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Varicon Video

52 EpisodesProduced by Brandon Hardy and Joseph MelvinWebsite

Join Brandon and Jordan as they relive forgotten and unforgettable movies from the video store era!

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Episode 48 - Fletch (1985)

April 2nd, 2022


We're back to wrap up our Impostors & Doppelgangers theme with a Chevy Chase comedy! Charge any and all expenses to the Underhills!

Episode 47 - The Prestige (2006)

November 14th, 2021


In this episode, we investigate a rivalry between two magicians, one with a closely guarded secret that the other desperately wants. We discuss this tale of obsession and turn-of-the-century intrigue while unpacking …

Episode 46 - Gattaca (1997)

September 14th, 2021


In this episode, we travel to the not-too-distant future of Andrew Niccol’s minimalist sci-fi drama to take a hard look at how it addresses …

Episode 45 - The Mask of Zorro (1998)

August 10th, 2021


In this episode, we wrap up our theme on classic serials by heading west to California to explore a story that starts in 1821 during the Mexican War for Independence from Spain, featuring a masked hero dressed in …

Episode 44 - The Shadow (1994)

July 27th, 2021


The sun is shining…but the ice is slippery, just like Alec Baldwin’s performance. He’s running around with a big schnoz, ripping off his face, and cackling in the breeze, while a madman is running amok and Ian McKellen …

Episode 43 - Flash Gordon (1980)

July 20th, 2021


In this episode, we fight the evil Ming the Merciless and save the lovely Dale Arden with the help of Prince Vultan as the music of Queen plays …

Episode 42 - Closer (2004)

May 17th, 2021


Today we head across the pond to follow the intersecting lives of four flawed, very conflicted, contradictory people... a love- and lust-seeking …

Episode 41 - Heist (2001)

May 7th, 2021


In this episode, we discuss a curious entry set in the Mamet-verse that's all about sleight of hand and what could be Gene Hackman's last great …

Episode 40 - In Bruges (2008)

April 3rd, 2021


In this episode, we go to the most beautiful place in Europe -- it's like a fookin fairytale or somethin' -- to talk about Martin McDonagh's cleverly …

Episode 39 - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

March 6th, 2021


In this episode, we take on a detective case, or maybe it isn’t, about a body in a lake, a rich man and his daughter, two sisters running in different directions, a pink wig, and a finger in a dog’s digestive tract. If …

Episode 38 - Gods and Monsters (1998)

February 25th, 2021


In this episode, we examine and scrutinize the relationship between an aging Hollywood director and his yard man, and we also discuss queer …

Episode 37 - Matinee (1993)

February 8th, 2021


Today we’re traveling back to 1962 for the premiere of Lawrence Woolsey’s monster movie, Mant!. We had to sign a waiver in the lobby because it’s that

Episode 36 - Batman Returns (1992)

December 21st, 2020


Seasons greetings! Today we’re taking you to Gotham City at Christmastime, to deliver a dark chapter in the story of the caped crusader. It’s the bat, the cat, and the penguin, together at last!

Episode 35 - Frequency (2000)

December 9th, 2020


Today we’re talking about a time travel thriller that many people might have missed or probably haven’t given much thought since its release, so we’re traveling back 20 years to revisit Frequency!

In this episode, we’re …

Episode 34 - Hudson Hawk (1991)

November 18th, 2020


Today we’re singing show tunes while we globetrot from New York to Rome to Castle da Vinci, dodging the double-crossing CIA, a Catholic secret …

Episode 33 - A Chat with Roger L. Jackson

November 3rd, 2020


Today we settle into our second episode of our chat series with special guest Roger L. Jackson, a man with over 230 voice acting credits whose voice you’re sure to recognize. Halloween ain’t over until Ghostface speaks!

