Shat the Movies: 80's & 90's Best Film Review

Shat the Movies: 80's & 90's Best Film Review

What are the The Best 1980s & 1990s Movies? Do you find yourself asking if the movies we loved while growing up were really that good? Have you caught yourself thinking, “why don’t make movies like they use to?” Can you still remember spending your Friday Nights searching for the perfect movie rental at Blockbuster Video? Do you know what Blockbuster Video is? If you answered yes, then this is the podcast for you! Website: http://shatthemovies.com/the-best-80s-90s-movies/ Email: hosts@shatthemovies.com... Show More

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June 30, 2020 68 min

Teenage coming-of-age films saturated the 80's box office, but only one combined an oversexed virgin, wrestling singlets, and Madonna: #VisionQuest. Long time Shat the Movies listener Nelson commissioned the 1985 film that some have described as "Rocky w/ Nosebleeds."

AEW Wrestling Superstar, QT Marshall (aka Mike Cuellari), accompanies Rog & Big D to breakdown Louden's journey. QT explains the insecurity of bei...

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June 23, 2020 112 min

We all agree that these are pretty turbulent times. Appropriately, it was with great anticipation that we circled our calendar for the 1994 Oscar-winning juggernaut, #ForrestGump. Commissioned by listener Joshua R, the film that solidified Tom Hanks as an American Icon was a welcomed respite from the cynical nature of today's movies.

Kevin Bracket of Reel Spoilers joins Rog & Big D on a nostalgia trip through what some have...

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June 18, 2020 67 min

When it comes to cult musicals, we typically think of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Shop of Horrors, & This Is Spinal Tap. However, a little film about the T-Birds, Pink Ladies, and overt references to sexual intercourse has quietly become a new generational cult movie. No...not that Grease, we're talking about Grease 2!

Listener Mike from Norfolk is part of that new Rydell High School crew that stopped hand-jiving and ...

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June 10, 2020 68 min

When you want a hitman, you hire the best. When you want a review of your favorite 90's film, you hire Shat the Movies(?). That's the conclusion Mike from Quincy reached when he commissioned the 1994 English-language French action thriller, #TheProfessional.

Shat on TV's Rookie of the Year, Ashley Schlafly joins Roger & Big D in Little Italy to follow a reserved Jean Reno, a sadistic Gary Oldman, and a younger-than-...

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May 26, 2020 65 min

Listener Scott O was disappointed to see #RepoMan (1984) excluded from the Pantheon of Shat. As a result, he mailed in an envelope of money initially earmarked for his son's graduation to hear the Shat Crew review the coming-of-age film for suburban white punks.

Rog and Big D steal a 1964 Chevy Malibu and cruise the streets of Los Angeles, searching for hidden messages of a movie that's best known for its surreal overdubs o...

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May 19, 2020 66 min

With previous reviews of The Big Lebowski and Dumb & Dumber, STM listener Jake V felt the timing was right to commission the 1996 Farrelly Brothers' gutterball, Kingpin.

Rog and Big D embark on a road trip through a memory montage that transports the duo to a simpler time when the local bowling lanes were as greasy as the snack bar pizza.

Big D reminisces on his time spent in junior bowling leagues. Rog recollects the time ...

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May 11, 2020 69 min

What would be worse? Getting attacked by a 16-foot crocodile...or enduring a cross country road trip while listening to the entire back catalog of Shat The Movies? This question was raised by a Canadian couple, Andrew & Sarah C., as part of their commission review of the 1986 hit, Crocodile Dundee.

Roger, Big D, & Ashley embark upon an adventure into the rugged outback of the Northern Territory to review the movie that Auss...

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May 3, 2020 65 min

We’re heading down to Arkansas for some french fried potaters and off-color street jokes as the Original Shat Trio review Billy Bob Thornton’s magnus opus, Sling Blade. The 1996 Academy Award Winner is the 3rd commission from long-time listener, Greg R.

Gene reminisces about small-town living, Big D questions the pacing early on, and Rog petitions Hollywood to send him the stylist responsible for BBT’s post-Sling Blade “glow-up”.

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April 28, 2020 66 min

Can you fly, sucka? It’s time to load up our 1980’s era Japanese pick-up truck with vault poles and fishing dynamite as we head to the desert town of Perfection, Nevada for the scariest game of “hot lava” with giant landshar—um—graboids.

As a birthday present to himself, listener Mac E commissioned the 1990 cult horror-comedy film, Tremors, that spawned SIX(!) direct-to-video sequels as well as a short-lived television show.

Ashley...

