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Legendary film critic Leonard Maltin and his daughter Jessie are the ultimate movie fans. They love talking about movies, especially with people who share their enthusiasm—from living legends like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Quincy Jones to such contemporary artists as Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Laura Dern, and Bryan Cranston. You’ll meet all kinds of interesting people and hear their recommendations of unsung movies you ought to know.
 
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Two of the world’s foremost authorities on movie music—whom we also count as good friends—join in a buoyant conversation filled with insight and laughter. Jon Burlingame writes for Variety and teaches film scoring at USC; his books include The Music of James Bond. Steven Smith’s latest book is Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most…
 
As the granddaughter of animation pioneer Ub Iwerks and daughter of longtime Imagineer Don Iwerks, Leslie Iwerks automatically earns a niche in film history… but she’s forged a great reputation of her own, with Oscar and Emmy nominations to show for it. Her six-part series The Imagineering Story helped launch Disney+, while her provocative profile …
 
He’s earned immortality as that guy from Ghostbusters (and you’ll see him in the forthcoming sequel) but Ernie Hudson is everywhere you look: as the star and executive producer of BET’s The Family Business, as Lily Tomlin’s love interest in Netlflix’s Grace and Frankie, and Gary Dourdan’s father in the new movie Redemption Day, opening in theaters …
 
In our season finale, we dip our toes back into the waters of the Alien franchise. This episode is 4 pitches in one, with a new guest! This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Producer level patrons Jessica Gronsbell, Aaron Nowick, Lou Wilkerson and Seth Decker. It is also brought to you by Executive Producer level …
 
In which Erin brings a very out of the box pitch for the Three Musketeers, based off of the very mediocre 2011 film. This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Producer level patrons Jessica Gronsbell, Aaron Nowick, Lou Wilkerson and Seth Decker. It is also brought to you by Executive Producer level patron Erin Moriar…
 
Merry Christmas to us all! Comicbook.com's very own Russ Burlingame @russburlingame brings his A-game with a stellar pitch...but he also brings along friend and comic book writer/artist Jon Bogdanove, one of the creators behind the character Steel in the DC comics! What an insane time! This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and espe…
 
Nic and Nick return to the show with an epic lore dump for how to make a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Editors note - Jim Carrey was the highlight of that film. This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Producer level patrons Jessica Gronsbell, Aaron Nowick, Lou Wilkerson and Seth Decker. It is also brought to you by Exe…
 
Alright Bruce Lee fans, the time is finally here. Brandon gives a wonderful pitch for what Game of Death may have actually been aiming for. If you'd like to become a guest, pick a film and send your pitch to filmrescueshow@gmail.com. Anyone can join the fun! This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Producer level pa…
 
Cathy Moriarty achieved immortality when, as a teenager, she was cast in Raging Bull, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. She earned an Oscar nomination for this memorable debut and has never looked back. The mother of three grown children and founder of Los Angeles’ Mulberry Street Pizza restaurants, she’s had a …
 
Margo Martindale is worth her weight in gold—to filmmakers and fans like us. Her presence is reason enough to watch any film or TV show. She’s part of the ensemble of the new indie drama Uncle Frank, and shows once more why she is any director’s best friend. Last year she tackled a real-life character, Bella Abzug, in the miniseries Mrs. America an…
 
The new book Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise is the latest in a long line of superior biographies written by Scott Eyman, a lifelong movie buff and friend of the family. Scott shares his experiences getting to “know” people he never met and capturing their essence, from the contentious director John Ford to the epic-making Cecil B. DeMille…along w…
 
In which Vic @vicjay796 brings us one of the worst that the Alien series has to offer, and offers a fun 90's pitch in it's stead! If you'd like to become a guest, pick a film and send your pitch to filmrescueshow@gmail.com. Anyone can join the fun! This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Producer level patrons Jess…
 
April Wright has found her calling as a filmmaker. Her first feature-length documentary, Going Attractions: The Definitive History of the American Drive-In was followed by Going Attractions: The Definitive History of the Movie Palace. Now she’s taken a contemporary turn with a terrific new film called Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story, which i…
 
In which the team breaks down Tango and Cash in all it's 80's glory. This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Producer level patrons Jessica Gronsbell, Aaron Nowick, Lou Wilkerson and Seth Decker. It is also brought to you by Executive Producer level patron Erin Moriarty. Thank you all for the continued support! Fol…
 
