Bonus! - Mixed Nuts

Steve Martin, Rita Wilson and a buffet of past and future comedy stars, all directed by Nora Ephron in a Christmas tale set around a crisis hotline. What's not to love there??? And yet, MIXED NUTS got the cruelest Rotten Tomatoes treatment and stands at a miserable 7%. Were the suicide jokes too much for Early-90s America? Or was it the foxtrot dance number between Martin and a transvestite Liev Schreiber? And what about young Adam Sandler and his ukulele? Alex and Julio are joined by Christmas enthusiast (and singer of the punk band HANS GRUBER AND THE DIE HARDS) TJ Robinson, as they explore this hidden holidays classic.

 PHOTO: Too much for 1994?

PHOTO: Too much for 1994?

TIMELINE:

00:00 - 57:26      Contrarians Corner (#CC)

57:28 - 1:00:15      Liev Schreiber on Conan

1:00:16 - 1:21:27     Real Talk

1:21:28 - 1:23:20     The future

1:23:21 - 1:34:01      Plugs!

1:34:33 - 1:34:48    Outtake

PLUGS!

- You wanna listen to TJ's band? Go to the HANS GRUBER AND THE DIE HARDS webpage! Wanna see their music videos? Check their YouTube page. Wanna see them play live? Catch their New Year's show at Kickbutt Coffee!

- Unfortunately, RESTORATION is only available in Australia right now but writer/director Stu Willis says international distribution may be coming in 2018. We'll keep you updated!

- For the third year in a row, we can't not plug the OTHER WORLDS SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL. Start making plans to attend the 2018 edition!

- Alex says THE DISASTER ARTIST is worth watching, if only because he can't stop thinking about it. Sounds good enough!

Up next: 200 CIGARETTES, our New Year's episode! Until then, rate/review/subscribe on Apple Podcasts and email us your thoughts on MIXED NUTS and hidden holidays gems to wearethecontrarians@gmail.com - See ya in 2018!