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Episode 226: Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

A small town is invaded by… well, killer klowns from outer space. 

For our Halloween spooktacular, we chat about the “gumball” eyes on popsicles, why you shouldn’t describe what you’re doing while being chased, and what this movie has in common with Independence Day, Batman & Robin, and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Then we find out if Killer Klowns From Outer Space stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 225: The Witches (1990)

Evil witches want to rid England of all its children, and the only person who can stop them is a little boy who’s been turned into a mouse. 

This week, we chat about an odd treatment for diabetes, how Roald Dahl was inspired by the ’86 Mets, and the “hamstertopia” that James built for his pet. Then we find out if 1990’s The Witches stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 224: Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

A plane crashes in the Gobi desert, and the survivors face starvation, thirst, and nomads as they struggle to stay alive.

This week, we discuss wise words from Buzz Aldrin, how not to start an inspirational speech, and getting demoted from “Captain” to “Mister.” We also chat about this year’s depressing iHeartRadio Music Festival before finding out if 2004’s Flight of the Phoenix stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 223: The Bodyguard (1992)

When a singer is threatened by a dangerous stalker, she hires — and then falls for — a handsome new bodyguard.

This week, we discuss traceable typewriters, Yelp reviews for hitmen, and pooping in Taylor Swift’s house. We also reveal the details of Nick’s Marathon 2020 before finding out if Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii will always love youuuuuuuuuuuuu! Nah, we just find out if The Bodyguard stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 222: Showgirls (1995)

A woman goes from giving lap dances to headlining a topless revue on the Las Vegas Strip.

This week, we talk about Alien Ant Farm’s Michael Jackson cover, a sex scene that looks like a shark attack, and what nude dancers have in common with the Sith. We also discuss our 2020 voting plans before finding out if Showgirls stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 221: The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

A man in Africa with no knowledge of the “modern world” goes on a quest to rid his tribe of an evil thing: a Coke bottle that fell from the sky.

This week, special guest Joanna Brief joins us to discuss a questionable use of Rock-A-Bye-Baby, a bizarre Yiddish catchphrase, and the comedic appeal of a terrorist who slips on banana peels (sorry.) Then we find out if The Gods Must Be Crazy stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 220: Double Impact (1991)

Twins, who were separated at birth, join forces as adults to get revenge on the gangsters who killed their parents.

This week, we chat about Jean-Claude Van Damme’s résumé, Bernie Madoff’s charity work, and Lindsay Lohan’s British accent. We also discuss Super Mario 3D All Stars before finding out if Double Impact stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 219: Mulan (1998)

A young woman pretends to be a man to protect her father, defeat the Huns, and save China.

This week, we discuss how animated horses are like snowflakes, why you shouldn’t name characters after food, and the benefits of zip-lining with someone who’s the size of Shrek. Then we find out if 1998’s Mulan stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 218: Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)

Bill and Ted are back, fighting evil robot versions of themselves and making their way through heaven and hell.

This week, we chat about the difference between a wedgie and a melvin, the history of the Happy Birthday song, and who watched the Hawaii Five-0 reboot. We also discuss The Batman, Flashpoint, and Chadwick Boseman (RIP) before finding out if Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 217: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

A pair of slackers are destined to change the world with their music. They just have to pass history first.

This week, we chat about grandfather clock maintenance, Keanu Reeves historians, and how Tom and Tom beat Bill and Ted. Be excellent to each other — and party on, dudes! — as we find out if Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 216: My Blue Heaven (1990)

A former gangster adjusts to life in the suburbs when he joins the witness protection program.

Special guest Samantha Noah returns to discuss shockingly inexpensive hot dogs, the dangers of garbage disposals, and how the Wet Bandits always seem to just walk into other people’s houses. Then we find out if My Blue Heaven stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 215: Goodfellas (1990)

Henry Hill rises through the ranks of the mafia, only to see it all come crashing down when he starts trafficking cocaine.

This week, special guest Samantha Noah joins us to discuss when you really need to get your car detailed, home decorating that is both tacky and awesome, and Joe Pesci’s skills as a rapper (yes, really). Then we find out if Goodfellas stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 214: Caddyshack (1980)

It’s the snobs against the slobs as a wealthy country club owner faces off against a brash real-estate developer, a zen golfer, and a group of wild teen caddies.

