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The Straight Story

After the violent, explicit Lost Highway it seems whiplash-inducing that David Lynch's next film would be a G-rated family film for Disney. But that's what The Straight Story is. There are no dancing little people, no time loops, and no murder mysteries. The Straight Story is a true story of Alvin Straight, a retired farmer who drives his John Deere lawnmower over 300 miles to see his ailing brother. Is this a Story worth watching? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

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Lost Highway

David Lynch's theatrical follow-up to the maligned Fire Walk With Me was Lost Highway -- a supernatural horror-thriller. The film stars Bill Pullman as Fred Madison, a man who may have killed his wife. On death row Fred is somehow replaced by twenty-something car mechanic Pete. What is going on, and how does it involve Dick Laurent? Hop in the car and join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as they guide you down this Lost Highway.

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The Warriors - A Podcast Preview

The Warriors was a 1979 gang film that had studio expectations as low as its budget. Yet the film's unique style, iconography, and treatment of gang life found its audience and is a cult hit to this day. Why is that? Does the film hold up nearly 40 years later? And what are the plans for the remake of this movie? Patrons of Now Playing's Podbean Campaign pledging $10 or more can listen now and find out!

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Silver Bullet

In the 1970s Stephen King gave his version of a vampire tale with 'Salem's Lot.  In the '80s he wrote another classic horror monster story. The novella was called "The Cycle of the Werewolf", but the film was called Silver Bullet.  Does a pre-Lost Boys Corey Haim stand a chance against a rampaging werewolf? And who's scarier, the wolf or Gary Busey? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

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Blue Velvet

Before Twin Peaks there was Blue Velvet -- David Lynch's first tale of  Kyle MacLachlan investigating a small town murder. This violent, sexy, surreal film has been ranked one of Lynch's best, and helped put Easy Rider Dennis Hopper back on top. Is this a mystery worth solving?  Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

 
Then head to Now Peaking Podcast.com for reviews of every Twin Peaks television episode in anticipation of this summer's new season on Showtime!
 
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Making Contact - Donation Bonus

A boy discovers his closet is a gateway to the afterlife, and ends up tormented by a puppet. No, this isn't Poltergeist...but it wants to be! It's MAKING CONTACT, Roland Emmerich's 1985 sci-fi/fantasy/confusing film (also known as JOEY in alternate releases).  Is this a lost Spielbergian gem, or should it stay trapped in the clost? Thanks to your extra-generous donation to Now Playing, you can listen to this special "Easter Egg" review and find out!

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Disco Godfather - Donation Bonus

An ex-cop fights the Los Angeles Angel Dust epidemic from the DJ booth! That outlandish concept is the basis of the even crazier film Disco Godfather! This underground classic blaxploitation PSA was rediscovered after Quentin Tarantino discussed it in interviews. Now, as the Now Playing hosts prepare to review every Quentin Tarantino film, they also watch this grindhouse influence. So put your weight on it and listen!

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The Goonies - Donation Bonus

It seemed in 1985 every young man wanted to be a Goonie.  Directed by Superman's Richard Donner, this Stephen Spielberg produced adventure took from the Indiana Jones formula but starred a group of young teens instead of Harrison Ford.  Mikey, Mouth, Chunk, and Data out to find One Eyed Willie's treasure and save their houses from foreclosure--if the evil Fratelli family doesn't kill them first!  This film was a favorite of some Now Playing hosts in the 80s, but does it hold up today or did they just have their bully blinders on?  Donate to Now Playing to find out!

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Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park - Donation Bonus

Kiss was unstoppable in the 1970s.  Sold out concerts, action figures, comic books, and a Kiss Army that spanned the world.  They were metal's answer to The Beatles, so it just makes sense to make them stars of a movie, right?  Turning the rockers into superheroes, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park stunned audiences when it aired as an NBC movie of the week...but perhaps for the wrong reasons.  With this special "Easter Egg" review from Now Playing you can listen to find out why!

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Jupiter Ascending - Donation Bonus

In Jupiter Ascending, the newest film directed by The Wachowskis, a woman finds out the ordinary life that bores her so is just an illusion and that she is actually a reincarnated queen.  From that plot and the trailers this new sci-fi epic appeared to tell a story not too far removed from The Wachowski's beloved film The Matrix.  Yet the film sat unreleased for some time, and then its release date was moved from Summer, 2014 to February, 2015--a sign that the studio lacked confidence in the film.  But now Jupiter has ascended.  Should you take the red pill or the blue pill on this new mythology?  Thanks to your donation to Now Playing  you can listen to Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob's review and find out!

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