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Episode #124 - The Star Wars Holiday Special

December 17th, 2015

It's that magical time of year again. The time when we gather with our loved ones and dress in our finest red robes. The time when we get out our glowing orbs and stand next to a giant tree while Carrie Fischer sings to us about loving one another. The time when Rawwrraawrrrwarrrrrrrrr. It's Life Day! In the most embarrassing moment in George Lucas' career (somehow more embarrassing than Darth Vader yelling "Nooooooooo"), the Star Wars Holiday Special finds Han and Chewie trying to make it back to the Wookie home world of Kashyyyk in time to celebrate Life Day with Chewbacca's family. They're slowed up by a sudden attack of stock footage, leaving Chewie's father(?), wife(??) and son(???) to worry that he won't make it. After passing some time watching cooking shows and Jefferson Starship music videos, their house is ransacked by Imperial officers looking for any sign of rebel activity. Will Han get Chewie back to Kashyyyyyyyyyk in time to stop the Imperials and celebrate Life Day with his family? Who cares! Just show us more Bea Arthur singing in a Cantina, and we'll be sure to have ourselves a Merry Christmas. Grab your thingamajigs, whip up some "Bantha Surprise", and join us as we make things by hand... solo, with the Star Wars Holiday Special! With special guest Farah Jadran!

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Episode #123 - Pay the Ghost

December 3rd, 2015

We just can't get enough Nicolas Cage here at Stop the Movie, which is why we couldn't wait to sink our claws into 2015's Pay the Ghost! This straight-to-DVD clunker stars Cage as a professor whose quest for tenure has caused him to put his family on the back-burner. His wife and son are constantly dealing with his broken promises, which come to a head on Halloween night, when he fails to help his son Charlie carve a jack-o-lantern. When he brings him to a Halloween carnival to make it up to him, Charlie suddenly vanishes. When NYPD's least helpful police officers fail to do anything for him, Cage goes on a year-long quest to figure out what happened to his son. The answer: ghosts. Ghosts happened. Charlie is taken by a vengeful spirit who kidnaps three children every year as payback for what happened to her own kids three hundred years ago. Apparently Nicolas Cage is the only person in those three hundred years to actually do anything about it. Will he find Charlie while he still can? Will the police help him at all? Do ghosts charge interest? Grab your cowboy costume, paint on an eyepatch, and join us as we burn Pay the Ghost at the stake! With special guests Nick Newert and Kathleen Shockey!

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