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May 14, 2019

Ep. 14 - Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Our Verdict

Ep. 14 - Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Our Verdict

On this episode of Kickin' & Streamin,' co-hosts Graham & Jocelyn discuss Netflix original movie "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, directed by Joe Berlinger and starring Zac Efron and Lilly Collins. The movie is based on the book "The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy" by Elizabeth Kendall, Bundy's longtime girlfriend. Jocelyn and Graham discuss how the movie, despite being about about Kendall's story through the book, was mainly about Ted Bundy; which gave the impression both Liz and her story were pushed to the side while Ted Bundy became the centerpiece of the story. We also discussed the casting of Zac Efron and his eerie resemblance to the real Ted Bundy. Jocelyn & Graham analyze both the disinterest and ineptitude of law enforcement at the time; which seemed to allow Bundy to go undetected for so many years while racking up dozens of victims. The conversation continued into the psyche and mental capacity of Bundy throughout his trial and defense. Graham & Jocelyn analyze the cast, and they both lament Lilly Collins' role lack of significance in the movie. Jocelyn posited Joe Berlinger, who is more of a documentary filmmaker might have lacked control over the cast; which could explain why no other performance seemed convincing, other than Zac Efron's and Kaya Scoledario's. Jocelyn and Graham talk about John Malkovich's excellent portrayal of Judge Cowart in the movie, despite not looking much like Judge Cowart in real life. The conversation continues into alternative casting and hilarity ensues until the end.