Gutting the Sacred Cow

Gutting the Sacred Cow

A #movie #nerd #podcast hosted by standup comedian @Kevin Gootee and guest hosts. But in this unique podcast; they invite guests to come in and argue why some of the most financially successful, beloved or acclaimed films are trash. But here's the twist, the film must meet 1 of these criteria: widely beloved, financial success, or critically acclaimed. So no dunking on Friday the 13th part 8, we all know that's an egregious piece of s--. We give a platform with those who have unpopular opinions to be bold enough to voice them. Some films that have faced scrutiny: Back to the Future, the Dark Knight, Toy Story, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the Matrix, and Die Hard. Can the guests persuade us? Or do we rip them a new one? Give us a listen and we'll easily prove that we belong on any top movie podcast list. No one is doing what we're doing and we're damn good at it. Everyone loves film debate and who better than 2 wiseasses from NJ? We throw plenty of fun segments in the mix: our favorite movie quotes, guessing the IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes scores, 5 fun facts, our readers have us ask our guests questions they'd like answered in "Ask a Gutter", we read critics 5 and 1 star reviews and our FAVORITE segment, reading Amazon 5 and 1 star reviews. You'll never go down a more fun rabbit hole than hearing crazy people asking for refunds while submitting their personal info for payment. Jeff Bezos isn't reading these comment sections, folks. We also thoroughly enjoy mocking snooty movie critics and their blowhard reviews. We get it, you have an English Lit degree. Kevin and friends preside over these cases and see if their guests have made them change their minds or their scores. Check out this podcast dedicated to giving the most hilarious, witty, and funniest movie reviews and discussion you'll ever hear. We're gonna make you laugh, no doubt about that. We serves you recommendations and commentary on the buzziest movies. Join a rotating cast of guest pop culture aficionados. We leaves room at the table for exploring a range of reactions and opinions on every bit of the pop universe. From lowbrow to highbrow to the stuff in between, they take it all with a shot of cheer. Specifically, the auteurs whose early successes afforded them the rare ‘blank check’ from Hollywood to produce passion projects. Each new miniseries, we delve into the works of film’s most outsized personalities in painstakingly hilarious detail. We started with hostile movie discussions and has evolved into hostile informative movie discussions. We don't always agree, and that's just fine. We talk about movies the same way you talk about movies and pop culture with your friends. Sometimes, we'll review movies that are poorly rated on Rotten Tomatoes, and try to ascertain whether or not those movies are accurately poorly rated, or maybe just didn’t get a fair shake. Sometimes, we'll discuss upcoming movies in the MCU! Film reviews, TV reviews, and all your conversation around movie and non-movie related stuff. Plus a whole bunch of recommendations to watch in cinemas, on all streaming services and on physical media. Us movie reviewers break down a variety of film franchises by dedicating a podcast to every single sequel, reboot, and spin-off in a series. In-depth conversations cover production history, literary sources, gossip, merchandising, and personal opinion with humor and critical insight. No cinematic universe is too obscure or sacred! Sometimes, we'll "ruin" a horror movie, from slashers to home invasions, creature features to the supernatural, they cover it all! Horror fans, scaredy cats, and film buffs are all welcome. Don’t just watch a movie; understand it. Don’t just hear a song; consider what it has to say. We break down a work of pop culture each week, exploring the big questions that great art can provoke, making some recommendations for you, and having a little fun along the way. The Kevins talk about the weird things they love—such as food heists, the perfect popcorn salt, and whether any art can truly be perfect. Listen for commentary on movies, TV shows, books, video games, and wherever else their conversation leads them. We've covered reviews, ranks, and recaps every movie in the biggest franchises including Marvel Studios, DC, Star Wars, Pixar, Harry Potter, Fast and Furious, Mission Impossible, Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men, Disney, Lord of the Rings, Godzilla, Indiana Jones, MCU, Edgar Wright, Christopher Nolan. From the biggest blockbusters, to the most dumbfounding flops, the streaming wars and more, Mad About Movies keeps your movie itch scratched without taking this whole thing too seriously. Why do fans love some Rotten films and hate some Fresh ones? What did critics make of a cult classic before it earned its cult status? In this weekly podcast, we go deep and settle the score on some of the most beloved – and despised – movies and TV shows ever made, directly taking on the statement we hear from so many fans: Rotten Tomatoes can be wrong.


