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Don’t Push Pause is a bi-weekly podcast bringing you discussions on movies from the 70s, 80s and 90s. DPP consists of a main discussion on a featured film, followed up by our Picks of the Week, and closing with our signature (Bill) Murray Moment.

Latest Episodes

Episode 39 : Candyman

CANDYMAN (1992) is not your standard slasher film. While it evokes terror and a haunting feeling, it is also loaded with social commentary that goes beyond normal horror movies tropes. The admiration for film goes hand-in-hand with the emotionally-charged, enlightened story, and leaves us never forgetting the undying legend of CANDYMAN. We’ll be goin’ all Clive Barker for this episode! ️Synopsis: While researching urban legends for her graduate thesis, Helen (Virginia Madsen) becomes captivated by a story about a boogeyman named Candyman (Tony Todd). Dispelling rumors of his actual existence to terrified locals, Candyman surfaces to frame Helen for murders and slowly swallows her into his everlasting myth. Discussions include: A brief history on Chicago’s Cabrini-Green, the setting for CANDYMAN and why the original Clive Barker story was adapted; the real-life intensity shooting on location, combined with atypical special effects and acting techniques used to develop on-screen r...

75 MIN1 weeks ago
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Episode 39 : Candyman

Episode 38 : The Burbs

As the 30th anniversary of THE ‘BURBS (1989) descends upon us, it’s astonishing how the film still feels so fresh. By intelligently poking fun at suburban life and the paranoia that can result from boredom, this underseen Joe Dante film continues to be charming and gain an increasingly large cult following. ️Synopsis: While having a stay-at-home vacation, one uptight suburbanite and his paranoid neighbors become convinced the new family in their quiet community are Satanic murderers.Discussions include: How a solid, witty script and stylish look create a relatable world where the comedy never wears out. On top of the expertly-curated ensemble cast, we’ll discuss what the actors bring to the film and how ad-libbing came in handy during a Hollywood writer’s strike. We’ll dig into the themes of THE ‘BURBS, go behind the scenes of filming and director Joe Dante’s career and passion for moviemaking. **Starring Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern, Rick Ducommun, Wendy Schaal, Cor...

72 MIN3 weeks ago
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Episode 38 : The Burbs

Episode 37 : Eraserhead

ERASERHEAD (1977) may be the most well-made student film ever produced. As a brilliant piece of film history, it is forever cemented in as the ultimate cult film and perfect midnight movie. David Lynch was able to create a deeply personal and mesmerizingly quirky film which was the first of its kind. Strikingly bold visuals, an unnerving soundscape and oddball characters help create a grim, surrealist story wherein the viewer is submerged in a bizarre, yet mysteriously familiar world. ️Synopsis: Set in an industrial, dismal environment, Henry is confronted with meeting his girlfriend Mary’s off-kilter family, then discovering he is the father to a premature newborn, which appears to be inhuman. This is a richly nightmarish reality which feeds common anxieties concerning relationships, parenthood, regret, life and death. Discussions include: Lynch’s relationship with The American Film Institute (AFI), the community effort which made ERASERHEAD possible and how Lynch’s underlying ...

71 MINSEP 10
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Episode 37 : Eraserhead

Episode 36 : Coming To America

COMING TO AMERICA (1988) is a crowd favorite among romantic comedies and considered one of Eddie Murphy’s best films. It serves up a lighthearted, Cinderella-type story, non-stop laughs and gives us too many memorable (and quotable) scenes to count. Also, there’s a shrouded controversy and ton of backstory surrounding the film. For this Eddie Murphy-centered episode, we travel from Africa to New York to suss out the story behind COMING TO AMERICA! ️Synopsis: Prince Akeem of Zamunda wants nothing more than to marry a woman who loves him for who he is, not because of his immense wealth. After postponing his arranged marriage, Akeem travels to New York City to pose as an exchange student, work a regular job, and search for his future bride-to-be. Discussions include: Murphy’s relationship with director John Landis and his first endeavor into makeup/prosthetics from special effects master, Rick Baker. Murphy vs. studio reaction to actors playing multiple characters. Cast breakdown, ...

