex Cox’s REPO MAN. Vidiots Executive Director Maggie Mackay joins us to discuss these two incredible films and give the lowdown on the upcoming #HDSAward tribute ceremony.
Episode 40: Through a Glass Darkly/Rules of the Game/Stranger Things
August 24th, 2016
Clay and Darren finally watch the double feature of Ingmar Bergman’s THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY and Jean Renoir’s THE RULES OF THE GAME, and it was well worth the wait. They also conclude their discussion of “Stranger Things” and catch up with what they’ve been watching lately.
Episode 39: #AllWillSmithMovies
August 18th, 2016
We explore the complete filmography of one of the last great movie stars, Willard Carroll Smith Jr., from SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION to SUICIDE SQUAD. But first, a little “Stranger Things” argument, because of course.
BONUS: The Bourne Addendum
August 14th, 2016
Darren comes in from the cold to set the record straight on ULTIMATUM, LEGACY, and Julia Stiles.
Episode 38: The Bourne Vidiocy
August 11th, 2016
Clay is joined by fellow Vidiot Ryan Marker to discuss the entire BOURNE franchise, from 2002’s THE BOURNE IDENTITY to this summer’s JASON BOURNE. Yes, including LEGACY.
Episode 37: Amy’s Picks (with guest Amy Nicholson)
August 2nd, 2016
Darren and Clay are joined by Amy Nicholson (MTV News, The Canon) to discuss the films on her “picks” shelf, particularly FOOTLIGHT PARADE and BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. But first, they play another installment of “Title that Title.”
Episode 36: Anglo-American Idiots (with guest Ryan Marker)
July 30th, 2016
Clay is joined by guest co-host Ryan Marker to discuss two highly-charged political films, Armando Iannucci’s IN THE LOOP and Elia Kazan’s A FACE IN THE CROWD, at what seems like a rather…apropos time. Opinions may not necessarily reflect those of the Vidiots Foundation 😉
Vidiots Show Beyond XIII: Beyond
July 23rd, 2016
It’s all starting to feel a little… episodic, as Lindsey Bahr (Associate Press) joins Clay and Darren to explore the outer reaches of STAR TREK BEYOND in what may (or may not) be the final installment of Vidiots Show Beyond! That-a-way!
Vidiots Show Beyond XII: Into Darkness
July 17th, 2016
No one deserves a second chance more than James Kirk! Join us as we crack open the mysterious torpedo tube that is STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and are saddened and befuddled by what’s inside. But hey, at least the Giacchino score is great! Next week: BEYOND.
Episode 35: #AllWesAndersonMovies
July 14th, 2016
Darren and Clay finally confront the specter that has been looming over the podcast since the beginning: THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU. While they’re at it, they also talk about #AllWesAndersonMovies. But first: a little chat about Nancy Meyers films and EDDIE THE EAGLE.
Vidiots Show Beyond XI: Star Trek (2009)
July 8th, 2016
Punch it! Clay and Darren make a Red Matter wormhole and travel back to 2009 to discuss the Hemsworth highs and breathlessly frantic lows of J.J. Abrams’ franchise revitalization. But first! A rant on practical effects, shakey-cam and capturing a sense of scope (0:00-9:00).
Episode 34: Vidiots Show Resurgence + Grab Bag!
July 7th, 2016
Darren and Clay catch up with what they’ve been watching lately, discussing the faux-Spielbergocity of MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (4:20), getting deep into comedic psychology through the lens of MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES and finally celebrating the joyous lunacy of INDEPENDENCE DAY and INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (47:00).
Vidiots Show Beyond X: Nemesis (with Matt Mira)
July 1st, 2016
Bluebirds, singin’ a song… It’s the final outing for the next Generation crew, and Matt Mira (The Nerdist, James Bonding, TV’s Fameless) joins the guys to discuss dune buggy chases, bald Tom Hardy and the Las Vegas Star Trek experience. Next week: Star Trek (2009).
Episode 33: #AllDavidFincherMovies
June 30th, 2016
#AllFincherMovies. In which we talk about all of David Fincher’s movies.
Vidiots Show Beyond IX: Insurrection
June 24th, 2016
Have you noticed the podcast firming up? Maybe it’s because we’re talking about the 9th film in the Star Trek film canon, 1998’s INSURRECTION. Join us as we switch to manual and navigate metaphasic radiation, holodeck ships and all-singing, all-dancing, all-fightin’ Parick Stewart.
Episode 32: I’ll Probably Get Blamed For That (with guest Maggie Mackay)
June 22nd, 2016
Vidiots Executive Director Maggie Mackay returns to the podcast to discuss Martin Scorsese’s AFTER HOURS and Bob Fosse’s LENNY. But first, the inaugural round of Vidiots Show’s “Title That Title” game!
