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Welcome to the Rare Cuts Media Society! A Book Club Style show where we dive into Movies, TV, Books, Music, and more. Each month one of us will choose a new piece of media to dive into and discuss. Make sure you watch, listen, and read along with us each month so you will be ready for our discussion. Warning: There will be Spoilers!
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Superhero Summer Part 2: Sky High (2005) Rare Cuts Epic Superhero Summer Strikes back with Disney’s Sky High (2005). Eric pick the movie about a Superhero High School where Will Stronghold, son of the most famous super hero Duo, The Commander and Jetstream, is about to start his freshman year. The Movie’s all star cast features Kurt Russell, Kelly …
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Superhero Summer Part 1: Batman and Robin (1949) Rare Cuts takes on their Epic Superhero summer with one of the biggest heroes of all…Batman! To kick it off, Rob picked the Batman and Robin Columbia Pictures theatrical Serial from 1949. The film serial follows Batman and Robin on a case to figure out who is the evil Wizard who has stolen a machine …
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I've Been Meaning to Watch That! RCMS rounds out this theme round with Movies that are on our proverbial list, but we haven't gotten around to watching. Mike picks Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. The 1986 movie has roots in the original home city of the Rare Cuts Media Society. It stars Michael Rooker as Henry a kind of fictional serial killer,…
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I've Been Meaning to Watch That! RCMS continues its theme of Movies that are on our proverbial list, but we haven't gotten around to watching. Andrew picks the 90’s alien in the suburbs movie, Suburban Commando. Picked up as some kind of Arnold Schwarzenegger reject (no, really), the movie actually has an all-star cast including Christopher Lloyd, …
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I've Been Meaning to Watch That! RCMS continues its theme of Movies that are on our proverbial list, but we haven't gotten around to watching. Eric picks Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Is it really that rare? It was a big-budget pre-blockbuster that was a pretty big deal in 1954. The movie was the first time Disney fully stocked the cast wi…
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I've Been Meaning to Watch That! RCMS kicks off another themed group of picks: Movies that are on our proverbial list, but we haven't gotten around to watching. Rob picks Blake Edward’s 1962 Forgotten Film Noir Classic, Experiment in Terror. The Movie Stars Glen Ford and Lee Remick in a suspenseful tale of murder, blackmail, and bank robbery. The P…
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A very special Christmas episode from the Rare Cuts Media Society! In this episode, the RCMS looks at a Christmas Horror Action movie from Finland, The Land of Santa Claus: Rare Exports (2010). When an excavation project digs up more than they bargained for, a legendary force is released upon Finland's Lapland, the north pole. The panel takes a loo…
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A Thanksgiving Double Serving of John Hughes In this episode, the RCMS Scoops up a not-so-classic Thanksgiving movie, Dutch (1991) that closely resembles another Thanksgiving movie 1987’s Planes Trains and Automobile. When looking into Dutch the panel explores some of the connections to John Hughes's other hit movies including his big Holiday pictu…
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Kooky Spooky…in Stereo In this episode, the RCMS dives into something Kooky and Spooky for the Spookiest of seasons. In 2020 Everyone’s favorite New Wave Ska superheroes, the Aquabats made good on their Kickstarter campaign and released their first album in almost 10 years. Join the panel as they discuss the changes in the Aquabats sound over the y…
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Part 4 in the Rare Cuts Time Warp 1953! In this episode, we take a re-watch of Rob’s Rare Cuts Time Warp: 1953 pick, The Long Long Trailer. Starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in roles very similar to the Lucy and Ricky roles they are known for! The Long Long Trailer follows Newlyweds, and new trailer owners, Tacy and Nicky as they Honeymoon on th…
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Part 3 in the Rare Cuts Time Warp 1953! In this episode, we tune into Mike’s Rare Cuts Time Warp: 1953 pick, Glen or Glenda. Cult Classic Director, Ed Wood’s Debut movie! Glen or Glenda explores the internal conflict of the Main character Glen/Glenda in sharing his secret that he prefers to wear women's clothing with his Fiance. The Rare Cuts Media…
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Part 2 in the Rare Cuts Time Warp 1953! Join us in the Science Fiction genre, or maybe comedy, yet still Horror? Will this story Frighten or amuse you? In this episode, we tune into Andrew’s Rare Cuts Time Warp: 1953 pick, The Twonky. A Movie where a television set has superpowers and comes to life and changes the life of its owner! The Rare Cuts M…
