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Opening Weekend

Jason O'Connell, Fred Berman, Dan Matisa

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In a world where cinemas have closed their doors (at least for the time being), "Opening Weekend" celebrates one of the many things we’d all love to be doing right now - going to the movies on a Friday night with our friends... Every week, Jason O'Connell, Fred Berman, and Dan Matisa (best friends, professional actors, and self-professed movie geeks) look back at a different opening weekend from the last 40 years, and bask in the warm, nostalgic, popcorn-buttery glow of going to the movies.
 
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LET IT RAIN, STILLERPALOOZA! That’s right, it’s 2004 and it’s all Stiller all the time! This week the boys head back to January 2004 to revisit that month’s Big Ben Opener (Hey oh!), ALONG CAME POLLY, as well as two other Stiller-led movies from that same year: STARSKY & HUTCH and DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY. Just like Patches O’Houlihan alway…
 
¡Feliz Na’vi-dad and Happy I-See-You Year! To ring in 2023 Jason, Dan, and Fred are heading back to December 2009 and the release of James Cameron’s epic screen-saver of a blockbuster, AVATAR! And then moving from “blue” material to “material” that blew, the boys throw on their tuxes and multi-colored bow-ties for the THIRD ANNUAL GOLDEN SHEILA AWA…
 
Blow me down, it’s a new disgustipatin’ episode of Opening Weekend! It’s December 12, 1980 and the boys are putting down their Hoth play-sets and Rubik’s Cubes to go STIR CRAZY with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. And then Dave Itzkoff (NY Times, “Robin”) joins the boys for a deep dive into the Robin Williams/Robert Altman musical oddity POPEYE! “I’…
 
F*** The Golden Globe nominations! It’s time for the Golden Sheila Nominations! That’s right folks; it’s time to go back and bone up on the last 20 episodes from 2022 and vote for your favorite moments! Favorite Episode Favorite Childhood Story Best Shalit Review Best Celebrity Guest Phone Call Favorite Arthropod Squad Member And any other category…
 
“Well, double dumb-ass on you!” This week the boys are lacing up their roller skates, heading up the Coast and slingshotting around the Sun to revisit November 26, 1986 and STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME, THE MOSQUITO COAST, and SOLARBABIES. Power up those Dilithium crystals, ‘cus it’s time to beam up Episode 86 of OPENING WEEKEND!…
 
“Drink your juice, Shelby.” Mermaids, Magnolias, and Murphy; that’s what November 19th, 1989 was offering up at the multiplex. This week the boys take a deep dive under the sea with Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, hit the hair salon for STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and roll the dice with HARLEM NIGHTS. Grab your dinglehopper and get ready for Episode 85 of Openin…
 
“I like simple pleasures, like butter in my ass, a lollipop in my mouth, and the Opening Weekend podcast.” This week the boys are going back to October 31, 1997 to give you a full 13 inches of hot podcast pleasure with Paul Thomas Anderson’s mega-cast porn-epic, BOOGIE NIGHTS, as well as counting down their favorite ensemble movies of all time. Jac…
 
Put That Podcast DOWN. Podcasts are for closers. And this week the boys are closing on the big releases of October 2, 1992: the film adaptation of David Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, Disney’s ice-hockey feel-goodie THE MIGHTY DUCKS, and the Dustin Hoffman/Geena Davis satire, HERO. First prize is an El Dorado Cadillac. Second prize is Episode 83 of O…
 
Opening Weekend will NOT be ignored, Dan! This week the boys head back to September 18th, 1987 to revisit the (rabbit-in-a) pot-boiler of an erotic thriller, FATAL ATTRACTION and the gross-out S&M horror of Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER. Take a CenoBITE out of Episode 82 of Opening Weekend! September 1987: It’s a Land of Confusion for Jason, Dan, and F…
 
Little kids dancing with guns and elected officials attacking the entertainment industry. No, this isn’t a Texans For Trump rally, they’re just the plots of the two big openers of September 17, 1976: BUGSY MALONE and THE FRONT. Fill up your splurge gun with fresh whipped cream and get ready to answer the big question: Are you or have you ever been …
 
Nobody puts Opening Weekend in the corner! This week the boys mambo back to August 22, 1987 and the release of the sleeper-hit summer classic, DIRTY DANCING. Plus, find out their Top 5 favorite movie soundtracks of all time. You’ll have the time of your life on Episode 80 of Opening Weekend! It’s the Summer of ’87! Fred is hangin’ in Hollywood (Flo…
 
Great Scott! The boys are jumping into their mental DeLoreans and going Back In Time to the summer of ’85, the fall of ’89 and spring of ’90 for a Biff Tannen-sized deep dive into the BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY. It’s the 1.21 Gigawatt-fueled Episode 79 of OPENING WEEKEND! It’s the summer of 1985 and the boys are hitting the road with Doc Brown and …
 
