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Double Impact

Summary: Tristan + Greg are a couple of 90s kids, on a mission to re-watch every movie that meant something from their childhood. Each episode they review a 'classic' film from the 80s or 90s, and determine how it stacks up in the modern era. We use the term classic very loosely.

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  • Artist: Tristan + Greg, Tristan Burrell, Greg Kearney
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 Ghostbusters (1984) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:21

042 - It was only a matter of time before we covered this 80s icon. When we talk about revisiting the movies that impacted us as kids, they don't make them much bigger than this - but it's easy to take for granted the beautiful absurdity of this movie getting made in the 80s, when big budget special effects comedy was simply unheard of. We of course dive deep into this film's rich origin story, as well its cultural legacy today - but perhaps most importantly, we dive into the tin-foil-hat-wearing-lovable-crackpot that is Dan Aykroyd and his obsession with ghosts and aliens that made this movie possible in the first place.

 Twins (1988) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:38

041 - A grand experiment. An unconventional casting decision. A film no one would finance. Yet it became the smartest investment decision Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Ivan Reitmen would make in their careers. Hollywood would never be the same... Well, it would be mostly the same I guess... but anyway, take out da papers and da trash and come join us as we explore Arnie's first foray into (intentional) comedy, with 1988's Twins! Will it hold up, or is it best left in the past?

 Death Warrant (1990) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:35

040 - Another 10 eps means another Jean-Claude Van Damme masterpiece (or 'masterpiece'?). This week we are hitting one of the lesser known exploits of Van Damage, with 1990's Death Warrant. Is this the first JCVD with an actual storyline? Or simply the first one without a fighting tournament? These are the big questions, guys - and we are here to answer them. The biggest question of course being, does this movie hold up today, or is best left in the past?

 The Fifth Element (1997) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:11

039 - This week we're taking a look back at the most expensive film ever made (at the time) outside of Hollywood - 1997's The Fifth Element. Yep, the budget to weirdness ratio in this movie is unmatched, and that's what makes it so bloody fascinating. From it's humble beginnings in the imagination of a bored 16 year-old staring at cows, to some absolute career-bending performances, we cover it all. You'll also be exposed to some of the worst pronunciations of French names ever attempted, that's the Double Impact guarantee.

 The Princess Bride (1987) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:29

038 - It's new territory for us this week as we dive into the post-modern fairy tale land of 1987, and The Princess Bride. Can you believe this thing is over 32 years old? Inconceivable! This movie has something for everybody, and every one seems to either love it, or has never heard of it. Whichever camp you're in, join us as we dig into the rich backstory of the film's origins, dissect our favourite bits, unpack its cultural impact, and decide: does it hold up today, or is best left in the past?

 Transformers Special (1984-1987) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:13

037 - In partnership with nostalgic instagram lord @movieverse, we are taking it back to the ultimate 80's cartoon, Transformers. How do we know it's ultimate? Because @movieverse counted over 10,000 votes and that's the verdict. We talk everything from the origin of the franchise, through to the cartoon, the comic, the movie, the merch, and most surprisingly, the music (seriously, bangers await you in this episode).

 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) (Re-Release) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:50

Since it's catch up week, we thought we'd reach even further into the archives for an even deeper cut to bring to the surface. We sounds so bloody young! (it was earlier this year, but we were pretty fresh at this whole podcasting thing) Turtlemania was massive in our youth, but how did it all start? Where the hell did these turtles come from and why did we love them so much? We look at the gritty origins of these gritty turtles in their first and grittiest film. Gritty.

 Gremlins (1984) (Re-Release) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:30

The boys are taking a week off, so we are pulling out a deep cut from the old archives and re-releasing one of our favourites for halloween month - 1984's Gremlins. Is this a family movie? Is it a horror movie? who the hell knows, it just doesn't matter! DON'T BOX IT IN, GUYS! This is the tale of everyone's favourite Mogwai, Gizmo, and his mates causing a ruckus around town (and maybe some casual murder). Who is to blame - Gizmo? Consumerism? Foreigners? Americans? There are a few readings one can have of this 1984 oddball, but no matter which way you cut it, it's a bloody classic!

