Load Bearing Beams
By Roth Stokes
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A movie podcast about relationships... or a relationship podcast about movies. Married couple Laci Roth and Matt Stokes examine movies they love deeply but which the other hasn't seen or doesn't like. Together they will get to the bottom of whether or not the movies they love so much are actually good.
||Clean33. Duck Soup / Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||In an episode Laci calls, "Ace Soup" and Matt calls, "A Detective, Duck!" the Cromulent Couple once again wade into the uncertain world of comedy. Comedy is hard to discuss. You either find something funny or you don't. Case in point: Duck...||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32. Friday (Listener Choice!)||Friday (1995) is a slice-of-life comedy from the mid-nineties that has spawned a million quotes and memes repeated ad infinitum. It's one of those movies that's hard to appreciate afresh. But Matt had never seen it, and Laci hadn't seen it in a...||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31. Beavis & Butt-Head Do America / The Pick-Up Artist||Guys: things used to be weird. In 1996, Beavis & Butt-Head Do America earned $61 million at the box office. Matt loved it as a teenager, and still loves it as an adult. But it leads to perhaps the biggest divide Laci and Matt have ever...||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30. Léon: The Professional (Listener Choice!)||Listener Polliwogwannabe suggested Luc Besson's 1994 classic Léon: The Professional, a film Laci mistook for a kids movie about a cartoon mouse. Turns out she had actually seen it before, because it fits right into her mid-nineties canon of...||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29. Interview With the Vampire / The Maltese Falcon||In an episode Laci calls "The Black Bird Interviews" and that Matt calls "Vampires Of Malta," the Peerless Pair discuss 1994's vampire/journalism film Interview With the Vampire and 1941's detective/raptor movie The Maltese Falcon....||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28. The Bucket List (Listener Choice!)||A Listener joins us to talk about his Choice! Friend Of The Show Wade Hymel makes his triumphant return to LBB to discuss 2007's The Bucket List, a movie about death and the meaning of life. And that's what this episode is—a mediation on...||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27. Rocky / Welcome To the Dollhouse||In an episode Laci calls "Rocky House" but that Matt calls "Rockin' At the Dollhouse," Laci and Matt discuss the feel-good movie of all time, Rocky (1976) and the feel-bad movie of all time, Welcome To the Dollhouse (1996). What...||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26. The Goonies (Listener Choice!)||The Goonies (1985) is a movie beloved by many, but not by us. A listener suggested we watch it and reappraise it. We have many thoughts. For one, why do they even need a map when they just seem to fall down a coupla holes and land in a pirate...||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25. Ever After / X-Men||In an episode Laci calls "Ever Men" but that Matt calls "X1: X-Men Ever After," the pair discuss Ever After (1998) and X-Men (2000), two movies that, to everyone's surprise, are both pure delights! Ever After, Drew Barrymore...||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24. Jumanji (Listener Choice!)||Jumanji Fever is sweeping America—nay, the world—and Load Bearing Beams catches the fever by viewing Welcome To the Jungle's predecessor, 1995's much more somber, pensive, and scaled-down film, Jumanji. A listener selected this...||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23. Back To The Future, Part II / Empire Records||In an episode Laci calls "The Future Of the Empire" and Matt calls "Recording the Future," Load Bearing Beams examines Back To the Future, Part II (1989) and Empire Records (1995). One a huge hit, the other a giant flop...||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22. Austin Powers (Listener Choice!)||It's a super-sized Listener's Choice episode in which we cover THREE MOVIES! That's right, we watched all three Austin Powers films at the suggestion of a listener, and we dig deep into all three on this podcast. First up,...||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21. Blow / Watchmen||Back before Johnny Depp sucked, he starred in a movie called Blow (2001), the story of a mediocre, uninteresting drug dealer who can do no wrong... until he can do no right! Does this film pack the emotional punch for adult Laci that it did...||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20. The Lost Boys (Listener Choice!)||A listener suggested The Lost Boys (1987), and LBB watches and reviews it. This movie is kind of delightful and, according to Laci, is a thorough and unrelenting look at the destructiveness of heroin addiction. Matt dislikes Haim, likes...||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19. The X-Files: Fight the Future / The Boondock Saints||LBB is back for a new year! First up: It's the first X-Files movie: The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998). Matt loved this television show as a teenager and, by proxy, loved this movie. What does Laci think, having never seen it and...||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStar Wars: The Last Jedi (BONUS EPISODE)||SPOILERS for this bonus mini-episode! Matt and Laci, fresh from having seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, share their thoughts with each other. Matt's a huge Star Wars fan, Laci until had recently had never seen the original movies but is a big...||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18. How The Grinch Stole Christmas / The Empire Strikes Back||Matt is finding it very difficult to think of anything other than Star Wars two days before The Last Jedi comes out, so the gang revisits the Star Wars saga by looking at The Empire Strikes Back (1980), widely...||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17. What About Bob? / Crimes & Misdemeanors||Let's talk What About Bob: In this Frank Oz picture from 1991, Bill Murray plays Bob, and he is just so silly but you can't help but love him, the scamp! And Richard Dreyfuss is his cranky therapist who can't get his family to see how annoying...||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16. Jurassic Park III / My Girl||Laci and Matt return, if not better than ever then at least not diminished, to discuss the films Jurassic Park III (2001) and My Girl (1991). First up, it's Jurassic Park III, a movie selected by Matt because he loves...||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15. Buffy The Vampire Slayer / Citizen Kane||Buffy is a beloved TV show to many, but it doesn't mean s**t to Laci, who prefers the 1992 film [05:55] of the same name. It's the tale of a Chosen One cheerleader doing battle against the occult and being courted by 56-year-old Luke Perry. What...