TEASER: Live Riff of Double Team, Get It On Patreon!



This bonus episode of the FilmDrunk Frotcast is available exclusively to our $20 Patreon subscribers. You can add our premium content to your regular podcast feed!

This month on the Frotcast, for our live riff episode (in which we do commentary over a B-movie, an idea that has never before been attempted), we’ve chosen the 1997 action classic Double Team. It stars the extremely then-current combination of Dennis Rodman and Jean Claude Van Damme — the Worm and The Muscles From Brussels, together at last. Will there be basketball jokes? Will there be an excruciatingly long training montage in which Jean Claude Van Damme does the splits for some reason? Look, I don’t want to spoil it. Joining us this week is your old friend Joe Sinclitico (Adam Devine’s House Party, Comedy Juice).

Double Team, which definitely sounds like a pornographic movie title, is available to stream for free on Showtime or for $2.99 on Amazon Prime. We didn’t want you to have to spend additional money on it but I think you’ll agree that this was a hard target to pass up. Ooh, Hard Target, that’s another solid Van Dmme title.  Fodder for next month’s live riff, perhaps? Anyway, massive thanks to our premium subscribers for whom all this is possible and without whom we would not do it. Tell your dumb friends to subscribe at patreon.com/frotcast, so they too might sup from the goblet of live riffs.


Frotcast 427: Now More Than Ever, With Harry Moroz



Sup piggies! Are you ready for another week of movie and television news distilled into a palatable hour and a half of premium audio content? ME NEITHER! But you better get ready, because like it or not Matt and Vince have doomed themselves to a life of being your one stop shop for everything HOLLYWOOD. I’ll admit, this is all kind of stream of consciousness and I’m probably not making as much sense as I feel I’m making. This is Matt Lieb, by the way.

Anyway, this week Vince and I welcome back Harry Moroz to the podcast where we discussed everything from why comedy is actually not that important, to Michael Shannon’s short but memorable role in the movie 8 Mile. He was having sex with Eminem’s mom. We also begin preparing the rules for Vince’s annual Oscars drinking game.

And speaking of the Oscars, it’s time for a BIG FROTCAST NEWS ALERT! *airhorn* *airhorn* *airhorn* Vince and I are going to be doing a very special Oscars livestream this Sunday at 5pm PST, and you can watch it for free on the HotMic app available on the app store! Just download the app and use the promo code LIEB and you’ll be able to watch me and Vince and maybe a special guest talk over the Oscars broadcast live. You can chat with us, even tip us like strippers. The app syncs with your tv so that you can hear our commentary in real time. Or you can just listen to us talk and not watch the Oscars. The choice is yours! Download the app HotMic right NOW!


TEASER – Frotcast Bonus: Vince at Sundance



Here is just a taste of our Patreon-Only episode of the Frotcast where Vince goes to Sundance.

Hey frotcast patrons! It’s that time of year again where Vince Mancini leaves the comfort of the Frotquarters and treks on up to Park City, Utah for the very important Sundance Film Festival. This week, Vince regales Matt with tales of the festival and talks about some of the movies he saw including one where Michael Keaton did 9/11 or something. They also talk about Bulletproof 2: the sequel nobody asked for and nobody wanted but was made anyway because that’s just how shit works out sometimes. Listen now!

 

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Frotcast 426: Matt Mourns Kobe On Behalf Of The Tall, With Jason Webb And Jessica Sele



This week brings us a very special Frotcast, in which Matt is forced to get serious and mourn the death of his sporting hero, Kobe Bryant. We attempt to peel back the layers and find out what it is about the star basketball player that so appealed to the guy who usually only makes jokes about quicksand porn and eating butt. It turns out that part of it was because he was tall, and that there’s a special fellowship among the tall.

Our guests this week are comedians Jessica Sele and Jason Webb, who share their own Kobe reminiscences and examples of how they’ve applied the Mamba Mentality in their own lives. Other topics include Sumo wrestling, morbid parents, that front flap on the underwear, and Jason’s ineffective mission trips throughout the nation’s south. Please enjoy, and as we say on the Frotcast, when you’re here you’re family.


