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Dude Watches – Stranger Things (Season 1)

by Cord Culver on August 17, 2016

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Hey folks, this week the gang discusses the magically wonderful awesomeness of Stranger Things. For those of you just getting Netflix or crawling out from under a rock, Stranger Things is an eight episode series that follows the lives of four friends after their friend Will goes missing. A mysterious girl with telekinetic powers named Eleven shows up in town; is she an alien? Where did Will go? How does she have powers? Why is her name Eleven? Don’t worry, all of these questions are answered and more. Not by us of course, for that you’ll have to watch the show! However, we will discuss our favorite characters and our love of the score. We’ll also discuss the influence of Stephen King’s IT on the Duffer Brothers, and where we think the future of the show is going.

Taking place in middle-America in the 1980s, Stranger Things is a love letter to Stephen King stories of the decade. The premise of Stranger Things is simple, there is a creature that has been traveling between dimensions, depicted as the Upside Down, the opposite of the Earthly plain, and hunting humans. When one of their friends, Will, goes missing, Mike, Dustin and Lucas, and the rest of the town, go looking to find him. At the same time that Will goes missing, a mysterious young girl named Eleven shows up. She’s scared and on the run and the people that help her seem to end up dead. With a mysterious government agency seemingly pulling the strings, the entire town is caught in the middle of an inter-dimensional rescue mission and battle to save to Will and Eleven.

Let us know what you think and leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Your opinions matter! And if you have a series or a movie we should check out, let us know! Give us a review on iTunes, and if you’d like to catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, click here.

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

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Dude Watches – Ghostbusters (1984)

by Will Dutcher on August 3, 2016

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It was finally Will’s turn to pick a movie we grew up with and he did not disappoint! Caleb, Cord and Will watched the original Ivan Reitman film, Ghostbusters. Furthermore, this film did not disappoint in entertainment, nostalgia, or comedy. Will thought this was by far the most solid pick over Monster Squad and Army of Darkness, but it may be a little unfair. Ghostbusters is a well-regarded movie in all rights, perfectly directed, produced, acted; it’s in a league of it’s own in comparison. Note: while we briefly discussed the 2016 all-woman release of Ghostbusters, that was not the movie we wanted to see.

This is the first movie Will remembers seeing in the movie theater, which is surprising because it came out in the summer of 1984. Yes, Will is old. He can distinctly remember being haunted during the opening scene with the library ghost screaming at the camera. It gave him nightmares for weeks.

The movie takes place in New York and revolves around three ‘scientists’ and a guy who answered a want ad. Ghosts were flying all around the city while Gozor making his return with a little help from his homies Zuul and Vince Clortho. We talk about the plot, and how New York gets a weird shout out at the end, how there was a weird conspiracy with Ernie Hudson, and how hot (or not) Sigourney Weaver is. Many memorable scenes were discussed to include, “It’s true–the man has no dick.”

Bill Murray was outstanding and funny. Harold Ramis played perfect deadpan. Dan Aykroyd was the loveable idiot. and Ernie Hudson was–and I hate to say it–the token minority. It felt forced. Rumor is the part was written for Eddie Murphy. Who knows what kind of movie it would have been if he were in it!?Sigourney Weaver was probably Will’s least favorite, but Caleb and Cord enjoyed her. Finally, Rick Moranis played the loveable idiot without a ghostbusting gun.

The next time we meet up, we’ll be discussing the entire 8-episode run of Netflix’s series, “Stranger Things” starring Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine. It’s a sci-fi/thriller about a boy that goes missing while a girl named Eleven is found. There are faceless monsters, a breathing wall, and dead children in the series. Preview review: in conclusion, it’s creepy, but very good!

Let us know what you think and leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. We want to hear from you! And if you have a series or a movie we should check out, let us know! Give us a review on iTunes, and if you’d like to catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, click here.

