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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 113: Butterflies are Free

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On the new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast, Todd is joined by Audrey Fox from 1001 Movies and Beyond to discuss 1972’s Butterflies are Free…a film largely forgotten today, but which won an acting Oscar back in the day.

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Show Notes:
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Movies Discussed:
Butterflies are Free
BlacKkKlansman
Overboard

Music:
“Protofunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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The Real Cancun

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MTV in the 80’s was awesome! Music videos all day long, crush-worthy VJ’s like Martha Quinn…it was the perfect way to veg out in front of the TV when there was nothing good on HBO. Gradually, though, so-called Music Television began to move away from the videos. Two of their more successful diversions were their annual coverage of spring break activities and one of the first forays into reality television, The Real World. So, in 2003, the two were put together for a big screen outing that quickly fizzled at the box office…The Real Cancun.

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The premise of the film is much like that of The Real World series. Not surprising considering it was produced by the creators of the series, Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray. Simply put, a group of college-aged kids from around the US are brought together to live in a fancy beach house in Cancun, Mexico for a week. We follow them as they go from party to party over the course of the spring break week. Occasionally they stop pouring alcohol down their throats long enough to go horseback riding or frolic in the water with dolphin. In one scene a girl bungee jumps from a platform and is stung by a jellyfish upon hitting the water. After having to endure Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, this is the second film I’ve watched in as many days where someone is bathed in urine after a jellyfish encounter. Mostly, though, these kids get drunk a lot and rub their body parts against each other.

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There are a few attempts at creating storylines for a few members of the cast. Most prominent is the tale of Alan, who is a bit awkward with the ladies and has never consumed alcohol in his life. Of course, by the end of the film he’s a slobbering drunk and borderline sexual criminal. There is also a male/female set of friends, who are besties but have never gotten romantic. So there’s a whole will they won’t they thing with them. Many other hookups happen among the cast members in between the wet T-shirt and hot body contests.

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I guess I can understand why someone thought this film would be a good idea. After all, reality TV was a big big deal, so why not start a new wave of reality movies!? This film was rushed into production and even showed up in theaters a mere month after it was filmed. All was for naught, though, as it tanked and quickly vanished from the public consciousness despite an almost immediate home video release. I’m one of only 233 people to have even logged watching this film on Letterboxd! That’s not unusual for an obscure film released in the 1930’s, but this one is only 15 years old! I dare say, though, it’s kind of a worthy fate for a film that so clumsily walks the line between what is considered filmmaking and what is simply pointing a camera at stupid people doing stupid things.

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In a lot of ways, this film exploits that thing that was under the surface of The Real World which (I believe) drove people to tune in. It was that dark thought in the back of people’s minds that we might see these people who have been thrown together do something salacious with each other. For this film it was pretty much guaranteed. We’ve got Cancun, we’ve got horny kids, we’ve got booze…somebody’s gonna be bumpin’ uglies before long. The producers were so sure of it, they’ve even got night vision cameras installed over all the potential copulating venues around the house. Let’s just say we do get to see some grainy footage of bed sheets moving in rhythmic ways. I can’t help but wonder if this isn’t the fulfillment of what the producers wanted out of their Real World series all along had they not been constrained by the chains of basic cable. Thing is, it’s not the slightest bit entertaining and could certainly never be called “art.”

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Even from a documentary standpoint, the film is a disaster. I’m using the term “documentary” very loosely there, I might add. None of the people we get to spend 96 minutes with here are even interesting enough to warrant a 15 second Instagram video. Many of them, especially the guys, are so lacking in personality that they are virtually indistinguishable from each other. The one standout is Alan, primarily because he is not an over-tanned muscle head like the others and because he has no interest in consuming alcohol. He just wants to “see some boobies,” which is a desire he shares out loud several times. Thing is, the whole sobriety thing goes down the drain when he realizes getting plotzed will help make his dreams of exposed mammaries come true. It’s predictable and pathetic. Quite frankly, I think his story may have been more interesting had he found a way of being a party guy but without the liver damage. This is all “real” though, we see what actually happened, nothing was scripted (insert gif of Ray Liotta laughing from Goodfellas here).

Luckily, this awful awful movie had little to no impact on popular culture. Only one cast member, the small-town girl from Wisconsin Laura Ramsey, has gone on to other movies and TV shows. I was tempted to Google the other cast members, partly to see what they are up to and partly so I can be sure to avoid any potential contact with any of their professional endeavors. This brief intrusion into my life was more than enough for me to handle, thank you very much.

