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Big Gross Movies

Comedians Dave Atkinson and Meg Mackay invite hilarious guests to go back in time to study the popular culture and history of a year and then watch the highest grossing movie of that year to try and find out why it was that year's Big Gross Movie.
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Dec 30, 2015

This week we swing back to 1982 in the time machine with Special Guest Will Noye to catch one of our nerdy, sad favourites: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  We ponder many aspects, chiefly why Spock didn't use tongs or something.  Regular ep next week.

Dec 23, 2015

This week, because christmas, enjoy this bonus episode.  We park the time machine and recap Creed, the new Rocky thingie with Rocky expert Alex Wood!

Dec 16, 2015

This week Meg Mackay fell off the time machine again, landing somewhere in Victorian England, presumably on a pile of poor children, but worry not as I swung back and got Guest Meg Amanda Day to swing back to 1930 to watch it's highest grossing movie: All Quiet on the Western Front!  We talk about fancy innovations like exploding airships and flying cows and go over a sombre, reflective, profound meditation on war... blockbuster?  The Past is weird guys, with Special guest Craig Fay!

 

Dec 9, 2015

This week we engage the sadness Matrix and fly to 1970 fueled only by special guest's Dean Young's tears to look around and check out its big gross movie: Love Story.  We discuss the end of the seventies, Kent State, More Nixon and go over perhaps the worst excuse for a love story ever produced, the inexplicably dumb Love Story.

Dec 2, 2015

This week we make meatballs in the Time machine's new crock-pot based reactor and head back to 1955 to have a look about and watch it's Big Gross Movie: Lady and the Tramp!  We discuss the Warsaw pact, the horrible racism of... everything and then settle in to watch an entitled rich lady meet a roguish tramp and act baffled when he turns out to sleep around a lot, with special guest Ryan Dillon!

Nov 25, 2015

This week we finger-light the time machine to 1982 to look around and watch it's big gross movie: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial!  We talk about Mrs. Thatcher's toy war, the weird, boring way Canada came to be, and then go over the heartwarming fecal puppet antics of a space alien with special guest and comedian Aisha Brown.

Nov 18, 2015

This week we pull 12 gs in the time machine and land in the disco morass of 1979 and watch it's big gross movie Moonraker.  We talk about Iran, nuclear things, an enormous explosion and the teeny old lady who fixed it.  Then we strap in and go over the loose collection of action scenes starring an old man with poor knees: Moonraker with returning guest Ryan Horwood

Nov 11, 2015

This week we laboriously drag the time machine back to 1962 to have a gander around and watch its big gross movie Lawrence of Arabia!  We talk about Space, Mississippi, and then try to tell you what it is like to look directly into the abyss that is Lawrence of Arabia with special guest Nile Seguin!

Nov 4, 2015

This week comedian Cathryn Naiker stumbled into a stockpile of fissile time-machine grade material somehow so we swung by the nightmare sandwich dimension to pick up Co-host Meg Mackay on the way to check out 1990 and its big gross movie Ghost.  We talk about weaponised GnR, the best guy ever, and go over the Oka crisis before emotionally exploding. 

 

Check out our tumblr for historical-type pictures and notes:

biggrossmovies.tumblr.com

Oct 28, 2015

This week the time machine done conked out so I got Guest Meg Amanda Day as your fearless co-host is (probably) in a dimension of reality where sandwiches can steal souls, back next week (If the time machine gets fixed) So anyway we decided to get a look at another movie that made a lot of money this year, we saw Furious 7 with our special guest Will Noye!

Oct 21, 2015

This week Meg Mackay is on loan to the 97th time precinct to track down a temporal fugitive because Dave couldn't be bothered, so Guest Meg Alex Wood is here to peddle the time bike and get us back to 1996 to look around and watch it's Big Gross Movie: Independence Day.  We talk about a strange fella from the woods, Canada's national shame, and go over the pile of flags and exploding miniatures that is Independence Day with comedian Megan Myke.

 

Show Notes and pictures from 1996 Here on our Tumblr

Oct 14, 2015

This week Co-host Meg Mackay burst through a rip in the very fabric of space and time on a tank made of spoons just in time to hop in the time machine to have a look at 1974 and catch it's highest grossing movie: The Towering Inferno!  We talk about President Nixon resigning, a Japanese guy who was very devoted to his work and invite comedian Bryan Hatt to review a movie about poor building materials and Steve McQueen's ego.

