Big Gross Movies



Comedians Dave Atkinson and Meg Mackay invite hilarious guests to go back in time to study the popular culture and history of a year and then watch the highest grossing movie of that year to try and find out why it was that year's Big Gross Movie.


  • BGM-329-1941-Dumbo with Dylan Gott

    09/10/2019 Duration: 01h05min

    This week special guest Dylan Gott is back to swing back to 1941 to catch the animated classic Dumbo! First we go over the history of Toronto from the last ice age up until a clown vs firefighters riot in 1855, then we try and parse the nice children's movie that also has racism and a mushroom trip in it.

  • BGM-328-2003-Kill Bill Vol 1 with Craig Fay

    02/10/2019 Duration: 01h05min

    This week special guest Craig Fay is back to head back to 2003 to have a look at Kill Bill Volume 1! First we go over another Canadian History story about how the past is awful and then we go over Quentin Tarantino's kung-fu foot classic Kill Bill Volume 1.

  • BGM-327-2015-Jupiter Ascending

    25/09/2019 Duration: 35min

    This week our special guest had an emergency involving a cat and a skunk and a hose so we swerved off course and watched the bonkers 2015 classic bad movie Jupiter Ascending! Illegal telescopes! Channing Tatum the dogfaced bodyguard with wings! Marrying your mom as a casual plot point halfway through, that kinda thing.

  • BGM-326-1966-Our Man Flint with Alan Shane Lewis

    18/09/2019 Duration: 51min

    This week we swing back to 1966 to catch the movie fox made to cash in on James Bond, Our Man Flint with special guest Alan Shane Lewis! We first go over a real life cold war spy who betrayed his homeland because of how nice he thought Ottawa was before going over the silly weird campy classic Our Man Flint!

  • BGM-325-1987-Predator with Nigel Grinstead

    11/09/2019 Duration: 01h03min

    This week we're headed back to 1987 to watch Predator because we felt like it! First we discuss the tale of a Hockey Player and a businessman... but not the same guy. Then we go over the bicep and foliage festival that is Predator. A Hearty "get to the choppa!" to you listeners!

  • BGM-324-1986-Back To School with Anne-Marie (a teacher!)

    04/09/2019 Duration: 42min

    This week is back to school times, so we figured why not invite a teacher and coincidentally Dave's lady friend Anne-Marie along to swing back to 1986 to catch Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School! We go over the baffling symptoms that come with Dangerfield infection, what Sam Kinison was, how this was a very odd away mission for Lieutenant Dax and flip out lids over the Vonnegut gag.

  • BGM-323-2001-Exit Wounds with Bryn Pottie

    21/08/2019 Duration: 01h06min

    (Content Warning, the history story this week is about a sexual assault, so it comes up, so maybe try our Home Alone episode which has a history half about Moscow Cheeseburgers.) This week special guest Bryn Pottie is back and we're headed back to 2001 to catch its action meh Exit Wounds! First we talk about something that, like exit wounds, was shot in Toronto before going over a movie that really shoulda been better.

  • BGM-322-2011-Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    14/08/2019 Duration: 39min

    This week we're back from our comedy festival/summer vacation hiatus and to celebrate we hopped back to 2011 and watched Dave's favourite movie Tinker Tailor Solider Spy! We discuss bog teachers murdering owls to show dominance, discover that spying in the 1970s seems to have been over 85% smoking and being cryptic and discover that the evil spymaster Karla is a bit of a dramatic debbie.

  • BGM-321-2017-The Fate of the Furious

    17/07/2019 Duration: 50min

    This week in preparation for Meg going to the Just For Laughs Festival for a few weeks we sat down and tried to pick through the biggest, loudest, confusingest movie we could find: The Fate of the Furious.  We try to figure out what is happening, why it may be happening, and why none of that matters because vroom vroom pow pow family.

