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It’s the Summer of Spielberg, celebrating a handful of Steven Spielberg’s films! But normally, it's a movie podcast where one host loves a movie, the other has never seen it. They watch. They discuss. Why do we call it a Load Bearing Beam? Because it's a movie you love so much that it holds up the foundation of the very structure that is you. 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.

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

It’s the Summer of Spielberg, celebrating a handful of Steven Spielberg’s films! But normally, it's a movie podcast where one host loves a movie, the other has never seen it. They watch. They discuss. Why do we call it a Load Bearing Beam? Because it's a movie you love so much that it holds up the foundation of the very structure that is you. 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.

    121. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Summer of Spielberg)

    121. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Summer of Spielberg)

    Unlike lots of people their age, neither Laci nor Matt grew up with the Indiana Jones films. But at least one of them has fallen in love with the franchise as an adult, especially this first film. The two talk about the origins of Raiders of the Lost Ark on a beach in Hawaii in 1977 as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas built sandcastles together. One imagines they were very well-crafted and functional sandcastles, Lucas’s a little too clinical, Spielberg’s a little sappy. Still, they were good castles, is what we’re saying.
    Matt recalls his first time watching Raiders of the Lost Ark at the relatively late age of 16, while Laci has mushed all the Indiana Jones movies together and experiences all of time as one instant. But she loves Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones! He’s doing a lot of work, she says. 
    Then the podcast goes very thoroughly through the film, recapping Raiders of the Lost Ark in excruciating detail. Harrison Ford and Karen Allen are great, of course, but Paul Freeman as René Belloq kind of steals the movie. 
    Does the film do enough with Indiana Jones’s fear of snakes? Is the Raiders of the Lost Ark car chase the best in movie history? Is the plot of this movie too hard to follow? This and much more is litigated over this spirited two-hour Raiders of the Lost Ark movie review. 
     
    Watch this episode in full: https://youtu.be/tZNfFFFYhkQ
     
    Next week: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)!
     
    ALSO catch us on TikTok Live talking about the entire Indiana Jones franchise on July 19, 2024 at 9:00 p.m. EST. Join the discusion! https://www.tiktok.com/@load.bearing.beams
     
    Time stamps:
    00:02:21 — Big-picture thoughts on the Indiana Jones franchise
    00:10:16 — Our personal histories with the Indiana Jones franchise
    00:17:19 — History segment: The origins of Indiana Jones with George Lucas and Philip Kaufman; Lucas brings Spielberg on board in 1977; the two hire Lawrence Kasdan to write the script; casting Harrison Ford and Karen Allen; production, release, and legacy
    00:46:38 — In-depth discussion of Raiders of the Lost Ark
    01:47:39 — 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:
    “Summer of Spielberg” - https://youtu.be/yglAqqLEaoI  
    “Winston-Salem” - https://youtu.be/-acMutUf8IM   
    “Snake Drama” - https://youtu.be/xrzz8_2Mqkg  
    “The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” - https://youtu.be/k7wlxTGGEIQ  
     
    “Summer of Spielberg” theme song credits:
    Words and music written by Matt Stokes
    Performed by Wade Hymel (drums/guitar), Laci Roth (vocals), and Matt Stokes (vocals/guitar/bass)
    Produced by TJ Barends, Wade Hymel, and Matt Stokes
    Engineered and mixed by TJ Barends at Bare Sounds Studio in Ponchatoula, Louisiana
     
    Sources:
    The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films by J.W. Rinzler - https://amzn.to/3LipUfr 
    Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride - https://amzn.to/3xzYOx1
    George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones - https://amzn.to/3XX2rI8 
     

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Load Bearing Clips, vol. 2

    Load Bearing Clips, vol. 2

    The first leg of the Summer of Spielberg is behind us, and we're taking a scheduled week off. But we have another curated clip show for you! This time both Matt and Laci are taking you through it. And this clip show actually features like 25 minutes of brand-new audio from Laci and Matt, relitigating the arguments documented in these clips. 
    We'll be back with a regular episode in one week (July 12, 2024) with an episode all about Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    Time stamps:
    06:43 — Clip from episode 44 (Hocus Pocus)
    15:27 — Clip from episode 7 (Death Becomes Her)
    25:42 — Clip from episode 12 (2001: A Space Odyssey)
    36:53 — Clip from episode 23 (Back to the Future Part 2)
    48:47 — Clip from episode 45 (Psycho)
    57:04 — Clip from episode 10 (Drop Dead Fred)
    01:08:23 — Clip from episode 15 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
    01:18:54 — Clip from episode 77 (Wild Wild West)
    01:26:46 — Outro music: Matt's demo for the "Summer of Spielberg" theme song

    • 1 hr 27 min
    120. Minority Report (Summer of Spielberg)

    120. Minority Report (Summer of Spielberg)

    Has there ever been a movie better at predicting (hey!) the future? Swiping, pinching to zoom, targeted ads that follow you everywhere, optical identification, and constant facial surveillance? Hey, it’s like we’re living in some sort of Philip K. Dick nightmare! But it wouldn’t be so bad if life could be as fun as the movie Minority Report, Spielberg’s first of two collaborations with Tom Cruise.
     
