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The Flophouse
February 28, 2013 8:16 PM   Subscribe

The Flophouse is a podcast about contemporary bad movies hosted by The Daily Show writers Dan McCoy and Elliott Kalan and non Daily Show writer Stuart Wellington.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants (16 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

 
It's a good show. The Bratz episode is legendary.
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? at 8:20 PM on February 28, 2013


Indeed, it is a great show that I enjoy a lot.

It also has a surprisingly funny and well-behaved Facebook group, if you're into that sort of thing.

And some clever sot (i.e., me) put together a site of all the movies the hosts have recommended. A diverse and robust set of tastes, to be sure.
posted by iwhitney at 8:33 PM on February 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


I completly forgot to link to the wiki their fans have made.

I tried listening to How Did It Get Made, but The Flophouse seem much more knowledgeable and funnier.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 8:34 PM on February 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


This podcast has the best riffs on bad movies, bar none. Nothing else I listen to is so consistently funny. I recommend consuming the archives at a slow pace, they don't put these out often. Elliot Kalan is one of the best podcasters alive and he could read EVE online patch notes while somehow remaining hilarious and insightful.
posted by tehloki at 8:35 PM on February 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ooh. They have a Rock of Ages episode. What the fuck was up with that giganto mess?
posted by Artw at 9:50 PM on February 28, 2013


Blogspot? Really?
posted by bardic at 9:57 PM on February 28, 2013


I actually used to pretty well like How Did This Get Made? but the more I listened the more it seemed like every episode just ended up being a chaotic mess of people laughing and yelling back and forth at each other. Which is fun sometimes. But I think I realized that what I liked most about it was them describing the movie itself, and not necessarily their commentary on it.

I think HDTGM ultimately is more of an observational podcast ('why the hell did she do that instead of this?')... half of which is spent trying to get all of the members present up to speed on what even happened. That's not a bad thing, but it sort of lost my interest enough that I haven't listened in a while. I've been looking for something to fill the gap and this sort of thoughtful conversational/informational/riffing thing the Flophouse has going on might be more what I'm looking for.

Thanks so much for posting!
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 10:18 PM on February 28, 2013 [5 favorites]


I'm also appreciating that they wrap up with a discussion of whether they rate the movie as a 'good bad movie' or a 'bad bad movie', because there is a world of a difference, and that is useful information for potential moviewatchers. I love bad movies, but bad bad movies are the worst.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 11:07 PM on February 28, 2013 [4 favorites]


It's weird, I lost interest in How Did This Get Made too. Yet Bad Movie Podcast, which is just two guys laughing at horrible movies they saw, is in frequent rotation on my player. I'll give this one a shot though, thanks!
posted by JHarris at 11:43 PM on February 28, 2013


And some clever sot (i.e., me) put together a site of all the movies the hosts have recommended. A diverse and robust set of tastes, to be sure.

Page 2: Star Wars (Episode IV, A New Hope)

I'll have to check that flick out some time.
posted by ShutterBun at 1:21 AM on March 1, 2013


I love the Flophouse - it's one of my appointment listening podcasts I fire-up within 24 hours of release. Most other podcasts I listen to I save for the gym, commuting, doing chores, or whatever, but the Flophouse usually warrants an adult beverage and a good sit.

The riffing and the asides are really top quality. The Ziggy Pitch, the Porthole of Time, Seven Pounds, and so on were born of them taking a throwaway idea or misspoken word and just running with it. You can see from my commenting history here that I really like the left turn into weirdness and the Original Peaches do that constantly.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:52 AM on March 1, 2013


I also listen to How Did This Get Made, but find Flophouse much more enjoyable. I agree with the "people shouting over each other" and "spend a lot of time explaining the movie to each other" aspects of HDTGM mentioned above. Some of this is based in their format - they watch the movies separately and then come together to discuss. So when they meet, they have bullet points and unanswered questions they need to get off their chest. The Flophouse watches the movie together and then records. I also think the addition of the 4th person, the guest, also hinders the show a bit as they can really spin the group dynamic off. The Flophouse has guests too when Elliot or Stuart are away, but the fill ins tend to be people well known to the hosts so integrate much better.

What really gets me, though, is the sort of declawed cattiness of HDTGM - as working actors, the hosts don't want to piss on anyone they might work with in the future, but are happy to dump on those who they won't have to worry about. This puts the tone of the show all over the place. It's still a funny podcast, though, but for the 'we watched a bad movie' aspect, it's really a different beast than the Flophouse.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:52 AM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the podcast suggestion, Charlemagne! I'll have to add it to my feeds when I've got some free listenin' time.

The thing that lost me on HDTGM was how frequently Scheer and co. would fall back on their "OMGWTF U GUYS THIS MOVIE DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE" tagline as a crutch, instead of actually trying to meet the movies halfway and make some insightful observations. These sorts of things have to be studied and analyzed scientifically, preferably by a guy and two robots in outer space.
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:03 AM on March 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


If anyone else is confused by the fact that typing "Flophouse" into iTunes (or more specifically the iOS podcast app) finds you nothing...the podcast (and the blog) are actually called "Flop House." I have no idea what possessed the OP to change this.
posted by trackofalljades at 5:59 AM on March 2, 2013


I'm going through this backwards, and in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine episode they basically predict X-Men: First Class with their idea about a 60s X-Men movie with elements of Mad Men.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 9:31 PM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is really good. Thanks for posting it, I am working my way through the whole thing.
posted by jonbro at 11:27 AM on March 17, 2013


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