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Ordinary People (1980)

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

Release Date: 06/06/2024

Wildcats (1986) show art Wildcats (1986)

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

If you thought "woman football coach in 1986" was the daring part of "Wildcats," think again. This Goldie Hawn classic was raunchy, sneaky and full of representation.  "Wildcats" got Big D to open up about being a soft child. It gave Gene a chance to talk about his illustrious football career. And it provided a cautionary tale about grownups partying with teens. In this episode, Dick writes a fanfic mashup of "Wildcats" and "Adventures in Babysitting" while Gene learns how to make children listen. Wholesome! Watch Live Video Recording: Android:  Apple: All: CONTACT Email: ...

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

After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin into the dolls. When he finds out that his friend has betrayed him, Cho must prepare for the ultimate battle he has ever been involved in. Watch Live Video Recording: Android:  Apple: All: CONTACT Email: Website: Leave a Voicemail: Web: Leave a Voicemail: Call: SUPPORT THE PODCAST Donate or Commission: Shop Merchandise: Theme Song - Die Hard by Guyz Nite:

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

Dick Ebert and Gene Lyons break down the 2009 Oscar hopeful starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. After his 27-year imprisonment and subsequent election as President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela faced the task of unifying a country divided by race. Only months after the end of Apartheid, divisions still exist between the country's whites and blacks, something Mandela notices during an international rugby match. Realizing black supporters cheer on the opposing side when their white Springboks take to the field.  Watch Live Video Recording: Android:  Apple: All: CONTACT Email: ...

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The Return of The Living Dead (1985) show art The Return of The Living Dead (1985)

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

In today's zombie-saturated entertainment landscape, it's hard to believe there was a time when movie zombies actually ate brains, couldn't be killed and liked to show their boobs. We're taking you back to 1985 for Dan O'Bannon's "The Return of The Living Dead." Listener Kevin commissioned this wacky approach to the undead, inspiring the Shat Crew to examine whether "The Return of The Living Dead" had a hidden message on immigration, whether gravity is the ultimate weapon against zombies and whether Ernie was actually a Nazi in hiding. In this episode, we also discuss Trash's legendary...

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) show art Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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

A comedic send-up of the grim circumstances of the Middle Ages as told through the story of King Arthur framed by a modern-day murder investigation. When the mythical king of the Britons leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a wide array of horrors, including a persistent Black Knight, a three-headed giant, a cadre of shrubbery-challenged knights, the perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit, a house of virgins, and a handful of rude Frenchmen. Android:  Apple: All: CONTACT Email: Website: Leave a Voicemail: Web: Leave a Voicemail: Call: SUPPORT THE PODCAST...

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

Gene Lyons and The King Bee became friends in 1995. Two years later, "The Long Kiss Goodnight" was released on VHS, capturing the heart of a young King Bee who spent the next three decades trying to convince Gene to watch it. For his 44th birthday, Gene was treated to a pizza and a spot on The King Bee's sofa to experience "The Long Kiss Goodnight" for the first time. And it was eye-opening, to say the least. Thanks to listener Jeremiah, the two friends sat down in person, mixed a few old-fashioned cocktails and finally recorded a conversation about what might be Samuel L. Jackson's finest...

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Ordinary People (1980) show art Ordinary People (1980)

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

Honestly, when listener Eric commissioned "Ordinary People," we were worried the episode would be dry, academic and morose. Instead, this 1980 Oscar winner led to uncontrollable laughs. The quality certainly is there: A Robert Redford-directed drama starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. But you know how it goes when the Shat Boys get rolling. In this episode, the Shat Crew explores Japanese breakfast, whether you can save French toast, "the three lives," and what real therapy looks like. Gene complains that he can't relate to the problems of the rich,...

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

One Shat host is a social justice warrior. The other hates Mel Brooks movies. So "Blazing Saddles" seemed doomed from the start. But there's magic in Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little and the old frontier. Listener Ed took Shat The Movies way back to 1974 for this satirical Western that Gene Lyons argues isn't racist, sexist or even remotely offensive (other than one particular performance). Dick Ebert was impressed with the "real Hollywood Western" feel of the movie, attributing the incredible cast and chemistry to divine intervention, and also the groundbreaking farts. In this episode, the Shat...

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PCU (1994) show art PCU (1994)

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

Is "PCU" hard to find because it crossed a line or because it's just not a very good movie? Listener Jeff from Nebraska commissioned the Shat Crew to uncover the truth for his 40th birthday. In a lot of ways, PCU is your typical '90s college movie. The university president is trying to shut down a student house. There's seventh-year senior showing the new guy the ropes. A kegger is the solution to life's problems, and the good guys win. But PCU is still very much its own film. There's no clear protagonist. No group of students is decidedly popular. There might not even be an actual plot. In...

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A lot's changed since 1987: Biopics are much more common (and darker). Chicano artists are more mainstream, and Lou Diamond Phillips is a household name.  So we acknowledge "La Bamba' was groundbreaking ... and not very good. Listener Mark C. commissioned this episode and the upcoming "American Me" to celebrate his heritage as a first-generation Hispanic-American. He noted the blockbuster soundtrack, janky lip-syncing and performances from Esai Morales, Joe Pantaliano and Elizabeth Pena. But Mark didn't prepare us for laughably large talismans, breakneck pacing and Ritchie Valens'...

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Honestly, when listener Eric commissioned "Ordinary People," we were worried the episode would be dry, academic and morose. Instead, this 1980 Oscar winner led to uncontrollable laughs.

The quality certainly is there: A Robert Redford-directed drama starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. But you know how it goes when the Shat Boys get rolling.

In this episode, the Shat Crew explores Japanese breakfast, whether you can save French toast, "the three lives," and what real therapy looks like. Gene complains that he can't relate to the problems of the rich, and Dick explains why he wants to try everything on the menu.

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