Frotcast 425: Tyler Perry Presents Herpes Are Forever, With Two Girls One Mic



This week on the Frotcast, we welcome Yvette d’Entremont and Alice Vaughn, from the Two Girls One Mic porncast, who discovered Matt Lieb through his status as one of the internet’s foremost quicksand p*rn enthusiasts. That’s the power of the Frotcast. Yvette and Alice are about to head off to their first AVN Awards, so we try to play AVN Awards Bingo. Now that Knives Out has been out for a while and Matt has finally seen it, we discuss the feasibility of its drug subplot with Matt, in his capacity as a former IV drug user (10 years sober, hooray for Matt!). At which point we discover that Yvette wrote her thesis on the opiate epidemic. That’s almost TOO MUCH EXPERTISE for one show. This leads into our talk about how Matt lost his verified checkmark on Twitter during the New York Times presidential endorsement kerfuffle. As one replier commented, “for Matt so loved posting that he sacrificed his only begotten checkmark.”

Finally, I regale Matt and the gang with my recap of Tyler Perry’s new Netflix movie, A Fall From Grace, which I urge everyone to watch with their friends, a truly surreal experience. We finish things off with your email questions and voicemails. Become a patron at Patreon.com/Frotcast to access all of our bonus content!


Frotcast 424: A Very Important And Respected Oscars Podcast Part 1



Hey Frotcast friends!

It’s that time of year again where the powerful forces that control the entertainment industry all meet together in secret and use their dark power to force Matt and Vince to do a Frotcast that talks mostly about movies. That’s right, it’s OSCAR SEASON!!! The glitz, the glamour, the gallantry. The Academy Awards are the second most important event of the year next to the Grammys. And Matt and Vince have all your Oscar noms ready to dish for all you hunger-pang ridden piggies to lap up. We talk about Best Picture! We talk about Best Actress! We talk about the fact that for the second year in a row the Academy has decided it would be safer to just not have a host because it’s impossible to find a comedian who does not have a problematic past and they don’t want to risk the Oscars being #Cancelled. Matt and Vince are certain that is the reason, and it has nothing to with the fact that a comedian host might want to talk about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and probably Jeffrey Epstein and they were like “what do you think this is, the fucking Golden Globes?! We are far too important to be roasted.” 

Anyway it’s a very good episode about how important the Oscars are and how many wonderful movies were nominated. We just love the movies. Truly a magical experience to consume movies. Yum.

For real though, Parasite is the best. For part two, become a donor at Patreon.com/Frotcast!

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Frotcast 423: Ghost Kitchens, Ghost Oscar Hosts, With Tom Dean And Jessica Sele



Who’s a better awards show host, Ricky Gervais or no one? Did Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes monologue DESTROY HOLLYWEIRD LIBS or was he just takin’ the piss, mate?This week we transition from discussing this year’s host-free Oscars (ghost awards show hosts!) to the ex-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s big plans for “ghost kitchens,” where you can order algorithm-inspired food prepared by contract workers on an app funded by the Saudis. Yum, I love A/B testing! One of Kalanick’s Galaxy Brainchildren is apparently called “Bitch Don’t Grill My Cheese,” a name so idiotic it’s been stuck in my head all week. Now it’s your turn to be annoyed! You’re welcome!

Our guests this week include screenwriter Tom Dean and comedian Jessica Sele. We’re talking awards season, ghost kitchens, and the new plan to use artificial intelligence to decide which movies to greenlight. Yes, this is a real thing that’s happening. Is it just me or do we live in the stupidest possible future? Once we tire of that we reminisce about Batman Returns, the most gloriously weird superhero movie ever made. Was Tim Burton’s big idea for the Penguin that he just act like an actual penguin? Having flippers for hands and eating fish and shit? That was awesome.

Anyway, Frot on, and don’t forget to become a patron at Patreon.com/Frotcast. You’ll get access to all our bonus content, including bonus episodes, review shows, and live riffs. You can add the bonus feed to regular podcast app! Get on the right side of history.


TEASER – Frotcast Bonus: Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker



This episode available to $5 patrons at Patreon.com/Frotcast!

As Robert Evans once wrote, “Fighting is healthy. If everyone has too much reverence for each other, or for the material, results are invariably underwhelming. It’s irreverence that makes things sizzle. It’s irreverence that gives you that shot at touching magic.”

That, in a nutshell, is what was wrong with Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, in this podder’s opinion. A film needs to have a point of view, and this film’s point of view seemed to be “We really like Star Wars movies! Hooray, Leia! Hooray, Lando!”

