Tenacious D In The Pick of Destiny – Abominations In Technicolor

Tenacious D In The Pick of Destiny – Abominations In Technicolor


hello everybody and welcome back to
another edition of abominations in
technicolor the podcast to review the
overlooked underrated and critically
panned films of the past in a new light
a little bit later on this episode we’ll
be reviewing Tenacious D in the Pick of
Destiny really looking forward to that
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how’s it going Adam oh it’s going good
it’s going good
I’m excited for another week we’ve got a
tasty one on the agenda today so when my
all-time favorite music groups if if you
can even define them in any with words
so I’m excited about this one for sure
yeah it’s been a while since I’ve
watched it one of the the true gems from
the mid-2000s is definitely Tenacious D
in the Pick of Destiny let’s not put any
more at the top of this show let’s just
sort of get right into it so this is our
review of Tenacious D in the Pick of
Destiny prepare yourselves for the
motion picture experience of the century
gracious dudes
on an epic quest to become the greatest
band of all time but first they must
find the greatest band on earth
baby
and child gasps
of Destiny give me a power slide full
throttle I feel really good how did it
look amazing about whether this was
amazingly bad or not right oh man
yeah Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny
this is 2006 yeah you know if we covered
oh six yet I don’t know if we have or
not but uh I don’t think so but this
year or in 2006 that year they did 8.3
million domestically in 13.9 worldwide
one of the lowest ones that we’ve
covered on the podcast but yeah budget
twenty million the loss they lost oh yes
it’s not good it was the one hundred and
sixtieth highest grossing film of 2001
of those statistics where you know when
it’s in like the top ten its it’s fun to
put it on there like it’s impressive
like Indiana Jones was the Kingdom of
the Crystal Skull was the third highest
grossing film of that year and not of
206 but but the I wanted to see that
hundred I just wanted to say a hundred
and sixtieth like it was funny
other notable releases though of O six
Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s
Chest
now do the museum cars x-men The Last
Stand The Da Vinci Code and Superman
Returns
so apparently 2006 was like a total shit
year for movies well I didn’t I I did
look up what came out the weekend that
the Pick of Destiny came out and it was
casino
Royalle okay that’s decent and happy fee
I think what this came out like
Thanksgiving week Happy Feet I think was
the next one on the list down from
Superman Returns actually it’s like okay
you feet and then ice MIT ice age that
maybe ice age too if I recall and the
departed came out that year too oh
that’s bright as far as the top grossing
box-office movies go like you know I’m
not getting excited about any of those
really cars I think made it pretty good
and you know big splash when that came
out it was mm-hmm it was all the rage
but right but uh back to Tenacious D in
the Pick of Destiny Rotten Tomatoes has
a tomato meter of 53 percent which is
which is a rotten I you know an a rotten
logo buy it audience score though is 67
so much like some of our previous
reviews we’ve got higher audience score
yeah I mean I’d say we’re we’re in in
favor of it we’re in that that greater
than 50 percent directed by Liam Lynch
so we’ll talk about Liam Lynch in the
relationship he has with the band and
previous previous workings that they’ve
done in the past prior to this movie
coming out but what is your your memory
or your first experiences with tenacious
d do you recall it have to be their
their first album
but as far as like Jack Black
I recall sort of the first time I ever
saw him in a movie
and I may have already have like heard
the music and stuff like that but rerum
I remember watching I still know you did
last summer oh man and he’s in that
movie yeah he’s like one of the
employees on the island
yeah yeah yeah it doesn’t like drive the
boat or something like that that yeah
he’s like one too it he’s kind of like
one of the like maintenance guys or some
gadget app but yeah I mean it I don’t
know
Jack Black to me he didn’t really get
that popular until like when I really
started to recognize him was when that
first tenacious d album came out and
then he started popping up in more and
more movies like in the 90s he was
always kind of like a supporting
character rarity pretty small roles but
it was when they released when Tenacious
D released that Wonder Boy music video
that that sort of like cemented in my
pop culture brain right this is who this
guy is
yeah so how about cable guy yes yeah
being being the best friend and cable
guy yes there and he’s the one that gets
a stepped on one of my favorite things
about the cable guy was at the end kg is
watching TV at the very end and they’re
showing the news story right of chip
Douglas or Ricky Ricardo Larry Tate like
yeah take your pick
the kgs watching TV and shuts off the TV
at the end of the movie like so you get
tenacious d in the Cable Guy which yeah
pretty cool not together obviously but
