Tag: 1980’s

Episode 24 – Dune

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DuneFor our newest episode, we subjected Jena to the 1984 train wreck that is David Lynch’s Dune!  We are joined by two special guests.  First is Kelvin Hatle, who has an unholy love for bad movies great and small.  Second is Jerry Belich who, along with Melissa, produced a Swede version of the film that you can (and should) watch on Youtube!  We try to make sense of a film that almost works on many levels and yet completely fails on all of them.  Who knows if we succeeded?

We added the horrible song that Tim wrote for the credit sequence of the Dune Swede.  It is after the closing music to the podcast.  If you’d like to download your own version of the song (though we don’t know why you would), you can do that here.

Our June 15th episode will be about Cabaret and features special guest Windy Bowlsby!

Dune (1984)
Dune poster Rating: 6.6/10 (109,995 votes)
Director: David Lynch
Writer: Frank Herbert (novel), David Lynch (screenplay)
Stars: Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino, Brad Dourif, José Ferrer
Runtime: 137 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Released: 14 Dec 1984
Plot: A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule.

Episode 13 – Trading Places

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Trading PlacesIt being December and all, we decided to watch a holiday movie.  The only problem is the one type of movie Jena has watched is Christmas movies. That meant we had to go for a movie that had a rather loose relationship to the holiday.  We returned to the heady days of Eddie Murphy’s youth when his career still seemed to be going places to watch a movie about classism, racism and gorilla sex.  That’s right, we watched Trading Places!  And yes, we said gorilla sex.

Join us for our next episode on January 1st.  We’ll be watching and discussing Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo!

Trading Places (1983)
Trading Places poster Rating: 7.5/10 (121,728 votes)
Director: John Landis
Writer: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod
Stars: Denholm Elliott, Dan Aykroyd, Maurice Woods, Richard D. Fisher Jr.
Runtime: 116 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy
Released: 08 Jun 1983
Plot: A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Episode 12 – John Carpenter’s The Thing

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The ThingOnce again, we recorded live at Pepito’s Parkway Theatre in Minneapolis.  This time, we were joined by Matt Allex from the Horror Show Hot Dog.  We returned to the magical year of 1982 with Matt’s favorit movie: John Carpenter’s The Thing.  The print was absolutely phenomenal and the movie is one of the great horror films of all time.  We were joined by an enthusiastic audience for an ejoyable afternoon of death and nihilism.

Note: We had a few issues with the microphones when we were recording this episode so there are some lengthy silences.  Sorry about that!

Our next episode will be a very special Christmas episode where we watch just about the only Christmas movie Jena has never seen – Trading Places.

The Thing (1982)
The Thing poster Rating: 8.1/10 (325,565 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: Bill Lancaster (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (story)
Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon
Runtime: 109 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Released: 25 Jun 1982
Plot: A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Episode 5 – The Road Warrior

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The Road WarriorOur last episode was about the soaring greatness of Lawrence of Arabia.  A great movie it is but we figured that we needed to have a little more fun.  This episode, we watched Mad Max 2, which is better known as The Road Warrior.  Many cars were wrecked.  Very few lines were delivered. Awesomeness was achieved.  We were joined by Melissa’s friend Fes Works to enjoy this fine example of 80’s post apocalyptic action.

Our September 1st episode will be a tribute to the late Ray Harryhausen as we watch The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad!

The Road Warrior (1981)
The Road Warrior poster Rating: 7.6/10 (152,866 votes)
Director: George Miller
Writer: Terry Hayes (screenplay by), George Miller (screenplay by), Brian Hannant (screenplay with)
Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps
Runtime: 94 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Released: 21 May 1982
Plot: In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.