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.
057 - This movie THRIVED on VHS (but less so at the box office) and has become a cult classic for many. We barely remembered it, so figured it was time for a revisit. There is quite a bit to unpack here - like, why did the director of Grease make a sharp pivot to Sci-fi? How did this go from a Norwegian indie, to a Disney epic? Why does the spaceship sound like Pee-wee Herman (we get that it's Paul Ruebens, but...). Join us on a journey through time and space, as we decide whether this cult hit holds up today, or is best left in the past.
056 - After a couple of deep cuts, we are back in mainstream territory this week, with the 1993 Disney bobsledding blockbuster, COOL RUNNINGS. You know how this works, we dive deep on the film's 'inspired by true events' origin story, we pull the plot apart and put it back together again, break down the pro's and con's - all in an effort to determine whether this film holds up today, or if it's best left in the past. Tune in and find out!
055 - We are back with another deep cut from 1995 - the serial killer thriller, Copycat. You may think you don't remember this film, but I'd argue that you do, somewhere deep in your unconscious - and we are here to dislodge and extract all those juicy memberberries for you, from Harry Connick Jr with red hair, to Sigourney Weaver with glasses. Too superficial for you? We also dive into the mid 90s obsession with serial killers, and compare it to the true crime obsessions of today; the cultural impact Harry Connick Jr had on a decidedly un-woke Australia back in the early 2000's; and we finally get to talk about a movie that passes the bechdel test! So join us as we answer that all-important question: does Copycat hold up today, or is it best left in the past?
054 - Most podcasts would look at Jurassic Park before Congo. Not us. That would be too easy - where's the tension? We prefer digging up those movies we sorta remember yet sorta forget. So what better Michael Crichton picture to start with than the sorta-blockbuster, Congo. This movie has it all: a talking gorilla, Tim Curry, Tim Curry's weird accent, volcanos, other various accents, the list goes on. Join us as we dive deep into where this movie came from and how it holds up today.
053 - It's a slight change of pace this week, as we cover our first ever live-action musical, Little Shop of Horrors. There is a LOT to unpack with this one, from the impeccable cast (Rick Moranis, Ellen Green, Levi Stubbs, Steve Martin and Bill Murray), to one of the most bizarre origin stories we have ever uncovered. It's also just an all-round weird movie directed by Yoda himself, with absurd music by the two guys that went on to write almost every Disney song you have ever loved - so join us we attempt to answer that all-important question: does Little Shop of Horrors hold up today, or is it best left in the past?
052 - After a few deep cuts we are taking it back to our bread and butter with the film that changed the future of both James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzegger. Schwarzenneger would become the kind of Hollywood, and Cameron would become, self-proclaimed, 'king of the world' marrying several Hollywood women along the way (two of which came from this very movie). In all seriousness though, it's too easy to take this franchise for granted, with at least 3 too many sequels contaminating the public consciousness - but it's important to look back at where it all began, and what a fundamentally different movie this one actually was, vs where the franchise has ended up. Join us as we dive into the films origin story, cultural analysis, circular chats around time travel, and what we would argue is a half-decent re-pitch for how this franchise could have been better tackled as a clean little trilogy.
051 - This week's movie had the lowest box office return of any film we have covered, yet it's legacy is one of the biggest - without Swingers, we have no Iron Man, no Avengers, no MCU - or no Vince Vaughn and no Elf! It was a biggie for us budding film geeks back in the day also, but legacy aside, is this a film that holds up on its own in 2020? Or is it best left in the past?
050 - This is a milestone episode, guys. 50 episodes in the can, 2 Van Dammes in the one movie, and the film's title is the namesake of this very podcast - it's 1991's DOUBLE IMPACT. You know how this works, every 10th episode is a JCVD vehicle that we evaluate against our patented universal JCVD authenticity test. Of course we also dive into this films origin story, and uncover a HUGE bit of Van Damme lore that, up until now, seems to have gone largely unnoticed (and it involves one of Hollywood's biggest starts of all time). Anyways, join us for this milestone episode, dedicated to JCVD's milestone movie.
049 - This is apparently our first foray into the year that was 1998, so what better time capsule to kick it off than the cross-cultural shenanigans of Chris Tucker trying Chinese food for the first time? This movie wears its 1998 on its sleeve - its got it all - from its celebration of ill-fitting baggy suits and a Dru Hill soundtrack, to its multicultural stereotypes and a plot rooted in the English handover of Hong Kong. But most importantly, JACKIE FREAKING CHAN! So, join us as we dive deep on this late 90's pop-cultural-artefact and decide if it hols up today, or is best left in the past.
048 - This week we are covering the film that made little Greg cry - 1990's GHOST. This movie is kind of insane, but we would argue that actually works in its favour, we need more insane movies. It was also the highest grossing movie of 1990, so there's that. It was also directed by the guy that did Airplane and The Naked Gun, so there is also that. If that's not enough 'thats' for you, it's also got Patrick Swayze, Whoopi Goldberg and Unchained Melody (a song with an insanely rich origin story), so there is THAT too.
047 - MERRY CHRISTMAS! We are now in Christmas week and it's time for our 3rd and final film as part of our Christmas Triple Header - Home Alone. We get it, maybe you're not commuting, maybe you're off your usual schedule, but you've probably watched Home Alone recently and are ready for a deep dive. So grab your egg nog, get cozy, and listen to the two of us break down this movie's origin story, revisit 90s Macauley fever as well as Joe Pesci's music career, and break down just how damaging these booby traps would actually be in the real world.
046 - The festivities continue with week 2 of our Christmas movie triple-header. Now, we know what you're thinking - The Santa Clause isn't quite as iconic as Die Hard (last week) or Home Alone (next week), but we promise, we have uncovered enough nuggets to make this one worth revisiting (e.g. did you know, in the original script, Tim Allen actually killed Santa with a shotgun? Well it's true, and it's freaking nuts). So, join us as we cast our minds back to the year that was 1994 and completely over-think a movie that's meant for little kids.
045 - Welcome to the party, pal. Time to get festive as we kick-off our first episode in our 3-week Christmas movie trilogy. Don't you dare say that Die Hard isn't a Christmas movie, because you are wrong, and we prove it in this very episode. Festivities aside, you get all the usuals here - we dive deep into the film's rich origin story, its cultural impact, the master puppeteer that orchestrated it (Joel Silver), and of course, Hans Gruber's 'convincing' American accent.
044 - Does any one person embody the genre of 'Neo-Noir-Erotic-Thriller' more than Michael Douglas? The answer of course, is no. He is a strange man, and this is his bread and butter. In this episode, we are discussing perhaps the most iconic film in the genre with Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct. This movie was a big deal in our youth, for all the obvious reasons, but today we discuss it as adults. As mature, grown-up adults. Mostly.
043 - "Dis river can kill you in a tousand ways". Is there any character more iconic than Jon Voight's 'Paul Sarone'? Yes. Many. Vast amounts. So many. But this completely off-the-wall performance is amongst the most fun we've had since starting this podcast - so just get on board. Beyond the scene-stealing Voight, we also cover the (mixed) performances of Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson (wow), debate the special effects, and discuss the year that was 1997 in the context of the ass-economy.