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Killing Your Darlings

Join husband and wife team, Dan and Chrysten, while they revisit classic film and television from their childhood and see if it holds up through the cynical eyes of adulthood!
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Jul 31, 2021

On July 16th, 2021, Warner Bros. released the LONG anticipated sequel to their 1996 masterpiece, Space Jam.  And for just a moment, the world stood still.  Just kidding, it was released in theaters and on HBOMax and people seemed to be pretty "meh" about it.  Your beloved hosts were part of this "meh" group.  So they figured they would go back and watch the original and see what all of the fuss had been about back in the 90s and what could possibly prompt a sequel over 20 years later.

Michael Jordan (played by himself) is at the peak of his fame and success as a basketball player and decides that he is going to retire and become a baseball player.  Makes sense!  Meanwhile, up in space, evil amusement park owner Swackhammer (voiced by Danny DeVito) kidnaps the Looney Tunes to use them as the new attraction at his theme park.  The Looney Tunes challenge their kidnappers to a game of basketball and recruit none other than Michael Jordan to help them win.  But the kidnappers have also stolen the talents of some of the best basketball players of the 90s to help THEM win! 

Who will be victorious??? And more importantly...will Dan & Chrysten like Space Jam?  Join us & find out!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!

 

Jul 6, 2021

Now that Dan is officially DONE with his thesis, he is able to catch up on a bunch of weird animated films he has always had on his list.  First up on that list...Disney's oft-overlooked 80s animated film The Black Cauldron!

Taran (voice by Grant Bardsley) is a young farm boy, tasked with looking after an oracular pig named Hen Wen that has visions of the location of the magical and evil Black Cauldron.  The dark and powerful Horned King (voiced by John Hurt) is desperately searching for the Black Cauldron so that he can raise an army of the dead to take over the world!  When Hen Wen is captured by the Horned King's minions, Taran, along with a group of misfit friends he meets along the way, must fight to keep Hen Wen safe and stop the Horned King from succeeding in his evil deeds!

But will The Black Cauldron use its mystical powers to charm our hosts?  Join us and find out!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!

 

Link to the Slate article Dan referenced: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/dvdextras/2010/10/the_black_cauldron.html

Link to the Defunctland episode that Chrysten referenced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6rnPqSrE40

May 31, 2021

Darlings, we don't have to tell you that we love a franchise.  And like all good franchises, this month we are bringing back a beloved character: your missing in action co-host DAN!  Along with your stalwart co-host, Chrysten, and our favorite guest host, Kate, we are watching and discussing the modern continuation of the Karate Kid saga...Cobra Kai!

30 years after his brutal defeat at the All-Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament, a down and out Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) is haunted by his failure and the success of his rival, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio).  When he sees his teenage neighbor, Miguel (Xolo Mariduena) being bullied by some other kids, he intervenes and it sparks an idea...re-open the Cobra Kai dojo and teach kids how to kick some ass!  But when Daniel finds out Johnny is back, he sets out to stop him, reigniting their decades old feud! 

Kate recommended this to Chrysten and Dan as perfect pandemic viewing, and, boy, did it deliver!  Join us as we take this final trip down Karate Kid lane and talk about the badassery that is Cobra Kai!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!

Apr 30, 2021

Well, darlings, this one has been a long time comin'! Our beloved substitute co-host, Kate Holland, has been asking Chrysten to be a guest for this movie since this podcast was in short pants!  And now, after all these years, the time has come!  Get ready, darlings, for...The Last Unicorn!

When a beautiful, young unicorn (Mia Farrow) learns that the rest of her kind have been driven into the ocean by a frightening Red Bull belonging to a cruel king in a faraway land, she leaves the safety of her forest to try and find them.  Helped along the way by a bumbling magician named Schmendrick (Alan Arkin) and a gruff matron named Molly Grue (Tammy Grimes), the trio make their way to the castle of King Haggard (Christopher Lee).  But when they encounter the Red Bull on the road, Schmendrick transforms the unicorn into a human woman to hide her from the bull.  But as she spends more time in her womanly form, the unicorn starts to lose sight of her quest and her true self!

This movie was a fave of both Kate and Chrysten as youngsters...but will they, like the unicorn, lose sight of their true feelings?  Join us and find out!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!

Mar 31, 2021

Well, darlings, here we are...we made it through Parts 1 and 2...fasten your 80s seat belts, because this month we are watching The Karate Kid Part III!  We are joined once again by the delightful Kate Holland, so it's another very special LADIES ONLY episode!

Disgraced karate instructor, John Kreese (Martin Kove), decides to exact revenge on his sworn enemies, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki Pat Morita).  Recruiting his old war buddy, Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith), Kreese and Silver lay out a plan to lure Daniel into another round at the tournament, but FIRST!  They bring the PAIN! 

