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Episode #132 – A Letter To Three Wives – with good friend Kellie Arnold!

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We are back for #132 with a movie that I have wanted us to talk about ever since we started this show: it’s 1949’s A Letter To Three Wives, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (who, you may remember, wrote and directed All About Eve one year later).

The Three Wives: angst never looked so glam…

Oh!And along for the ride is our good friend Kellie Arnold! We had a great time talking about this movie! We hope you join our movie party, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

A Letter To Three Wives – 1949
A Letter To Three Wives – 1949
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Episode #131 – The Man In The Moon – aka Reese Witherspoon slays in her first film role!

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Greetings HYSTOphiles! Welcome to Episode #131, where we discuss the film where Reese Witherspoon absolutely shines in her screen debut! It’s Keith’s choice: 1991’s The Man In The Moon.

She shines! She also swims…

I usually don’t show my hand when I post here, but this movie was so wonderful I just can’t hide how much I enjoyed it!

I’ll say it again: she shines!

Naturally we also talk about what’s been entertaining us lately, and I let Keith know what movie he’ll be watching next time.

We hope you join our movie party, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

The Man In The Moon – 1991
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#130 is full of REVENGE! “For Love Of The Game” & “Zaat”…CINEMA TORTURE IS BACK!

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Who’s Zaat?

Welcome to HYSTO? Episode #130! This time around Keith and I are the victims, while our good friends Shawna West and Paul Kastava get their Cinematic Revenge! Yes, they have each chosen a movie that they are SURE is going to torture us both!

First up is Paul’s choice, the Kevin Costner baseball flick from 1999, For Love Of The Game.

I mean, Kevin Costner in a baseball movie? Really? Who would have thought?!?!

Paul knows that the easiest way to torture me is to make watch a sports-themed movie, but will this movie equally cause sports-fan Keith anguish? We’ll see…

After that, we tackle Shawna’s pick, the 1971 creature feature extraordinaire, Blood Waters Of Dr. Z, aka Legend of the Zaat Monster, aka Hydra, aka Attack Of The Swamp Creatures, aka ZAAT!

What’s Zaat?

As you can tell by the above photos of Zaat, the filmmakers spared no expense when filming this magical monster movie. I assure you that every bit of that $1.98 is up on that screen!

Naturally we all share what has been entertaining us lately, and Keith announces what movie he has in store for me for episode #131…AFTER Keith and I place our votes for which film was the most torturous on this episode.

We really had a lot fun recording this one, and we really do hope you join our movie party because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

For Love Of The Game – 1999
Zaat – 1971
aka Blood Waters Of Dr. Z – 1971
aka Hydra – 1971
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Episode #129 celebrates our 5th Anniversary! Higher Learning & Amèlie!

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Greetings HYSTOphiles, and welcome to our 5th Anniversary Celebration! Helping us celebrate is our good friend (and our good luck charm) Kellie Arnold! Keith and I, once again, have chosen two movies that couldn’t be more different from each other.

First up is Keith’s choice: the John Singleton film Higher Learning, from 1995. This movie stars so many people that are famous now…it’s insane!

Laurence Fishburne, Omar Epps, and Ice Cube are just the tip of the “ice” berg…ha ha…

My choice is the 2001 French masterpiece Amèlie. Kellie is joining us because this is her absolute favorite movie of all time!

Starring the unbelievably charming Audrey Tautou…

Of course we also talk about what has been entertaining us lately, then Keith and Kellie and I talk about what we think are the best and worst movies that we have covered over the last five years!

We hope you join us for our 5th Anniversary celebration, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Higher Learning – 1995

 

Amèlie – 2001
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Episode #128 – where it’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature! “Piranha” & “White Water Summer” with guest Erin Casteneda!

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Welcome to #128, HYSTOphiles! We’re having hot fun in the summertime, and some weird times on the water! Our two movies include a 1978 summertime classic (and my choice) Piranha, helmed by Gremlins director Joe Dante. This is a movie that you can definitely judge by its trailer…

Yep. Pretty up-front…

Then we talk about Keith’s pick: a film from 1987 called White Water Summer starring Kevin Bacon and Sean Astin. This is a movie that you can NOT judge by its trailer…

It’s a fun, summer romp movie for kids…NOT!!!

Along for the ride is our good friend and 70’s horror movie enthusiast Erin Casteneda! She joins in as we talk about what’s been entertaining us lately, and Keith and I announce what movies we will be talking about next time when we celebrate our 5th Anniversary!!! We hope you join our movie party, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

White Water Summer – 1987
Piranha – 1978
PIranha – 1978
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#127 is here, featuring ED WOOD & KINGPIN!

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Howdy HYSTOphiles! Welcome to Episode #127! After our Torture Episodes we decided to try and actually entertain each other this time around!