but uh you know and then Shallow Hal
they’re both in that movie as well but
uh and that was after but you can see
the impact to your point of what the
music and and Jack Black’s rise to fame
really kind of gained them a lot of
exposure and a lot of opportunity to get
both of them out there together but they
were in biodome performing kind of in
the background too
outside of the biodome there’s all these
hippies outside that are like trying to
support what’s going on in the IO dome
and and I think the the two guys is as
Steven Baldwin is Steven I think it’s
Steven Baldwin and Pauly Shore inside
and their girlfriends are outside
sitting on blankets and meanwhile
Tenacious D is like performing in the
grassy area or whatever outside and that
I don’t remember just I remember totally
overlooking that and then after finding
and being a fan of tenacious d like
finding out that they were there and
going back and watching it and like oh
that’s so cool how’d I miss that you
know but Ryan you got to be you know you
miss stuff like that if you don’t know
but uh by the way biodome has a four
percent Rotten Tomatoes score I just
wanted to plug that in there that’s a D
that was the movie that like killed
Pauly Shores career after that like he
wasn’t really in much I don’t know but
uh for me I remember like sometime but
like the summer before of between eighth
and ninth grade
I discovered the first album and and and
there were tracks even of live
performances and tracks that were audio
versions of the songs from the HBO
series that were downloadable you know
on your your whatever LimeWire cuz I or
I don’t I think it was just post Napster
I believe I don’t think it was Napster
anymore they had gone through that
situation I believe so but I just
listened the shit out of those songs man
I loved them I loved music and comedy
combined I always have
you know some of my favorite stand-up
comedians incorporate music into their
comedy you know like a Zach Galifianakis
and yeah I know it’s great so I’ve
always loved Tenacious D and what they
do and the idea of it and that HBO
series is so good like anyone that
hasn’t watched that needs to watch it
there’s so much like rolling over
laughing it’s so funny and I don’t even
know today if you could do it again like
is being played on HBO no it was really
raunchy this would be like something
they’d air at like 2:00 a.m. problems
nowadays at least and it brought maybe
it was on pretty late back then but
especially when you get into the I have
the DVD of the complete master works and
it’s got the music of the first album on
one disc and it’s got the DVD of the
show and all the bonus features and
there’s a lot of good shorts on the
bonus features and that stuff gets
really raunchy so anybody that hasn’t
checked those things out I would
strongly encourage like I feel like I
need to do like an introduction to that
like the guy from the open mic night
like right but yeah I remember everyone
talking about Tenacious D in ninth grade
like getting into high school and like
finding out how you heard Tenacious D
like you know everyone’s everyone’s was
all about like fhg like effort gently
and and tribute and wonderboy like you
said but yeah I really liked some of the
the other tracks on there you know I
mean they’re all good mm-hmm and and I
think a lot of people really like the
skits to like like will
about one of them later got like the
drive-through or you ate my schnitzel
like karate was a karate schnitzel you
know like there’s so many great ones on
there yeah but let’s get back to kind of
the Pick of Destiny do you want to give
us a rundown what this movies even about
yeah so basically it’s I sort of view
this movie and it’s almost like an
origin story of the band in a way yeah
so you know so the movie starts out and
it was at Kickapoo Missouri right with
young JB and he’s sort of yeah house
this is dad yeah they say a long-ass
fucking time ago right
in a town called Kickapoo right yeah so
yeah it’s basically about how these two
guys come together and form this
friendship and it sort of leads them on
this quest to find the Pick of Destiny
which is this like ancient sort of
artifact which was created off of
Satan’s broken tooth which should give
them power to write a masterful song so
they grow in a contest to pay their rent
so that’s pretty much the basis of this
movie yeah so it’s basically them just
forming their friendship the first half
and then the second half of this movie
is really them just going out to the the
rocket and Roll History Museum and
trying to steal the Pick of Destiny so
they can pay the rent right yeah very
simple plot it is yeah helps it develops
quite slowly though yeah yeah
it’s like a you know one step at a time
they have to just kind of inch their way
to the goal right and I love the
beginning because you almost get like
not a montage but you get a sequence of
different training sessions with jb and
kg right and i
I guess like I love the way that I
almost feel like these guys maybe wrote
a bunch of songs like I don’t know if
they wrote the songs and they probably
cater the songs to the stage of the
journey that they’re in but yeah some of
them are just kind of like you can I
