Sunday, 9 August 2020

"So, What's the Problem?" Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

I can hear you all now, "no, not my beloved Mrs Doubtfire?!?" Afraid so, but that's the point of this podcast, we can still enjoy problematic things, remember? The thing is, though, this particular movie has one MAJOR problem that Jimmy rants about. Strap in, folks, although, it may not be what you think...  Contains strong language. I have included a link to the "Mrs Doubtfire as a horror movie" trailer below. 
The stuff of actual nightmares-

Mrs Doubtfire Horror Trailer

Sunday, 2 August 2020

So, What's the Problem? Pretty Woman (1990)

Hey, we're tackling another well made movie, what's going on? This is an unusual episode because we can't really find problems with the movie so we discuss other people's problems with it. Audio is not 100% perfect but it doesn't take away from the episode. Contains strong language and adult themes. 

One of the most wonderfully natural moments in film-

Monday, 20 July 2020

So, What's the Problem? The Goonies (1985)

Jimmy and Jen talk about one of Jimmy's favourite childhood films... Oh dear. Does he still like it? Did Jen ever like it? Which character is the absolute worst? Listen to find out. Please. 

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Best movie mom, ever?

Monday, 13 July 2020

So, What's the Problem? Splash (1984)

Jen and Jimmy watch a Disney movie. From the 1980s, uh-oh. Jimmy watched the Disney+ version with the edits so we talk about that, the cast, the use of captions to tell us the era and our dislike for a particular character. Contains strong language. 

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I mean... look at this!

Monday, 6 July 2020

So, What's the Problem?-Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

Jen and Jimmy talk about one of the former's favourites, a teen movie that the latter has maybe seen twice, thrice, tops. They talk about the stacked cast, cultural appropriation and the movie's satirical use of it and just what does Jimmy have against lead character Preston, who Jen defends? Yeah, if you want to hear two grown ass adults disagree over a '90s teen comedy, this is the episode for you, gentle listener. Jimmy's sound isn't the best but it should be fixed for next time, sorry. Contains the swears. 
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Random Gif of Jason Segel eating a watermelon-

Monday, 29 June 2020

Drop the Pilot- Ice (2001)

Martin and Jimmy talk about Ice about a bunch of misfits stuck together in an Antarctic research centre. Like the characters,  Jimmy and Martin just want to be elsewhere because this one is so dull. So, expect tangents and strong language but they do go over the plot as usual.  See the pilot on Youtube, link is below. 

Monday, 22 June 2020

"So, What's the Problem?" Police Academy (1984)

Jen wonders just what she agreed to as she joins Jimmy to talk about a childhood favourite of his. Yes, he watched this as a child. This is the first time Jen has seen this and therefore has no emotional attachment but Jimmy loved the series growing up and even bought the comic book. Yes, there was a comic book. Based on the animated series. Yes, there was an animated series. There was a live action one too. Is it racist, sexist and homophobic or is it a bit progressive for an early 80s comedy? This episode was recorded in May, before the death of George Floyd and the madness that happened after. 

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Kid Jimmy used to think this was so fucking funny-

The trailer gives pretty much everything away, obviously- See it here

Monday, 15 June 2020

Drop the Pilot- Twin Detectives (1976)

Aaaaaaaaaand, we're back. Tysto and Jimmy chat about the really rather dull Twin Detectives which tells the story of, obviously, twins who are detectives. Or rather, detective, singular, as they pretend to be one person to solve crimes and to generally wind people up. We discuss the cast and, as it's the 70s, I enjoy the theme, which I play at the end of the show. Contains no strong language, shockingly. 

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Monday, 8 June 2020

So, What's the Problem?-The Net (1995)

This episode, Jen and Jimmy tackle the Sandra Bullock movie, The Net. Is it an ahead of its time thriller or just a dull piece of crap? Eh, kind of a bit of both? In one of our opinions, anyway, the other one liked it... Contains strong language.  

Listen to "So, What's the Problem?" on Spreaker. Yeaaaaaah, nope, not in 1995 ya don't-

Monday, 1 June 2020

So, What's the Problem?-Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

In the first official episode, Jen and Jimmy talk about Sleepless in Seattle and go through just what is wrong with it through a modern eye. Don't worry, folks, neither of us hate the movie, it just has... issues... but we want to prove we can cover good movies and not just stuff like The Crush. Although, Jimmy does wage war against an item of clothing... If you have any suggestions for films to cover, email us at

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Jessica's the best-

Friday, 22 May 2020

Welcome to Shifty Bench's site!

Hello, dear readers/listeners, Jimmy here to welcome you to the same site I've had for a while but now with added personalized domain name. Just who is Shifty Bench, I hear you ask? Then I wonder just how it is that I can actually hear you... anyway, Shifty Bench be me. It's a name I have had online for about twenty years, when I frequented the BBC's Buffy messageboards. I took the name from a line episode 2 of season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in which Buffy, annoyed, destroys a bench with a kick and Oz retorts with this-

Needless to say, the name is the greatest single achievement in my life, I never aimed high. So, for a while, I was known as Shifty Bench on other sites and I really liked it until a few years ago when I decided to go back to the name my parents (but mostly my dad, mum thought I looked like a Robert) gave me. When I wanted to do more with this site and add more podcasts, rather than just Drop the Pilot, I thought I would use my former Buffy related moniker. Mostly because, any domain name related to my actual name was already used. For the time being, starting in June, "So, What's the Problem" will be released one Monday and "Drop the Pilot" will be out the Monday after, rinse and repeat.

I am so proud of what I have done so far with Drop the Pilot with the help of my wonderful co-hosts but really want to expand the site and do more podcasts. There are only so many pilots out there to cover. I have more podcasts planned, which may or may not come to fruition but I will also use this site to post blog entries of stuff I like to talk about. I hope you enjoy what we have coming up for you and if you have any ideas for stuff to cover or just general feedback, I also have a new address, so, feel free to drop us a line as the kids say... in the 1960s. I imagine, I wasn't born yet. Anyhoo, thanks for reading, if indeed you got this far and I'll speak to you next time. 

Monday, 11 May 2020

So, What's the Problem?-The Crush (1993)

In the first episode of a new podcast, Jimmy and Jen discuss The Crush from 1993 and see just how problematic it is by today's standards. Both of them have a list of three problems (they can be major or extremely innocuous) and just have a fun chat. They also have to come up with one positive of the movie too. The trailer for the movie, a thriller about a teenage girl who crushes hard on her new neighbour with dangerous consequences, is available below. The podcast talks briefly about abuse and rape (in the context of the film) but we try to keep it as light as possible.

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Trailer on Youtube

Best ending ever-

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Drop the Pilot- The Danger Team (1991)

Hey, everyone, Owen is back! He's here to chat about the rather odd pilot, The Danger Team which incorporates claymation figures into the real world. Alien clay crashlands on Earth and is molded into small characters who help a bookkeeper solve crimes. The 80s! Wait, this was made in the 90s??? This is the last episode for a short while as we take a break. Be back soon, in the meantime, join the revolution- #DangerHo. The pilot is on Youtube (with adverts) and linked below.

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Monday, 20 April 2020

Bonus: The Princess Bride Commentary

I join Tysto on his podcast to record a commentary for the wonderful 80s classic, The Princess Bride. We both love this film and it's one of Tysto's personal favourites, he says it's near perfect. It's hard to disagree, really, it's wonderful. The movie is out on Blu-ray, the Starz Play channel on Amazon Prime UK and is available to rent on various services in the US. Listen to "Drop The Pilot Podcast" on Spreaker.