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Feb 26, 2021

On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are celebrating our very first b-movie bonus episode of the year with a… Well, not a paragon of ‘90s action goodness, per se. More of a middling example of guns going pew-pew in a movie. It’s the Keenen Ivory Wayans film from 1994, A Low Down Dirty Shame.

Not only is this our first b-movie bonus episode, it’s our first four person “roundtable” show. This time, we’re joined by returning guest Johnny SoCal and first-time guest Greg Vander Velde. We’re thrilled to have them both on.

This film is a good example of the sort of generic action movie that was produced during most of the ‘90s. Many of them feel like they were stamped out of a giant roll of films by a large cookie cutter. They’ve got many of the same qualities:

  • An entire small nation’s supply of bullets shot at every single character,
  • Troublesome objectification of women (who can still give as good as they take),
  • An antagonist that you’re going to struggle to remember even before the end credits start rolling, and
  • Production quality that’s, well, it’s fine. It’s just fine.

On the plus side, this one has the distinction of hardly having a single white person in the entire cast. That’s a welcome change, and was unfortunately novel back when it was made. I mean, I love me some Terminator 2, Speed, and Mission: Impossible, but diversity was not really a hallmark of this era.

This one is a b-movie for a reason, though. We’ll give it this: it’s got a hell of a lot of heart. It’s apparent that every single actor wanted to make this a great film, and that helps immensely. Where the story may falter, the enthusiasm of its creators makes up for its shortcomings. Keenen Ivory Wayans plays it cool, Salli Richardson-Whitfield keeps you guessing, and Jada Pinkett Smith is just a straight-up bad-ass.

A b-movie it may be, but it’s a worthy addition to our catalog.

(Recorded on January 11, 2021)

Links to Stuff We Mentioned:

A Low Down Dirty Shame - IMDb

A Low Down Dirty Shame trailer - YouTube

Avatar: The Last Airbender - IMDb

The Legend of Korra - IMDb

A Brief History of Nickelodeon Slime | NickRewind - YouTube

Keenen Ivory Wayans - IMDb

Lethal Weapon - IMDb

Lethal Weapon 4 - IMDb

Jada Pinkett Smith - IMDb

Michael Bay - IMDb

Jurassic Park - IMDb

Eat Pray Love - IMDb

Hero's journey - Wikipedia

Catwoman - IMDb

Halle Berry - IMDb

Gotham - IMDb

(Jada Pinkett Smith did not, in fact, star as Selina Kyle in this show. Sean could not have been more confidently wrong in this episode.)

The Matrix Reloaded - IMDb

Léon: The Professional - IMDb

Samuel L. Jackson - IMDb

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - IMDb

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - IMDb

Parks and Recreation - IMDb

The Office - IMDb

Schindler's List - IMDb

Life Is Beautiful - IMDb

The Lion King - IMDb

Forrest Gump - IMDb

True Lies - IMDb

The Mask - IMDb

Speed - IMDb

The Flintstones - IMDb

Dumb and Dumber - IMDb

Four Weddings and a Funeral - IMDb

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles - IMDb

Clear and Present Danger - IMDb

Speed 2: Cruise Control - IMDb

Willem Dafoe - IMDb

Doctor Who - IMDb

Eimanne El Zein

The Room - IMDb

Rubber - IMDb

Paranormal Activity - IMDb

Friendster - Wikipedia

ICQ - Wikipedia

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