August 15, 2016
Will Smith famously turned down the role of Neo in ‘The Matrix’, a decision that created the current timeline in which we live, where Obama is President, Prince is dead and Keanu Reeves is making awesome John Wick movies. Meanwhile Smith is playing second fiddle in poorly – reviewed DC expanded universe movies and is probably questioning when it all went wrong.
The chronicle of filmmaking is peppered with anecdotes like these; crazy what-ifs that had they gone the other way, maybe history wouldn’t be totally different , but the movies we love would.
On this week’s podcast, Jack O’Brien is joined by Cracked columnists David Christopher Bell and Josh Sargent to talk about some of these movie what-ifs and then take it one step further: think of some disappointing movies from the last few years that would be fixed with one simple change.
Cracked: 6 Reasons ‘Jurassic World’ Killed Its Biggest Hero: http://goo.gl/Kk4a7R
Cracked: 4 Surprisingly Simple Fixes for Famously Bad Movies: http://goo.gl/lVNbpG
Cracked: 5 Famously Terrible Movies That Were Almost Great: http://goo.gl/ZQAEFB
Cracked: 6 Famously Terrible Movies That Were Almost Awesome: http://goo.gl/qYUf2
Cracked: 35 Last-Second Casting Changes That Altered Movie History: http://goo.gl/RUak4z
Cracked: 5 Movies That Were One Flaw Away From Being Classics: http://goo.gl/PeHrn
Bruce Willis’ Crazy ‘Red 2’ Interview: https://goo.gl/Kc5rxj
Film School Rejects: The 8 Worst Parts of Prometheus Made Sense in the Original Script: https://goo.gl/7T8MU6
This episode is sponsored by Magoosh, Spotify, Loot Crate, and the Now Hear This Podcast Festival.
January 26, 2020
Freedom sucks…and that is why we have to defend it. Because our democracy involves doing a lot of stuff that takes energy, takes time, and lacks that Michael Bay Quality that only a surprise missile launch can provide. So on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and special guest Jason Pargin (who writes for Cracked as David Wong) are exploring the ways being afraid of everything (an easy action) can stop us from being free. Discover the decades-long tradition of some Americans wanting to give up everything in exchange for not needing to think, the centuries-long tradition of people inciting fake panics, and the reasonable ways you can help change things for the better.
January 19, 2020
How’s your local shopping mall doing? Have you checked on it lately? Swing by sometime, because its department store might’ve turned into a call center or a hospital or a go-kart track. On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by the one and only Kai Ryssdal (Marketplace, Make Me Smart) for a look at surprising, strange, and shocking stories from all over the U.S. economy. Discover an international pig flu, a 26-word statement that built the modern Internet, and more amazing ways cash is ruling everything around you. By the way, if you’re an American listener, you spent the past few years funding an astonishingly huge bailout. Surprise! Listen for details!
January 12, 2020
Movies, TV, gaming: three things that are theoretically a waste of time. Oh sure, they deliver value in the art sense, and comfort in the goofing-off sense. But what if they’re more valuable than that? What if consuming shows and playing video games (accidentally) turns people into real-life heroes? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/writers Caitlin Gill and Alex Watt for a look at the surprising number of times that exact thing happened. They’ll explore stories of regular people who saved a life thanks to skills gained randomly from cartoons, sitcoms, ‘World Of Warcraft’, and more silly entertainment.