    This was supposed to be a Jurassic Park-level blockbuster. Instead, it was merely a solid hit. And it’s very well-liked, but Load Bearing Beams is here to tell you it’s one of the best movies in Steve’s entire career!
     
    Watch this episode in full: https://youtu.be/MiEkZQEiEDI
     
    Next week: We’re off! But there will be another curated clip show hosted by at least one of your Load Bearing pals! Look for it on Friday, July 5, 2024. And then, on July 12, 2024, we’re back with an episode about a little movie called Raiders of the Lost Ark!
     
    Time stamps:
    00:05:41 — Our personal histories with Minority Report
    00:13:42 — History segment: Philip K. Dick and his short story “The Minority Report”; Spielberg’s ill-fated attempt to launch a new studio—Dreamworks—in the late ‘90s; development and production of Minority Report 
    00:34:18 — In-depth movie discussion
    01:59:02 — Final thoughts and star ratings
    02:04:20 — Outro music: Matt's acoustic demo for "Dino Lab"
     
    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:
    “Summer of Spielberg” - https://youtu.be/yglAqqLEaoI  
    “Winston-Salem” - https://youtu.be/-acMutUf8IM   
    “Snake Drama” - https://youtu.be/xrzz8_2Mqkg  
    “The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” - https://youtu.be/k7wlxTGGEIQ   
     
    “Summer of Spielberg” theme song credits:
    Words and music written by Matt Stokes
    Performed by Wade Hymel (drums/guitar), Laci Roth (vocals), and Matt Stokes (vocals/guitar/bass)
    Produced by TJ Barends, Wade Hymel, and Matt Stokes
    Engineered and mixed by TJ Barends at Bare Sounds Studio in Ponchatoula, Louisiana
     
    Source:
    The Men Who Would Be King by Nicole LaPorte - https://amzn.to/3XGCD2V

    • 2 hr 6 min
    119. Jurassic Park (with In Love With Horror) (Summer of Spielberg)

    119. Jurassic Park (with In Love With Horror) (Summer of Spielberg)

    The Summer of Spielberg continues as Laci and Matt were able to buckle their seatbelts in time for their helicopter to land on Isla Nublar, where they meet up with AJ & Kristie from the In Love With Horror podcast to talk about Jurassic Park (1993). The four team up for a rollicking podcast so good it’ll have you shouting “Hello John!” at total strangers.
     
    First of all, this famous action/horror/sci-fi/disaster epic has like 50 incredible lines of dialogue! So we just spend some time saying these lines at each other. But eventually we get into it, talking about the history of Michael Crichton’s novel and its adaptation by Steven Spielberg. Then we take a close look at the movie, wondering just how bad of a boss John Hammond must be and what exactly is the nature of his relationship with Ian Malcolm.
     
    Also, apparently John Hammond was originally intended to sing a song explaining how Jurassic Park works? Instead they did the Mr. DNA thing, but we would love to hear that song. Who knows... maybe we will.
     
    Please check out the great In Love With Horror podcast on Apple Podcast (https://apple.co/4b80RX2), Spotify (https://bit.ly/3KYfbXe), or YouTube (https://bit.ly/4btwtqp), and support them on Patreon (https://bit.ly/3VV0jzy). 
     
    Watch this episode in full: https://youtu.be/o2RueFt2rC8
     
    Next week: Minority Report (2002)!
     
    Time stamps:
    0:01:29 — In Love With Horror
    00:07:41 — Our histories with Jurassic Park
    00:28:05 — History segment: Career overview of Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton; overview of Spielberg’s career since 1982; and a brief overview of the production of the movie
    00:46:16 — In-depth movie discussion
    01:11:14 — John Hammond's deleted musical number
    01:52:35 — 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:
    “Summer of Spielberg” - https://youtu.be/yglAqqLEaoI 
    “Winston-Salem” - https://youtu.be/-acMutUf8IM  
    “Snake Drama” - https://youtu.be/xrzz8_2Mqkg
    “The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” - https://youtu.be/k7wlxTGGEIQ
     
    “Summer of Spielberg” theme song credits:
    Words and music written by Matt Stokes
    Performed by Wade Hymel (drums/guitar), Laci Roth (vocals), and Matt Stokes (vocals/guitar/bass)
    Produced by TJ Barends, Wade Hymel, and Matt Stokes
    Engineered and mixed by TJ Barends at Bare Sounds Studio in Ponchatoula, Louisiana
     
    Sources:
    Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride - https://amzn.to/3xzYOx1
    “'Jurassic Park' screenwriter David Koepp reveals the origin of the film's most quoted line” - by Tom Butler | Yahoo! Entertainment (2019) - https://yhoo.it/3VySSwv

    • 2 hr 3 min
    118. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Summer of Spielberg)

    118. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Summer of Spielberg)

    The Summer of Spielberg begins with Spielberg’s biggest hit, the classic 1982 alien/divorce family film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
     
    Adjusted for inflation, this is the fourth-highest-grossing movie of all time. Beloved by generations, it is a lot of fun, yes… but it’s also some dark, dark shit. Laci explains why it’s always been so difficult for her to watch, even though she knows how good a movie it is.
     
