Ep. 04-14: Carrie (1976)

In this superior adaptation of Stephen King’s classic first horror novel, withdrawn and sensitive teen Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) faces taunting from classmates at school and abuse from her fanatically pious mother (Piper Laurie). Strange occurrences happen around Carrie, and she suspects she has supernatural powers. Invited to the prom by the empathetic Tommy Ross (William Katt), Carrie tries to let her guard down, but with a practical joke gone awry, things eventually take a dark and violent turn.

Episode 14 CARRIE

Happy Holidays and welcome to the first of three classic Stephen King movies in a row! Carrie (1976) is not only based on the first King novel ever published, but it is the first adaption of any of his work. Join us as we discuss the classic cast, Brian DePalma’s superb Hitchcockian directing, and the King-agreed summation that this film is actually better than the novel. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys journeys back to our nation’s bicentennial to attend an ill-fated prom where murderous vengeance is unleashed from the most unlikely of suspects.

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Ep. 04-13: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The saga continues in this sequel to the incredibly popular Star Wars. Imperial forces and its AT-AT walkers attack the rebel alliance, including Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), on the ice planet Hoth. While Han and Leia escape in the Millennium Falcon, Luke travels to Dagobah in search of Yoda. Only with the Jedi master’s help will Luke survive when the dark side of the Force beckons him into the ultimate duel with Darth Vader (David Prowse) who he learns is… [SPOILER!]

Episode 13 The Empire Strikes Back

Welcome to what many consider one of the best sequels ever made. Join us as we reminisce about when Star Wars only had two entries and a lot less baggage. We discuss George Lucas successfully handing the directing and writing reigns over to the wonderfully talented team of Irvin Kershner and Lawrence Kasdan, the addition of Yoda and the Emperor to the mix, the weirdness of THAT KISS, and, of course, the excruciating cliffhanger of an ending! Listen as Johnny Has the Keys travels to a galaxy far, far away, where the ultimate battle of good versus evil begins once again.

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Ep. 04-12: Ready Player One (2018)

In 2045, the earth is in chaos and collapse, but people find salvation in the OASIS: an expansive virtual reality universe created by eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he wills his immense fortune to the first person to discover a digital Easter egg that’s hidden somewhere in the OASIS. Wade Watts joins the contest and becomes an unlikely hero in a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical world of mystery, discovery, and danger.

Episode 12 Ready Player One

We’re back in Spielberg country… in a virtual reality grab-bag of pop and video game culture. Join us as we discuss this ambitious, yet flawed, project from the legendary director, its cast, script, and state-of-the-art special effects. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys enters the OASIS, where infinite references are housed… pop culture, movies, games, and all—an overwhelming world where character development is often sacrificed for spectacle.

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Note: Ready Player One references an insane amount of pop culture. Therefore, any keys below are more thematic to the film itself, as opposed to an infinite list of cute cameos!

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Ep. 04-11: The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

While investigating the murder of a family, a sheriff is puzzled by the discovery of a body buried in the basement. He brings the preserved corpse of “Jane Doe” to the coroner, Tommy Tilden (Brian Cox), and requests to have answers by morning. Tommy’s son and assistant, Austin (Emile Hirsch), stays to assist his father in the autopsy. During the stormy night, father and son uncover weird and creepy secrets they never would have anticipated.

Episode 11 The Autopsy of Jane Doe

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) is one of those small films that you cannot help but root for. With an excellent cast, a slightly underdeveloped script, and masterful directing, it’s not a perfect movie, but well worth watching. Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of this unique film, its humble beginnings, and the further success of talented director Andre Ovredal. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys descends into the morgue where sinister secrets are revealed and that sound of footsteps dragging down dark, empty hallways may not be your imagination.

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