Does this thing still hold up? That is the question we ask ourselves in every episode of this podcast, in which we revisit the shows that have stuck in our brains, for reasons both good and bad. Join us on a fortnightly journey as we tackle our nostalgia for movies that might not be as good as we remember them being.
YNFA 031: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or The Lost Girls of Sunnydale
YNFA is kicking off a month of our favorite pop culture vampires! We're down a few podcast hosts for this one, but up a lot of fan-girling with a very special episode about the GOAT of vampire television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Randall, Bryce and Dayna take a long trip down the hellmouth to revisit some of their favorite episodes from both the WB and CW years, and ask some important questions along the way. Is the Xander factor just too much for a show to overcome in 2022? Why was Alyson Hannigan so good at crying? Why is it always up to the teenage girl to help old British dudes save the world? And to quote Sarah Michelle Gellar: Is it okay to love Buffy even if we no longer love the man who created her? Put on your best leather duster, throw some stakes in your pocket and pull out your best Buffy-speak for this one.
YNFA 030: An American Tail, or I’ll Have A Junior Exodus With Cheese
There are no cats in America! Except for like a dozen who can be easily pushed off a pier. But there are definitely no dogs! At least that’s what we know from Don Bluth’s An American Tail. Is this the biggest bummer of a kids’ movie ever made? Does anyone remember any details about it beyond crying over Somewhere Out There? How in the world does Fievel survive so many near-death experiences? And can you freaking believe they got Christopher Plummer to play a French pigeon?? One thing we do know is that learned a lot of actual historical facts about 19th-century New York during this viewing.
YNFA 029: Romeo + Juliet, or Mercutio and Tybalt Are Dead… Sexy
Happy Birthday to us! To celebrate, get strapped and iamb your pentameter as we revel in Baz Luhrmann’s deliciously over-the-top Romeo + Juliet (1996), one of the first episodes we ever recorded—and producer Randall’s personal white whale. Did this soundtrack ever leave your Discman? Are we the biggest Shakespeare dorks who ever lived? Is Harold Perrineau’s Mercutio pure sex in platform heels? (No question he carries this film.) Or is John Leguizamo’s Tybalt the true snack? Don’t get us wrong, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes are adorable portraying young love, but we could do with less screaming. Now please excuse us as we listen to The Cardigans on loop.
YNFA 028: Troop Beverly HIlls, or Phyllis From Dior to Evian
Beverly Hills, what a thrill! Take a trip back to the golden days of childhood when you were forced to interact with nature and coveted a sash with badges celebrating achievements like "Science" and "Friendship" and "Describing Fashion to Blind People". Was Shelley Long a secret fashion icon? Was Jenny Lewis THE unsung child star of the '90s? Does anyone today remember half of the people with cameos in this movie? And was anyone really clamoring to see Craig T. Nelson shirtless? Get ready to glamp in style and do the Freddie with us as we enjoy some khaki wishes and cookie dreams with our favorite Wilderness Girls and Troop Beverly Hills.
YNFA 027: Reality Bites, or Lainey and Troy’s Gen-X-cellent Adventure
Grunge up your unwashed hair and please put out that endless chain of cigarettes as we succumb to the 90s slacker vortex that is Reality Bites. Do Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke’s characters actually deserve each other because they both suck so much? And should we feel bad for Ben Stiller or relieved that he totally dodged a bullet there? Could we just watch Steve Zahn be adorable and Janeane Garofalo in her perfect vintage outfits instead? And can we directly blame all the s****y behavior and toxic relationships during our 20s on this movie? We’ll let you know as soon as we stop listening to Lisa Loeb on loop.
YNFA 026: Raiders of the Lost Ark, or I’m Face Meltingly Hot for Teacher
Slap on that fedora and crack your whip, cuz it’s time we MEET STEVEN SPIELBERG—OK MAYBE WE JUST SAW HIM LIVE ON STAGE—WITH LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA—BUT HE SAID HE LOVED US at a special theatrical screening Raiders of the Lost Ark at the United Palace in Washington Heights. Is Bryce a true romantic for going to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in the theater multiple times with Randall? How did Dayna manage not to watch this movie until her 20s—and not see Temple of Doom as of this recording? Who is everyone’s bigger first film crush, Harrison Ford or Karen Allen? And can we just say f@ck you Nazi monkey? Honestly, we have too many feelings about this film to give you too many answers.
Nostalgia is a trip
Sometimes you a movie shines bright in your memory as a fun, innocent romp--and then you watch it again and you realize it's anything but. That's what is the most entertaining part of this podcast, the realization that much of the media that helped form our impressionable young brains was kind of a mess.
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I’m jealous that these folks get to sit around and talk about these old movies with their friends. They go off on tangents talking about other movies like Die Hard and Gremlins 2 and I want to talk about those.
I think you should make it your goal to keep reminiscing until you’re reminiscing about movies that came out after you started your podcast.
Each of the contributors has a moment every episode. It makes for a well-balanced listen. I don’t always share all their preferences, but these are engaging conversations. I really appreciate that there’s clearly some thought put into the films they’re choosing and research is brought into the discussions. 5/5