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Part 1 in the Rare Cuts Time Warp 1953! Join us on a captivating journey as we delve into three forgotten Disney films from 1953. In this episode, we shine a spotlight on The Living Desert, a mesmerizing nature documentary that takes us deep into the vibrant and diverse world of desert wildlife. We also explore the controversial animated shorts Mel…
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Welcome to Rare Cuts Time Warp: 1953 Our Special Summer Series! This is a special announcement episode of the Rare Cuts Media Society podcast, where we announce our summer episode arc. The hosts will go back 70 years to the year 1953 in their Rare Cuts Time Warp arc of episodes. The episode covers major news events of 1953, the cost of living in 19…
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Part 4 in the Biography Series! In this episode, we explore the cult classic documentary film "Anvil: The Story of Anvil," released in 2008 and directed by Sacha Gervasi. (Rob's Pick for the month) The film follows the Canadian heavy metal band Anvil, who were pioneers in the genre in the 1980s but struggled to achieve mainstream success. Through i…
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Part 3 in the Biography Series! In this episode, we explore the meteoric rise and fall of Ashlee Simpson's debut album, Autobiography, released in 2004. (Eric’s Pick this month) We delve into the creation of the album, Ashlee's image and persona, and the impact of her highly publicized SNL lip-syncing debacle. Through discussions on the album's the…
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Part 2 in the Biography Series! In this episode, we take a deep dive into Mike’s Pick, the fascinating world of the 2014 documentary "An Honest Liar." The film tells the story of James Randi, a renowned magician, and skeptic who spent his career exposing frauds and charlatans who claimed to have paranormal powers. Through interviews with Randi hims…
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Part 1 in the Biography Series! Andrew picks Auto Focus (2002) A biopic movie based on the debaucherous life and death of Bob Crane the star of Television's Hogan’s Heroes. Greg Kinnear plays Bob Crane and Willem DeFoe plays his bad influence wingman John Henry Carpenter. This movie is based on true events but only shows the events surrounding Bob …
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Part 4 in the Short Fiction on the Screen Series! This Month, Rob picks The Fly by George Langelaan, published in 1957 in Playboy Magazine. It was adapted twice for film. Once in 1958 starring Vincent Price and then again in 1986 Starring Jeff Goldblum. Together the Panel discusses the similarities and differences between the movies and their origi…
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Part 3 in the Short Fiction on the Screen Series! This Month, Eric picks Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas by Russell and Lillian Hoban and the 1977 Jim Henson HBO/CBC TV special based on it. The Muppet Special version includes some achievements in Muppet Technology as well as some great music by songwriter Paul WIlliams! Together the panel takes a l…
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Part 2 in the Short Fiction on the Screen Series! This Month, Mike Picks Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” and the 2011 (or is it 2012) Logan Thomas film based on the story. This version of of the film is an adaptation, somewhat prequel, and something entirely different from the original story. And it includes vampires….…
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Part 1 in the Short Fiction on the Screen Series! This Month, Andrew Picks Stephen King’s Novella The Mist and the 2007 film based on the story. The Movie stars Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden, Marcia Gay Harden, and Andre Braugher as a group of strangers, neighbors, and acquaintances trapped in a grocery store when a mysterious mist takes over their to…
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This Month, Rob’s wife Melissa picked the 1987 Romantic Comedy “Mannequin”. The Movie stars Kim Catrall and Andrew McCarthy as a mannequin who comes to life and the artist who sculpted her. Filled with slapstick humor and music video-like montages, Mannequin is a snapshot of trendy 80’s cinema! Join the Rare Cuts Media Society in taking an in-depth…
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This Month, Eric’s wife Keri picked the 1957 Romantic Comedy “Desk Set”. The Movie stars Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and was adapted from stage by Pheobe and Henry Ephron. Desk Set is the story of Bunny Watson, a librarian, whose archives are being digitized and put into a computer system by an efficiency expert. Watson may become obsolete …
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This month, Mike’s wife Nicole picked Are You Being Served? (1972). This British Sitcom depicts a floor in a department store and follows the employees who work there. The show starred John Inman, Mollie Sugden, and Trevor Bannister, among others, as employees for the fictional Grace Brothers Store. The series ran from 1972, until 1985 on the BBC, …