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The Quarter Arcades ‘PAC-MAN™’ ¼ Scale Arcade Cabinet

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Numskull Designs is incredibly proud to team up with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment for the first in a series of Quarter Arcades exclusives!

The world’s most recognisable video game ‘PAC-MAN’ has gone back to where it began with one of the most realistically-presented formats of the original platform. ‘PAC-MAN’ as a character inspired generations and the original game is still one of the most addictive arcade experiences ever created – and now you can experience the real deal from the comfort of your home as it was in the 1980’s.

This official, fully playable, highly collectible 1/4 scale replica stays true to the original arcade cabinet, with everything from its artwork, button/joystick sizes, and coin-mechanism shrunk down proportionately, so you get an authentic arcade experience that can be conveniently played on a desk, or displayed with pride on your shelf.

Whether you’re experiencing PAC-MAN for the very first time, or have fond memories of spending your pocket money gobbling up ghosts, this is the most authentic, playable miniature replica on the market!

– Official Bandai Namco Entertainment licensed product: 1/4 scale playable replica of the original 1980s PAC-MAN arcade cabinet
– Quarter Arcades #1: First of the series – collect them all to build your own miniature arcade!
– Releasing as a ‘Collectors Edition’: Limited to only 10,000 units!
– Includes exclusive ‘PAC-MAN’ coin and ‘Collectors Edition’ packaging: – once they’re gone, they’re gone
– Realistic replica: Everything from the artwork, shape, wooden shell and buttons are precise replicas
– High-quality: Made for durability, playability, and portability, playing the original arcade ROM

The Quarter Arcades ¼ PAC-MAN arcade cabinet is available worldwide to pre-order here for £149.99, and will be shipping in early December 2018.

The first ever ¼ PAC-MAN arcade cabinet will be unveiled at the Play Expo event in London on August 11th-12th at the Quarter Arcades stand.

Here are the super nerdy specs, for those that want to be sure this is the real deal:
– Height x 430mm – Width x 160mm – Depth x 210mm
– 5 inch full-colour TFT screen with 4:3 ratio
– 3-watt built-in speaker with volume control
– Built-in rechargeable lithium battery for portable use
– Micro USB powered (1.8m cable included)
– LED backlit marquee banner
– Reverse air vents with wire mesh
– Replica wooden shell with metal details
– 100% accurate emulation running the original arcade ROM on a bespoke emulator

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 112: The Left Handed Gun

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On the new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast, Todd is joined by DJ Valentine from Simplistic Reviews to look at a film that features Paul Newman as Billy the Kid, 1958’s The Left Handed Gun.

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Show Notes:
Simplistic Reviews
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Movies Discussed:
The Left Handed Gun
Three O’Clock High
Penn and Teller Get Killed

Music:
“Protofunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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MCM Comiccon Manchester

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For those of us of a geeky nature, this weekend sees MCM Comiccon’s huge event taking place in Manchester!

I am a huge fan of Conventions and Comiccons. I’ve met quite a few famous people at them, (I’m genuinely not bragging that I hang around with celebs in real life – I don’t, and I did have to pay to get autographs just like every normal fan at a convention does,) but the bit I enjoy the most is the huge amount of stalls that attend conventions.

Tireless vendors who travel around the country, selling everything from replica props from films and TV, and autographed photos, to genuine collectors toys and original 80s wares. A few years ago I managed to buy a full set of original 80s A-Team collectible trading cards. 30 years after I originally started collecting, I finally managed to complete the set!

We will be there, hopefully having a quick chat to attendees along with stall holders.

Tickets are available right up until the doors open on Saturday, but if you miss the cut off for buying online you can always pay on the door and go straight in.

Doors open from 9am for Priority Ticket holders, and from 11 for everyone else.

Get in early, get around the traders and get some bargains! It is going to be huge! How huge? They wrote a song about it :

Whats that coming over the hill, MCM Comicon, MCM Comicconnnnn!

Click to find out about all the events over both days – MCM Comiccon Manchester

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Walt Sent Me Episode 100: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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The 100th episode of Walt Sent Me is here! To celebrate the occasion we court controversy by discussing last year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We also look at a bizarre Goofy short called No Smoking.

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