• 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.

  • Episode 42 – Silent Night Deadly Night (1984) and Silent Night Deadly Night 3 (1989)

    I'm sorry about this one folks - we continue our holiday cheer with a double feature of slaughtering Santas with Silent Night Deadly Night, a mean little piece of garbage you're better off not seeing, followed by Silent Night Deadly Night 3: Better Watch out, a weird, almost art house sequel written and directed by Monte Hellman, of all people.

  • Episode 41 – April and the Extraordinary World (2015) and Ernest & Celestine (2012)

    It's French animation week on What's On the Pile as we delve into April and the Extraordinary World, a steampunk adventure through a dystopia. Following that is Ernest & Celestine, a sweet story about a bear, a mouse, and institutional oppression.

  • Episode 40 – Dune (1984) and Dune (2021)

    It's an extra large episode this week as we delve into the world of Arrakis, or Dune, in both interpretations of Frank Herbert's novel. Starting with Dune (1984), we explore David Lynch's maligned vision of the novel, followed by Dune (2021), Denis Villeneuve's vision of the first half of the novel.

  • Episode 39 – Pieces of April (2003) and Ravenous (1999)

    Happy Thanksgiving! We celebrate the problematic holiday by watching Pieces of April (2003), the 2003 Katie Holmes film about a young woman trying to reconnect with her estranged family, followed by Ravenous (1999), the Guy Pearce/Robert Carlyle film about a cannibal amidst a fort on the frontier.