Holy nipples, Batman! It’s June 20th, 1997 and the boys are breaking up MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING and putting BATMAN AND ROBIN on ice. Come on, Julia Robert’s, say a little prayer for Episode 78 of OPENING WEEKEND! June 1997: Julia Roberts is busting up weddings and Joel Schumacher is busting up movie franchises! As Fred is attempting to “suit the a…
 
“They’re heeeere.” Who’s here? “KAAAAAAHN!” It’s June 4th, 1982 and the boys are taking on the suburban spooker, POLTERGEIST, the Shatner shout-fest, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KAHN, and the Gene Wilder/Gilda Radner shit-show, HANKY PANKY. “Warp speed, Mr. Shalit, to Episode 77 of Opening Weekend!” Handfarts, the final frontier. These are the voyag…
 
“I believe in truth, beauty, freedom, and above all things: hand-farts.” This week the boys can-can back to May 18, 2001 and the releases of MOULIN ROUGE, SHREK, and ANGEL EYES. It’s the “Shrektacular, Drecktacular” Episode 75 of Opening Weekend! Debauchery. Lust. A bacchanalia for the body and the senses. No, you’re not flying with The Green Fairy…
 
Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Richard Pryor riding a flying shark over the Sarlacc pit…in 3-D!!! This week the boys celebrate the beginning of spring with a look back at some of the biggest 1983-quels: JAWS 3-D, SUPERMAN III, and RETURN OF THE JEDI! Special Guest, Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken, Marvel, DC) returns to join in o…
 
“Oh my God, Romy, Tommy Lee Jones just said the Coast Is Toast.” “But, Michele, I thought we were avoiding carbs this week!” It’s April 25th, 1997 and the boys are dipping their manicured toes into the hot lava of an opening weekend that brought us VOLCANO and ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION. “If you’re lost, you can look, and you will find …
 
Get Ready To Schlock! The boys are revisiting April 11, 1986 and the Judge Reinhold comedy OFF BEAT, the Gremlins wannabe CRITTERS and the ultra low budget schlock “classic” THE TOXIC AVENGER. As Will says, “KEEP EPISODE 73 OUT YA F***IN’ MOUTH!” April 11, 1986: The bullies and bad guys of Tromaville, NJ are having their heads bashed apart and thei…
 
The King of the podcast Jungle is back! This week the boys swing by March 30th, 1984 for the releases of ROMANCING THE STONE and GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES. It’s Episode 72: The Legend of Opening Weekend, Lord of The Podcasts! Me Tarzan, you Gene. March 30, 1984: A time of adventure and exploration. A time when Cabbage Patch …
 
Raise the roof and get ready to dive into the gaping hell-mouth that was March 9, 1990. This week the boys revisit the Kid ’n Play hip-hop teen-sex comedy, HOUSE PARTY and the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan deep-flop absurdist comedy, JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO. All this and a soiled overcoat on EPISODE 71 of OPENING WEEKEND! “I believe the children are our future…
 
Nosey neighbors, pointless ponytails, and Excellent Adventures! It’s February 17, 1989 and the boys are hopping in their time traveling phone booth to revisit THE ‘BURBS, TRUE BELIEVER, and BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE. Episode 70 of Opening Weekend? EXCELLENT! February 17th, 1989: An opening weekend bursting with so much misguided mediocrity, …
 
“This means something. This is important.” Damn right, Ricky D - It’s Episode 69 of Opening Weekend! This week the boys are going back to February 3, 1978 to make contact with the wide release of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND! Plus their Top 10 Spielberg films. Ba-ba-bum, ba-bwaaa! (Mothership or Hand-Fart? Only tiiime will tell!) February 3, …
 
This week the boys take a deep dive into the releases from January 18, 2008: the found footage monster/disaster movie, CLOVERFIELD, the disaster of a rom-com movie, 27 DRESSES and the Diane Keaton disaster, MAD MONEY. Get ready for some shakey-cam-induced cinematic nausea on Episode 68 of Opening Weekend! January 18, 2008: It’s a strange, confusing…
 
One podcast to rule them all! It’s the last episode of 2021 and the boys are walking their big, hairy, Hobbit feet back to December 19th, 2001 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy opener, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. And throw on your fanciest wizard robe and polish your staff, because the boys are…
 
“I know it was you, Sheila. You broke my heart.” (MWAH!) It’s December 12th, 1974 and the boys are tackling a Towering week of massive openers: THE TOWERING INFERNO, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and THE GODFATHER, PART II. Walk THIS way to Episode 66 of Opening Weekend! Lightning strikes, thunder crashes. The creature slowly opens his eyes and rises. Stumbl…
 