Vidiots Show Beyond VIII: First Contact
June 17th, 2016
To hell with our orders! BuzzFeed Senior Film Reporter Adam B. Vary joins the crew for a mission back in time to stop the Borg from enslaving humanity with uncomfortable sexuality. Jonathan Frakes’ directorial debut is certainly the best TNG film, but do we draw the line at including it among Trek’s very best?
Episode 31 (Part 2): PIXAR Draft
June 16th, 2016
And now, the thrilling conclusion! Guest David Janove returns to provide commentary as Clay and Darren “draft” the top 7 films in the PIXAR filmography. What transpires is perhaps the most heated and nerve-wracking Vidiots Show draft yet!
Episode 31 (Part 1): PIXAR Quiz
June 15th, 2016
FINDING DORY is out this weekend, so the guys invite PIXAR superfan and resident quizmaster David Janove to join them for an epic, two-part episode all about the much lauded a nimation studio. In PART 1, Clay and Darren compete in a no-holds-barred PIXAR quiz!
Vidiots Show Beyond VII: Generations
June 14th, 2016
New century. New Crew. New ill-defined roaming space-ribbon/cloud/barrior. We have a lot to say in this super-sized episode about GENERATIONS, the first film featuring Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Mr. Tricorder and the Next Generation crew (and last 1/6th of a film featuring Captain James Kirk and the TOS crew).
Episode 30: Addicted to Love (The Man with the Golden Arm / The English Patient)
June 8th, 2016
We take a break from superheroes and treks in the stars to make a stab at respectability, talking about Anthony Minghella’s epic Oscar-magnet THE ENGLISH PATIENT and Frank Sinatra’s gritty turn in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM. But first, we talk about superheroes for awhile.
Vidiots Show Beyond VI: The Undiscovered Country
June 4th, 2016
Crewmember Ryan Marker joins Clay and Darren to discuss the final voyage of the Enterprise 1701-A and the Original Series crew, in Nicholas Meyer’s excellent film THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY.
Vidiots Show Beyond V: The Final Frontier
May 28th, 2016
William Shatner got his turn at the helm of the Star Trek franchise for THE FINAL FRONTIER, a wild (wild) mish-mash of concepts both ideologicla and visual that gets an A for effort, and maybe that’s good enough! At the very least it is a lot of fun to talk about.
Vidiots Show Beyond IV: The Voyage Home
May 26th, 2016
Darren and Clay slingshot around the sun with Marc Bernardin (Los Angeles Times, “Fatman on Batman”) back to the year 1986 to discuss transparent aluminum, Italian dinners and “stone age” medical practices.
Oh. And whales, obviously.
Episode 29: X-Men: Vidiots Show United (with guest Ryan Marker)
May 26th, 2016
With X-MEN: APOCALYPSE coming out this weekend we decided it is the perfect time to once and for all answer the question that has been plaguing this podcast for months: which is the superior X-film: X-MEN UNITED or X-MEN: FIRST CLASS? The answer may surprise you! ALSO: Clay and Darren review X-MEN: APOCALYPSE! (spoiler-filled review begins at 1:02:00)
Text Message Theatre: Captain America: Civil War
May 19th, 2016
The guys stage a dramatic reading of a lengthy text conversation about CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
Episode 28: Video Store-ies (with guest Maggie Mackay)
May 18th, 2016
Vidiots Foundation’s new Executive Director Maggie Mackay moins Clay and Darren to take a “taste test” and swap stories of video stores and VHS adventures.
Vidiots Show Beyond III: The Search for Spock
May 14th, 2016
Our 12-film mission continues with THE SEARCH OR SPOCK, Leonard Nimoy’s directorial debut that is fifty percent “Kirk’s Eleven,” fifty percent Khan redux and one hundred percent perplexing.
Episode 27: #AllJamesCameronMovies
May 11th, 2016
Titanic. Aliens. The Terminator. Avatar. Etc. James Cameron has made some of the biggest movies of all time, and we break them down one by one in this week’s SPECIAL FEATURE episode: #AllJamesCameronMovies.
Vidiots Show Beyond II: The Wrath of Khan
May 7th, 2016
Vidiots show’s Star Trek miniseries continues with a discussion of 1982’s STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN. Also, Clay and Darren speculate on which existing Star Trek character is most likely to appear on the new tv show!
Episode 26: Even Love Can Be a Lethal Weapon + Ask the Vidiots!
May 4th, 2016
Darren’s in NYC but that doesn’t stop the guys from discussing THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962) and LETHAL WEAPON (1987). Other topics include: SPACE JAM 2, how to make “Hamilton” a movie and ASK THE VIDIOTS!
Vidiots Show Beyond I: The Motion Picture
April 28th, 2016
Join Trek-enthusiasts Clay and Darren as they leave dry dock and embark on a 12-week mission, revisiting the entire Star Trek film cannon in anticipation of the release of STAR TREK BEYOND. They begin with 1979’s STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, joined by guest (and Star Trek newbie) David Janove.
