Director's Court: The Case of Quentin Tarantino
It's the first segment of Director's Court, where the Guys Outta Brooklyn put famous filmmakers before the court of public opinion and decide whether they're still valid or funneling down the drain. This time up, it's Quentin Tarantino who's under the microscope. Tom and Derrick examine Tarantino's use of cultural touchstones, whether some of his set pieces are homages or rip-offs, whether his frequent appearances have served to sour the public separate from the films themselves, and other outstanding issues revolving around the man who made being a film geek cool. Plus we review Inglourious Basterds, and make suggestions as to what Tarantino should pursue for future projects. It'll get medieval on you ass, so get to clicking!
Director's Court--The Case of Kevin Smith
By popular demand, your favorite cinematic jurists are back, and this time they've got New Jersey's own in their sights! Tom and Derrick evaluate the life and times of Kevin Smith, and try to determine if he is on the straight and narrow or walking down a potentially disastrous road. The Guys Outta Brooklyn defend the much-maligned Jersey Girl, talk about the hazard of making Jay and Silent Bob main characters, question whether Smith's relationship with Bob Weinstein helps or hurts him, and look at other issues. Plus, the first and maybe only BITD discussion on religion, and now waaaaaaaaay outdated speculation on Spider-Man 4. It's better than a stink palm, so get to clicking!
Director's Court: The Case of John Carpenter
The Guys Outta Brooklyn continues their popular series where they bring directors before the court of pop culture opinion, and now it's time for the onetime master of genre filmmaking to stand in the docket! Join Tom and Derrick as they examine the man who went from being a veritable rock star with a movie camera to the pioneer of the present 70s horror reboot boom, addressing such issues as why John Carpenter struggled throughout the 90s, the methods he used to turn himself into a brand name, and how he compared to comic book master Will Eisner! Plus, discussions of Carpenter's three upcoming films, Tom and Derrick choose Wonder Women, and Zoe Saldana firing a rocket launcher versus Liam Neeson in an air-dropped tank! We're too tired to kill you know (maybe later), so get to clicking!
Director's Court: The Case of Roger Corman
The latest edition of Better in the Dark brings an icon of drive-in cinema before the docket! Tom and Derrick examine the influence American original Roger Corman had on Hollywood as both a director and a producer in a career that spans five decades. From his Poe adaptations to the long list of creative types he influenced to the series of giant animal movies that prowl the fringes of Syfy, Corman's entire life is put under the microscope. Plus Tom and Derrick mourn Gary Coleman, why you should never patronize a business run by Klaus Kinski, and why a certain film should've been renamed Murder Hyundais! You've never lost money listening to us, so get to clicking!
Director's Court: The Case of Steven J. Cannell
Court is back in session! This time, Tom and Derrick take an hour to celebrate the life, creativity, genius, and work of one of the most prolific television writer / producers: Steven J. Cannell. Join the Boys Outta Brooklyn as they discuss how Cannell used genre conventions to explore character, pioneered now-accepted television storytelling tropes, and recreated himself when his stock was declining. All this, plus Derrick wants to hide the orange juice, lil' Tom gets to stay up late, and talk about how NBC doesn't have the guts to reboot The Rockford Files... mere days before NBC announced a new version of this landmark series! You don't wanna get on no plane, so get to clicking!
Director's Court: The Case of Dino De Laurentiis
Director's Court is back in session, and this time The Guys Outta Brooklyn are using their judicial powers to redeem the reputation of the late movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis! Tom and Derrick shows how the producer served to make mainstream stars of obscure B-list directors, gave moviemakers who fell from grace a second chance, and was obsessed with outdoing one of the biggest blockbusters from the 1970s! Plus, reminisces about old-school video gaming, Tom insists on the existence of a musically inclined commercial for the McRib, and Derrick's got a Giant Foam Kong for you, baby. When we make a podcast, everybody cries. So get to clicking!
Director's Court: The Case of Mel Brooks
After a long hiatus, court is back in session, and The Guys Outta Brooklyn put the man who singlehandedly created the modern movie spoof in the docket. Join Tom and Derrick as they explore their conflicted feelings about this great, great man. A man whose early work is as groundbreaking and amazing as his later work is sad and unpleasant, and how Mel Brooks' sense of humor remains timeless when many of the people who followed in his footsteps date within minutes of their films' release. And if that's not enough, tremble as your hosts go on a rampage against the DCnU reboot, and the state of comics in general! You know it's a French Mistake, so get to clicking!
Director's Court-- The Case of Zack Snyder
(Guest: Joel Mangrum)
Court is back in session, as Tom and Derrick welcome special guest judge Joel Mangrum. Together they put the latest target of geekdom's rage in the docket! Join the Boys Outta Brooklyn (and the One Outta Cali) as they evaluate the reasons behind the recent backlash, whether Zack Snyder should have made Sucker Punch when he did, his reliance on certain cinematic tropes, and his impending Man of Steel. Plus, old gals who are still hella hot, an investigation into why writer / artists circa 1980 have become hopelessly insane, and a classic BITD rant — and it's not from Tom! You don't want Emily Browning to dance for you (or maybe you do), so get to clicking!
Director's Court - The Case of Tim Burton
Just as his latest collaboration with Johnny Depp, Dark Shadows, reaches the theaters (and that might be part of the problem), The Boys Outta Brooklyn reconvene Director's Court to pass judgement on Tim Burton. Tom and Derrick cover the man's entire career, and try to figure out if he is still blazing new trails or relying on the same old tropes. Plus, Derrick knows the value of Johnny Depp to moviegoers, why the Gene Wilder version of Willy Wonka may be a demented serial killer, and, for the first time ever, our subject may get his revenge. You know Spectre is really swell, so get to clicking!