||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14. Napoleon Dynamite / Blade Runner||As an October hurricane heads for their house, Laci and Matt turn their attention to Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and Blade Runner (1982), a set of movies about inscrutable men and the women who can't help but love them. First, Laci...||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13. A Little Princess / Red Dawn||We welcome Sara and Steve Jones to discuss A Little Princess (1995) [02:00] and Red Dawn (1984) [29:00]. We ran the gamut of topics in this episode: guerilla warfare, survivalism, what makes us cry in movies, chimney sweeps, the...||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12B. It||It (1990) is an annoyingly-titled movie* about the bond among a group of children in the 1950s and their whimsical adventures. In other words, it's computer engineered to aggravate Matt. In our discussion of this chronicle of the Losers Club and...||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12A. 2001: A Space Odyssey||Like the home video release of 1990's It, we're splitting this episode into two VHS tapes. In cassette 1 we discuss Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), one of Matt's favorite movies ever. Laci knew nothing about it, but was...||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. All The President's Men / True Romance||Your married co-hosts debate Laci's grand unifying theory of movies. Must the movie have stakes? How big must these stakes be? (Big.) And can the stakes get bigger than they are in All the President's Men (1976) [05:52], in which the president's...||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. Drop Dead Fred / Dawn Of the Dead||Drop of the Fred with the Sickness in this spooktacular examination of childhood mental illness and mindless consumerism. That's right, it's 1991's Drop Dead Fred (Rotten Tomatoes score: 9%) and 1978's Dawn Of the Dead! ...||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09. Knowing / Clueless||What do we really know? Is the future predetermined? Are human beings really free? These questions and more are addressed and resolved in the two movie selections Load Bearing Beams, episode 9: Alex Proyas's Knowing (2009) [03:30] and...||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08. Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban / GoldenEye||LBB welcomes its first guests: romantically entangled young power couple Sam Hall and Wade Hymel. Sam and Wade join Matt and Laci to discuss their own load-bearing beam movies. Sam's selection is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of...||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07. Death Becomes Her / Spider-Man 2||More fliffity-floo! Laci presents one of the best comedies ever made about an aging stage actress who takes a de-aging potion and then gets murdered by her husband but she can't die so she sticks around and continues her feud with a rival who took the..||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06. Master & Commander / Now & Then||It's our highly-anticipated Ampersand Episode! Laci & Matt take a look at the historical seafaring epic Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) [02:55], and Laci puts aside her prejudice against blondes to embrace Paul...||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05. Beetlejuice / Films of Tim Burton||Are you ready for some whimsy? The show takes a deep dive into the films of Tim Burton after Laci picks Beetlejuice (1988) as her load-bearing beam and it leads to a sprawling conversation about how much fliffity-floo any one human being can...||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04B. The Craft||We all just want to fit in. We all know what it's like to feel like the outcast. We all accidentally summon tropical snakes with our minds. And we all miss 1996. So crank up the Our Lady Peace and join us for part B of our two-parter with "The Craft,"..||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04A. Jaws||You're gonna need bigger ears to hear this gem of a half episode! In part A of episode 4, our hosts dive in to the world of "Jaws," (1975) which is not the name of the shark but still a weird thing to identify about the story (As Laci points out, it's..||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03. Alien / The Breakfast Club||In space, no one can hear Matt and Laci scream at each other about the movie Alien (1979) [2:40]. Why are these intergalactic space travelers so blasé about their magical trip through outer space? What's up with Jonesy the cat? Will...||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02. Hook / Halloween||Like many born in the 1980s, Laci is (or was) a big fan of Steven Spielberg's "Hook" (1991) [02:35]. Matt saw it when he was four years old and is revisiting it for the first time. Does the movie hold up? Find out the answer to that and hear...||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01. Star Wars / Dirty Dancing||In the debut episode, Laci and Matt discuss the concept of load-bearing-beam movies, and then do a deep dive into their first selections. Matt chooses "Star Wars" (1977) [4:22] and Laci chooses "Dirty Dancing" (1987) [52:50]. Many important issues are..||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Really enjoyed listening to these two charming individuals. Funny, entertaining and a unique spin. Can't wait for more episodes!
Entertaining and Eye Opening
Ignorance is bliss. However the delivery in which Laci and Matt poked holes(rightfully so) in movies I thought were amazing was incredibly entertaining. I'm looking forward to future episodes.
The movie discussion podcast you never knew you needed.
I love movies. I always have. Some good, some bad, and some really bad. Listening to this show has made me realize how difficult it can be for us to understand why we like certain movies, let alone explain that to someone else. Laci and Matt take the time to really dig into their personally loved movies. They analyze what makes each so impactful, memorable, meaningful. The whole time they don’t know how the other is going to react to their movie choice. Still they put it out their hoping against hope that the movie they picked doesn’t “Blow”. (sorry I had to)
Movie puns aside this a great podcast. Matt and Laci’s dynamic and willingness to be brutally honest with each other is so refreshing and funny. Whether or not you like the movie choices or even if you disagree with their opinions you are going get a lot of laughs.
Also “Listener’s Choice”
Leon: The Professional
An amazing movie by Luc Besson about a hit man and girl from his apartment building. Fantastic fight scenes, emotional and thought provoking characters, and a great performance by Gary Oldman as a corrupt detective. It is one of my top 5 and I would love to hear what Matt and Laci have to say about it good or bad.