From Left Field

S2E11 MacGruber

An episode of From Left Field

By From Left Field
After a home run filled season one, From Left Field’s second season takes us from the baseball diamond to 30 Rock. Join us as we take a look at the 11 official SNL films. With Wendy Simmons and JJ Summers. From Left Field is produced by Down Home Creative, an Austin-based creative collective.
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After a home run filled season one, From Left Field’s second season takes us from the baseball diamond to 30 Rock. Join us as we take a look at the 11 official SNL films. With Wendy Simmons and JJ Summers. From Left Field is produced by Down Home Creative, an Austin-based creative collective.

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S3E1 A Christmas Story
Kids, guns, cold metal and warm tongues. It’s not nostalgia if the narrator won’t shut up for a second. We watched A Christmas Story, From Left Field.
November 13, 2019
S3E0 The Holiday Buffet
New hosts Ronnita Miller and Trumaine Bradley sit down with JJ and Morgan to pick out some holiday movies to watch for this season’s podcast.
November 7, 2019
S2E11 MacGruber
Greg Williams and Stefan Gill drop by to discuss attending a world premiere, the appeal of Kristen Wiig in drag, and how there will never be another Powers Booth. We watched MacGruber, cuz they made a fucking movie. MacGruber.
October 23, 2019
S2E10 The Ladies Man
Ronnita Miller and Ava Smartt stop by for a game of “Fuck, FUCK, don’t fuck” with Tim Meadows, Billy Dee Williams, and John Witherspoon. We watched The Ladies Man, and that’s disgustin’.
October 16, 2019
S2E9 Superstar
Meghan Ross and Melody Shifflet stop by to chat about rich girls, Tom Green, and which one of them is NOT going to take home a DVD copy of this week’s movie!
October 8, 2019
S2E8 A Night At The Roxbury
Kat Ramzinski and Jer Moran drop in to talk about our relationship to the film Clueless, juicy celebrity conspiracies, and what an absolute piece of trash is Jeffrey Tambor. We watched a A Night At The Roxbury, and baby, don’t hurt me, no more.
October 1, 2019
S2E7 Blues Brothers 2000
Lana Knight and Trumaine Bradley discuss departed friends, bad wigs, and what was Lil Nas X doing in 1998 when we watch Blues Brothers 2000. Buckle in, this ride is twice as long as Blues Brothers 1000!
September 24, 2019
S2E6 Stuart Saves His Family
Jon Bender and Michael Haywood visit and together we come to the breakthrough realization that not all SNL films have to be comedies, and there’s a little bit to love in Stuart Saves His Family.
September 18, 2019
S2E5 It’s Pat: The Movie
Beautiful genius Virgil Shelby stops by to discuss how everything about this movie is wrong. Wrong. WRONG! And then we try to say nice things.
September 10, 2019
S2E4 Wayne’s World 2
Kelty Dorsey and Robyn Reynolds join us to discuss our eternal disappointment upon finding out this fact: Mike Myers' original script for Wayne's World 2 had Wayne and Garth forming their own country and seceding from the US after finding an ancient scroll, in a story taken from the 1949 British comedy Passport to Pimlico. This version was well into pre-production before it came to light that the studio had no idea the script was based on a previous film and thus had not obtained the rights to Passport to Pimlico. Production was immediately halted.
September 3, 2019
S2E3 Coneheads
Malina Panovich and Dylan Garsee stop by to discuss Crystal Skull vodka, Frankenstein ER, and the creepy gaze of a prom dad.
August 27, 2019
S2E2 Wayne’s World
Ariel Greenspoon and Rob Gagnon, one of the greatest comedy duos of our time, join us to discuss another great comedy duo of yesteryear, Alice Cooper and Donna Dixon.
August 20, 2019
S2E1 The Blues Brothers
Marcia Andrea has never seen the Blues Brothers. Sam Dickenson loves the Blues Brothers. We discuss the shitty part of Chicago, how everything Dan Akroyd has ever done was supposed to include John Belushi, and throw in a little Carrie Fisher worship for good measure. If you ever thought Matt Guitar Murphy should have his own string of action films, this one’s for you.
August 13, 2019
Live From Left Field It’s Saturday Night
Wendy, JJ and Morgan meet up for the first time since Season One to discuss SNL and what it has meant to them., and to preview Season Two.
August 6, 2019
Inning Nine, Eight Men Out
Eight Men Out is a 1988 sports drama film based on Eliot Asinof's 1963 book Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. It was written and directed by John Sayles. The film is a dramatization of Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series. Much of the movie was filmed at the old Bush Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kristen Dees works with Wendy and wants to build sets for movies and stage shows. Devin Dorsey performs weekly with Sweet Lightning at Fallout Theater and was in the stageplay DoomTown.
May 29, 2019
Inning Eight, The Bad News Bears
Inning Eight, The Bad News Bears is a 1976 American sports comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. The film was followed by two sequels, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training in 1977 and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan in 1978, a short-lived 1979–80 CBS television series, and a 2005 remake. David Tejas Rodriguez is the singer for The Casualties, The Krum Bums, and Starving Wolves. John Gholson is an actor and comic book artist. He is the writer and director of UNNAMED CORPORATE SPONSOR PRESENTS VOYAGE TO THE CENTER OF THE MIDDLE, which plays June 20 & 27 at Fallout Theater in Austin.