In which Josh joins the show as a guest host in a most unfortunate episode, a very terrible awful movie that includes Frankenstein's monster in a leading role (without much involvement in the plot). If you'd like to become a guest, pick a film and send your pitch to filmrescueshow@gmail.com. Anyone can join the fun! This show is brought to you by A…
 
In which Erin launches her first pitch for how to fix one of the most 'cobbled together in post' films of the year. We take a tonally dissonant item like Dolittle, and she gives us "What if Spielberg's War Horse was about someone who could talk to animals?". What a great time! If you'd like to become a guest, pick a film and send your pitch to film…
 
In which Micah @micahreneeb from Below Freezing @below32pod returns to the show to pitch a MUCH more book accurate version of The Host, but with feature film presentation in mind. Jesse gets annoyed, Seth gets confused, and we all agree aliens that fix global warming don't really seem like a threat! If you'd like to become a guest, pick a film and …
 
In which Jesse bring RoboCop 2 to the chopping block. We fix an alright film and punch it up into greatness using some ideas from the Frank Miller comics and some ideas of our own... If you'd like to become a guest, pick a film and send your pitch to filmrescueshow@gmail.com. Anyone can join the fun! This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear p…
 
Leonard and Jessie welcome Jeanine Basinger, perhaps the most influential film teacher of our time. She has shaped the thinking of many of today’s best writers, directors and producers at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Along the way she has written invaluable books like A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930-1960, The St…
 
In which Jeremy Meyer of the Shelved podcast (@shelvedpodcast & @advent_crash) joins the show to help make Lockout better....spoilers, it's just Escape from Space. But we make it so much more than that. If you'd like to become a guest, pick a film and send your pitch to filmrescueshow@gmail.com. Anyone can join the fun! This show is brought to you …
 
Howard: The Howard Ashman Story is a moving documentary by Don Hahn about the incredible man who set the Disney studio on a new course with The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. Now available on Disney+, this documentary inspired us to craft an unusual episode of our podcast. We spoke to producer-director Don Hahn, Howard’s longtime…
 
In which Aaron returns to the show to pitch a fix for the worst of the new Bond films. If you'd like to become a guest, pick a film and send your pitch to filmrescueshow@gmail.com. Anyone can join the fun! This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Producer level patrons Jessica Gronsbell, Aaron Nowick, Lou Wilkerson …
 
In which Paresh returns to the show to help us fix Pacific Rim Uprising! You can follow him on twitter @Noblekind92 and be sure to check out his podcast @BustedLimes If you'd like to become a guest, pick a film and send your pitch to filmrescueshow@gmail.com. Anyone can join the fun! This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especi…
 
Whether you know him best from Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (just reissued in Ultra-High-Definition) or such memorable films as Birdy, Orphans, Short Cuts, or The Dark Knight Rises or if you just discovered him on Stranger Things, Matthew Modine is a talented and versatile actor who’s been working steadily since the 1980s. What’s more, he gr…
 
In which Jack Packard @harlack returns to the show to discuss the often lamented but not really that awful pre DCEU excursion known as Green Lantern. You are not ready for his out of left field pitch for which DC characters could be added to make the film better. You can find Jack on escapistmagazine.com where he hosts shows, writes, and talks abou…
 
Jay Baruchel first caught Jessie’s eye in Almost Famous, which led to him being cast in Judd Apatow’s short-lived but well-loved TV series Undeclared. That put him in the same orbit as Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Evan Goldberg and other young talents he’s worked with ever since. He made an impression in such movies as Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar B…
 
In which we geek out about Star Trek for a very long and great time. @DrJNever joins the show to pitch a version of the film that would put Janeway on trial. If you'd like to become a guest, pick a film and send your pitch to filmrescueshow@gmail.com. Anyone can join the fun! This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by;…
 
He’s been a familiar face on TV and in movies for decades—Jessie first saw him in Rush Hour—but lately Tzi Ma has come into his own playing fathers in Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, Alan Yang’s Tigertail and Niki Caro’s epic new production of Disney’s Mulan, which debuts today on Disney+. In fact, he grew up on Staten Island and fell in love with the th…
 
Nic brings us a 3 for one fix by rewriting the entire tragic prequel trilogy, making it tragic-er. We also fixed Rogue One at the very beginning of the show! Deepfake everything!! If you'd like to become a guest, pick a film and send your pitch to filmrescueshow@gmail.com. Anyone can join the fun! This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patr…
 
