From sold-out arenas to the DVD bargain bin, "On This Very Screen" unpacks what happens when the number-one wrestling promotion in the world goes Hollywood. Every two weeks, join Annie Wu, Marc Abrigo, Paolo Sambrano, and some of their most hilarious friends for the internet's only podcast reviewing the entire filmography of WWE Studios! Follow them on Twitter @OTVScreen, or on Facebook at "On This Very Screen."
Episode 35: “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone”
On This Very Screen is back with a new episode?! PRAISE BE! That’s right, kids — with Marc finally finished with The Geek Show (which you can pick up for as little as $5, here), that means the boys are back in the studio, this time, with WWE Studios’ Christian movie, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone! In this Christ-filled comedy, the titular Gavin Stone (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Brett Dalton) is a washed-up child actor sentenced to community service after a run-in with the law, leading to his greatest acting role yet as Jesus in his hometown church’s Easter play. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?!
Our resident cinephile, Aaron Weaver, joins us yet again for another laugh-filled romp as the boys examine what makes a good Christian movie, the undeniable charm of Hunky Brett Dalton (TM), and the notion that this movie might not be the trainwreck they thought it would be.
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Did You Know? Jesus wasn’t white.
Episode 34: “Hell Comes to Frogtown”
Welp, this is a weird one, Screenteam. After our last foray in episode 33 on Edge and Lana’s “Interrogation”, the boys all decided to take tiny bit of a break from WWE Studios, and instead treat ourselves to a bit of an acquired taste (but still in spirit of the show). This “critic’s pick” series gets handed off to Corey for a movie where the word “bizarre” is only the beginning — 1989’s Hell Comes To Frogtown, starring the late WWE Hall of Famer, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
In the near-future, the world has been decimated due to nuclear warfare, leaving the United States a dystopic, barren wasteland. Humanity is facing a population crisis and only one man, Sam Hell (Piper), can help alleviate that. Sent in to a reservation full of amphibious mutant humanoids to rescue eight fertile human women, Sam is joined by Sandahl Bergman as he shotguns and mugs his way through Frogtown. “Strange” doesn’t even begin to describe this as the boys (with show cinephile, Aaron Weaver, taking the fourth spot) get really philosophical about the various themes of this flick, discover frog puns days removed from watching it, and come to terms that MRA red-pillers will be around for a long, long time. Did we mention that Frogtown mutants have three dicks?
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Did You Know? The “Dance of the Three Snakes” sequence originally called for Spangle (Sandahl Bergman) to be in the nude. Thankfully, after pointing out the contractual agreement saying she wasn’t obligated to, we instead got way more shots of the General Toty’s three wieners. Nice.
Episode 33: “Interrogation”
Cinephile Aaron Weaver is baaaaaaaaack with the boys on this episode of On This Very Screen as we dive head-first into one of the WWE Studios’ more recent offerings — Interrogation, starring WWE’s Edge and Lana.
In this bungled mess of an 24-style action thriller (that should have been a lot better than it was), Edge plays FBI special agent, Lucas Nolan — an expert interrogator assigned to sussing out a layered terror plot from self-professed terrorist, Patrick Sambongui. Filled with enough secrets and betrayals to make even fans of Basic blush, this movie gets the boys talking about what separates a “mind palace” from a “memory house,” their thoughts on the only neo-Nazi bar in Minnesota, and their take on one of the ballsiest twists ever seen for a movie on this podcast.
Well… Assface… SUBSCRIBE to the gang on iTunes and Stitcher, LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW the show on Twitter for everything OTVS and WWE Studios.
Did You Know? According to IMDB, this movie took eleven days to shoot. Could have fooled us.
Episode 32: “Legendary”
2017 is shooting by like a rocket, ScreenTeam, and thankfully, the boys (minus Paolo) team up with stand-up comic and podcaster, Tirumari Jothi, to discuss one of the more serious movies in WWE Studios’ catalog — the John Cena-starring, high school wrestling drama, Legendary!
