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The Tommyknockers

Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart continue to dig into Stephen King’s extensive filmography, this week reaching the much-maligned adaptation of Tommyknockers. Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and Jimmy Smitts (LA Law) cause a meltdown in their little Maine town when they excavate a UFO in their backyard. Were fans too quick to bury this ABC-TV miniseries?  Why would anyone want E.T. to go home when the aliens make such ingenious modifications to lipstick, magic shows, and Coke machines? Answer that knockin’ at the door by downloading and listening now!

Born on the Fourth of July - For Annual Subscribers

Tom Cruise finishes out the 1980s playing real life Marine-turned-war protestor Ron Kovic in the Oscar-winning drama Born On The Fourth Of July. How did Oliver Stone convince Hollywood's Top Gun to dirty his uniform, and join the Platoon director for a second tour of Vietnam? And did the wheelchair-bound actor deserve more respect, and maybe a few medals pinned to his chest, for being brave enough to ditch the sunglasses and change his image? Listeners will take home all the Gold Level glory when they show their support for Now Playing. Donate Today! 

  

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Born on the Fourth of July - Donation Bonus Podcast

Tom Cruise finishes out the 1980s playing real life Marine-turned-war protester Ron Kovic in the Oscar-winning drama Born On The Fourth Of July. How did Oliver Stone convince Hollywood's Top Gun to dirty his uniform, and join the Platoon director for a second tour of Vietnam? And did the wheelchair-bound actor deserve more respect, and maybe a few medals pinned to his chest, for being brave enough to ditch the sunglasses and change his image? Listeners will take home all the Gold Level glory when they show their support for Now Playing. Donate Today!

 

Contagion

Businesswoman Gwenyth Paltrow comes into contact with a novel virus. Now can an all-star cast stop her Contagion from spreading worldwide? And why does Matt Damon have a "Borne" immunity? Now Playing’s Viral Outbreak Retrospective reaches its dramatic conclusion with a podcast review of Steven Soderbergh’s sprawling, newly relevant 2011 medical thriller. Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they analyze the ways the fictional MEV-1 outbreak mirrors today’s COVID-19 pandemic. Listen Now!

Rain Man - For Annual Subscribers

Tom Cruise proves to be an excellent driver in Rain Man, navigating a classic tale of estranged brothers on a cross-country road trip that ended with co-star Dustin Hoffman bringing home his second Oscar. Who better to teach an autistic savant how to dress, dance, and turn his toothpick-counting skills into a profitable (though risky) business venture than the flashiest movie icon of the ‘80s?  Find out if revisiting this beloved Best Picture Winner gets Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob into any hot water when you Donate for Now Playing’s Tom Cruise Retrospective.

 

 

NOTE: This listing is for annual subscribers to our show. You can also get this movie review individually for a small donation.

 

Rain Man - Donation Bonus Podcast

Tom Cruise proves to be an excellent driver in Rain Man, navigating a classic tale of estranged brothers on a cross-country road trip that ended with co-star Dustin Hoffman bringing home his second Oscar. Who better to teach an autistic savant how to dress, dance, and turn his toothpick-counting skills into a profitable (though risky) business venture than the flashiest movie icon of the ‘80s?  Find out if revisiting this beloved Best Picture Winner gets Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob into any hot water when you Donate for Now Playing’s Tom Cruise Retrospective.

Top Gun Podcast Video Preview

Tom Cruise’s career finally broke the sound barrier with the release of Top Gun, the biggest movie of 1986!  Ride back into the danger zone with a hot shot pilot so determined to bag an elite flight school trophy (and instructor Kelly McGillis) that he’ll risk the lives of wingman Val Kilmer and RIO Anthony Edwards. Have Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob lost that lovin’ feeling for this very '80s touchstone? Or does Tony Scott’s aerial dogfights still take their breath away?  You’ll be playing with the boys all summer long when you enlist at the Gold Level. Donate now!

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The Andromeda Strain (2008)

The Andromeda Strain has mutated again!  Michael Crichton’s landmark 1969 novel came back in 2008 as a two-night TV mini-series produced by Ridley and Tony Scott!  But is this cast of sitcom stars - including Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Ricky Schroder (Silver Spoons), Christa Miller (Scrubs), and Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - capable of selling the science to a cable television audience? Follow Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart into the wormhole as they continue contact tracing the history of viral outbreaks in movies with this latest podcast.  Listen Now!  

Cocktail - A Podcast Preview

Was heartthrob Tom Cruise writing his own obituary when he traded fighter jets for martini shakers, and agreed to star in Cocktail - the totally blitzed bartender drama crowned Worst Picture of 1988 by the Golden Raspberry Awards?  Don’t worry... be happy you at least get to soak up the sage advice of TGI Friday’s resident philosopher Bryan Brown, while enjoying Sex On The Beach with Elisabeth Shue. Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie get there fast and then take it slow for donors who wanna go back to the 80s for Now Playing’s Gold Level Tom Cruise series.

Cocktail - For Annual Subscribers

Was heartthrob Tom Cruise writing his own obituary when he traded fighter jets for martini shakers, and agreed to star in Cocktail - the totally blitzed bartender drama crowned Worst Picture of 1988 by the Golden Raspberry Awards?  Don’t worry... be happy you at least get to soak up the sage advice of TGI Friday’s resident philosopher Bryan Brown, while enjoying Sex On The Beach with Elisabeth Shue. Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie get there fast and then take it slow for donors who wanna go back to the 80s for Now Playing’s Gold Level Tom Cruise series.

 

NOTE: This listing is for annual subscribers to our show. You can also get this movie review individually for a small donation.