love the way that you can listen to the
album in audio form and it like
re-experience the movie and there’s
there’s some of it that requires the
visual a little bit but for the most
part I feel like they’re very cohesive
and it allows you to like in your head
you can you can playback the imagery in
your mind while you listen to the songs
in audio form so it’s a successful
musical in that respect I feel like I
think they did a good job of not just
being like a a movie with the soundtrack
that the artist wrote like like a good
buddy ja Rule in the Fast and Furious
episode that we discussed he was on five
or six tracks but this one is a you know
you could classify it as a true like
musical you can yeah the music is
driving the narrative of the film so
yeah you could call it a musical and I
have a copy of the album on vinyl which
you you know ever so generously gifted
to me just to just to give you guys a
rundown of this sort of a recap of the
tracks and in how they incorporate into
the story you’ve got Kickapoo like you
mentioned that kicks off the movie no
pun intended clásico which is our song
at the beach where Kyle just Wow is JB
baby which is a nice one destiny which i
think is just a transitional thing that
they play maybe during the opening
sequence or something or at one of the
title
yeah that like one of the but not the
title card but the the check additional
ones like they must pay either ran
alright yeah something like that history
of tenacious see the government totally
sucks which did not make the movie no at
least but it’s on the soundtrack master
exploder the divided Papa Ganu he’s my
sassafras and then you’ve got dude I
totally miss you breakin city stormed
the gate car chase City Beelzebul the
final showdown the Pick of Destiny or
pod and then the metal so the metal in
the government totally sucks I think the
metal is on during the the final credits
after the Pick of Destiny okay if I
recall but the government totally sucks
isn’t in there in not that and I it it
doesn’t pertain to the story I feel like
it’s just kind of like yeah in there
it’s like almost like you could put it
on like a limited edition the last track
or something but yeah but I love the at
least the first half of the movie you
know I think you’ve you kind of have it
in two parts you’ve got them coming
together in the origin story and and
ever the training and everything and
then I feel like all the stuff with the
pic and the Rock and Roll History Museum
is all kind of Ceph like the second act
almost so I don’t know if I’d even call
it 3x you kind of have the the breakup
of the band and coming back together in
the middle that maybe could be your
second act I guess if you want but right
but I I love the the way you can
relisting to the the album and relive
the movie it’s great yeah it it doesn’t
happen often where you can listen to an
album from a movie or a musical I mean
it all depends I guess on how
the musical is but like I can almost
just listen to this album and not even
sort of acknowledge the visual aspect of
it you know like the thinking about the
scenes it’s just I can enjoy these songs
because they’re great songs it’s not
like they have to be tied to this young
P in a way I don’t know it’s just the
the music complements the movie so well
but the music still stands alone or
stands on its own like they could just
release this as an album and it would
would have still have been great but
being that you know these songs were
featured in the movie it makes it just
that much better yeah yeah it’s I don’t
know if I the doesn’t the complete
masterworks have it has a lot more skits
right or like sketch comedy in it
yeah yeah at least the bonus the the
other shorts they’re like short films
are short you know sure yes so I think
there’s four I think there might be four
of them and then I don’t know how many
episodes there were I think there’s like
six episodes of the series maybe
something like that but uh I can’t
imagine listening to classic Oh like I
can’t listen to it without imagining Lee
in the background like yeah like walking
up like with a pizza box like amazed you
know yeah I love that man
yeah it’s grow of it but you did mention
sort of the whole training aspect or
like yeah there’s a bunch of like
training scenes throughout this movie so
I mean just kind of set up this this
clip that we have here throughout the
beginning of the movie Jack is sort of
not obsessed but he’s kind of after what
watching Kyle on the Venice Boardwalk or
whatever you know he becomes
infatuated with you know his playing
ability and he wants to form a band and
they think Gables thinks he they’d be a
great like duo yeah and there’s this
whole thing with Kyle where he’s he’s
not leading or letting Jack sort of know
who he actually is he’s this I guess
failed musician living in a shithole
apartment and his mom’s paying as a
brand yeah yeah so well that’s good guys
from said yeah so while that’s going on
he’s sort of making Jack do all these
training things I don’t really know why
maybe it just makes him feel better
about himself
so a lot of the trainings like kind of
like mr. Miyagi they make him do stuff
that like cleans the apartment like I am
