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  • Episode 52 – Earl explained it to me

    No movie this week folks as we, instead, answer some questions and have a general discussion around different movies that we might not otherwise get to talk about on the show. It's a fun episode, so join us! Movies discussed: "Stand By Me," "The Devil's Advocate," "Wonderboys," "Tremors," "E.T.," "Amadeus," "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," multiple Spider-mans, and a bunch more!

  • Episode 51 – A Knight’s Tale (2001) and The Green Knight (2021)

    This week chivalry is only kind of dead with A Knight's Tale, the story of William (Heath Ledger) and his friends and their quest to find food through fraud, with fun anachronisms throughout. Following that is The Green Knight. This A24 release is a telling of the Arthurian legend "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" starring Dev Patel as Gawain.

  • Episode 50 – The Wages of Fear (1953) and Sorcerer (1977)

    This week we delve into Henri Georges Clouzot's The Wages of Fear (1953), a nihilistic film about four ex-pats taking a job driving trucks filled with nitroglycerin to an oil fire. Along the way they have philosophical adventures. After that is Sorcerer (1977), the William Friedkin remake starring Roy Scheider. It tells the same familiar story, only with the experimental nature of 70s filmmaking and a lot more backstory.

  • Episode 49 – Shattered (1991) and Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

    Get ready for some hard-boiled ridiculousness starting with Shattered, the 1991 Wolfgang Peterson romantic thriller starring Tom Berenger, Greta Scacchi, and Bob Hoskins about a man who is in a terrible car accident and lost his memory. Or was it really an accident? After that is Cast a Deadly Spell starring Fred Ward, Julianne Moore, Clancy Brown, and David Warner. This tells the story of private detective H. Philip Lovecraft, a man in 1948 who refuses to use magic, which is all the rage. When he takes a job searching for the Necronomicon, a book of great power, his past catches up with him as he's forced to figure out who's betraying who.

  • Episode 48 – Color Out of Space (2019) and Vampire’s Kiss (1988)

    It's a Nicolas Cage double feature this week, starting with the HP Lovecraft adaptation "Color Out of Space," a film about an indescribable color and the troubles it causes for a local family; followed by "Vampire's Kiss," which some consider to be Cage's masterpiece. In it he plays a yuppie who thinks he's a vampire but clearly isn't. All hail the expressionist acting of Nicolas Cage!

  • Episode 47 – Roar (1981) and Lost Soul: the Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)

    It's a ferocious double feature this week with Roar, the 1981 Tippi Hedren film where a family lives with real big cats - and we do mean real. These were untrained animals, resulting in over 70 on set injuries. It's a terrifying film. Then we have Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau, a documentary about some of the behind the scenes drama that happened on the set of Island of Dr. Moreau, the notorious Hollywood failure.

  • Episode 46 – For Love of the Game (1999) and Bull Durham (1988)

    It's a baseball themed episode here on What's On the Pile with For Love of the Game (1999), directed by Sam Raimi and starring Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston, followed by Bull Durham (1988), written and directed by Ron Shelton and starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins.

  • Episode 45 – Berberian Sound Studio (2012) and In Fabric (2018)

    Join us for a Peter Strickland double feature starting with Beberian Sound Studio (2012), a quiet film where very little happens and yet you're tense the entire time, followed by In Fabric, a delightful tale of a killer dress and its hapless victims.

  • Episode 44 – 200 Cigarettes (1999) and A Long Way Down (2014)

    Happy New Year from us at What's On the Pile! Join us as we dig into one New Year's Eve themed film with 200 Cigarettes (1999), an ensemble cast of vignettes as various people try to make it to a New Year's party. After that is A Long Way Down (2014), a kind-of related to New Year's film about four people with suicidal ideation who meat on New Year's and form a suicide pact. It's more upbeat than it sounds.

  • Episode 43 – The Wizard (1989) and 8-Bit Christmas (2021)

    Happy holidays from us here at What's On the Pile as we delve into one Christmas themed movie, and one that is tangentially related. The Wizard is the 1989 Fred Savage Nintendo commercial where we all got our first look at Super Mario Bros. 3, followed by 8-Bit Christmas, the Neil Patrick Harris holiday film about a young boy who wants nothing more than to get a NES for Christmas.