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38 - Vegetable is Animal?: SWAMP THING (1982)

6/23/2018
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Wes Craven wrote and directed this adaptation of the DC Comics superhero, once a scientist trying to help humanity, who turns superhuman when he is doused with his own experimental formula to use plants to help humans while in the nearby Louisiana swamp. Adrienne Barbeau stars as the government agent sent to oversee the lab, … Continue reading 38 – Vegetable is Animal?: SWAMP THING (1982) →

Duration:00:14:40

37 – Vegetable is Animal?: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986)

6/16/2018
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Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s off-Broadway darkly comical stage musical came to life in 1986, directed by Muppet-alum Frank Oz, featuring Rick Moranis, and small roles for Steve Martin, Bill Murray and John Candy. Ellen Greene co-stars in this story about a 1960s loser who finds success with an exotic plant that makes all his … Continue reading 37 – Vegetable is Animal?: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986) →

Duration:00:14:33

36 – Those MARVEL-ous Toys: G.I. JOE: THE MOVIE (1987)

6/8/2018
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Rounding out this trio of Hasbro toy-based films put out by Marvel/Sunbow in the mid-1980s, “GI Joe: The Movie” has the dishonorable distinction of being funneled straight to video and subsequently syndicated on television due to the lack of success for the “Transformers” and “My Little Pony” movies at the box office the year before. … Continue reading 36 – Those MARVEL-ous Toys: G.I. JOE: THE MOVIE (1987) →

Duration:00:16:44

35 - Those MARVEL-ous Toys: MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE (1986)

6/2/2018
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Marvel joined with Sunbow to deliver the first of four animated feature films based on Hasbro toys in the 1980s with 1986’s MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE, which took the popular toy line of dolls resembling ponies and other animals (plus a few humans) and pitted them against three dastardly witches who can’t stand their … Continue reading 35 – Those MARVEL-ous Toys: MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE (1986) →

Duration:00:10:26

34 - Those MARVEL-ous Toys: THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE (1986) - Podcast Film Review

5/25/2018
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The first of four feature-length ventures between Marvel Productions and Sunbow Entertainment that centered on toys made by Hasbro, THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE would make for an ambitious way to not only sell toys and entertain fans, but also to set for a new course for the animated TV series, in this bridge between the … Continue reading 34 – Those MARVEL-ous Toys: THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE (1986) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:15:47

33 - Swords of Enchantment: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (1987) - Podcast Film Review

5/18/2018
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The Cannon Group took a bath with the failure of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE in 1987, a film that had gone over budget and well beyond schedule. The film starts off in the mythical land of Eternia, where the ruthless villain Skeletor (Frank Langella) has managed, with the help of a powerful musical cosmic key, to … Continue reading 33 – Swords of Enchantment: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (1987) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:16:21

32 - Swords of Enchantment: EXCALIBUR (1981) - Podcast Film Review

5/13/2018
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John Boorman’s polarizing but highly ambitious take on Arthurian legend is a visually and aurally striking look into the myth, the fantasy, and the haunting imagery that the medieval Thomas Malory tale has evoked over the last several centuries. A then-nobody, but now all-star cast that includes Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, and Patrick Stewart appears … Continue reading 32 – Swords of Enchantment: EXCALIBUR (1981) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:13:09

31 - Swords of Enchantment: THE BLACK CAULDRON (1985) - Podcast Film Review

5/5/2018
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1985’s THE BLACK CAULDRON represents Disney at its nadir as an animation studio, resulting in a box office failure and years of obscurity. It’s first PG-rated animated feature struggled to find an audience clamoring for its dark and violent tones. However, it has garnered a significant cult following over the years, with its tales of … Continue reading 31 – Swords of Enchantment: THE BLACK CAULDRON (1985) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:13:15

30 - No Monster Can Keep Us Apart: DRAGONSLAYER (1981) - Podcast Film Review

4/27/2018
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Disney collaborated with Paramount Pictures to make a fairly adventure for audiences that were a bit older in DRAGONSLAYER, a rousing but somewhat brutally dark tale of a sorcerer’s apprentice who must undertake the treacherous journey of slaying a dragon that regularly consumes the women of a nearby village as a peace offering. Adventure and … Continue reading 30 – No Monster Can Keep Us Apart: DRAGONSLAYER (1981) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:12:01

29 - No Monster Can Keep Us Apart: CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981) - Podcast Film Review

4/20/2018
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Ray Harryhausen’s final film marked the popular early 1980s adventure based on ancient Greek myths, CLASH OF THE TITANS. Harry Hamlin stars as Perseus, the illegitimate mortal son of Zeus who ends up falling for the beautiful princess Andromeda, having to overcome puzzles and a variety of vicious beasts in order to gain her hand … Continue reading 29 – No Monster Can Keep Us Apart: CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:09:46

