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Welcome to Top Notch Nonsense. A genre film Review Podcast. This is a film review and comedy pod done by a husband and wife to introduce each other to cinema that challenges and infuriates you. Hosts: Michael James Benson @mjbcomedy Maranda Mobley Music By @rickwood Edited By Michael Benson and Ed Greer @edgreerdestroys. Art By Ed Greer
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This week we have the another installment of the Master Director Series right here on Top Notch Nonsense. This time we are featuring Steven Soderberg. Ladies battling their worst instincts and others while popping pills and glaring at bad ex-boyfriends and stalkers. This week's films are Side Effects from 2013 starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Cather…
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What is there to say about what psychiatrists and scientists do to disturbed humans. These two truly TRIGGERED Michael. Very angry at the “Normals” in these movies. A couple of words about VHS 85, no one will save you, A Haunting in Venice. This week's films are David and Lisa from 1962 starring Keir Dullea, Janet Margolin and Howard Da Silva AND 1…
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They all hate each other. They all F**K each other; They nearly all are scared for each other when they all start to feel the demise. These 2 pictures are if Agatha Christie mystery story and a “Melrose Place” episode had seeeexxxxxxx….like most Giallos. This week's films are 1974's The Killer Reserved Nine Seats starring Rosanna Schiaffino, Chris …
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Two more movies that prove that De Niro can be a fascinating performer in twisty, convoluted, 21st century genre trash. This week's films are Hide and Seek from 2005 starring OBVIOUSLY, De Niro as well as Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen and Elisabeth Shue. PLUS, 2012's Red Lights with Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and De Niro. As always SPOILERS a…
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Are you going on a long trip? If so, this is the episode to put on because this is as long as the last Scorsese movie, so focus on the road or lay back on your couch. This episode goes over some of the most heartless/beloved young women characters we’ve covered on the podcast. This week's films are Heathers from 1988 starring Winona Ryder, Christia…
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Early 90’s thrillers where you try to protect your lady but it’s VERY challenging. It's strange how much time is spent on dealing with people who don’t know how to handle their money, Happy Tax Month Everybody! This week's films are 1990's Pacific Heights staring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine and Michael Keaton as well as Unlawful Entry from 199…
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As always Spoilers abound and this is NSFW or for most audiences. Part 1 of a 4 part series covering the films of ‘rebel highway’ originally on Showtime. Dragstrip Girls is Directed by Mary Lambert of “Pet Cemetery” and “The InCrowd” fame. Motorcycle Gang is directed by John (“Conan The Barbarian”) Milius. Reform School Girls is directed by Johnath…
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As always Spoilers abound and this is NSFW or for most audiences. Murdered women are exposed in this ‘minor’ film from Sergio Martino and a huge cult classic film directed by Juan Piquer Simon. This week's films are 1975's Suspicious Death of a Minor directed by Sergio Martino staring Claudio Cassinelli, Mel Ferrer and Lia Tanzi. As well as 1982's …
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As Always Spoilers Abound and this is NSFW or for most audiences. Two movies on how not to treat your friend. One character drama which won the John Cassavetes Award at the 16th Independent Spirit Awards and the other dark comedy is a studio funded travesty with the biggest non drama stars in the world (circa early 2000s). This week's films are 200…
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As always spoilers abound and this is NSFW or for most audiences. John Waters delivers to us his 3rd double feature on the podcast, and we thank him for that. This week's films are Female Trouble from 1974 staring Divine David Lochary and Mary Vivian Pearce as well as Polyester from 1981 with Divine, Tab Hunter and David Samson. CREDITS: Artwork By…
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“Can you pinpoint what cheese wiz smells like?” This weeks films are 2006's Delivery and Clownado from 2019. As always spoilers abound and this is NSFW or for most audiences. Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By Michael Benson Produced By Michael Benson and Stephen LeFranc Hosts: Michael Benson and Maranda Mobley Cat: Pan @mjbcomedy on …
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This week we have another Master Director Series, this time with the talented Danny Devito. Yeah THAT Danny Devito. This week's film feature Michael's favorite Robin Williams comedy performance, in Death To Smoochy from 2002 and the other film 2003's Duplex feature exhausted performances by Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller. Credits: Artwork By Ed Gre…
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Wholesome-ness with a twinge of sardonic nature...that's what we gulp down. Today's film are the 1995's The Brady Bunch and the sequel A Very Brady Sequel, with Shelley Long and Gary Cole. Credits: Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By Michael Benson Produced By Michael Benson and Stephen LeFranc Hosts: Michael Benson and Maranda Mobley …
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Being confronted with complicated morals can bring out the best and sometimes the worst in people, as seen here in these 2 pictures. This week's movies are Before and After from 1996 starring Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson and 2002's Changing Lanes with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson. CREDITS: Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By Michael …
