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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



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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 447 – An American Pickle In Israel, With Alison Stevenson



[Now Unlocked] This week on the Frotcast, long-time friend of the Frotcast Alison Stevenson (twitter.com/JustaboutGlad) joins Matt and Vince in the virtual Frotquarters to discuss: Shia Labeouf’s new “Creeper” tattoo and his new movie, The Tax Collector. As well as, “brownface,” the character evolution of ex-Disney stars in general, and BOMBSHELL: Matt reveals that he briefly went to high school with Shia Labeouf. We discuss Alison’s love life and what it’s like to try to Tinder in a time of quarantine. Can you still smash, bro? After that we discuss Seth Rogen’s new movie, An American Pickle, about an unfrozen Jewish pickle man. Also: Seth Rogen’s new views on Zionism, Israel and what Jews are taught about it in general, and BOMBSHELL: Alison reveals that her mother is Israeli. In any case, a very fun Frot was had and we hope that all the piggies love it as much as we love our piggies.


Teaser – Frotcast 449: Russell Crowe Is Unhinged



I’s that time of the week again. The time when you can subscribe to our Patreon over at Patreon.com/Frotcast to hear our latest Frot.

In this installment, Matt and I discuss Unhinged, starring Russell Crowe as a road-raging psychopath who kiiinda seems like a more actually-homicidal version of Alex Jones. Before we get into that, we talk about the best names for next year’s Name Of The Year Draft that we came across this week, as well as the latest news in the movie world, like Olivia Wilde getting tapped to direct a Marvel movie and Guillermo Del Toro doing a stop-motion Pinocchio musical for Netflix. As the internet’s foremost source of factual movie news and not bad Irish accents or improvised songs about eating butt, you will probably love it. And we love you! Provided you go to Patreon and sign up. No refunds.


UNLOCKED: Frotcast 446, The Emmys And The Secret



We have a brand new episode for the Patreon subscribers this week, in which we review Russell Crowe’s new road rage movie, Unhinged, plus talk news of Olivia Wilde’s Marvel movie and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio musical. But since we love you non-paying listeners too (just not nearly as much), we’re also unlocking episode 446.

Hey everyone. Matt and Vince here and oh boy do we have a doozy of an episode for you this week. In today’s Frotcast we discuss the all important Emmy nominations and all of the online discourse about black representation in the nominees and lack of latinx representation, and how this conversation just lead to everyone ignoring the fact that the Kominisky Method continues to get nominations for no reason.

Also, Vince forced me to watch The Secret: Dare To Dream – possibly one of the most evil movies ever made, right behind Birth of a Nation, Triumph of the Will, and Howard the Duck. In fact, I’m pretty sure that The Secret’s original title was Triumph of the Will. Anyway, it’s a fun episode. Eat up, hogs.


Frotcast 448: Boys State and Wet Ass Pussies with Jason Webb



Hi again, it’s that time of week again where Matt and Vince take a break from their life of isolation with their significant others and talk to each other about wet ass pussies in perfect Irish accents and release the conversation for public consumption. Now that I’ve explained what podcasting is to you fine people, I think it’s best that I tell you what we talked about this week. On this week’s Frotcast, we invited comedian Jason Webb to the virtual frotquarters to talk about the upcoming Apple+ documentary Boys State which follows a group of high school teens as they take a crash course in running a political campaign. We also talk Cardi B’s hot new single WAP as well as the Ben Shapiro remix. Plus, there’s a brief update on the life of Jordan B Peterson and much more. It’s a good pod. Please listen.