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It’s the podcast where a filmmaker (Nathan Blackwell of Squishy Studios) and a comedian (Krissy Lenz of Neighborhood Comedy Theatre) take a hilarious look at the 80s movies we think we love or might have missed with modern eyes and probably a significant haze of nostalgia.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.4 • 40 Ratings

It’s the podcast where a filmmaker (Nathan Blackwell of Squishy Studios) and a comedian (Krissy Lenz of Neighborhood Comedy Theatre) take a hilarious look at the 80s movies we think we love or might have missed with modern eyes and probably a significant haze of nostalgia.

    Ghostbusters (1984)

    Ghostbusters (1984)

    In the latest episode of The Most Excellent 80s Movies Podcast, hosts Krissy Lenz and Nathan Blackwell, along with special guest Matthew Fox from The Ethical Panda, delve into the iconic 1984 supernatural comedy, "Ghostbusters." This episode is a treasure trove for fans and newcomers alike, offering a nostalgic look at why "Ghostbusters" continues to captivate audiences nearly four decades after its initial release.
    During their discussion, the hosts explore the film's unforgettable characters and groundbreaking special effects, dissecting the elements that contribute to its lasting appeal. They dive into the chemistry of the iconic trio—Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis—whose improvisational skills greatly contributed to the movie’s success. Additionally, they tackle some of the ethical dilemmas and problematic elements of the film, such as the portrayal of women and certain controversial behaviors of the characters, examining these issues through a modern lens.
    The episode also highlights the impressive practical effects, especially the memorable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man sequence, and discusses the challenges and mixed receptions surrounding the sequels and attempts to revive the franchise. Further topics of conversation include the film's status as a quintessential 80s comedy, the often-overlooked role of Winston Zeddemore played by Ernie Hudson, the impact of cameo appearances and casting decisions like Rick Moranis as Louis Tully, and the enduring appeal of the "Ghostbusters" theme song.
    With their signature blend of humor, insight, and deep pop culture knowledge, Krissy, Nathan, and Matthew offer a fresh and engaging perspective on "Ghostbusters." This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to relive the magic of this cult classic or discover its charms for the first time.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    UHF (1989)

    UHF (1989)

    In this uproarious episode of The Most Excellent 80s Movies Podcast, hosts Krissy Lenz and Nathan Blackwell team up with special guest Jared Washburn to revisit the 1989 cult classic "UHF," starring the incomparable Weird Al Yankovic. Prepare for a nostalgic journey filled with laughter as they delve into this delightfully bizarre comedy that has become a cherished gem, particularly among those who grew up in the 80s and 90s.
    Throughout the episode, the trio shares their personal connections and admiration for "UHF," highlighting its status as a cult favorite. They praise Weird Al’s commitment to his uproarious parodies and characters, particularly his unforgettable portrayals of Indiana Jones and Rambo, which are considered major highlights of the film. The discussion also covers the unique, episodic structure of "UHF," which features an array of commercial parodies and vignettes that contribute to its charm, despite straying from a traditional narrative.
    Michael Richards' portrayal of Stanley Spadowski, the janitor turned children’s show host, is acknowledged as particularly memorable, with his natural charm and goofiness bringing a special light to the film. The episode doesn’t shy away from exploring other significant aspects, including the influence of Weird Al’s music on the film’s tone, the challenges of objectively rating a nostalgic favorite, and recommendations for similar comedies like "Wayne's World" and "Empire Records."
    The hosts also discuss the film's timeless appeal compared to other parody films of its era, the impact of "UHF" on Weird Al’s career, and its surprising initial box office failure. Whether you’re revisiting "UHF" or discovering it for the first time, this episode of The Most Excellent 80s Movies Podcast promises a celebration of the unique humor and enduring legacy of Weird Al Yankovic and the creative minds behind "UHF." Join Krissy, Nathan, and Jared for an episode that’s sure to evoke both laughter and a deep appreciation for this iconic film.

    • 53 min
    Field of Dreams (1989)

    Field of Dreams (1989)

    Welcome back baseball fans and 80s movie buffs! In this week's episode of The Most Excellent 80s Movies Podcast, hosts Krissy and Nathan discuss the 1989 fantasy film Field of Dreams with fellow podcaster and filmmaker, Tommy Metz III. 

    This nostalgic baseball movie stars Kevin Costner as Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, who hears a mysterious voice telling him to build a baseball diamond in his cornfields. After Ray builds the field, the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and other players banned from baseball for alleged game-fixing in the 1919 World Series emerge from the crops to play ball again. The hosts reflect on Field of Dreams' sentimental exploration of family, redemption, and second chances.

    Field of Dreams skillfully balances sentimentality with elements of fantasy and the supernatural to avoid becoming overly sappy or precious. The scenes with Shoeless Joe retain a sense of mystery and discovery.
    The excellent ensemble cast features memorable performances by James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan, and the actors playing the ghostly ballplayers.

    Comparing Field of Dreams to similar fantasy films like The Natural
    Examining the movie's nostalgic, timeless portrayal of the rural Midwest
    Appreciating the emotive score by James Horner
    Analysis of the mysterious voice and its cryptic instructions
    Debate over the meaning of Terrence Mann entering the cornfield at the end
    Conclusion

    Field of Dreams continues to captivate audiences more than 30 years later thanks to its winning blend of fantasy, nostalgia, and emotional resonance. Its exploration of how we can heal connections with family and history makes it a lasting classic. Tune in next week when Krissy and Nathan review another unforgettable 80s movie!

