Episode 8 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

We discuss the “hardships” of being an 80’s teenager in the northern suburbs of Chicago in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), with our guest Kara Hulce. Kara is quick to point out that Ferris isn’t really that great of a person, and that even in 1986, Charlie Sheen doles out pretty bad advice. Will Jessica and Kara remain friends after Kara’s scathing analysis of one of Jessica’s favorite films??


Our EP Adam was quick to point out that Alan Ruck was the captain of the Enterprise in Star Trek: Generations (which in his mind, supersedes his role as Cameron). This is not surprising. I gave Adam the DVD for Ferris as a birthday present years ago, and let’s just say he’s fairly aligned with Kara’s take on the film.

Adam also points out that despite Jessica’s criticism of Kara, it was not possible for Kara to have watched Ferris for the first six months of her life, since the movie wasn’t out yet. All blame after that falls squarely on her.

Turns out the trading floor in Chicago has actually shut down sometime since 1986, although there is no “smoking crater” anywhere in downtown Chicago, as Charlie suggests.

In 1986, Louie Anderson had not yet hit it big in Coming to America, Family Feud or Life with Louie. So, at the point he shows up in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, he’s essentially an unknown. I highly recommend watching him the the FX series Baskets, if you get a chance, if you’ve been wondering where he’s been for the last 15 years or so.

The Von Steuben Day Parade always falls on a Saturday, which makes this scene IMPLAUSIBLE. My whole world is shattered now. Also, since it is always the closest Saturday to September 17th, this means Ferris has likely had 9 absences in only 3 weeks of class.

Kara mentions a couple of articles she discovered when descending the “Ferris Bueller Rabbit Hole”. Here’s the one defending Jeanie, and here’s the reddit post that compares this movie to Fight Club. I sometimes wonder if I should quit my job and write think pieces about iconic 80’s films; God willing, someday maybe my work would be mentioned in a podcast!

Episode 7 – They Live

Good friend and John Carpenter fan Justin Sills joins us after his first time watching They Live (1988). We talk about the director’s unique style, the best improvised lines and the brilliance of Keith David. And what They Live discussion could be complete without the wrestling moves of the late, great “Rowdy” Roddy Piper? We also dive into what makes a bad action movie… well… GOOD.


Somehow we get through the whole thing without acknowledging the recent death of Roddy Piper. It was a sad day, and it inspired me to watch this movie for the second time (the third was for this podcast). He will be missed.

Adam G. chastised us for our dismissiveness towards “wrestling acting”, AKA, kayfabe. It’s actually an interesting art, though I will still insist that in this case, it translates strangely to film. And it’s brought us such celebrities as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Governor Jesse Ventura and… President Trump. Hmm…

Here’s the required link to the extended fight sequence in They Live. And here’s the comparison to the South Park fight scene. There’s a cut conversation in this episode about the South Park documentary 6 Days to Air. It’s a pretty interesting watch, especially if you stupidly think Trey and Matt’s job is easy. Or if you like hearing Bill Hader go into laughing fits.

There’s another cut conversation about Shepard Fairey too. TL;DR, he made that Obama poster and he likes this movie too! He’s a pretty prolific artist and you can visit his page on artsy.net and take part in auctions and the like.

And finally, both Justin and Adam referred me to this article about the last frontier for Blockbuster Video. Would you give up fast internet speeds for the ability to browse physical copies of new releases on a Friday night? For those of us who have nostalgia for our childhood movie nights, it’s a tough call!

And also:

Next Episode: I dunno. Either The Godfather (1972) or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) maybe? We’ll keep you posted!

Episode 6 – The Big Lebowski

Go fix yourself a White Russian, we’ll wait, because we’re watching The Big Lebowski (1998) with our good friend Jessica. Besides, you wouldn’t want us to drink alone, would you? We talk a LOT about the characters in this film, which makes sense, because it is a Coen brothers film after all. We also marvel over the best performance of John Goodman’s career. And what’s up with those dream sequences? If that’s what acid flashbacks are about, sign me up! Well, minus all nihilists with gigantic scissors…


So the Jesus Quintana spin-off we mention is apparently called Going Places,  but will not involve the Coen brothers, although they have “given their blessing”. I’m sure John Turturro is talented enough to pull off the acting/writing/directing thing. But The Jesus without Joel and Ethan…? We’ll have to wait and see!

Jessica is referring to Lebowski’s in Glasgow (and Edinburgh!). Their “About” page says that “The Dude may have grown up a bit and settled in the suburbs, but they’re he’s bringing the party wherever he goes.” I call B.S. on that. I think the Dude is right where we left him, hanging out with Walter at some old bowling alley in L.A. Despite that nonsense they wrote, I would still stop in to Lebowski’s for a White Russian, I must admit.

The author of L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia is James Ellroy, in case you were wondering.

And Also:

Next episode: They Live (1988)

Episode 5 – Nebraska

Grab your truck and air compressor, ’cause in this episode we review the 2013 Alexander Payne film Nebraska with our guest Patrick Hill. We discuss Payne’s portrayal of the Midwest, June Squibb’s “breakout” performance and several characters’ hair. And does Bruce Dern’s character Woody have dementia or is he just deluded? Plus, Patrick is the first guest to recommend an EXPERIENCE rather than a movie or TV show!