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Maranda and Michael delve into early 90's comedies revolving around the Italian family and the role of the head of the household. This week's films are I Love You To Death from 1990 starring Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, William Hurt and River Phoenix and 1991's Oscar with Sylvester Stallone. CREDITS: Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By …
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CLEARLY ARE THERE ARE SPOILER GALORE! We are dumbfounded and perplexed by these sci fi psychedelic semi-religious (satire?) movies. This week's films are 1979's The Visitor directed by Giulio Paradisi and starring John Huston, Mel Ferrer and Glenn Ford. As well as The Ninth Configuration from 1980 written and directed by William Peter Blatty starri…
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When women put their mind to something they can accomplish the stars. Michael was playfully pissed he watched The First Wives Club but liked Romy and Michele’s trip back to high school. This week's movies are The First Wives Club from 1996 with Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton and 1997's Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion starring Mir…
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AS ALWAYSSSSS NSFW and Spoilers Galore What you do during the winter break is try not to get killed... It's really good advice. This week's films are Black Christmas from 1974 starring Olivia Hussey and Keir Dullea. Also we talk about 1980's New Year's Evil starring Kip Niven, Roz Kelly, and Chris Wallace. Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edi…
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AS ALWAYSSSSS NSFW and Spoilers Galore This is another installment of our Master Director Series. This time it's the work of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The films we are focusing on this week are 1968's Hour of the Wolf & Shame Sadness and cruelty rein in these movies of heavy emotion. Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By Michael …
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AS ALWAYS NSFW and Spoilers Galoreeeeee Maranda and Michael discover what it’s like. And also what a relationship with a cat person might be like. This week's films are both from 1942 and 1944 ! First, Cat People which is an American supernatural horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur. Then, Curse of the Cat People the follow up to the 1942 movie…
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Maranda and Michael wade into the world of angry & suave douchebags and nice guys who feel "bad" about the sex. Michael is also a bit bewildered and dense about polyamory and bisexuals. This week's films are 2001's Layover with David Hasselhoff and Deception from 2008 starring Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams Artwork By Ed Greer Mu…
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Humorous description... Maranda and Michael scream and shout... ANDDDDD Michael often is talking way too much and gets kind of a hint throughout that he needs to slow down quite a bit. I, Michael is writing this, realizes he will do better in the future with listening (ugh, what a dolt!) NOTE: The episode was originally recorded in February of 2023…
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Maranda and Michael deal with coming of age interacting with people who will be your friends during that consequential time in your life. This week's films are Old Enough from 1984 written and directed by Marisa Silver, staring Sarah Boyd, Rainbow Harvest, Danny Aiello and Alyssa Milano AND 1980's Little Darlings starring Tatum O'Neal, Kristy McNic…
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Michael drives hard through 2 Fincher films with his lovely wife Maranda in tow. She'd never seen Seven so this was eye opening. This week's films are 1995's Seven with Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and John C. McGinley. As well as The Killer from 2023 with Michael Fassbender. Credits: Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By …
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Maranda and Michael talk about bad spouses relationships in this two cinema picks. One from 30 years ago. One from this year. Michael tries out his Woody Allen impression. He was impressed by how good it is. Maranda is a bit annoyed by it. This week's films are Husbands and Wives from 1992 directed by Woddy Allen starting Mia Farrow, Sydney Pollack…
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This week we fall head over heels for quick witted and seductive ladies who know how to charm and turn your head. The films from this week's episode are Once Bitten from 1985 with Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey, and Karen Kopins and 1989's Elviria: Mistress of the Dark Credits:Artwork By Ed GreerMusic By Rick Wood Edited By Michael Benson Produced By Mi…
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Sometimes it's the content that kills. Sometimes its the actual physical TV. Hopefully you don't need to experience either. This week's films are 1992's 'Stay Tuned' staring John Ritter, Pam Dawber, Jeffrey Jones, and Eugene Levy and 'Terrorvision' from 1986 with Diane Franklin, Gerrit Graham, Mary Woronov and Chad Allen Credits:Artwork By Ed Greer…
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Michael and Maranda just into the fire of NSFW movies about boys striving to be independent men while family and class constantly on the path to tear you down. This week's films are Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker from 1981 directed by William Asher and starring Susan Tyrrell and Jimmy McNichol. As well as 1989's Society staring Billy Warlock directe…