May 31, 2023 5 mins

Need something to watch? You're welcome. Bonus content to get us back in the algorithm twice a week? You betcha.

Rob Bradford watched: Air (The Michael Jordan to Nike story) which is now on Amazon Prime. He also saw the Yogi Berra movie, It Ain't Over.

Kevin Israel finally watched something else besides a Netflix original film, the Tetris movie.

Kevin Gootee watched the Nolan Ryan documentary on Netflix. He also suffe...

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The only good thing about the stinkhole known as Cleveland is the movie, Major League. How the hell can someone hate Major League? Rob Bradford from WEEI (Boston Red Sox radio, Boston Herald) is going to try and put a stake in the holiest of baseball movies. Will @KevinGootee 's hatred for the Red Sox be superseded by Rob's distaste for Major League? Or does Rob successfully point out that this sports comedy is worse than t...

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May 24, 2023 3 mins

Looking for great movie or TV show recommendations? We have 3 quick ones for you in this week's bonus episode:

Amy Taylor watched The Diplomat

Terry Loda watched Narcos on Netflix

Kevin Gootee watched Bushwick

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If you're going to have someone attack Risky Business, it might as well be a former sex worker. Amy Taylor has gripes to air about the 80s comedy where Tom Cruise made 80s girls slippery when he danced in a shirt and tighty whities. The current model (and pilot!) tells us tales from the front lines when she worked as a high end escort and why Risky Business got it wrong a lot of the time. You may be shocked to learn how som...

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May 18, 2023 8 mins

Keep enjoying our quick bonus episodes where we tell you, "What We Watched!"

Allie Goertz (Mad Magazine and the Simpsons podcast) watched "But I'm a Cheerleader" and "High Fidelity."

Dave Quist (Blockbuster Mentality podcast)watched "Peter Pan 2023", "Tetris," "Return of the Jedi 40th anniversary," and "Rabbit Hole" on Paramount+ starring Kiefer Sutherland

Kevin Gootee watche...

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What's the biggest college/fraternity/ comedy of all time? Why Animal House, of course! This is absolutely a comedy Mt Rushmore entrant between John Belushi, the insane amount of quotes, and plenty of nudity! Oh yeah, the soundtrack is BANGIN with Louie Louie and Shout by Otis Day and the Knights. However, there is a dissenter and her name is Allie Goertz. Allie (Cossbysweater on youtube, Mad Magazine editor, Simpsons podcaster...

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May 10, 2023 5 mins

Let's find out what we wasted our time on and what you should invest your time on in...What We Watched!

Chip watched Jobriath AD- a documentary about one of the first openly gay rock n roll stars

Kevin Israel watched Ghosted starring Ana De Armas and Chris Evans, you know...Captain America.

Kevin Gootee watched Uncharted with Tom Holland, Night Moves with Gene Hackman, The Long Goodnight with Elliot Gould, and Zero Theorem with Ch...

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Gutting the Sacred Cow is a hilarious and thought-provoking podcast where comedian Chip Chantry dishes out his controversial opinions on classic movies. In this episode, Chip takes aim at the highly acclaimed film, Vertigo, and explains why he believes it's insanely overrated. Kevin Gootee and guest co-host, Kevin Israel, see if Chip's argument should jump out of a church bell tower. Tune in to hear Chip's razor-...

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May 5, 2023 5 mins

Graig Salerno tells us about "The Outfit" and "John Wick 4.

Delvin Cox gives thoughts on "Once a Ranger, Always A Ranger" on Netflix. That's the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for you over the age of 40.

Kevin Gootee watched the most hyped film so far of 2023, Cocaine Bear. Yep, that's Ray Liotta's last film. He also rewatched 1986 remake of the Fly with Jeff Goldblum. He continued down the David Cr...

