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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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Oct 9, 2019

This week special guest Dylan Gott is back to swing back to 1941 to catch the animated classic Dumbo! First we go over the history of Toronto from the last ice age up until a clown vs firefighters riot in 1855, then we try and parse the nice children's movie that also has racism and a mushroom trip in it.

Oct 2, 2019

This week special guest Craig Fay is back to head back to 2003 to have a look at Kill Bill Volume 1! First we go over another Canadian History story about how the past is awful and then we go over Quentin Tarantino's kung-fu foot classic Kill Bill Volume 1.

Sep 25, 2019

This week our special guest had an emergency involving a cat and a skunk and a hose so we swerved off course and watched the bonkers 2015 classic bad movie Jupiter Ascending! Illegal telescopes! Channing Tatum the dogfaced bodyguard with wings! Marrying your mom as a casual plot point halfway through, that kinda thing.

Sep 18, 2019

This week we swing back to 1966 to catch the movie fox made to cash in on James Bond, Our Man Flint with special guest Alan Shane Lewis! We first go over a real life cold war spy who betrayed his homeland because of how nice he thought Ottawa was before going over the silly weird campy classic Our Man Flint!

Sep 11, 2019

This week we're headed back to 1987 to watch Predator because we felt like it! First we discuss the tale of a Hockey Player and a businessman... but not the same guy. Then we go over the bicep and foliage festival that is Predator. A Hearty "get to the choppa!" to you listeners!

Sep 4, 2019

This week is back to school times, so we figured why not invite a teacher and coincidentally Dave's lady friend Anne-Marie along to swing back to 1986 to catch Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School! We go over the baffling symptoms that come with Dangerfield infection, what Sam Kinison was, how this was a very odd away mission for Lieutenant Dax and flip out lids over the Vonnegut gag.

Aug 14, 2019

This week we're back from our comedy festival/summer vacation hiatus and to celebrate we hopped back to 2011 and watched Dave's favourite movie Tinker Tailor Solider Spy! We discuss bog teachers murdering owls to show dominance, discover that spying in the 1970s seems to have been over 85% smoking and being cryptic and discover that the evil spymaster Karla is a bit of a dramatic debbie.

Jul 17, 2019

This week in preparation for Meg going to the Just For Laughs Festival for a few weeks we sat down and tried to pick through the biggest, loudest, confusingest movie we could find: The Fate of the Furious.  We try to figure out what is happening, why it may be happening, and why none of that matters because vroom vroom pow pow family.

Jul 10, 2019

This week we're in 1988 and watching John Waters' Hairspray with special guest Ian Gordon! First we carry on our series of research stories on Canadians with Viola Desmond, the lady who ignored the Halifax explosion as a baby and got better at dealing with crazy bullshit that wasn't her fault from there. Then we go over the charming dancing weird camp high school play of a movie that is Hairspray. John Waters if it's ever convenient come on by for dinner.

Jul 3, 2019

This week we swing back by bad movie town and settle in for the swordfighting dude classic: Highlander with special guest Bee Bertrand! We talk about Sean Connery's peacock frock, sword detectives, how much weight a Queen soundtrack can carry and just a whole lot of trying to figure out the freaky sexual over and under and just normal tones of this thing.

Jun 19, 2019

This week special guest Cathryn Naiker is here to continue our series on movies vaguely related to interesting Canadians with 2014s Hercules! First we meet a giant very strong french baby that lifted heavy things to folk herodom: Louis Cyr, then wade into the weird murky swamp that is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's baffling Hercules movie.

Jun 12, 2019

This week special guest Rebecca Reeds is back to learn about Canadian Icon Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw and watch a lovely piece of fluff, Legally Blonde! First we talk about how badass you had to be to get a medical license as a woman in 1905 and stumble through a real cool life before being charmed thoroughly by the fluffiest of fluff.

Jun 5, 2019

This week we come back from our little life break to watch chapter 2 in the Meg-bothering series of John Wick movies! We discover that everyone has a wife-dog, wine puns are weird for guns and have entirely too much fun misnaming everyone who isn't named John.

May 8, 2019

This week special guest Hunter Collins is here so we made a special trip back to 1987 to catch a wonderful not good movie made by a martial arts instructor without the knowledge of a fair part of the cast.  We talk about confusing nudity, shirtless mailbox jaunts, how nice it is that these mature students seem so accepted by the other youths, we have a great time!

May 1, 2019

This week in honour of Dave quitting his weird job at soup dot com we head back to 1999 to catch Office Space!  We go over how it turns out we're all Miltons, how well Mike Judge nailed it and freak out a bit about how many characters from this movie we've now met in real life.

Apr 24, 2019

This week extra special guest Allison Dore is back to swing back in time to look into 1987's Swayze pants classic Dirty Dancing! First we talk about the original catskills resort and the lady who ran it and how dear god it sounds like fun before having just the loveliest time watching sexy people dance at each other.

Apr 17, 2019

This week in honour of National Canadian Film Day we watched the highest-grossing technically Canadian film ever made: Resident Evil Afterlife! We talk about what is happening in the movie, why it is happening, and do not come up with any answers, but have a lot more questions.  We kinda lost our minds.

Apr 10, 2019

This week we have Nigel Grinstead back to do an episode that is nice, darn it! Rough few weeks so why not watch something delightful, so we hopped back to just 2017 to catch Paddington 2! We first talk about bears, well Dave does, because he grew up in a town covered in bears before watching the most delightful bear of all in Paddington 2.  It's just so crazy good.

Apr 3, 2019

This week we follow up on our last episode about the drunken Royal Navy with another very drunk very British Episode, we swing back to 1987 to catch Withnail & I! We talk about the terrifying spectre of alcoholism, funny chickens and how the whole point of this movie is probably to make you feel kinda icky.

Mar 27, 2019

This week to get ready for Withnail & I we're talking about something very drunk and very British: The Royal Navy! We talk about the centuries of Naval history where everyone was proper loaded, then discuss the day they took away British Sailors free work booze.

Mar 20, 2019

This week we put on pleather pants and the very longest leather coats and make out stinky way back to 1998 to watch Blade! We go over the economics of vampire blood banks and the value of orange juice and oreos, vampire hunting parenting and the fact that vampire hunters nor vampires ever thought to ask a hematologist... anything?

Mar 13, 2019

This week we're zipping back to 1992 with special guest Brandon Ash-Mohammed to have a look around and watch the Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix and James Earl Jones movie Sneakers! First we talk about old-time phone hackers and the weird awful things they did after that, then get upset at a real weak soup of a movie.

Mar 6, 2019

This week Alex Wood is back with Dave and Meg to swing by 1981 to have a look around and watch Outland, a movie with Sean Connery, Shotguns, spacesuits and uncomfortable endless anxious tension! We talk about the camera on a stick robot humanity flung into space to look at Jupiter and then go over space bleak: The movie.

Feb 27, 2019

This week, instead of our episode we hope you'll support Canadian Stand-ups like us and maybe buy some albums to help out maybe? If you're wondering what's up Dave wrote a thing about it you can click here to read, and he'll explain it, back to normal next week but this week, solidarity, and again in our defense the union meeting was at a bar.

Feb 20, 2019

This week we slip back to 1990 to catch a high school drama very clearly written by a 43 year old man, Pump up the Volume! We first talk about the radio and some gross boys who had a boat radio station because of how boring the BBC was, then get viscerally upset at this weird piece of garbage featuring.

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