Legends Podcast #412; Alita: Battle Angel (Sci-Fi)

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After spending nearly two decades in development hell, Alita: Battle Angel finally hit movie theaters last month. Based on the hit manga Gunnm (“Gun Dream”), which also spawned the anime Battle Angel Alita, the film was directed by Robert Rodriguez, co-written and produced by James Cameron, and boasted three Oscar-winning actors in supporting roles. Despite the film’s pedigree, Alita opened to underwhelming numbers at the domestic box office. Overseas, however, the film has fared better, becoming the third highest-grossing film to date in 2019. But does the film appeal to the better angels of our nature? Or is this a battle not worth fighting?

 

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Legends Podcast #411; Office Space (Legends of ‘99)

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Mike Judge ruled the ‘90s with his animated hits Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill. For his first live-action project, Judge drew on his brief career at a Silicon Valley tech firm and his Milton animated shorts to create Office Space, a satire of white-collar workplace life. With an ensemble cast and a gangsta rap-infused soundtrack, Office Space spoke to Gen-Xers who found themselves caught up in the dot-com boom of the late nineties. Though the film, saddled with an odd promotional campaign, wound up getting downsized at the box office, like so many other films of the year, Office Space lived on as cult classic after repeated airings on Comedy Central and became one of Fox’s top-selling DVDs. But, twenty years later, does the film with the tagline “Work Sucks” still work? Or does it suck?

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Legends Podcast #410; The Limey (Legends of ‘99)

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Director Steven Soderbergh became the poster boy for independent cinema in the early ‘90s with sex, lies, and videotape, which made him the youngest director to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes at 26. His career floundered through most of the decade, until 1998 when he released an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel with two little-known actors named Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney. Out of Sight was a massive hit and set Soderberg up as major studio director with future films like Ocean’s Eleven and Magic Mike. However, Soderbergh immediately followed up this hit the next year with a little seen Hollywoodland drama called The Limey. Starring Terence Stamp as an ex-con from the across the pond looking for answers after the death of his daughter,  the film failed to find any green at the box office. But does The Limey stand out as a hidden gem of ‘99, or does it leave a sour taste in our mouths?

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Legends Podcast #409; The Boondock Saints (Legends of ‘99)

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Troy Duffy’s script for The Boondock Saints set off a bidding war, with the ultimate price tag of $450,000, but a troubled production and studio unease following the Columbine school shooting led to the film’s release in five theaters for only seven days, grossing a mere $30K. However, the film found glory on home video, becoming a cult classic and earning a sequel a decade later. But does it deserve to be canonized alongside the rest of the great films from the Year of Our Lord 1999? Or should you wish for pennies over your eyes whenever it comes on?

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Legends Podcast #408; Fant4stic (Canuary)

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We’re back in the bathroom of the cinematic calendar – the month of January – and this year we’re hitting the bargain bins to dig up some turds from the comic book movie genre. Grab some TP and “goggles up!” because this show is not pretty – this is Canuary!After his low budget superpower flick Chronicle impressed audiences – and, more importantly, the brass at 20th Century Fox – director Josh Trank became the latest patsy – er, steward – to lead the Fantastic Four film franchise. Contractually obligated to keep making movies to hang on to the film rights, Fox needed  to put out another installment in the franchise with a 2-1 record of actually being released in theaters. Trank recruited a young, talented cast to build his house on and immediately trashed said house (and a certain rental property) and set everything on fire – and not in the cool Human Torch way. Sidelined during reshoots and locked out of the editing bay, Trank doubled down and threw the studio under the bus in a tweet blaming Fox for ruining the movie, and also lost his gig directing a planned Star Wars movie in the process. Of course, FANT4STIC, as the advertising styled it, bombed at box office and reviewers quickly named it the worst comic book movie in recent memory.

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Legends Podcast #403; Love Actually (Christmas)

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Legends is celebrating the Christmas season with two modern classics that celebrate their 15th anniversary this year! This week we’re talking about 2003’s Love Actually, written and directed by Richard Curtis, which spawned a number of holiday themed knock-offs with interconnected characters (Mother’s Day, anyone?) and boasted numerous actors in smaller parts who have now achieved mega-stardom. It’s now a staple of holiday viewing, but is it a Christmas Legend? Or does this movie “Actually” stink?

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Legends Podcast #402; Elf (Christmas)

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Legends is celebrating the Christmas season with two modern classics that celebrate their 15th anniversary this year! First up is 2003’s Elf, directed by Jon Favreau, which spawned a Broadway musical and a TV holiday special, and launched Favreau’s career as a blockbuster director. It’s now a staple of holiday viewing, but is it a Christmas Legend? Or should this “Elf” stay on the shelf?

 

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Legends Podcast #401; Highlander (Second Opinion)

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One-hundred and fifteen episodes ago, Wing, Beef, and Shark Taco decreed that Highlander was one of the worst movies they’d ever seen. It joined Spring Breakers at the bottom of the ratings chart, where it has remained until this day. This has stuck in Lobster’s craw since he joined the podcast two years ago. Now is the time of The Gathering, when an elderly Spaniard will join Lobster in the fray to defend Highlander’s honor. The Prize, if they win: the film will be redeemed. If they lose, it will live forever as the worst of the worst. In the end, this is Legends Four Hundred and (There Can Be Only) One!

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Legends Podcast #400; The Princess Bride (Anniversary Special)

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It’s the timeless tale of a little boy who lies sick in bed one wintery Chicago day. He plays a video game called “Hardball,” produced by Accolade, Inc., in 1985, for the Commodore 64 computer system. It’s the bottom of the third inning, and Allen steps up to the plate…What kind of story is this? Is this a trick? I thought we were doing something epic for our Four Hundredth Episode.Keep your shirt on, and let me read! Now, where was I? Right, this movie has everything: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles… It’s The Princess Bride, and this is Legends 400!

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Legends Podcast #399; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Chronovember)

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Fall back in time with Legends Podcast! All month long, we’re talking about time travel, paradoxes, and receiving whalesong. When a mysterious probe threatens Earth, the erstwhile crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise must travel back in time to the ‘80s to find the only creature that can answer its call – the humpback whale. Wrapping up the trilogy that began with The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home quickly became a fan-favorite with its light tone and colorful metaphors. But does the movie stand the test of time? This is Chronovember!

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