Shat The Movies Podcast
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Were the classic movies we loved when we were growing up in the 1980's and 1990's really that good? Your hosts, Roger Roeper & Dick Ebert will take a look back in time and decide if our favorite films still hold up.
When you think of the '80s, a few images come to mind: shoulder pads, big hair, and all-cheesy-everything. However, the decade had more to contribute to pop culture than being known as the New Jersey of the 20th century. It was also an era for incredible classic movies, ones that shifted the film industry as we know it. From John Hughes' The Breakfast Club to Steven Spielberg's E.T., the movies of the 1980's not only shaped its generation, but inspired subsequent generations in every way imaginable.
The following decade of films were equally memorable, Is it really possible to pick a single best movie of the 1990's? This is the decade that gave us Goodfellas in 1990, Fight Club in 1999 and countless masterpieces in between. It was a decade when Quentin Tarantino went from video store clerk to the hottest director in town. At least a few of the films we revisit are guaranteed to be close to your heart and ours. So we invite you to find a comfortable spot on the sofa, and join us for a journey through our vast VHS collections.
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Die Hard (1988) - The Yakuza, Ode to Joy, and Sharing a Smoke with Bill Clay
This week Roger, Gene and Dick cook up the perfect receipt for a delicious 1980’s cinematic treat. With all the key ingredients on hand: a cop trapped inside a high-rise, a team of desperate terrorists, an iconic villain with brains and panache, and a group of hostages including the cop's estranged wife and you've got yourself the classic 1998 Die Hard. It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 640 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except commercial airplanes), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah. Until Die Hard came along, Bruce Willis was merely that wisecracking guy on Moonlighting. After the film's profits started rolling in, Willis found himself one of the highest-paid and most sought-after leading men in Hollywood. Topics: John McTiernan,Roderick Thorp,Jeb Stuart,Bruce Willis,Alan Rickman,Bonnie Bedelia,1988,Christmas,Corporate Culture,Terrorists,Twentieth Century Fox, Rated R, Police. FBI, Swat, Explosions Join The DiscussionEmail | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website Subscribe & ReviewiTunes | SoundCloud |