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You know that awkward situation when you’re just making harmless small talk and suddenly the other person unloads years of emotional baggage on you? That’s what it’s like when you watch BIRDMAN and suddenly feel like you know waaaay too much about …
Legend says if you were quiet enough during the opening weekend of HUDSON HAWK, you could hear Bruce Willis’ soul shattering into a million bitter pieces. Poor Bruce gave his all in an offbeat super quirky adventure heist musical extravaganza and t…
Did Ben Stiller ego grow way out of hand, or did he finally evolve into the everyman we always knew he could be? Is his WALTER MITTY a love poem to himself, or an ode to all of us who aren’t major superstars? More importantly: is Kristen Wiig’s ren…
Must we mock England so relentlessly? Must we maliciously tell the embellished story of a conman who preyed on royalty and got away with it? Alex and Julio tackle yet another Best Picture Winner that got its Oscar by making fun of foreign customs, …
Science versus religion! Spock versus his own brother! Shatner versus God!!!! How on Earth is this movie considered the worst Star Trek movie ever made??? Listen to Alex and Julio as they marvel at the talents of William Shatner behind and in front…
On today’s episode: a movie that celebrates an artist’s worst tendencies. Adultery, procrastination, irresponsibility, self-centeredness, and an overall lack of a moral center. In other words, Academy Awards catnip! Listen to Alex and Julio as they…
Join us for a very special mini live episode! Recorded during Julio’s birthday party, with a little bit of audience participation during Real Talk, listen to The Contrarians tackle the surprise Netflix critical darling CAM! What is the online behem…
Oh my god, you killed Martin Brest’s career!!! You bastards!!!! Awards Season is upon us and what better way to celebrate it than by rescuing an infamous “turkey” (yeah, yeah, we know) and telling the world about how awesome it actually is? Listen …
A room full of coked-up screenwriters and producers shouting WHAT IF over each other. That has to have been the genesis of the Keanu Reeves / Sandra Bullock vehicle SPEED, a movie where Keanu does things with a bus you didn’t think possible, all wh…
The Tomatometer score for FRED CLAUS is the perfect example of America not knowing how good something is until they lose it. Paul Giamatti as Santa Claus? That only happens once in a lifetime, if you are lucky. And to have him surrounded by a cast …
Guys, we are only three years away from the future portrayed in JOHNNY MNEMONIC, a Keanu Reeves cyber-punk vehicle that confused critics so much, they just had to slap a rotten 16% Tomatometer score on it. Listen to Alex and Julio as they marvel at…
The 80s: when the dumbest scientist in the universe could develop world-changing technology and the one female journalist in the US couldn’t see the flashing red flags all around him. Oh, and also when all David Cronenberg had to do to wow critics …
On the surface: a slick attempt to bring back adult erotic thrillers to the mainstream. Deeper down: THE BOY NEXT DOOR actually tried to reinforce traditional family values by showing Jennifer Lopez she should forgive her cheating husband instead o…
Four years of doing this show. Holy cow. Join us in this birthday celebration as we hand out our annual awards: The Embries and The Rousies! Also, The Gad. And a new addition to the Contrarians Awards Family, The Ruffalo! Don’t worry, we explain it…
Sooner or later, somebody was going to try to demystify gay women in a mainstream movie. Sooner or later, straight white men were going to pay for all the stuff they’d gotten away with since the dawn of time. So 2010 saw the arrival of THE KIDS ARE…
This Halloween you get a very special treat: our very first commentary track! Listen to Alex, Julio and returning guest Reid Lansford (from the Other Worlds Austin Film Festival) talk all through HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS. Fire up y…
How do you feel about a Mummy Movie that features The Sandman more than the expected “man wrapped in bandages”? Do you think Brendan Fraser was an Indiana Jones knock-off or a worthy heir to Harrison Ford’s adventuring roles? Is Stephen Sommers’ mo…
There was a Buffy movie before there was a Buffy TV show, and to say something got lost in the translation is an understatement. Listen to Alex and Julio as they mourn all the cool things the vampire slayer left behind as Joss Whedon sold out to ge…
Like a direct-to-video project accidentally getting theatrical release, DONNIE BRASCO rolled into movie theaters as a gangster movie that couldn’t afford proper gangsters. Listen to Alex and Julio as they discuss what happens when Johnny Depp is as…
One Travolta, thirteen movies and a whole bunch of made-up awards. It's The Travolties!!!! Listen as Alex and Julio recap The Summer Of Travolta while doling out recognition to the best and the worst of the past four months. Also: a "Where is Travo…
Is there anything cooler than being meta? Yes: being John Travolta and being meta at the same time. Alex and Julio arrive at the last stop in The Summer of Travolta as they contend with a sequel that wasn't content to be a sequel. BE COOL is a sequ…
What did John Travolta do as soon as he rose from the dead like a Brooklyn Phoenix in the mid 90s? He made a movie that was all about him bullying his way through Hollywood. Listen to Alex and Julio begin to close the book on The Summer of Travolta…
Improbable Smarts VS Impossible Coolness: Dawn of Hackers. My god, the early 2000s were the coolest time to be alive. Need proof? Check out this untold tale of the X-men, where Wolverine and Storm form an uneasy alliance with John Travolta. Three i…
It's hard to take Brian De Palma's BLOW OUT seriously, mainly because it tries to convince you that a hunk like John Travolta belongs behind the camera, not in front of one. Also because it casts the silly guy from THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN as a supp…
There isn't a purer Travolta than SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Travolta and what that means for the Italian American community might not be the same as for other Americans out there. Listen to Alex and Julio cope with the worst behavior exhibited in the Su…
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Podcast Details
Started
Dec 9th, 2014
Latest Episode
Apr 16th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
108
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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