cleaning the apartment together the Kyle
Gass project yeah so there’s that to set
up this clip so this is regarding the
the cock pushup so let’s check it out
classic sex is a fruitful component to
the congas project now drop and give me
one cock push-up what’s a coyote yes
Rogers a cock is where you lay on your
stomach and lift yourself off the ground
with nothing but your boner no problem
the cock is a muscle you got to learn
how to flex it
from now on I want you to do one cock
push-up a day every day
it hurts my situation once all you need
that’s true yeah and that was that was a
like a sketch-comedy bit on the complete
masterwork so they somehow you know
decided to tie it into the movie so I I
always thought that was great you know
actually getting to see like them
attempting a cock pushup
but in the sketch comedy bit on the
first album it’s Jack telling Kyle to do
it right right yeah I think they have a
reversal of roles here yeah yeah so that
is cool but tell them about how to do
them and Kyle’s Kyle’s like how many can
you do and he’s like well one one’s all
you need right yeah yep so this movie
definitely is not for the easily
offended so um it is is it is about as
raunchy as you can get in a good way I
think you know it’s not it’s not I don’t
know this this whole movie is kind of
charming and I think it has heart but
you know the level of raunchy comedy
sprinkled in is definitely not for your
your churchgoers I suppose so yeah most
of the offensiveness is like like gross
stuff or sexual stuff or profanity
there’s not a lot of what there’s not
any like any offensiveness toward like
protective classes you know what I mean
so it’s more Leslie like we have this if
this movie was played at work it would
be more like a sexual harass then than
anything else so you know I think it’s a
probably offensive to people with the
low tolerance for gross and obscene
stuff but not not to the point where
it’s gonna offend any people I don’t
feel like so to that point there to the
Steffie like it’s it’s still a current
movie like his is still could could be
entertaining today where as as many
movies in the past that have come out
maybe you look back and go like May and
that’s that’s terrible you know that’s
that’s too much above yeah yeah but
let’s get into sort of the cast of this
movie so obviously you have Jack Black
and Kyle Gass as the leads but there’s a
hell of a lot of sort of cameos or just
characters that are just put in kind of
these like really small supporting roles
Adam you want to get into some of these
actors that pop up in this film yeah so
we touched on the fact that we get Lee
back in this movie so Lee was featured
in both a a song in the original series
so Lee is also a track on the original
album that they used in the series and
that’s jr. Reed playing him he’s a pizza
delivery guy that ends up being their
number one fan and then Paul F Tompkins
returns as the open mic night host which
I love his stuff will come that right
him in a little bit here then you’re
getting into some of the bigger names
you’ve got meatloaf in there right at
the beginning as Jack blacks or Kate or
sorry
JB’s dad and then Ben Stiller in there
working at Guitar Center bring up these
amp casters can you give me a price
check on these em casters man you’ve got
Dave Grohl plays Satan at the end of the
movie Ronnie James Dio as himself on the
poster on the back of the door in the
bedroom which is a great moment Amy
Poehler is in there what happened to
your eye burnt it with a curling iron
Amy Adams
you spotted Amy Adams in the bar during
the master exploder is that correct yeah
yep she’s the one that the brains blow
out of the guy’s head and they land on
her she’s also the one that says she
like mouths I love you too Kyle
or maybe it’s Jack I don’t know gage guy
but while while they’re playing master
exploder so check that out next time you
watch it’s that’s uh it’s I mean you’d
probably miss it if you weren’t paying
close attention but I looked it up and
she was listed in that as in the cast so
very interesting sort of find so yeah
then you’ve got Tim Robbins and there
obviously we’ll get back to him as well
Fred Armisen as one of the security
guards in the Rock & Roll History Museum
and the other security guards Ned
Bellamy which he was funny too you know
going around like yeah I’m gonna go
check out punk if I see anyone in there
i’ma pop a cap in their ass yeah and
then you’ve got Colin Hanks in there as
well at a frat party yeah
so lots and lots of funny people in this
movie column cameos column you know
small roles but good good good stuff in
there and I love the I love that Ben
Stiller scene as well they go into the
closet and everything that’s it’s so
good yeah yeah it’s I don’t know if
that’s what contributed to the the 20
million dollar budget I don’t know maybe
maybe it’s that car chase scene at the
end of the movie but me – yeah it could
be
when that car flips in the air that’s a
pretty gnarly car flip I mean yes maybe
that cost like I don’t know five million
dollars for that car chase you know that
car flip is is basically the same flip
as Vin Diesel’s flip in the Fast and
Furious movie
it is or or one of many in the Matrix
Reloaded yeah
