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Matinee Monday: Rhinestone LIVE! (w/ Matt Jones)

Matinee Monday: Rhinestone LIVE! (w/ Matt Jones)

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This podcast episode delves into the 1984 film "Rhinestone", a musical comedy starring Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton. The hosts discuss the film's convoluted plot, which centers around Stallone's character, a cab driver who aims to become a country music star with the help of Parton. They highlight the film's numerous inconsistencies, such as the portrayal of New York City as the hub of country music and the lack of a believable transformation in Stallone's singing abilities. The hosts also touch upon the film's questionable acting choices, particularly Stallone's over-the-top performance and the stereotypical portrayal of various characters. Despite the film's flaws, the hosts acknowledge Parton's undeniable talent and charisma, which shines through even in this bizarre film. They also discuss the film's reception, noting that it was a box office failure and received negative reviews. The episode concludes with a humorous exploration of the film's most memorable moments, including Stallone's rendition of "Drinkinstein" and the awkward chemistry between the two leads. The hosts then delve into the film's cult following, highlighting contrasting opinions from Amazon reviews, including a particularly amusing review that accuses Stallone of being an alien life form sent to destroy art and culture. The episode ends with a lighthearted discussion of other Dolly Parton films, with the hosts ultimately recommending "Straight Talk" as the best Dolly Parton movie.

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00:00:00
Introduction

This Chapter introduces the topic of the podcast episode, which is a discussion of the 1984 film "Rhinestone" starring Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton. The hosts set the scene by mentioning the summer season and the enjoyment of barbecue, transitioning into the film's theme of country music and the iconic presence of Dolly Parton.

00:01:36
Introducing the Guests

This Chapter introduces the co-hosts of the podcast, Jason Manczukis and June Diane Reveal, as well as a special guest, Matt Jones, who will be joining them for the discussion of "Rhinestone". The hosts express their excitement about the film and the opportunity to analyze it with their guests.

00:02:08
Analyzing the Film's Premise

This Chapter delves into the film's premise, focusing on the central bet between Stallone's character and Dolly Parton. The hosts discuss the bet's terms, which involve Parton's contract and a potential sexual encounter. They also explore the film's portrayal of the country music scene in New York City, questioning its plausibility and the film's overall logic.

00:46:13
Audience Q&A

This Chapter features a Q&A session with the podcast's audience, who share their thoughts and questions about "Rhinestone". The audience members discuss their opinions on the film's plot, acting, and music, providing insightful commentary and humorous observations.

01:01:47
Amazon Reviews

This Chapter presents a selection of five-star reviews of "Rhinestone" from Amazon, highlighting the film's cult following and the contrasting opinions it evokes. The reviews showcase the film's absurdity and its ability to elicit both laughter and bewilderment.

01:05:08
Concluding Thoughts

This Chapter concludes the podcast episode with a final discussion of "Rhinestone", summarizing the hosts' overall impressions of the film. They acknowledge the film's flaws but also recognize its entertainment value and the enduring legacy of Dolly Parton.

01:07:18
Amazon Reviews: A Fight Breaks Out

This Chapter dives into the Amazon reviews of "Rhinestone", highlighting a particularly amusing review that accuses Stallone of being an alien life form sent to destroy art and culture. The review sparks a debate among the hosts and audience, leading to a humorous discussion about Stallone's acting choices and the film's overall absurdity.

01:10:13
Final Thoughts and Recommendations

This Chapter concludes the podcast episode with a final discussion of "Rhinestone", summarizing the hosts' overall impressions of the film. They acknowledge the film's flaws but also recognize its entertainment value and the enduring legacy of Dolly Parton. The hosts then delve into the film's cult following, highlighting contrasting opinions from Amazon reviews, including a particularly amusing review that accuses Stallone of being an alien life form sent to destroy art and culture. The episode ends with a lighthearted discussion of other Dolly Parton films, with the hosts ultimately recommending "Straight Talk" as the best Dolly Parton movie.

Keywords

Rhinestone
Rhinestone is a 1984 American musical comedy film starring Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton. The film follows the story of a cab driver who dreams of becoming a country music star and enlists the help of a famous country singer to achieve his goal. The film was a box office failure and received negative reviews, but it has since gained a cult following for its over-the-top humor and bizarre plot.

