Pretty in Podcast Posts

August 11, 2018 / Podcast

Pretty in Podcast covers the 1983 New Zealand film Savage Islands, better known as Nate and Hayes, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O’Keefe and Jenny Seagrove. It was written by David Odell, based on a story by Lloyd Phillips, Rob Whitehouse and David Odell. It was, at one point, given a rewrite by John Hughes. And, if this film seems like very un-John Hughes film, there’s a very, very good reason for that . . .

March 17, 2018 / Podcast
January 24, 2018 / Podcast

A look into the production and development of Mr. Mom, and how it almost but not quite embraced 1980s feminism. This isn’t a review podcast, but rather tracing how the film got made and some aspects of the creation. Mr. Mom was released to theatres in select cities on July 22, 1983.

Mr. Mom is available from Shout Factory and probably a bunch of other places.

Special guest star: Sarah Innis as Lauren Shuler Donner

January 14, 2018 / Podcast

A look into the product placement in Mr. Mom. For this episode I’m going to do something a little different and talk specifically about one man, Robert Kovoloff. His name doesn’t appear in the credits for Mr Mom, nor does it appear in almost any of the hundreds of films that he was involved with. In fact his IMDB page lists seven films. Robert Kovoloff worked in promotions, or Product placement and Mr. Mom was a movie made at the height of Kolovoff’s success and may have included more successful product placements than any other film under his influence.

Mr. Mom is available from Shout Factory and probably a bunch of other places.

NOTE: This is a revised version of an earlier version. If you’re one of the rare few who listened to the original version, skip ahead to 13:00 to hear the revised material.

September 9, 2017 / Podcast

In National Lampoon’s Vacation, Hughes along with uncredited screenwriters, director Harold Ramis and Chevy Chase, tell the story of a white, middle-class, suburban family and their journey cross-country during their annual two-week vacation. It was a relatable story to many North American’s, who during the 70s and 80s would travel across country for days to visit family or holiday destinations, without the distraction of iPads, cassette decks or even decent radio coverage. Vacation tapped into the collective memory of being stuck in long car rides alongside the family. In the off-colour comedic-style of the National Lampoon Magazine, the film tackled race, incest, infidelity and animal welfare, alongside its observations of family values, the fallout of Reaganomics, and urban crime. It also proved that Hughes’ work could be great when placed in the hands of a skilled director that shared his sense of humour, and was able to step somewhat outside the insular suburban-world that would become Hughes stock-in-trade.

National Lampoon’s Vacation is available on iTunes, Amazon Video, and probably a bunch of other places.

Read John Hughes’ Original National Lampoon Vacation Story That Started the Movie Franchise via The Hollywood reporter.

April 4, 2017 / Podcast

At Ease was writer/director John Hughes’ first and last television series as creator. Though Hughes would get his start on the short-lived Delta House, At Ease was his creation… or at least parts of it were.

This episode was recorded after watching all but one episode of At Ease. YouTube hosts 13 of the 14 episodes. Unfortunately, the fourth episode “Prairie Moon Over Texas,” is currently unavailable. Find the rest of the episodes here.

February 20, 2017 / Podcast

A supplemental episode on the shooting location for National Lampoon’s Class Reunion.

Class Reunion was set almost entirely at Elizabeth Borden High School, a fictional school shot in the halls of The Pasadena College of Chiropractic, which is also Washington Middle School. The school has an interesting history all it’s own…

January 24, 2017 / Podcast

John Hughes’ first film National Lampoon’s Class Reunion is a seldom-seen but seminal work in the career of John Hughes. Released October 29, 1982, Mike Miller (Silent Rage) directs a Bechdel Test–passing film which features the “undistinguished” talents of Gerrit Graham (Used Cars), Michael Lerner (Barton Fink), Stephen Furst (Animal House), Mews Small (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest), Blackie Dammett, and a superfluous appearance by the legendary Chuck Berry.

National Lampoon’s Class Reunion is currently unavailable to stream legally but can be purchased used on DVD.

Special guest stars: Tanya as Tish Sweater, and Kelly Hopeless as herself!

December 26, 2016 / Podcast
August 31, 2016 / Theme

I’ve taken a break to work on other projects, but new episodes are forthcoming! In the meantime, enjoy Bradley Davis’ off-the-cuff theme for Pretty in Podcast.

Brad Davis was in the bands Oval-Teen and Lake Holiday and is now is a member of Toronto’s Fresh Snow, whose album One can be pre-ordered from Hand Drawn Dracula, and is out September 9th. You can stream the band’s amazing new song “I Can’t Die” over at FADER.