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

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Dude Watches – Army of Darkness

by Will Dutcher on July 20, 2016

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We’re back with another blast from the past! The Dudes sat through (as best they could) Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness. This movie starred Bruce Campbell and a bunch of other people you’ve probably never heard of. It was released in 1992 and centered around an ancient magic book (the Necronomicon) needing to be retrieved in order to quell an evil from purging the earth. Our hero, Ash (Bruce Campbell), is somehow sent back in time at just the right moment to save the day.

Ash figures he’s in the 1300’s. His car is a trash heap, as it’s just been traversing time and space to end up in what may be England, as the entire cast (save the baddies–aka, Deadites–and Ash) have heavy, theatrical British accents. He meets Sheila (a popular name in the 14th century?) who took him for a traitor at first, then a prospective hero. Ash goes to get the book. There are horribly choreographed fights and badly acted lines and camp, galore. Ash wins.

This movie is the very definition of a B movie. I, personally, enjoyed the fact that Bruce Campbell had fun with the movie. The Deadites, led by a made-up Bruce Campbell, also had fun with their roles. The rest of the cast laid their acting on pretty thick–like hair gel (#Episode30). There were plenty of eye roll moments and bad jokes and awful effects, but the movie’s soul knew what it was. It wasn’t trying to win an Oscar, nor was it taking itself so seriously as to think it was anything other than campy and, for all intents and purposes, a bad movie–and that’s what I dug about it.

I don’t know if I’m going to watch this movie, myself, ever again, but it’s got me interested in the lore. The first two Evil Dead movies have some acclaim and an interesting back-story on how they came to be. Give us a listen and you’ll find out more. Keep updated by subscribing and you’ll be advised of all the most recent content we put up. Next week, we’re taking another trip down memory lane with another childhood favorite, Ghostbusters. This is a movie that I hold in high regard, as do the others, and it’s also the first movie I saw in a theater. Can’t wait to watch it again!

Let us know what you think and leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. We want to hear from you! And if you have a series or a movie we should check out, let us know! Give us a review on iTunes, and if you’d like to catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, click here.

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

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Dude Watches – The Monster Squad

by Will Dutcher on June 22, 2016

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Welcome back to another special edition of Dude Watches! This week, Cord is back with us as we tackle he and Caleb’s childhood darling of a movie, “The Monster Squad.” This is a story of a group of rapscallions who form a Monster Club. They talk about monsters, about how to defeat monsters, draw monsters…they’re really into monsters. As fate would have it, they’re about to get all they could ever wish for: Monsters.

Monsters are coming to town with plans of taking over the world. Only the aptly-named Monster Squad can rid the world of the world’s most notorious baddies. We’re dealing with Dracula (who is, in my opinion, the worst Dracula of all time). We’ve got Frankenstein’s Monster (who ends up as a good guy; maybe not even “ends up”–dude is just good). There’s Wolfman, Gill Man (Creature from the Black Lagoon-lookin’ monster), and a mummy. This merry band of misfits have some amulet that can only be destroyed once every hundred years and they’re waking up to prevent its destruction and take over the world. Or something.

Sean is the leader of this little troupe and is not a very strong character. He’s joined by the less effectual Patrick, the neighborhood “Fat Kid” named Horace (but who is literally called “Fat Kid” most of the movie), the poorly written Eugene, and the neighborhood tough guy, Rudy. They’re helped out by the aforementioned Frankenstein’s Monster, Scary German Guy, Sean’s sister Phoebe, two awful cops (one of whom is Sean’s father), Patrick’s non-virgin (SPOILER!) sister, and the most ineffective police force you’ll ever see.

Side note, Jason Hervey is in this movie, whom you may know as Wayne Arnold (the older brother of Fred Savage) in The Wonder Years. While he doesn’t play a substantial role in the movie, it’s still Wayne Arnold! Dude’s got one of those faces you don’t forget.

We discuss the movie and what we’d thought about it, me, having watched it for the first time ever, and Caleb and Cord, who watch this upwards of several times a year. All in all, it was a peek back into the 80’s and how ridiculous things were back then–Bogus!