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Looking for a fresh take on the classic movie musical, "The Sound of Music"? Check out Graig Salerno's controversial critique in "Gutting the Sacred Cow," where he argues that the beloved film is actually overrated and unworthy of its iconic status. With incisive analysis and witty commentary, Salerno dismantles the movie's flaws and exposes its shortcomings, challenging fans to reconsider their nostal...

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April 26, 2023 3 mins

Welcome to the High Performing Algorithm podcast! In this episode, Kevin Gootee shares his thoughts on the highly anticipated release of John Wick 4 and the nostalgic joy of watching Super Mario Brothers. Meanwhile, Mike Price delves into the complex world of Dungeons and Dragons and shares his insights on why this classic game has stood the test of time. And finally, Kevin Israel takes us on a journey to the rugged wildernes...

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Welcome to "Gutting the Sacred Cow"! In this episode, comedian Kevin Gootee and movie critic Kevin Israel are joined by special guest Mike Price to take on the beloved drama "Dead Poets Society." Despite its iconic status as a classic film, Mike Price makes a convincing argument for why this movie should be taken down a peg. From its sentimental approach to education to its stereotypical portrayal of students,...

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April 19, 2023 9 mins

Kevin Gootee is joined by this week's guest, Chuck Nice, and they discussed what they've recently viewed. And you wonder why they call it, What We Watched, duh

Chuck Nice watched Triangle of Sadness and the Wrath of Man

Kevin Gootee watched Scream 6

Tell us in the comments what you watched and give us the old 1-10 rating.

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Welcome to Gutting the Sacred Cow, the show where we challenge movie lovers to defend their favorite films against negative reviews. In this episode, our guest, comedian Chuck Nice, takes on the task of attacking The Game from 1997. Will he be able to convince KGs that this thriller deserves to be saved from the chopping block? Tune in to find out!

Despite the film's critical and commercial success,Chuck argues that it is actua...

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On this episode of Gutting the Sacred Cow, comedian and writer Josh Gondelman joins Kevin Gootee to oversteam one of the most controversial movies of recent times, "The Lobster." This critically acclaimed film, which stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, has been praised for its unique storytelling, cinematography, and performances. However, Gondelman argues that it's overrated and doesn't live up to the hype.


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In this explosive episode of "Gutting the Sacred Cow," the Schulz brothers take on the beloved '90s action-comedy "Last Action Hero." Armed with their razor-sharp wit and unapologetic opinions, the Schulz brothers tear apart the film's "golden ticket" premise and expose its weaknesses, from the lackluster performances to the implausible plot twists. As they dismantle this "sacred cow" o...

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In this episode of "Gutting the Sacred Cow," comedian Kevin Gootee and movie critic Kevin Israel are joined by special guest Natalia Reagan to take on one of the most iconic romantic comedies of all time: "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Despite its status as a classic, Natalia makes a compelling case for why this film should be evicted from its sacred cow status. From its outdated racial stereotypes to its cring...

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Welcome to a bonus episode of our podcast, where we bring you insights into the latest movies and TV shows that we've watched. In this episode, we dive into what three of our hosts have recently watched and their thoughts on them.

First up, Kevin Gootee shares his experience watching the highly anticipated superhero film, Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods. He'll discuss the plot, characters, and overall impression of the movie, giv...

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In this episode of the Gutting the Sacred Cow podcast, David the Producer delivers a scathing critique of the 1989 romantic comedy-drama, "Say Anything". As part of the GTSC podcast's ongoing "Lambastes the Movie" series, David breaks down the film's flawed plot, weak character development, and lackluster performances. From John Cusack's one-dimensional portrayal of Lloyd Dobler to the film's u...

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March 16, 2023 4 mins

Welcome to a bonus episode of "What We're Watching" with Kevin Gootee, Ralph Sutton, and David the Producer. In this episode, we discuss some of the latest shows and movies that we've been watching lately.

Kevin shares his thoughts on "American Made," the action-packed biographical thriller starring Tom Cruise, and "Dirty Work," a hilarious comedy about two best friends who start a revenge-for-hire bu...

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