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A movie you love so much that it holds up the foundation of the very structure that is you... we call it a Load Bearing Beam. Laci Roth and Matt Stokes are a married couple that needs to find stuff to watch together. On this show, they take a look at movies loved by one but unseen, disliked, or forgotten by the other. With open hearts but exhausted and cynical minds, they will get to the bottom of whether or not the movies they love so much are actually good.

Load Bearing Beams Roth Stokes

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

A movie you love so much that it holds up the foundation of the very structure that is you... we call it a Load Bearing Beam. Laci Roth and Matt Stokes are a married couple that needs to find stuff to watch together. On this show, they take a look at movies loved by one but unseen, disliked, or forgotten by the other. With open hearts but exhausted and cynical minds, they will get to the bottom of whether or not the movies they love so much are actually good.

    105. Dogma

    105. Dogma

    In what is quite possibly the most snoogans episode we've ever recorded, we examine Kevin Smith’s Dogma (1999). At Laci's behest, we take our maiden voyage into the View Askewniverse to see what this controversial, transgressive, downright RUDE film has to say about religion, politics, and the state of things in Clinton’s America at the end of history. 
    Next week: We’re taking a week off. We’ll be back on March 8, 2024 with an episode about (...reads notes...) ... The Pagemaster?
    Watch this episode in full on YouTube: https://youtu.be/i67IeCrBlNE
     
    Time stamps: 
    00:04:19 — Our personal histories with Kevin Smith
    00:27:14 — History segment: Career overview of Kevin Smith
    00:41:12 — In-depth movie discussion
    01:40:32 — Final thoughts and star ratings
     
    Sources: 
    Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film by Peter Biskind — https://amzn.to/42Q2wOo 
    Kevin Smith on Surviving a Heart Attack: ‘It’s Like I Got to Attend My Own Wake’ - by Matt Wilstein, The Daily Beast — https://bit.ly/3URl7rp
    A Practicing Catholic on the Religious Storm of 'Dogma' - The Chicago Tribune — https://bit.ly/4bRnPDt
     
    Artwork by Laci Roth.
    Music by Rural Route Nine. Listen to their album The Joy of Averages on Spotify (https://bit.ly/48WBtUa), Apple Music (https://bit.ly/3Q6kOVC), or YouTube (https://bit.ly/3MbU6tC).
     
    Songs by Rural Route Nine in this episode:
    “Winston-Salem” - https://youtu.be/-acMutUf8IM
    “Snake Drama” - https://youtu.be/xrzz8_2Mqkg
    “The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” - https://youtu.be/k7wlxTGGEIQ

    • 1 hr 46 min
    BONUS: Songwriting, collaboration, and life as a working musician (with Wade Hymel)

    BONUS: Songwriting, collaboration, and life as a working musician (with Wade Hymel)

    Wade Hymel and Matt Stokes sit down for a free-wheeling discussion about different approaches to songwriting, creativity, collaboration, and recording. Wade also talks about his experience as a working musician, what going on tour is like, and what it's like to play music on a cruiseship. Then they talk about Wade's great new album Who Said That? 
    Hear Wade's amazing new album WHO SAID THAT? on Apple Music (https://apple.co/49xiC29), Spotify (https://bit.ly/3I2SwYE), or wherever else music is streamed. Or you can purchase the album from Bandcamp (https://bit.ly/3I2Syje).
    Watch this conversation on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Z3pf0N858yA
    Time stamps:
    00:44 — What is a typical day like for a working musician?
    05:37 — Wade's experiences playing on cruiseships
    08:50 — Van life
    11:39 — How have things changed over time for touring musicians?
    16:58 — The importance of the producer in recorded music 
    19:24 — Different approaches to songwriting
    22:57 — How did Rural Route Nine's song "Winston-Salem" go from an extremely fast punk song to a slower-tempoed dream pop suite?
    29:24 — How does Wade record demos? 
    36:55 — Who Said That? album discussion
    43:06 — How important are lyrics?
    51:02 — Wade's song "Letter From Home"

    • 55 min
    104. GoldenEye (with Wade Hymel)

    104. GoldenEye (with Wade Hymel)

    Hear Wade's amazing new album WHO SAID THAT? on Apple Music, Spotify, or wherever else music is streamed. Or you can purchase the album from Bandcamp.
    Load Bearing Beams welcomes back Number 1 Friend of the Show, “Jack” Wade Hymel, to reconsider GoldenEye (1995). Wade first brought this movie to the show's attention on an episode in 2017, when both Laci and Matt panned it. Have their hearts thawed? Will James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) catch that falling plane in time? Will the villainous Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean) successfully pull off his illegal electronic ACH bank transfer? Will the power of Bond's tender kisses ever bring a woman to climax? Will Laci like any of this? 
    Next week: Kevin Smith's Dogma (1999)!
    Watch all episodes of the show in full on YouTube: https://youtube.com/@loadbearingbeamspod
     
    Time stamps:
    00:05:04 — Fierce debate: Are movie posters part of a movie?
    00:12:44 — Our histories with James Bond and GoldenEye
    00:29:02 — Pre-movie predictions
    00:34:29 — History segment: Brief history of James Bond; casting Pierce Brosnan; career overviews of Brosnan and director Martin Campbell
    00:48:04 — In-depth movie discussion
    01:41:13 — Final thoughts and star ratings
    01:46:19 — Wade's song "Book Off The Shelf" 
     
    Artwork by Laci Roth.
    Music by Rural Route Nine. Listen to their album The Joy of Averages on Spotify (https://bit.ly/48WBtUa), Apple Music (https://bit.ly/3Q6kOVC), or YouTube (https://bit.ly/3MbU6tC).
     
