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80s Movies: A Guide to What's Wrong with Your Parents
19 minutes | 12 days ago
BEVERLY HILLS COP: It's all fun & games until cops falsify paperwork
Beverly Hills Cop was the No. 1 movie in 1984, a year that many consider one of cinema's best. As Detroit police detective Axel Foley (a role originally written for white actors Mickey Rouke and then Sylvester Stallone), Eddie Murphy made headway for black authority figures as lead characters -- a huge step toward positive representation for the black community. Film authorities Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) look back through a modern lens to evaluate how the comedy classic holds up and how it doesn't.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
TOP GUN: Rules are For Losers
Top Gun (1986) is an '80s blockbuster, an action classic, and a beloved film. More relevant, it was aspirational to '80s boys who took away that being "dangerous" and "aggressive" was the path to being No. 1 in their careers and with the women. Cohosts Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back with a modern lens at why the Tom Cruise favorite is terrific and why it's troublesome.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
Why AIRPLANE! Isn't Funny Anymore
Airplane! (1980) created the modern day parody film, inspired several future franchises, and is one of AFI's Top 10 Funniest Movies. In this episode, 19-year-old Riley Roberts explains why Gen Z isn't on board with the Zucker/Abrahams classic and the truth behind "cancel culture." For more: https://80smovieguide.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/80sMovieGuide Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/80smovieguide/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/80sMovieGuide
14 minutes | 3 months ago
POLICE ACADEMY is Surprisingly Progressive
Police Academy (1984) was both a product and ahead of its time. Film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, examine the ensemble comedy through the modern lens to identify how it unexpectedly defies stereotypes while still falling into the same old '80s traps when it comes to objectifying women.
17 minutes | 4 months ago
CLUE's Sexual Stereotypes Were Helpful to No Boddy
Based on the popular Parker Brothers game for kid 8 and up, Clue (1985) is a shocker of a family film: nearly all of its characters are defined by their sexual transgressions. In this episode, film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, examine how the homophobic and sex-shaming jokes perpetuated unhelpful stereotypes and how the oppressive mindset affected a generation. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/80sMovieGuide Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/80smovieguide/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/80sMovieGuide For complete information on Clue and other '80s movies, go to our website, https://80smovieguide.com
24 minutes | 4 months ago
WEIRD SCIENCE: If you build a sex slave, that makes it okay, right?
Weird Science (1985) marks the halfway point in John Hughes’ domination of the teen film in the ’80s. The film seems to be trying to put a stop to films where women were only seen as sex objects, but he misses the mark. In this teen sex comedy, two horny high schoolers Frankenbuild the “perfect woman” ... to have sex with. In this episode of '80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcast, movie authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at what the comedy classic tries to achieve in versus the actual takeaway.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
FLASHDANCE: Take Your Passion & Make It Happen (by Sleeping with the Boss)
For a story that seems to be trying to say, "yes, women ARE capable, strong and self-sufficent," Flashdance sure sends some messed up messages. Hosts Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at how a movie written, produced, and directed by men didn't get women right -- and misled a generation. https://80smovieguide.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/80sMovieGuide Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/80smovieguide/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/80sMovieGuide
39 minutes | 5 months ago
BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Sexploitation of Lorraine
Back to the Future (1985) is the ultimate '80s movie: so '80s, so timeless, so universally beloved. It's also so '80s in its reckless treatment of women, mainly how men feel that Lorraine's (Lea Thompson) sexuality is theirs for the taking -- that includes her future husband, the local bully, and even her son. Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back with a modern lens at one of their favorite movies and help you remember what you never realized about this Robert Zemeckis-Steven Spielberg comedy classic.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
LETHAL WEAPON Inspired Cops to Use Deadly Force
The '70s and early '80s saw a decrease in police-involved deaths, but starting in 1988, use of lethal force was on the rise. What happened? Lethal Weapon. Hosts Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back at how one awesome bad-ass blockbuster proved to police that the coolest, manliest, and most effective move in the fight against crime was to just blow away the suspect.
25 minutes | 6 months ago
URBAN COWBOY: Love Leaves a Mark
Urban Cowboy took America from disco to country within weeks, its popularity buoying a desire for all things "country-western" from Wranglers and boots to riding pretend animals.Film authorities Tara McNamara and Riley Roberts look at the film thorugh the modern lens to assess what it tells us about life in 1980 and now.