65 MINAUG 27
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Episode 36 : Coming To America

Episode 35 : Deliverance

DELIVERANCE (1972) is a straightforward story about survival. Whether it’s human vs. human or vs. nature, primal instincts are tested in this gripping John Boorman film. Just shy of fifty years since its release, DELIVERANCE continues to leaves audiences looming with foreboding sense of realism, atop the beautiful landscape of the Chattanooga River. ️ Synopsis: Four friends go on a remote canoe adventure down a dangerous, soon-to-be-destroyed river. After being confronted by life-threatening locals and a murder in self-defense, the story becomes about emotional and physical self-preservation. Discussions include: Thematic elements, metaphors and significance of DELIVERANCE, Boorman’s unique direction style, the absence of special effects and stunt-related dangers encountered during filming. A breakdown of the memorable main characters/actors who played them, as well as James Dickey’s involvement in this film adaptation of his novel. The notorious rape scene will be hashed out, a...

74 MINAUG 13
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Episode 35 : Deliverance

Episode 34 : Magnolia

MAGNOLIA (1999) is an opus character study film which exposes strange coincidences of life. While we may be through with the past, the past ain’t through with us. ️Synopsis: An intricately woven, relatable story of interconnected families stemming from a long-spanning quiz show. Within an intense 24 hours, multiple people experience life-altering situations, all of which move toward a cathartically-needed final release. Discussions include: Breaking down MAGNOLIA’s very-involved, fast-paced plot points with a character-by-actor tree, as well as the film’s themes of coincidence, failure, loneliness, death, regret, trauma and dysfunctional family patterns. The film’s aesthetic, style and behind the scenes moments which shape this emotionally-charged story are discussed, as will the two most divisive scenes — the frogs and the cast singalong. Loose ends are also tied up by explaining a character and story which were both omitted from the theatrical release. This episode seeks to ...

96 MINJUL 30
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Episode 34 : Magnolia

Episode 33 : RE-ANIMATOR

RE-ANIMATOR (1985) became a cult classic as a result of creative special effects geniuses and intellectual horror hounds. This truly wild H.P. Lovecraft adaptation went on to further expand the horror horizon of the mid-1980s’. ️ Herbert West is an extremely promising medical student who has unlocked the secret to bringing the dead back to life. However, such a thing requires experimentation, and also causes a creepy, dominating professor to want to claim West’s research as his own. Discussions include: An appreciation for RE-ANIMATOR as a whole, how this low-budget, well-researched, cross-genre film fits into horror cinema, the controversy behind the film’s musical score, how realism, absurdism, science-fiction, zombification, and the grotesque all work together as one, clinical bloodiness vs. exploitative gore, the overall evolution of the story and characters, and also how the film differs from the 1922 Lovecraft story, Herbert West — Reanimator. **Starring Jeffrey Combs, Br...

65 MINJUL 16
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Episode 33 : RE-ANIMATOR

Episode 32 : New Jack City

NEW JACK CITY (1991) raised the stakes for gangster films and put a spotlight on the rise of crack in inner cities. Cutting edge and concise, this film is a fast-paced crime thriller that is still relevant almost 30 years after its release. ️ (02:07) When a high-time crime lord rises to power and introduces crack to the surrounding city, a few rouge cops vow to take down the gangster-led drug ring destroying their community.Discussions include: The real-life inspiration behind NEW JACK CITY, how a first-time director, authentic actors and crisp storytelling came together for a truly larger-than-life movie, the film’s strong attitude towards drugs and gang life, resulting in an awareness of a powerful moral voice. Breakout roles for the cast will be discussed, as well as a NEW JACK CITY comparison to SCARFACE (1983) — breaking down the main characters, drug usage and the music in both films. *Starring Wesley Snipes, Allen Payne, Ice-T, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles, Judd Nelson, B...