    Songs by Rural Route Nine in this episode:
    "This Is A Blackout" - https://youtu.be/98Vf3itk2qc
    “Winston-Salem” - https://youtu.be/-acMutUf8IM
    “Snake Drama” - https://youtu.be/xrzz8_2Mqkg
    “The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” - https://youtu.be/k7wlxTGGEIQ

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Laci and Matt were guests on another podcast!

    Laci and Matt were guests on another podcast!

    Hey folks! Laci and Matt here to tell you that we were just on the great In Love With Horror podcast, and you can catch that episode right now! It's a deep dive into the classic 1981 slasher My Bloody Valentine and its 2009 remake. 
    If you're not already listening (In which case: the f**k?), it's a show hosted by a married couple, the lovely Kristie and AJ. They cover all things horror—movies, TV, games, books. Like our show, their show can go a little off the rails, but a good time is had by all. 
    You can watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rS3Dt1g_liw?si=5VEJrJ2dq7iCr-Uv
    Or else listen to it on Apple Podcast: https://bit.ly/48cDqKN
    ...or Spotify: https://bit.ly/48mzEhM 
    And why not give them a follow on Twitter while you're at it? @nlovewithhorror

    • 2 min
    103. Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (Listener Choice!)

    103. Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (Listener Choice!)

    At the suggestion of our friend StitchAndStoryTime, we take a look at 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. This movie was a colossal hit in its day, and it's got a little something for everyone—tree houses and homemade gadgets and traps for the kids, sword battles for Dad, romance for Mom, and a healthy amount of the Dark Arts for Matt Stokes.
    This movie is nuts and we had a lot of fun talking about it for over two hours (sorry/you're welcome).
    Next week: Friend of the Show Wade Hymel returns, and we reconsider GoldenEye (1995)!
    Watch all episodes in full on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Cu55CX78ga8?si=g2frpAKZeH5xf_nj
     
    Time stamps:
    00:06:23 — Our personal histories with Kevin Costner and movies about Robin Hood
    00:20:40 — Pre-movie predictions
    00:25:00 — History segment: The Robin Hood folklore, movie adaptations of Robin Hood, and career overviews of star Kevin Costner and director Kevin Reynolds
    00:37:56 — In-depth movie discussion
    02:00:20 — Final thoughts and star ratings
     
    Artwork by Laci Roth. 
    Music by Rural Route Nine. Listen to their album The Joy of Averages on Spotify (https://bit.ly/48WBtUa), Apple Music (https://bit.ly/3Q6kOVC), or YouTube (https://bit.ly/3MbU6tC). 
     
    Songs by Rural Route Nine in this episode: 
    “Winston-Salem” - https://youtu.be/-acMutUf8IM
    “Snake Drama” - https://youtu.be/xrzz8_2Mqkg
    “The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” - https://youtu.be/k7wlxTGGEIQ

    • 2 hr 5 min
    102. Casablanca

    102. Casablanca

    We head back to good old Hollywood, USA: Golden Era for a look at one of the most beloved American films of all time, 1942's Casablanca. 
    You hear this all the time about old, black-and-white movies, but this thing feels incredibly modern, and with much to say about the world of 2024. We discuss our personal histories with it, Matt's story of getting into classiv movies after watching it for the first time as a teenager, what audiences would have understood watching the movie in the 1940s that we might not understand now, and, of course, that beautiful friendship between that scoundrel Rick Blaine and that scamp Louis Renault. 
    Next week: It's a Listener's Choice selection of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)! 
    Watch this episode in full on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Cu55CX78ga8?si=g2frpAKZeH5xf_nj
     
    Time stamps:
    00:11:35 — Our personal histories with Casablanca
    00:28:01 — History segment: The Second World War, Vichy France, and American neutrality in the early 1940s; the development and production of Casablanca 
    00:43:33 — In-depth movie discussion
    01:33:41 — Final thoughts and star ratings
     
    Source: Inside Warner Bros. (1935-1951) by Rudy Behlmer
     
    Artwork by Laci Roth. 
    Music by Rural Route Nine. Listen to their album The Joy of Averages on Spotify (https://bit.ly/48WBtUa), Apple Music (https://bit.ly/3Q6kOVC), or YouTube (https://bit.ly/3MbU6tC). 
     
    Songs by Rural Route Nine in this episode: 
    “Winston-Salem” - https://youtu.be/-acMutUf8IM
    “Snake Drama” - https://youtu.be/xrzz8_2Mqkg
    “The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” - https://youtu.be/k7wlxTGGEIQ

    • 1 hr 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

DrewbieDoobie710 ,

So much fun and very informative!!

Laci and Matt are so down to earth and just have so much love for movies!! I love their chemistry so much they are able to break down movies in such a fun and informative way!! Highly suggest giving these two a chance for your podcast listenings! You’ll fall in love instantly!!

Stitchandstorytime ,

Sparks joy!

This podcast is like hanging out with your two movie nerd friends from back in the day talking about all your favorite movies! It’s definitely a slice of nostalgia and reminds me so much of hanging out in the movie store

ScreenTimeKota ,

The best people ever!

These guys rock I love their chemistry when talking about films we all grew up on! The history behind each scene and the laughter of Laci is infectious if I ever watch a film from my past I will always check their episodes to see if they covered it to listen to some interesting takes on said film! Keep rocking you guys!

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