17 minutes | 6 months ago
FLETCH: It's All Sarcasm Nowadays
FLETCH (1985) is Chevy Chase's favorite character - and the favorite of most of Gen X. Film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at the PG-rated film through a modern lens. While it doesn't carry shockers of bad behavior like other '80s comedies, it's there...just as Irwin M. Fletcher throws away most of the zingers, it's the subtleties that shows how '80s humor influenced a generation.
40 minutes | 6 months ago
FAME: "Follow Your Dreams" Starts Here
When director Alan Parker took on a script about the New York High School of the Performing Arts, he intended to make a film that "took a hard look at a subject that had been overly glamorized." As much as he intended to show the sacrifice and pursuit of craft, that's not what audiences took away. Film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back at the film that gave the world a song that would stick in the minds of dreamers everywhere.
42 minutes | 6 months ago
CADDYSHACK: Under-All the Golfer and Gopher Jokes, Sexy Still Means Slutty
In their follow up to Animal House, Harold Ramis and Doug Kenney toned down the misogyny and upped the Slobs vs Slobs comedy. Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at Caddyshack with the modern lens, identifying how it used comedy to chip away at authority and the pompousness of the rich, but also perpetuated stereotypes about women that took a couple of decades to shake.
42 minutes | 7 months ago
PORKY'S: How the Raunchy Comedy is Responsible for the #MeToo Movement
Porky's (1981) took '80s audiences back to the '50s -- truly. It was a masive hit with audiences (mostly teen boys) laughing it up at the pranks, ribbing, and hijinks of a bunch of Ft. Lauderdale teens who take on a redneck strip club owner in the next country -- and that was the problem. The objectification and degradation of women for a laugh influenced others (mostly teen boys) to copy the behavior for a laugh themselves. Film critics Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look through the peephole at how the definitive teen sex comedy sparked decades of sexual harassment.
30 minutes | 7 months ago
DELIRIOUS: Eddie Murphy's Stand Up Shows How Socially Screwed Up We Were in 1983
Eddie Murphy's widely popular HBO comedy special was watched, rewatched and quoted by young Gen X'rs. Unfortunately, the anti-gay sentiment was also massively influential at a time when society needed assurances about the LGBTQ community, not validation to ostracize and demean them (in recent years, Murphy has apologized). Youth film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at Delirious with historical perspective and the impact it made on a generation.
33 minutes | 7 months ago
PURPLE RAIN: Punchy Music and an Example that Love Means a Fist to the Face
Prince and the Revolution set the world on fire with what may be the best music launch of all time: a film that essentially served as a music video marketing tool and established Prince as a creative genius and sexual dynamo. However, as mother-daughter hosts Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, discuss, it showed the kids of the '80s that intense love means "I Would Die 4 U" with a few punches along the way.
17 minutes | 8 months ago
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF: It's More Valuable to Skip School
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) is John Hughes' most fun film and, aside from the usual '80s offense of making bad boys sexy, it encouraged high schoolers to ditch. Mother-daughter hosts and film analysts Tara McNamara (Common Sense Media), Gen X, and Riley Roberts (Fanlala), Gen Z, look back at what how the film holds up today and its disturbing legacy.
35 minutes | 9 months ago
FOXES: How the Coming-of-Age Drama is a Time Machine of Teen Life in 1980
Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie and Scott Baio showed the fast lives of teens living in LA's Valley in 1979 in Foxes (1980). Family film authority Tara McNamara (Gen X) and the youngest film critic in history, Riley Roberts (Gen Z) look at how the coming-of-age drama identifies that the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll wild lifestyle of kids was a result of the distracted, self-absorbed parenting of the era and how it compares to teen life today. https://80smovieguide.com Follow us @80sMovieGuide on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
35 minutes | 10 months ago
PRIVATE BENJAMIN: How Women Have (& Haven't) Changed Since 1980
Judy Benjamin just wanted to get married, but life had other plans. We've come a long way, baby...or have we? Movie critics Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back at Goldie Hawn's feminist classic about a woman finding her identity and her independence, but as Riley explains, the girls of Gen Z may still be holding on to some of the problems and attitudes that were holding Judy back.
84 minutes | 10 months ago
Interview: Daniel Waters on the Lasting Impact of HEATHERS
A lot has happened since JD offed the teen mean girls of Westerburg High and blew himself up: mainly, the world has been blowing itself up and schools are a major target. Hosts Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) asked if there was a connection and screenwriter Daniel Waters responds to this ("Why wasn't my phone ringing? HEATHERS should get some credit!") as well as answers all our questions about the making of "the movie that turned the '80s into the '90s." For complete behind the scenes info on '80s movies, go to our site 80sMovieGuide.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @80sMovieGuide
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