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UNLOCKED – Frotcast 452: ‘Cuties,’ AKA Q-Ties



Frot-fans! We have a brand new Frotcast for the Patrons at Patreon.com/Frotcast. We’d love it if you became a Patron and listened to our newest one! But all piggies are loved in their own special way, so we’re also unlocking Frotcast 452 from a few months ago. Enjoy!

Hey everyone, long time no Frot! Sorry about the delay, we are full steam ahead with season 3 of Pod Yourself A Gun so the frot had to take a slight back seat. But we just had to give our patreon piggies something to nosh on and figured we should watch the movie that literally everyone is talking about. That’s right, we watch the controversial French film Cuties from director Maïmouna Doucouré. Cuties a coming-of-age art house flick that Netflix decided to promote as if it were Bring It On for pretweens. Depending on who you ask, it’s either a movie about French/Senegalese 11 year old girls who form a dance troop and discover their sexuality, or it’s about making pedos horny. The right wing has decided this movie is softcore porn and simultaneously urging people to see it. Weird time to be alive.
Vince and Matt talk Cuties as well as the new JK Rowling book about a serial killer posing as a transgender to kill women, plus Vince reads the best Mormon names from BYU’s 2020 roster. It’s a great episode. Enjoy and eat the beans.

TEASER: Frotcast 455 – Hillbilly Smellegy with Jason Webb



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Hey everybody, long time no pod. Well that’s not entirely true. Vince and I have been hard at work doing episodes of our Sopranos podcast Pod Yourself A Gun so we haven’t had as much time as usual to do a Frot. But after many letters of complaint and a few death threats we finally decided to get it together and talk about movies again.

This week, me and Vince invited Jason Webb to the frotquarters to have him play the token hillbilly during our discussion of Netflix’s Hillbilly Elegy, a Ron Howard adaptation of JD Vance’s 2016 memoir of the same name. Having actually read the book, Vince was able to give some key insights into where the film and book diverge. And having been a hill person, Jason Webb was able to give some key insights into living life as someone who regularly gets in fist fights with his family. Also, I was there just talmbout lumming.

We also discuss Jeffrey Toobin’s firing, Four Seasons Total Landscaping, Dean Brownings gay black alt twitter account, and much more! It’s a great episode and I can’t wait for you to listen.


UNLOCKED: Frotcast 454: Toobin On Sorkin In ‘Trial Of The Chicago 7’



Hey all, this episode is from our Patreon bonus episodes but we feel like you piggies needed a free one. Here it is:

This week on the Frot, we’re talking about the hot new Sacha Baron Cohen project currently setting the internet wags on fire. That’s right, I’m talking about The Trial Of The Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin’s new Netflix joint about hippies, protests, the radical left, broads who need a good talking to, brave men in uniform, and courtrooms (you’re free until next week, Rudy Giuliani). We discuss Sacha Baron Cohen’s bonkers  Boston accent (so strange coming from a guy who has spent his life doing weird accents in real-life situation) and the filmography of Aaron Sorkin in general. Sorkin had it all with this project — Boomer heroes, courtroom drama, a packed cast, a premise generally far less obnoxious than The Newsroom, and best of all, NO WOMEN. His whole wheelhouse. After years of giving him a hard time, we were so ready to finally give him his due. And yet he even managed to make this one kind of annoying at the end.

Before that, we discuss this week’s top story. That’s right, I’m talking about Jeffrey Toobin cranking his hog on a Zoom call. You’d think that would be the perfect joke for at least a week, but no, the internet had to quickly separate into warring camps of which teachable moment this incident best represented. We were going to debate that one in earnest, but you remember the Frotcast rule: no hugging, no learning. Only lumming. Finally, it’s an episode worth paying a premium for. No refunds.

 


TEASER – Kirsten Johnson From ‘Dick Johnson Is Dead’



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I normally avoid any movies about dementia like the plague, but one I loved is Dick Johnson Is Dead, in which documentarian Kirsten Johnson imagines all kinds of death scenarios for her father, Dick, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia, and has him help her reenact them on film. Dick Johnson is delightful and a great sport, and the movie is not only delightful and funny, but dare I say it, weirdly uplifting and life-affirming. I highly recommend it. I got to speak with Kirsten Johnson via Zoom this past week and I found her to be almost as good an interview as she is a filmmaker. She gave me the lowdown on some questions I had about the film, like how she filmed the surreal funeral sequence, and some questions about her life, like her kids and growing up  Seventh Day Adventist. I hope you enjoy it!


Frotcast Bonus: Billy Corben And Alfred Spellman For ‘537 Votes’



Normally this is the kind of thing I’d probably post on the premium feed for our Patreon subscribers (Patreon.com/Frotcast) but this interview seems, dare I say it… too important for that? Understanding what happened in 2000 in Florida, and specifically in Miami, and how it got us to where we are today seems like required viewing going into this election. That’s the subject of ‘537 Votes,’ the new documentary on HBO from director Billy Corben and his producing partner Alfred Spellman, whose films — Screwball, the Cocaine Cowboys movies, The U, Magic City Hustle… have largely all advanced the thesis that Florida and specifically Miami is a cautionary tale for the rest of America, culminating in their latest movie. In this chat, I pick their brains about why that is, how it came to be, and how they became the documentarian answer to Carl Hiaasen — making “Florida F*ckery” a genre all its own.