Episode 25: Eat Your Coney Island + Quiz Show the Segment (with guest David Janove)
April 27th, 2016
Our 25th episode is super-sized! Special guest/quizmaster David Janove joins the guys to finally talk about PAPER MOON and WHAT’S UP DOC? and play the inaugural game of Quiz Show The Quiz Show The Segment! (Quiz begins at 1:00:00)
Episode 24: Grab Bag + Ask the Vidiots!
April 23rd, 2016
There’s a little bit of everything this week, as Clay and Darren talk about STAR TREK, PIXAR, reality tv shows and Darren’s trip to CinemaCon 2016. Also, the first installment of Ask the Vidiots!
Special Feature: Top 5 Superhero Movies DRAFT!
April 14th, 2016
What are the five greatest superhero movies of all time? Listen as Clay and Darren compile the ultimate list, using a ruthless, cut-throat draft system.
Special Feature: #AllDiabloCodyMovies
April 6, 2016
Diablo Cody won an Oscar for her first produced screenplay, and has gone on to have one of Hollywood’s most interesting and diverse filmographies of recent years. We take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to discss #AllDiabloCodyMovies.
Episode 23: Robots and Wives
April 1, 2016
Haley Joel Osment wants to be a real boy. Sydney Pollack, Mia Farrow, et al want real relationships. It’s Spielberg’s A.I. and Woody Allen’s HUSBANDS AND WIVES this week on the podcast, along with the return of EW Headlines!
Episode 22: Bat-Episode
Mar. 23rd, 2016
Vidiots clerk and DC Comic expert Ryan Marker joins Clay and Darren to discuss the two most “cartoony” Batman films: 1966’s BATMAN: THE MOVIE and 1993’s BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM, as well as the entire big screen Batman canon.
Episode 21: Gone Girls
Mar. 16th, 2016
Women keep vanishing into thin air this week, as Clay and Darren discuss 1960’s L’AVVENTURA and 1975’s PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK. Also: What we’ve been watching, including THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY, Alicia Vikander’s entire filmography and Woody Allen’s IRRATIONAL MAN.
Episode 20: Branded to Killer Joe
Mar. 9th, 2016
It’s “gleefully depraved hitman dark comedy” week on the show, with Seijun Suzuki’s BRANDED TO KILL (1967) and William Friedkin’s KILLER JOE (2011). Also: Hot, fresh EW Headlines!
Episode 19: You Can’t Handle The Juice
Mar. 2nd, 2016
Darren doesn’t like Aaron Sorkin. Clay doesn’t much care for Tim Burton. Let’s look at one major early work by each (A Few Good Men and Beetlejuice) and try to figure out why. Also: EW headlines!
Special Feature: 2016 Academy Awards®
Mar. 1st, 2016
Award season is officially over (for a few weeks anyhow)! What were the big surprises? Snubs? Etc?! Clay and Darren discuss the 88th Academy Awards®.
Episode 18: Immorality My Be Fun…
Feb. 24th, 2016
Pre-code sex farce/romantic comedies are the focus of this week’s show, both starring Miriam Hopkins and both directed with the Ernst Lubitsch “touch,” 1932’s TROUBLE IN PARADISE and 1933’s DESIGN FOR LIVING. Also #AllTheirMovies, Amy Adams edition. Also also Clay misidentifies Fredric March as having been in ALL ABOUT EVE, and begs your forgiveness.
Special Feature: #AllSpielbergEndings
Feb. 17th, 2016
There are those out there on the internet who say that legendary director Steven Spielberg, despite his unassailable genius, has a propensity to stumble at the finish line, favoring “happy” endings over “good” ones. Clay and DArren put this theory to the test, in a full episode devoted exclusively to #AllSpielbergEndings.
Episode 17: Cool Beans
Feb. 10th, 2016
Clay makes Darren watch (soon to be) cult comedies HOT ROD and MACGRUBER. What ensues is a respectfully contentious and highly spirited discussion in which they solve comedy.
Episode 16: The Many Films of Tom Ripley
Feb. 3rd, 2016
“How’s the listening, Tommy? Tommy. How’s the listening? Tommy, Tommy, Tommy.”
Patricia Highsmith’s lovable psychopath Tom Ripley is one of fiction’s most indelible and durable characters, having been reinterpreted by five different actors in five different films since 1960. Clay and Darren dig into four of them, 1960’s PURPLE NOON, 1977’s THE AMERICAN FRIEND, 1999’s THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY and 2002’s RIPLEY’S GAME.
Episode 15: Haynes Directs Moore
Jan. 27th, 2016
The two fascinating collaborations between director Todd Haynes and actor Julianne Moore, 1995’s SAFE and 2002’s FAR FROM HEAVEN are the primary topics of this episode. Detours include: what defines a movie musical, unseen Altman movies and Pacific Rim vs. Godzilla.
