6.03.2014

Episode 160 - Mystery Men

In this week's episode, the gang kicks off #SBE2014 with the dull film about wannabe superheroes, Mystery Men! Why make a movie about tertiary characters from a comic book no one really cares about? What was with that brutal murder? And is it possible Tim Burton directed this? PLUS: The "Time to Make the Donuts" guy is getting ripped off... from beyond the grave!

Mystery Men stars Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy, Janeane Garofalo, Kel Mitchell, Paul Reubens, Wes Studi, Greg Kinnear, Claire Forlani, Tom Waits, Eddie Izzard, Lena Olin, Artie Lange and Geoffrey Rush; directed by Kinka Usher (or possibly Tim Burton).

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12 comments:

Puddin Taine said...

"Low Side of the Road" is just a biography and the "Kinka Usher = Tim Burton" thing seems to have been some misinformed speculation on the author's part.

I was intrigued by the idea, but I've never been able to find any other mention of the idea that Burton secretly directed Mystery Men.

Katarin Sucks said...

Christopher Lambert?

... are you guys doing Mortal Kombat?

Melissa said...

Just started listening to the podcast a month ago and I love it!

Geoffrey Rush is Australian, so I assume that's why he wasn't in any of the Harry Potter movies. But I do love the idea of him calling JK Rowling a strumpet.

db8d27f0-eb76-11e3-b7db-a7595fe8f7c5 said...

Yeah, gonna have to comment on Ben (Phoenix Jones). Professional fighter with a winning record, husband, works with children with disabilities, has more money than my work-a-day blue collar ass, part time "crime fighter." Has been both shot and stabbed. Costume is made of kevlar and ceramic plating.

Say what you want about the man's choice to go out and do what he does with his free time, dude is certainly no loser and doesn't treat it like a game or comic book.

Pierce said...

I think you guys missed this, but somebody either intentionally or unintentionally said "shovel-horned in" message

shogunblade said...

I really think Mortal Kombat will be the big movie (Which would be awesome), but Highlander would be pretty cool.

The Mutt said...

Please be Greystoke. Please be Greystoke!

Lol Mahmood said...

Meh. Perhaps you shouldn't do comedies. Comedy is pretty subjective; in this episode you just sound like a bunch of people who don't get it. I like Mystery Men. It's becoming a little bit of a cult movie. I think it's more popular in the UK than the US.

J. Thunder said...

I remember feeling underwhelmed when I saw this in the theater years ago. Haven't felt the urge to revisit it and your episode solidified that. For a "serious" look at real life Mystery Men, Netflix has the documentary "Superheroes" available for streaming. Worth checking out.

Tony Nichols said...

I worked for a video game company that specialized in converting board games into computer games. Scrabble, etc.

The first line of any review was "I don't know why anyone would want to play Scrabble on their computer, but they made me review this game".

That's what this episode sounded like. I find Mystery Men to scratch a particular itch... parody of the very specific rediculousness of superhero comics (which I love). You guys just come across as guys who don't get it, and so you have turned to just making fun of the basic fact that it exists.

That doesn't make for a very interesting listen.

rrpostal said...

This movie is a bit of a family favorite. There was some genuinely funny stuff in this movie and my kudos have thought it wad funny since they were 5 yrs old. Probably says something about us, but like someone said above, comedy is very subjective. Luckily, I think you guys are pretty darned funny, as are comedy degrees from Prestufe.

rrpostal said...

Oh auto correct, you scamp!