oh yeah yeah both our episodes we’ve
covered on on the show previously if
you’d like to check them out yep list
but the cast in this movie I mean it is
really nice how they just sprinkle in
these sort of other celebrities
throughout this movie and like the whole
Guitar Center aspect about this I guess
I’m kind of sidetracking here but what I
love about this film is that it’s it’s
almost like I’ve always sort of viewed
Tenacious D as like the musicians band
in a way you know like I don’t know Adam
and I we both play guitars so um you
know having a band that sort of I know
you have bands like Dream Theater and
there’s other bands out there that and I
don’t really listen to Dream Theater I’m
just using using them as an example but
they’re like really popular amongst like
guitar players or drummers you know
they’re like the musicians band like
Rush izl is that for a lot of people um
regarding like progressive rock and I
sort of you Tenacious D about that and
then sort of like featuring a scene with
Ben Stiller playing this like Guitar
Center sales guy like I just find that
to be like they’re servicing like I
guess they’re putting this in for the
fans like that no guitars and all that
sort of stuff I just think that’s really
cool and it just makes I don’t know like
they could have done a scene somewhere
else
easily but they decided to go to Guitar
Center and Ben Stiller’s sort of
explaining this like mythological story
and I don’t know I just find that really
awesome that they were able to like
incorporate that and as a musician I
like really appreciate that and I find
that like really cool I guess
yeah I think it’s cool just that he he
asks him about and he’s like who did you
who told you about this did you did
pepper dildo tell you about this there’s
something like that and it’s like
amongst this community of musicians
there’s a this like dark secret
you know yeah of the ages and I thought
that was pretty funny
like that that somehow this slipped
through where where this legend this
myth is out there yeah but it’s pretty
cool well I I was gonna say it’s funny
how you get a reveal of Ben Stiller like
he’s turned around and you got this guy
with like big hair and everything and he
turns around it’s like oh my god it’s
Ben Stiller yeah it’s great yeah well I
just want to add that like musicians
I guess early on like musicians and this
goes for a lot of like hobbies and
things that people want to get better at
so you know it could be like playing
basketball or you know any type of like
skill people early on when they’re
learning something new they want
something that’s gonna get them better
quicker and that’s really what what this
movie sort of how I view it is these
guys are searching for like the Holy
Grail in a way so that they can like you
know just instantly get better and
that’s not how like stuff in life works
and when it comes to like the end of the
movie it you know it doesn’t really
matter right so I don’t know I just find
that sort of relatable in a way you know
like when I I remember first learning
how to play guitar be like man I like I
need to learn like that that technique
or I need like somebody to show me this
one thing so I can just be like I can
just like do it all you know like I
don’t know I feel like people are always
trying to find like the secret like yeah
there’s a like people always think
there’s a secret to like just solve all
the problems or like just get better
instantly when it just it just takes
practice and hard work really so
appreciate I don’t know one last cast
member that I found buried at the bottom
of the list on IMDB is who played
sasquatch do you know who it is
I do john c reilly down when i watch the
movie to mention that one i I saw that
before I recently were to watch the film
and I I tried to like I couldn’t
visualize like that’s john c reilly
behind that makeup and costume like the
voice sounds right but the fayette I
don’t know I don’t know if it’s just the
prosthetics or the teeth or what but I
don’t know I couldn’t it didn’t sell me
that that was actually john c reilly you
know yeah he’s a girl my little baby
says yeah I thought it was jr. I thought
it was Lee that’s why I thought it was
tissue it just seemed like an easy way
to like double cast someone and save
millions of dollars but and love san
john c reilly man that’s who i thought
it was but i guess i guess not so i
don’t know but after the break we’re
going to be getting into some of the
similarities to the HBO series and to
the Pick of Destiny open mic contest so
stay tuned we’ll be right back hey
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now onto the show alright so Adam you
have some similarities of the HBO series
to the movie that you want to add to
here I just I just think it’s great to
recognize and in if coming at it from
where I the background I had with
tenacious d when this movie came out and
and having seen the original HBO series
to see them kind of revisit the the open
mic night thing like that’s the whole
basis of the beginning of almost every
episode of the series is they show up to
the open mic night they play a song and
then they go and they usually kind of
get mixed feedback or terrible feedback