 

Show notes at http://biggrossmovies.tumblr.com/ 

Oct 7, 2015

This week my fearless co-host and time pilot Meg Mackay is unavailable as she is fighting her way out of a pocket universe where everything is spoons, but worry not as guest Meg Amanda Day is here to shovel time coal into the machine.  We get it back to 1931 this week to look around and watch its big gross movie: Frankenstein.  We talk about India, foppish dandies, and how Hitler was a real piece of work, then we go over the horror classic: Frankenstein with guest Andrew Barr, host of the horror movie comedy show guts for laughs at Comedy Bar.  

 

Show notes and pictures of history stuff at biggrossmovies.tumblr.com

Sep 30, 2015

This week we give the time machine a bit of a break and hop back to the once futuristic year 2000 to have a look around and see it's highest grossing movie: Mission: Impossible 2 with comedian Jarrett Campbell! We talk about the dot-com crash and other whoopsie-goofs like the first Bush Presidency before going over the insane Mission: Impossible 2, a movie with gun doves, kicking and a real lady problem.  

Sep 23, 2015

This week we put chrome tail fins on the time machine and check out 1959 with comedian Hisham Kelati, a lovely fellow.  We talk about the horrible fifties, then go over the best movie ever made about guys giving each other water.

Sep 16, 2015

This week we dress up the time machine in Gold and head to 1963 to look around and watch its big gross movie: Cleopatra.  We talk about the Birmingham campaign, Kennedy things, and then talk about the four hour money fire that is Cleopatra.  With special guest Ted Morris.

Sep 9, 2015

This week we pack the time machine with Gas Bombs and head for 1933 to look around and check out it's big gross movie: King Kong.  We talk about the New Deal, Germany, and a Toronto race riot before going over King Kong: The story of a jerk who steals an ape with our special guest, Comedian and organizer of the Toronto She-dot comedy festival Karen O'Keefe.

Sep 2, 2015

This week the new parts come in for the time machine so we run her in heading to 1971 to check it out and watch it's big gross movie: The French Connection.  We talk about Bangladeshi independence, an alarmingly reasonable prison riot, parliamentary swearing and the confusing plate of mysterious movie goulash that is The French Connection with Andrew Ivimey, comedian and boss guy at texts from superheroes.

Aug 26, 2015

This week we leave the Time machine absolutely alone and review our favorite movie of this summer: Mad Max: Fury Road. War Boys! Immortan Joe! Explosions! FURIOSA! WE WILL RIDE THIS PODCAST SURROUNDED BY FLAME INTO VALHALLA, SHINY AND CHROME! with special guest Will Noye! So come on in, have a listen.

Aug 19, 2015

This week we strap some yellow barrels to the time machine and shoot back to 1975 to have a look-see and watch their big gross movie: Jaws.  We talk about Vietnam, trying to kill Gerry Ford a few times and then talk about this kid Stevie Spielberg's little fish movie called Jaws.

Aug 12, 2015

This week we fly the time machine through a gale of birds and land in 1989 to watch it's big gross movie: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade with our Indiana Jones specialist co-host Nigel Grinstead.  We talk about the bummer history of 1989 and go over a movie about James Bond and Han Solo melting Nazis.  What more can a moviegoer ask for?

Aug 5, 2015

This week we skip the time machine back to 1988 and watch its Big Gross movie: Rain Man.  We discuss wars, elections, inventions, and which meat product most resembles Dave's nipples.  With special guest Ben Miner. 

Jul 29, 2015

This week we fly the time machine through a kaleidoscopic rendering of the very fabric of existence and land in 1968 to watch its big gross movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey.  We discuss a year of awful, awful shit and discuss a movie that really hurts your brain with our special guest Jordan Foisy.

Jul 22, 2015

This week, we pull 12gs and explode the time machine into 1998 and watch its big gross movie: Armageddon with our special guest, comedian Jeff McEnery.  Mostly, we yell at it and call it names.

Jul 15, 2015

This week we navigate the time machine right into the danger zone, then cunningly pilot out of it to land in 1986 and see its big gross movie Top Gun with our guest Troy Stark.  We discuss an awful space disaster, an awful nuclear disaster, and the most homoerotic mainstream navy aviation themed film ever made.

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