Oscar season is here, and it brings with it the promise of real-life stories of famous people, doing the thing that made them famous. There's no end of examples of the biopic that we could have tied it to, but this particular week it's the Winston Churchill-during-wartime tale Darkest Hour that'll do the honors for inspiring our topic. And while national leaders make a good subject for this kind of treatment, we can hardly forget all the musicians, rebels, authors, movie stars, war heroes, athletes, and people suffering from terrible diseases who've graced our screens in the past.
By special request of Patreon donor Travis Neeley, we're happy to share our list of the best parody movies ever made. Whether born of love or pure hateful mockery, the desire to parody individual movies or whole genres has resulted in some of cinema's funniest features, and we share our favorites this episode.
The new adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express concerns - avert your eyes, if you're spoilerphobic - a murder that is committed on the Orient Express, the famed luxury train. If you want to know whodunnit, or why they dunnit, you'll just have to go see the movie - or watch the Oscar-winning 1974 adaptation, or read Agatha Christie's original novel - but we reveal a different kind of secret on this episode: our favorite cinematic murder mysteries of all time. It's wall to wall shifty butlers, untraceable poisons, and well-timed thunderstorms.
In Worth Mentioning Tim covers the aforementioned Murder on the Orient Express, while the entire crew try managing an episode without Rob.
Thor: Ragnarok has quite a few apparent selling points - its bright colors, Cate Blanchett, a robust New Zealand sense of humor, finally being a Thor film that doesn't suck - but surely we can all agree that one of the things the marketing folks at Marvel hope we're really excited for is the promise of a Thor-on-Hulk fight, one on one.
No better time, then, to look over the long history of violent cinema and pick our favorite movie fights. From boxing matches to back alley brawls, no holds are barred as we select our favorite beatdowns of every sort.