Released in 1979 amidst Star Wars mania, Moonraker is a film that sends James Bond where he (and every character in any long-running franchise) was always destined to go: SPACE! Plus, Jaws has a girlfriend in this one. What’s not to love! Steve Cuff joins Jake and Jack as they explore the ultimate cosmic spy cinematic experience.Read More
Oscar season is upon us, which means THE OFFICIAL Optimism Vaccine Oscar Omnibus™ has made its triumphant return. This year, a decidedly more sober OV crew dissects the best picture and best director noms. Imagine the sheer joy of sitting through films from a no talent alleged sex criminal AND the guy that gave the world Shallow Hal. Truly blessed.Read More
The Spy Who Loved Me threw out Ian Fleming’s original story in favor of an over-the-top tale of a megalomaniac trying to destroy the world and build a new underwater civilization. It’s also the world’s first introduction to a non-shark cinematic Jaws! But is this goofy Roger Moore romp as entertaining as it is silly? Jake and Jack investigate.Read More
Optimism Vaccine continues the time-honored October tradition of introducing Shawn to great horror auteurs. This year, for really no good reason at all, we chose Joe D’Amato. Yeah, seriously. Join us as Shawn experiences classic like Beyond the Darkness, Anthropophagous, Absurd and… umm… Porno Holocaust.
Upon its release in 1974, Guy Hamilton’s final bond movie was derided for its lighthearted tone. Is Roger Moore enough to buoy this James Bond film, or is the The Man with the Golden Gun still a dud over 40 years later?
The age of single screen horror is upon us! The OV crew talks Unfriended and its sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web as well as the lesser known Friend Request. BONUS: unfunny sex jokes and mocking alt-right internet figures.Read More
Roger Moore makes his James Bond film debut and special guest Adam Miros makes his For Your Ears Only podcast debut! Join the boys as they discuss Live and Let Die: A hodgepodge of blaxploitation cliches and Paul McCartney music.Read More
Spend too much time on POPULIST CINEMA and the art house crowd starts to cry out for more content. The OV Crew obliges. Join us as we talk about the best films of 2018 so far that might not make it to your local multiplex, including The Rider, Let the Sunshine In, You Were Never Really Here, First Reformed and more!Read More
George Lazenby is OUT and Sean Connery is BACK (for the small price of a record-breaking salary). Jack and Jake settle in for this campy, divisive Bond flick featuring martinis and a moon buggy. What else do you need in film, really?Read More
Jake and Jack return from their Casino Royale hangover to discuss the final film before Sean Connery's first official Bond retirement, You Only Live Twice
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Part three of our MEGA TURBO OSCAR COVERAGE EXTRAVAGANZA wraps up the 2018 award season with a discussion of the nominees for best cinematography, adapted and original screenplay as well as the best documentary, animated and foreign films.Read More
Part two of the OV Oscar extravaganza continues with a discussion of the remaining Best Picture nominations, including Lady Bird, The Post, Get Out and Three BillBoards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.Read More
The Optimism Vaccine annual Oscar spectacular kicks off this year with a discussion of the best picture and best director nominations, plus some in-depth discussion of best actor/actress and best supporting.
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Not a traditional Bond film but not quite a complete spin-off, the original 1967 Casino Royale was a baffling comedic ensemble film that failed to impress critics. How does it stack up today? Jake and Jack investigate with special guest Shawn Glinis.Read More
Sean Connery is back in glorious widescreen Panavision for the most financially successful Bond film to date: 1965's Thunderball. Join Jack and Jake as they marvel at cutting-edge special effects and puzzling long underwater action sequences.
Not to be confused with Austin Powers: Goldmember, Goldfinger is the action film tour-de-force that won the longrunning series its first Oscar and cemented the 007 legacy. Join Jake and Jack as they once again dissect all things James Bond.
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