  • BGM-320-1988-Hairspray with Ian Gordon

    10/07/2019 Duration: 55min

    This week we're in 1988 and watching John Waters' Hairspray with special guest Ian Gordon! First we carry on our series of research stories on Canadians with Viola Desmond, the lady who ignored the Halifax explosion as a baby and got better at dealing with crazy bullshit that wasn't her fault from there. Then we go over the charming dancing weird camp high school play of a movie that is Hairspray. John Waters if it's ever convenient come on by for dinner.

  • BGM-319-1986-Highlander with Bee Bertrand

    03/07/2019 Duration: 44min

    This week we swing back by bad movie town and settle in for the swordfighting dude classic: Highlander with special guest Bee Bertrand! We talk about Sean Connery's peacock frock, sword detectives, how much weight a Queen soundtrack can carry and just a whole lot of trying to figure out the freaky sexual over and under and just normal tones of this thing.

  • BGM-318-2014-Hercules with Cathryn Naiker

    19/06/2019 Duration: 01h19min

    This week special guest Cathryn Naiker is here to continue our series on movies vaguely related to interesting Canadians with 2014s Hercules! First we meet a giant very strong french baby that lifted heavy things to folk herodom: Louis Cyr, then wade into the weird murky swamp that is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's baffling Hercules movie.

  • BGM-317-2001-Legally Blonde with Rebecca Reeds

    12/06/2019 Duration: 01h20min

    This week special guest Rebecca Reeds is back to learn about Canadian Icon Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw and watch a lovely piece of fluff, Legally Blonde! First we talk about how badass you had to be to get a medical license as a woman in 1905 and stumble through a real cool life before being charmed thoroughly by the fluffiest of fluff.

  • BGM-316-2017-John Wick: Chapter 2

    05/06/2019 Duration: 41min

    This week we come back from our little life break to watch chapter 2 in the Meg-bothering series of John Wick movies! We discover that everyone has a wife-dog, wine puns are weird for guns and have entirely too much fun misnaming everyone who isn't named John.

  • BGM-315-1987-Miami Connection - Bad Movie Special with Hunter Collins

    08/05/2019 Duration: 52min

    This week special guest Hunter Collins is here so we made a special trip back to 1987 to catch a wonderful not good movie made by a martial arts instructor without the knowledge of a fair part of the cast.  We talk about confusing nudity, shirtless mailbox jaunts, how nice it is that these mature students seem so accepted by the other youths, we have a great time!

  • BGM-314-1999-Office Space

    01/05/2019 Duration: 36min

    This week in honour of Dave quitting his weird job at soup dot com we head back to 1999 to catch Office Space!  We go over how it turns out we're all Miltons, how well Mike Judge nailed it and freak out a bit about how many characters from this movie we've now met in real life.

  • BGM-313-1987-Dirty Dancing with Allison Dore

    24/04/2019 Duration: 01h32min

    This week extra special guest Allison Dore is back to swing back in time to look into 1987's Swayze pants classic Dirty Dancing! First we talk about the original catskills resort and the lady who ran it and how dear god it sounds like fun before having just the loveliest time watching sexy people dance at each other.

  • BGM-312-2010-Resident Evil Afterlife-National Canadian Film Day Special!

    17/04/2019 Duration: 46min

    This week in honour of National Canadian Film Day we watched the highest-grossing technically Canadian film ever made: Resident Evil Afterlife! We talk about what is happening in the movie, why it is happening, and do not come up with any answers, but have a lot more questions.  We kinda lost our minds.

  • BGM-311-2017-Paddington 2 with Nigel Grinstead

    10/04/2019 Duration: 01h23min

    This week we have Nigel Grinstead back to do an episode that is nice, darn it! Rough few weeks so why not watch something delightful, so we hopped back to just 2017 to catch Paddington 2! We first talk about bears, well Dave does, because he grew up in a town covered in bears before watching the most delightful bear of all in Paddington 2.  It's just so crazy good.

  • BGM-310B-1987-Withnail and I

    03/04/2019 Duration: 45min

    This week we follow up on our last episode about the drunken Royal Navy with another very drunk very British Episode, we swing back to 1987 to catch Withnail & I! We talk about the terrifying spectre of alcoholism, funny chickens and how the whole point of this movie is probably to make you feel kinda icky.

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