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for his roles in the Rocky and Rambo franchises. Stallone is also a successful screenwriter, having written the screenplays for many of his films. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Rocky and Best Original Screenplay for Rocky and Creed.

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton is an American singer, songwriter, actress, author, and businesswoman. She is one of the most successful country music artists of all time, with over 25 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Parton is also a successful actress, having starred in films such as 9 to 5, Steel Magnolias, and Straight Talk. She is known for her flamboyant style, her philanthropic work, and her outspoken personality.

Country Music
Country music is a genre of popular music that originated in the Southern United States in the 1920s. It is characterized by its use of instruments such as the guitar, banjo, fiddle, and steel guitar, and its themes often revolve around rural life, love, loss, and faith. Country music has evolved over the years, incorporating influences from other genres such as rock and roll, pop, and blues. Some of the most popular country music artists include Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, and Taylor Swift.

Musical Comedy
Musical comedy is a genre of comedy that incorporates music and singing into its performance. It often features humorous dialogue, witty lyrics, and catchy tunes. Musical comedy can be found in various forms, including stage productions, films, and television shows. Some of the most famous musical comedies include The Sound of Music, Grease, and Mamma Mia!

Box Office Failure
A box office failure is a film that does not make enough money to cover its production costs. This can be due to a variety of factors, including poor marketing, negative reviews, or a lack of audience interest. Box office failures can have a significant impact on the careers of actors, directors, and producers, and can lead to the cancellation of future projects.

Cult Following
A cult following is a group of people who are passionate about a particular film, television show, book, or other work of art. Cult followings often develop for works that are considered to be unconventional, quirky, or otherwise outside the mainstream. Cult followings can help to keep these works alive long after they have been released, and can even lead to their rediscovery by new audiences.

Acting Choices
Acting choices refer to the decisions that actors make in order to portray their characters. These choices can include their physical appearance, their voice, their mannerisms, and their overall approach to the role. Acting choices can be influenced by a variety of factors, including the actor's own personality, their understanding of the character, and the director's vision for the film.

Stereotypical Portrayal
A stereotypical portrayal is a representation of a person or group of people that conforms to a widely held, often negative, generalization. Stereotypes can be based on race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, or other factors. They can be harmful because they reinforce prejudice and discrimination, and can lead to the misrepresentation of individuals and groups.

Chemistry
Chemistry, in the context of acting, refers to the palpable connection and rapport between two or more actors on screen. It is a sense of natural ease and believability in their interactions, often creating a compelling and engaging dynamic for the audience. Good chemistry can elevate a scene, making it more realistic and emotionally resonant.

Q&A

  • What are some of the inconsistencies in the plot of "Rhinestone"?

    The film portrays New York City as the hub of country music, which is not accurate. Additionally, the transformation of Stallone's character from a cab driver to a country music star is not believable, as he lacks any real singing talent.

  • What are some of the questionable acting choices in "Rhinestone"?

    Stallone's performance is over-the-top and exaggerated, and the film features stereotypical portrayals of various characters. However, Dolly Parton's talent and charisma shine through, even in this bizarre film.

  • What is the most memorable moment in "Rhinestone"?

    Stallone's rendition of "Drinkinstein" is a particularly memorable moment, as is the awkward chemistry between Stallone and Parton.

  • What is the film's reception like?

    "Rhinestone" was a box office failure and received negative reviews. However, it has since gained a cult following for its over-the-top humor and bizarre plot.

  • What is the most amusing Amazon review of "Rhinestone"?

    One review accuses Stallone of being an alien life form sent to destroy art and culture, sparking a humorous debate among the hosts and audience.

  • What is the best Dolly Parton movie, according to the hosts?

    The hosts recommend "Straight Talk" as the best Dolly Parton movie.

Show Notes

Breaking Bad's Matt Jones joins the HDTGM crew to cover the 1984 musical comedy that nobody wanted, Rhinestone starring Sylvester Stallone & Dolly Parton. LIVE from Largo in L.A. they discuss the song Drinkenstein, the baby Hitler line, Sly & Dolly's duet, and how NYC is apparently the country music capital of the world. Plus, they ask "What does the phrase 'mice f%#ing on cotton' actually mean?" (Originally Released 11/07/2014)


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Matinee Monday: Rhinestone LIVE! (w/ Matt Jones)

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