“Bah Humbug!” “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” “Merry Christmas ya old Building and Loans!” “Yippe Kay Yay, Motherf***er!” ALL the holiday staples are covered as the boys jump back to November 23, 1988 to revisit the Bill Murray holiday comedy SCROOGED as well as their TOP TEN HOLIDAY MOVIES. Put a little love in your heart with Episode 65 of OPEN…
 
This week the boys take a magic carpet ride back to November 13th, 1992 to rub some lamps and suck some blood with Disney’s ALADDIN and BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA. It’s a whole new world on Episode 64 of OPENING WEEKEND! The scene: A young, dark haired handsome man finds a magic lamp in the desert and is granted three wishes by the all-powerful Genie: "…
 
This week the boys head back in time to October 26th 1984 to revisit the sci-fi classic THE TERMINATOR and the horror film-clip anthology TERROR IN THE AISLES. So, listen to Kyle Reese and take heed: “That terminator is out there; it can’t be bargained with, it can’t be reasoned with, it doesn't feel pity or remorse or fear, and it absolutely will …
 
“I’m out of order? You’re out of order! This whole podcast is out of order! October 19, 1979 is out of order! Sean Connery in METEOR is out of order! My movie…AND JUSTICE FOR ALL is out of order! Everyone is out…wait, what’s that big piece of rock hurtling towards Earth? Ah, crap.” Don’t worry, Al, it’s just Episode 62 of OPENING WEEKEND! “What did…
 
“You want to see the most beautiful thing I’ve ever filmed?” Uh, maybe not Mr. Spacey. But we will take a look at AMERICAN BEAUTY and the other two releases from October 1, 1999, THREE KINGS and MYSTERY, ALASKA. Time to look closer…at Episode 61 of Opening Weekend! It’s the early fall of 1999 and the boys are watching three cinematic game changers:…
 
“As far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a podcaster.” It’s September 19th, 1990 and the boys are celebrating the release of Martin Scorcese’s mobbed-up masterpiece, GOODFELLAS. One dog goes one way, the other dog goes the other way, and this guy’s sayin’ “It’s Episode 60 of Opening Weekend!” “I’m gonna go listen to the podcast, list…
 
Nic Cage walks into a forest dressed like a bear and punches a woman. No, you’re not having a bad fever dream; you’re just watching one of the movies that opened on September 1, 2006: a week filled with mystery, mayhem, and most of all, misogyny. THE WICKER MAN, CRANK, and IDIOCRACY are being pumped full of adrenaline and then burned alive on Episo…
 
Jungle Queens, Scary Dreams, and Adulterous Schemes. It’s August 17th, 1984, and the boys are taking in SHEENA, DREAMSCAPE, and THE WOMAN IN RED for some edgy PG-13 violence & gore and some wholesome PG full-frontal-nudity. Grab your leg warmers and Members Only jackets, because the boys are heading back to the ‘80s for Episode 58 of Opening Weeken…
 
This week the boys take on a BIG, SCARY ROBOT and a BIG, SCARY DICK…Nixon, that is! Brad Bird’s THE IRON GIANT and the political satire DICK were the big openers on August 6th, 1999. Do they warrant GIANT Sheila ratings or will they get shredded like a stack of DNC papers? Find out on Episode 57 of OPENING WEEKEND! It Came From The Outer Boroughs!!…
 
Some men just want to watch the world burn, and some just want to listen to Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep sing Abba! It’s July 18, 2008 and the boys are zipping up their sequin jumpsuits, donning their masks and taking a chance on THE DARK KNIGHT, MAMMA MIA!, and SPACE CHIMPS. Episode 56 of Opening Weekend is the podcast Gotham deserves! “Mamma M…
 
July 3rd, 1996: Aliens are laying waste to humanity and John Travolta is making pencils levitate with his mind. No, this isn’t Chapter 5 of ‘Dianetics’, it’s INDEPENDENCE DAY and PHENOMENON on Episode 55 of Opening Weekend! Boom! There goes The White House! Zap! There goes The Empire State Building! Snore! There goes everyone watching “Phenomenon.”…
 
“Calling Dick Tracy! Come in Dick Tracy! Gremlins have taken over New York City. No, not THOSE Gremlins. It’s a NEW batch. That’s right, this week the boys head to June 15, 1990 for DICK TRACY and GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH! So, stop ogling Madonna, Tracy, and get over to Opening Weekend Episode 54!” Remember back in June of 1990 when you took some …
 
It’s June 11th, 1993 and vicious dinosaurs once again roam the earth: The Tyrannosaurus Rex! The Velociraptor! The Ike Turner! This week the boys are rollin’ down the river and digging up JURASSIC PARK and WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT. Hold onto your butts and Welcome…to Episode 53 of Opening Weekend Park! Shhh. Do you hear that? That low, deep ru…
 