We plan to do more Dude Watches with special themes and this go-round, it’s movies that kinda shaped us. Older movies from the 80’s, or just something that made an impact on us when we were young. Caleb’s choice was this one, and Cord’s up next with “Army of Darkness.” I can’t say I ever remember seeing this movie, but I know it’s got a cult following. Also, I’m looking forward to it, since I am a fan of Bruce Campbell. Vacations and junk may alter our release schedule, but stay tuned! Thanks!

In conclusion, let us know what you think and leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. We want to hear from you! And if you have a series or a movie we should check out, let us know! Also, give us a review on iTunes. If you’d like to catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, click here.

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

 

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Dude Watches – Captain America: Civil War

by Will Dutcher on June 15, 2016

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Yeah, we’re late. Captain America: Civil War came out over a month ago and we’re just now getting to post this!

Caleb saw this movie, himself. Maybe with friends. Maybe with family. Who really knows? Will saw this with his wife (who fell asleep 5 times, but, disclaimer–she dislikes Superhero movies, and, in fact, only cares for movies that make you cry or where the husband in the story gets bludgeoned to death). We were also joined by Cord and his wonderful girlfriend, Alisha. Jonny didn’t join us for this foray, but did see this with his family the day after it premiered. Or maybe a couple days after. Who knows–what’s certain is that Cord and I (I’m Will–hi!) were over two weeks late to the screening.

Prior to seeing this movie, Amanda and I (I’m making this about me, sorry–again) had a date night. We went to Mod Pizza, which if you’ve never been, you should check it out. I had a spicy pizza, the Calexico. Amanda had cheese. Always cheese. Always plain cheese pizza. Sometimes, when she wants to party, she’ll get the four-cheese. And when she’s just out of her mind, she gets a five-cheese. She’s so zany! We also had some dipping strips and chocolate, which is just the same pizza dough, cut up into strips. Then you dip them in chocolate. Seriously, did you need me to spell that out for you? After that, we went to a grown up coffee joint where the barista wore the hipster-iest douche hat you could ever find. Google hipster douche hat and I’m sure it’ll show in the results. Digressing…

The movie was good! Great, really. I think I gave it an 8 or 8.5. We all really liked it. There were some slow parts and some things we had questions about, but all in all, it was a solid flick. Captain America’s moniker was in the show title (which I didn’t realize it was a Cap movie until just before it started), but it didn’t feel–to me–like a Captain America movie. It felt like an almost-all-the-Avengers movie with a dash of new characters (Crossbones, Black Panther) and special guests (Ant-man, Spiderman–thanks, Sony!). The ensemble cast performed as you’d expect. With so many characters, it’s extremely difficult, nigh impossible, to do a lot of character exposition on all the characters in the movie, but they did a lot with Iron Man and Winter Soldier. I kind of saw the kicker coming from a mile away, but it all kind of added up. But, and this is a question someone posed, who puts a camera on a random tree on a random back road in the early 1990s? Strange.

Zemo was an unlikable villain to me, personally. Yes, I know he’s a villain, but he wasn’t a good one. Sidenote–do any Marvel films have really good villains? I’m trying to think and, aside from Winter Soldier, I don’t know the best Marvel villain from any of their movies. Thoughts? Anyway, I don’t want to give away spoilers about Zemo, but he’s got some issues relating to the merry band o’ heroes and their heroics. Side-side-note: Why the hell are people mad at the heroes? They were stopping worldwide destruction from happening. Of course there are going to be casualties! That’s what the villains main goal is! Ugh. Zemo was a morose, My Chemical Romance-y dick who wanted the heroes to suffer for his personal loss. I still have issues with it.

To touch on just a few points we talk about:

  • Airport Scene
  • Spiderman and Ant-man
  • Black Panther
  • Two end credits
  • Marvel Phase III
  • and so much more!

Give the podcast a listen. Tell us what you love. Tell us what you hate. Tell us about your family. We want to know you. We want to be inside of you. We love you. Truly, madly, deeply. Ooh, I want you, I don’t know if I need you, but, ooh, I would die to find out.