-1 sJUL 2
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Episode 32 : New Jack City

Episode 31 : But I'm A Cheerleader

As this is LGBTQ Pride month, here’s our contribution to the cause! Taking you back to 2000 for the bold, game-changing, positively-charged romantic satire that advanced queer cinema, BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER. ️ (02:40) After she’s accused of being a lesbian, a naive high school cheerleader is sent to a reprogramming boot camp for LGBTQ youths. However, intentions backfire when she begins to better understand herself and fall in love with a fellow female camper. Discussions include: the film’s placement in American culture and queer cinema history, usage of sexuality and gender stereotypes, the satirization of true-life struggles, the MPAA’s treatment of the film’s content, misconceptions about the film’s inspiration, the cast, director and interconnectedness in subsequent years. And why the casting of legends Mink Stole and Bud Cort? We have our theories. *Starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, RuPaul Charles; Directed by Jamie Babbit. ️ (38:50) PICKS OF THE WE...

65 MINJUN 18
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Episode 31 : But I'm A Cheerleader

Episode 30 : Repo Man

SEASON TWO HAS LANDED! And there’s no better way to celebrate than with punk music and cult movies colliding in REPO MAN (1984)! ️(00:03:57) After a floundering punk kid turns into a Los Angeles repo man, he becomes one of many trying to track down a car worth a ton of cash, but also contains decomposing, radioactive extraterrestrials in the trunk. StarringEmilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton. Discussions include: punk culture in cinema, importance of casting, cinemaphotography, the story’s genre-blending origin, combining familiar pulp tropes with a fresh plot, the film’s influence and finale and the odd authenticity coming from first-time film director, Alex Cox. ️(00:53:56) PICKS OF THE WEEK:Justin goes for his favorite Stanton film, PARIS, TEXAS (1984) — After missing for many years, a man with a troubled soul wanders out of the desert and now must reconnect with his family. Lindsay churns up even more emotions for DANCER IN THE DARK (2000) — When a daydreaming, single m...

-1 sJUN 4
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Episode 30 : Repo Man

Latest Episodes

Episode 39 : Candyman

CANDYMAN (1992) is not your standard slasher film. While it evokes terror and a haunting feeling, it is also loaded with social commentary that goes beyond normal horror movies tropes. The admiration for film goes hand-in-hand with the emotionally-charged, enlightened story, and leaves us never forgetting the undying legend of CANDYMAN. We’ll be goin’ all Clive Barker for this episode! ️Synopsis: While researching urban legends for her graduate thesis, Helen (Virginia Madsen) becomes captivated by a story about a boogeyman named Candyman (Tony Todd). Dispelling rumors of his actual existence to terrified locals, Candyman surfaces to frame Helen for murders and slowly swallows her into his everlasting myth. Discussions include: A brief history on Chicago’s Cabrini-Green, the setting for CANDYMAN and why the original Clive Barker story was adapted; the real-life intensity shooting on location, combined with atypical special effects and acting techniques used to develop on-screen r...

75 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Episode 39 : Candyman

Episode 38 : The Burbs

As the 30th anniversary of THE ‘BURBS (1989) descends upon us, it’s astonishing how the film still feels so fresh. By intelligently poking fun at suburban life and the paranoia that can result from boredom, this underseen Joe Dante film continues to be charming and gain an increasingly large cult following. ️Synopsis: While having a stay-at-home vacation, one uptight suburbanite and his paranoid neighbors become convinced the new family in their quiet community are Satanic murderers.Discussions include: How a solid, witty script and stylish look create a relatable world where the comedy never wears out. On top of the expertly-curated ensemble cast, we’ll discuss what the actors bring to the film and how ad-libbing came in handy during a Hollywood writer’s strike. We’ll dig into the themes of THE ‘BURBS, go behind the scenes of filming and director Joe Dante’s career and passion for moviemaking. **Starring Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern, Rick Ducommun, Wendy Schaal, Cor...

