We pick two works--film or otherwise--that we feel would go well together and watch them sequentially. Then we pick them apart to find just how well they connected.
Man of Steel / Batman v. Superman | Double Bill: Episode 27
Spearheaded by co-host Michael Postle and guest Gregory Parks, there was skepticism on the Joshua Humphrey and Brian Watson-Jones front regarding this entry. The Facebook messenger rants we exchanged, trading thoughts on originality and what a superhero movie must do and set up, were barbed and long-winded. But we, in the spirit of compromise, united to bring you a slug fest on superheroes: a match-up of Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice: Extended Cut.*
I suppose, just like Superman and Batman, we too can put aside our differences for the greater good of defeating some sort of cave troll.
*This many colons is likely not appropriate by Chicago Manual of Style standards, but if Zack Snyder doesn’t care about narrative structure, then neither do I care about proper use of punctuation.**
**For further thoughts punctuation, see Double Bill, episode 19, The Voices / A Talking Cat!?!
Weekend at Bernie's / Swiss Army Man | Double Bill: Episode 26
Leave your corpse-related phobias at the door–today we’re matching up Weekend at Bernie’s and Swiss Army Man.
The 80’s buddy comedy and the 2016 (horror? independent? romantic comedy?) film utilize corpses as props, both for different purposes. Bernie is used as a social equalizer, allowing Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman) to freely hob-nob with 80s “elites,” while Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) is used as a literal swiss army knife to help Hank (Paul Dano) out of any number of situations.
Up next: Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman.
Weekend at Bernies / Swiss Army Man | Double Bill: Episode 25
Double Bill took a break for awhile, but we have a few episodes in the hopper waiting for your listening pleasure.
First up, we have passion projects from two creators: “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “UHF” and Mike Jittlov’s “Wizard of Speed and Time.” Listeners may recognize the first but have no idea about the second. Both are narratives about outsiders striving to create in worlds hostile to their visions.
While Yankovic’s career is long, storied, and popular, Jittlov’s seemingly faded after the “Wizard of Speed and Time” was finally released. Yankovic’s work, for lack of a better word, has heart, and element that is missing from “Wizard of Speed and Time.” There is passion and some inspired sequences, but that is not enough to sustain it.
Up next: “Weekend at Bernies” and “Swiss Army Man.”
Frozen Yogurt v. Gelato | Double Bill Nugget 8
Alex Collyard joins us in our continuing series of audience suggestions. We present for your edification frozen yogurt v. gelato, the case of the century! Will frozen yogurt see itself vindicated, and its status as ice cream’s healthy successor restored? Or will the Double Bill judges find for gelato and its marshmallowy texture and overall presentation? And, of course, what does Oscar Wilde have to say? Next, on Law & Order: Dessert.
Pumping Iron / Bigger Stronger Faster* | Double Bill: Episode 24
We last tackled documentaries when we paired Religulous and Going Clear. We return to the documentary well with Pumping Iron, the documentary that brought bodybuilding into public consciousness, and Bigger Stronger Faster*, which looks critically at steroid usage in American culture.
We’re joined this week by special guest Bill Stiteler! Bill is part of no less than three podcasts: Movie Date with Bill, The Birdchick Podcast, and Brandi and Bill talk about Blaxploitation.
Up next, we dip back into our listener suggestions!
Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer / Not Your Father’s Root Beer | Double Bill Nugget 7
Alex Collyard joins us in our continuing series of audience suggestions! This episode, we mash up Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer with an alcoholic version, Not Your Father’s Root Beer. Just like a certain DS9 bartender, we have opinions about root beer.
Up next, we’re moving into the fascinating world of body-building:
Sweet idea! I love it. It's made me more actively think about how the movies I watch connect, no matter how disparate. Well done!
This is a lot of podcast right up in your face. Soak it in.