Just What is Apex Mountain: Rewatchables discussion thread

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I'm watching Eyes Wide Shut for the first time in preparation for the pod.

This is the worst Christmas movie I've ever seen.
It's a terrible Christmas movie but a genuinely really good movie and it's aged well (as someone who was obsessed with Epstein starting in like 2005, this movie has always resonated with me).

Mal quoting the horniest line said by Kidman is *chef's kiss*. It's hilarious (and obvious) and that Bill and Sean are like "what the actual fuck?"
 

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It's a terrible Christmas movie but a genuinely really good movie and it's aged well (as someone who was obsessed with Epstein starting in like 2005, this movie has always resonated with me).

Mal quoting the horniest line said by Kidman is *chef's kiss*. It's hilarious (and obvious) and that Bill and Sean are like "what the actual fuck?"
Yeah, I watched this randomly about six months ago and thought it was significantly better than I remembered (I don't think I'd seen it since I saw it in the theater). I think I actually fired it up because Todd Field is in it and I had just seen Tar.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Juliet Litman, and Amanda Dobbins take a ride to the Upper East Side in their 1956 Jaguar Roadster to rewatch the 1999 thriller ‘Cruel Intentions,’ starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair.
 

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Eyes Wide Shut and Cruel Intentions were originally done for Luminary as part of the Rewatchables '99 project, so they might be using those episodes as filler once the NBA/NFL kicks off in the fall. Remaining eps from Rewatchables '99:

Magnolia
For Love of the Game
Never Been Kissed
Election
American Pie
Big Daddy
Notting Hill
The Insider
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Office Space
The Sixth Sense
The Matrix

They also did a 1999 in review episode where they did quick hits on other major films from that year.
 

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Eyes Wide Shut and Cruel Intentions were originally done for Luminary as part of the Rewatchables '99 project, so they might be using those episodes as filler once the NBA/NFL kicks off in the fall.
Simmons did an intro that said as much. Not so much to get to NBA/NFL but to cover his "vacation" time. His regular pod just started back up after a hiatus, so I assume new Rewatchables aren't too far off.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Juliet Litman, and Amanda Dobbins take a ride to the Upper East Side in their 1956 Jaguar Roadster to rewatch the 1999 thriller ‘Cruel Intentions,’ starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair.
Simmons saying that Cruel Intentions was Sarah Michelle Gellar's apex mountain over Buffy is certainly a take.

I did enjoy the pushback he got from Litman and Dobbins everytime he veered into giving praise to Ryan Phillippe. That was funny to me.
 

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Apex Mountain is supposed to represent what's happening in the person's entire career, so he would have linked "Cruel Intentions" with Buffy to declare '99 the Sarah Michelle Gellar apex. He was linking them, not picking one over the other.

Related - yet another reason it's a dumb category.
 

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I listened to the Vacation and My Cousin Vinny episodes while mowing the lawn yesterday. They were both delightful. This pod still entertains the hell outta me.
 

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I need them to do ‘Christmas Vacation.’ I have to think it’s coming eventually.
“Are we sure Christmas Vacation a Christmas movie?” -Bill Simmons probably

I hadn’t seen Cruel Intentions in years but re-watched it for this. What an incredible time capsule and a great “so bad it’s good” movie. It’s such a demented premise but I still love it
 

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You know what did not age well in that pod recorded in 2019? Simmons' speculation about Phillipe's character's sexuality in the film. ("Antagonism towards women", "close to his gay friend", "he kept a diary!")

Actually, it was rotten as soon as it left his mouth.
 

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I got the impression that Christmas Vacation may be coming in December. Christmas movie month? Elf. A Christmas Story. Re-Die Hard. Plenty of options.
Yeah - I believe Bill said they were doing Christmas Vacation this December during the Vacation pod.
 

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“Are we sure Christmas Vacation a Christmas movie?” -Bill Simmons probably
He's only said that Christmas Vacation is the best Christmas movie ever about a hundred times on the Pod. Maybe we can stick to his actual shitty takes (which he has a lot of, as much as I love the Rewatchables) and not invent shitty ones he's not going to make.

Edit: It's my favorite Christmas Movie too and it's not even close, and he has said it is coming on the Pod this Christmas.
 

