Jumping The Shark is the moment when a TV show has peaked and then begins its slow, downward spiral to irrelevance.
All shows have a definite shelf life, but it’s the ones that stay past their expiration date that resort to increasingly desperate measures to grab an ever-dwindling viewership.
Adding obnoxiously cute kids, stunt casting with inexplicable celebrity cameos or presenting bizarre storylines that make zero sense within the show’s previously understood logic (like Fonzie from Happy Days literally jumping a shark) - these are the hallmarks of inevitable decline.
But like any good roadside carnage, we can’t help but slow down and rubberneck a bit before leaving the wreck in our rear-view mirror.
Q: What is a budget band?
A: Any band whose music rides the coattails of a more successful band. Rather than create a new sound all their own, they spend their energies copying what came before. (Just like this podcast!)
You’re not going to listen to 30 Seconds to Mars if you’ve got Maroon 5 around, are you? Why spend your time with John Denver if you can hear some Gordon Lightfoot instead? And don't get us started on the whole "Beatles-esque" thing....
Plus, check out our awesome sing-along Budget Bands Spotify playlist for this show! It's 39 songs of pure audio!
Everybody cut Footloose, because here is the final chapter in our Kenny Loggins movie themes retrospective!
Yes, we dive headfirst into the titular 1984 not-musical about a small town outlaws fun and forces Kevin Bacon to teach the kids interpretive dance so they can have one final hoedown before sacrificing themselves to the demon Baphomet. We think that’s what happened, anyway.
This movie is truly a mess and confused us on multiple levels. And yet it has defied the odds to become a pop-80's classic that gave Kenny Loggins his only Number 1 song, while catapulting Kevin Bacon’s entire career. Who are we to argue with that sort of pedigree?
Trick or treat! Smell our feet! Listen to this podcast treat!
It’s the 1st Annual Magnificently Huge Halloween Hootenanny where we come to you disguised as a normal Halloween podcast!
Join us during a fake costume party where each came dressed as our favorite bad movie that has absolutely nothing to do with actual Halloween. We then attempt to defend these questionable choices with our typical charm, humor and eloquence.
Yep, we obviously waited until the last minute this Halloween to get it together - yet again. But we accidentally made another classic episode anyway! The Worst Halloween Show Ever? Not bloody likely!
There’s a ton of stuff today called "Science Fiction" that is really just Horror (like Alien) or Young Adult Fiction (like E.T.) or Action (like Marvel anything) or Screaming Abomination (like Independence Day). These things are called science fiction, but they really only carry its set dressing - spaceships, aliens, ray guns and futurism.
In an effort to help you, our listener, understand the difference between real science fiction and poseur science fiction, we’re combing through the films, books, shows and everything else people typically call Sci-Fi when it usually ain't.
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Need even more amazing 90’s nostalgia in your life? Well you are in for a real treat when the MagHuge crew tackles movies from the completely arbitrary year 1994!
Everyone remembers cultural juggernauts Forrest Gump & Pulp Fiction - that’s the easy stuff. But we ignore those completely and instead pick our random Top Fives from The Year of the Gump.
These are the flicks that invaded our normally pathological sense of Gen-X apathy to become...something. Whatever. It’s 1994.
They may be blatant rip-offs of Star Wars filled with bad acting and laughable special effects, but we don’t care. Each is entertaining in its own weird way, even if it feels like we’ve seen it all somewhere before.
Here is Volume 1 of our newest retrospective of shows to feature cinema inspired by the mother of all space operas - movies trying to ride those coattails all the way to fat bags stuffed with cash.
These odd gems run the gamut - from delightfully weird to cynically copycat garbage - and form a unique genre we aren’t going to shut up about any time soon: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Star Wars!
Look! Up on the internet! It’s not a bird! It’s not a plane! It’s the Magnificently Huge Podcast!
Direct from their Fortress of Stoopitude, your #MagHuge crew talks the Man of Steel himself, Superman! Plus, the new Spider-Man game for PS4 appears, and even Harry Potter gets some Muggle time in the Fresh $h!% .
Brian also talks about that unreleased Superman video game he worked on at Factor 5 back in the day, so there’s some extra click-bait for ya below.
And check out our epic playlist:
Songs About Superman!
For more details on the Factor 5 Superman game that Brian mentions - including concept art, character models and the trailer - check this article.
From the podcast voted "Most Likely to Have a Podcast" comes a show all about our favorite High School movies (that aren’t by John Hughes).