May 21, 2019
Inning Seven, Bull Durham
Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor-league baseball experiences of writer/director Ron Shelton and depicts the players and fans of the Durham Bulls, a minor-league baseball team in Durham, North Carolina. Kim Lowery performs with Loverboy Comedy at ColdTowne Theater. Joseph Juarez performs with Salty Dish and I’m Not John.
May 15, 2019
Inning Six, The Natural
The Natural is a 1984 American sports film based on Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall.[1][2] Like the book, the film recounts the experiences of Roy Hobbs, an individual with great "natural" baseball talent, spanning the decades of Roy's career. It was the first film produced by TriStar Pictures. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Close), and it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger). Many of the baseball scenes were filmed in 1983 at War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo, New York, built in 1937 and demolished in 1988. All-High Stadium, also in Buffalo, stood in for Chicago's Wrigley Field in a key scene. Addie Alexander is an actor, a retired social worker, and a real life superhero .
May 7, 2019
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings is a 1976 sports comedy film about a team of enterprising ex-Negro League baseball players in the era of racial segregation. Loosely based upon William Brashler's novel of the same name, it starred Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor. Directed by John Badham, the movie was produced by Berry Gordy for Motown Productions and Rob Cohen for Universal Pictures, and released by Universal on July 16, 1976. The film was a box office success, grossing $33 million on a $9 million budget. Ronnita L. Miller is a member of Damn Gina (B. Iden Payne Rudy Kloptik Award for Outstanding Improv Troupe winners 2016) and appears in BETA and WE ARE both on the Issa Rae Presents YouTube Channel. Greg Williams is one of the stars of I AM TX. When he's not holding his Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice persona at bay, he is living his film life on 10. His blog about this movie can be found here:
April 30, 2019
Inning Four, MONEYBALL
Moneyball is a 2011 American sports film directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on Michael Lewis's 2003 nonfiction book of the same name, an account of the Oakland Athletics baseball team's 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane's attempts to assemble a competitive team. In the film, Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), faced with the franchise's limited budget for players, build a team of undervalued talent by taking a sophisticated sabermetric approach to scouting and analyzing players. Breanna Bietz is the writer/director of Terminator: The Musical and the host of Fuck.Marry.Kill, a live show about modern dating. Robert Segovia is host of Batch Comedy, the first Kolache based comedy show in the world.
April 23, 2019
Inning Three, A League Of Their Own
A League of Their Own is a 1992 American sports comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). Directed by Penny Marshall, the film stars Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, and Lori Petty. The screenplay was written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel from a story by Kelly Candaele and Kim Wilson. In 2012, A League of Their Own was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Meghan Ross is the host of the live talk show That Time of the Month and director of An Uncomfortable Woman. Amie Darboe is the creator and producer of the series Do Better.
April 16, 2019
FROM LEFT FIELD, INNING TWO: Major League (1989] The new owner of the Cleveland Indians, former showgirl Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton), has a sweetheart deal to move the team to Miami. But to break the lease with the city of Cleveland, ticket sales have to plummet. So Phelps hires the most incompetent players available, including near-blind pitcher Rick Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) and injury-prone catcher Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger). But her villainous tactics accidentally foster a can-do team spirit, turning the Indians into potential winners. Chiquita Smith performs as Alexandria Cage in Party World Rasslin’ Adam Serwa performs as Sweetie Tuff in Party World Rasslin’
April 9, 2019
Inning One, The Sandlot
FROM LEFT FIELD, INNING ONE - The Sandlot is a 1993 American coming of age sports comedy film co-written, directed, and narrated by David Mickey Evans which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer of 1962. Holli Cuomo is a stand up comic in Austin, Texas, and host of the live roast show You Look Like ATX. Derek Kopswa is a stand up comic in Austin, Texas, and host of the podcast Starring Ryan Gosling
April 2, 2019
Pre-game warmup: introduction/preview
Meet Wendy and JJ and find out some of the movies we won't be discussing, and some of the guests we won't be meeting.
March 28, 2019
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