Can you believe we're almost done with 1980? It's flying by, and after a short holiday break, we are back with a jam-packed episode that covers everything from TERROR TRAIN to Frank Sinatra's final starring role, a beloved romance starring Christopher Reeve, Paul Simon's most personal film, and David Lynch's mainstream breakthrough as well. Dig in: this one covers almost 20 films.
We've got our sound issues all worked out finally, and just in time for one of the strangest episodes yet. Woody Allen gets all Fellini on us, Walter Matthau plays spy games, and Marty Feldman brings us Richard Pryor as a computer named G.O.D. Bette Midler, Robert Altman, Mary Tyler Moore, and Jason Robards as Howard Hughes. That's not enough for you? Come on! How much awesome can we give you in one week?
We're getting close to the end of 1980 already. That doesn't seem possible. We might actually pull this thing off. When we started talking about doing this podcast, it seemed daunting. Doing the research on 1980 was a huge amount of busy work, and it is the same with 1981 already. It's a big commitment to something that is, for the most part, free work.
We're going to put up a Patreon here on the site for you guys to donate if you feel so inclined, and we've got some ideas for other things that may turn this into an ongoing and even bigger project. If so, sign me up because it's been enormous fun so far.
If you want to see a full list so far of movies that we've covered, you can check it out on Letterboxd.
Our 1980s Images page keeps growing, and we've got original website content coming. We want this to be a place where you guys can discuss these films, where we can chat about them after you've seen stuff from the various episodes, and where we can even interact to make sure the show doesn't miss anything.
Scott is halfway out of the well, just in time for a very strange episode, featuring films like SMOKEY & THE BANDIT II, THE FIENDISH PLOT OF DR. FU MANCHU, and XANADU. This is the first appearance of Jackie Chan on the podcast, as well as the the first appearance of Tom Hanks, and we cover two (yes, two) Chuck Norris movies.
First things first: You'll notice Scott Weinberg was trapped in a well for this episode. He's fine, we've gotten him out of the well, he's been reunited with his family, the dog who led everyone to him is going to get a parade, and everyone's invited. But while he was in the well, we went ahead and talked about the month that bestowed upon us the comedy genius of CADDYSHACK, AIRPLANE!, and USED CARS. So check that out.
This show just keeps getting better and better! Where else are you going to hear a conversation about THE BLUES BROTHERS, Clint Eastwood, HERBIE GOES BANANAS, the wacko Bermuda Triangle-set lost pirates movie THE ISLAND, and Richard Rush's strange and beautiful THE STUNT MAN? Nowhere—except '80s ALL OVER!
Oh my God, it's finally here: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. And if that were the only thing we were talking about this month, that would be awesome. But it's not. Try FRIDAY THE 13th. Or THE SHINING. Or BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (AND DON'T COME BACK). I mean, c'mon: Alan Parker's FAME is in here! This is how good May is! It contains all of the good! All of it, I tell you!
This was always the month that gave me stress when we were first talking about this idea, because it's got the fewest new releases for any month of the year, and it's not a great batch. Still, we've got Dabney Coleman, a weird Disney misfire, Don Knotts and Tim Conway together, and the giant freakshow that is James Coburn. Check this one out!
Holy cow, these things just keep getting better. We've got LITTLE DARLINGS, we've got FORBIDDEN ZONE, we've got James Caan and Sissy Spacek and Gilda FREAKIN' Radner. Oh—and we've got a little something called MAD MAX. Seriously, why aren't you already listening?
In case you didn't take our advice and hunt down the trailer, or if you just want an excuse to watch the trailer again... well, here it is.
We were greatly encouraged by the reaction you guys had to the general idea for the podcast, and with this second episode, we started to figure out what it was we wanted the podcast to be. Until you actually get into it, you can't be sure whether or not a show will work. We knew we liked the idea, and we know there's a seemingly endless fascination with the films of the 1980s. But we weren't sure how it would work as a show until we heard what Bobby Roberts, our producer, does with our raw conversation. He is as much a part of the character of this show as either of us, and we're damn lucky to have him working with us.
We recorded two test episodes before we started recording actual episodes we wanted to release, and we worked on some format ideas as we worked out some of the technical questions.
I say "some" because, episode to episode, we're still getting it all locked down. Lately, we've been struggling with some equipment issues, and it led to us taking a couple of steps backwards in terms of overall sound quality.
The first episode gives you an idea of what you can expect. We had some of our release dates wrong, though, so much of this first episode is just timed wrong. Still, it gave us a varied and interesting debut, and it covers a decent amount of ground.
No, you weirdos. I mean we're going to have our very own '80s All Over website!
What can you expect here?
Aren't you paying attention? It's all about the '80s! We're going to create content that will serve as a complement to the podcast we're doing now, and what form that will take is something that will evolve over time. For now, we know that we want to have some fun here and create something that has plenty of room for community.
That's you guys!
In the meantime, bear with us, because we're going to be trying various things and making an official launch of this site very soon.
In the meantime, you can find the podcast here.
Or you can go to iTunes and search for us.