72 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Episode 38 : The Burbs

Episode 37 : Eraserhead

ERASERHEAD (1977) may be the most well-made student film ever produced. As a brilliant piece of film history, it is forever cemented in as the ultimate cult film and perfect midnight movie. David Lynch was able to create a deeply personal and mesmerizingly quirky film which was the first of its kind. Strikingly bold visuals, an unnerving soundscape and oddball characters help create a grim, surrealist story wherein the viewer is submerged in a bizarre, yet mysteriously familiar world. ️Synopsis: Set in an industrial, dismal environment, Henry is confronted with meeting his girlfriend Mary’s off-kilter family, then discovering he is the father to a premature newborn, which appears to be inhuman. This is a richly nightmarish reality which feeds common anxieties concerning relationships, parenthood, regret, life and death. Discussions include: Lynch’s relationship with The American Film Institute (AFI), the community effort which made ERASERHEAD possible and how Lynch’s underlying ...

71 MINSEP 10
Comments
Episode 37 : Eraserhead

Episode 36 : Coming To America

COMING TO AMERICA (1988) is a crowd favorite among romantic comedies and considered one of Eddie Murphy’s best films. It serves up a lighthearted, Cinderella-type story, non-stop laughs and gives us too many memorable (and quotable) scenes to count. Also, there’s a shrouded controversy and ton of backstory surrounding the film. For this Eddie Murphy-centered episode, we travel from Africa to New York to suss out the story behind COMING TO AMERICA! ️Synopsis: Prince Akeem of Zamunda wants nothing more than to marry a woman who loves him for who he is, not because of his immense wealth. After postponing his arranged marriage, Akeem travels to New York City to pose as an exchange student, work a regular job, and search for his future bride-to-be. Discussions include: Murphy’s relationship with director John Landis and his first endeavor into makeup/prosthetics from special effects master, Rick Baker. Murphy vs. studio reaction to actors playing multiple characters. Cast breakdown, ...

65 MINAUG 27
Comments
Episode 36 : Coming To America

Episode 35 : Deliverance

DELIVERANCE (1972) is a straightforward story about survival. Whether it’s human vs. human or vs. nature, primal instincts are tested in this gripping John Boorman film. Just shy of fifty years since its release, DELIVERANCE continues to leaves audiences looming with foreboding sense of realism, atop the beautiful landscape of the Chattanooga River. ️ Synopsis: Four friends go on a remote canoe adventure down a dangerous, soon-to-be-destroyed river. After being confronted by life-threatening locals and a murder in self-defense, the story becomes about emotional and physical self-preservation. Discussions include: Thematic elements, metaphors and significance of DELIVERANCE, Boorman’s unique direction style, the absence of special effects and stunt-related dangers encountered during filming. A breakdown of the memorable main characters/actors who played them, as well as James Dickey’s involvement in this film adaptation of his novel. The notorious rape scene will be hashed out, a...

74 MINAUG 13
Comments
Episode 35 : Deliverance

Episode 34 : Magnolia

MAGNOLIA (1999) is an opus character study film which exposes strange coincidences of life. While we may be through with the past, the past ain’t through with us. ️Synopsis: An intricately woven, relatable story of interconnected families stemming from a long-spanning quiz show. Within an intense 24 hours, multiple people experience life-altering situations, all of which move toward a cathartically-needed final release. Discussions include: Breaking down MAGNOLIA’s very-involved, fast-paced plot points with a character-by-actor tree, as well as the film’s themes of coincidence, failure, loneliness, death, regret, trauma and dysfunctional family patterns. The film’s aesthetic, style and behind the scenes moments which shape this emotionally-charged story are discussed, as will the two most divisive scenes — the frogs and the cast singalong. Loose ends are also tied up by explaining a character and story which were both omitted from the theatrical release. This episode seeks to ...

