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Episode 116 - 4 More Movies for 2013

It's the end of another year and that means it's time for our 2nd annual "4 more movies for 201x" episode. This year, there's pretty much something for everyone. Gabbie tackles some more mainstream fare with two very different films, Lovelace and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Trevor sticks with the more TV movie side of things with Battledogs and The Dinosaur Project. Not all of these movies are good, but if you are a listener to this podcast, probably at least one of them will appeal to you.

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Episode 115 - Silent Night Deadly Night and ZaAt.mp3

The holiday season is here and that means it's time for another Christmas-themed episode of Failing Grade. For our main feature we have Silent Night, Deadly Night. Christmas is a fun time of year for many but after his parents are brutally murdered by a guy dressed as Santa little Billy just doesn't seem to have the Christmas spirit. When little Billy grows up and is forced to play Santa at the store he works at, you just know things aren't going to end well for anyone. 

Sadly we used up all the Bottom 100 movies about Christmas already but that's not going to stop us from delving into ZaAt (also known as The Blood Waters of Dr. Z). Dr. Leopold dreams of remaking the world as a better place. How is he going to do that, you ask? Why by turning himself into a man/fish hybrid, mutating some walking catfish and overthrowing mankind, of course! What could be simpler? 

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Episode 114 - Attack of the Beast Creatures and The Final Sacrifice

We here at Failing Grade kind of like to think of ourselves as treasure hunters. Sometimes when you go digging for treasure, you can find gems and gold. But other times, you end up with some old tin cans and discarded candy bars wrappers. And this week's more of an old tin cans kind of week. 

First up, we have Attack of the Beast Creatures. In 1920 (for some reason) survivors of a shipwreck end up stranded on a mysterious island. On this island they found water that turns out to be acid, killer doll things and some really bad acting. Will anyone make it out alive? Will anyone care?

Then in our bottom 100 movie, Troy is trying to uncover the truth behind his father's death. But the mysterious cult that Troy's father was investigating would rather he not do so much uncovering. Fortunately for Troy he befriends a drifter by by the name of Zap Rowsdower and the two of them work to uncover secrets and stop the evil cult. Will they be able to stop The Final Sacrifice? This one's a true Canadian classic.

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Friday the 13th - Number Two

It's another Friday the 13th and you know what that means. That's right, it's time for another Friday the 13th movie! This time our Trevor and Gabbie tackle the second film in the franchise as Jason looks to follow in his mother's murderous footsteps.

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Episode 113 - Timeline and Fat Slags

It's time once again for another movie about time-travel! This time around we have 2003's Timeline. When scientists accidentally discover a way to travel back in time to 1357 France, it's not long before they end up accidentally stranding a team of archaeologists there. Can they make it back to their own time? Will they alter the course of history? And do you really want to be making out with someone in the era before dental hygiene was really a thing? All these questions and more are answered in Timeline

If someone ever does invent a time-travel machine, they may well want to think about going back to 2004 and stopping this week's bottom 100 film, Fat Slags, from ever getting made. As you would expect there are a lot of bad films in the bottom 100 list but this is one that really earns its place. 

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Episode 112 - City Under Siege and The Beast of Yucca Flats.mp3

In main film this week is a cheesy Hong Kong action film called City Under Siege. Sunny's dream is to be the Flying Dagger, just like his father! Sadly, his knife-skills are somewhat lacking so he's forced to work as a clown in his uncle's circus. But when Sunny and some of the other circus performers get dosed with some leftover experimental chemicals from World War 2, suddenly everyone's got super powers (and some less desirable side-effects). While the others use their new found powers to embark on a life of crime, Sunny realizes he can finally be the hero he's always wanted to be. 

Then in our bottom 100 film, it's The Beast of Yucca Flats. Tor Johnson is an defecting Russian scientist but while escaping some Kremlin baddies he ends up being accidentally exposed to a nuclear blast. Sadly he doesn't really get any cool superpowers (unless you count mild special effects make-up as a power) but it does turn him into a mindless beast so that's something. This movie also features some of the best narration known to humanity. Truly a film for the ages. 

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Episode 111 - The To Do List and Turks in Space

The year is 1993 and Brandy Clark has just graduated as class valedictorian. She's looking forward to higher education but is she really ready for the full university education? To find out, Trevor and Gabbie review The To Do List.

Then, for our bottom 100 film, it turns out they made a sequel to the legendary Turkish Star Wars. In Turks in Space Captain Kartel is continuing his unrelenting search for his lost protege, Gokmen, but his twin brother, Zaldabar (who doesn't even know he is Kartel's brother as the evil emperor Uga kidnapped Zaldabar as an infant and raised him as his own) is after Gokmen to for more nefarious reasons. How will this film compare to the other two Turkish comedies on the bottom 100 list? You'll have to listen to find out!

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Episode 110 - Timecop and Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders

Time travel movies often grapple with difficult questions. Can one alter the past? Is free will an illusion? How many guys can Jean-Claude Van Damme beat up? Well, Timecop attempts to answer at least one of these questions. 

Then in our bottom 100 film, have you ever wondered what would happen if Merlin existed in modern day America? If you guessed that he would set up his own magic shop in an attempt to bring joy to the world, you would be surprisingly prescient. Perhaps you are some sort of wizard yourself? In Merlin's Mystical Shop of Wonders Merlin attempts to spread joy by getting revenge on mean critics and letting a thief steal an evil toy monkey. What fun!

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Episode 109 - Spring Breakers and Disaster Movie

Winter is fast approaching so what better time for a spring break film? I guess that's what Gabbie was thinking because this week we are reviewing Spring Breakers. When four college girls find they haven't saved nearly enough to go on their spring break adventure they find a solution (armed robbery, of course) and soon they are on their way. What could possibly go wrong?

Then in our bottom 100 movie, do you remember what the big movies for the first half of 2008 were? If not, you are about to find out as we review Disaster Movie. Will we be able to refrain from making the obvious "it's a disaster" joke? Listen in to find out!

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Episode 108 - American Horror Story

This week we take a look at the excellent TV show, American Horror Story. Do you want a show about a family moving into a very haunted house? Then season one has you covered. If you would rather a show about a 60s asylum with mad scientists, demonic possession, serial killers and even some aliens, then season two is the one for you. If on the other hand you are more into the whole witch thing, then look to season three. The series definitely covers a lot of ground! Trevor and Gabbie share their thoughts on each season of the show.

Direct download: Episode_108_-_American_Horror_Story.mp3
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