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Movie Review Podcast – When you think of the ’80s, a few images come to mind: shoulder pads, big hair, and all-cheesy-everything. However, the decade had more to contribute to pop culture than being known as the New Jersey of the 20th century. It was also an era for incredible classic movies, ones that shifted the film industry as we know it. From John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club to Steven Spielberg’s E.T., the movies of the 1980’s not only shaped its generation, but inspired subsequent generations in every way imaginable.

The following decade of films were equally memorable, Is it really possible to pick a single best movie of the 1990’s? This is the decade that gave us Goodfellas in 1990, Fight Club in 1999 and countless masterpieces in between. It was a decade when Quentin Tarantino went from video store clerk to the hottest director in town. At least a few of the films we revisit are guaranteed to be close to your heart and ours. So we invite you to find a comfortable spot on the sofa, and join us for a journey through our vast VHS collections.

Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins Quote: “Give him to me. I’ll take him to the kennel, they’ll put him to sleep. It will be quick and painless compared to what I would do to him.” – Ruby Deagle


Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to his hometown of Hill Valley in 1955… Wait same town, wrong movie.

A horde of miniature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls after a mild-mannered bank teller Billy unwittingly unleashes the destructive powers of his new exotic pet. His failure to follow his pet’s three simple rules: No water (but beer is ok), no food after midnight, and no bright light lead to countless deaths and undoubtedly years of legal battles for the Peltzer family.

So, when your washing machine blows up or your TV goes on the fritz, before you call the repair man, turn on all the lights and look under all the beds. ‘Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house, or it just might be Billy Peltzer sabotaging your entire life. Continue reading Gremlins (1984)

Pretty Woman (1990)

Pretty Woman Quote: “You and I are such similar creatures Vivian, We both screw people for money” – Edward Lewis


When it comes to 1990’s chick flicks, Julia Roberts is practically the living embodiment of the rom-com genre. From Steel Magnolias and Nottinghill to Runaway Bride, her body of work is almost universally loved by women, and tolerated by the men in their lives. Yet there is one film in the pantheon of Roberts’ repertoire which all men do secretly love: Pretty Woman. So this week we dive into the 4$ bin and pullout the supposedly modern day version of Cinderella.

The story of a woman, Vivian (Julia Roberts) forced into the underground world of prostitution as a way to survive in Los Angeles. She becomes a week long “companion” for an extremely wealthy business man, Edward (Richard Gere). Sadly after spending a week in Beverly Hills luxury and living the life she’d always dreamed of…. she’s forced to return to her sad existence and again sell her body for money. Ok.. that’s not how the movie ends, but we all know it should have. Continue reading Pretty Woman (1990)

Weird Science (1985)

Weird Science Quote: “You know, there’s going to be sex, drugs, rock-n-roll… chips, dips, chains, whips… You know, your basic high school orgy type of thing” – Lisa


We fired up the old VCR again this week for the classic Weird Science: The tale of two horny friends Gary and Wyatt who are tired of being social outcasts and not getting any action. With Wyatt’s parents gone for the weekend, the two perverts try to create the world’s first real doll. Using only Wyatt’s computer, random photos from their wish boards and a Barbie doll the duo give birth to their “perfect woman” with the limitless powers of a genie. Hilarity ensures including group showers, new interracial friendships, random bikers, dated sport cars and a magical sucking chimney. So let’s all kick back with a glass of scotch and remember the time when it was ok to use magic to get laid. Continue reading Weird Science (1985)

Big (1988)

Big Quote: “OK… but I get to be on top.” – Josh Baskin


Our first return to the VHS vaults is the (1988) classic Big: After a wish from a possessed fortuneteller turns a 12-year-old school boy into a 30-year-old man, he is forced to hide in New York City alone. A chance encounter with the owner of a toy company leads to an unlikely high paying job and an illegal sexual relationship with an adult coworker. However, the pressure of living as an adult and the torment of his mother grief over her missing son begin to overwhelm him, and he longs to return to his simple, former life as a boy. Continue reading Big (1988)