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.
027 - A non-linear storyline that stitches together the rave scene, the drug scene and Scott Wolf - this week's film is a true 1999 time-capsule. We are talking, of course, about the cult classic, 'Go'. We could spend the entire episode talking about the cast alone, and in fact, we almost do (William Fichtner is a lord), but as always, we are on the hunt for truth. Does Go stand on its own as a film in 2019, or is it best left in the past? Tune in and find out.
026 - A re-imagining of a classic via a soft reboot with a twist? What is this, 2019? No, it was 1991, where Steven Spielberg brought us his take on the boy who never grew up, all grown up! Yes, we are talking about Hook, the two-and-a-half hour long movie about a jerk dad who is a lawyer or something, with some Peter Pan stuff in the middle. In other words, there was a lot more in here than we remembered, and it raised a few questions - like why does everyone want to kiss Peter? Did Rufio get the justice he deserved? How many wax strips were involved in removing all of Robin William's body hair for this role? And ultimately, does this childhood classic hold up today?
025 - The year was 1995: the world was terrified of technology, but obsessed with Sandra Bullock - ipso facto, the cyber thriller 'The Net', was born. The Net is the ultimate tech-time-capsule that reminds us just how far technology, and Sandra Bullocks movie choices, have come in the last 24 years. We dive deep into the nostalgia of 90's internet and of course, deconstruct the number one cyber thriller of July, 1995.
024 - This week we push the limits of our premise, looking at the year that was 1999, and the film that was a HUGE deal for us and our raging hormones, American Pie. Welcome to Double Impact: the Awkward Teenage Years. For the teen versions of ourselves, American Pie was more than a movie, it was an event, it was a cultural moment, it was a rite of passage - but how does it hold up today? Are we supposed to believe Chris Klein can sing? As usual we deep dive into the background on the film, the legacy of the film and in particular the cast, who all seemed like they were in line to be the next big things, but what happened? Is there an American Pie Curse?
023 - We decided to mix things up a little this week and choose a film we had a feeling might be a real stinker in our 2019 adult eyes, The Glimmer Man. Spoiler alert: we were right. Let us be clear, you don’t have to watch the film to enjoy this episode - it’s really just a great vehicle within which to chat about all-round weird unit, Steven Seagal. The most interesting things about this movie are most certainly the things that that happened around it. We cover Seagal’s bizarre on set behaviour, his history of rubbing co-stars the wrong way and investigate some of the Hollywood and martial arts urban legends out there that surround this mysterious fellow.
022 - For our first foray into the wonderful world of Arnold, we are looking at a film that both set the template and kicked off the ‘Lat Pack’ era of action movies that we at Double Impact hold so dear. We also cover the great Arnold Vs Sly rivalry that this very film helped instigate, the secret link between this film and Chris Pratt, and we even manage to squeeze in some quick Estelle Getty chat - what more could you ask for? But while this film helped set the foundations for the action films that followed, does Commando stand on its own as a great film today? Or has the action world moved on?
021 - We have been looking forward to this one. We finally take a look at one of our childhood favourites starring in one of our childhood favourites; Leslie Nielsen in The Naked Gun. How did this serious actor even get into comedy? And how did he get so seriously funny? Was he the fart joke’s biggest fan? (Yes)
020 - Another 10 episodes means another JCVD special! This time around we are looking at the all singing all dancing 1989 classic, Kickboxer - or as we like to call it, Bloodsport 2.0. We also take a quick detour to chat through Van Damme’s lesser known other 1989 film, Cyborg (don’t worry JCVD nerds, we have you covered), but let’s be honest that doesn’t require its own stand alone episode (it’s a stinker).
019 - 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!
018 - What can we say about Weekend at Bernie's that hasn't already been said? Well, just over 54 minutes worth of stuff as it turns out. Despite holding a place in our collective hearts over the last 30 years (yes 30 years!), there isn't a tonne of commentary out there about this film. So consider this your one stop shop for all things Bernie - strap yourselves in and feel the Bern!
017 - This movie has it all; singing, dancing, a bird with human teeth - yes it's the 1992 Disney animated feature, Aladdin. With the reboot hitting our screens this week, we figured we would get topical and go back to the beginning. What goes into making the highest grossing movie of 1992? Take an Arabian tale from the year 1000, add a little Robin Williams, DJ's boyfriend from Full House, add a few bangers with a dash of racism, and you got yourself a picture - That's Hollywood, baby.
016 - Could a small independent film top Travolta and Willis's previous collab, 'Look Who's Talking 3'? The answer is yes. Very easily. Very, very very easily. Talking criminals proved much more compelling than talking babies and dogs - and rightly so. This movie did a lot. It changed the face of independent cinema, it gave Samuel L Jackson the platform he needed to become Samuel L Jackson, and inspired wannabe film students and Tarantino-copycats from around the world.
015 - Do you know what album sold over 12 million copies in 1994? That's right, the Forrest Gump soundtrack. This thing was ridiculously huge, swept the oscars and remains endlessly quotable today - but is it actually any good? Or is it just an empty vessel for 'member berry delivery?
014 - From one organised crime film to another. From the Mob, to the Foot. Yes, it's 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 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.
013 - Let's. Get. Serious. We look at our first Scorsese film, Goodfellas. We put on our film student hats (we are not film students, but we do have hats), and feast on this delicious audio visual dish from all kinds of angles. From Scorsese's use of music in film, to Joe Pesci's use of music in life that no one has ever heard. Also Tristan's mic wigs out about 52 mins in and no one knows why. Oops.