Thursday, 9 September 2021

So, What's the Problem? Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)

Ooh, boy, it's one of those "how is this for kids?" movies and despite there being a lot we could talk about, this is a short episode. It's an odd one. As this is late, we shall no longer be having theme months but will have seasons instead. We explain more on the episode. Contains strong language. 

You know... for kids! 



Thursday, 26 August 2021

Fringe Division 2.5: Dream Logic

 Episode five is here... so hear us talk about Quantum Leap! Yeah, sorry folks, it's a dull episode of Fringe so Martin would rather talk about other things. Jump to about 12 minutes in if you want to hear about the actual episode. Other tangents include Masters of the Universe, including the new Netflix series, with no spoilers. Contains strong language. 


Monday, 23 August 2021

So, What's the Problem? The Care Bears Movie (1985)

Oh, dear. Jen and the podcast's very own Grumpy Bear, Jimmy, discuss this favourite from the former's childhood. And the latter just isn't having any of it. They talk about the cast, fawn over one in particular, Jen talks about the artist behind some of the bears and disbelieves Jimmy about the existence of a show from his past. Oh and Jimmy accuses the Care Bears of being stalkers, enjoy! Contains strong language. 


This movie could have been written today...and then just ended here...



Thursday, 19 August 2021

So, What's the Problem? The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)

 Episode two of Animated Month sees the very first (and probably only) Claymation movie to be covered on the show. It's a short one this week because... well, you'll see. Contains one use of strong language as Jimmy could just about restrain himself. For info on what is next in Animation month, listen to the end. 

This is nightmare fuel but so damn good...



Thursday, 12 August 2021

Fringe Division: 2.4- Momentum Deferred

 


Leonard Nimoy is back, people!!!! Things are explained, villains are disposed of and Walter almost gets some! And it's only episode 4! Tangents include streaming services, the Body Snatchers movies and Munity on the Buses. Also, listen out for our subtle new way of hiding spoilers. Contains strong language and adult humour some may find in poor taste. 

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

So, What's the Problem? Beauty and the Beast (1991)

It's the first episode of Animation month! Jen has picked this classic tale that was the first animated movie to be nominated for best picture. Oliver & Company was snubbed! They talk about Disney movies of the 90s (and 80s),Stockholm Syndrome and ponder just how this curse works. Next week, a non traditionally animated movie. Contains strong language. 

Me...


 

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Fringe Division: 2.3- Fracture

We have returned and it's a good episode, hurrah! Jimmy and Martin talk about many things including the ongoing debate regarding the length of Fringe's seasons, Scottish TV show Scotch & Wry and Jimmy's inability to picture people naked. Contains strong language and adult humour. 

 

Friday, 30 July 2021

Jimmy and Martin Talk Doctor Who

 

As a special bonus episode born out of busyness, Jimmy and Martin have an off-the-cuff, unedited chat about the future of Doctor Who given the news of the upcoming departure of Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall. This came out of a recording of Fringe Division and Jimmy is going to be out of town, so couldn't edit an episode on time, so we're releasing this. Contains strong language and strong opinions. 


Monday, 26 July 2021

So, What's the Problem? Delirious (1991)


It's Jimmy's pick and it's one he used to watch on VHS a lot. Is it any good? Did Jen watch it for the first time or had she seen it and forgot? Like she had forgotten a certain movie we have covered on the podcast already? Tangents include spoiler-free talk about the movie Freaky.  In two weeks, it's the start of Animated Movie Month on So, What's the Problem? Find out what is first at the end of this episode. Exciting! Contains strong language. 

Bad taste, sure, but that reaction is fucking great...



Monday, 19 July 2021

So, What's the Problem? Return to Oz (1985)

 An 80s movie not picked by Jimmy? I mean... what???? This curio from Disney often gets misidentified as a sequel to The Wizard of Oz (1939) but it's actually an adaptation of a couple of the books that were sequels to the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). Got that? Good. This week, Jimmy struggles with his feelings about the movie and Jen faces a childhood trauma. Contains strong language. 

Holy shit, Disney! 



Tuesday, 13 July 2021

So, What's the Problem? Crocodile Dundee (1986)

It's a childhood favourite of Jimmy's again and one that Jen had never seen until the day of recording. So, strap in, folks, hot takes abound including one about the original Ghostbusters movie and our two hosts disagreeing about a character. Or two. Listen to the end to hear what movie is next. Contains strong language. 