Episode 32 - The Addams Family (1991)

October 28th, 2020


Today we’re raiding the Addams family fortune for da DUBLOONS! We find our way to some dark territory in this one and head straight to the vault! If …

Episode 31 - The Fugitive (1993)

October 12th, 2020


We have a fugitive on the loose! We’ll be joining Sam Gerard and his quirky team of U.S. Marshals to do a hard target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse, and doghouse in the …

Episode 30 - Stay Tuned (1992)

September 21st, 2020


Today we’re testing out a new satellite system with 666 channels you can’t get on regular TV. We’ll be channel surfing programming intended as “light …

Episode 29 - A Chat with Ira Heiden

August 20th, 2020


This is the first episode in our new chat series, where we sit down with someone who works in the film industry and has some connection to a …

Episode 28 - O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

June 23rd, 2020


We're back! Today we set off across Mississippi during the Great Depression with chaingangers Ulysses Everett McGill, Delmar O'Donnell, and Pete to find a buried treasure if we can make it past the gangsters, klansmen, …

Episode 27 - True Lies (1994)

March 12th, 2020


Today we follow an unassuming family man computer salesmen who actually works for a secret government agency called the Omega Sector who shoots and …

Episode 26 - Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

January 25th, 2020


Today we’re trying to get home in time for turkey dinner!  We’ll be trying to make it from New York to Chicago, battling motel clerks, rental car agencies, and airlines, all while GOING THE WRONG WAY!

Episode 25 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

December 15th, 2019


Today we venture off to ToonTown with our friends from Random Movie Roulette: Louis, Mike, and Jack! We muse on how toons procreate, the severity of …

Episode 24 - The Devil's Advocate (1997)

November 20th, 2019


We start off in Gainesville, Florida, but we soon head to New York City to help hotshot defense attorney Kevin Lomax pick a jury — he’s never lost a case! And we help his wife, Mary Ann, pick the right shade of green …

Episode 23 - Hocus Pocus (1993)

October 21st, 2019


Today we’re flying to Salem, Massachusetts, to dance All Hallows Eve away with the Sanderson Sisters — they will put a spell on you. We’ve got spells and magic, black cats and pointy hats, grab a broom n’ hide yo kids, …

Episode 22 - Jack the Bear (1993)

September 29th, 2019


Today Mando and Patrick from THEMATIC ELEMENTS come on the show to talk about a curious little gem of the early 90s that we all appreciate called JACK THE BEAR! It’s an emotional coming of age story with just enough of …

SNEAK PEEK - Twister (1996) [A Patreon Exclusive]

August 30th, 2019


Here's a little snippet of our Patreon exclusive episode on TWISTER (1996)! If you're not a patron of the show and want to learn more about how that works, head over to for more information!

Episode 21 - Scream (1996)

July 9th, 2019


Today we take a trip to Woodsboro to see what the hell’s going on with this horror movie-luvin’ Ghostfaced killer who is slicing and dicing his way …

Episode 20 - Tombstone (1993)

June 12th, 2019


Today we’re packing up and heading west to Arizona because silver has been discovered there, and there are some cottages coming up for rent in a …

SNEAK PEEK - What About Bob? (1991) [A Patreon Exclusive]

May 24th, 2019


Here’s a little snippet of our Patreon exclusive episode on WHAT ABOUT BOB?! If you’re not a patron of the show and want to learn more about how that works, head over to for more information!

SNEAK PEEK - Jacob’s Ladder (1990) [A Patreon Exclusive]

May 24th, 2019


Here’s a little snippet of our Patreon exclusive episode on JACOB’S LADDER! If you’re not a patron of the show and want to learn more about how that works, head over to for more information!

Episode 19 - Meet Joe Black (1998)

April 29th, 2019


Wow, Joseph and I didn’t realize there would be so much to unpack in this one, so we brought along guest host Chris: Red to Joseph’s Andy. We have …

Episode 18 - Chopping Mall (1986) + Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

March 30th, 2019


Varicon Video and Random Movie Roulette join forces and check out the Park Plaza Mall and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in today's …

Episode 17 - Batman (1989)

March 18th, 2019


Today we’re in Gotham City for its 200th anniversary birthday festival, despite it being overrun by the clown prince of crime, The Joker. We dine with Bruce Wayne and talk to reporter Vicki Vale and Alexander Knox to …

SNEAK PEEK - Robocop (1987) [A Patreon Exclusive]

March 11th, 2019


Here's a little snippet of our Patreon exclusive episode of ROBOCOP! If you're not a patron of the show and want to learn more about how that works, head over to for more information!