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This Month, Andrew’s wife Sarah picked Batteries not included (1987). Steven Spielberg's Batteries Not Included is a Family Sci-Fi movie that features flying robots who can fix anything. The robot “fix-its” happen upon a New York building that is about to be demolished and help the residents inside. Written by Brad Bird, and Staring Frank McRae, El…
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This Month, Eric finally picks some Disney. The North Avenue Irregulars (1979) is a Family Comedy movie loosely based on the true story of a Presbyterian Minister and a group of church ladies who take on the Mafia in their community. It Stars many B- list Celebrities including Edward Herman, Cloris Leachman, and Michael Constantin among many others…
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This Month, Rob picks the 90's Sitcom the Critic. Created by Simpsons writing team Al Jean and Mike Reiss, the show stars Jon Lovitz as Jay Sherman the movie critic who thinks every movie Stinks! The RCMS takes a look at the characters, parodys, and if the show could work today! Follow RCMS: Facebook: facebook.com/rarecutsmediasociety Instagram: @r…
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This Month, Andrew picks Crimewave (1985)! In learning from their mistakes Director Sam Raimi and Co-writers the Cohen Brothers used this Cartoony Crime Noir Box office Flop to help launch their careers. This Movie also played a large role in the shuttering of Norman Lear's Embassy Films. Is it any good? Does it have any redeeming qualities? Find o…
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This Month, Mike picks the 1963 Robert Wise Horror Film, The Haunting. (not the Catherine Zeta Jones one) After Making West Side Story, Wise turned his attention to Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House. The RCMS takes a look at what makes this movie work, and where it might need some work. For optimal experience before joining th…
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Episode Notes This Month, Eric picks Def Leppard’s 1996 Album Slang. A departure from their previous arena-style glam metal sound, Slang takes on the Grunge and the musical stylings of the 1990s. Is it any Good? RCMS tries to Work It Out. For optimal experience Before joining the conversation Listen to Slang by Def Leppard. Follow RCMS: Facebook: f…
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This Month, Rob picks Cobra (1986) starring Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen. Gratuitously taking place at Christmas time, Cobra is an unnecessarily violent Action Thriller. Stallone’s Cobra has been tasked with protecting Ingrid (Nielsen) from the Night Slasher, a very stab-happy member of the undergroudn New World. Before you listen to wha…
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This Month, Andrew picks two episodes from Season 3(1995/96) of The X Files. Both episodes, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" and "Jose Chung's From Outer Space," were written by Darin Morgan. Morgan's episodes take a more humorous approach than the norm for The X-Files. Guest Stars in these episodes include Peter Boyle, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Je…
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This Month, Mike picks Evelyn Evelyn, the 2010 concept album stemming from Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley's side project of the same name. Evelyn Evelyn tells the story of conjoined twins who overcome multiple devastating experiences on their journey to becoming internet sensations. The Album is further explored by a graphic novel and concert exper…
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This Month, Eric picks Adam Rex’s novel Cold Cereal! September is Library Sign Up Month. What better way to celebrate than getting your card and checking out Cold Cereal! Adam Rex’s Cold Cereal is an action-packed adventure fantasy middle-grade novel that has many pop culture references and strong ties to Arthurian Legend. Make sure to read it….THE…
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This Month, Rob picks NO DREAM (2020) and SKA DREAM (2021) both by Jeff Rosenstock: A rare punk/ska Double Feature! Each Album contains the same thirteen songs. NO DREAM’s versions are the original punk rock version, where SKA Dream includes ska reimaginings of NO DREAM’s Tracks! Before you listen to what the RCMS thinks, listen to both albums on q…
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This Month, Andrew picks the 1950 Noir/Black Comedy Film Sunset Boulevard. Producer/Writer Billy Wilder explores and exposes the raw truth behind Hollywood during the period after Films had gone from silent to sound! Stars Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich Von Stroheim, and Nancy Olsen Watch the movie first...there will be Spoilers! How to Watc…
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Join the Rare Cuts Media Society in our first episode! This Month, Mike picks the 1982 Made for TV Movie, Mazes and Monsters, starring Tom Hanks. Mazes and Monsters was based on the novel of the same name by Rona Jaffe. The movie explores the dangers of playing games like Dungeons and Dragons in truly cheesy 80’s splendor. Watch the movie first...t…
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