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It was just a joke based on his inane Home Alone take. I’m also surprised it hasn’t been done yet. It’s my favorite too

I do wish they did more theme months and that they were more coherent. Most of the time the selections are picked at random. Why was John Wick 2 done first and still the only one? Could they do theme months based on actors or directors or at least a better theme than “fucked up family”?

Also for the millionth time TELL US THE CHOICE BEFORE THE WEEKEND
 

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You know what did not age well in that pod recorded in 2019? Simmons' speculation about Phillipe's character's sexuality in the film. ("Antagonism towards women", "close to his gay friend", "he kept a diary!")

Actually, it was rotten as soon as it left his mouth.
Lol at the diary comment. He has some sense of what the movie was based on, right?
 

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You know what did not age well in that pod recorded in 2019? Simmons' speculation about Phillipe's character's sexuality in the film. ("Antagonism towards women", "close to his gay friend", "he kept a diary!")

Actually, it was rotten as soon as it left his mouth.
He has a lot of these moments. I would say this though -- until about 2022 or so, Simmons would sometimes self correct on a shitty Neanderthal take in a way that gave off a "wait, I'm not supposed to say that vibe." I think more recently when these issues come up, he sounds a bit more genuine in his attempts, such as they are, to actually try to be a better person despite some of his impulses. This could all be imagination, but, anyway, that's the vibe I get from the guy -- which is not that dissimilar to the vibe that I get from a lot guys watching their daughters turn into teenagers and finally waking up and having a bit of an epiphany about what the world holds in store for them.
 

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The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan and Bill's dad revisit the 2014 action-thriller ‘The Equalizer,' starring Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, and Chloë Grace Moretz.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Amanda Dobbins head down to the hotel bar at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo to rewatch Sofia Coppola’s ‘Lost In Translation,’ starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johannson, and Giovanni Ribisi.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan are doing the time, the time isn’t doing them. In the ultimate “One for Them,” the guys rewatch Micahel Mann’s 2015 film ‘Blackhat,’ starring Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, and Viola Davis.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, Sean Fennessey, and Van Lathan would rather be feared than loved after rewatching Robert De Niro’s directorial debut film, ‘A Bronx Tale,’ starring Chazz Palminteri, De Niro, and Lillo Brancato Jr.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Sean Fennessey spend the weekend in South Carolina to reminisce about college, listen to their favorite records, and rewatch Lawrence Kasdan’s comedy-drama ‘The Big Chill,’ with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Tom Berenger, William Hurt, Jeff Goldblum, Mary Kay Place, and JoBeth Williams.
 

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Listened to the last two because they're both movies I've seen though I wouldn't have ever considered either of them to really be "rewatchables" -- they're fine but forgettable (and I remember the Big Chill as corny, middlebrow boomer navel-gazing). The Bronx Tale episode didn't really make me particularly want to rewatch. Big Chill episode kind of made me want to give it another look at some point. Not sure if I'll ever get around to it.
 

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Looks like it's gonna be They Live! today, which should be amazing. I've got in on in preparation.
 

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Listened to the Dumb and Dumber one the other day. I am a BS apologist, but holy shit, he was so condescending to Jennifer Lawrence. He asked her if she knew who John Hughes was. She knew Dumb and Dumber inside and out (way better than him) and wouldn't let her speak. She was very clearly annoyed most of the time and sniped back a couple of times. He of course, didn't realize what she was doing.
 

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Listened to the Dumb and Dumber one the other day. I am a BS apologist, but holy shit, he was so condescending to Jennifer Lawrence. He asked her if she knew who John Hughes was. She knew Dumb and Dumber inside and out (way better than him) and wouldn't let her speak. She was very clearly annoyed most of the time and sniped back a couple of times. He of course, didn't realize what she was doing.
His worse moment in that is when he brought up the possibility of a remake and he said something like he could see her in the Lauren Holly role, and she countered that she would play Harry (or maybe Lloyd, I forget). Because she's a woman and he has a limited imagination, it never occurred to Simmons that an A-Lister like Lawrence would only participate in a remake if she were cast as one of the two leads. (Not to mention that she was there to promote her new comedy, in which she played the leading role!)
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Kyle Brandt sneak down to the basement for a shot of mouthwash before rewatching the 1991 action film ‘Toy Soldiers,’ starring Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, and Louis Gossett Jr.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Kyle Brandt sneak down to the basement for a shot of mouthwash before rewatching the 1991 action film ‘Toy Soldiers,’ starring Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, and Louis Gossett Jr.
I'm glad I live in a somewhat small town, because I was smirking and/or legit laughing listening to this podcast during my walk yesterday. I cant imagine anyone who knows the movie would listen to this pod and not enjoy the hell out of it.
 