You can also read my profile of Billy and Alfred on Uproxx. Enjoy it and go vote even if it seems kinda pointless. 2000 was my first election and I voted even though it seemed kinda pointless then too but imagine how different things might be had it worked out a little differently.


UNLOCKED: Frotcast 451 – RIP Chadwick Boseman and Bill And Ted’s Craptacular Blowbang



(If you subscribe at Patreon.com/Frotcast, you can get this hot ‘tent while it’s still hot and fresh! We love you! No refunds.) 

Hey all! Time for your weekly dose of content! This week, Vince and Matt watched the new Bill and Ted movie featuring two very decrepit Hollywood icons, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter playing characters that were cultural zombies back in ’89. So you can imagine how stoked we were when the filmmakers decided to keep them exactly the same in this sequel that nobody asked for. Anyway, we have some thoughts about this movie and I promise you they aren’t all as negative as it seems from the description. In fact, there are some good parts that nearly redeem the movie.

Also, we talk the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman. That part is not so funny. So please enjoy the podcast and we’ll see you… in da moviez!1


TEASER – Frotcast 454 Toobin On Sorkin



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This week on the Frot, we’re talking about the hot new Sacha Baron Cohen project currently setting the internet wags on fire. That’s right, I’m talking about The Trial Of The Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin’s new Netflix joint about hippies, protests, the radical left, broads who need a good talking to, brave men in uniform, and courtrooms. We discuss Sacha Baron Cohen’s bonkers accent (so strange coming from a guy who has spent his life doing weird accents in real-life situation) and the filmography of Aaron Sorkin in general. Sorkin had it all with this project — Boomer heroes, courtroom drama, a packed cast, a premise generally far less obnoxious than The Newsroom… his whole wheelhouse. After years of giving him a hard time we were so ready to finally give him his due. And yet he even managed to make this one kind of annoying at the end.

Before that, we discuss this week’s top story. That’s right, I’m talking about Jeffrey Toobin cranking his hog on a Zoom call. You’d think that would be the perfect joke for at least a week, but now, the internet had to quickly separate into warring camps of which teachable moment this incident best represents. But you remember the Frotcast rule: no hugging, no learning, only lumming. Finally, it’s an episode worth paying a premium for. No refunds.


UNLOCKED: Frotcast 450 – The Prestige, And The Fake Scottish Wikipedia Page



We’re back! Almost! While you wait for our real return, here’s Frotcast 450, now free for the piggies. If you want to hear these in a timely manner, subscribe on Patreon.com/Frotcast. If you’d like to hear us yap about the Sopranos, we have a bunch of new Pod Yourself A Gun episodes for you.

We may not be seeing Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s latest, when it opens (ONLY) in theaters this week, but that’s not going to stop us from discussing his 2006 movie about dueling Victorian-era magicians, The Prestige, on this week’s Frotcast. Is The Prestige an underrated classic or an accurately rated classic? Is David Bowie as Nikola Tesla the best casting? How many fake mustaches is *too* many fake mustaches in a very serious movie about double-crossing magicians? Helping us to answer all these questions is your favorite returning guest, Sean Keane from the Roundball Rock podcast, who always seem to know more about movies than us. Or at the very least, more than Matt.

Before we get to that, though, we have some very exciting news that is very relevant to our love of terrible accents: the recent discovery that the bulk of the Scots language Wikipedia page was actually written by an American teenager with no knowledge of the Scots language. Instead they’re just in poorly-spelled fake Scottish. Honestly this is probably the best story of the year. We also discuss The Comey Rule and the Tiger King movie, and what it’s like spending 18 months working on a movie whose subject matter is already obsolete? Finally, I discuss what I learned from being dragged by autism twitter. Enjoy, and thank you for subscribing! No refunds!


Teaser – Frotcast 453: Vin Diesel’s New Single, Matt’s Theory Of Karate Kid



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This week on the Frotcast, everyone’s favorite, Jessica Sele is back, and she’s helping Vince and Matt discuss all the latest developments in the world of film and culture. For instance, Vin Diesel has a new single out, that he introduced on the Kelly Clarkson show. We discuss the way Vin Diesel has taught himself to speak in Mongolian throat singing, and how his social media posts full of ellipses actually mimic his true speaking voice. That leads us into a breakdown of the Vin Diesel/The Rock beef, Jessica talks about surfing as part of recovery, and Matt reveals that he has spent the past week watching all of Cobra Kai and the first three Karate Kid movies and now he has some theories. In fact it turns out, Matt may have become radicalized by Karate Kid.

We finish things up with some of your emails and voicemails, and answer your question about which Hollywood star would be the best replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. As always, thank you for listening.

 


UNLOCKED: Frotcast 449 – Russell Crowe Is Unhinged



Hey it’s time for another week of your favorite movie podcast probably! This week, Matt and Vince got a screener of Unhinged, the new Russell Crowe thriller about road rage or cancel culture or something. The boys break down the various themes and motifs of the film and how the mise en scène really blah blah blah I honestly know so little about film I can’t even fake a satirical post mocking it. Vince should really by the one writing these descriptions. He’s much better at it.

Also, we talked about mormons and Spider Woman. Enjoy!