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77 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
What do Lindon B. Johnson, Camilla Parker Bowles, and George Lazenby have in common? They had the distinct honor of filling John F. Kennedy, Princess Diana, and Sean Connery’s James bond shoes. Greatness is rare. The replacement of greatness being great is even more rare. Scholars agree that the 1987 John McTiernan film Predator, is the greatest film ever made. And while Predator 2 was a valiant effort to recapture lightening in a bottle, for the most part all those who have followed have been a far cry from the original. So it should come as no shock to any of you that the news of a Predator prequal taking place in the 1700s, with a female lead, had a lukewarm reception from Buzzn The Tower. However as 80s film historians we must review this potential dumpster fire and give our two cents. And that’s exactly what we're going to do. Today on Buzzn The Tower we'll take a look at the latest attempt at a Predator movie as we talk all things Prey. I'm Mo Shapiro, and joining me as always the Mac to my Blain, Max Sanders. And with that Well, long tall Sally, she's built for speed She got everything that Uncle John needs Oh, baby, yes, baby Whoo, baby, havin' me some fun tonight, yeah
64 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
Tomatometer Bargain Shopping
Rotten Tomatoes has become the preeminent film reviewer. Algorithmic vegetable mathematics provide the average Joe a look at what the pros think, and a look at what the fans think. And while you may not always agree with the rating you can't argue the gospel that is, RottenTomatoes.com As luck would have it, Max stumbled into a Tik Tok were participants were challenged to use Tomatometer ratings as point values, and create watch lists not exceeding certain established limits. Sound confusing? Don't worry, we have an entire episode to explain it. Today on Buzzn The Tower, we'll make a list of five movies each that cannot exceed 120 points. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always the person whose love for Howard The Duck almost singlehandedly destroyed our podcast, Max Sanders. And with that, let's talk Tomatoes!
60 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
Why Max Loves Howard The Duck
According to the internet, here's a list of the worst films made in the 1980s... Mac and Me No Holds Barred Smokey And The Bandit III Supergirl Dream A Little Dream Jaws: The Revenge She's Out Of Control The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Teen Wolf Too Superman IV: The Quest For Peace Police Academy 4, 5, and 6 And last but certainly not least, Howard The Duck! Yet despite being one of the worst films ever made, one cohost of Buzzn The Tower prays at the webbed foot altar of this film. Today on Buzzn The Tower, I will attempt to understand why Max loves Howard The Duck. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always the DARK OVERLORD to my Cajun sushi restaurant, Max Sanders. And with that...
67 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
Why Mo Loves The Goonies
I'm Mo Shapiro, you might know me from such podcasts as Buzzn The Tower. I like John Hughes, Predator, and karaoke. I don't like rats, Howard The Duck, or Max...my cohost. More important than any of that, I love The Goonies! Over the last eighteen months and eighty-five episodes I have tried to dedicate an entire episode to the Donner/Spielberg classic a number of times, but my cohost/arch nemesis has prevented me from living out my dream. Through shrewd negotiation I am happy to announce that today on Buzzn The Tower we will talk about all things Goonies as I defend my love for the greatest film ever made. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always the Troy to my Bran, Max Sanders. And with that... Mo...YOU GOOOOOOOONIE!
50 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Acting One-Hit Wonders
The 1980s were packed with musical one-hit wonders, but this podcast is not about music! Today on Buzzn The Tower, we're going to list our favorite Acting One-Hit Wonders from our some radical 80s flicks. I'm Mo Shapiro joining me as always the toora to my loora, Max Sanders. And with that...Come on Eileen!
60 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
The 80s Collector Part 4
Over three previous episodes, we have methodically filled our airport hangar museum with 80s memorabilia that would make the most refined collector jealous. Our fictional museum has such treasures as the boombox from Say Anything, Bill & Ted's phone booth from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Johnny 5 from Short Circuit, Tim Cappello's saxophone from The Lost Boys, and even the Muppet babies from The Muppets Take Manhattan. With tons of imaginary space still unused, we'll continue to select the items we would want to put in our 80s movie museum. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always the curator of my imagination, Max Sanders. And with that, let' s play make-believe!