Will Kreese finally get his revenge?  Will Kate & Chrysten love this movie as much as they loved the second one?  Will Chrysten EVER watch Cobra Kai???  Join us and find out!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE! 

 

Feb 28, 2021

"So what would you little maniacs like to do first?"  We hope the answer is "Listen to a podcast!" because this month, Dan & Chrysten are taking on the 80s John Hughes teen sci fi comedy Weird Science!

High school losers, Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) want nothing more than to be confident, popular and successful with girls.  So when Wyatt's parents go out of town, the friends decide that the way to do that is to make their perfect woman.  Using Wyatt's computer, Gary & Wyatt create Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), a gorgeous woman with the intelligence of Albert Einstein and the sex appeal of a Playboy centerfold.  Through a series of wacky antics, Lisa turns the young pair's world upside down and helps them to fully realize their cool potential. 

But will your hosts realize the cool potential of this movie?  Join us and find out!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!

Jan 31, 2021

Hoo boy, darlings!  Who would have thought the stylish 90s sci-fi film Gattaca could bring out such intense feelings in your hosts?  Certainly not your hosts, that's for sure. 

Vincent (Ethan Hawke) dreams of becoming an astronaut and exploring Titan, one of Saturn's moons.  But in a world where humans are genetically modified to be exceptional, natural born Vincent's genetic heart condition prevents him from realizing his dream.  Until genetically perfect Jerome (Jude Law) offers to let him use his modified DNA to join the elite Gattaca space program.  Vincent has everyone fooled, until the investigation of a murder within Gattaca's walls threatens to expose him.  Uma Thurman co-stars as Vincent's beautiful co-worker who falls in love with him while tasked with investigating him.

This movie is quite a personal darling of Dan's adolescence.  But will this tale of bio manipulation win over Chrysten like Ethan Hawke wins over Uma Thurman?  Join us and find out!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!

 

Dec 25, 2020

Happy Holidays, darlings!  This month, your hosts are happy to bring you a very special episode, devoted to a very special Christmas episode of TV...Will Vinton's A Claymation Christmas Celebration!

The show opens on two dinosaurs (cuz nothing says Christmas like dinosaurs!), hosting a variety show consisting of different videos set to Christmas carols!  Featuring a very special performance by the one and only California Raisins!

But why are the California Raisins so popular?  Why were they the big draw of this special?  We strive to answer these questions and more.  Tune in to hear what we find out!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!

Nov 30, 2020

Guess who's back, darlings?  That's right!  After a short hiatus from our little show, Dan is back!  Put him in, coach, he's ready to play! And I hope you caught that we just referenced a song that references a sport!  Because this month we are watching a special request from our new listener, Trey in Texas...the 1980s sports comedy Major League!

When the owner of the failing Cleveland Indians decides to secretly tank the team's season on purpose for personal gains, she drafts some of the most misfit players in the minor leagues.  Unbeknownst to them, they help to further her nefarious plot by losing games spectacularly at the start of the season.  But when their stalwart coach (James Gannon) discovers her plan, he rallies the team to shoot for the top instead!  Featuring performances by a young Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes, Dennis Haysbert, Tom Berenger and Rene Russo!

But will this redemption story redeem itself in the eyes of your hosts?  Join us and find out!  And don't forget to RATE REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!

Oct 26, 2020

While Dan is away, the girls will play!  This month we are joined by previous podcast guest, Kate Holland (check her out on our Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ep!).  A little while back, Kate suggested watching Cobra Kai as perfect pandemic viewing.  KYD's second episode had been a re-watch of the first Karate Kid, so it only made sense to invite Kate to watch and discuss The Karate Kid Part II before we join her in Cobra Kai's dojo!

Mr. Miyagi's (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita) father has fallen gravely ill, so Miyagi must travel back to Japan to see him one last time.  He is joined by his faithful karate student, Daniel (Ralph Macchio), who looks forward to learning more about his sensei's past history.  When they land in Okinawa, a decades old grudge between Miyagi and former friend, Sato (Danny Kamekona) comes back to plague our heroes.  Miyagi must settle the score with Sato once and for all, while Daniel must fight off an enemy of his own: Sato's nephew, Chozen (Yuji Okumoto)!  But Daniel soon realizes this is no longer a tournament match...this fight is to the DEATH!

Dan and Chrysten weren't such big fans of the first film...will this second installment help to redeem the franchise's honor?  Or will Kate just wind up watching Cobra Kai with no one to talk to about it?  Join us and find out!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!  

