Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob are taking April Patrons back to their childhood as they revisit Big - the ultimate coming-of-age comedy. Tom Hanks earned his first Oscar nomination playing a pint-sized 12-year-old boy, who makes a careless wish on a carnival fortune-telling machine, and wakes up in the body of a 30-year-old man. Does Penny Marshall’s fable still play for a grown up audience? And how has parenting changed in the decades since this classic opened? A small contribution is all that’s required to become a Now Playing Patron and Find Out!
Moviegoers eager to join Captain Marvel in space this March are first encouraged to blast off to a Forbidden Planet. Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie are heading back in time to explore a highly influential science fiction classic. Will the hosts be over the moon for this Freudian take on future peril as Leslie Nielsen - trading his “Naked Gun” for a laser ray - fights off an invisible Id Monster? And does Robbie The Robot come off as C-3PO’s cool older brother, or the prototype for the Terminator? Enlist to become a Now Playing Patron and find out!
Kathleen Turner and William Hurt burned up the screen playing adulterers plotting to blow up husband Richard Crenna in the steamy 1981 thriller Body Heat. Does writer-director Lawrence Kasdan recapture the feel of classic 1940s mysteries with the same success his Raiders of the Lost Ark screenplay duplicated the thrill of old-fashioned movie serials? Or does Cheers star Ted Danson turn the whole affair into a lavish musical with his breakout turn as a hot-stepping lawyer? You’ll find out when you do what’s necessary, and become a Now Playing Patron.
Harold Ramis and Bill Murray collaborated often in the ‘80s, producing beloved films like Caddyshack and Ghostbusters. Their final team-up was in 1993’s Groundhog Day. The high concept premise of a man forced to relive the same day again and again surpassed its comedic roots, and the film has become a modern-day classic. Did Ramis and Murray save the best for last? Well, rise-and-shine campers, it’s time to listen to Now Playing’s review of Groundhog Day!
Tom Hardy didn’t have to drive like Mad Max to get moviegoers’ attention in 2014. Watch the method actor slip behind the wheel of indie Locke and get taken on a harrowing ride through one man’s midlife crisis. Why does a successful builder of skyscrapers throw away his career and marriage on an impromptu road trip to London? And will Arnie, Jakob, or Stuart get carsick spending all 84 minutes of the film locked in a BMW? Fasten your seat belts, crack open a cider, and become a backseat driver for this lively discussion of a one man show. Listen Now!
Kung Fu films have a storied history, but Americans would likely be unaware of it were it not for one man--Bruce Lee. The martial arts virtuoso and actor brought this Hong Kong style to the United States with his breakout film Enter the Dragon. Sadly, Lee would not live to see his biggest film released, but his legacy lives on to this day. So enter the ring by becoming a Now Playing Patron and spar with the Now Playing hosts as they reflect on this kung fu classic.
Al Pacino is best known for playing gangsters, but this summer Now Playing Platinum Level donors will discover how explosively the actor administers justice in five major cop roles. The fun starts with the 1973 biopic Serpico. Al stars as a real life New York City police officer who got a bullet in the face instead of a promotion when he blew the whistle on widespread department corruption. Will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart condemn the system for passing over Pacino for a Best Actor Oscar yet again? It all comes out in the wash when you Donate Today.
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Game developer Chris Roberts was on course to deliver the first major science fiction film of 1999 when he personally piloted his massively popular flight simulator Wing CommanderPhantom Menace and The Matrix. Do fighter pilots Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard offer a new hope for genre fans as they clean the cat box of feline space invaders The Kilrathi? Or should Arnie, Justin, and Stuart quickly eject from this next entry in the Now Playing Arcade? Listen and find out!
20 years after computer programmer Jordan Mechner released Prince of Persia for the Apple IIe, the Disney Company paid the kingly sum of $200 million to launch his video game swashbuckler Dastan on the big screen. A Middle Eastern Jake Gyllenhaal looks for a way to turn back time after he’s framed for the murder of his adoptive royal father. Does the Now Playing Arcade take a gravity-defying leap forward with the acrobatic hero? Or would Stuart, Arnie, and Justin be more entertained by an ostrich race? Place your bets and Listen Now!