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I almost swerved off the road.

Top tier, indeed.

EDIT: To actually add something to the conversation, I really enjoy the episodes with Kyle Brandt. I think Bill has him on just enough - if they covered more action movies together, I think it'd end up getting stale pretty quickly.
 

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I almost swerved off the road.

Top tier, indeed.

EDIT: To actually add something to the conversation, I really enjoy the episodes with Kyle Brandt. I think Bill has him on just enough - if they covered more action movies together, I think it'd end up getting stale pretty quickly.
Kyle Brandt is on TV every day. I think it would take a lot to get stale. He's hilarious on the RW and on Good Morning Football.
 

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Kyle Brandt is on TV every day. I think it would take a lot to get stale. He's hilarious on the RW and on Good Morning Football.
I get that. I'm just likening the pods with Brandt to junk food - I love it, but I don't want to eat it every day.

I love silly action movies. But I don't want to hear about them all the time.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Sean Fennessey obey, conform, and consume John Carpenter’s 1988 science fiction action-horror film ‘They Live’ starring Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Sean Fennessey obey, conform, and consume John Carpenter’s 1988 science fiction action-horror film ‘They Live’ starring Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster.
They Live is a great choice but they didn't include Rowdy Roddy Superfan Cousin Sal?? Terrible job.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Sean Fennessey head to San Francisco for a night of slam poetry with Charlie Mackenzie as they revisit the 1993 comedy ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer,’ starring Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, and Anthony LaPaglia.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Sean Fennessey head to San Francisco for a night of slam poetry with Charlie Mackenzie as they revisit the 1993 comedy ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer,’ starring Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, and Anthony LaPaglia.
Haven't listened yet, but bracing myself for Bill recasting Michelle Pfeiffer as Mike Myers' mom.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan have a rendezvous with death after rewatching the 1993 political thriller ‘In the Line of Fire,’ starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, and Rene Russo.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan recorded this podcast just for Damien. It’s all for you, Damien! It’s time for Richard Donner’s 1976 horror film, ‘The Omen’—starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, and Harvey Spencer Stephens.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Van Lathan steal from the rich and pod for the poor as they kick off “Wait, this movie made HOW much money?” month with a rewatch of ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,’ starring Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Alan Rickman, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
 

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“A Slate.com piece about Foley’s tactics” is a good line.

RE: Officer and a Gentleman

edit: I’m back, 43 minutes in. This is an all timer.
 
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After five to six years of podcasting, The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Amanda Dobbins head to podcast therapy to reignite their stagnating love of podcasts. To keep the spark alive in "Wait, This Movie Made HOW Much Money?" Month, they rewatch the 2005 action-comedy ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith,’ starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
 

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In my mind I remembered that movie being something of a flop that was driven only by the tabloid controversies surrounding it. Had no idea it made close to $500 million.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Sean Fennessey continue “Wait, That Movie Made HOW Much Money?” Month by rewatching a movie as good as apple pie: the 1999 hit comedy ‘American Pie,' starring Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott.
 

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Sean Fennessey continue “Wait, That Movie Made HOW Much Money?” Month by rewatching a movie as good as apple pie: the 1999 hit comedy ‘American Pie,' starring Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott.
Unfortunately, it's a re-run. Simmons has Covìd.
 

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I had not heard it. I think it initially came out as a part of that 1999 series that wasn't on the main feed (or maybe you had to pay extra for). Halfway through and it's a fun listen.
 

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I had not heard it. I think it initially came out as a part of that 1999 series that wasn't on the main feed (or maybe you had to pay extra for). Halfway through and it's a fun listen.
Yeah, Rewatchables 99 on Luminary. They're not on the main feed, but they're out there on the Internet. I'm sure the plan is to scatter them back in here and there to cover vacations or illnesses like here.