Ep. 57: Willow

For some reason, something about November makes us want to watch movies with wizards.  As per a listener suggestion, we’re watching Willow, the 1988 George Lucas-conceived, Ron Howard-directed fantasy epic.  For many people, Willow was a special part of their childhood, but in the pantheon of classic children’s movies, Willow rarely seems to enter the conversation.

Listen in as we explore Willow‘s merits and absurdities and discuss whether it’s something we’d pass on to our children.

Is Willow a part of your childhood?  Does it still hold up?  What is your favorite Willow memory?  Let us know!

Ep. 56: The Thing (1982)

Welcome to our 4th Annual Holiday Spooktacular.  This year, Nate and Ryan discuss John Carpenter’s The Thing, a 1982 horror flop that has become a bona fide classic.  Listen as they discuss what has made The Thing into such a beloved film and how it has aged over the past 35 years.  This is also Can We Still Be Friends first John Carpenter movie, and we were glad to have the chance to celebrate another master filmmaker.

Is The Thing one of your go-to horror movies?  What are your thoughts on it?  Where does it rank among horror movies?  Where does it rank among Kurt Russel movies?  How long was it before you slept soundly after that stomach bit off those hands?  Let us know!

Ep. 55: Starship Troopers

Nate and Ryan continue their unofficial tour through 1997 by watching director Paul Verhoeven’s divisive sci-fi cult classic, Starship Troopers.  Joined by guest (and Starship Troopers fan) Dan Wartsbaugh, Nate and Ryan try to find out if this is a scathing, brilliant satire, skewering the tropes of violence-worshiping blockbuster action flicks, or a dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, silly violence-worshiping blockbuster action flick.  The movie’s stock has certainly risen in the 20 years since its release, as many critics have revisited the movie and praise Verhoeven’s incisive anti-war spin on Robert Heinlein’s pro-military novel.

But are claims of a satiric vision enough?  What are your thoughts on Starship Troopers?  Has your mind changed over the years?  How much schlock can be forgiven in the name of satire?  Is it ever not cool to watch alien bug explosions?  Let us know!