Steve tries to melt Miros’ brain with a zero budget dark superhero comedy, Land of College Prophets. Miros counters with one of the greatest faith-based films ever: Doug Phillip’s Not Quite Lyin’ Eyes. Well, at the very least, it’s the best faith-based film featuring underage prostitutes and sexy indoor fireworks.
Who needs Boyz n the Hood when you’ve got several boys in The Park? Steve brings this new gang life morality tale from Richard Givens to face off against a classic from everyone’s favorite no-budget sub-genre—People in a small space doing absolutely nothing. This time, it’s Larry Rosen’s horror thriller The Last Apartment.
Optimism Vaccine swims in the murky depths of the BLOCKBUSTER SEASON discourse after seeing Us and the Pet Sematary remake. PLUS: the latest from Harmony Korine and S. Craig Zahler slow burn Mel Gibson crime flick, Dragged Across Concrete.
With the pseudo-Star Wars of Moonraker in the Aston Martin rear view, 007 returns to his roots with the classic James Bond film (and podcast namesake), For Your Eyes Only.
Blumhouse has their own horror anthology series on Hulu and no one seems to be watching. So, naturally, we just binged the first six episodes and cleansed our palates with the ultimate “Did this really need a sequel?” sequel, Happy Death Day 2 U.
Mountain Devil, a faux-documentary (mockumentary? pseudo-found footage film?) about the Sasquatch scourge of rural Pennsylvania faces off against the (not so) classic shot-on-video haunted house tale, Evan Straw.
Dumpuary: The season that never changes and the one time of year that might drive the OV crew to the brink of insanity. This year, the boys are tasked with watching Liam Neeson’s latest “Like Taken but…” film, a pair of forgettable horror flicks, another M. Night Shyamalan vanity project, and Serenity AKA the greatest film ever made, ever.
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.
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.
Steve and Miros veer slightly off course to explore the career of schlock auteur and first ballot Caustic Content hall of famer, Stephen Groo. LET THE GROO-OFF BEGIN!
DEATH TO THE ALGORITHM! LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH! The OV Crew talks about our impending doom and the latest wave of direct-to-streaming cinema including Roma, The Other Side of the Wind, Bird Box, Cam, Illang: The Wolf Brigade and more.
PLUS: The latest installment of the OV 9-1-1 recap featuring a brand new theme song
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.
Steve, Miros and Jake pick apart the latest Hollywood horror remakes and recap the first half of the latest season of 9-1-1, AKA THE GREATEST TELEVISION SHOW EVER.
Optimism Vaccine all-stars Til Knowles and Stephen Kohlmann return to the OpVac Cast to talk about the state of stand up comedy.
This week on Caustic Content, Miros tries melt Steve’s brain with Kracker Jack’d, a Friday meets Friday the 13th blaxploitation horror comedy. Steve taps into the current political climate by forcing Miros to watch The Remedy—the self proclaimed “smartest indie movie ever made,” and a hodgepodge of banal centrism, stoner humor and moralizing.
BONUS: Miros interviews the director of Blood Dynasty, Chris Alexander
Shawn’s spooktacular October journey concludes with an introduction to the films of Jean Rollin; the cinematic king of spooky vampires, lesbians and spooky vampire lesbians.
Caustic Content returns with another episode to test the willpower and mental fortitude of Steve and Miros. This week, it’s Da Pinche Code a manic action comedy up against an insufferably pretentious art film titled Antlers of Reason.
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.
his week, Jake Tropila joins Steve and Miros as the very first Caustic Content guest. We’re also going big budget (well, by our standards) for the first time. Miros unleashes the Troma-endorsed butthole horror classic, Hellitosis: The Legend of Stankmouth. Steve counters with an art house edge lord slice of extreme horror, Tempus Tormentum.
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?
A rare ALMOST TIMELY episode from the OV crew. This week, we hit the local multiplex to check out critical darlings Searching and The Little Stranger. Oh and Shane Black’s new dumpster fire, The Predator, too. BONUS: dramatic reading of a classic David Ehrlich review and the return of the official Optimism Vaccine Went to the Movies theme song.
With Shane Black’s sequel finally landing in theaters, Steve introduces Shawn to the 1987 testosterone-fueled, action masterpiece, Predator
On the verge of the film's 30th anniversary, Shawn shares his love for Pedro Almodóvar's breakout 1988 film, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
A faux-documentary pick from Steve collides with Miros' self-important, ELEVATED HORROR art house choice in a head-to-head battle between awful vampire films.
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.
Film has a long and storied history of iconic, acclaimed musicals so why not subject yourself to the worst the genre has to offer? This week, Miros subjects us to the ultra low-budget punk rock space opera, Psycho Bettys From Planet Pussycat and Steve counters with the self-proclaimed "first gay steampunk musical," Prof. Tomfoolery Saves the Planet!
The OV crew shares their experiences from THE BINGE: A one time event where all four Purge films are watched and discussed. Remember, government officials ranking 10 or higher must remain unharmed, the use of weaponry above Class 4 is forbidden and police and emergency services are suspended.
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.
Moldy fridge or murderous alien creature? This week, the Bebop crew puts bounty hunting on the back burner to fight off a mutant lobster that has invaded the ship. Steve and Colin also take a look at the life and history of Steve Blum--American voice actor for Spike Spiegel.
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!