Ep. 54: Wayne’s World and Austin Powers

For most of the ’90s, Mike Meyers’ catchphrases were repeated ad nauseam everywhere from dorm rooms to boardrooms (We’re guessing.  We weren’t in a single boardroom in the ’90s, but you get it).  With Wayne’s World celebrating its 25th anniversary and Austin Powers celebrating its 20th, Nate and Ryan decided to watch both in their first ever Can We Still Be Friends Double Feature!

While watching movies you loved in middle school is always a risk, the lasting impact Meyers has had on comedy is always worth a revisit.

What’s your history with these movies?  After 20 years, is Dr. Evil funny?  Why has Wayne’s World become a classic?  Let us know!

Mentioned in this episode…

Hollywood Reporter’s oral history of Austin Powers

Sound Opinions interview with Penelope Spheeris

The Weird Origins of “That’s What She Said”

Ep. 31: Brazil (The Final Cut)

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Thirty years ago, Terry Gilliam triumphed over studio exec Sid Sheinberg to bring his version of 1985’s Brazil to theaters.  Gilliam’s final cut proved to be a truly unique piece of cinema and was perhaps the first and last time Gilliam would really see his vision for a movie fully realized.  Nate and Ryan have historically disagreed on this one, but Nate asserts that his bad memories of the movie were most likely due to a matter of watching it at the wrong time.

We’d love to know your thoughts on Brazil and Terry Gilliam.  Can you get that theme out of your head?  Is the ending too dark?  Do you actually prefer the Love Conquers All version?

Plus, give us your thoughts on our next movie, Nightmare on Elm Street.

Ep. 18: A Christmas Story

ralphie-a-christmas-story-imageNate and Ryan have it out over 1983’s beloved A Christmas Story just in time for the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas movie season. This is one of their earliest film fights, and time has done little to calm the storm.  As with any good blizzard, it’s best to just put another log on the fire, cuddle up, and watch the madness from the safety of your home.

What are your thoughts on A Christmas Story? Is Ryan too sensitive?  Or do you agree with him, but you’ve been afraid to admit it for fear of the backlash?  Is Nate right to join in singing the praises of this holiday classic?  What place does this movie (or any other Christmas movie) have in your annual traditions?