This week, we talk about that hooligan Tchaikovsky, universal words for poop, and how the producers of Super Friends saved money. Then we find out if Caddyshack stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 213: Coyote Ugly (2000)

A Jersey girl heads to New York City with dreams of becoming a successful songwriter, but ends up slinging drinks with other scantily clad bartenders.

This week, we chat about Art Garfunkel, why people in Manhattan don’t need to be validated, and the world’s biggest fan of The Calling. You can’t fight the moonlight as we find out if Coyote Ugly stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 212: Kids (1995)

A pack of reckless teenagers steal, have sex, and do drugs on a hot summer day in New York City.

This week, we discuss a chivalrous offer of corn dogs, an awkward conversation with your grandma, and the difference between malt liquor and beer. We also share our thoughts on the upcoming Ready Player Two novel before finding out if 1995’s Kids stands the Test of Time.

NOTE: Even though it’s about a movie called Kids, this episode is for adults only.

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Episode 211: Clueless (1995)

A popular teenager — who only cares about clothes and her social status — decides to start doing good deeds for others… with mixed results.

This week we discuss the dangers of liposuction, this movie’s most memorable line, and why James should have read Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. Then we find out if 1995’s Clueless stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 210: Moonstruck (1987)

A woman gets engaged, then falls in love with her fiancé’s brother. Awkward!

Special guest Courtney Noah joins us to discuss heat-resistant prosthetic hands, a new slogan for Cheetos, and what Bugs Bunny can teach you about opera. Then we find out if we belieeeeeeve in life after love! (Get it? Cher? Sorry.) Nah, we just find out if Moonstruck stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 209: That Thing You Do! (1996)

Four young musicians become superstars when their catchy single hits the airwaves.

This week, we discuss famous bass players, the golden age of air travel, and what it means to be a teen sensation. We also chat about Disney retheming Splash Mountain before finding out if That Thing You Do! stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 208: The Dead Zone (1983)

After waking up from a coma, a man suddenly has psychic visions… and the power to change the future.

This week, we talk about an extremely painful way to use scissors, the original 40-year-old virgin, and what was missing from Boy Meets World. We also discuss why we buy the same video games over and over again before finding out if 1983’s The Dead Zone stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 207: Jaws (1975)

A great white shark terrorizes a small beach community in the movie that’s considered the very first summer blockbuster.

This week, we discuss a great name for a yacht rock band, fake facts that people think are true, and how Sheriff Brody is like Indiana Jones. We also chat about all the ways this movie is relevant in the age of coronavirus before finding out if Jaws stands the Test of Time. 

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Episode 206: Dick Tracy (1990)

A detective in the 1930s takes on an organized crime syndicate, and finds himself in the crosshairs. 

This week, we discuss a really stupid catchphrase, what Dustin Hoffman would sound like as the Aflac duck, and a pretty aggressive move by an orphan who really wants to get adopted. We also talk about the comic strip movie we’d love to see before finding out if 1990’s Dick Tracy stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 205: Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Two young British women juggle friendship, family, and their dreams of playing professional soccer. 

This week, we discuss a half-assed cameo, how Brexit makes things harder at the airport, and the only soccer players that Alan can name. We also talk about the upcoming sequel to a Jim Henson classic before finding out if Bend It Like Beckham stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 204: Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

It’s the old English legend you know and love… with a Mel Brooks twist. 

We wrap up our Robin Hood trilogy with a conversation about Yiddish etymology, going down a Saved by the Bell wikipedia rabbit hole, and the timeline of the Mel Brooks-iverse. We also share our thoughts on Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League recut before finding out if Robin Hood: Men in Tights stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 203: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

After returning home from the Crusades, Robin of Locksley and his band of Merry Men fight back against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.

As we continue our Robin Hood trilogy, we talk about who can be swashbucklers, archers that cut their hand for no reason, and how this movie is Ewok-esque. Then we find out if Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 202: Robin Hood (1973)

A sly fox, with the help of a bear and other animal friends, stands up to the greedy lion prince of England.

This week, as we kick off a trilogy of episodes about Robin Hood movies, we discuss a terrible name for a Disney character, how taxes work, and a cartoon snake henchman who’s surprisingly complex. We also share our thoughts on the latest Star Wars news before finding out if 1973’s Robin Hood stands the Test of Time.

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