You know, the ones that are total bulls**t and star people in their 30s pretending to have teen angst who are obsessed with losing their fake virginity.
Follow us through a cinematic minefield of awkward crushes, fumbled kisses, pointless homework, clueless parents, mean kids, BFF’s, sticking it to the man, school dances, keggers, questionable decisions and more apathy than whatever, everything sucks.
MTV doesn’t even pretend to be about music anymore. But was it EVER really about music?
It’s the video network that made killing the radio star a mission statement to ensure that how music looks is more important than how it sounds.
I WANT MY eMpTV!
Been there, done that, spent too much on the T-Shirt? Word of advice - don’t wear it to the same band’s show 20 years later (presuming it still fits) or people will point at the poseur.
The #MagHuge crew is up to it's ears in music this week as we unearth our old ticket stubs to yammer on about all the awesome concerts we've been to and you haven't. And that's just the ones we remember!
Proving yet again how very not cool we really are. So neener-neener boo-boo
Nothing wastes time and money quite like a movie based on a video game. Even if by some miracle one manages to kinda-sorta get it right, the overall experience is still uniquely disappointing and downright pointless.
It’s a bit like watching your friends play video games all night because they are hogging the controller, but you are too lazy to find new friends.
We talk the highs and lows of this oddball film sub-genre that refuses to die - even though it has repeatedly given us every reason to believe it should.
Welcome to our discussion of every single car each of your intrepid MagHuge crew has ever owned - and then subsequently drove into the dirt through a unique combination of stunning ignorance & sheer force of will.
By show's end, you will be acutely aware of how very little we actually know about automobile maintenance - or car culture in general.
So it’s just like an episode of Top Gear, only you know... funny.
This go-round we’re talking all about cell phone technology - Apple iPhones, Google Androids, plus a little bit of BlackBerry... mostly because Eric’s a luddite who still thinks those are awesome and we try to set him straight.
If you had said 20 years ago that we would all eventually carry a device in our pockets that let governments and corporations track everything we say, every place we go, and pay several hundreds of dollars for the privilege, no one would believe you.
But you showed them! We're all effed now!
We finally got around to reviewing Pixar’s latest cash cow - Incredibles 2!
This is a spoiler filled minisode about both Incredibles movies that was literally 14 years in the making - because it literally took Pixar 14 years to make the damn sequel!
Hear us dish on how Incredibles 2 compares to the original movie, which also just happens to be our favorite Pixar flick and one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. Period.
Did #2 succeed? Find out now! And as always - NO CAPES!
Soylent Podcast is made of PEEOOOPPPPPLE!
Here's our supersized look at fast food - America’s culinary gift to the world… accompanied by a side of deep-fried regret full of empty calories and washed down with an ice-cold cup of sugary self-loathing.
But who cares, so long as you can put more bacon on it?
Are movie theme songs even a thing anymore? They used to be EVERYWHERE, those soundtracks of summer that made us want to go see the film.
Let’s be real, we all know at least one earworm that rolled during the credits that we can still sing in our sleep. But do we always remember the movie it came from?
We talk up a few of the songs that managed to eclipse the movies from whence they came to become classics in their own right, plus a whole bag of ugly sonic miscues that you will wish had stayed forgotten.
Plus, sing along to this episode with out our definitive Spotify playlist!
It's the only Movie Theme Song playlist you will ever need!
Schadenfreude is the experience of pleasure, joy or self-satisfaction that comes from the troubles, failures or humiliation of others.
And if you think you're above it, why don't you tell us how you REALLY think Johnny Depp is going to make another comeback.
This week we dig deep to uncover the big failures in movies, music, politics, inventions... and anything else we can think of that sucked great big donkey balls and brought shame and humiliation onto the heads of those responsible thanks to greed, hubris or plain stupidity.
We put on our tin-foil film programmer hats to create our own movie double features that would totally happen if we ran the world. And they would be shown in an actual theater, too, because we’re cinema purists who believe that watching two random movies in a row on Netflix from your couch doesn’t count as a double feature. That’s just called one more Saturday night eating ice cream with a fork because you have chosen to give up.
Which we here at MagHuge know nothing about...obviously. So, um, yeah… Double Features! How cool are those!?!
1989 was a GIANT year for movies... A year top-loaded with thousands of bonafide modern classics. Don't believe us? Well tough nugs, we stand by our assessment based wholly on arbitrary opinion and a dollop of pseudo-science.
