Taping a new podcast series, Doug Benson
takes on Hollywood schlock.
-- Debuting a podcast titled "Doug Benson's I Love Movies" by taping it at the
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in L.A., comedian Doug Benson (star of The Marijuana-Logues) conjures chats on
current movies in a way that will remind you of chats with your friends in
basement rec rooms, and college drinking games.
Taping two episodes back to back, one with comedic actor Brian Posehn, and the
second with Posehn’s buddy and roadmate on
The Comedians of Comedy
tour, Patton Oswalt, Benson and his guests had fun with the fact that these would be airing
seven days apart, but somehow the other guest would still be around shouting in
remarks from the audience (or was there already, whichever the case may be).
A highlight of the shows was Benson and his guests sharing a game based around
the Leonard Maltin annual movie guide -- in which you give someone the year of a
film, then mention the lowest listed cast member and work your way up until they
get it or are stumped. This looks like fun, especially with the energy they put
into it, and if nothing else, the show gives audiences this gem.
Benson and guests reach backward and forward, partly with the game, but also
recalling obscure titles in their discussions -- Oswalt likens “Snakes on a
Plane” to “Wolfen,” another animal horror movie that few will remember. The duo
are baffled by this flick -- Benson doesn’t mind spoiling films by giving away
something, then saying “spoiler alert” afterward, but we’ll be kinder here --
that it starts with a guy on a motorcycle somewhere, and takes awhile to get to
the plane, much less the snakes.
With both guests, Benson also manages to cram in little interesting bits about
their careers -- and these are all spoiler alerts in a way -- that Posehn gets
shot in the head in Rob Zombie’s horror flick “The Devil's Rejects,” and Oswalt’s role at the beginning of “Magnolia” actually symbolizes the first frog
to fall in the movie, before a deluge much later in the film.
If its beginning is any indication -- and Benson made no promises as to whether
there will be future installments -- “I Love Movies” is going to be well worth
catching each week.