BEN: Piper from Lazy Eye Theatre. You're up next.
PIPER: Alright, let's see what we get here.
SFX OF WRAPPING PAPER BEING TORN
PIPER: It's. It's. It's Medium Cool. Oh man, can't wait to watch this. It's really bad isn't it? I mean, I'll laugh because it's so bad. Can't wait. This will be fun.
BEN: Piper, Piper. Medium Cool is a serious look at political tension during the 1968 National Democratic Convention. It's directed by the Academy Award winning Cinematographer Haskell Wexler. It's a serious commentary on news coverage in politics and more specifically on racial tension.
PIPER: Wow. A heavy political drama, huh? One with a message? Can I put this back and open another one?
BEN: Nope. You get what you get. Medium Cool is good. It's got Robert Forster in it.
PIPER: So it's not bad? Like bad good? Like it's really bad, but that makes its really good?
BEN: No. It's good. Like good good.
PIPER: Oh. Okay. Hey Ed, you got Spy Kids 3-D. Loves me a good 3-D movie in 2-D. Do you want to trade?
ED: Um. No.
PIPER: Bemis. How about you? What movie did you get?
BEMIS: I didn't get anything.
PIPER: What are you talking about? It's right there in your hand.
BEMIS: Oh right... Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry.
PIPER: That sucks.
PIPER: Yeah, you got screwed. How about a hotbed of political unrest?
PIPER: I'm talking Medium Cool? One of the films of its time. It has Peter Boyle in it.
BEMIS: No thanks.
PIPER: Hey Marilyn what'd you get?
MARILYN: Theodore Rex. It's a buddy cop movie. You know, Whoopi Goldberg and... a dinosaur.
PIPER: Good Lord that sucks. No, I'm serious that sucks. That's bad bad. Not bad good. Good luck with that Marilyn. Excuse me?
PIPER: I'm Piper from Lazy Eye Theatre
SARAH: Sarah from Tomato Nation.
PIPER: So what'd you get there?
SARAH: King Kung Fu.
PIPER: Oh. Wow. Sucks to be you I guess.
SARAH: I guess.
PIPER: I mean 90 minutes wasted on crap. Can't get that time back.
SARAH: It'll be fun.
PIPER: No it won't. You know what will be fun? Racial tension in the 60s. A love story set against the backdrop of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Timely, huh? We're talking an important political movie here. You must see this. You owe it to your country!
SARAH: Please leave me alone.
PIPER: There's a boy in the movie that likes Pigeons. Do you like Pigeons?
SARAH: Go away.
BEN: Um, Piper.
PIPER: Hey Ben.
BEN: You need to leave now.
PIPER: Seriously, I mean I've only tried six of those little spinach and bacon pie thingies and I haven't even got to the shrimp.
BEN: You're spooking the guests.
PIPER: Can I grab a couple of beers for the road?
BEN: Just go home, watch Medium Cool and write about it.
PIPER: Okay. I will. I will watch it. I will pay attention to the political messages. And I will drink up the irony of newscasters covering news they see fit and not news that's really, you know, newsworthy. I will marvel at Haskell Wexler's experimental directing style. And I will appreciate the timeliness of this pick and the election year. I will take my medicine and I know it will be good for me. But I would much rather grab a big slice of double-lard white cake otherwise known as Raptor or Ernest Goes To Jail or Flash Gordon.