After the Hype 147 – 4th of July Battle

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HAPPY PATRIOTISM DAY! I mean, Happy 4th of July! We’ve got another epic battle episode featuring films that either involve the 4th of July, evoke the patriotism of the holiday, or just plain take us back to more innocent summers watching fireworks and playing ball! We’re joined by return guest Elliot Campos and super special guest Brock Walters. Which film is the best? Listen and find out!

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MAY THE BEST 4TH OF JULY FILM WIN!

In the spirit of our battle episodes, we put forth our arguments for best 4TH OF JULY FILM. Here’s the rundown:

 

THE SANDLOT – BRYAN’S CHOICE!

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RED DAWN (1984) – JON’S CHOICE!

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THE GREAT ESCAPE – CHEWIE’S CHOICE!

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DAVE – ELLIOT’S CHOICE!

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THE BURBS – BROCK’S CHOICE!

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WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN DOING?

The part of the show where we catch up with what everyone is doing.

BRYAN – Saints Row 4: Re-elected
JON – Game of Thrones Finale
CHEWIE – Magnum PI, Superstore
ELLIOT – Arrow, The Flash
BROCK – Sopranos

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Andrew James
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So the only reason that this podcast isn’t getting an instant perma-ban from RowThree for saying anything bad about Joe Dante’s The ‘burbs (you guys are seriously lucky Kurt is overseas or there might be bloodshed), is because I think the argument for what this battle is about is not represented very well in The ‘burbs. It’s satire on America – but in my mind isn’t really going after what something like The Sandlot or The Great Escape is going after.

Next up, Red Dawn. I think the guys taking shots at this movie didn’t quite understand the film. A) it’s certainly not pro-war and glorifying it. It is decidedly anti-war and shows all of the horrible things it does to people who are involved (on either side). It isn’t saying we need to be prepared at all, it’s saying we should try to figure out all this bullshit before war becomes necessary – although it does a really great job with the opening title cards explaining how this whole mess came to be in this alternate reality. B) If nothing else, this is just making an action movie about every little kid’s fantasy about being the war hero in school. Maybe not in high school, but I remember very clearly day dreaming in 4-6th grade about bad guys coming into the school and me and my buddies taking them out with awesome fight skills and pencil darts while the teachers cowered under their desks. I know for a fact I’m not alone in this particular school boy daydream. Meanwhile, it shows kids the horrors of war and why it’s not worth it.

Lastly, while I would vote for The Sandlot on this particular podcast, Elliot’s defense of Dave was by far the best and most sound. Almost enough to make me want to go back and watch it again after all these years. Almost.

PS – A couple quick notes on The burbs’ – today is Tom Hanks birthday. Yay! But he does mention that it is a holiday in the film, and since I do believe it is summer (painting houses, going golfing, strolls at night, very skimpy clothes during the day, bright sun, green grass, night showers, etc) I think it actually might be the 4th of July Weekend. Never really thought about it before.

Also, it’s far and away the best film in this list. Keep watching. The details and callbacks in that film are amazing. No mention of Rick Ducommun and his performance of Art is a missed opportunity. It’s so good and truly hilarious. Also it’s endlessly quotable. This site is practically built on the back of Joe Dante.

“It’s four hours in holiday traffic to sit in a dank dark cabin and wait for that neighbor with the enormous head to get drunk and fall down the stairs again. That is not my idea of a relaxing weekend.”
– Ray Peterson

Andrew James
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I rewatched THE SANDLOT last night. Realized that I probably have only seen it once before. I’m just barely out of the generation that movie is really made for by about a decade. I also realized that it’s basically a ripoff of STAND BY ME with a little bit of “A League of their Own” and “A Christmas Story” thrown in for good measure – all of which I like considerably more.

While I would still vote for it for this particular podcast, it’s not as good as I thought it would be (3.5/5).

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