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July 13, 2017
It’s Steven Spielberg month on Cracked Movie Club! Back in the 1980s, everything George Lucas touched turned to gold (and action figures). As the newly crowned Prince of Hollywood, he had the power to make any movie he wanted. And the movie he wanted to make was… Indiana Smith, a treasure-hunting adventurer created as an homage to early Hollywood film serials like Zorro and Flash Gordon. Rather than direct the movie himself, Lucas went to his friend and fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg and talked him into making it, leaving Lucas free to kick back and share creative input from safely behind his beard while Spielberg put it all together to form something that could sell tickets (and action figures). 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark introduced the world to the strategically renamed hero Indiana Jones, kicking off a franchise that managed to last 27 years before completely embarrassing itself, which is almost certainly some kind of record.
On this inaugural episode of Cracked Movie Club, hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson are joined by comedian Daniel Van Kirk as they discuss how poisonous snakes, punishing desert sands, an outbreak of what can only be considered a modern plague, and a grown man pooping his pants all came together to create Raiders of the Lost Ark. Along the way, they question whether Jones was ultimately a better name than Smith, the logistics of maintaining a puzzle tomb in the middle of a jungle, and whether a certain Disney prince made a depressing cameo appearance.
This episode is brought to you by Phil (www.phil.us/CLUB).
July 13, 2017
Starting today, Cracked is increasing its podcasting output by 50%! In addition to new episodes of The Cracked Podcast every Monday and Kurt Vonneguys every third Tuesday, we’re proud to launch Cracked Movie Club, which can be beamed directly into your earballs every Thursday.
Each month, your hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson are choosing a new director and doing deep-dives into four of their films with some of your favorite comedians, writers and Cracked personalities. First director: Steven Spielberg.
To celebrate the launch, Cracked Movie Club is taking over The Cracked Podcast feed for the day so you can hear the inaugural episode. Tom and Abe are joined by comedian Daniel Van Kirk as they discuss how poisonous snakes, punishing desert sands, an outbreak of what can only be considered a modern plague, and a grown man pooping his pants all came together to create Raiders of the Lost Ark. Along the way, they question whether Jones was ultimately a better name than Smith, the logistics of maintaining a puzzle tomb in the middle of a jungle, and whether a certain Disney prince made a depressing cameo appearance.
And if one episode wasn’t enough for you, chaos theory is working in your favor, because episode two is available right now. Grab some fossilized mosquitos, a tub of ice cream and strap yourself in with the two female ends of a seatbelt, because Tom, Abe and Cracked’s David Christopher Bell dissect Spielberg’s 1993 hit, Jurassic Park.
To hear episode two and get episode three the day it comes out, subscribe by searching for Cracked Movie Club on your podcast app of choice or clicking here to find it on Apple Podcasts: https://goo.gl/fQ2o72
April 14, 2017
Comedians Dan St. Germain and Baron Vaughn join the Sklars this week to talk all things NCAA! They recap the recent tournament as well as cover the Celtics’ visible synergy, share their feelings on roast culture, and find out why Randy is looking for a rickshaw. Plus, Quick Hits brings the reincarnation of Lou Gehrig and a pregnant swimming star, and the bros call up “Making a Murderer” subject Steven Avery to hear his complaints regarding the NCAA.
This episode is sponsored by HBO’s “J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only” and ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/happy).
April 7, 2017
Comedian Al Madrigal (The Daily Show) joins the Sklars this week to talk about his new series “I’m Dying Up Here” and the golden era of stand-up comedy. Al and the boys discuss how the scene has changed since the 70s, why Al was called out for wearing a “bitch jacket,” and whether the 49ers will ever be good again. Plus, we hear about Trevone Boykin’s unfortunate parking job and Pacman Jones’s casino ejection, and later, Doug Buffone calls from beyond the grave to assess Jay Cutler’s prospects after being released from the Bears.
This episode is sponsored by Netflix’s “Louis C.K. 2017.”