59 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Stranger Things 80s Edition
Rarely does someone create a television show that is relevant, entertaining, and dripping with nostalgia from four decades earlier. The Duffer brothers have managed to wake John Hughes from the dead, mix him with Spielberg, throw a dash of McTiernan in there, and serve us four seasons of the single best tv series out there! So of course when we see perfection our first instinct…recast it! Today on Buzzn The tower, we'll take our favorite characters from our favorite show, Stranger Things, an and recast them with actors and actresses from the 1980s. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always, the number 1 to my number 11, Max Sanders. And with that...
60 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
Father's Day 80s Watch List
Every third Sunday of June, we dedicate one day to the men in our lives who picked us up when we fell, taught us to throw a baseball, worked the grill in rain, sleet, and snow, and took us to see every Van Damme, Seagal, and Police Academy movie ever made. Father's Day is our chance to thank the dads, grandpas, and double grandpas that have watched, and continued to watch over us. So today we'll dust off our extensive VHS collection of the 80s greatest films and hand select some 80s movies that strike the exact right cord as we build the perfect Father's Day 80s Watch List. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always the adult son who won't move out of my basement, Max Sanders. And with that, let's celebrate Father's Day!
62 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
80s Dream Date
After three weeks of nothing but Top Gun, we felt it was time to explore our more sensitive side. The ladies of the eighties truly captured our hearts. With hundreds of love stories that include first dates, first kisses, and special moments, it's not easy to pick a favorite. So instead of picking one, we'll smash them all together and see what we get. Today on Buzzn The Tower we'll hand pick our favorite crushes, first dates, moments, and kisses and create our 80s Dream Date. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always the Farmer Ted to my Sam, Max Sanders. And with that, let's make a date!
76 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
The belated movie sequel is a terrifying proposition. It starts with a movie you love and ends decades later with broken promises and a disgusting taste in your mouth. Don't believe me? Go watch Caddyshack 2, Dumb and Dumberer, Saturday Night Fever, Return To The Blue Lagoon, Son Of The Mask, Basic Instinct 2, Blues Brothers 2000, Return To Oz, or The Godfather Part III. But none of those movies had the potential to break our hearts more than Top Gun: Maverick. So after years of rumors, development, and delays, the day of judgement has arrived. In a rare departure from our usual programming, Buzzn The Tower will dedicate an entire episode to a movie not made in the 1980s, and no I'm not talking about Point Break. Today on Buzzn The Tower we'll give you our live reaction to Top Gun: Maverick. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always, the disappointing sequel to my blockbuster original, Max Sanders. And with that, talk to me Max!
54 minutes | May 31, 2022
Rewatching & Recasting Top Gun Part 2
Todays episode, Rewatching & Recasting Top Gun Part 2 Last week on part one, we engaged below the hard deck. This week we pick up were we left off, in a dog fight! Slowly but surely we'll continue to discuss Top Gun, and also provide our thoughts on recasting the characters with other actors from the 1980s! Today on Buzzn The Tower, we finish what we started as we rewatch and recast one of our favorite movies ever. Top Gun. I'm Mo Shapiro, and joining me as always, the Maverick to my Viper, Max Sanders. And with that...
65 minutes | May 24, 2022
Rewatching & Recasting Top Gun Part 1
On May 16, 1986 the a movie was released that forever changed the Navy, fighter pilots, and volleyball. Names like Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, and Kenny Loggins, were forever cemented into the foundation of 80s film. The purpose of this movie was to teach the lost art of awesomeness and insure that a handful movie watchers who saw the film had the the best experience possible. They succeeded. Today, people call it a classic. But the fans call it: TOP GUN Today on Buzzn The Tower, which in no way is legally affiliated with Top Gun and whose name and likeness is in no way a copyright violation as it is a parody of the original, we will be rewatching & recasting Top Gun. Scene by scene we'll make our case for the TOP GUN plaque, occasionally stopping to recast the main roles with other actors and actresses from the 1980s I'm Mo Shapiro, and joining me as always Slider to my Maverick, Max Sanders and with that…
68 minutes | May 17, 2022
80s Movie Dogs
Before Marley & Me, Homeward Bound, Beethoven, and Air Bud, there was an explosion of films starring man's best friend. And even when our favorite ruffers weren't headlining the kiosk, they often stole the show. Let us not forget if not for the brave sacrifice of a sheepdog mutt named Einstein, Marty would have never time traveled. And Jaws may have scared us from swimming, but a St. Bernard named Cujo made dry land just as scary. The 80s gave us memorable puppy performances. Today on Buzzn The tower, we'll talk about our favorite 80s movie dogs, because if there's one things we love more than the 80s, it's fluffy puppers! I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always the Fox to my Hound, Max Sanders and with that...