It's our tribute to the unusually large number of stone-cold classics released in the glorious year of 1989 A.D. That's a lot of iconic movies in one place - from Tim Burton's Batman to Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade to Weekend At Bernie's and everything in between.
Well, okay, maybe not Weekend At Bernie's…
Crack out on your favorite shows and binge-watch for days on end without ever being interrupted by lame commercials, obnoxious season-ending cliffhangers, overrated sleep, pesky jobs, or even the horror of other people. Yes, shows are now designed to hold your attention for as long as you can sit there without soiling yourself.
While new hits like “Orange is the New Black” and “Handmaid’s Tale” were written for streaming, there are a lot of shows from the past that also arc over the course of several seasons. We go through our favorites - and hope you write us to tell us yours!
Hey there, MagHugenauts! You've had enough time to watch Avengers: Infinity War by now... and so have we. Finally.
So get ready for our ultimate spoiler show about the epic superhero team-up to end all epic superhero team-ups... until the next massively epic superhero team-up.
Listen to the end to see if we survived Thanos! (Spoiler: We don't.)
Plus our awesome Spotify songlist for this epidose!
Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars…again.
Our very first MagHuge Podcast was May 4, 2017, which officially makes this episode the Magnificently Huge First Anniversary Show! To celebrate this auspicious occasion we do the unexpected and gab about yet another Star Wars Day - this year by mocking the Prequel movies that mean so little to so few.
Plus, we find the true meaning of Life Day! May the farce be with you.
Stoner movies, man. Flicks about Mary Jane. Wacky tobacky cinema. The Devil’s lettuce on film. That’s, like, this week’s dimebag full of fun and the first taste is always free.
Alright, alright, alright. Spark up a virtual doobie with the Magnificently Huge Pot-cast and settle in for a crazy ride, because things are gonna get super-weird super-fast. We start with a debate about the staying power of Cheech & Chong and quickly lose track of every weed-centric comedy to come down the pike in the last 40 years.
Whether you prefer to boke a smowel or just say no, don’t miss this very important episode of… uhhhhh…. Wait… What were we talking about again?
Surf 2: The End of the Trilogy is the greatest movie ever made that also happens to be its own sequel!
Join us as we palaver about this quintessentially forgotten 80’s VHS teen-bikini-surf-punk-zombie comedy classic that also happens to be loaded with gratuitous T&A and a thought-provoking environmental message. No, really.
Plus, it has one of the best unreleased 80’s New Wave soundtracks of all time (featuring an exclusive track by Oingo Boingo!) that never made it to stores because the movie was such an impressive failure at the time. You can’t even get this thing on DVD, that’s how amazing it is! Which is why it is our Lost Cinema Pick of the Week.
And check out a playlist of music from this episode on Spotify!
There's more to comic book movies than just your Avengers and Justice League, kiddo. "The Watchmen," "Dredd," the original Christopher Reeve "Superman" - if you like action heroes, there are tons of movies from decades past that get the concept right, even if they didn't have the effects technology yet. This is the ultimate superhero booty call.
This week, the MagHuge crew tackle the subject of the best comic book movies you've never heard of, with a complete lack of preparation that makes this one of our worst shows. Truly. If you're an uber-fan, you'll listen through to the end. But if you're just finding us now, please, listen to any one of our other shows. We're begging you. You'll be doing us both a favor.
And check out a playlist of music from this episode on Spotify!
Every day after school we had the greatest babysitter the world has ever known - Television. Spending time outside with “friends” was for suckers. Instead, we ate our body weight in junk food and consumed ALL the cartoons, reruns and MTV that the glorious idiot box would provide. Then our parents showed up and forced us to do rubbish like eat our vegetables and finish our homework until we became sullen teenagers and, eventually, stunted adults. And the moral of the story is that TV rots your brain, kids. This podcast is living proof.
We get our 90s on to remember a time when superhero flicks were rare and even good CGI effects looked like frisbees on strings. Hear about all the junk culture from the decade that would lay the foundation for every big, dumb movie spectacle we are saddled with now in the 21st Century. Yes, the 90s were plain awful. And awfully necessary.
This week, the movies and music with hidden meanings, agendas, or that were just poorly thought out. (Like rooting for rapists - even if they are nerds.) But first, as ever, Brian, Chris, and Eric dish the Fresh S**t. It’s all the movies, TV shows, music and games of the week that were discussed but that I cannot remember because it was recorded days ago and I’m getting so, so sleepy now. I think I’ll just take a little nap…
And check out a playlist of music from this episode on Spotify!