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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!

Ghostbusters (2016) - - Limited Time Release for Patrons (Expires March 31, 2021)

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until March 31, 2021, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2020 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

It's been almost 30 years since the Ghostbusters took control, and despite repeated attempts the closest we got to a Ghostbusters 3 was the 2009 Atari video game. But finally we have an all new Ghostbusters -- a total reboot that shows the original formation of three scientists to stop poltergeists from plaguing New York City.  The film was politicized and mired in controversy almost from the moment it was released, but when you get past all that--is the movie good? Supporters of Now Playing can join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out!

Ghostbusters 2 - - Limited Time Release for Patrons (Expires March 31, 2021)

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until March 31, 2021, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2020 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

It took five years, but the Ghostbusters were back! Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson strapped the proton packs on once more, rejoined by co-stars Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts. The crew is the same, and a lot of the story beats are the same, but Ghostbusters 2 has a far worse reputation than the original.  Is this deserved, or should the naysayers be soaked in happy slime? Donate to Now Playing Podcast and you can listen to find out!

Ghostbusters - Limited Time Release for Patrons (Expires March 31, 2021)

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until March 31, 2020, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2020 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

You know the song. You know the cartoon. You know the film -- Ghostbusters! This 1984 horror-comedy from the makers of Caddyshack and Meatballs defied all expectations. Not only did this film break box-office records, it has become a cultural touchstone.  For over 30 years it seems everyone loves this film.  But critically, how does it hold up after so many imitators have aped the formula? Help keep Now Playing going strong-- make a  donation and hear the entire trilogy of Ghostbusters movie reviews!

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!

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 - Donation Bonus Podcast

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.

Outbreak

The 1990s gets a whole lot grungier after an infected African monkey is smuggled into Northern California, and causes a deadly Outbreak.  Dustin Hoffman and Rene Russo star as divorcing virologists tasked with flattening the curve of a super-Ebola before nervous military brass Morgan Freeman and Donald Sutherland opt to level the hot zone and everyone inside with jetfire.  Find out if Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob think this 1995 medical thriller is nothing to sneeze at when you download the latest installment of their pandemic-themed podcast.  Listen now!

The Color of Money - Donation Bonus Podcast

Cruise learns to drive stick as his movie career races into the big leagues with The Color of Money - his Oscar winning 1986 collaboration with Paul Newman and Martin Scorsese. Sure the show-off has all the right moves to dominate a pool table. But will he ever listen to original hustler Fast Eddie Felson, and throw enough games to hook the rich saps who call themselves players?  And what will happen when the protegee faces his master in a climactic 9 ball tournament?  Now Playing is ready to break it all down when you bet on Tom Cruise this Spring.