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The Quaid In Full podcast rates, reviews, and ranks every single televisual work in which Dennis Quaid appears. This highly unscientific endeavor is hosted by Sarah D. Bunting and Jeb Lund, because they give a fox. Continue Reading >>
The Quaid In Full podcast rates, reviews, and ranks every single televisual work in which Dennis Quaid appears. This highly unscientific endeavor is hosted by Sarah D. Bunting and Jeb Lund, because they give a fox. << Show Less
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S06E11: Flight Of The Phoenix You've seen 2004's Flight Of The Phoenix before -- not just the Jimmy Stewart verzh from the '60s, but every &quot;ragtag group with various animosities bands together to beat insurmountable odds, with an assist from ILM CGI&quot; flick before it. As NOT the best pilot we ever saw, Dennis Quaid's Frank Towns throws John Wayne, Barth from You Can't Do That On Television, and a crappish Bill Clinton imitation into a blender to assay a backstory-free brat to whom everyone from Dr. House to EMT Riley to Eowyn is looking for salvation. How long have they been out in the Gobi? How much water is left? Why are Chekhov's nomads wearing Converse? And why did the same single rock in the entire desert that killed Sam Winchester then save Dennis Quaid? A lot of questions, a lot of callbacks to Enemy Mine in the season finale of Quaid In Full.

Overall score: 4.5
QQQ score: 6
Days since a lost Kuffs accident: 35

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S02E11: The Right Stuff
S03E02: Enemy Mine
&quot;Iiiiii heard that&quot;
Part 1 of The Phoenix Diaries, in which the director allegedly yells at the actors
Ebert's review
Marc Savlov's for The Austin Chronicle
Ruthe Stein's for the Chron
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S06E11: Flight Of The Phoenix You've seen 2004's Flight Of The Phoenix before -- not just the Jimmy Stewart verzh from the '60s, but every &quot;ragtag group with various animosities bands together to beat insurmountable odds, with an assist from ILM CGI&quot; flick before it. As NOT the best pilot we ever saw, Dennis Quaid's Frank Towns throws John Wayne, Barth from You Can't Do That On Television, and a crappish Bill Clinton imitation into a blender to assay a backstory-free brat to whom everyone from Dr. House to EMT Riley to Eowyn is looking for salvation. How long have they been out in the Gobi? How much water is left? Why are Chekhov's nomads wearing Converse? And why did the same single rock in the entire desert that killed Sam Winchester then save Dennis Quaid? A lot of questions, a lot of callbacks to Enemy Mine in the season finale of Quaid In Full.

Overall score: 4.5
QQQ score: 6
Days since a lost Kuffs accident: 35

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S02E11: The Right Stuff
S03E02: Enemy Mine
&quot;Iiiiii heard that&quot;
Part 1 of The Phoenix Diaries, in which the director allegedly yells at the actors
Ebert's review
Marc Savlov's for The Austin Chronicle
Ruthe Stein's for the Chron
S06E10: In Good Company Or, How To Not Exactly Succeed In Corporate Satire While Actually REALLY Trying. We might have felt differently about In Good Company if we didn't live in the Republic of Bezos, in a timeline with Succession, but we do, we do, and a movie that tries to send up corporate machinations really needs to have an R rating to work with. Still, this gentle, dated, clueless-about-BFAs-and-NYU &quot;Hallmark movie for boys&quot; isn't unpleasant, and DQ is quite good in it despite being obliged to dribble a basketball AND deliver a Notwork speech during the big boss's TED talk. Past its sell-by date, but still safe: it's an all-new Quaid In Full.

Overall score: 5.5
QQQ score: 8
Days since a lost Kuffs accident: 28

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In Good Company on Prime
Ebert's review
Peter Travers's for Rolling Stone
Ruthe Stein's for the Chron
Nathin Rabin's for AV Club
S02E02: GORP
It's Christmastown
S06E09: The Day After Tomorrow Defector.com's David J. Roth returns to talk about The Day After Tomorrow, which was marketed as an Important Must-See back in 2004, and almost uniformly savaged by critics who seem not to have understood the point of AN ACTION MOVIE. But your commentators all quite enjoy it, despite all the Hollywood Sciencing, the lonesome death of a Law & Order-verse stalwart in a Paramus mall court, direwolf Colorforms, protagonists stopping to look at the special effect that's trying to kill them for a full ten count, and a baffling chapeau choice from our boy DQ. How many actors were asked before Quaid? What exactly happens to the English royal family? And could this movie make Dick Cheney's heart grow one size? Slip into a 78-lb. snowsuit and join us for an all-new Quaid In Full.

Overall score: 7.67
QQQ score: 7.17
Days since a lost Kuffs accident: 21

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Ebert's review
Anthony Lane's for TNY
David Edelstein's for Slate
Manohla Dargis's for NYT
Defector.com
It's Christmastown
Don't use an indie ruler to measure an action flick
Special Guest: David J. Roth.
S06E08: The Alamo Remember The Alamo (...sorry; we had to) -- 2004's &quot;featureless sphere of re-consideration&quot; of one of the country's most notorious battles starring Dennis Quaid as Sam Houston? If you do, our condolences, although despite a bloated runtime, racist music cues, a script that makes the dad from The Conjuring recycle cannonballs, and a misapprehension of what's actually still interesting about this chapter of history, we didn't end up with a super-low overall rating. DQ, however, doesn't seem to know how to play this particular C-plus person, and his reverting to Sling Blade voice in scenes with Billy Bob Thornton is a choice that doesn't work out for him. Slap on some $100 million sideburns, grab a copyright-compliant cutlass, and jump in a hole: it's an all-new Quaid In Full.

