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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.

Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club Quote: “Condom is the glass slipper of our generation” – Marla Singer

This week’s theme was 1990’s movies with a twist, and listeners overwhelming selected David Fincher’s masterpiece, Fight Club (1999). While Brad Pitt & Edward Norton may have acted in the film, the real star was the story. Join Roger & Big D as they explore what it really meant to be a man growing up in pre-9/11 America as they dive into their own masculine failures and shortcomings in a throwback episode of Shat the Movies! Continue reading Fight Club (1999)

Aliens (1986)

Aliens Quote: “Maybe we can build a fire, sing a couple of songs!” – Carter Burke

“Aliens” How did James Cameron make a move this good in 1986? Like, seriously, it’s impossibly good. Sigourney Weaver is the perfect warrior woman when such a thing didn’t exist in film. The story makes sense. The space Marines are badass. Even Bill Paxton’s overacting is endearing. On the eve of “Alien: Covenant,” let’s bow at the altar of the greatest Installment of the Alien franchise. Continue reading Aliens (1986)

Goldeneye (1995)

Goldeneye Quote: “You know, this sort of behavior could qualify as sexual harassment.” – Miss Moneypenny

“Goldeneye” gave us a new James Bond in Pierce Brosnan and type of villain with Alan Cumming’s Boris The Hacker. But the 1995 blockbuster missed a Golden opportunity to reinvent a franchise that was long overdue for some growing up.

Sure, there were highlights: a sadistically sexy Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp, another Sean Bean death and a cameo by Minnie Driver. However, the improbable stunts, goofy gadgets, sexism, misogyny were too much for this movie to overcome.

At least there was the video game. Man, that was a fun game. Continue reading Goldeneye (1995)

Willow (1988)

Willow Quote: “Ooh, I’m really scared. No! Don’t! There’s a- a peck here with an acorn pointed at me!” – Madmartigan

“Willow” might be the saddest movie of all time, because what’s sadder than wasted potential? How do you combine George Lucas, Ron Howard, Val Kilmer, a fantasy universe and a massive budget to create absolute crap?

Start with casting actors strictly based on their height. Next, add recycled plot lines from “Star Wars.” And finally, sprinkle the top with talking animals, absurd accents, nonsensical action scenes and the cheesiest villains in movie history.

This is all Gene’s fault.

The Wilhelm Scream Explained: https://youtu.be/SzITADosISk

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