Let us know what you think and leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. We want to hear from you! And if you have a series or a movie we should check out, let us know! Also, give us a review on iTunes. If you’d like to catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, click here.

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

Jonny (@jonnyzombieboy) (acarrieroffire.com)

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Dude Watches – 11-22-63 – S1E8

by Will Dutcher on June 8, 2016

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Well. We’ve come to the end of the road. The finale of 11.22.63, “The Day in Question.” First of all, Will and I would like to thank everyone who has listened to this series of Dude Watches. We had a ton of fun watching and recording these episodes! If there’s another show or movie, you’d like us to watch, please let us know!

Okay, down to business. Jake and Sadie rush off to the book depository. And here we thought, they parked close to the venue. As they’re running through the crowds, the ghosts of the past as well as Randall Flagg all start pushing back. The past starts changing itself and Jake can’t figure out why. Inside the depository, REDRUM! And other graffiti! Your the patsy now! Jake and Sadie finally make it the 6th floor just as Lee Harvey fires and misses. Jake enters the final boss fight for the game of his life. If you think we’re going to spoil the rest of the episode here, you are mistaken! Some craziness goes down! Don’t bring a book to a gun fight! People die! The FBI shows up! Does Jack Ruby make another appearance?! Maybe!

What happens when Jake goes back through the portal!? What happened to Harry?! We’re pretty sure Trump is the president when Jake gets back to 2016. Looks like he made America great again! Will Jake live with the choices he’s made in the 60s? Or will he Control+Alt+Delete reality?? Will Jake become the man with the yellow card? IS JAKE ALREADY THE MAN WITH THE YELLOW CARD! DID JAKE SHOOT J.R.? DID HE SHOOT MR. BURNS?! WAS HE ASLEEP THE WHOLE TIME?? WAS THIS ALL HIS IMAGINATION BECAUSE HE’S REALLY A CHILD WITH AUTISM IN A HOSPITAL?? DID HE GET SHOT BY HIS OWN GUN AND DIE JUST AS THE FEDS SHOW UP?? DID HE SACRIFICE HIMSELF SO HIS FRIENDS COULD LEAVE THE ISLAND?? DID THE SHOW JUST CUT TO BLACK?? The answers to these questions and more, this week on Dude Watches! Oh and there some REALLY bad impersonations in this episode. I mean really bad.

Until next time, enjoy!!

So…what’s next?!? Email us and tell us what’s next, and we’re all over it!

Please let us know what you think and leave a comments below, or on our Facebook page. We want to hear what you think, or if you have a series we should check out, let us know! Also, give us a review on iTunes. If you’d like to catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, click here.

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

Jonny (@jonnyzombieboy) (acarrieroffire.com)

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Dude Watches – 11-22-63 – S1E7

June 1, 2016
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHi everybody! This week, we’re back with episode 7 of Stephen King’s 11.22.63, “Soldier Boy“–not to be confused at all with Soulja Boy! We pick up the discussion following Jake’s brutal beat down by the Texas Bookies. Jake drifts in and out of conscious […]

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Dude Watches – 11-22-63 – S1E6

May 25, 2016
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThis week on Dude Watches 11.22.63, Caleb and Will discuss episode six, “Happy Birthday, Lee Harvey Oswald.” This episode was a doozy. We rejoin our heroes six months into the future! What the eff! First time jump of the series (not counting the time […]

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Dude Watches – 11-22-63 – S1E5

May 18, 2016
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThis week on Dude Watches 11.22.63, Caleb and Will discuss “The Truth.” They do their best to contain their love for this show but they’re still both super biased. Unfortunately for Jake, Deke has had enough of his shit and fires him for being […]

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Dude Watches – 11-22-63 – S1E1

May 17, 2016
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS*Edit: This is out of order because iTunes was being decidedly uncooperative and didn’t want to initially post. We apologize for the confusion. I love you. Want Cord’s phone number? Caleb and Will are back with another Dude Watches…, this time focusing on the 8-part […]

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