from the either the open mic night guy
or the crowd or whatever it is and they
they kind of figure out what they need
to work on then the episode you know the
storyline unfolds and then at the end of
the episodes it’s usually some sort of
resolution amongst more comedy so to
bring that back into the movie I just
loved it I was like oh my god this is
just like the series and you’ve got Paul
Tompkins in there Paul F Tompkins as the
open mic night host again as we
mentioned and the the greatest part
aside from the music obviously of the
open mic night performances is his
introductions to the band and often
times it’s like the band asked me to
read this yeah you know we obviously
know what they they say in in the movie
he I think the second one he does that’s
almost like a dream of of jb’s he’s like
I everything love this band they are the
best band period ladies and gentlemen
tenacious
and then come on play master exploder
and blow everybody’s brains out but in
the and I think there’s one at the
beginning of the movie as well I don’t
have that one but that one I think was a
more ridiculous one and and he seemed
really apprehensive to read it and in
the series I have I don’t have all of
them I don’t think but I have a good
number of them so the first one I had
was warning if you want your asses blown
out stay in the room the next one is
Black Sabbath Iron Maiden and Molly
Hatchet couldn’t be here tonight but
they all had sex and are proud to
announce the birth of their two-headed
baby Tenacious D then there’s one
attention if you’re ovulating move away
from the stage because just sitting near
them could get you pregnant caution the
Surgeon General of rock warns the
witnessing this band is equal to twenty
nine orgasms there’s finally simply
stick around if you don’t mind some
cream in your jeans so these guys just
you know like we said they have a taste
for the the obscene and disgusting and
oftentimes overly sexual comedy so it’s
either gonna work for you or it’s not
I’d say right yeah but that’s the I
loved that about like the announcement
almost like warms you up to some of the
comedy it’s like oh my god this is like
I can’t wait for the music when I get an
introduction like that and the people in
the crowd are never excited they’re just
kind of like what the hell is this like
what’s right happen yeah
ajb knocks the microphones over after
every single performance you know we
finish the song and then just play step
through the microphone and knock it over
yeah yeah that’s awesome oh man yeah
gets you pumped oh listen to master
exploder or you know i think one of the
first ones they play is the history of
tenacious d right yeah yeah yeah which
is great yeah the history is is that’s
probably the first tenacious d song i
ever heard because it was it was on it
was downloadable they you know they
somebody took the show and converted it
to a track on there so I don’t think
it’s even on the I don’t think they ever
did that on the album so that would be
an exclusive Wow one that was yeah yep
you got songs like history of Tenacious
D and Jesus ranch those were just on the
series not on the album okay and then I
had downloaded also back in the day I
had a copy of them doing the spider-man
theme song yeah if you could probably
get that on YouTube it even has the
video to it too but I always had the
audio version of of Tenacious D playing
spider-man and they would have a guy in
a spider-man outfit come out on stage
with them and they’re making fun of his
shoes and blah blah blah and then they’d
have Sasquatch come out at the same time
Sasquatch versus spider-man
I mean that’s that’s a really good song
if you can find that somewhere but yeah
much good stuff yeah let’s get back to
the film here uh-huh yeah it’s kind of
like a tenacious d the band and the Pick
of Destiny sort of review but yeah one
celebration yeah it’s a celebration of
the D all right one of the the true Jim
of this movie is Tim Robbins now as far
as like cameos and stuff this guy is
quite I wouldn’t say heavily featured
but he’s featured in this movie probably
more than anybody else as far as you
know celebrity cameos or anything like
that and I don’t know the fact that they
have Tim Robbins playing this character
it’s it’s just absurd and Tim Robbins
isn’t really known for his comedy at
least not that I’m aware of you know he
was in like that Cadillac man movie with
Robin Williams in the late 80s and I
don’t think he was very comedic in that
movie but you know he’s more known for
his his dramatic roles you know like
Shawshank Redemption and yeah Mystic
River would have been three years before
this dude he won an Oscar for that one
I’m not sure I think Sean Penn might’ve
oh that’s right I think Sean Penn was
but he might have had
Best Supporting or something like that
though right I don’t know but regardless
the guys the guys one of the best actors
out there yeah he’s yeah he’s top nut
Top Gun actor if we want America world
police but we have this clip here it’s
kind of a I think it’s two scenes from
the movie and it just highlights how
great this character is in this film and
just how absurd this movie actually is
so just let’s take a look