That being said, Star Wars movies tend to range in quality from B+ to B-, so even when I say it was “bad” I mean that it was still more or less okay, and only marginally worse than the last couple of Star Wars movies. I do think it was the worst of any of the new ones. Matt liked it more than I did, but we both agree that it was better than the prequels, which is a low bar indeed.

Anyway, we discuss all of that, including whether the original trilogy is a story about how the Boomers “beat” the Empire, and whether the principals in the latest trilogy (millennials?) should be taking the Boomers’ advice on how to defeat the reformed Empire once again (with all due citation to Matt Louv‘s comedy bit that inspired this whole discussion). There are smaller matters too, like how the hell people are riding horses on top of ships in outer space, whether Lando was horny at the end there, and why all the black characters seem to know each other. Oh, and Matt debuts a few new characters, including “Bubba Fett,” intergalactic bounty hunter and former long-haul trucker. Please enjoy.

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Frotcast 422: Matt Tries To Get Fired, The Exciting Conclusion, With Jessica Sele



Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and sure, Happy Kwanzaa, I suppose. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and to make things just that much more wonderful, Matt and Vince have invited Jessica Sele to the Frotquarters for a very special episode of the Frotcast. It’s special because Matt finally got the Christmas present he had been hoping for… he got his ass fired right before Christmas with severance and – since he was fired without cause – unemployment. IT’S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Also, he may have yelled at a couple of his bosses.

We also discuss things like Trump owning the libs for their need to conserve water, the true story behind Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, and Matt’s trip to Disneyland with Francesca (his girlfriend who he loves very much and who loves him back.) So don you now your gay apparel and fa la la la la la, la la la listen to this dope ass episode of the Filmdrunk Frotcast. Get bonus content at Patreon.com/Frotcast.


TEASER: Marriage Story With Francesca Fiorentini



This week’s Bonus Frotcast and all Bonus Frotcasts are available at Patreon.com/Frotcast. You can add our premium feed to your regular podcast app.

In this week’s bonus movie Frotcast, Francesca Fiorentini from The Bitchuation Room and The Young Turks joins us to discuss the year’s most talked about film, Marriage Story. Boy, people sure do love middlebrow dreck about sexless intellectuals, don’t they? Starring Adam Driver and Scarlet Johansson, Noah Baumbach’s latest is yet another work to remind me of John Dolan’s takedown of Jonathan Franzen:

Yes, it’s time someone said it outright: Manhattanites are the new  hicks. The mall kids are generations ahead of them. Things that are  stale jokes to the mall kids strike the NY publishing world as fresh and  hilarious. Maybe they just don’t watch enough TV, or they spend too  much time drinking cocktails with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ghost — whatever  the reason, the Manhattanites have lost it completely. The  scriptwriters of Christmas Vacationare Flaubertian chroniclers  of provincial mores next to Franzen. When you compare Franzen with  really talented observers of Minnesota life, like the Coens in Fargo, or even Garrison Keillor inLake Wobegon Days, his incompetence stands out even more sharply.

And  if one were to compare him with the great novelist of “pelagic  America,” Charles Portis… no, it would be an insult to Portis even to  compare a hack like Franzen with him. And yet Portis is all but unknown,  while Franzen is everybody’s darling…. Agh, ya buncha idiots!

Now just re-read this passage so that it’s about Brooklynites, Marriage Story, and Mrs. Fletcher (which is kind of like Marriage Story only much better). Yes, unfortunately (or fortunately?), none of your Frot pals liked this movie so much — which is kind of weird, since Francesca is divorced, Matt and I are both dating divorceés, and all three of us work in the arts and/or entertainment, so we should be the target audience (Francesca and I even lived in Brooklyn!). As Matt puts it, their fights are like a montage of every relationship argument in a play you’ve ever seen. I contend that this movie is either about a couple where a person is too cowardly to admit that they don’t love the other person anymore, or a couple who still loves each other but whose relationship couldn’t survive them wanting slightly different careers. Oy. No more stories about sexless New York intellectuals, please.

We finish things off reading about the Topanga tea ceremony and listen to your weird voicemails. You guys are sick, truly. Frot on, and you’ll never be lonely when you have the Frotcast.