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April 22, 2020 61 min

Get ready because the Shat crew is going international for the first time. Listener Lisa sent in a very persuasive email that convinced us to take on the 1995 French science fantasy film, The City of Lost Children, our inaugural foreign language review.

In this episode, Ashley defends the decision to let her children watch this movie, even if it makes them weird. Gene pines for an alternate life in New Orleans and using his French ...

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April 14, 2020 69 min

Before James Cameron set sail for Hollywood history with Titanic, he almost sank Kathryn Bigelow’s directing career with the giant iceberg of a box office failure, Strange Days.

Listener, Mike S, commissioned the Shat crew to finally answer the question: “How could a movie that accurately predicted America’s collapse into social inequality, police brutality, and obsession with living other people’s lives through technology have fai...

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April 6, 2020 81 min

When we recorded this episode, the Coronavirus pandemic had just begun. Four weeks later, listener Jeremy’s commission gives us the timely 1981 post-apocalyptic Mad Max: Road Warrior. In this episode, Gene points out the worst choice of vehicle in a gas shortage. Big D talks driving on the wrong side of the road, and Roger talks Mad Max tinfoil.

Additionally, we discover the science of boomerangs and their connection to a lonely ch...

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March 29, 2020 83 min

You’d be hard-pressed to find a movie critic or cinema-goer that doesn’t love or at least respect Saving Private Ryan. From its iconic opening depiction of D-Day, this is unlike any war movie we’ve covered.

Listener JE Urseth commissioned this 1998 WWII classic to honor all servicemen and women and as a special tribute to his grandfather who served in the Pacific. From the start, Big D and Gene talk about the inspiration they found...

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March 20, 2020 62 min

Out of all the board games we played as kids, who would have thought Clue would be the one to produce a movie with a two-hour run time. But this ensemble comedy stands as an example of a film where a group of comedians find a way to share the spotlight equally.

This 80’s classic is so beloved that not one, but two listeners donated their hard-earned dollars to hear us take on the 1985 flick, John S. and Miguel F. While this love is...

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We all love Dick Ebert, but giving him what he wants isn't always the best idea. Big D is a man of strange appetites who suffered through a childhood that left him wishing he could travel time to make friends. And his obsession with "Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann" was bound to end in disaster.

Listener Shawn Green generously commissioned this review of the 1982 sci-fi cult classic as a gift to the Shat Crew. Ge...

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March 9, 2020 76 min

 A lot of love went into this "Shat The Movies" episode. And a lot of love was lost.

Listener Danny Jr.'s wife lovingly commissioned "Spies Like Us" as a ninth anniversary gift. And Danny Jr. lovingly dedicated it to his late father, a double-VCR-owning pioneer. And we love the love they share.

But love can be a fickle thing, especially when it comes to Chevy Chase. Roger adored him in "Christmas Vacation,&#...

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March 3, 2020 72 min

That screaming eagle of freedom you just heard is Big D's patriotism soaring through the wild blue yonder alongside the biggest, baddest, ass-kickingest presidential conveyance of all time: "Air Force One."

Listener Jim Hamilton got drunk and commissioned this 1997 Harrison Ford cheesefest that pits love of nation against love of family. It's a movie that freedom flexes in the face of reality and tells American dipl...

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February 25, 2020 72 min

"Dumb and Dumber" is the king of '90s comedies. Undisputed. End of discussion.

But many moviegoers forget this 1994 screwball comedy is the film that put the Farrelly Brothers on the map and cemented Jim Carrey as the dominant comedic star of the decade. 

In this Best of Jim Carrey edition of Shat The Movies, we examine all the little touches and big ideas that put "Dumb and Dumber" head and shoulders above ever...

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February 18, 2020 65 min

Listener John Enright asked Shat The Movies a year ago to put the Best of John Cusack up for a vote. Then he waited month after month and heard nothing: no "Say Anything," no "Grosse Pointe Blank," no "Sixteen Candles."

Fed up, Enright decided to grease the skis of justice with some hard-earned cash and three words everyone had been dying to hear: "Better Off Dead."

Big D nearly fainted. Gene Lyons s...

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February 10, 2020 72 min

It only took 3 years and 108 days, but long-time listener Gillian J. finally commissioned the 1991 movie that asks the question: “Is a light-hearted comedy really the best vehicle to explore the effects of childhood trauma & schizophrenia?”.

“Drop Dead Fred” tells the story of Lizzie (Phoebe Cates), an out of work court reporter that dresses like an evangelical missionary, experiencing a mental breakdown after she catches her u...

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