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  • 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.

  • Episode 38 – Always Be My Maybe (2019) and The Farewell (2019)

    This week on What's On the Pile we've got Always Be My Maybe, the 2019 Ali Wong and Randall Park romantic comedy, followed by The Farewell (2019), starring Awkwafina in this dramatic comedy.

  • Episode 37 – The Raid: Redemption (2011) and Dredd (2012)

    It's action movie week here on What's On the Pile with two action masterpieces that are remarkably similar. First up is The Raid: Redemption, the Indonesian action flick directed by Gareth Evans about a group of cops ascending a monolithic tower to get to the drug lord at the top, followed by Dredd, the Karl Urban action flick about two law officers called Judges ascending a monolithic tower to get to the drug lord at the top.

  • Episode 36 – My Mom’s a Werewolf (1989) and The Wolfman (2010)

    Thought we were done with horror because October is over? Think again! On this episode we have a werewolf double feature, starting with the burning garbage heap that is called My Mom's a Werewolf (1989), followed by the box office bomb The Wolfman (2010). Awoooo!

  • Episode 35 – Horror of Dracula (1958) and The Brides of Dracula (1960)

    Horror October comes to a close with two Hammer classics: Horror of Dracula (1958), a retelling of the Bram Stoker classic, followed by Brides of Dracula (1960), which does not actually contain THE Dracula, just A Dracula.

  • Episode 34 – Slither (2006) and The VelociPastor (2018)

    We continue our horror movie month with Slither (2006), the James Gunn directed splatter comedy about an extraterrestrial threat, followed by so-bad-it's-good-on-purpose The VelociPastor (2018), a love story about a man who changes into a velociraptor and eats people.