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WILD WILD PODCAST #10: Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary 4K Re-release Review and the Mystery of Spunky Destructor’s Nickname Revealed

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Getting ready to suffer a hernia in 3… 2… 1…


Welcome to the WILD WILD PODCAST #10

 Join co-host “Spunky Destructor” and I as we chat about Let’s Be Cops, Ghostbusters on the big screen, and the origin of Erika’s Spunky nickname!

(WARNING: SPOILERS & “Spoiler Song of the Show” WITHIN!)

LISTEN HERE! —>  Wild Wild Podcast #10


“This is it! This is definitely it!”

Those jubilant words were the only things that “popped in there” when thinking about the 10th episode milestone of the Wild Wild Podcast. Most know the quote originates from the character in Ghostbusters who determined the form of the mega-destructor during the film’s final scenes. Fittingly enough, it also works as a perfect introduction to the story behind how co-host Erika received her nickname, Spunky Destructor, from the likes of yours truly.

(WARNING: The story isn’t all that memorable, proven by the fact I didn’t even remember half the story myself.)


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Once you finally hear the story, you’ll be crying too… due to all the time spent waiting for such a short tale.


If that wasn’t enough, we planned the whole reveal to coincide with the re-release of Ghostbusters to theaters in celebration of the flick’s 30th year in existence. Ok, ok, planned is a bit of a stretch, but it sounds a hell of a lot more professional than the word coincidentally, so please try to humor us just this once. And, as if by some divine Gozerian deity above, all of this just so happened to transpire on… wait for it… Spunky Destructor’s birthday!

This episode isn’t all balloons, ice cream cake and gifts that will surely be returned to the store; my co-host and I also gallantly try to provide insightful reviews for Let’s Be Cops and the 4K remastered edition of Ghostbusters we viewed on the big screen. Truth be told, Ghostbusters is beyond needing any type of review due to the fact it has stood the test of time so gracefully for the past three decades, so let’s just call it a recap. An extremely glowing and positive recap.

Let’s Be Cops on the other hand gets some official review scrutiny if for no other reason than we both never expected to drop $10 on this movie, let alone the 35 cents in electricity it would have cost us to turn on our laptops to watch it for free once it hit the interwebs.


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“Stop, or my Outlaw will shoot!”


That may be why both of us walked away in utter disbelief when we – GASP – actually left this movie feeling we’d gotten our money’s worth. Well, that might be a little too generous, but if you can wait this one out for home video release – which should be any minute now – then you may be in for one heck of a positive surprise.

Here are a few reasons why Let’s Be Cops might be surprising:


1)      New Girl goes Rated R


How can you go wrong with any character named “Pupa”?


Fans of FOX’s series New Girl (myself among them), will enjoy the loveable losers Ryan and Justin played respectively by Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. Performance wise, both actors aren’t bringing much new to the table. In fact, it could be argued this is almost a New Girl episode on steroids, but it doesn’t make their exaggerated TV personas and on-screen chemistry any less funny.


2)      Surprisingly Strong Supporting Cast Shines


What do you mean there are words on this photo? Where?


With above-average performances from Rob Riggle and Keegan-Michael Key, fortunately the humor didn’t have to fall solely on the New Girl duo. On the female front, despite her role being limited to the typical damsel in distress cookie-cutout, Nina Dobrev (Josie) had my eyes so fixated on the screen, my ears literally tuned out during her screen time. Throw in a shockingly creepy baddie along with an out-of-left-field villainous mastermind played by what many consider an A-list actor, and the film carries a more serious tone than I originally expected. Oh, and did I mention Nina Dobrev?


3)      Come on, it’s Funny!


Apparently they just heard how long Geek Outlaw lasts in the sack.


Not much to say here other than I laughed – several times. I kid you not, there was one scene that had me crying with laughter harder than any film has in a very long time. Keep in mind what I find humorous first, but the fact that Spunky Destructor also lost it during the same scene means I’m not crazy… not entirely anyway.


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By the way, if you can’t make your local movie house to see Ghostbusters on the big screen, you can still bring home the remastered 4K version of Ghostbusters AND – for the first time in HD – Ghostbusters 2 on Blu-Ray September 12th!

Enough of the type-chat! You’re here for the audio (all four of you). So sit back, relax and hit the play button for the monumental 10th installment of the Wild Wild Podcast.


(WARNING: SPOILERS & “Spoiler Song of the Show” WITHIN!)

LISTEN HERE! —>  Wild Wild Podcast #10

(P.S. Please forgive the fact Erika sounds like she is phoning in from the corner of an empty airport hangar. Unfortunately some technical difficulties have her sounding a bit distant this episode, but I assure you she was there in the flesh and in the spirit.)



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