Overall score: 5.5
QQQ score: 3.25
Days since a lost Kuffs accident: 14

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Ebert's review
Desson Thomson's for WaPo
David Edelstein's for Slate
Elvis Mitchell's for NYT
Phil Collins's Alamo-iana
S06E07: Freedom: A History Of US Semi-on-demand PBS educational series Freedom: A History Of US is nigh-on impossible to find, and based on the episode we did track down, &quot;A War To End Slavery,&quot; that's mostly a good thing. Casting the Civil War in the broadest, blandest terms and narrated by Katie Couric as though she's reporting on these battle picnics live, Freedom Colon boasts an all-star cast, and (we suspect) a Koch-funded director who was not empowered to ask for second takes or kibosh ill-advised accent experiments. Not that it matters how badly the thing misapprehends what people liked about the Ken Burns documentary, because it only exists so that Mrs. Naughton can spend second period down the hall with her Merit 120s. And DQ as Robert E. Lee has one line, soooo this will NOT be on the midterm.

Overall score: 2.5
QQQ score: 3.25
Days since a lost Kuffs accident: 7

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Watch the whole series if you're an education professional
If you're not, you can (but shouldn't) watch E06 on YouTube
Or read the webisode transcript to yourself in your best Foghorn Leghorn voice
Variety's review
SDB's old boss
S06E06: Cold Creek Manor Did anybody in this movie...see a movie? Today we're contemplating 2003's Cape Farm, aka Cold Creek Manor, aka 33 1/3 Short Sound Drops That Shouldn't Have Made SDB Laugh. A putative thriller in which Dorff On Golf somehow manages to haul a dead pony into a swimming pool, our &quot;city slicker&quot; hero tries to charm the psychotic locals with Brandy Alexanders, children have eyeteeth the size of quarters, and a cemetery is added to the kids' chore wheel, Cold Creek Manor is mostly bad -- but at least Dennis Quaid doesn't make it any worse, so while you're fleeing the godless city for Sling Blade-on-Hudson, cue up an all-new Quaid In Full.

Overall score: 3
QQQ score: 5.25
Days since a lost Kuffs accident: 0

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Ebert's 1.5/4 review
Edward Guthmann's for SFGate
The Bill-ogy begins
Fatal Instinct
S06E05: Far From Heaven Welcome to MASTADQ: Mark And Sarah Talk About Dennis Quaid! Mark Blankenship slid into the guest chair (not a euphemism) to discuss Far From Heaven, the line between melodrama and tragedy, and how Todd Haynes's 2002 homage to Douglas Sirk and &quot;women's pictures&quot; lets the paintings that are Cathy and Frank Whitaker become real. Sarah revisits a ten-year-old review that wasn't fair to Quaid's performance; Jeb files his ratings from his score-poisoning sickbed (and unearths another DQ-blocking runner); and we all wonder how to rate a performance that won awards, but isn't very Quaidy. Take a break from sourcing the Whitakers' living-room furniture and listen to an all-new Quaid In Full.

Overall score: 7
QQQ score: 8.33
Days since a lost Kuffs accident: 112

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&quot;Hey, was that the Dan Cassino sound drop from Extra Hot Great?&quot; 'Twas.
Stephen Hunter's review in WaPo
We'll have what Manohla Dargis was having
Ebert's review
SDB's from 2012
Mark Blankenship at Primetimer and on Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs
Special Guest: Mark Blankenship.
S06E04: The Rookie Liz Roscher of Yahoo! Sports and Kevin Goldstein of Fangraphs defied the MLB lockout to join us for The Rookie, an above-average baseball movie about Jim Morris's midlife journey to the majors that is therefore below average generally. How's Dennis Quaid's pitching form? How's his dad-cap form? Is the fictional Jim Morris a solid DILF but a bad high-school coach? Why didn't the nuns in the (interminable) first act go off in the third? And does the movie make the lede in the obit, or get crowded out by classics like Jaws 3D? Editing actors to look like athletes, a suicide-squeeze play only one panelist noticed ('cause she has to), and yet another guest who's &quot;more of a Randy Quaid guy&quot;: it's an all-new Quaid In Full.

Overall score: 5.10
QQQ score: 7.88
Days since a lost Kuffs accident: 105

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Kenneth Turan's review in the L.A. Times
Ebert's review
S02E10 on Jaws 3D
Liz Roscher on Yahoo! Sports and at Hittin' Season
Kevin Goldstein at Fangraphs and on the Chin Music podcast
Special Guests: Kevin Goldstein and Liz Roscher.
S06E03: Dinner With Friends We went into Dinner With Friends expecting a filmed TED Talk on the Rashomon of a disintegrating marriage; instead, we got the American Kennel Club metaphor wheel, disproportionate anger about balsamic vinegar, and a surprising argument in favor of casting Andie MacDowell -- AND Dennis Quaid, who turns in a pretty Quaidy performance either despite or because of Remy McSwain blocking. We had our issues with the 2001 TV movie (Quaid as a food writer who can't pronounce &quot;pomodoro,&quot; for one; the dearth of car talk after a dinner-party meltdown, for another) and we didn't agree on Quaid's spectacles, but at the end of 94 minutes, the cumulative effect of stagey construction, Steve Winwood, and good-faith revelations was positive. Fix yourself a rum and tonic and pick a vegetable: it's the latest Quaid In Full.

Overall score: 7.25
QQQ score: 7.5
Days since a lost Kuffs accident: 98

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Can YOU get past the first 27 seconds of The Dennissance?
USA Today's review
Variety's review
Ruth Reichl on the doomed prospects of the Gourmet website
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