Heartbeeps (1981; Allan Arkush) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 16
“These friendly robots are obviously not mischievous trespassers.”
Banana daiquiri expert Daniel Barnes and lumber (and its profitable by-products) specialist Corky McDonnell rip open a couple of bags of beers to discuss Allan Arkush’s indelibly disturbing 1981 family comedy Heartbeeps, starring Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters as nightmarish robots who fall in love.
Recorded live over brunch and beers at Sac City Brews Neighborhood Tap House in the Tallac Village neighborhood of Sacramento, this episode of Dare Daniel is a surefire fix for your malfunctioning pleasure center.
Daniel and Corky decrease efficiency to discuss Borscht Belt androids, the botanical properties of bush-bots, Crimebuster party fouls and the profundity of “boi-yoi-yoing”-style comedy noises.
This week’s craft beer: Melvin Brewing’s Your IPA (7.1% ABV)
This week’s Darer: Dan Scott
Why did Dan dare Daniel and Corky to watch this movie? “This came up in my feed and I had to share it. I have a fondness for incredibly talented people doing incredibly bad films. Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters play robots who fall in love.”
This week’s referenced movies: Can’t Stop the Music; Rock ‘n’ Roll High School; Magnolia; The Man Without a Face; An American Werewolf in London; Basic Instinct; Gremlins; Short Circuit; Star Wars; Fifty Shades of Grey; Cool Hand Luke; Stand by Me; The Sting; Taxi Driver; Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Ratings for Heartbeeps: Daniel – Dare; Corky – Double Dare