PIECES: The Movie that boldly proclaims "It's exactly what you think it is!" But what exactly does that mean? This week, Steve introduces Jack to Juan Piquer Simon's infamous 1982 classic, Pieces. It's a trashy, gonzo mix of American and Italian slasher tropes that walks a fine line between gorehound horror and nonsensical absurdism. But does it live up to the hype?Read More
We've reached the halfway point of 2017 and already the silver screen has been graced with a war epic from Hollywood's least empathetic filmmaker and a critically acclaimed movie starring a serial sexual harasser who stalks a woman after he dies. Fun! To commemorate the joyous occasion, the OV crew gathered to discuss the big hits and misses of 2017 so far and stage an intervention for Shawn to address his crippling addiction to Rocket Raccoon slash fiction.Read More
Shawn introduces Jack to Hoop Dreams; the acclaimed 1994 documentary following the lives of two inner-city Chicago teenagers struggling to become college basketball players.
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You ain't seen nothin' like the one movie Gene Simmons doesn't want you to see: Never too Young to Die. That's right, the man who played DJ Nuke in Trick or Treat (1986) is somehow more embarrassed by John Stamos' film debut than a movie where he plays a devil worshiping Wolfman Jack. Join Steve and Jake as they discuss this once lost classic and bask in the glory of ace gymnist, LANCE STARGROVE--the young 80s James Bond you never knew you needed in your life.Read More
Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than with a thorough examination of disintegrating marriages and the crushing ennui of everyday life. This week, Adam, Shawn and Jack do their best to find a perfect pairing for Mike Nichol's brilliant adaptation of the 1962 play by Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.Read More
Optimism Vaccine wraps up David Lynch month by talkin' about the Twin Peaks legacy and how Twin Peaks: The Return stacks up to the original series. Hot takes abound and Jake passionately defends Fire Walk With me. What more could you ask for?Read More
What lies beneath the dark grimy crevices of suburbia and who the hell just tosses a severed ear in a field? These important questions (and more!) are answered as two Optimism Vaccine authors attempt to find the perfect double feature pairing for David Lynch's masterpiece, Blue Velvet. Crack open an ice cold Heineken (actually, fuck that shit, PABST BLUE RIBBON!) and listen in as our David Lynch month continues.Read More
Steve K. and Steve C. return to talk about the death and legacy of longtime Tears for Fears collaborator Alan Griffiths, as well as the band's upcoming tour with Hall & Oates and brand new song.Read More
In a world overflowing with babies and bosses, what surreal, Lovecraftian nightmares emerge when these two abominations fuse together in a CGI children's film? Is the titular Boss Baby a tiny boss or a smart baby? How badly does Steve Buscemi need a paycheck? CAN ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS TRULY BE ANSWERED? The OV crew investigates.
PLUS: in-depth discussions of our first experience with a shitty kid's movie and the mouthwatering ecstasy of combining hot buttered popcorn with chocolate.Read More
For over 15 years, the Fast and Furious franchise captured the hearts and minds of Vin Diesel racecar fans. With the 8th entry on the verge of release, the OV crew decided to take on the ultimate chest-bump, NOS-fueled film challenge and recap the entire series.Read More
The OV crew welcomes our newest contributor, Eric Bayley, the only way we know how: talking racism, horror and subversive exploitation films with a gaggle of white guys. On the docket this week, Get Out, Candy Man and Bone.Read More
Like a bloated, prestige-filled corpse, the mighty OV Oscar Omnibus has once again floated to the top of your podcast feed. For part two, the boys cover the rest of 2016's best picture nominations including Moonlight, Hidden Fences, Fencing Figures, The Lion King and at least one movie about SPACE SLUG LANGUAGE.Read More
In a bold, ambitious move, the OV crew has committed to the biggest Oscar-centric podcast in the history of the internet. Tune in for part one to hear us talk Manchester, meat shields, Fences and fancy Gosling dancin'. IT'S ALL HERE AND IT'S ALL HAPPENIN', BABY!Read More
This Valentine's Day, supplement your usual routine of crying into a Dominoes pizza with the sweet, dulcet sounds of Rom C'mon; the internet's premier romantic comedy podcast. This week, Shawn and Jake take a look at Woody Allen's 1977 classic, Annie Hall with special guest, Steve Kohlmann.Read More
This year, The Dumpuary Fairy has blessed our local multiplex with monsters who want to be trucks, a Vin Diesel who wants to be a younger Vin Diesel and an M. Night Shyamalan movie that wants to be a superhero franchise. BONUS: Whatever the fuck a Bye Bye Man is. Jesus take the wheel.Read More