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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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Feb 8, 2017

This week Meg is back pulling time levers to get us back to 1934 to have a look around and watch it's highest-grossing movie: Viva Villa! with special guest, writer and tweetist Karen Geier.  We go over the dirt stormy criminal shooty child exploiting nightmare of 1934, then ponder the layers of wrong and bad that make up Viva Villa!

Feb 1, 2017

This week, Meg is on assignment so Shawn Hogan is here to reload the time rods and bring us back to 1952 to find out what it was like and watch its highest grossing movie: The Greatest Show on Earth! With special guest Lukas Stark the mystery entertainer we go over the awful, awful year of dead kings and smog clouds before going over an ode to the deceased Ringling brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, which should have closed good riddance.  This movie is a horrific clown show that almost broke us, Jimmy Stewart playes a murder clown who never takes his makeup off, not even the weirdest part. Tune in!

Jan 25, 2017

This week, Meg's away so 1964 guest Ryan Horwood and I flew back to catch the second highest-grossing movie of 1964, the misogynist masterpiece that needs a long talk about consent while serving prison time: Goldfinger.  Marvel as James Bond is drunk, terrible at his job, and repeatedly captured!  Also he's a sex criminal.

Jan 18, 2017

This week Guest Meg Sam Burns and Special guest Rebecca Reeds man the time pumps on a trip to 1986 to see our Podcast's hero's academy award winning performance in Martin Scorcese's pool movie sequel The Color of Money.  Tiny Tom Cruise spazzes out like six times.  It's Great.

Jan 11, 2017

This week we maple up the time machine and scoot back to 2006 with special bilingual guest Hunter Collins to catch the highest-grossing Canadian film until 2010: Bon Cop Bad Cop.  It's super great if you are a bilingual person who has lived in both Toronto and Montreal and have a background in hockey controversies.

Jan 4, 2017

This week Meg is still outta town so Nigel Grinstead is pedaling the time bike as guest Meg and we're headed back to 1932 to have a look around and catch its highest-grossing movie Shanghai Express!  We talk about aviation pioneers of both the baby losing and pioneering types, go over the time some mounties spent a month killing a snow terminator and then review a movie that is pretty much a real-time train ride with a real chill german lady: Shanghai Express with guest comedian Cathryn Naiker.

Dec 28, 2016

This week Meg is away so resident Star Treksman Will Noye and Dave egg nog drunked the Time Machine to 1994 to watch it's Star Trek movie: Star Trek: Generations, which looks good but ain't super great. Lotta jokes about costuming.

Dec 21, 2016

This week Dave and Meg fire up the Time machine and get so egg-nog drunk they crash it into 1998 and catch its holiday... thing called Jack Frost, starring Michael Keaton as the voice of a George Clooney puppet who is also a dad and can snowboard because Harmonica snow Christmas Robert Baratheon with an earring.  Happy Season everyone!

Dec 14, 2016

This week, we leave the time machine parked and let Dave play Radio for Christmas.  Enjoy the clip, back next week with a movie show!  Scheduling in December is nightmare!

Dec 7, 2016

This week, it's Meg's Birthday so we took the time machine back to 1984 to check up on one of our childhood favourites: The Neverending Story.  It holds up! Join us as we go over creepy book men, suspiciously well-stocked school attics and the sad horse thing... God the Horse thing...

Nov 30, 2016

This week we strap on some extra time rockets and head back to 1957 to have a look around and then watch its highest-grossing movie: The Bridge on the River Kwai with guest comedian Clare Belford.  We go over trying to go to high school in Arkansas and Russian space tricks before going over maybe the best-made movie we've seen yet: The Bridge on the River Kwai.

Nov 23, 2016

This week we took a time-fireplace back to 2007 to have a look around and watch it's second highest-grossing movie (for #1, see episode 083) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with resident Harry Potter consultant and comedian Nile Séguin.  We go over a bummer year, delight over Scooter Libby's name and then watch a Wizard movie where death death death.  Death. (It was great)

Nov 16, 2016

This week we invite Blayne Smith back to take another joyride in the time machine to watch another old-timey serial remake: The Shadow from 1994 with Alec Baldwin!  We go over the radio show history and the insane remake that features a number of mind control suicides and a villain who travels by mailing himself.

Nov 9, 2016

This week we pushed the time machine past all reasonable limits and made two stops, one in 2006 to look around and have a look at it's highest grossing movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. We talk the poo-salad of a year that is 2006 and try to talk about the movie... but felt for some awful, self-destructive reason that we should hop to 2007 to see Pirates of the Caribbean: at World's End. We did. We do not know why. It hurt us, but it made us strong?  With Special guest comedian and fine fella Alex Sparling!

Nov 2, 2016

This week we penguin oiled up the Time valves and flew back to 1961 to have a look around and watch its highest-grossing movie: One Hundred and One Dalmatians with guest comedian Eric Andrews.  We go over the first human in space, brave busrides, whoopsie nukes and on purpose enormous nukes, then go over the Disney's classic toned-down Taken remake with dogs.

Oct 26, 2016

This week we fire up the time machine for our last trip to the seventies to look around at 1972 and watch it's highest-grossing movie: The Godfather with guest comedian Marito Lopez.

Oct 19, 2016

This week, we crank the time machine back up and take a flight back to 1965 to have a look around and watch it's highest grossing movie: The Sound of Music with special guest, Comedian Cathryn Naiker.

Oct 12, 2016

This week Canadian Thanksgiving done busted the time machine so bad we couldn't even record an episode, but worry not listeners, Dave is nothing if not totally willing to sit in his room alone and make really silly things.  Enjoy the sketches: The Adventures of Phineas Blackwood: Gentleman Time Traveler, Artisan's Corner and Shitfaced Steve Sings the Hits.

 

Oct 5, 2016

This week, we invite our original Paul Newman guest Fraser Young to go over what Dave was sure was cool movie where cool Paul Newman plays cool pool and is cool.  We talk about that, which makes up about a quarter of the movie, and then go over the dark tale of Bus Station drunks hidden inside the cool pool movie.

Sep 28, 2016

After being unable to nail down meg, Dave wrote and recorded a Sketch to send out to say sorry no episode!  Enjoy "Donald Trump Debate School".

Sep 21, 2016

This week, Meg Mackay returns and we hop back to 2004 to look around/wallow in its sadness then watch its highest-grossing movie: Shrek 2 with special guest Michael Kolberg.

Sep 14, 2016

This week to honour the 50th anniversary of Star Trek Dave invites resident Trekspert Will Noye to continue our series of odd-numbered Star Trek reviews with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Shakespeare quoting Klingons, Sex in the City Vulcans and President of the Federation Pai Mei Red Foreman.  It's all here!

Sep 7, 2016

This week we let the time machine's hair grow out and zipped back to 1949 to have a look around and watch its highest-grossing movie: Samson and Delilah with Guest Meg Ryan Horwood and special guest Lucy Gervais.  We go over a soviet bomb, Mao Zedong, a hero cat and a stuck cow before going over the biblical epic about a longhair superman and his original bride's... sister? Bible times, check it out!

 

As usual, check out our Tumblr for History notes.

Aug 31, 2016

This week we rerouted the Time Machine to 1967 to catch the late Gene Wilder's big break into the movies: The Producers with guest comedians Alex Wood and Nigel Grinstead.

Aug 24, 2016

This week, Meg Mackay is still on assignment in the middle east, so we rappelled down the time vortex to 2014 with returning guests Alison Dore and Shawn Hogan to catch one of Meg's Favorites: The Expendables 3.  We have a ball going over a movie that has all the things, and then more things. 

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