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Episode 100: Stripes (1981)

stripesHappy 100th episode! To celebrate, we're focusing on the genius work from actor and comedian Bill Murray, starting with his 1981 blockbuster hit "Stripes!" When a disaffected slacker decides to join the army, and drags his best friend with him, it could be a train-wreck, but with Ivan Reitman at the helm, and Bill Murray and Harold Ramis as the stars, it becomes one of the best comedies in American cinema! Co-starring John Candy, John Larroquette, P.J. Soles, Sean Young, John Diehl, Judge Reinhold, and the amazing Warren Oates, this was an anthem for the beginning of the Reagan era by poking holes in the idea that the military was the solution for everything, for everyone! And with Elmer Bernstein providing the orchestral musical score, this movie provides an fantastic viewing experience even now!



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Episode 99: Ladyhawke (1985)

ladyhawkeThe second in our look back at fantasy films of the 80s feels very different from our first! This time, it's Christianity as the background for a tale of corruption in the church and a pair of cursed lovers in 1985's "Ladyhawke!" Directed by Richard Donner, written by Edward Khmara, Michael Thomas, and Tom Mankiewicz, this film seems almost haphazardly cast, and yet it works! In the lead roles are a young Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Supporting them are Leo McKern, John Wood, Ken Hutchison, and a very young Alfred Molina! Again, the background aspects of the film (costumes, art direction, and sets) bring this story to life in the imaginary land of Aquila. And, like our previous episode, the score brings a unique feel to the movie, with its sometimes-medieval and sometimes-modern sound and rhythm, but when you have the legendary Alan Parsons as the producer, you're bound to get something that's a bit different! And, finally, the trio announce the results of their search for an appropriate pairing for the 100th episode, coming up next!



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Episode 98: Conan the Barbarian (1982)

conanIt's back to the 80s we go, for two of the "best" fantasy films of that decade! Starting off, it's the 1982 cinematic epic that truly put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the public's radar, "Conan the Barbarian!" Directed by John Milius and written by Milius and Oliver Stone (yes, THAT Oliver Stone), this film also stars James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman, Ben Davidson, Cassandra Gava, Gerry Lopex, Mako, Valérie Quennessen, and William Smith. This is truly a fantasy spectacle, featuring amazing costumes, art direction, sets, and one of the finest scores ever written for any film, so much so that it tells the story when there are no words to do so! While clearly an artifact from the 80s, the movie holds up as a great fantasy-adventure film even today!



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Episode 97: Up (2009)

upPart 2 of part 2 of Pixar films looks at the only Pixar film to cover the first 70+ years of the story in the first eleven minutes of the movie! If this film doesn't bring a tear to your eye at some point, you're either dead inside or not paying attention! This is a central metaphor-lover's dream-come-true, with its story about love lost and how one learns to live life again! Directed by Pete Doctor, Co-Directed by Bob Peterson, and written by Doctor, Peterson, and Tim McCarthy, this film features a relatively small cast of voice actors, including Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo, and John Ratzenberger, but still manages to pack a gigantic whallop! Plus, Buddy, Chad, and Jeff reveal the fantasy trip they're going on in the next set of episodes!



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Episode 96: The Incredibles (2004)

incrediblesBy popular demand, we're back with another look at Pixar films! But this time around, we're delving into a film, a favorite of one of our hosts, that combines 19th century philosophy, 20th century hero fatigues, and 21st century family life, into one of the most fantastic superhero stories ever! Written and directed by Brad Bird (who also does a voice in the film), and the voice-acting talents of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Wallace Shawn, Spencer Fox, Sarah Vowell, Elizabeth Peña, and (of course), John Ratzenberger, this film shares a basic storyline with the much-darker "Watchmen" and tells the story of a society that's outlawed being super, and how one family is coping with being forced to hide in plain site! And, accompanied by the top-notch Michael Giacchino score, this is a film that is truly fun for all ages!



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