Episode #131: “Rise of the Top Gun Apes” | Project X (1987)

Cohost Jeff returns after a long hiatus to direct a middle school production of Beauty and the Beast, we talk about why Will Smith would make a horrible Genie, how Suicide Squad isn’t horrible but lacks good, pirates stealing Pirates, Powers Boothe passing, apes flying planes, and whether or not James Horner steals his own music. All that and we may have created our own band.

1. Intro/Welcome back Jeff! [00:00]

2. Live-action Aladdin casting discussion [06:05]

3. Universal releasing new monster movie box sets (“Dracula” and “The Mummy” related films) [15:08]

4. John finally watched Suicide Squad [16:49]

5. Pirates stole Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales [22:03]

6. Powers Boothe passed away last weekend [30:08]

7. Project X discussion [32:00]

8. Does James Horner “copy” himself? [56:10] (A couple of links below cover the same topic.)

9. Wrap-up/Bye-bye [1:35:10]

The Ultimate James Horner’s “Plagiarism” List:


James Horner’s self rip-offs:

Project X trailer:


  1. I liked the movie Project X. It has been a while since I’ve seen it though. I felt sorry for the cigarette smoking monkey (what’s his name).


    • I think that one was Goliath. I hadn’t seen this movie before (surprising, because it would’ve been one I’d have liked as a kid)… was surprised at how emotional I got… especially during the scene with Bluebeard piloting the simulator for the first time (and last time). James Horner’s music helped set that scene perfectly too!

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