Elvis Has Left The Movies
Episode 20: Frankie and Johnny (1966)

Episode 20: Frankie and Johnny (1966)

October 15, 2021

With one major hurdle behind us, it's back to pretty alright yet formulaic Elvis pleasantness. This week it's a little ramblin' gamblin' trip down the Mississippi River. It's also a period piece which means for the first time in a while there are interesting costumes to discuss.

Pretty standard fare. Near the end we brainstorm a whole psychological thriller movie plot out of one of the minor bits from this film and Matt gives out some free alternate podcast ideas that haven't been utilized yet.

Episode 19: Harum Scarum (1965)

Episode 19: Harum Scarum (1965)

October 8, 2021

It's the one you've all been waiting for I'm sure. Even most die-hard fans will agree that this is pretty much rock bottom, cinematically, for Elvis. We agree. At least we can put it behind us.

Given that we've got yet another movie appropriating a culture, Morgan gets to talkin' about orientalism. Matt discusses the crucial difference between a good bad movie and a movie that's just bad. Also there's a sizeable tangent where we discuss The Thin Man film series and Dashiell Hammett as a writer.

Episode 18: Tickle Me (1965)

Episode 18: Tickle Me (1965)

October 1, 2021

How appropriate that Elvis plays a rodeo cowboy in this one since the movie felt like it was a bucking bull trying to throw us off with its many plots. It made for strange but not unrewarding viewing and at least one scene we deemed the best gag in an Elvis film so far.

No new songs were recorded for this film so we talk a bit about the various albums they plucked the tunes from. We also get the return of Matt talking about giallo. It's really an episode as unpredictable as the movie it covers.

Episode 17: Girl Happy (1965)

Episode 17: Girl Happy (1965)

September 24, 2021

This movie jumps on the bandwagon of two different trends. We've got a beach party movie on our hands with a Beatles inspired rock band at its center. Luckily that means we ended up having a delightful time.

Matt does a deep dive into how beach party movies became a thing and even gives a mini review of one he watched. Morgan liked a lot of the songs this time and was really taken by co-star Shelley Fabares.

Always pleasing to have nice things to say. Hopefully it'll happen more going forward.

Episode 16: Roustabout (1964)

Episode 16: Roustabout (1964)

September 17, 2021

We get a few signs of our growth throughout this series as we enter into the back half of the Elvis filmography. In this episode Matt is able to actually summarize the whole plot in short order and Morgan recognizes an actress and pinpoints which past film she appeared in. Look at us go.

That being said, Morgan is getting fed up with the tropes. She gets in a few good rants. There's also tangents about Buster Keaton's stunts, the origins of the song Blue Hawaii and a quick shoutout to John Woo.

Episode 15½: The Halfway There Special

Episode 15½: The Halfway There Special

September 10, 2021

It's pretty wild that we're already halfway towards our goal. So many movies. So we're taking an episode to pause and reflect.

The bulk of the time is taken up with us committing to ranking all the Elvis character names. Along the way we also discuss favourite songs, outfits, sidekicks, co-stars and even favourite scene of Elvis singing while driving.

We end the proceedings by riffing on which Elvis movie titles would make a good cocktail. Here's to the next leg of the journey and even beyond.

Episode 15: Kissin‘ Cousins (1964)

Episode 15: Kissin‘ Cousins (1964)

September 3, 2021

A classic movie gimmick. Have your lead actor play dual roles. Though they really don't utilize its potential with Elvis. The result is an almost okay movie. It wasn't as bad as we were expecting but maybe we're just getting better at keeping our expectations really low.

Morgan takes offense to a pair of overalls worn backwards. Matt notices Elvis holding a steering wheel strangely. It's the small details we just can't help but get distracted by. That's the Elvis Has Left The Movies difference.

Episode 14: Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Episode 14: Viva Las Vegas (1964)

August 27, 2021

Since we're opting to go with the production order of the movies instead of the release dates, Kissin' Cousins can wait for next week.

