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What are the The Best 1980s & 1990s Movies? Do you find yourself asking if the movies we loved while growing up were really that good? Have you caught yourself thinking, “why don’t make movies like they use to?” Can you still remember spending your Friday Nights searching for the perfect movie rental at Blockbuster Video? Do you know what Blockbuster Video is? If you answered yes, then this is the podcast for you!

What are the The Best 1980s & 1990s Movies? Do you find yourself asking if the movies we loved while growing up were really that good? Have you caught yourself thinking, “why don’t make movies like they use to?” Can you still remember spending your Friday Nights searching for the perfect movie rental at Blockbuster Video? Do you know what Blockbuster Video is? If you answered yes, then this is the podcast for you!
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What are the The Best 1980s & 1990s Movies? Do you find yourself asking if the movies we loved while growing up were really that good? Have you caught yourself thinking, “why don’t make movies like they use to?” Can you still remember spending your Friday Nights searching for the perfect movie rental at Blockbuster Video? Do you know what Blockbuster Video is? If you answered yes, then this is the podcast for you!

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Explorers (1985)

1/21/2020
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"The Explorers" had everything an '80s kid could want in a movie: three buddies building a spaceship from a Tilt-A-Whirl, magical computers, teenage aliens, and cool special effects from Industrial Light and Magic. What this 1985 sci-fi adventure lacked was enough time to fully develop. "Gremlins" director Joe Dante was forced to rush an unfinished film to theaters, dooming an otherwise promising project that starred future superstars Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix. What we got was a movie...

Duration:01:03:55

Tommy Boy (1995)

1/17/2020
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Listener Brad Nicholas noticed "Shat The Movies" had never done a Chris Farley movie, and he decided to do something about it. To honor a comic genius who died too young, Brad chose "Tommy Boy" as his commissioned film. It's a movie critics have called "dumber than 'Dumb and Dumber'" and "written by three writers locked in separate rooms," but no child of the '90s can resist quoting every memorable line, dancing to "fat guy in a little coat," or doing the housekeeping voice. This movie...

Duration:01:16:13

Ronin (1998)

1/7/2020
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Do you remember your first DVD? "Shat The Movies" listener Ken C. does. And he forked out the dollars to share it with you. "Ronin" was a throwback movie even on the day it was released, feeling more like 1968 than 1998. It was prime Robert De Niro before he started his string of comedies, and it was legendary director John Frankenheimer's final picture, an ode to all his car-chase spectaculars that came before. Reverence for a bygone era aside, the Shat Crew couldn't help but notice...

Duration:01:12:09

Over the Top (1987)

1/1/2020
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Leave it to an Aussie living in Canada to commission the most anti-intellectual American truckerfest we've ever covered on "Shat The Movies." Listener Fabian threw in his hard-earned green stamps to request "Over The Top," Sylvester Stallone's 1987 attempt to recapture the magic of "Rocky." Rotten Tomatoes shat on Stallone's attempts to make a movie about arm wrestling that reveals a deeper tale of father-son bonding. But we see the beauty in this old rig, as Roger recounts stories of his...

Duration:01:13:57

The Santa Clause (1994)

12/23/2019
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"Shat The Movies" voters have spoken, and the holiday movie they most wanted to hear in 2019 is "The Santa Clause." Take a magic sleigh ride back to 1994, when Tim Allen was the king of TV and you could still fat shame in the workplace. Listen as the Shat boys discover the true meaning of Christmas, Big D laments the demise to Black Friday, Gene recalls phreaking phone sex lines as a 12-year-old, and Roger yearns for the era of bungling police in feel-good comedies. Other topics include...

Duration:01:15:06

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

12/15/2019
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WARNING! Shat The Movies has hit peak adorable, just in time for the holidays, with its first kid-friendly episode: "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Listener Emmett in Orange decided to reach across the globe to play Santa after hearing young listener Brody calling in from Belfast, Ireland, with one precious question: Is "The Nightmare Before Christmas" a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie? With that, Emmett gifted Brody a Shat The Movies review of the Tim Burton's stop-motion...

Duration:00:58:46

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

12/12/2019
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Christmas comes early for Gene Lyons as listener David Petsolt commissions "Bram Stoker's Dracula, the movie that changed the way we see vampires and ruined Keanu Reeves for the better part of a decade. Francis Ford Coppola's insistence on old-school practical effects, combined with Gary Oldman's intense portrayal of The Count, give this movie and undeniable creep factor, but obviously fake backdrops and silly facial hair are too much for Big D to ignore. As Roger and Gene reminisce over...

Duration:01:15:23

Magnolia (1999)

12/6/2019
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Shat The Movies listener Ashley Schlafly is better to us than we deserve. When we're stumped by a movie, she explains it in the context of literature and history. When we're perplexed by a TV show, she's there to save the day. Ashley is a die-hard Shatter, and even made us the godparents of her child. So when she asked us to do "Magnolia" for her husband, Tom, we jumped at the chance. Even though our recording setup stopped working, and Gene caught a sinus infection, and Rog felt too dumb...

Duration:01:33:58

Scarface (1983)

11/26/2019
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Want the Shat Crew to really invest in a movie review? Give us something to relate to! Let Roger the vaper talk about life as a sorta' Cuban. Let Big D talk about the proper use of an M16A1 grenade launcher. Let Gene explain foreign slang and immigration. Listener Dale commissioned Al Pacino's "Scarface," opening the door to lengthy discussions of naming bongs, laughable riot scenes, questionable audio quality, whitewashed Latin-American roles, and why Roger doesn't do cocaine. The boys...