The only part of this movie anyone remembers...



Friday, 9 July 2021

Fringe Division: 2.2- Night of Desirable Objects

 Episode two of season two and we say goodbye to a new character... wait, what? We get into ever so slight spoilers but only about whether a future Duchess comes back or not but we felt as though we had to. Also, the usual references to Buffy and Star Trek but oddly not the X-Files, which this episode of Fringe is clearly reminiscent of. We're just idiots. Contains strong language. 

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Monday, 5 July 2021

So, What's the Problem? - Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)


It's a dark comedy teen movie from the 90s time, so guess who picked this? Jimmy and Jen talk about the cast, Jen's love for a certain actress (or two) and Jimmy gets educated on something. Stay tuned until the end to hear what movie Jimmy has picked for next week. And yes, it's from the 1980s. Contains strong language and adult themes in the context of satire. 
 

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Fringe Division- 2.1: A New Day in the Old Town

We're back with Fringe season 2, baby!!! Sure, we're a month late but illness is a bitch. We say goodbye to one character and hello to a new one played by a future Duchess. We also tangent about a friend's obsession with a particular Royal while Jimmy apparently has an obsession with a British boyband from the 1980s. And Martin namedrops Star Trek. We really are back! 

 

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

So, What's the Problem- Short Circuit (1986)

 

In a change to our scheduled episode, Harry and the Hendersons because Jimmy's side of the audio was borked, we have this. Is it an easy target? Sure, but maybe one of us won't actually pick the obvious. Jimmy has a cold so is sucking lozenges while Jen changes her mind on a character during the duration of the podcast. Contains strong language. 

Even the damn robot wants to bang the female lead...



Monday, 7 June 2021

So, What's the Problem? American Beauty (1999)

Sigh, it's one of those episodes, folks. The hosts just don't agree on this movie being any good. Also, Jimmy reads some feedback, send us some, won't you? Email us- contact@shiftybench.co.uk and tell us what you think of this movie or any others we've covered. Contains strong language

Ugh...



 

Monday, 17 May 2021

So, What's the Problem? 48 Hrs. (1982)

It's the first episode of year 2 of So, What's the Problem? and Jimmy has picked this early 80s "classic". He loved it as a kid, does it hold up? Like, at all? This may be the episode in which Jen falls out with Jimmy over his choices. She'll get her revenge next week as she's picked a movie Jimmy hates. They also chat about Top Gun and one of Walter Hill's more recent movies that has a bizarre premise. Contains strong language and may not be for fans of the movie. 

After this scene, the woman in it is forgotten about entirely, never seen or mentioned again...


 

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

So, What's the Problem? 1st Anniversary Special!

 It's our very first anniversary special! And it's a long one, for us anyway! Jimmy and Jen just have a chat. They talk about the origins of the podcast, expand upon previous conversation, the fate of Drop the Pilot and say a bad word a lot.  Also, find out movies they'll never cover and ones they want to but maybe can't. Contains very, very strong language. 


No movie this week but here's a Gif anyway of a movie we can't cover-





Thursday, 6 May 2021

Fringe Division- 1:19/1:20- Finale Double Bill!


It has arrived! Later than hoped, Jimmy and Martin discuss episodes 19 and 20 of season one of Fringe- The Road Not Taken and There's More Than One of Everything. And all the Star Trek talk from throughout the season, now makes sense! The show is taking the rest of May off but we'll be back with season 2 in June.  Contains strong language. 
 

Monday, 3 May 2021

So, What's the Problem? The Wizard (1989)

Jimmy and Jen dive back into the Fred Savage well with this movie from the same year as Little Monsters, which was previously covered. This episode has disagreements, tangents and contains strong language and adult themes. Don't blame us, the movie may be PG and silly but it can be pretty dark if you think about it too much. Which Jimmy and Jen tend to do. Next week is our first anniversary and we have a special show for you...

Fred Savage is all of us in this scene...


 

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

So, What's the Problem? I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)


It's the final episode of Sequel Month, here on So, What's the Problem? Jimmy and Jen are back in the world of horror with this lacklustre sequel that was rushed into production after the success of the first movie. They talk about teen girls in movies, commonsensnsemedia.org and Jimmy gives far too much thought to the plot of the movie. More than the actual filmmakers do. Contains strong language. 

This is, like, the 50th time Julie screams in the movie...