HERE'S THE LINK TO WATCH THE READING OF ROMEO & JULIET MENTIONED AT THE END OF THE EPISODE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-5h7CqzUFI

Sep 30, 2020

You know how sometimes you have a friend and you say to each other "Oh, we should do this thing!" And then you never do the thing?  But every time you see each other you say again that you should do that thing? Well, darlings, this month's episode has been literal years in the making!  Our Fairy Podfather, Patrick Walsh (of iTunes' LGBT Podcast Essential, Scream Queenz: Where Horror Gets Gay) has been begging for us to watch the original Freaky Friday with him for what feels like forever!  So after many conversations where we say we're gonna do the thing, we finally broke down and did the thing. Carpe Diem, or something?

Teenager, Annabel Andrews (Jodie Foster), and her mother (Barbara Harris) just don't understand each other at all.  But one perfectly normal seeming morning on Friday the 13th, the two accidentally switch bodies and have to live the other's life for the day!  During this time, Annabel and her mom realize that they both have their own obstacles each day and that you can't really understand a person until you walk a mile in their shoes...or in their bodies for that matter.  

But will this 70s Disney classic charm all three of our hosts?  Join us and find out!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!  And while you're at it, hop on over to Scream Queenz and check it out: http://screamqueenz.com/!

Sep 7, 2020

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (or actually present day in an apartment in Brooklyn), two podcast hosts had way too much free time on their hands and decided to embark on an incredible journey.  That's right, darlings!  It's...(cue music)...KILLING YOUR DARLINGS: MINISODE 23 - CLONE WARS 2003 - SEASON 3!

Well, darlings, this is our FINAL Star Wars minisode!  Your hosts Dan & Chrysten have watched every Star Wars property they can stomach, so you don't have to!  It has been quite the ride and we are so grateful that you came along on this adventure with us!  We will be back with a regularly scheduled monthly full-length episode, so don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!

Aug 31, 2020

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (or actually present day in an apartment in Brooklyn), two podcast hosts had way too much free time on their hands and decided to embark on an incredible journey.  That's right, darlings!  It's...(cue music)...KILLING YOUR DARLINGS: MINISODE 22 - CLONE WARS 2003 - SEASON 2!

Releasing every Monday until this pandemic has ended, Dan & Chrysten are watching every Star Wars property so you don't have to!  RATE, REVIEW & don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you want to keep receiving these minisodes as well as our monthly full length episodes!

Aug 31, 2020

Happy Monday, darlings!  

In addition to our Star Wars minisode, we have another full length ep here for your listening pleasure!  And, boy-oh-boy (or rather girl-oh-girl) is it a good one!  This month your hosts are re-watching Steven Spielberg's 90s sci-fi dino blockbuster: Jurassic Park!

When theme park entrepreneur, John Hammond (Sir Richard Attenborough) offers to fund their archaeological dig in exchange for their endorsement of his dino-themed park, doctors Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) are slightly skeptical.  But when Hammond shows them a world where dinosaurs rule the earth again, they can't help but be swept up in the magic.  But as technical difficulties threaten the lives of the doctors, Hammond's grandchildren and the lives of the dinosaurs themselves, we all find ourselves along for the bumpy ride as "Life finds a way."  Plus, hot, hot, hottie Jeff Goldblum!

Will your hosts be as swept away as the good doctors?  Join us and find out!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!

Aug 24, 2020

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (or actually present day in an apartment in Brooklyn), two podcast hosts had way too much free time on their hands and decided to embark on an incredible journey.  That's right, darlings!  It's...(cue music)...KILLING YOUR DARLINGS: MINISODE 21 - CLONE WARS 2003 - SEASON 1!

Releasing every Monday until this pandemic has ended, Dan & Chrysten are watching every Star Wars property so you don't have to!  RATE, REVIEW & don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you want to keep receiving these minisodes as well as our monthly full length episodes!

Aug 17, 2020

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (or actually present day in an apartment in Brooklyn), two podcast hosts had way too much free time on their hands and decided to embark on an incredible journey.  That's right, darlings!  It's...(cue music)...KILLING YOUR DARLINGS: MINISODE 20 - STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS - SEASON 7!

Releasing every Monday until this pandemic has ended, Dan & Chrysten are watching every Star Wars property so you don't have to!  RATE, REVIEW & don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you want to keep receiving these minisodes as well as our monthly full length episodes!

Aug 10, 2020

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (or actually present day in an apartment in Brooklyn), two podcast hosts had way too much free time on their hands and decided to embark on an incredible journey.  That's right, darlings!  It's...(cue music)...KILLING YOUR DARLINGS: MINISODE 19 - STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS - SEASON 6!

