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The Test of Time Posts
Don’t let the picture fool you—this is *not* a movie about cannibalism. It’s the fifth highest grossing film of 1989 (yes, really): Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
We analyze the movie’s lesson on the frailty of life courtesy of Antie the ant, its poor demonstration of CPR technique, and other flicks with titles that are full sentences. Plus there’s an in-depth conversation about whether Super Mario is actually human or not in light of his upcoming adventures in New Donk City. We may not solve that mystery, but we do determine if Honey, I Shrunk the Kids stands the Test of Time.
The film features the big screen debut of Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, a young LL Cool J in the role of “Rapper,” and a more feminist heroine than some other, more famous feminist heroines (cough cough, Erin Brockovich.) Along the way we ask if Super Mario Run is worth ten bucks… and if Wildcats stands the Test of Time.
“We’ve got a fantastic movie in our podcast this week!”
“Your podcast? What is it?”
“It’s a digital audio file with losers who never shut up… but that’s not important right now.”
In our wide-ranging conversation about the slapstick comedy classic Airplane!, we chat about how you say “golly” in jive, what happens when the Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker trio breaks up, and we pay homage to the king of deadpan delivery, Leslie Nielsen. Plus we kick the episode off with a spoiler-filled analysis of Rogue One, and how that movie could affect Princess Leia’s role in Episodes VIII and IX. Looks like you picked the wrong week to quit podcasts… especially if you want to know if Airplane! stands the Test of Time.
The Gremlins are back, and this time they’re terrorizing the most technologically advanced skyscraper in New York City.
A young man gets an incredible Christmas present: an adorable creature called a Mogwai. But rules are broken, and before long a small town is terrorized by little green creatures.
Join us as we discuss what constitutes a Christmas movie (does Die Hard count?), the true origin of the Gremlins species, and the Time Magazine Person of the Year… in 1982. Then—just in time for Christmas—we find out if Gremlins stands the Test of Time.
A television executive who hates Christmas puts on a live version of A Christmas Carol, while also being visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future in the Bill Murray movie, Scrooged.
You want off-topic tangents? We’ve got you covered with the most intriguing thing about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. the problem with being a professional Bobcat Goldthwait impersonator, the funniest line in the Rush Hour trilogy, and James fondly/angrily recalling his favorite sketch from Late Night with Conan O’Brien. We also talk about Karen Allen, David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter), and Bill Murray himself as we decide if Scrooged stands the Test of Time.
A young child, abandoned by his family, is forced to survive on his own, while also battling two sadistic and violent robbers… in the wacky family flick, Home Alone!
Listen as we talk about how Home Alone affected the casting of Harry Potter, the reach of the American Dental Association, and the one movie where Joe Pesci’s character comes out on top. Ultimately we find out if Home Alone stands the Test of Time.
Nicolas Cage. Sean Connery. Tiny little balls of green nerve gas. And it’s a Michael Bay movie, so there are explosions all over the place.
This episode—recorded live—features the protocol of receiving a phone call mid-coitus, a breakdown of the movie’s brutal deaths, and the political correctness of the term “Mexican standoff.” Ultimately, we ask if The Rock stands the Test of Time.
A boy dreams of leaving his trailer park, only to end up in outer space defending the galaxy in the 1984 movie, The Last Starfighter.
Join us for an episode that features tangents about The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Passenger 57, and the entire theme song from Blossom (it makes sense in context, honest.) When all is said and done, we find out if The Last Starfighter stands the Test of Time.
Rodney Dangerfield is the big (and old) man on campus in the 1986 college comedy, Back to School.
In this episode, we talk about the 2016 Ghostbusters (which is now subtitled “Answer the Call” for some reason), the oeuvre of William Zabka, and how hard academia can be for dead monkeys. Our final grade hinges on one question: does Back to School stand the Test of Time?
The Chicago Cubs may have won the 2016 World Series, but the Cleveland Indians will always have the 1989 flick Major League.
Listen as we touch on the Presidential election, the Nintendo Switch, and the day Alan’s social life died. Plus we analyze Cleveland lofts, the movie’s most cringe-worthy line, and the character who looks like a grown up Bobby Hill, all as we ask: does Major League stand the Test of Time?
In Flight of the Navigator, a young boy passes out in 1978, wakes up in 1986, then has to travel through space and time to get back home.
This week’s conversation includes talk about Star Wars Rebels, Twisted Sister, and cursing in Disney movies. Plus, we expose the fact that Christopher Nolan basically just ripped off this flick when he made Interstellar. In the end, we ask if Flight of the Navigator stands the Test of Time.
In John Carpenter’s horror classic The Thing, a group of Antarctic scientists have to contend with a shape-shifting alien… that may have already taken over one of their own.
Just in time for Halloween, we discuss a scary movie that stars a young(er) Wilford Brimley, features characters named Mac and Windows (#NerdHumor), and a computer that can somehow predict a Thing-pocalypse. Ultimately, we find out if The Thing stands the Test of Time.
No one made movies about teen angst like John Hughes. Sixteen Candles tells the story of Sam, a girl having the worst day of her life—on her sixteenth birthday—which her family forgot about.
Bugs, bullets, and boobs: Starship Troopers has it all.
In a wide-ranging conversation that touches on the new season of South Park, the genius of Michael Ironside, and what happens when you pull the hypotenuse of a love triangle, we dare to ask the age-old question: does Starship Troopers stand the Test of Time?
What does it mean to be alive? How does one feel? What is the nature of the soul? These heady questions are kinda sorta addressed in the 1986 movie, Short Circuit.
Come listen as we rant about Fishers Stevens in brown face, the major design flaw in these robotic super weapons, and one of the single biggest plot holes ever: what happened to Robot #4? In the end, we ask: does Short Circuit stand the Test of Time?
RIP Gene Wilder. In light of the beloved actor’s passing, we’re taking a look back at his most iconic role, the seminal film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Join us as we wonder what the hell a bean feast is, discuss the part of the movie that we always fast-forwarded, and Alan questions the *real* motives behind Wonka’s Golden Ticket ploy, all in the name of finding out: does Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory stand the Test of Time?
Tommy Boy is the quintessential Chris Farley/David Spade movie (sorry, Black Sheep!) The movie’s got plenty of Farley’s falls, Spade’s sarcasm, and even some genuine emotion mixed in (RIP, Big Tom.)
Don’t you just hate it when your annoying baby brother gets kidnapped by the Goblin King, and you only have 13 hours to venture through a magical labyrinth to get him back?
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The Goonies is the beloved—and highly quotable—80’s movie that sent a group of kids from the goondocks searching for the lost treasure of One Eyed Willie. Our chat covers The Goonies II Nintendo game, the brilliant decision to delete that terrible scene with the octopus, and just how medically accurate the movie is (spoiler alert: not very.) Then, when all is said and done, we determine if The Goonies stands the Test of Time.