Legend

Legend Movie PosterLegend is a 1986 fantasy film directed by Ridley Scott of Blade Runner and Alien fame. It stars Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, and Tim Curry. The plot of the movie is that there’s an evil red demon dude who wants to destroy all goodness and light in the world because he’s evil and that’s what evil dudes do. He gets his chance when a young girl taints a unicorn by touching it, allowing darkness and his minions to kill one of the unicorns and plunge the world into eternal winter.

I’m surprised we haven’t done this movie yet. Its one of the quintessential eighties fantasy films alongside Black Crystal, Labyrinth, and the Neverending Story.   It’s a film that holds up pretty well as long as you watch the director’s cut.     Unlike most director’s cuts, the theatrical version and the director’s cut of legend are drastically different.   The latter even makes sense! If you’ve never seen this movie definitely check it out and if you’ve only ever seen the theatrical version, you should try the vastly improved director’s cut.

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Red Sonja

Red Sonja Movie PosterRed Sonja is an eighties fantasy movie about a red haired chick killing evil people with swords while getting hit on by the govenator.   Pretty sweet right?   In all honesty, this movie is terrible.   The dialogue is stilted, the acting is amateurish, and the special effects weren’t that impressive in 1985.   But for some reason, I love this cheesy movie to bits.   It’s got a lot of heart, and despite its many flaws its a fun ride.

Just a quick warning:   If you’re planning on watching this movie with kids around, there is a random female  topless scene.   It’s weirdly random even for a topless scene.   However, the edited for TV version is just fine for kids to watch.   I watched it all the time as a kid and I am mostly a non warped human being.

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Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice Movie PosterToday’s episode was requested by Monica G who wanted ‘something by Tim Burton’.   So not only are we giving you today’s episode Beetlejuice, we’re giving you The Corpse Bride as the next episode! A whole month of Tim Burton!

Beetlejuice is a 1988 comedy/horror film by the infamous Tim Burton.   It tells the story of a young married couple who die and  are stuck haunting their former home.   Yuppies buy their house, the ghost couple want them out, and wackyness ensues! There’s also a creepy and disgusting  pedophile Micheal Keaton who wants to marry a super emo teenaged Winoa Ryder.

This is one of our shorter episodes, but eh, sometimes you don’t know if a movie will make a great podcast until you try.

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Ranma 1/2

Ranma 1/2 castWe’re kicking it old school today by discussing the 90s anime Ranma 1/2.

Ranma 1/2 is a martial arts comedy about marital artists who fell into magical springs that turn them into different things when cold water hits them.   For instance, the main character Ranma fell into the spring of drowned girl and now turns into a girl when hit with cold water.   So we get things like high flying martial arts fights between a red haired girl, a blind duck, and one badass little piggy… all in the name of love.

I’m not sure why we used to like Ranma 1/2 so much.   It’s a fun enough series, but it’s really repetitive and the animation quality has not aged well at all.   Heck, we even used to wrote fanfics for some unknown reason.

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The NeverEnding Story

By special request from Emmy Kay, this week we’re reviewing the 1984 fantasy film The Neverending Story.

The Neverending Story DVD CoverThe Neverending Story is about a young boy named Sabastian who steals finds a fantasy book called the Neverending Story.   The book majorily breaks the fourth wall and starts to talk to him as if its real.   Which means that you are listening to a podcast about a movie about a kid who doesn’t know he’s in a movie  who reads a book about another kid who doesn’t know he’s in a book.

But whose listening to YOU dear listener?

DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN.

There’s no little intro skit this week, because Melanie is gone and not answering my emails. I think it’s safe to assume she’s joined a technophobic cult that believes in  becoming  one with  the land and venerating the radish.   I had heard her say many times “To eat radishes is to be close to god”.   Little did I know how far reaching her beliefs were.   She shall be missed.

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The Secret of NIMH

Secret of NIMHMelanie made me watch a furry movie.

The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 movie directed by Don Bluth.   The premise is that a widowed mother must find a way to stop the plow from destroying her house in order to save her very ill son.   There are also several rodents with psychic powers.   It was the 80s, go figure.

We tried recording in the same room poor people style (with one microphone). It sounds like we’re recording from within the core of the earth. Oh well, we won’t try that again. I tried to enhance this episode in the post-editing process by inserting smartass comments throughout.   I’m not sure how that turned out.   Any comments pertaining to my success or epic fail  would be greatly appreciated.

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth Movie PosterOur first podcast ever! Today we’re going over the 1986 Fantasy movie directed by Jim Henson, The Labyrinth.   This is one of our favorite movies of all time, so it’s a good fit to be our first episode.   Listen to us discuss the movie’s themes, symbolism, and the effect of David Bowe’s bulge on our developing psyches.

This was our first podcast and the audio quality is not so great. Please, don’t give up on us quite yet. I did eventually figure out what all of these knobs and buttons actually do in subsequent podcasts; more or less.

 

Links:
The Official M.C Escher Website

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