Earwolf’s funny podcast, How was this done? proves that movies can be ridiculous on different levels and continue to baffle us with their existence. There are many fantastic episodes that come to mind when I think of iconic levels, but for now I’ve picked five to listen to multiple times. To let Paul Scheir (or better known as “Tall John Scheer”), Jason Mantzoukasand June Diane Raffael guide you through the rough, troubling waters of B-movies and often-forgotten gems.
“Super Mario Bros.: LIVE! (starring Jenny Slate)”: An episode of How was this done? that wandered into the fever dream that was Super Mario Bros. It will forever remain a favorite of mine, filled with quotable moments.
“Can you make a movie out of a video game? In this case no! Jenny Slate talks to us about Super Mario Bros., this week’s How Did This Get Made movie? LIVE at Bumbershoot! We cover everything to do with the alternate dinosaur-infested dimension, the lack of gold coins, Mojo Nixon’s odd cameo as Goomba, and the fact that Mario & Luigi aren’t brothers in the film. Plus, during our Q&A, we learn what the gang was doing when the movie hit theaters.”
“Jack Frost: LIVE! (with Dan Harmon)”: Existential crisis, weather confusion, and snow daddies galore await those who listen to this episode about a movie that fueled the fear that my parents became snow people when I was little.
“Dan Harmon talks Michael Keaton classic Jack Frost with Paul, June and Jason in another LIVE episode, recorded at the Largo in Los Angeles! They talk about George Clooney’s connection to the film, the snowman’s journey from evil father to evil husband The premise is identical to that of a horror film, and the emotional roller coaster ride June was on when she saw the film. May you have all Snowfathers!”
“Maximum Overdrive: LIVE! (with Andy Daly)”: Stephen King basically said, “F*ck it! How was this done?
“LIVE from Largo in Los Angeles, Andy Daly from Review on TV joins Paul, Jason and June to talk about Stephen King’s only directorial effort: Maximum Overdrive. They’ll be talking about the AC/DC soundtrack, what kind of machines can become sentient, the newly married couple, Emilio Estevez licking his forehead, what exactly could be a “street twitch,” and cocaine.”
“The Lawnmower Man: LIVE! (starring Neil Casey, Emily Heller)”: A deeply strange film that takes Pierce Brosnan’s character Dr. Lawrence Angelo means (I know) there is no escaping virtual reality and short stories.
“Neil Casey (Ghostbusters) and Emily Heller (Baby Geniuses) were recorded live from the Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles speaking with Paul and Jason about the 1992 sci-fi action horror film The Lawnmower Man. They will be discussing the short film by Stephen King voices the story the film is based on, virtual reality sex, clever chimpanzees and more.”
“Miami Connection: LIVE! (with Chris Geere)”: Not even in Miami, Florida does this culturally iconic jumble of a movie set, there’s debate, monologues are read aloud, and disturbing beach scenes are forever etched in memories.
“You’re the Worst actor Chris Geere talks to Paul, June and Jason about the 1987 martial arts film Miami Connection. Recorded live from the Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, they discuss the issue that the heroes of the Film’s killers are a blatant misunderstanding of martial arts and the importance of always carrying a towel over one shoulder.”