59 minutes | May 10, 2022
Building The Perfect 80s Police Force
Whether your prime directives are to serve the public trust or protect the innocent...dead or alive you're coming with me! Police not only play a pivotal role in keeping the peace and protecting the innocent, they also are the backbone of a whole lotta 80s movies. So with that in mind, what if we took the best cops from the best 80s movies and made the best police force around? Today on Buzzn The Tower we'll do exactly that. Piece by piece we'll construct a police force that Commandant Lassard would be proud to see. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always, the Nordberg to my Frank Drebin, Max Sanders. And with that...
53 minutes | May 3, 2022
Building The Perfect 80s Movie Mom
What do Carol Brady and Cersei Lannister have in common? A thirst for blood? No. They would do anything for their children. A mother's love is as strong as the Force, as dangerous as crossing the streams, and as mystical as Gwildor's Cosmic Key. All generations have paid homage to the matriarch in film and television. But the 80s, well they did it with style! Today on Buzzn The Tower we will build the perfect 80s movie mom, borrowing from our favorite big screen mothers. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always the man who will keep me from crying for the next sixty minutes, Max Sanders. And with that, Happy Mother's Day!
72 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
80s Movie Fantasy Draft
As a lifelong Detroit Lions fan I can tell you two things are absolutely true. One, this is our year. Two, next year is our year. But regardless of the historic success your franchise has (or lack thereof) there is always one time a year where a Super Bowl feels within reach and that my friends is the NFL draft! So with that in mind, Buzzn The Tower has decided to honor the occasion by holding an 80s Movie Fantasy Draft. The as always is to win. There will be rules, strategy, questionable decisions, and in the end two lineups going head to head as the best collection of 80s movies ever drafted. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always the Mel Kiper to my Todd McShay, Max Sanders. And with that, you're on the clock.
70 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
Directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. Yet despite that lineup, a total commercial flop that broke the heart of it's creator. Labyrinth is the dictionary definition of a cult classic and luckily Jim Henson lived long enough to see how much people truly loved his dark fairytale. Today on Buzzn The Tower, we'll make our way through the Labyrinth to the castle beyond the Goblin City. It doesn't look that far.. It's further than you think...time is short I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always the Hoggle to my Sarah, Max Sanders. And with that, set the clock to thirteen hours and let's get after it!
47 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Tom Hanks John Candy Movie Swap
On episode 28 of Buzzn The Tower, we pulled a Freak Friday with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. We asked and answered a seemingly simple question; which movie, if any, could we switch these action hero Gods and still make it work? Today we're back at it, but instead of talking muscles, we're talking bones...funny bones that its, wocka wocka wocka! On today's episode we'll look at 80s catalogs of two comedy giants, John Candy and Tom Hanks, and see if we can pull a Parent Trap with their most beloved characters. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always the Josh Baskin to my Chet Ripley, Max Sanders. And with that, let's get swapping!
62 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
80s Movie Fan Theories
The briefcase in Pulp Fiction contains Marsellus Wallace's soul. Also, Jules in Pulp Fiction is in fact Nick Fury. Elsa and Anna's parents washed up on an island and before they passed away gave birth to a little boy, named Tarzan. Jack from Titanic is a time traveler. Jar Jar Binks was in fact a Sith Lord. The internet is littered with fan theories about our favorite movies. But when you start digging in to the flicks from 80-89, you really find some tin foil hat gems! Today on Buzzn The Tower Max and I explore the far reaches of the interweb (mostly Reddit), and unearth our favorite 80s fan theories. I'm Mo Shapiro and joining me as always the nonsensical explanation to my wild theory, Max Sanders. And with that, let's dive in!
65 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Recasting Young Guns
Every single piece of historical knowledge I have about the Wild West is from two movies; Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Young Guns. And while watching Billy The Kid wreak havoc on the San Dimas Mall was fun, Young Guns probably did a better job of retelling the adventure of William H. Bonney and the Lincoln County War. Following the blueprint of The Outsiders, The Breakfast Club, and Stand By Me, Young Guns was more than a history lesson, it was another radical 80s ensemble cast. It is that very cast that we will be experimenting with. On today's episode we will recast Young Guns using actors and actresses from the 1980s. I'm Mo Shapiro, and joining me in the spirit world today is Max Sanders, and with that...
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