Releasing every Monday until this pandemic has ended, Dan & Chrysten are watching every Star Wars property so you don't have to!  RATE, REVIEW & don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you want to keep receiving these minisodes as well as our monthly full length episodes!

Aug 3, 2020

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (or actually present day in an apartment in Brooklyn), two podcast hosts had way too much free time on their hands and decided to embark on an incredible journey.  That's right, darlings!  It's...(cue music)...KILLING YOUR DARLINGS: MINISODE 18 - STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS - SEASON 5!

Releasing every Monday until this pandemic has ended, Dan & Chrysten are watching every Star Wars property so you don't have to!  RATE, REVIEW & don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you want to keep receiving these minisodes as well as our monthly full length episodes!

Jul 31, 2020

You guys, we are totally buggin'!  Clueless is 25 years young and your hosts feel very, very old!  So we decided to revisit this iconic 90s flick to celebrate!

Blonde, beautiful high schooler, Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and her best pal, Dionne (Stacey Dash) decide to take adorable new girl, Tai (Brittany Murphy) under their pretty, popular wings.  With the magic of a makeover and some matchmaking, Cher & Dionne help Tai reach the upper echelons of popularity.  But along the way, Cher realizes she needs to do some making over of her own if she really wants to get what she wants! 

It's pretty much a given that this movie rules.  So join us and reminisce about the fashion, the music and all of the other things that make Clueless a classic even 25 years later!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!

Jul 27, 2020

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (or actually present day in an apartment in Brooklyn), two podcast hosts had way too much free time on their hands and decided to embark on an incredible journey.  That's right, darlings!  It's...(cue music)...KILLING YOUR DARLINGS: MINISODE 17 - STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS - SEASON 4!

Releasing every Monday until this pandemic has ended, Dan & Chrysten are watching every Star Wars property so you don't have to!  RATE, REVIEW & don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you want to keep receiving these minisodes as well as our monthly full length episodes!

Jul 20, 2020

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (or actually present day in an apartment in Brooklyn), two podcast hosts had way too much free time on their hands and decided to embark on an incredible journey.  That's right, darlings!  It's...(cue music)...KILLING YOUR DARLINGS: MINISODE 16 - STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS - SEASON 3!

Releasing every Monday until this pandemic has ended, Dan & Chrysten are watching every Star Wars property so you don't have to!  RATE, REVIEW & don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you want to keep receiving these minisodes as well as our monthly full length episodes!

 

 

Jul 13, 2020

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (or actually present day in an apartment in Brooklyn), two podcast hosts had way too much free time on their hands and decided to embark on an incredible journey.  That's right, darlings!  It's...(cue music)...KILLING YOUR DARLINGS: MINISODE 15 - STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS - SEASON 2!

Releasing every Monday until this pandemic has ended, Dan & Chrysten are watching every Star Wars property so you don't have to!  RATE, REVIEW & don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you want to keep receiving these minisodes as well as our monthly full length episodes!

 

 

Jul 6, 2020

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (or actually present day in an apartment in Brooklyn), two podcast hosts had way too much free time on their hands and decided to embark on an incredible journey.  That's right, darlings!  It's...(cue music)...KILLING YOUR DARLINGS: MINISODE 14 - STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS - SEASON 1!

Releasing every Monday until this pandemic has ended, Dan & Chrysten are watching every Star Wars property so you don't have to!  RATE, REVIEW & don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you want to keep receiving these minisodes as well as our monthly full length episodes!

 

 

Jun 30, 2020

We're back on that Disney tip!  This month your hosts take a look back at a movie with one of the most zeitgeist-y moments in film history!  Get your spaghetti and meatballs ready, darlings, because we are talking about Lady & the Tramp!  And no, it's not the so-called "live action" version.

When cocker spaniel puppy, Lady, is gifted to her owner on Christmas morning, she has a truly charmed dog's life.  But when a new baby threatens to displace her from her privileged home, Lady emBARKS (GET IT??) on an adventure with the wily Tramp, a dog who lives primarily on the street and shows her a world she never knew existed.  Both good AND bad!  

This was a popular favorite of kids in the 1950s, but will it be popular with our hosts?  Join us and find out!  And don't forget to RATE, REVIEW & SUBSCRIBE!

 

Jun 29, 2020

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (or actually present day in an apartment in Brooklyn), two podcast hosts had way too much free time on their hands and decided to embark on an incredible journey.  That's right, darlings!  It's...(cue music)...KILLING YOUR DARLINGS: MINISODE 13 - STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (FILM)!

Releasing every Monday until this pandemic has ended, Dan & Chrysten are watching every Star Wars property so you don't have to!  RATE, REVIEW & don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you want to keep receiving these minisodes as well as our monthly full length episodes!

 

 

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