Elvis gets paired off with a leading lady who can really go toe to toe with him. Ann-Margret hops into this picture and brings along some folks who worked with her on Bye Bye Birdie.

Matt really dug the filmmaking on this one and Morgan once again has many thoughts on the wardrobe. We also talk about the connection Elvis has to a certain famous anime character.

Episode 13: Fun in Acapulco (1963)

Episode 13: Fun in Acapulco (1963)

August 20, 2021

Back to our regularly scheduled programming. We recorded it once and some audio was lost but second time's the charm so you may now hear our thoughts on Fun in Acapulco. It's a pretty good bad movie that contains probably our favourite weird scene transition yet.

We go into the surprising history Elvis had with Mexico which led to him being unable to step foot there. Also while talking about the cast Matt brings up a certain TV show that was spoken of in a past episode, much to Morgan's dismay.

Elvis Has Left The Movies Presents: Bloopers and Outtakes

Elvis Has Left The Movies Presents: Bloopers and Outtakes

August 13, 2021

Facing the dilemma of no new episode being recorded yet for this week, Matt decided to try this experiment. Didn't want you to be completely empty-handed. 

It's not a new episode but it is all new content. Many tangents and jokes get cut to keep things at a consistent runtime and all those extra bits are now collected here.

So if you came to this Elvis podcast hoping for an episode with almost no Elvis talk, this is the weirdly specific one for you. Hopefully we have Fun in Acapulco next week.

Episode 12: It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963)

Episode 12: It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963)

August 6, 2021

We'll tell ya what didn't happen at the World's Fair, a good movie. The location's an interesting change of pace but we can't muster too much enthusiasm for the story.

So you know what that means: Tangents galore! We riff on actors running in movies, what constitutes a comedy dance team and the original Planet of the Apes films. At one point a new spin on a classic musical is brainstormed.

Also we've got a twitter now, where bonus visuals related to our ramblings can be found. @ElvisHasLeftPod

Episode 11: Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)

Episode 11: Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)

July 30, 2021

We're following up Morgan's fave with Matt's least favourite (so far). Elvis is back in Hawaii and nobody's fond of this fiasco.

Once the plot's been dealt with, there are tangents about Morgan's love of kimonos and she envisions a version of The Golden Globes hosted by The Golden Girls. Delightful stuff.

Later, Matt brings up True Grit and makes a few revelations that Morgan didn't know. There's also some reminiscing about those little sticky hand toys. Remember those? Gosh this movie sucked.

Episode 10: Kid Galahad (1962)

Episode 10: Kid Galahad (1962)

July 23, 2021

Rejoice everyone, it's another film we actually like. Something that'll probably become rarer as we move along. It's Morgan's favourite and she's glad that it held up on this latest viewing. Not a fan of many of the songs though.

Throughout the episode there's lots of discussion about the change in filmmaking starting to take place in the mid-60's and the birth of New Hollywood. Matt even has a book recommendation. Then, perhaps inevitably, we end things by doing Edward G. Robinson impressions.

Episode 9: Follow That Dream (1962)

Episode 9: Follow That Dream (1962)

July 16, 2021

Pro Tip: Don't record a podcast during a heat wave. At least that's the excuse we'll use for why things feel more scatterbrained than usual in this episode. Just like Elvis' goofy family take the road less travelled in Follow That Dream, we took detours at every tangent we could find.

Morgan compares the movie to a literal turd in a toilet during an extended metaphor and Matt makes an ill-advised attempt to describe some shots he liked from the film in an audio only medium. This is a weird one.

Episode 8: Blue Hawaii (1961)

Episode 8: Blue Hawaii (1961)

July 9, 2021

Elvis makes his first of 3 films in Hawaii and boy howdy it's a box office smash. Why was it such a big earner? Well, the soundtrack is a doozy but maybe it has something to do with him wearing some tiny short shorts for the majority of the runtime. Who's to say?