Duration:01:26:06

UHF (1989)

11/19/2019
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Listener Erika in Connecticut made Gene Lyons' dreams come true by commissioning the little movie that could: Weird Al's 1989 underground comedy "UHF." This scrappy film mixed corny plot lines with sociopathic humor to remind us all of those strange local stations we watched in our childhood. It was the final role for two very talented actors, and starred several top comedians in their prime: Victoria Jackson, Emo Philips, and Michael Richards. Find out why Gene Lyons defends UHF's...

Duration:00:59:30

L.A. Story (1991)

11/12/2019
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Only a Californian can truly appreciate Steve Martin's 1991 labor of love, "L.A. Story." So listener Emmet from Orange, CA, did the honors of commissioning it. And in the grand tradition of Shat The Movies making romantic comedies, things get really personal. Big D recalls his carefree days and asks, "Why do we let life suck our SanDeE dry?" Roger and Gene drool over a young Sarah Jessica Parker, and Gene point out the one sex scene in all of Hollywood he wishes did happen. The Shat boys...

Duration:01:10:01

Iron Eagle (1986)

11/5/2019
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Wife of the year Marisa commissioned “Iron Eagle” for her husband, Greg, but really it was a gift to all of Shat Nation. This 1986 Air Force cheese fest holds a special place in the hearts of ‘80s kids and inspired a disturbing number of today’s pilots. Who knew Top Gun’s ugly cousin—filled with bad effects, a generic Middle Eastern enemy, homoerotic undertones, teenage mass murder, horrific Air Force security, ecological disasters, and the worst chase scene since “Prince of Space”—would...

Duration:01:12:15

The Shining (1980)

10/29/2019
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It's the Third Annual Shat The Movies Halloween Spooktacular and the Third Annual Roger Telling About His Grandparents' Haunted House! In this episode, we cover Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," a 1980 film staggering in its production value and terrifying in its shooting schedule. Roger Roeper really shines in this episode, as he opens a portal into the world of psychic friends, imaginary friends, and creepy voices. Big D argues that vaping is the same as farting. And Gene beats his head...

Duration:01:19:26

Army of Darkness (1992)

10/21/2019
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Big D just watched his first "Evil Dead" movie and is here to talk about it. That alone makes this episode of "Shat The Movies" worth the price of admission. Need more? Listener Chris Powers' "Army of Darkness" commission also triggered discussion about how useless we'd be as time travelers, what a world would look like if killing your sex partners cured the STDs they gave you and Bruce Campbell's undeniable charm. At just 82 minutes, "Army of Darkness" is the shortest movie we've...

Duration:01:05:36

The Money Pit (1986)

10/16/2019
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This isn't just a podcast about '80s movies; it's a podcast about FEELINGS. Or at least three guys' ideas on cheating, romantic comedies, and home inspections. Listener Joe in Alexandria, VA, commissioned 1986's "The Money Pit," in which Tom Hanks plays the same role he played in every '80s movie and Shelly Long is 100% swappable with Shelly Duvall. In this episode of Shat The Movies, we explore: Roger Roeper shares his theories on romance. Gene Lyons discusses the psychological...

Duration:01:15:30

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

10/8/2019
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Just when you thought we had covered all the '80s space classics: "E.T.," "The Empire Strikes Back," "The Last Starfighter," and "The Thing," listener John Clyburn takes the podcast where no Shat has gone before with "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." Star Trek II widely is considered the best "Star Trek" movie ever made, and "Shat The Movies" certainly recognizes why: a chesty Ricardo Montalban, a young Kirstie Alley, and a surprise death that came years before "Game of Thrones" decided...

Duration:01:12:50

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

10/1/2019
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Shat The Movies listeners were asked to choose from six of Dick Eberts' favorites for this week's podcast, but their top choices already had been commissioned by other listeners. We get it: You love Dick. We've done "Demolition Man" and "The Karate Kid," so you're stuck with the film Rotten Tomatoes rated the Greatest Sci-fi movie of all time: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." Find out how to pronounce Reese's Pieces and how "E.T" made the candy an overnight success. Learn the Shat Crew's...

Duration:01:17:22

The Rock (1996)

9/23/2019
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Most "Shat The Movies" episodes are commissioned by listeners who want to hear us revisit films they love. But this one was commissioned by a podcaster who wanted to hear us cover one of Big D's favorite movies. Drew Zakmin, of "One Headlight Podcast," shelled out a few bucks and opened the gates to Michael Bay's greatest cinematic achievement, 1996's "The Rock." It's got everything we've come to expect from a Michael Bay film: explosions, rain, patriotic slow-mo, and even groups of guys in...

Duration:01:09:46

The Boondock Saints (1999)

9/16/2019
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"The Boondock Saints" went from the hottest script in Hollywood to a pathetic five-theater release, to one of the biggest cult classics of the late '90s. But does Troy Duffy's underground hit film live up to all the hype, or was it just a weird byproduct of an edgy era? Listener Jim L. from London wired some money across the pond to commission this shoot-em-up episode of Shat The Movies, exposing Big D to his first taste of The Saints in action. Did you know Duffy originally wanted Mark...

Duration:01:14:38

Kindergarten Cop (1990)

9/10/2019
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Have you ever caught yourself thinking, "I'd like some parenting advice from three male podcasters stuck in the '90s?" If you answered yes, then this is the podcast for you. Listener Stephanie commissioned "Kindergarten Cop," the ninth Arnold Schwarzenegger title featured on "Shat The Movies" and a perfect portrait of Arnold's awkward shift from action to comedy. Be there for Arnold's first passionate on-screen kiss, learn the difference between parrots and ferrets, find our why Roger...

Duration:01:03:04