More Prince for your addiction!

July 8th, 2012

 As promised in episode one, here are the Prince clips we mentioned.

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Planet of the Apes, a film for atheists

July 6th, 2012

AVClub's latest Q&A, "Reconsidering Religion", is all about works of pop culture that affected the staff members' religious beliefs. The majority wrote about books or films that led them from Christianity to atheism, and I was surprised to find that I was no surprised by this, if that makes any sense. It seems to me that, on the internet, we atheists have the loudest voices, but in the non-virtual world, we're still less trusted than rapists.

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So, Nora Ephron died

June 27th, 2012

This week, Nora Ephron passed away. How many successful, popular female director/screenwriters does that leave Hollywood with? I can only think of one off the top of my head, so I'm going to guess "two."

Of course, when I read that news my masculine-feminist guilt went into high gear, because I have loathed Ephron's work for years. Why do her movies grate on my nerves so much? The obvious answer is that they're "feminine." I don't buy that, though. There are feminine-voice movies that I like. Isn't it possible that most of Ephron's work was just terrible?

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I finally saw Caché

June 21st, 2012

Yes, I know I'm way behind on pop culture in general. This is due in no small part to a tumorously-growing Netflix queue, a hellish bureaucracy in which DVDs and blu-rays must wait at least seven years before they reach my mailbox.

So that said, I finally got around to Caché, a Michael Haneke movie that made a huge splash back in 2005, when everybody had as many houses as his or her heart desired.

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And so begins our search

June 17th, 2012

Chris and I watch bad movies. Then we talk about them. Chris insisted that other people might enjoy our ramblings, and so, on that fateful day, Search for Schlock was born.

How does this work? Well, it's quite simple, really. The Omegahedron -- weapon of unimaginable power and with 20 sides -- will choose a movie for us to watch. You have to watch it too, because that's only fair. Then you'll download our podcast and laugh heartily at our insights, which will be legion.

To get us started, just this once, we're going to watch a movie not selected by the Omegahedron: Under the Cherry Moon, a film directed by Minneapolis's own funk-pop superstar, Prince. This was on my own insistence, since I'd already forced Chris (and our special guest for our first episode, Sally) to watch both Purple Rain (awesome!) and Graffiti Bridge (not so much). It's only fitting that they should complete the trilogy.

Of course, I've already seen Under the Cherry Moon like a half-dozen times. It's fantastic. Well, it's fantastic in the exact way that we're interested in for the purposes of our podcast: it is schlock to the nth degree. Hopefully Chris and Sally will learn to love it as much as I do.