    There is much gushing about puppets. There has maybe never been a better puppet in a movie. And there may have never been three better child actor performances than the brothers and sister in this movie.
     
    Next week: Jurassic Park (1993) with our special guests, Kristie & AJ of the In Love With Horror podcast!

     
    Watch this episode in full on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dFtaf-8wxjA
     
    Time stamps:
    00:03:35 — We have a new theme song!
    00:05:57 — Our histories with E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
    00:15:50 — Pre-movie predictions
    00:32:28 — History segment: Development and production of E.T. (the character and the movie)
    00:58:15 — In-depth movie discussion
    01:42:27 — 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:
    “Summer of Spielberg” - https://youtu.be/yglAqqLEaoI
    “Winston-Salem” - https://youtu.be/-acMutUf8IM  
    “Snake Drama” - https://youtu.be/xrzz8_2Mqkg 
    “The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” - https://youtu.be/k7wlxTGGEIQ
     
    “Summer of Spielberg” theme song credits:
    Words and music written by Matt Stokes
    Performed by Wade Hymel (drums/guitar), Laci Roth (vocals), and Matt Stokes (vocals/guitar/bass)
    Produced by TJ Barends, Wade Hymel, and Matt Stokes
    Engineered and mixed by TJ Barends at Bare Sounds Studio in Ponchatoula, Louisiana
     
    Sources:
    Spielberg: The First Ten Years by Laurent Bouzereau - https://bit.ly/4bVwS5T 
    “Spielberg speaks! Jaws Blu-Ray in the works with no ’digital corrections!’ by Eric Vespe | Ain’t It Cool News, 2011 - https://bit.ly/3VF4MGq 
    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Special, 2002  - https://imdb.to/3KH1wnv

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Load Bearing Clips, vol. 1

    Load Bearing Clips, vol. 1

    We're taking the week off as we prepare for the Summer of Spielberg, which starts next Friday (June 14) with an episode about E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. But to hold you over, we have this episode where Matt will take you through some of our favorite moments from our back catalogue.
    Thank you for your support of Load Bearing Beams! The listenership has really grown in the past few months and we want to give new listeners a tour of where the podcast has been and where it's going.
    Head over to our YouTube channel for bonus stuff that hasn't been on the podcast feed: https://www.youtube.com/@loadbearingbeamspod
    Or follow us on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@load.bearing.beams 
     
    Time stamps:
    02:41 — Clip from episode 56 (The Mummy Returns)
    08:55 — Clip from episode 41 (Dude, Where's My Car?) 
    19:24 — Clip from episode 20 (The Lost Boys) 
    33:54 — Clip from episode 53 (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) 
    42:00 — Clip from episode 37 (Little Nicky) 
    45:21 — Clip from episode 61 (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) 
    51:47 — Clip from episode 52 (Richie Rich) 

    • 55 min

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Load Bearing Beams is a Win!

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I am absolutely overjoyed that I found the podcast Load Bearing Beams ! Laci and Matt are so funny playing off of each other ! You can tell they love movies and take it very seriously- seriously but with a lot of humor and genuine affection for each other and for the films they pick to present each other. I adore the premise and understood it immediately ! A Load Bearing Beam Movie is a movie that meant a lot to you when you first saw it. It spoke to you on a deep and significant level. And you want to share that meaningful movie with people you really care about. But maybe it is a movie you saw in your childhood and you question if you will still have the same kind affection your younger self had for it. And you present it for viewing by someone significant to you hoping it holds up and that they will see what you saw and love it too. But it is imperative that they be honest in what they feel about the movie. I really like that they discuss what they liked and didn’t like about the films. That they touch upon what was happening in the world when the movie was made. And some of the history of the movie itself.
Honestly it all comes down to I’ve been searching for a long time for movie buddies to give me their thoughts and feelings on the films they see. And Laci and Matt are my virtual movie buddies. I have even found myself talking back to the podcast- something completely out of character for me - because I feel so comfortable and welcome by them and the feel of the show. I feel like I’m hanging out with friends waiting for another round of fries to come to the table as we passionately share our points of view on a film we just saw.
I suggest you check out their podcast. And experience the magic of their knowledge and vulnerability and humorous banter and the sass in every episode. It is a gem of a podcast and I treasure it every week ! 🍿💕

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