Film Podcast – Dare Daniel Episode 31 – “Gotti”

John Travolta gives the thumbs-up in GottiDare Daniel Podcast Episode 31 – Gotti

“Let’s get into this fucking travesty.”

In this Family-friendly episode of the Dare Daniel Podcast, Mafia history buff Corky McDonnell and legitimate businessman Daniel Barnes take their whacks at Kevin Connolly’s 2018 critical punching bag biopic Gotti, starring John Travolta as the legendary New York mob boss.

A love letter to the Gotti family that became an instant legend bad movie upon release, Gotti combines a half-dozen framing devices, nonsensical time jumps, real-life news reports, bullet point scenes without beginnings or ends (or middles for that matter), and straight-to-camera narration into an indecipherable, unwatchable, excruciating mess.

The flummoxed hosts discuss Travolta’s immobile face, create a gangster movie soundtrack station on Sirius called Mob Hitz, and reveal the secret identity of Pit Bull.


U.S. theatrical release date: June 15, 2018

Box office: $4.3 million (production budget: $10 million)

Critic scores: 0 on Rotten Tomatoes; 24 on Metacritic

This week’s craft beer: Crooked Lane Brewing‘s Oktoberfest Vienna Lager (5.2% ABV)

This week’s Darer: Linda Barnes (aka Daniel’s Mom)

Why did Daniel’s Mom dare Daniel and Corky to watch Gotti“I have only one word for Dare Daniel: Gotti.  Mic drop.  Forty-four producers, what could possibly go wrong?”

IMDB synopsis: “The story of crime boss John Gotti and his son.”

This week’s referenced movies: The Incredibles 2American AnimalsChina SalesmanThe GodfatherThe Silence of the LambsMary Shelley’s FrankensteinMeatballsShaftFifty Shades of Grey filmsBack to the FutureGoodfellasThe Monuments MenThe Snowman

Ratings for Gotti: Daniel – Double Dare; Corky – Double Dare


Original theatrical trailer for Gotti

Gotti courtroom scene

The Paul Castellano hit

Indiewire article about the MoviePass/Rotten Tomatoes controversy

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