They say laughter is the best medicine, right Dr. Rosenpenis? Or was it Dr. Rosenrosen? Or Mr. Cocktostan? Or Arnold Babar? Or Ted Nugent? Hell, let’s just call ya Fletch. It’s May 31st, 1985 and the boys go undercover with the Chevy Chase comedy FLETCH and discuss their top ten comedic performances of all time. Frieda, hold my calls, ‘cus it’s Epi…
 
It’s a hard knock, black and white, post-apocalyptic life! This week the boys travel back to May 21, 1982 to run down THE ROAD WARRIOR, ANNIE, and DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID. Leapin’ lizards, it’s Episode 51 of Opening Weekend! The world has gone mad. Mohawked marauders rule the roads. Singing/dancing orphans run amok in the cities. ET has his/her/i…
 
“Heeeeeere’s Episode 50!” The boys are celebrating a year of hot, buttery cinematic nostalgia by jumping back to May 23rd, 1980 and taking a deep dive into THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE SHINING, and THE GONG SHOW MOVIE. Grab your axe, slice open that dead Tauntaun and lie back and relax with Rip Taylor and the gang, ‘cus it’s Episode 50 of Opening W…
 
Opening Weekend is hitting it outta the park (cue Randy Newman music) and settin’ some s**t on fire (cue Tangerine Dream music) with May 11th, 1984’s THE NATURAL and Stephen King’s FIRESTARTER. And the boys take a deep dive into their top 5 favorite sports movies (cue Handfarts Training Montage Music). Now batting: Episode 49 of Opening Weekend! Ah…
 
Hey, web-slingers, it’s your friendly neighborhood movie podcast! Swing into a Spidey Spectacular as the boys wrap a web of wonder around Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN Trilogy; with special Spidey Scribe, Kevin Shinick (Marvel, DC, “Robot Chicken”) joining in on the fun. Look out! Here comes Episode 48 of Opening Weekend! With great podcast, comes great r…
 
“Sheila. S-H-E-I-L-A. Sheila.” This week the boys revisit April 28th, 2006’s major releases, AKEELAH & THE BEE, UNITED 93, and the Robin Williams comedy, RV, written by this week’s special guest: Emmy nominated screenwriter and best-selling author, Geoff Rodkey! How do you spell “Movie Podcast Magic?” E-P-I-S-O-D-E-4—7-o-f-O-P-E-N-I-N-G-W-E-E-K-E-N…
 
“And the Oscar for Best Performance of 1987 goes to…Willy The Chimp!” It’s April 17th, 1987 and the boys are going ape for PROJECT X and getting H.I. off of RAISING ARIZONA. Grab your Huggies, mind your fontanelle and climb aboard a plane full of monkeys. Destination: Episode 46 of Opening Weekend! In April of 1987, Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter w…
 
Jobu need a refill of hot, buttery, cinematic nostalgia! It’s April 7, 1989 and Jason, Dan, and Fred are stepping up to the plate, taking sail, and losing their minds (for different reasons) over MAJOR LEAGUE, DEAD CALM, and THE DREAM TEAM. Juuuuust a bit outside; yes, it’s Episode 45 of Opening Weekend! There are myriad reasons a successful podcas…
 
Methinks thou art the one, Neo! Now taketh some acting lessons, taketh the red pill, and joineth us as we Shake our Speares on the new episode of OPENING WEEKEND...eth! March 31st, 1999 gave us both a Ledger-rific redux of a classic Shakespeare comedy and a Fishburne-tastic redux of a classic Lewis Carroll novel. So plug into your headjack, because…
 
Murderous turns, musical twists, and misogynist twerps. DEATHTRAP, VICTOR/VICTORIA, and PORKY’S gave March 19th, 1982 a whodunnit, a who-is-it, and who-grabbed-it; all wrapped up in one Jazz-Hot new episode of OPENING WEEKEND! Ah, the halcyon school-days of 1982: playing Star Wars in the backyard, acting out cowboys and Indians, drawing cartoons on…
 
Global culture clashes, the pitfalls of nationalism, cultural appropriation…and Woody Allen. It’s March 14, 1986, and GUNG HO, CROSSROADS, & HANNAH AND HER SISTERS are gonna push all those buttons. And we haven’t even mentioned Ralph Macchio’s hat. It’s Episode 42 of OPENING WEEKEND! When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough get lip-synching to Billy Oc…
 
It’s March 7, 1997 and Howard Stern is showing off his PRIVATE PARTS while Tim Allen is ditching “Tool Time” to go JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE. Watch out, Pig Vomit, ‘cus we’ve got Baboons, blow darts, and a good dose of Baba Booey on Episode 41 of Opening Weekend! While Howard Stern was becoming the King of All Media in March 1997, Tim Allen was becoming the …
 
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