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#64: Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991)

#64: Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991)

November 25, 2020

DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD is perhaps a strange choice for a podcast that has covered such illustrious films as Notorious, Seven Samurai and Pan’s Labyrinth. It is very much a B movie, but there is just something about this film. Certainly part of it is Christina Applegate’s charming performance, and David Duchovny’s standout turn as a general slimeball. But also, this story subverts expectations again and again. Far from perfect, this is a fun, silly fable that has something to say about growing up, taking responsibility, and finding yourself in the process. 

Also mentioned: DEAD TO ME (2019) - TV Series.

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#63: City Lights (1931)

#63: City Lights (1931)

November 18, 2020

We open on an unveiling ceremony. The genteel folk of the city are dedicating a monument to “peace and prosperity." Speeches are made, benefactors are thanked and the sculpture is revealed. A man lies sleeping in the lap of the central statue. He wakes to the sound of the disapproving crowd, tips his hat politely and begins to make his way down. This is our first glimpse of The Little Tramp in Dave’s pick, CITY LIGHTS (1931) directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin at the height of his career. This film is charming and bittersweet, and feels timeless despite its nearly 90 years.

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