96 MINJUL 30
Comments
Episode 34 : Magnolia

Episode 33 : RE-ANIMATOR

RE-ANIMATOR (1985) became a cult classic as a result of creative special effects geniuses and intellectual horror hounds. This truly wild H.P. Lovecraft adaptation went on to further expand the horror horizon of the mid-1980s’. ️ Herbert West is an extremely promising medical student who has unlocked the secret to bringing the dead back to life. However, such a thing requires experimentation, and also causes a creepy, dominating professor to want to claim West’s research as his own. Discussions include: An appreciation for RE-ANIMATOR as a whole, how this low-budget, well-researched, cross-genre film fits into horror cinema, the controversy behind the film’s musical score, how realism, absurdism, science-fiction, zombification, and the grotesque all work together as one, clinical bloodiness vs. exploitative gore, the overall evolution of the story and characters, and also how the film differs from the 1922 Lovecraft story, Herbert West — Reanimator. **Starring Jeffrey Combs, Br...

65 MINJUL 16
Comments
Episode 33 : RE-ANIMATOR

Episode 32 : New Jack City

NEW JACK CITY (1991) raised the stakes for gangster films and put a spotlight on the rise of crack in inner cities. Cutting edge and concise, this film is a fast-paced crime thriller that is still relevant almost 30 years after its release. ️ (02:07) When a high-time crime lord rises to power and introduces crack to the surrounding city, a few rouge cops vow to take down the gangster-led drug ring destroying their community.Discussions include: The real-life inspiration behind NEW JACK CITY, how a first-time director, authentic actors and crisp storytelling came together for a truly larger-than-life movie, the film’s strong attitude towards drugs and gang life, resulting in an awareness of a powerful moral voice. Breakout roles for the cast will be discussed, as well as a NEW JACK CITY comparison to SCARFACE (1983) — breaking down the main characters, drug usage and the music in both films. *Starring Wesley Snipes, Allen Payne, Ice-T, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles, Judd Nelson, B...

-1 sJUL 2
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Episode 32 : New Jack City

Episode 31 : But I'm A Cheerleader

As this is LGBTQ Pride month, here’s our contribution to the cause! Taking you back to 2000 for the bold, game-changing, positively-charged romantic satire that advanced queer cinema, BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER. ️ (02:40) After she’s accused of being a lesbian, a naive high school cheerleader is sent to a reprogramming boot camp for LGBTQ youths. However, intentions backfire when she begins to better understand herself and fall in love with a fellow female camper. Discussions include: the film’s placement in American culture and queer cinema history, usage of sexuality and gender stereotypes, the satirization of true-life struggles, the MPAA’s treatment of the film’s content, misconceptions about the film’s inspiration, the cast, director and interconnectedness in subsequent years. And why the casting of legends Mink Stole and Bud Cort? We have our theories. *Starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, RuPaul Charles; Directed by Jamie Babbit. ️ (38:50) PICKS OF THE WE...

65 MINJUN 18
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Episode 31 : But I'm A Cheerleader

Episode 30 : Repo Man

SEASON TWO HAS LANDED! And there’s no better way to celebrate than with punk music and cult movies colliding in REPO MAN (1984)! ️(00:03:57) After a floundering punk kid turns into a Los Angeles repo man, he becomes one of many trying to track down a car worth a ton of cash, but also contains decomposing, radioactive extraterrestrials in the trunk. StarringEmilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton. Discussions include: punk culture in cinema, importance of casting, cinemaphotography, the story’s genre-blending origin, combining familiar pulp tropes with a fresh plot, the film’s influence and finale and the odd authenticity coming from first-time film director, Alex Cox. ️(00:53:56) PICKS OF THE WEEK:Justin goes for his favorite Stanton film, PARIS, TEXAS (1984) — After missing for many years, a man with a troubled soul wanders out of the desert and now must reconnect with his family. Lindsay churns up even more emotions for DANCER IN THE DARK (2000) — When a daydreaming, single m...

-1 sJUN 4
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Episode 30 : Repo Man