that’s good oh I wonder how they like I
wonder what the pitch was to get Tim
Robbins to do this like you’re just
gonna play this like hobo who’s been
like he’s lost a leg trying to steal the
Pick of Destiny from Rock & Roll History
Museum and it’s crazy yeah man I miss
that sweet as a leg of my oh that’s
funny I love like I well first of all I
love the way he asks them to come over
there
yes so he can stab know to stab you man
we’re
I was watching that with our dad once I
don’t know if you were there too but he
really thought that was funny like the
fact that he asked them to call it that
that almost reminds me of almost like a
Monty Python it carry yeah sort of
comedy you know I mean like they would
they would pull something like that
that’s so funny yeah yeah that’s curious
to know if there was any improv going on
with that like like the whole I’ve cut
out your eyeballs and your balls and
swap them around that kind of thing yeah
but I absolutely love that there’s a
scene or the the rest of the scene in
the bathroom – there’s some good stuff
in there as well where he tells him the
story about the air ducts and I think it
I don’t know if it would have been prior
or after the clip that we saw with him
talking in the bathroom but when he
references the Pick of Destiny JB
squeezes everything out and it’s this
this pretty funny moment to say the
least I guess yeah to get too much in
detail but but yeah Jenna Robin steals
the show for a while
he really does right out from under JB
and Kyle in the film there’s some
limited amount of time he’s on screen
and I think for a while there – like you
get into kind of the frat party and the
breaking up of the band and getting into
the building and there’s just a lot of
stuff where the movie I think in the
middle there loses a little trash yeah
laughing so hard at the beginning that
it kind of slows down a little bit with
all of that so having Tim Robbins in
there that really gives it a good lift
at least for me it did and then you know
kind of getting into it gets really
heavily focused in with the plot and
getting the pick and
everything and it kind of steers away
from just the character stuff for a
while right I thought it was perfect
like to have a you know I wouldn’t even
call him like his role a cameo like he
had almost like a a major villainous
character there’s not much for villainy
in the movie so no having him in there
we’re like with Indiana Jones with any
any search for a relic there’s always
like the competitor that’s depending on
them
he’s like Jafar waiting for Aladdin to
come out with the lamp and then stealing
the lamp on the outside you know yeah
always somebody there that upon our hero
retrieving the artifact they’re always
waiting outside to steal it once it’s
once it’s secure outside of the fortress
or whatever so yeah it just fits the
formula yeah we didn’t touch on the I
guess it’s when JB eats the mushrooms we
didn’t bring up that that’s oh I always
loved that scene where you know he’s
just sitting against a tree he he’s
eating a handful of mushrooms and yeah
he just has this trip
and what I love about that scene so much
yeah there’s some funny parts when he’s
like flying and doing all that sort of
stuff but I love how they cut between
like he’s going down the strawberry
River but then it cuts to what’s
actually happening and he’s going down
this like whitewater rapids just like
going under the water and oh my god and
when he’s flying he’s climbing up the
tree and actually falls down and had
some help in the nuts on a branch and
yeah just the way that’s whole they cut
between that sweet baby’s yeah it’s
pretty good stuff I love that and then
he rolls down the hill and ends up on
the side of the road and then all of a
sudden he’s sober and sees the sign for
the history right back in real history
museum
yeah yeah that’s so funny you get they I
love the scene it’s the oh gosh what’s
the storm the gates like the when he’s
trying to make his way into the Rock &
Roll History Museum he gets up they they
play the song and he’s talking about the
two hair vents on the roof that’s what
that guy was talking a shit and he sees
the camera I love I always loved that
part it’s like playing that this I
talked about kind of this song matching
the what’s going on on camera and and
well that was done like that’s a great
example of the fact that they did well
to write the music to what was going on
with the movie and kind of capitalize on
the comedy of it and it created this
moment were interrupted not just what
was going on in the movie of him like
reacting to the camera seeing him but to
do that with music isn’t easy you know
you
that’s something film composers do
really well like like creating emotion
or creating suspense or scaring someone
but in this case to do that with like a
rock song is that’s tough so you have to
give these guys credit for like doing
very well like the only other people I
would say do well with have done well
with that have been like the way like
Trey Parker and Matt Stone oh yeah such
a great job with the music in South Park
and their projects that they’ve done
Team America or you know so I don’t know
I think that’s that’s some good credit
do for tenacious d and and and they