Episode 16 - Clerks (1994)

February 24th, 2019


Today we’re jockeying the cash registers at the Quick Stop and RST Video to deal with (and talk about) unsavory customers — buncha savages — with our first guest host (and patron) Ryan! Grab a tabloid and some Gatorade …

Episode 15 - A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

February 16th, 2019


Today we’re trekking to Springwood, Ohio to cruise down Elm Street and check ourselves into Westin Hills Psychiatric Hospital. We’ve been having bad dreams about this guy who’s burned, wears a red and green striped …

Episode 14 - Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

February 9th, 2019


You're about to hear two podcasters in a fledgling video store watch a film from 1983, one based on a popular television show ripe with societal …

Episode 13 - The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

January 26th, 2019


Grab your rock hammer because we’re going to prison! We meander off the beaten path a few times to indulge in some digressions, but revisiting this …

Episode 12 - Freaked (1993)

January 19th, 2019


We follow actor Ricky Coogan and his pal Ernie down to Santa Flan to check out FREEK LAND in today’s episode! Co-written, co-directed, co-produced …

Episode 11 - Clue (1985)

January 12th, 2019


Happy New Year to all! Today we trek up to a New England mansion called Hill House back in the 50s for a dinner party, and get to the bottom of a string of murders. We find out WHODUNNIT, WHERE, and WITH WHAT.  Join us …

Episode 10 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

December 1st, 2018


We’re sledding back to 1989 to rap about ginormous Christmas trees, attack squirrels, flying sheets of ice, non-nutritive cereal varnish, and the …

Episode 9 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

November 17th, 2018


Today we drop into the sewers to rap with Leo, Donnie, Mikey, and Ralph to battle the evil Shredder and his Foot clan in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 1990! The highest grossing independent film at its time, this …

Episode 8 - American Psycho (2000)

November 14th, 2018


In today’s episode, we delve into the posh ranks of 1980s Wall Street yuppies and their shallow, materialist world to pontificate about that memorable satire American Psycho starring Christian Bale. It’s a laugh riot — …

Episode 7 - Sleepy Hollow (1999)

November 2nd, 2018


Halloween might have just passed, but we’re not through with it yet! Joseph and Brandon take a trip to Sleepy Hollow and revisit Tim Burton’s gothic …

Episode 6 - Child's Play (1988)

October 22nd, 2018


We’re baaaack after a little break, and today’s episode digs into a story about a boy and his killer doll possessed by a madman and where the Chucky …

Episode 5 - Forrest Gump (1994)

October 2nd, 2018


Get your Bubba Gump shrimp cookin’ however you like it! Today we’re talking Forrest Gump, running, and a bit about destiny. This Academy Award winner needed fresh eyes to give it due credit, so we hope you enjoy it. Due …

Episode 4 - Christine (1983)

September 22nd, 2018


We’ve got a jealous killer car with a taste for vengeance! Based on the novel by Stephen King, this adaptation by John Carpenter is a landmark horror …

Episode 3 - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

September 9th, 2018


Bring your merry men! We have a great chat about this 1991 action flick and muse about some of the plot holes and humor that are peppered throughout

Episode 2 - Drop Dead Fred (1991)

September 9th, 2018


This episode has a little bit of everything: overbearing mothers, imaginary friends, Carrie Fisher, and dog poo. It’s a romp of a comedy classic …

Episode 1 - Tron (1982)

September 9th, 2018


We’re kicking off our first episode — our grand opening, as it were — as a kind of experiment. We meander through themes in Tron while also trying to feel out the best possible format for the show. For future episodes, …

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