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Maranda and Michael subject themselves to two of the worst, clunkiest and fallen down movies about what is better in real life-telling spooky sequences to your half witted buddies. This week's films are Campfire Tales from 1997's with James Marsden and Amy Smart and Campfire Stories released in 2001 staring Jamie-Lynn Sigler Spoiler Alert: They're …
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Michael and Maranda Talk communicating with Satan through books in this double feature to kick off horror month of halloween. This week's episode titled "Reaching Out To Satan" features The Devil's Rain from 1975 directed by Robert Fuest staring William Shatner, Tom Skerritt and Ernest Borgnine. As well as 1999's The Ninth Gate with directed Roman …
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A Primo Primer For October. Michael & Miranda or "M&M" if you prefer, discuss a buddy thriller and a science fiction teen horror directed by the same guy! What range! This week's films are Best Seller from 1987 and Brainscan from 1994. Both directed by John Flynn. Warning Adult Comedy Content. Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By Michae…
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A Freewheeling S**TSHOW of a wonderful manic crazy double episode. 3 hours. A party of a time. Start drinking tequila. Warning Adult Comedy Content. All of this is in good fun. Movies Talked About: Diabolique (1996) Death on the Nile (2022) Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Next Generation (1995)/Stay Alive (2006) Absurd (1981) Prison (1987) From a Whisp…
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Michael and Maranda review a beloved John Waters movie and its horrendous musical adaptation. Make sure to give it a good once over to see if theres anything really wrong with it. This week's films are 1988's Hairspray directed by John Waters and the 2007 version with John Travolta. ------------Produced by Michael Benson and Stephen LefrancEdited B…
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Today is our first Master Actress Series episode about the one, the only, Joan Crawford. Her career spanned nearly 5 decades! Yes 5 decades. In this episode we look at Grand Hotel from 1932 and Mildred Pierce from 1945 in which won Joan an Academy Award for her performance. Produced by Michael Benson and Stephen LefrancEdited By Michael BensonHoste…
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On this week's episode of the Top Notch Nonsense Podcast, Maranda reintroduces Michael To John Waters! He forgot how sick it can get. The movies on this week's episodes are Pink Flamingos from 1972 which was produced, written and directed by John Waters. Oh he edited and was the cinematographer for it too. As well as 1977's Desperate Living. Which …
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A reallllll angry rant....I apologize in advance. You guessed it. This week's movies are Mission Impossible 1 from 1996 and 2023's Mission Impossible 7 aka Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Hosts: Michael Benson and Maranda Mobley Produced By Michael BensonCo produced by Stephen LefrancEdited by Michael BensonMusic by Rick WoodArtwork b…
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I really wish these were better, it was a bit of a slog. This episode's movies are 2002's Showtime with Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy alongside Rene Russo and William Shatner. Also Hollywood Homicide from 2003 with Harrison Ford Josh Hartnett. Hosts: Michael Benson and Maranda MobleyProduced By Michael BensonCo produced by Stephen LefrancEdited b…
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What do you do when someone is determined to seduce and destroy? This episode's movies are Devil in the Flesh from 1998 with Rose McGowan and Alex McArthur, AND He Loves Me Not from 2002 with Audrey Tautou. Produced By Michael BensonCo produced by Stephen LefrancEdited by Michael BensonMusic by Rick WoodArtwork by Ed Greercontact: topnotchnonsensep…
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A direct and sneering double feature of filled with nasty men and endearing women with The Big Heat and The Big Clock. This week's movies are 1953's The Big Heat staring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Jocelyn Brando AND The Big Clock from 1948 with Ray Milland and Charles Laughton. Hosts: Michael Benson and Maranda Mobley. Produced and Edited by Ed…
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It's really hard to be an adult and be loved. We discuss what it means to be a girl who wants to be loved for who she is when she is surrounded by toxic friends and family. Today's movies are: Muriel's Wedding from 1994 staring Toni Collette, Bill Hunter and Rachel Griffiths AND 1995's Welcome to the Dollhouse with Heather Matarazzo Hosts: Michael …
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A double feature of movies that gives us statements about the complicated bombshell, Marilyn Monroe. This episode's movies are 1996's Norma Jean & Marilyn with Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino and 2022's Blonde with Ana de Armas Hint: the 90’s one is better. Hosts: Michael Benson and Maranda Mobley. Produced and Edited by Ed Greer and Michael Benson Co…
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Maranda Introduces Michael to a triple feature of BEACH MOVIES! Two from the early 1960’s and a third one parodying it. He’s only semi-impressed though. Hosts: Michael Benson and Maranda Mobley. Produced and Edited by Ed Greer and Michael Benson Co-Produced by Stephen LeFranc Contact topnotchnonsensepod@gmail.com…
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Welcome to the Top Notch Nonsense Podcast! But what IS the Top Notch Nonsense going to be? GREAT QUESTION! We are a husband and wife movie reviewing team. (hold your gasps) THIS ISN'T JUST ANOTHER MOVIE REVIEW PODCAST. Every week we will pick a genre and have double feature introducing each other to movies they haven't seen or aren't too familiar w…
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