Mini-Episode: Academy Award Nominations
Jan. 25th, 2016
Who got their due? Who got snubbed? Clay and Darren break down the 2016 Academy Award nominations and the whole idea of the Oscars in general.
Episode 14: Severus and the Starman
Jan. 20th, 2016
It’s a bittersweet week on the show as Clay and Darren talk about their favo(u)rite Alan Rickman performances, then celebrate the life and work of David Bowie through a discussion of the films VELVET GOLDMINE and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH.
Episode 13: Limeys and Psychopaths
Jan. 13th, 2016
Clay and Darren gab about the 2016 (Golden) Globes then discuss two tales of revenge and murder under the bright glow of the Los Angeles sun: Steven Soderbergh’s THE LIMEY and Martin McDonagh’s SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS.
Episode 12: Finger Lickin’ Good
Jan. 7th, 2016
It’s a new year as Clay and Darren discuss the early filmography of Academy Award Winner Kathryn Bigelow (Near Dark, Blue Steel & Strange Days), tie up loose ends from the 2015 Draft and play a round of #AllTheirMovies.
Mini-Episode – ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Spoilercast
Jan. 6th, 2016
Now that Darren and Clay and everyone else on Earth have seen Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, it’s time to really get into it. SPOILERS, obviously.
Episode 11: Best of 2015 Draft
Dec. 30th, 2015
What were the best films of 2015? Things get rather intense as Clay and Daren employ brutal draft-style technique to decide upon the Vidiots Video Store Top 13 of 2015 list!
Episode 10: A Vidiots Christmas Carol
Dec. 23rd, 2015
Come in, and know several different film interpretations of A Christmas Carol better, man! Get in the holiday spirit with Clay and Darren as they discuss their favorite adaptations of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, then break down the career of Christmas action movie auteur Shane Black.
Episode 9: Star Wars
Dec. 16th, 2015
Star Wars! OOHHoohhhhhhhhh. Join Clay and Darren as they preview THE FORCE AWAKENS in true VVSS form: by talking about Akira Kurosawa’s THE HIDDEN FORTRESS and Mike Hodge’s FLASH GORDON. Also: #AllTheirMovies Natalie Portman edition and the guys pitch their SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON remake ideas.
Episode 8: #ArtyAF
Dec. 9th, 2015
Mother… join Clay and Darren as they have what is certainly their artsiest discussion, talking about Terrene Malick’s THE NEW WORLD and Michelangelo Antonioni’s ZABRISKIE POINT. And what better way to begin that discussion than with twenty minutes about THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. and 2015’s many spy romps?
Episode 7: Bogart Rising
Nov. 30th, 2015
It’s all Bogie this week as Clay and Darren talk about his first lead role in Raoul Walsh’s HIGH SIERRA and his first on-screen pairing with Lauren Bacall in Howard Hawks’ TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT. Plus, another round of #AllTheirMovies, Harrison Ford edition!
Episode 6: Celebrate Me Home
Nov. 24th, 2015
Realizing it’s Thanksgiving, Clay and Darren delay their Bogie discussion in favor of two films about “going home:” Woody Allen’s INTERIORS and Ted Demme’s BEAUTIFUL GIRLS. But first, Darren dishes out up-to-the-minute Hollywood scoops.
Episode 5: #AllMyBondMovies
Nov. 18th, 2015
“Spectre” came out like two weeks ago, so Clay and Darren, fingers ever on the pulse of pop culture, dive deep into the entire Bond canon, focusing on 1987’s The Living Daylights and 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies. They also join Shia LaBeouf in #ALLMYMOVIES by doing a speed run through his entire IMDB filmography. Recorded at Vidiots in Santa Monica, California.
Nov. 11th, 2015
Clay and Darren dive deep into the season finale of Project Greenlight and The Leisure Class, then examine the career of Sylvester Stallone through the lens of James Mangold’s Cop Land and Mikael Hafstrom’s Escape Plan.
Nov. 4th, 2015
Clay and Darren break down Mike Hodges’ Michael Caine-tears-through-Northern-England classic Get Carter and George Armitage’s under-appreciated black comedy cult classic Miami Blues. They also discuss the hot film news of the day and land on a very topical set of assignments for next time!
Oct. 28th, 2015
In the second installment of the Vidiots Video Store Show, Clay and Darren discuss HBO’s Project Greenlight, F. Gary Gray directing FF8, and their respective viewing assignments: Notting Hill (Darren) and Dogtooth (Clay).
Oct. 19th, 2015
In the pilot episode of the Vidiots Video Store Show, Clay and Darren discuss Richard Curtis’ About Time and Jacques Demy’s The Young Girls of Rochefort, as well as the hot film news headlines of the day.