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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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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.

Feb 13, 2019

This week we're back in 1982 to catch the Dolly Parton Burt Reynolds best darn thing we ever did see The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with special guest Clare Belford.  We go over a bunch of historical bawdy houses before losing our minds at how much we love Dolly Parton, this movie and Dolly Parton.

Feb 6, 2019

This week we're in 1984 to watch Michael Douglas swing on ropes in Romancing the Stone! We first go over a tale of eating off treasure and figure out how British treasure law works before we go over a kinda fun kinda slow except when there's crocodiles movie with special guest Ashley Cooper!

Jan 30, 2019

This week we continue our study of the late seventies, heading to 1978 to watch a hugely successful Clint Eastwood movie involving an Orangutan, construction site and meatlocker boxing and Beverly D'Angelo in a nice big sweater.  With special guest Alan Shane Lewis we first go over the funniest of the great apes before diving into a movie about... still not sure!

Jan 23, 2019

This week we stayed over in 1979 from last week but left New York and checked out San Francisco with guest Rebecca Reeds before going over a movie with an amazing pitch that is all over the place bananas: Time After Time! Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen and David Warner do a movie with an insane plot and play it so straight you<re quite totally baffled by the whole experience!

Jan 16, 2019

This week we throw the agenda out the time machine window for Season 3!  Dave and Meg and special guest Shawn Hogan go over why Movie New York AKA actual New York in the seventies was like that before gawking at it in 1979s youths punching epic The Warriors! 

Jan 9, 2019

Content Warning: This movie is real sexual assaulty in a few ways and we talk about 'em. This week we're back from our holiday carb binges and we wanted to do a meta thing and watch a movie from the year we were born set in the year we... are in.  So we watched 1987s The Running Man! We go over how close it got, our favorite murder clown from the TV and Jesse Ventura's wig being on wrong.

Dec 19, 2018

This week the holidays ate our time so it's a bonus episode! We made too much podcast the week we watched Beethoven so here it is now for your holiday listening.  See you after I bring my Dad his 10 pounds of Christmas Bacon! Not a euphemism, literally 10 pounds of bacon.

Dec 12, 2018

This week it's Meg's Birthday so favourite guest Vance Banzo is here to watch a forgotten action movie from the latter half of the nineties to celebrate the miracle of Meg's life and her besting of the sea for another year in their lifelong struggle.  Under the influence of Cake we go over Bruce Willis' many wigs, everyone's bad accents and shooting your movie in what seems like a whole buncha places.

Dec 5, 2018

This week we mess around with the format again with Friend of the Show Bryn Pottie and watch the classic 1992 dog movie Beethoven! We go over the evil vet's evil plan, which is quite evil you see, marvel at the lady marmalade organ lady and criticize Bonnie Hunt's wifery.

Nov 28, 2018

This week, we bring back our very first guest to give a test-drive to the new season 3 format, so we went back to 1999 to have a look at Toy Story 2 to figure out why it's gross with Bobby Knauff.  Consumerism and emotional button-pushing, turns out.

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