wrote this movie to like it was it was
JB and Kyle and Liam Lynch that wrote
this movie so Jack Black if you watched
some of his YouTube stuff he’s he makes
it known that he
wrote a film like you that he wrote he’s
very proud that he wrote this movie so I
don’t know I love that stuff that’s one
of my favorite songs of the movie too
just because it does like kind of it
jams for one and it’s it’s got a lot of
that like comedy in it where it’s not
just comedy because of the lyrics but
it’s comedy like plot driven stuff as
well at least in storm the gates yeah I
mean this is really a underrated comedy
I mean yeah you don’t hear a lot of
people talking about it sure you know
they mentioned like when you ask people
about you know great comedies they’ll
mention you know like Dumb and Dumber or
Spaceballs from the 80s or you know
Maurice will bring up like Superbad
which yeah that movies yeah but I really
think the Pick of Destiny is an
underrated comedy and I don’t know I
just maybe just not that many people
have seen it and not only is it is it a
good comedy but it’s a comedy that has
like heart like they really do a great
job with the relationship between JB and
Kyle in this movie you know they go from
you know being sort of at odds and mmm
Kyle leading jb to think he’s someone
who he’s not really you know and they
sort of me on this adventure and I
really think this movie it’s it’s really
quite charming and I think that uh sort
of adds to the rewatch ability with it
not only that it’s absolutely
ridiculously hilarious but I don’t know
it has that that sort of aspect about it
too so that’s why I think I dig it so
much I love that they went with it an
origin story with it too in the
beginning because even though you have
the HBO series you can’t assume that
everyone’s seen it and it was such a
low-budget II kind of thing to do that
coming out in theaters you want to get
people a feel of what they’re in for and
what this band is all about and
and I guess break the ice a little bit
so I loved like the way that they always
claim they’re the greatest band on earth
or like I mean like so to add to it and
almost increase it up a notch by doing
things like like having the birthmarks
on their their butts like like say I’ve
had this birthmark since I was born I
never knew would have been what it meant
but now I know it’s the name of our
fucking band yeah I haven’t asked more –
then wheeze like you guys it’s so good
man it’s adds to the epic origin of the
band and like just them I’m kind of
coming together and giving that a little
bit more story and in comedy and
involved with it that’s what I love
about it and like I said at the top of
the show like relisting – these songs
even their original songs and then
having the the imagery because some of
them they brought back for the movie and
I don’t know I I love this movie I would
agree it’s underrated it just is a wild
ride and it has those moments where it
slows down but then it’ll pick up right
afterwards like for example a scene
where he sings the he sings baby or I’m
just a baby on the boardwalk and he’s
sleeping on a park bench and it’s this
beautiful instrument you know
instrumental and singing like their I
don’t think you can you can say that
they’re not super talented music yes
like it’s clear and in some of the songs
like it’s just beautiful stuff and then
all of the sudden for
guys roll up on the Venice Boardwalk in
Clockwork Orange fashion you know like
oh he’s a wee wee baby right like they
just have a great feel for comedy and I
think it was well written in in the way
that they kind of chunked out the movie
into all these little bits you know yeah
and it delivers it has a nice punchy
delivery that’s got you laughing and you
know two tiers or two you know I was
left so hard I had a headache man it’s
it’s funny mm-hmm yeah it’s a ride man
that’s a ride yeah
so veritable – oh yeah
extremely quotable you know it just goes
to show like how good that the writing
and like these guys just they have their
like their niche I guess you know like
they have their own kind of style and
either kind of like hate it or love it
like I don’t know anybody that’s like
yeah they’re okay you know it’s like
right I’m not really I’m not a fan of
Tenacious D or it’s like yeah Tenacious
D is F an awesome so yeah I’d say you’re
in kind of the cult fanbase we have a
classic territory with this one and I
think over time it will it will just you
know turn from a diamond and or from
physical into a diamond you know yeah it
is one that’s gonna it’s gonna do better
with age for sure yeah
all right well Adam what are we doing
next week on the podcast next week we
are going to kind of switch gears a
little bit steer away from the comedy
with this one definitely had us us so
or from the laughter so we’re gonna
switch it up and head into some action
territory here with a little speed to
cruise control from 1997 Sandy Bullock
returns along with Willem Dafoe should
be a good time yeah yeah really looking
forward to that one and guys make sure
to let us know your thoughts regarding
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next week

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