Adam wants to point out that Will Forte was also in “Flight of the Conchords”, so I should have remembered him from that. For shame!

Here’s a link to an article about cars that can go over 200 mph. I don’t think any of the character’s in the film owned an Aston Martin though.

And also:

Next episode: The Big Lebowski (1998)


Episode 4 – The Apartment

We keep chugging along, episode-wise, by watching “The Apartment”(1960), starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine with our guest Megan Henecke. This movie really makes us wonder whether all 50’s and 60’s office parties were like orgies, between this and Mad Men… We discuss the rampant sexism contained in the film; but how much was an intentional commentary and how much was just a product of the times? And we talk at length about the Fred MacMurray villain that Megan refers to as “worse villain than Bane”. Plus, we identify a couple of minor characters that deserve their own movies.

A new trailer for The Dark Tower came out this week, and Kara’s super excited. I’m just confused. But Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey? Here’s what I say to that:

Speaking of money, around 18:50 or so, Megan says she couldn’t find how much Lemmon and MacLaine made for this film. As it turns out, both were paid the same amount, $175,000. So there was definitely some equity in that regard (thanks to Adam for digging that up).

Episode 3 – The Searchers

Charlie and Jessica discuss the incredibly influential 1956 film The Searchers with our incredibly combative executive producer Adam Gobeski. Is the main character, Ethan, a psychopath? Is his best “friend” Martin just a 13 year old girl? Is every person named Charlie a complete chunk head?? How will you ever know unless you listen?!

Adam is a bit salty at the beginning of the program… and stays that way throughout! Then again, the Gobeski/Wallace dynamic has always been similar to the Ethan/Martin dynamic from The Searchers (Adam does always get a little ornery when Charlie calls him “uncle”).

There’s a little aside about obsolete storage format in which we discuss the Jaz drive, so here’s a link the the wikipedia entry in case you were as confused as I was.

Oh, and Adam has a Dr. Who blog, An Hour of Who A Day. It’s pretty entertaining and I suggest you check it out! I can see why a similar blog with Star Trek as the subject could get overwhelming quickly…

"Is...is he going to say anything, or is he just going to stand up there silently?"

Episode 2 – Dead Poets Society

This time, we strong-arm Ally (and Adam) into watching the 1989 drama Dead Poets Society. We get confused about which redhead is which, and Charlie can’t keep the characters names in his head for more than 5 seconds. Plus, we look fondly back at memories of teachers from our past, and which movies they made us watch when they were presumably hung-over.

We recorded two episodes at once, which might explain why my voice is gone by the end of the episode. Adam also makes an appearance, though he trolls us a little with random Ethan Hawke photos and fake movie recommendations. Guy’s in one episode and he thinks he can screw with the format! Well, he’s right!

In case you’ve never seen the final scene of the film, here is a clip that is very similar. Well, except for the end. The attention to detail up to that point is startling though.

Matthew Broderick shows Ally Sheedy how to use a word processor, presumably.

Episode 1 – WarGames

Episode 1 is finally here, and unlike Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, you have no expectations and thus are unlikely to be disappointed! We forced our friends Adam and Ally to discuss the 1983 sci-fi comedy/drama/all-around-fun-movie WarGames. We discuss whether Lightman’s parents should have had their own movie, sequels that don’t exist (oh wait, they do!) and hair tousling.

Adam mentions the “Paranoid Chant” by the Minutemen. Was it inspired by WarGames? Three minutes of Googling wasn’t able to verify that so I guess we’ll never know! Catchy song though.

Podcast Launch is April 6, 2017!

It’s finally making it official: you can download the first TWO episodes of Cinematic Respect on April 6th. Release should be bi-weekly after that, until popular demand dictates that we do it more frequently (or less frequently I suppose…). And those episodes won’t disappoint! My voice might though. The first recording coincided with a month long illness and caused my voice to completely leave this corporeal form and wander off somewhere. Hopefully this won’t be too distracting. Although, it was pointed out that my voice was markedly more sexy at the end of recording. Your mileage may vary.

Our Twitter and Instagram accounts are now active, so feel free to follow those. Or you can obsessively refresh this webpage for the same experience.

Here’s a link to the trailer for “Baby Driver”, the unusually named film by Edgar Wright. I’d normally not know what to think, but this is Edgar Wright. And a pretty impressive cast, including Jon Hamm with weird-ass hair.

Last Post You’ll Probably Get Before Launch

So upon reflection, it seems that our friends often dressed up for Halloween as their favorite movie characters. I did almost 100% of the time. I promise this is my last costume pic for a while though. I’m saving all the GOOD pictures for Launch Day.

Just letting y’all know that I’ve pretty much got all the social media stuff ready to go, and have the first episode edited, so we’re well on our way. I guess I’d be lying, though, if I said this post weren’t simply to fill out our currently selected WordPress theme. But no one said podcasting would be easy! For instance, it seems I have inadvertently scheduled a recording of The Gobeski/Wallace Report at the same time as the 2017 Oscars! How shameful, considering I’m someone criticizing others for their lack of pop cultural awareness! But we all make sacrifices for the betterment of society! By the way, in that new episode, we’ll be talking about the Carrot Top vehicle Chairman of the Board.