80's Flick Flashback

January 20, 2023

#74 - "Runaway Train" (1985) with J.B. Huffman from "Manly Movies" Podcast

If you’re a fan of eighties action movies, you should know The Cannon Group. Run by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, in the eighties they cranked out a slew of low-budget action movies, most of which were hated...

January 06, 2023

#73 - "Howard the Duck" (1986) with Laramy Wells from "Moving Panels" Podcast

Countless world upon worlds. Worlds without end. In these galaxies every possible reality exits. And what is reality in any new world is mere fantasy in all others. Here, all is real and all is illusion. What is, what was and...

December 23, 2022

#72 - "Santa Claus: The Movie" (1985) with Laramy Wells from "Moving Panels" Podcast

It seems strange at first that the producers of the Superman movies would move on to an epic about Santa Claus. But in a way it makes sense. Both Superman and Santa are legendary superheroes, able to cure our pains through ma...

December 09, 2022

#71 - "Scrooged" (1988) with Gerry D. ("Totally Rad Christmas" Podcast) & Nicholas Pepin ("Pop Culture Roulette" Podcast)

Since the publication of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol nearly 200 years ago, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become familiar fodder for adaptations of all sorts—from ballets to operas to a mime performance by Marcel M...

November 25, 2022

#70 - "Annie" (1982) with Hanna Williams

Little Orphan Annie has been a part of American pop culture for nearly a century now—first as a comic strip which made its debut in the summer of 1924, then as a popular radio show in the 1930s, which spun off into a couple o...

November 11, 2022

#69 - "The Untouchables" (1987) with Nicholas Pepin from "Pop Culture Roulette" Podcast

1930. Prohibition has transformed Chicago into a City at War. Rival gangs compete for control of the city’s billion dollar empire of illegal alcohol, enforcing their will with the hand grenade and the tommy gun. It is the tim...

November 07, 2022

The "Weird" Bonus Episode - "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" (2022) with Nicholas Pepin from "Pop Culture Roulette" Podcast

We don't normally sway away from our regular 80's Flicks only podcast formula, but when "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" premiered on the Roku Channel this past weekend, we had to cover this 80's icon and the hilarious film tha...

October 28, 2022

#68 - "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988) with Charlie Cotter

As of October 2022, there have been 11 films that continue or reimagine the story of the character known as “The Shape” that was first laid out in John Carpenter’s Halloween released in 1978. At this point in its history, the...

October 21, 2022

BONUS - "House" (1986) with Laramy Wells from the "Moving Panels Podcast"

After working together on the first three "Friday the 13th" movies, Steve Miner and producer Sean S. Cunningham re-teamed for something a little more kooky. From a story by Fred Dekker and a screenplay by Ethan Wiley, this fo...

October 14, 2022

#67 - "An American Werewolf in London" (1981) with Gerry D. from "Totally Rad Christmas" Podcast

In terms of werewolf horror, 1981 is still the year to beat. Theatrically, the year saw the release of Wolfen , The Howling , and this 80’s flick which set the bar high for lycanthropic transformation sequences. The last to a...

October 07, 2022

BONUS - "The Best of Times" (1986) with J.B. Huffman from "Manly Movies" Podcast

Do you ever find yourself reminiscing about the past and remembering something you would love to go back and change, a mistake that haunts you on a regular basis. Well that is what this 80’s flick is all about, a man who for ...

September 30, 2022

#66 - "Wildcats" (1986) with Ron West

Molly McGrath is the adult daughter of a famed football coach who is desperate to be the head coach of her own team. When her wish is finally granted, Molly leaves her job coaching girls' track at an affluent high school to t...

September 16, 2022

#65 - "Above the Law" (1988) with Comedian Danny Johnson from the "Behind the Bar" Podcast

In the late 80’s the American action movie was reaching its zenith. The genre had produced several bona fide superstars and was bringing big money to the box office. Action movies were the perfect vehicle for unknown talent t...

September 16, 2022

BONUS - "Turk 182" (1985) with Laramy Wells from the "Moving Panels" Podcast

Taking aim squarely at the popular theme of the working man’s struggle against the in- equities in the system, this forgotten 80’s flicks tells the story of a mystery rebel in New York City whose popularity reaches almost myt...

September 02, 2022

#64 - "First Blood" (1982) with Laramy Wells from the "Moving Panels" Podcast

Based loosely on David Morrell's 1972 novel of the same name, this 80’s flick was the first of a decades long franchise. Unlike the following sequels which were war adventure films set in foreign countries, this was a post-Vi...

August 26, 2022

BONUS - "Back to the Beach" (1987) with Chad Sheppard

For those who were not born before 1962, the beach party movies were a series of chaste comedies in which clean-cut teen idols hung out on the beach, rode the big waves, necked a little and tried to defend their lifestyle aga...

August 19, 2022

#63 - "Rain Man" (1988) with JB Huffman from "Manly Movies" Podcast

No one was overly surprised when this 80’s flick dominated the 1989 Academy Award ceremony. It featured one of America's biggest movie stars showing a little gravitas as a self-absorbed hustler who learns the importance of fa...

August 05, 2022

#62 - "Big" (1988) with Chris McMichen

Undeniably, the best of the mini-cycle of body-swap comedies from late eighties, this is the flick that revealed that Tom Hanks was capable of much more than just one-dimensional idiotic comedic roles. His transformation into...

July 22, 2022

#61 - "The Lost Boys" (1987) with Tyra Williams

What's more traumatizing for a teenage boy than having to pack up his life and move to a new town with his brother and newly divorced mom? Nothing, other than the local gang initiation. Which, in Santa Carla, may just involve...

July 08, 2022

#60 - "One Crazy Summer" (1986) with Nicholas Pepin from the "Pop Culture Roulette" Podcast

This 80’s flick is sometimes described as “Better Off Dead Goes To The Beach” because it reunites young leading man John Cusack with writer-director Savage Steve Holland for a tale of teenage angst and the quest to find love....

June 24, 2022

#59 - "Back to the Future" Trilogy Panel Part Two

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. Its time to pick up where things left off as Tim Williams is joined by the "Hill Valley Save the Clock Tower Committee" (aka the Co-Host Panel) as they continue their discussion ...

June 10, 2022

#58 - "Back to the Future" Trilogy Panel (Part One)

In the Summer of 1985, one of the most influential sci-fi comedies ever made landed in theaters nationwide and took moviegoers on a time-traveling thrill ride while shattering box office expectations. This 80’s flick sparked ...

May 27, 2022

#57 - "Bull Durham" (1988) with Ron West

Like “Major League”, “The Natural” or even “Field of Dreams”, this 80’s flick is one of those sports movies that always seems to be on one of the many basic cable TV channels every Spring and Summer. It doesn’t matter whether...

May 13, 2022

#56 - "Friday the 13th Part 3" (1982) with Laramy Wells from the "Moving Panels" Podcast

Whenever the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday we are compelled to return to Crystal Lake to talk about one of our favorite 80’s flick slashers. This time we get the sequel that ultimately changed the direction of its f...