We start with my choice: a movie that is a true love letter to film. It’s 1994’s Ed Wooddirected by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Edward D. Wood Jr. and Martin Landau as an unforgettable Bela Lugosi.

Two great actors, two great performances…

Oh, I almost forgot, it also stars…BILL MURRAY!

The man. The myth. The legend.

Then we move on to Keith’s choice, The Farrelly Brothers bowling-fest from 1996, KingpinIt stars Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid.

Lookin’ good…

Oh, and it also stars…BILL MURRAY!

Lookin’ good…

We also talk about what’s been keeping us occupied entertainment-lately, as usual, and we announce what movies we will cover in our next double-feature episode! We really hope you join our movie party, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Ed Wood – 1994
Kingpin – 1996
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The Cinema Torture Challenge continues with Episode #126 – Samurai Cop & Blood Feast!

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Hello HYSTOphiles, and welcome to our second Movie Torture Tournament! Keith and I both did our best to bring the pain, and this time around our guest judge is none other than our good friend and former co-host Paul Kastava!

Our first painful-to-watch film is Keith’s choice: 1991’s Samurai Cop, which has some of the biggest hair since the 1980’s…

Shake that mane!

I had heard of this movie, because it features the star of the Maniac Cop movies, Mr. Robert Z’Dar…

Obviously a love story…

After that fun we tackle what agree is the very first “Splatter Film”…Blood Feast from way back in 1963…

What’s the matter, honey? Fuad Ramses got your tongue?

This gore classic (which I picked REALLY just to “skeeve out” Paul) stars Connie Mason! The poster boasts “You read about her in Playboy!” Uh huh. You read about her…

Connie Mason. Actress…I guess? Maybe? I mean, you read about her in Playboy…

We also share our friend Matt Bennison’s Top 5 Movies Of All Timeand we also share some of your choices for  The Worst Movie Of All Time! As far as who won this movie torture battle, you’ll have to listen in to see whose choice Paul picked (but I’m guessing you can probably figure that one out…) We hope you do listen in, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Samurai Cop – 1991
Blood Feast – 1963
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Episode #125 is our first Cinema Torture Smackdown! Plan 9 From Outer Space vs. Saving Christmas!

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Welcome to Episode #125, our first CINEMA TORTURE SMACKDOWN!!! Keith and I each picked a movie that we thought would be pure punishment for the other to watch. Who will decide which movie is worse? Well, this time around it’s none other than our good friend Shawna West!

First up for consideration is my choice, 1957’s Plan 9 From Outer Spacedirected by Edward D. Wood. the film stars movie hostess Vampira, wrestler Tor Johnson, “psychic” Criswell, and Bela Lugosi…

Well, “almost starring” Bela Lugosi…

Second up is Keith’s choice for me (and Shawna), 2014’s Saving Christmas, aka Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, starring, uh, Kirk Cameron…

That is NOT Kirk Cameron. Also: is this a killer Santa Claus movie?

Along with our movie battle, we announce my friend Scott McBee’s Top 5 Movies Of All Time! We also announce the titles of the movies some friends have labeled The Worst Movie Of All Time.

As far as which of these two movies Shawna chose as the worst torture, you’re going to have to listen in to find out! We really hope you join us for our movie battle, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Plan 9 From Outer Space – 1957
Saving Christmas – 2014
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Episode #124 Don’t Look Now…with our friend Erin Casteneda!

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Welcome back, HYSTOphiles! We are here with Episode #124, a classic 70’s film: Don’t Look Now, directed by Nicolas Roeg.

Starring Donald Sutherland & Julie Christie

Of course, since this is a 70’s horror/thriller, we had to invite our good friend Erin Casteneda along for the ride! We also share our friend Latrice Carter‘s Top 5 Movies Of All Time, and Keith and I finally announce our first choices for our first Cinematic Torture Fest!

We hope you join our movie party, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Don’t Look Now – 1973

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Episode #123 – Hoosier daddy? 1986’s “Hoosiers” starring Gene Hackman!

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SINK THAT BALL, HYSTOphiles! (Wait. Was that the correct sports reference? I never know…) 

Hello, and welcome to Episode #123, where we discuss the baseball film…no, wait, basketball film Hoosiers, starring Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, and, in the only Academy Award nominated performance of his career, Dennis Hopper!

Yes. That Dennis Hopper. But not that film…

Now, this is a film that I have heard a great deal about but, obviously, have never seen. While I famously don’t like movies about sports, I was happy to hear that Barbara Hershey was in it.

Again: right actor, wrong film…

Set in the 50’s, this movie is supposed to be based on a true story. Uh huh. Heard that one before. I also heard that Mr. Gene Hackman thought this movie would be a bomb…

No. I mean yes that’s Gene Hackman, but this is from The Poseidon…oh forget it…

As usual we also discuss what has been entertaining us lately, and our good friend Knives Monroe shares his Top 5 Movies Of All Time!

We really hope you join our movie party, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Hoosiers – 1986