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Freaky Friday (1976): They’ll Play Batdance At Our Funeral

Freaky Friday (1976): They’ll Play Batdance At Our Funeral

In which Jason and Jack Walsh review the 1976 trailer for Freaky Friday. Part of a series of trailer reviews for body-switching comedies of the 70′s, 80′s, and 90′s. 

JASON

Jack, according to the trailer, here’s what we know for sure about the events of Freaky Friday—Barbara Harris is a teenage mother, Jodie Foster is a middle-aged daughter, and John Astin is a “confused male chauvinist.”

Listen, Jack—John Astin’s not going to let a little thing like not having any idea what’s going on stop him from sexually harassing you. He really captures the befuddled horniness of the 1970’s. If he was being drawn by a caricaturist, he’d have a cartoon question mark above his head and a huge boner.

Also, is that a witch on water skis jumping over a guy buried in the sand? Now I’m the one who’s confused with a boner.

JACK

I knew I should have trademarked the phrase “Confused With A Boner” before I put it on my business cards. Now everybody’s throwing it around like just another “YOLO.” It’s just as well, I guess. Angry phone calls from the manager of Chili’s were all that tossing that card into the “Win a Free Lunch!” fishbowl ever seemed to get me. But, what can you do? CWAB, baby!

When I agreed to review the trailer for Freaky Friday, I’d assumed that it would be the full theatrical trailer and not a quickie TV spot. There’s hardly anything to go on here, especially since I’ve been asked not to mention Lindsay Lohan in this, the one Scene Missing trailer review where it would have actually made sense. Are you sure I can’t convince you to do the trailer for Gorky Park like I wanted to? What if I told you that it’s a changing-places movie, too, and that William Hurt and Lee Marvin do the old Moscow Switcheroo? I mean, I know that isn’t the case, but even if Hurt and Marvin were just to walk past each other in the film, it would have to be a more convincing persona-swap than the one suggested by the special effects in the Freaky Friday trailer.

You know what was a real missed opportunity back in the day? A Lee Marvin/Lee Van Cleef switch-up. I always got those guys confused because a) Lee, obviously and b) they were both in movies with Clint Eastwood that my dad made me watch. Now I’m kind of sad that the world never got that iteration of Freaky Friday. Then, instead of somebody really getting into Jodie Foster and shooting President Reagan, you would have absolutely nobody getting really into Lee Marvin and shooting anybody. Except in The Killers, where I’m pretty sure Lee Marvin shoots Ronald Reagan. But maybe, just maybe, it was Lee Van Cleef all along.

Plunging Fully Into The Meese Hole Of Adulthood: Jack Walsh’s Summer Of Krull

Plunging Fully Into The Meese Hole Of Adulthood: Jack Walsh’s Summer Of Krull

When I look back on childhood, I realize that some of the best memories I have are from summer camp. There were the pillow fights, the scavenger hunts, the dance at the girls’ camp across the lake, and the zany hijinks we pulled during arts ‘n crafts. The look on the counselor’s face that time! And then, of course, there was my bunk-mate Rudy, who spent the first half of the summer dragging me along on zany escape attempts, but by Family Visiting Day, we realized we were having the best summer of our lives!

Of course, it’s possible that I am remembering my repeated readings of the children’s novel I Want To Go Home by Gordon Korman, a Canadian author whose books were all I wanted to read as a kid. That seemed like a fun camp.

As for my other camp memories, I recall a bench outside the mess hall that I always stuck my face up against because it kind of smelled like pancake syrup. There was a swimming hole I never wanted to go in, although it occurred to me some time later that it was probably named the “Meese Hole” after the owners of the adjacent piece of land and not because of some infestation of grammatically incorrect plural mice. I remember an eleven year-old who was said to give out handjobs to younger boys who inchwormed their sleeping bags over next to hers, although I don’t think I knew what a handjob was at the time. That might be about all I’ve got, despite having returned to the same YMCA camp year after year. But, this stands to reason, as I only got one-third of the true camp experience, anyway. See, I was a day-camper.

Imperial Trouble Episode 93: Minotaurs, Manatees, And Mentors

Imperial Trouble Episode 93: Minotaurs, Manatees, And Mentors

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This week’s topics include Manatees quantum leaping into Jimmy Buffett’s body, a world where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles never learned ninjitsu, our favorite mentors, and the skeletal structure of Richie Rich. Guest hosts: Beau Brown and Jack Walsh.

Imperial Trouble Episode 92: Too Hot To Handle, Too Cold To Hold

Imperial Trouble Episode 92: Too Hot To Handle, Too Cold To Hold

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This week’s topics include Doctor Who, the Statue of Liberty, a recital of Bobby Brown’s theme song from Ghostbusters II, Dungeons & Dragons parody songs, the Dave Matthews Band and pan-dimensional rifts. Guest hosts: Beau Brown and Jack Walsh.

Imperial Trouble Episode 90: The Two Types of Puppets

Imperial Trouble Episode 90: The Two Types of Puppets

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Imperial Trouble returns with guest co-hosts Jack Walsh and Beau Brown! Topics include the definition of a midwife, what Jason did during the hiatus, the two types of puppets, The Ghastly Dreadfuls, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Everyone reveals a weakness.

Imperial Trouble Episode 89: Dragon*Con 2012!

Imperial Trouble Episode 89: Dragon*Con 2012!

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Jason, Sam and Bunny Nick Fury’ed Dragon*Con 2012 and assembled the greatest team of podcast guests the world has ever seen! This episode includes interviews with Harrison Krix of Volpin Props, Grant Imahara of Mythbusters, Mark Meer of Mass Effect, Billy West of Futurama, Beau Brown of Bob and Carl: Sci-Fi Janitors, Sylvester McCoy of Doctor Who, and Jack Walsh of Four Days at Dragon*Con!

Topics include favorite Con costumes, wealthy abandoned babies, the discovery of sugar in space, filling in as C-3PO, a Bob Newhart/Baldur’s Gate crossover, censorship of cartoon violence, puppetry, rolling R’s, and a surprisingly capable impression of Humpty Hump from Digital Underground.

The Raven

The Raven

In which Jason and Jack Walsh of GET DELICIOUS! and Four Days at Dragon*Con discuss the trailer for The Raven.

J: Jack, right off the bat, let me make it clear that John Cusack is not appearing in The Raven of his own free will. He is doing so because he is bound by raven magic. The President of the United Raven States (or, POTURS) loaned John Cusack his Netflix password, in exchange for a lifetime of servitude, both here on this mortal plane and in the afterlife. Not just to ravens, but also mynah birds, parakeets, essentially any avian creature, except for geese, who are assholes.

Imperial Trouble Episode 60: The G.I. Joe Episode With Jack Walsh

Imperial Trouble Episode 60: The G.I. Joe Episode With Jack Walsh

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Sam and Jason are joined by “Real American Hero” Jack Walsh. Topics include the trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the classic G.I. Joe episode “Skeletons in the Closet”, and Hasbro G.I. Joe commercials from the 80’s. Jack unboxes a G.I. Joe figure on the air, and Jason explains why no amount of money or power can bring a cartoon lady to life.

Imperial Trouble Episode 36: Jack Walsh and Meredith Placko

Imperial Trouble Episode 36: Jack Walsh and Meredith Placko

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Southeast Emmy Award winning director Jack Walsh and cosplay queen Meredith Placko visit the Imperial Trouble studio to review Captain America, the new Spider-man trailer and share their first costuming experiences. Moon Knight finally gets his due and a valiant effort is made to pronounce Rhys Ifans’s name.