In this flick, Devon Graye (Dexter, The Flash) plays Calvin “Cal” Chetley, a bullied bookworm who looks to turn his life around by joining his high school’s wrestling team. Unbeknownst to him, this puts him on a journey that reunites members of his estranged family and enables him to find closure regarding his father’s death. John Cena, playing his brother, is a 28 year-old hermit who takes Cal under his wrestling wing, being a “legendary” high school wrestler, himself. Throughout the episode, the boys explore more of Marc’s weird SVU spider-sense, look back on their awkward high school attempts at strolling down “Boob Boulevard,” and why it’s really important to watch the whole beginning of the movie so you don’t think you’re some genius when you “figure out” something that was clearly established at the start.
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Did You Know? Our guest for this episode, Tirumari Jothi, ALSO runs Super Trashed Bros., a “crowdsourced videogame drinking game broadcasting live from the San Francisco Bay Area.” Tirumari, however, received those reins from prior OTVS guest, O.J. Patterson, who joined us for episode 10 as we saw “No Holds Barred.”
Episode 31: “The Call”
Salutations, ScreenTeam! The boys are back in the studio (joined once again by their favorite local cinephile, Aaron Weaver) with a look at WWE Studios’ biggest hit to date — The Call (2013), starring Academy freakin’ Award-winning Halle Berry, Academy freakin’ Award-nominated Abigail Breslin, and Academy freakin’ Award-invited Morris Chestnut.
In this surprisingly taut thriller, Halle Berry plays Jordan Turner, a disillusioned 911 emergency services operator who’s in a race against time to save abducted teen Casey (Breslin) from the clutches of a reckless psychopath in WWE Studios MVP, Michael Ecklund. Throughout the episode, the boys explore what it takes to properly conduct a daytime kidnapping, what NOT to do when spontaneously murdering someone at a gas station, and the absolute ACTING CLINIC that WWE superstar/commentator, David Otunga, puts on when Vince “Goddammit” McMahon isn’t yelling in his ear.
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Did You Know? Robert Altman is apparently a very famous director.
Episode 30: “Jingle All The Way 2”
…is it too early to say, “Merry Christmas?” ScreenTeam, we at On This Very Screen want to apologize for the lack of updates, here. Over the holidays, we ran into some crazy server issues, bad timing with each other’s availability, and generally, just not liking Corey enough to want to do any more episodes. Thankfully, all that’s been figured out now, and we are BACK — in the holiday spirit, no less!
On this episode, the boys (joined by previous guest, Aaron Weaver) take on Jingle All The Way 2, the spiritual sequel to Marc’s favorite holiday movie to star Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad. In this flick, Larry the Cable Guy (yes, that one) plays a happy-go-lucky father competing with his daughter’s new stepfather over who’s going to deliver Christmas’s hottest toy, first. Holiday shenanigans are abound as the boys wax poetic about the importance of literacy, class warfare in Christmas form, and how, exactly, a WWE Studios Christmas movie has anything to do with Law & Order: SVU.
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Did You Know? In the very strange (and perhaps unnecessary) mechanical reindeer competition scene, Claude (played by WWE’s Santino) lasts approximately one second — the same amount of time he lasted in a Royal Rumble. It is also the same amount of time Marc needed to realize he made a grave mistake creating this podcast.
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Truth up front: I know nothing about wrestling and have seen zero of the movies featured in this podcast. However, I do know about and love bad movies, and deeply appreciate it when they're mocked with skill, hilarity, and wit, which is exactly what Paolo, Annie, and Marc do so brilliantly in each episode. I don't know how deep the WWE catalogue is, but I hope it's extensive so we keep getting fantastic episodes from this trio. Insert another wrestling pun here!
These 3 really know their stuff. I’m glad I randomly stumbled across this podcast and listened to it. It’s amazing.
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I know next to nothing about wrestling, but I know Marc Abrigo as a comedian. I've seen his shows, and I'm definitely a fan. When I learned that he was starting a comedy podcast, I had to check it out. And he, along with Paolo and Annie, did not disappoint. So while I remain pretty clueless about wrestling and WWE movies, I listen to the podcast because these guys are hella funny!