What if you loved classic movies and were given the chance to physically re-create Old Hollywood? That’s what happened when producer Ryan Murphy hired Matthew Flood Ferguson as the production designer of his Netflix miniseries Hollywood… and now he’s an Emmy nominee. Leonard and Jessie learn what kind of challenges and decisions Matthew faced while…
 
A talented Filipino transgender filmmaker, Isabel Sandoval has already won acclaim in her native country and at festivals around the globe. Her new film, Lingua Franca, will reach an even wider audience as Ava DuVernay’s Array Releasing is presenting it on Netflix. As actor, writer, director, and editor she is leading a quiet revolution—yet her mov…
 
It was patreon only for a minute, but now our painstaking review of TROS is out for you to enjoy. We hope you enjoy all the pain we put ourselves and the dear Jim Maxwell through. You can follow him on twitter @1jcmaxwell This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Producer level patrons Jessica Gronsbell, Aaron Nowick…
 
The crew gets heated discussing Ghostbusters 2016. No spoilers, but you're not gonna want to miss this one. If you'd like to become a guest, pick a film and send your pitch to filmrescueshow@gmail.com. Anyone can join the fun! This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Producer level patrons Jessica Gronsbell, Aaron N…
 
Welcome to season 4! We kick things off with a brand new popular Netflix movie that definitely isn't clickbait or anything! We dive into Immortals, life, death, rebirth, and generally stay on topic despite Seth staying on brand and day drinking. This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Producer level patrons Jessica…
 
If you’re an animation buff, you should know Jerry Beck…and it’s probable that you do. He is a valued resource—online at www.cartoonresearch.com and www.animationscoop.com, in classrooms at major universities, and in the content of 15 books, about everything from Looney Tunes to Spongebob Squarepants. He and Leonard met decades ago at Leonard’s ani…
 
Don't want to sit through 3 hours of us complaining about Zack Snyder with Moviebob? Jesse did the most and recorded JUST his pitch for how to fix BvS. He did this just for you. That's real love....but not for the movie! Don't say he never did nothing for ya. This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Producer level p…
 
In which here at the end of season 3, Jesse, Erin and Seth pitch their versions of how the Skywalker Saga should have ended. There's a little something for everyone in here, thank you so much for seeing us through to 100 episodes and over 15,000 downloads. Make sure you subscribe if you're new, and check out all the amazing stuff below! Become a gu…
 
Wow wow wow, wow. We have surely grown! Join us for a trilogy of episodes starting here: All of our friends, new and old, sent in their pitches for how to fix the film! These are abridged, review-free episodes. The uncut version of this episode is available on our patreon, along with our second episode of host reviews of the film with Jim Maxwell! …
 
In which Aaron joins the show to finally fix a GOOD movie. We talk all around and through the marvel films, X-men, and even a few other fun stops along the way. Submit your own rewrites to filmrescueshow@gmail.com This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Producer level patrons Lou Wilkerson and Seth Decker. It is al…
 
Mark Evanier has not only attended every single San Diego Comic-con since its inception, he’s been a vital part of that famous gathering (which is on sabbatical this year)—moderating panels with pals like MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragones, interviewing icons like Ray Bradbury, and more. Mark’s writing career has taken him from comic books to sitcoms a…
 
In which the host of our new show The Gavel @wearenpc Dr Never joins the show to fix Bright. We get a few pitches out in the back end of the show and just have a great time. You can follow Dr Never @DrJNever on twitter. Submit your own rewrites to filmrescueshow@gmail.com This show is brought to you by ALL of our dear patrons and especially by; Pro…
 
One of our favorite actresses, Emily Mortimer is currently starring in The Relic, a horror film now playing on VOD and theaters. Add this to a roster of movies and TV shows where she’s always a standout—from Mary Poppins Returns to The Newsroom, Dear Frankie, Lars and the Real Girl, City Island, Lovely & Amazing, her own HBO series Doll and Em, and…
 
In which Future Jesse drops in on the show to talk about time travel, porn stars, and the apocalypse. We're breaking down Southland Tales, and Seth is....just trying his best. Have fun as we careen towards the end of this season of Film Rescue, and check out @timetravelpod and @thedapperdm for Jesse's tweets and podcast! Recorded Tomorrow, streamin…
 
You hear his striking, Emmy Award-winning music every time you watch Succession. He’s Nicholas Britell and he’s one of the brightest lights in the world of contemporary film and television scoring. His collaboration with filmmaker Barry Jenkins has yielded two Oscar nominations to date—for Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk. A New Yorker thro…
 
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