We get completely derailed during the cast chat and spend a few minutes discussing the baffling late 60's TV series The Flying Nun. Oh also the climax of this film features Elvis spanking a teen girl in wet lingerie. Y'know, as you do.

Episode 7: Wild in the Country (1961)

Episode 7: Wild in the Country (1961)

July 2, 2021

What a difference a week makes. We follow up our strongly worded takedown of Flaming Star with a heaping of praise for Wild in the Country. Universal equilibrium is maintained. This movie is great and it's shocking that it isn't discussed more. A true hidden gem within Elvis' filmography.

There's some surprising cast and crew this time. Also make sure to stick around for the end where we delve into an alternate timeline where Elvis plays Tony in 1961's West Side Story. Oh, what might have been.

Episode 6: Flaming Star (1960)

Episode 6: Flaming Star (1960)

June 25, 2021

Guys, we need to talk about Flaming Star. Pretty well-regarded by critics as far as Elvis' films go, it is nevertheless quite problematic.

Our present day lens is focusing hard this week on the representation of indigenous people in film. Morgan reads her notes chronicling in real time her thoughts while watching the movie. There's a lot.

Plus: Tangents about The Grapes of Wrath and Marlon Brando refusing his Oscar for The Godfather. All this and more served up fresh for you to lend an ear to.

Episode 5: G.I. Blues (1960)

Episode 5: G.I. Blues (1960)

June 18, 2021

After 2 years in the army, Elvis returns to the screen and nothing is ever really the same again. We charitably call this film "lame" and it's easily our least favourite so far. Doesn't help that last time we watched arguably Elvis' best.

Matt takes an opportunity to discuss the origins and his love of Giallo films. Morgan gives the movie a reality check in regards to how the subplot with the baby would probably really go down. Why did they put a baby in this movie? Buckle up for this nonsense.

Episode 4: King Creole (1958)

Episode 4: King Creole (1958)

June 11, 2021

It's our longest episode yet. Riding right up to that hour mark. Then again it's about Elvis' longest feature film, so perhaps it was to be expected.

You know the drill by now. We talk the plot and the songs. Matt gabs about actors and their work in all kinds of movies. Morgan gets into the details of the costumes. 

Plus: Tangents about the origin of Homer Simpsons' voice and our opinions on Matthew McConaughey's mid-2000's filmic output. All this and more we offer for your listening pleasure.

Episode 3: Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Episode 3: Jailhouse Rock (1957)

June 4, 2021

This one's a biggie. Even folks who've never seen an Elvis film can picture him clad in his ensemble from the big musical number in his third feature. Genuine movie history and iconography. It's the photo used for his dang Wikipedia entry.

Take away that famous sequence though and the film's overall plot is quite scattershot. Direct quote from Morgan in Episode 2: "We're gonna talk a lot about queerbaiting in Jailhouse Rock. It's gonna get really wild." We deliver on that promise and then some.

Episode 2: Loving You (1957)

Episode 2: Loving You (1957)

May 28, 2021

Episode 2, Loving You. Elvis is back and now in colour! Mr. Presley fares much better in his 2nd film outing. Once again we discuss the film's plot and such amid all sorts of digressions.

Hopefully you aren't listening for the accuracy of our recollection of the film's character names. We really dropped the ball this time. Deke is referred to by Zeke a few times. Tex is Rex for almost the whole runtime. At least that latter flub leads to Morgan making a solid Steam Powered Giraffe reference.

Episode 1: Love Me Tender (1956)

Episode 1: Love Me Tender (1956)

May 21, 2021

We start things off with 1956's Love Me Tender. Elvis Presley? In a movie? It's just crazy enough to work. Maybe.

There are differing opinions on the success of this first cinema venture for The King. Talk of Elvis' rise to stardom is had and we do get around to talking about the film's plot, the cast, the inaccurate costumes and all kinds of other stuff. 

It's a little all over the place (both the movie and this podcast) but hey it can only get better from here. Right?

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