Read it and Weep
Summary: Read it and Weep is a good podcast about bad books, movies, and TV. Each week 2.5 comedians and a guest make fun of things like Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, Going Rogue by Sarah Palin, and anything Keanu Reeves has been in.
It's time for #MarchBadness! We're going back to our roots of terrible stuff, starting with Fateful Findings, the 2013 film written/directed/starring/catered by Neil Breen, the David Lynch of bad movies. It's truly a magical day!
As promised, before we start #MarchBadness, we're doing one more episode about the best things last year. Well, this is about the TV show celebrating the best things last year. **Caution, this episode contains mild Black Panther spoilers in the second half.**
To close out #SmushMonth, we're smushing all 9 of this year's Best Picture Nominees into one huge conversation featuring three panelists who actually know things about movies!
This Disney sports movie will grab you by your knuckle pucks and make your spirit flying vee. Or maybe it won't. But either way, it'll force you to talk about hockey and the Olympics.
We haven't read a bonkers sex novel in a while so here we go. The jacket describes it like a sexual Tolkien, but that's an insult to Tolkien and the concept of sex. It's a rough read, with sexual assault with a magical creature as the inciting incident and going downhill from there. Thank you to Danny from Philly for sponsoring!
Femme fatales, Bill Pullman, and a guy who claims to be hung like a horse. It's a sometimes great sometimes just wacko neo noir from 1994: the year of movies. There's lots to talk about as our panel assembles at Helium Comedy Club in Portland, OR. Thank you to Paul from New Jersey for sponsoring and Joanne from Calgary for becoming a Meat Buddy!
It's big. It's shiny. There are snakes. It feels like every other scene was removed for no reason. And it barely made back it's budget. But boy is it interesting. We had lots to say about Gods of Egypt, the white-washed cheap-looking CGI adventure by Alex Proyas. Especially about the snakes. We really talked a lot about the snakes.
If you're looking for a swords and sandals epic, you're going to end up watching Ben-Hur, the 42-hour long film that swept the Oscars in 1959. It's a long story of a guy who had some bad times at the hands of the Romans but briefly met Jesus and exchanged waters. And it's kinda good? But Jesus it's long.
RiaW #424: Hercules (1997) JANTIQUITY
It's Jantiquity, our first ever month dedicated to swords and/or sandals. We're kicking it off with the 2000 Best Picture winner, Gladiator. The story of a poor tiger who gets kidnapped and forced to fight in the coliseum, only to lose to a former war general. Such a tragedy.
RiaW #422: Special! New Year's Q&A Episode
Read it and Weep used to be a podcast about bad books but mostly now it's a podcast about good movies. Whatever the topic, we use it to talk about ourselves and each other and it's usually kinda funny.
Grizzmass continues with our annual holiday tradition: a cheezy made-for-tv Christmas romance. This year, we're watching The Spirit of Christmas AKA Christmas Ghost, the film about a hard working attorney who falls in love the a B&B ghost. It's not the best movie, but it sure is interesting. Why is this ghost wearing Old Navy sweaters? If a guy and his fiance are both dead, is it technically cheating to sleep with him? So many questions. But mostly, just weird delight over Christmas Ghost.
It's the holiday season again (and a happy Grizzmass to you!), and this year we took our first swing at celebrating Hanukkah. Well, it turns out there aren't a lot of great Hanukkah movies, as we discovered when we watched the Adam Sandler animated film Eight Crazy Nights. Not only is it a terrible film with strong racist and transphobic tendencies, it's also not about Hanukkah at all. Oops. Also sorry we didn't talk more about pot this week.
Okay, I know this isn't a Grizzmass episode. But it's the top voted on topic by the Meat Buddies and just narrowly missed Wet Month and The Rocktober. Somehow it snuck into the month holiday month. And it is a vacation from using your brain. In this weirdo remake, The Rock is a lifeguard who thinks he's a spy or cop, and uses the power of his smile and homophobic jokes to stop a drug smuggler on the beach. All while Zac Efron and a Josh Gad-type sexually harass women in impractical swimwear.