 The Nutty Professor (1996) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:18

036 - We are taking things back to 1996, believe it or not, for the very first time. Who better to take us there than Eddie Murphy with The Nutty Professor? Does this count as an Eddie Murphy classic? Sure, it's no Coming to America, it's no Beverly Hills Cop and it's no Golden Child - BUT - it's also no Norbit, The Haunted Mansion, or Holy Man - so, you know, it could be a lot bloody worse. Join us as we put on our freudian hats and over-analyse the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde that is Dr Sherman and Buddy Love, and decide once and for all, if this movie holds up today, or is best left in the past.

 Demolition Man (1993) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:10

035 - It's our first Stallone movie, AND our first Snipes movie. It's criminal that it's taken us this long, but what a great entry point for a chat about these two lat pack stalwarts. This picture is a bit of an oddball: part sci-fi, part satire, part full-blown lat pack action, this didn't open to great reviews back in the day, but is that really fair? looking at it's sci-fi merits, there are a number of future-predictions that this film made that are relatively on-point (seashells aside). Also, Dennis Leary. Remember Dennis Leary? He's in this, being all 'Dennis Leary' and stuff.

 Encino Man (1992) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:46

034 - This one is a real historical artefact, so to speak, and went by many names; Encino Man, California Man, or even El hombre de California, depending on where you are from. It's the film that made Brendan Fraser a superstar, but it's also the film responsible for introducing Pauly Shore to the world, in what would turn out to be a relatively short-term relationship. Similarly, the soundtrack facilitated an even shorter relationship with Right Said Fred. But what about the movie itself? Does it have the long term appeal that holds up today? Join us thaw out this 1992 time capsule and break it down for the new era.

 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:37

033 - This week's episode is a real change of pace - we are entering the world of Horror with Wes Craven's 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'. It turns out Freddy offers up great fodder for the old poddy here, there is actually a LOT to unpack - from Craven's creepy inspiration behind the script, to the absurdly massive legacy this film has left behind - as usual, we'll cover all of this and more. We know some of our listeners aren't big into to horror, but don't worry, we do keep it relatively light for a conversation about a child murderer (aside from a spooky story from Tristan's childhood).

 Last Action Hero (1993) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:09

032 - This is a juicy one. This might be the most polarising movie we have covered to-date. To some, this is another Arnie classic from their childhood, to others, this film is a crime against cinema. In hindsight, the meta idea at the heart of this movie is seemingly ahead of its time, but does the execution deliver on this pretty-clever premise? Join us for a discussion that's really a tale two films - the one that got written, and the one that got made - as it turns out, they don't have a lot in common.

 Con Air (1997) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:00

031 - It seems a crime that it has taken this long to get to a Nicolas Cage movie, but we kick of our first ever Cage-cast with a bang, digging into the iconic, Con Air. This was an interesting time for Cage, a turning point from quirky dramatic and comedic actor, to action star / fantastic weirdo, with Face / Off, The Rock, and this little gem coming out all within 14 months of each other - what a time to be alive! Does this movie hold up? Is it the prototype for the modern Bay-era blockbuster? Or simply a strange Forrest Gump spin-off? Should Cameron Poe's hair have receded much more after 10 years in prison? These are big questions, and we aren't afraid to go there.

 Lionheart / a.k.a. Wrong Bet (1990) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:12

030 - A big change of pace this week as we delve back into the world of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Why? Because every 10th episode of this very podcast will be dedicated to ‘the muscles from Brussels’, so just get on board. This movie is an interesting one, and goes by many names - Lionheart, Wrong Bet, AWOL, Full Contact, Lyon - but can you call it a classic? This next chapter in our ongoing JCVD saga explores the star’s more serious acting aspirations, his tendency toward bromantic themes, and we explore his place within the broader latpack ecosystem.


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