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In the wake of his recent sci-fi epic (and flop), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, we turn to French director Luc Besson’s previous big budget sci-fi epic (and flop), The Fifth Element. Yes, when it was first released in 1997, the Fifth Element polarized critics and did meager box office numbers in the US. But, it has since gone on to be revered amongst the sci-fi community, and, with the help of international receipts, eventually became a financial success. But, where do Dave, Ivan, and Mike stand on Besson’s goofy, colorful version of the future? Worthy of cult status? Or, a loud, annoying, tonal misfire?

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Vaya con dios, broheims! Time to catch a sick wave and rob some banks with Kathleen Bigelow’s 1991 action crime thriller, Point Break. Although it was remade in 2015 and essentially ripped off plot-wise by the inaugural Fast and the Furious in 2001, there’s only one true original. So, does it hold up? Is this a compelling action film? Or just another cheesy 90s action flick that somehow got elevated into the cultural lexicon? Grab your board, dude, and lets find out!

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may just be one of the biggest cinematic hits…well…ever. Produced for just 22 million, this “mid-budget” film went on to gross over $505.7 million at the box office and was nominated for five Academy Awards (despite being panned by most mainstream critics). But, now that the infamous pottery scene has been parodied ad nauseam and the film has been showing on basic cable indefinitely, does it still hold up? Do Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore still make audiences want to believe?

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Nominated for a slew of Oscars in 1992 (including best picture and best director), The Crying Game made quite a splash when it was released amongst both audiences and critics. But, how does this Irish crime thriller—which explores issues of race, gender, and nationality— hold up? Does knowing a movie’s twist (before you’ve seen it), ruin the viewing experience? More over, does the film feel just as edgy 25 years later or has the shock value worn off? Find out in our Re-view!

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To honor the late great Bill Paxton, we turn to James Cameron’s big budget action comedy, True Lies. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, and, of course, Bill Paxton (perfectly cast as a sleazy used car salesman), it was the first film ever to have a production budget over $100 million. But, with all that cash behind it, is it actually a good movie? How does it fit into Cameron’s blockbuster oeuvre? Are the jokes still funny? Is the action still…um…action packed? Tune in to find out!

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A critical darling, but a box office bomb, Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca is perhaps a movie that was just released at the wrong time. With its heady “thinking-man’s” sci-fi concept of a dystopian future where one’s value in society is dependent on his genetic information, its an intriguing film with a distinct sense of visual craft. It has since amassed a cult following. But, in a cultural landscape where Black Mirror reigns supreme, does Gattaca’s sci-fi vision still feel as powerful and effective? Find out in our re-view.

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Although it was a commercial hit when it was released in 1991, Steven Spielberg’s Hook took a critical beating. A creative extension of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan universe, it’s often considered to be one of the worst films in the venerable filmmaker’s impressive filmography. But, is Hook really that bad? For all 90s kids, it’s a somewhat beloved “classic” and its cultural relevance can still be felt today (Ru-fi-o!). Does Hook succeed on more than just its nineties nostalgia? Dave, Ivan, and Mike fly back to Neverland to find out. Bangarang, Peter!

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It took us 65 episodes, but we FINALLY managed re-view an anime film! Or, in the case of all of us—apart from subject matter expert and special guest Jon West—a “new view” of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell. Based on the manga by Masamune Shirow, Shell takes place in a futuristic 2029 where a cybernetic human police officer attempts to track down a mysterious hacker known as the Puppet Master. Often considered a seminal anime film that defines the medium, we talk about how we think Shell holds up as a piece of entertainment as well as its influence on modern American cinema, including a live-action remake that will hit theaters in 2017.  Get ready to get “ghost-hacked”—it’s time for a re-view of Ghost in the Shell!

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It’s been 20 years since director Roland Emmerich famously blew up the White House (among other landmarks) in 1996’s seminal Summer blockbuster, Independence Day. And, now, with a big-budget sequel along the way (with star Jeff Goldblum returning), we thought”ID4″ was in need of a re-view. The film was a box office smash—it made Will Smith into one of America’s most bankable stars and gave Emmerich carte blanche to make subsequent disaster films like The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. But, how does it hold up? Are the special effects still as impressive 20 years later (the film won an Oscar for best visual effects)? And, how does is it fare compared to the modern summer blockbuster of today?

Special thanks to Matt Kelly for joining us on this week’s episode. You can listen to his podcast, Horror Movie Night, here.

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We keep getting older, but the characters in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused keep staying the same age. Fresh off the release of its spiritual sequel, Everybody Wants Some!!, we dive back into Dazed and Confused for a re-view. Does this 70s-set high school film from 1993 still hold up? Do Linklater’s strengths as a filmmaker outshine his weaknesses? Moreover, has he evolved since? Or, as indicated with Everybody Wants Some!!, is he destined to make the same movie over and over? Crank up the tunes, smoke a bowl, and don’t forget to call shotgun, Dave, Ivan, and Mike try to determine if this beloved coming-of-age flick is worth a re-visit.