Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summering at The Flop House

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

YOU COULD DEVOTE A SHOW TO THE HAIR ALONE: Nicolas Cage in Bangkok Dangerous
  • YOU COULD DEVOTE A SHOW TO THE HAIR ALONE: Nicolas Cage in 'Bangkok Dangerous'
The Flop House podcast delivers all the entertainment value of big, dumb movies without the inconvenience, expense or eyestrain of actually sitting through big, dumb movies. The A.V. Club's Podmass column drove me to the Flop House last month, and catching up with its treatment of, say, the recent output of Nicolas Cage has become my new summer hobby.

The format finds co-hosts Dan McCoy, Elliott Kalan and Stuart Wellington gather at a Brooklyn apartment to watch a Hollywood blockbuster that conspicuously failed to bust blocks, and then immediately record their observations, rants and frivolous digressions. They're all capable of insightful observations, but
The Flop House podcastbetter serves as a comedy podcast than a movie-review show. The threesome make a well-balanced comedy team, but Kallan proves to be the speediest speaker, as showcase in this tongue-in-cheek pitch for a big-screen adaptation of the comic strip Ziggy, which manages to footnote Grey Gardens, Bigmouth Billy Bass, Swamp Thing and Harold Pinter.

The trio definitely brings their A-game to discussions of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, but even a dud like Will Smith's dreary drama Seven Pounds can inspire a hilariously random digression, like the idea of of a Batman villain of the same name who only commits "seven-pound related crimes:" "There's a seven pound diamond at the Gotham Museum!"

The trio's irreverent tone and penchant for obscure references evokes "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" and its spinoffs (although all mockery takes place after the fact). The Flop House's energy and comedic voice, however, sounds more of a piece with "The Daily Show," — which stands to reason, given that Kalan and McCoy both write for Jon Stewart's fake news broadcast. Kalan's credited with assembling the "gay cowboy" montage from that time Jon Stewart hosted the Academy Awards, and "Daily Show" correspondent Wyatt Cenac even sat in on the Knight & Day show. Hopefully their high-profile day jobs won't give them better things to do than watch Katherine Heigl comedies.

Incidentally, McCoy has another web project, "9 A.M. Meeting," a "barely animated" web series about office drones, which he's co-created with

Matt Koff Here's the first installment:

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