28 - No Monster Can Keep Us Apart: THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989) - Podcast Film Review

4/14/2018
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The Disney Renaissance kicked off with this smash hit animated feature that brought the studio back in a major way, THE LITTLE MERMAID! Featuring great vocal talent, quality animation, and a killer score and soundtrack, it delighted a generation, and will delight many more, with its story of Ariel, a teenage mermaid who dreams of … Continue reading 28 – No Monster Can Keep Us Apart: THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:18:46

27 - The Girl of My Dreams: SPLASH (1984) - Podcast Film Review

4/6/2018
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Ron Howard directs this delightful romantic comedy that would score one of the biggest hits of 1984, SPLASH. Tom Hanks, Darryl Hannah and John Candy would all propel to a more secure stardom after their roles in this screwball but tender love story between a man who has trouble finding the right woman until a … Continue reading 27 – The Girl of My Dreams: SPLASH (1984) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:12:56

26 - The Girl of My Dreams: MANNEQUIN (1987) - Podcast Film Review

3/30/2018
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Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall star in this smash hit bubblegum romance about a struggling artist who falls in love with a mannequin possessed by a lovelorn ancient Egyptian spirit who turns his life around. James Spader, Estell Getty, and Meshach Taylor have supporting roles in this quintessential 80s fantasy-romance. Does it hold up?

Duration:00:09:52

25 - The Girl of My Dreams: XANADU (1980) - Podcast Film Review

3/24/2018
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The much-maligned 1980 musical gets re-evaluated in this podcast review. Olivia Newton-John plays a muse who is sent to earth to inspire a struggling artist (Michael Beck) fulfill his dream of starting a roller-disco club with a retired construction magnate (Gene Kelly). Newton-John and pop group ELO deliver a powerhouse soundtrack in this visually impressive … Continue reading 25 – The Girl of My Dreams: XANADU (1980) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:17:09

25 - Brink of Extinction: LEGEND (1985) - Podcast Film Review

3/17/2018
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Following up two sci-fi masterpieces in ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER, Ridley Scott turned his gaze toward the realm of fantasy with LEGEND, starring Tom Cruise and Mia Sara. Critics greeted the film with a shrug upon its initial release, but it has gained a cult following over the years, and the Director’s Cut release has … Continue reading 25 – Brink of Extinction: LEGEND (1985) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:15:39

23 - Brink of Extinction: THE LAST UNICORN (1982) - Film Podcast Review

3/10/2018
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Rankin and Bass, the team that brought us Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as well as the ThunderCats, brought this charming animated feature featuring Japanese animation from the team who would go on to form Studio Ghibli, and voiced by stars like Mia Farrow, Jeff Bridges, Alan Arkin, and Christopher Lee. Peter S. Beagle adapts his … Continue reading 23 – Brink of Extinction: THE LAST UNICORN (1982) – Film Podcast Review →

Duration:00:12:51

22 - Brink of Extinction: THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982) - Podcast Film Review

3/4/2018
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Jim Henson conceived of this elaborate realm of fantasy in which two competing races vie for the destiny of a faraway planet, as the evil Skeksis try to thwart the Gelflings of prophecy from uniting the planet yet again and bringing equilibrium to life there for those enslaved. This imaginative film had been a disappointment … Continue reading 22 – Brink of Extinction: THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:15:52

21 - BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III (1990) - Podcast Film Review

2/23/2018
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The third and final entry in the BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy sees Marty and Doc in the Old West of Hill Valley in 1885, where Marty must save Doc from getting gunned down by an ancestor of Biff Tannen. It’s a softer, and more romantic effort, as Doc finds love with the charming schoolteacher, … Continue reading 21 – BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III (1990) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:10:48

20 - BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989) - Podcast Film Review

2/15/2018
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Marty and Doc must head 30 years into the future to save Marty’s kids from calamity,l but end up making a mess of the past when Biff Tannen takes over the DeLorean. Will they save themselves, and their pasts, as well as their futures? This ingenious sequel takes the premise of the original film for … Continue reading 20 – BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989) – Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:11:32

19 - BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) - Film Podcast Review

2/8/2018
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Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Steven Spielberg present the original 1985 class, BACK TO THE FUTURE! Michael J. Fox plays 17-year-old Marty McFly, a spirited teenager who doesn’t seem to quite fit in with his current family, so much so that he spends a great deal of his time helping out an eccentric local scientist, … Continue reading 19 – BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) – Film Podcast Review →

Duration:00:13:41