73 - The Fly (1986)

The 80s: when the dumbest scientist in the universe could develop world-changing technology and the one female journalist in the US couldn’t see the flashing red flags all around him. Oh, and also when all David Cronenberg had to do to wow critics was zoom-in on gross stuff. Listen to Alex and Julio talk about THE FLY, a vehicle for Jeff Goldblum to show off his nerdy sex appeal and for Geena Davis to show off her tolerance for abuse! America has come a long way, hasn’t it?

 PHOTO: It worked for Clint Eastwood.

PHOTO: It worked for Clint Eastwood.

TIMELINE:

00:00:00 - 00:49:23 Contrarians Corner (#CC)

00:49:24 - 00:51:25    Insect Politics

00:51:26 - 01:27:19       Real Talk

01:27:20 - 01:39:19 The Future and Plugs!

01:40:40 - 01:40:50 What a mysterious edit

PLUGS!

- KING OF THE HILL is on Hulu now! There goes the weekend. But also, Alex watched GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES and it may have spawned a future Marilyn Monroe marathon.

- Not to toot our own horn but, yes, our 4th Anniversary episode was pretty great. You’ll enjoy it even if you haven’t seen all the movies we covered, we promise.

- Former guest Reid Lansford wasn’t in this episode but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop plugging the OTHER WORLDS AUSTIN SCIFI FILM FESTIVAL. December 6 to December 9 - get your tickets!

- Julio loved BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, haters be damned. And if OVERLORD is still playing anywhere near you, go check it out!

- Hans Rothgiesser, the man behind our logo, can be reached at @mildemonios on Twitter or you can email him at mildemonios@hotmail.com in case you ever need a logo (or comics) produced. And you can listen to him talk about Peruvian politics on his own podcast, NACION COMBI.

Up next, we pay for our IMDB Journey sins as we tackle the early Keanu Reeves techno-adventure JOHNNY MNEMONIC! Until then, let us know what you thought of Cronenberg’s take on THE FLY! Was Jeff Goldblum dumb or just misunderstood? Was John Getz a terrible person or just a product of the 80s? Why couldn’t Geena Davis get an ultrasound? E-mail us at wearethecontrarians@gmail.com or tweet at us or facebook us and share your thoughts!