What are the The Best 1980s & 1990s Movies? Do you find yourself asking if the movies we loved while growing up were really that good? Have you caught yourself thinking, “why don’t make movies like they use to?” Can you still remember spending your Friday Nights searching for the perfect movie rental at Blockbuster Video? Do you know what Blockbuster Video is? If you answered yes, then this is the podcast for you!
Escape to Victory (1981)
The head of a German POW camp, soccer enthusiast Karl von Steiner (Max von Sydow) organizes a match between Nazi players and their Allied captives. Orchestrated as a way to push the Third Reich agenda, the high-profile game is set to feature an international team led by John Colby (Michael Caine), a veteran British player. While the team, which also includes Luis Fernandez (Pelé) of Trinidad, trains for the match, Robert Hatch (Sylvester Stallone) plans a dangerous mass escape from the camp.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a pretty, but inexperienced, teen interested in dating. Given advice by her uninhibited friend, Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates), Stacy gets trapped in a love triangle with nice guy Mark Ratner (Brian Backer) and his more assured buddy Mike Damone (Robert Romanus). Meanwhile, Stacy's classmate Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), who lives for surfing and being stoned, faces off against Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), a strict teacher who has no time for the slacker's antics.
Young Guns (1988)
"Young Guns" John Tunstall (Terence Stamp), a distinguished British gentleman, employs downtrodden youths to tend his herd on the New Mexican frontier. When Tunstall is gunned down by the crooked Lawrence G. Murphy (Jack Palance), a ragtag group of cowhands -- including Doc Scurlock (Kiefer Sutherland), Richard Brewer (Charlie Sheen), and young William "Billy the Kid" Bonney (Emilio Estevez) -- ride forth in search of bloody vengeance for the death of their beloved mentor.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trashes their hotel room and fear legal repercussions. Duke begins to drive back to L.A., but after an odd run-in with a cop (Gary Busey), he returns to Sin City and continues his wild drug binge.
The Mummy (1999)
"The Mummy" is a rousing, suspenseful and horrifying epic about an expedition of treasure-seeking explorers in the Sahara Desert in 1925. Stumbling upon an ancient tomb, the hunters unwittingly set loose a 3,000-year-old legacy of terror, which is embodied in the vengeful reincarnation of an Egyptian priest who had been sentenced to an eternity as one of the living dead.
Fletch Lives (1989)
"Fletch Lives" Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher (Chevy Chase) is one of the best investigative reporters in the country, and he'll need all his skill when he becomes the main suspect in a murder case. After inheriting a Louisiana plantation from a distant relative, Fletch makes the journey from Los Angeles to check it out. When he winds up in bed with a lawyer -- who in turn winds up dead the next morning -- Fletch has to solve the crime before he ends up behind bars for someone else's misdeed.
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Just listened to this excellent podcast. Saw this one in early 1992, aged 14. Me and my pals spent most of Year 8 reciting the dialogue. Great memories!!! Peter from Australia
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Absolutely love you guys. Caught a few recent podcasts and now working my way through your back catalogue. Turns out you nailed it from day 1 and have stayed true to form since. Keep it up!
The analysis of Game of Thrones season 8 was what originally got me connected to this group of tv and movie nerds. I realised I had stumbled onto something special when I found myself day dreaming that Gene Roger and Dick we’re in fact my buddies and we were discussing the pros and cons of my favourite movies over a pint of nut brown ale at the local pub.
The passion with which all the hosts review their favourite (and not so favourite) movies from the 80s and 90s is incredible, my earbuds were literally oozing. Respectful disagreement also gives well balanced reviews where warranted, and the humor is ever existent.
I’ve switched from a daily podcast (which I loved) to simply working through the back catalogue of movie reviews, it is that good.