    • 55 min
    Footloose (1984)

    Footloose (1984)

    Welcome to another tubular episode of The Most Excellent 80s Movies Podcast! Hosts Krissy Lenz and Nathan Blackwell cut footloose with the 1984 musical drama that made everyone want to dance.

    In this episode, Krissy and Nathan discuss the culture clash between Ren, a city kid played by Kevin Bacon, and the conservative Utah town he moves to that has banned dancing and rock music. They break down all the key scenes, like Ariel's wild car stunts, the fight dancing, and the tractor chicken race. Where does Footloose rank among other 80s dancing movies like Dirty Dancing and Flashdance?

    Krissy and Nathan also examine whether Ariel is a likeable love interest, the naked boy shower scene, and how they would rewrite the story to focus more on the joy of dancing. They rate Footloose on the tractor scale and make recommendations for better uses of your time, like Roadhouse and the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special with Kevin Bacon.

    So lace up your dance shoes and get ready to cut loose with Chrissy and Nathan on this totally awesome episode all about Footloose!

    • 48 min
    Ice Pirates (1984)

    Ice Pirates (1984)

    It's the podcast where a filmmaker and a comedian slowly trudge through the frozen hedge maze of the 80s movies we think we love or might have missed. Join improv comedian Krissy Lenz (The Neighborhood Comedy Theatre, The Cool Time Dice Hour), and filmmaker Nathan Blackwell (Voyage Trekkers, The Last Movie Ever Made), with guests Sean Oliver and Drew Leatham (Forever Home) as they discuss the zany 1984 sci-fi adventure comedy, Ice Pirates.  for a suspenseful journey into the supernatural!
    Let's revisit the 1984 sci-fi comedy Ice Pirates and appreciate its genuine comedic tone, rather than pure parody.
    The characters are fun standouts, like the swashbuckling Killjoy and the surprisingly progressive female roles like Princess Karina. She's a strong leader who doesn't need a man to save her.
    The plot is pretty convoluted, with unclear villain motivations and confusing time warps. But we can forgive that for imaginative sequences like the aging effects.
    Our hosts rate this film between a 5-6 on their own, up to an 8 with friends. It's perfect for a lively group screening!
    Shout out to the impressive practical effects and robot designs, though the premise of a galaxy-wide water shortage is questionable science.
    There are some dated elements that haven't aged well, like casual racism. But we've got to mention the unique high school stage adaptation - bringing the space battles to the stage was ambitious! In summary, Ice Pirates is a creatively bonkers film that shines at a midnight screening with snacks and friends.

    • 59 min
    Scrooged (1988)

    Scrooged (1988)

    Cue the holiday spirit because Krissy and Nathan are putting on their Santa hats to rewatch the 1988 slapstick comedy Scrooged, starring good ol' Bill Murray as a meanie-bo-beanie executive in need of some Christmas magic. Will the Ghost of Christmas Past take back their nostalgia goggles by the final bell? DING DING! Let's find out!
    ★ Turns out Billy's bonkers improv style made for one too many mistle-wrong moments as the villainous Frank Cross★ While they jingled the ghosts' bells at first, each creepy Christmas spirit started to lose their magic
    ★ This snowball got rolling as a madcap comedy but slowly melted into a confusing lump of drama and darkness★ Not a ha-ha-ho-ho in sight as our hosts question Donner's directing decisions! Bah humbug!★ On the mouse antler scale, watch out, rodents cause Krissy and Nathan give it an average 6 out of 10

    A few other notes...
    🎄 Should THIS really be considered a Christmas movie or just Christmas-adjacent? Discuss!🎄 The cinematography got their filmmaking bells ringing for all the wrong reasons!🎄 Speaking of wrongs, Carol Kane plays one naughty Christmas fairy!🎄 Sprinkle in some magic movie recommendations for a very merry binge watch!
    While their expectations rode in on Santa's sleigh, Krissy and Nathan found Scrooged's bag of gifts just full of coal! 👎 But don't let the ghosts of podcasts past stop you from listening in on all the festive discussions and deciding for yourself! Just leave the fruitcake at home! 🎁🎄

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Brennan - ,

Enjoyable and Satisfying

Krissy and Nathan make a great team. They easily blend comedy and filmmaking insights. I especially enjoy their down to earth style. I used to listen to other movie podcasts, but just grew tired of strong opinions and hot takes that left no room for discussion. Krissy and Nathan’s discussions are measured and considerate. They have a friendly, comfortable professionalism between them. Listening to them is like hanging out with a couple of good friends who are funny, intelligent, and also just good people. I am huge fan of movies. In the late 80s, I worked at a movie theater during high school. This podcast helps bring those days back to life. I really enjoy that Krissy and Nathan are able to share movie insights and some laughs with the listener in an easy going, lighthearted way.

tmzbrutus ,

Kind of lame

Just listened to the Adventures in Babysitting episode, in this podcast you can definitely tell when there became social currency in saying how offensive and offended you are by a movie. Weird how you never said anything like that prior to being told by your cult, how to think and how much injustice there is in these movies. You should try an experiment, go down to the closest inner city bus station at around 2am and tell everyone how we’re all the same and “be nice to them” and see how many times you get stabbed and/or robbed.

podfan2323 ,

Flight of the Navigator - Good Episode

Great episode on Flight of the Navigator. You’re right, that movie definitely has “E.T.” and “Never Ending Story” vibes for sure. I realized you captured in those statements what I always felt.

“You… are the Navigator!”

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