 

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Fringe Division- 1:18- Midnight


 Jimmy and Martin are almost at the finale but first, they must chat about this pretty okay episode. Along the way, the praise the guest cast, complain about a certain character again and discuss their dislike for the way Americans pronounce Scottish cities. No offence meant to all Americans. Just the ones who don't understand that Scotland is part of Britain (kidding). Contains strong language. 


Monday, 19 April 2021

So, What's the Problem? Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

Sequel month continues with Jen's second pick, Sister Act 2. It's an enjoyable movie with very little wrong with it but, don't we all need something fun and light on occasion? Especially after last week's movie. I don't think Jen will forgive Jimmy for that. As well as the movie, they talk about the cast, aging and Jimmy learns the legend of Riley Weston. 

So... not cool, then?


 

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Fringe Division 1.17: Bad Dreams

So, here we are, folks, at the final stretch of season one of the hit TV show, Fringe. And it's a a good episode, yay! And we finally hear the voice of William Bell!  In this episode of the podcast, Jimmy and Martin discuss, Star Trek the lyrics to Nellie the Elephant and Martin explains part of the plot to his Scottish comrade. They also ponder whether or not to cover the "lost" episode of season one. Contains strong language. 
 

Monday, 12 April 2021

So, What's the Problem? Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Sequel month continues with a spicy one. Jimmy would like to apologise to those who love this movie... but neither of the hosts do. And that's okay. There's still some good stuff in there, of course but Jimmy and Jen are here to talk about the bad. I mean, it's the point of the podcast.  Contains strong language. 

At least this movie spawned one of Jimmy's favourite GIFs of all time-

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Fringe Division 1:16- Unleashed


Sadly, it's another pretty "blah" episode of Fringe (as Martin predicted) as a member of the team that's not really a member of the team gets infected by a giant hybrid creature. It sounds great but it's a dull trope-fest with a non-sensical character moment for Walter. Jimmy and Martin also talk about WandaVision (no spoilers) and insult the French. Contains strong language. 
 

Monday, 5 April 2021

So, What's the Problem? The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)


It's sequel month here at "So, What's the Problem?" and we are starting with this very 90s follow-up to a very 70s classic. Also, this is being released on the 47th anniversary of the release of the original novel. Topics include toxic masculinity, casting folk who look far too old to be teens and a very hot take about a beloved reviewer. Contains strong language and adult themes. 

Frigging love this shot...






Thursday, 1 April 2021

Fringe Division 1:15- Inner Child

It's episode fifteen of the hit TV show, Fringe and Martin and Jimmy talk about Buffy. Oh and Fringe, of course. Is this a filler episode or one that sets up more of the mythology? Or is it both? Neither host knows but they chat about it anyway. Contains strong language. 


Monday, 29 March 2021

So, What's the Problem?- My Father the Hero (1994)

Okay folks, strap in because Jimmy and Jen are here to talk about a really weird and creepy remake of a French movie. Which was probably also weird and creepy but French. This is America, though, dammit and we don't over sexualize 14 year old girls and play paedophilia for comedy in a PG Disney movie here! Oh, wait... Contains strong language and adult themes. 

Ummm...


 

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Fringe Division 1:14- Ability

Here it is, folks, our longest episode yet! By about a minute. Anyway, it makes up for last week having a longer music outro just to pad time. This week, Jimmy and Martin talk about a game changing episode, possibly. As well as the usual tangents and Martin annoying Jimmy. Contains strong language. 

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Monday, 22 March 2021

So, What's the Problem? The Mighty Ducks (1992)

It's Jen's pick, so... The Mighty Ducks! Just in time for the sequel TV series streaming this week on Disney+, Jimmy and Jen chat about 90s hair, cartoon sound effects, the use of a certain word that means something worse in the UK as it does in the US and they ponder just what they are allowed to say these days, without offending anyone. Contains strong language and offensive words in the context of a 90s kids movie. Stay tuned to the end to hear what mess of a movie is next...
If I had a penny for every time I've heard this...


 

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Fringe Division: 1.13- The Transformation

It's episode 13 and it's unlucky for some, especially Jimmy and Martin as it's their shortest episode so far. And they still find time to mess around and tangent about things such as Deep Space 9 and Jimmy's other podcast. Oh and a series regular has their final episode and Jimmy and Martin don't realise. Will they bring it up next week? Probably not. Contains strong language. 


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