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McQuaid Arcade: The 80s and Beyond
38 minutes | May 18, 2022
Raiders of the Lost Ark
We're opening our third season with a tribute to arguably the greatest adventure film ever made: (Indiana Jones and the) Raiders of The Lost Ark! Get ready to explore everything we love about this 1981 classic, from the real world origins of Indy's signature gear, to a deep dive into the lore behind the legendary lost Ark itself.
26 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for...your two favorite podcast hosts! Grab a cup of holiday cheer and join us by the yule log as we tell the heartwarming holiday tale of a man who reunites with his family to celebrate the magic of the Christmas season, with plenty of explosions, murder, bloody foot trauma, and Twinkies along the way. Now THAT's a Christmas movie! Ho-ho-ho!
29 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Midwest Gaming Classic 2021
Join us for a recap of our favorite weekend of the year: the Midwest Gaming Classic! The Midwest's largest gaming trade show made its triumphant return to Milwaukee earlier this month, and your two favorite podcast hosts were there to relive old classics, discover new favorites, and consume as much pizza as possible. Learn more about MGC here, and check out the musical stylings of featured act Mechanical Life Vein here!
21 minutes | Nov 13, 2021
Cloak & Dagger
One of the most watched movies of our childhood, Cloak & Dagger has it all: Twinkies, video games, espionage, and near-constant attempted murder of a minor. Grab your walkie-talkie and bulletproof beret, and join us as we take a look back at this surprisingly intense classic.
36 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
On this spooktacular Halloween episode, we're taking a VERY deep dive into perhaps the greatest horror movie ever made. We're covering it all: Exorcism, Ouija boards, the true story that inspired this critically acclaimed classic, and the special effects behind some of its most memorable scenes. This episode's so dense, it'll make your head spin (get it?).
21 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Your friends at McQuaid Arcade, in association with the Wanda Trussler School of Beauty, cordially invite you to the 2021 "Tanning Invitational"! As one of the original Real Genius movie posters put it: “MEET CHRIS KNIGHT, THE EINSTEIN OF THE '80's. When his professor steals his prize invention, he turns revenge into high comedy. When he gets mad, he doesn't get even . . . he gets creative.”
29 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
No Sleep Till Brookmere
Join us by the fireplace as we enjoy a cocktail (or two), and let us regale you with tales of endless quests, unknown mysteries, and the magic of a Scholastic book fair. This episode is all about the books we loved growing up, and the many memorable moments they inspired!
33 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Clash of the Titans
With magical creatures brought to life by the legendary Ray Harryhausen and a triumphant score that harkens back to the golden age of cinema, the mythological fantasy classic Clash of the Titans captured our imaginations back in 1981, and is a delight to watch to this day!
16 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Bonus Round: Donkey Kong
A bite-sized little bonus episode celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest games of all time!
27 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Growing up during the personal computer revolution of the 80s instilled us with a love of computers that continues to this very day. On this episode, we're reliving our earliest and most influential computing experiences - everything from late nights spent huddled around an Apple IIc trying to solve the mysteries of Zork, to the unrivaled satisfaction of cleanly tearing the perforated edges off of dot matrix printer paper.
45 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Alien and Aliens
On this special McQuaid Arcade double feature: a groundbreaking masterpiece of claustrophobic sci-fi horror, followed up by one of the greatest sequels ever made. Stop your grinnin', drop your linen, and join us as we discuss everything we love about Ridley Scott's Alien, and James Cameron's Aliens.
27 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
Soundtracks Part 1
Growing up, soundtracks allowed us to relive our favorite movie moments, and opened our young minds to musical artists and genres we might have otherwise missed. Grab some fresh batteries for your Walkman and join us as we take a deep dive into four of our favorites: The Lost Boys, The Blues Brothers, Rocky IV, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
28 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
An American Werewolf In London
In 1981, John Landis’s pitch-perfect storytelling combined with Rick Baker’s groundbreaking special effects to give us what is still the best werewolf movie ever made. Scary, gory, smart, and funny, An American Werewolf In London was written as a love letter to the old-school monster movie, and ended up becoming one of the all-time greats.
31 minutes | May 25, 2021
The Nintendo Entertainment System
At a time when the once-booming American home video game industry seemed to be nothing more than the passing fad its critics had predicted, the Nintendo Entertainment System won over jaded retailers and consumers, reigniting America's passion for games. Join us as we remember the launch of this revolutionary console that changed not just our childhoods, but the entire world around us.
32 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Stephen King's Silver Bullet
While it’s not the most critically acclaimed cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s work, Silver Bullet is almost certainly the funniest...whether or not the humor is entirely intentional is up for debate. Join us on this episode as we relive our childhood horror movie memories of this quasi-classic werewolf flick and laugh so hard that we almost make lemonade in our pants.
38 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
On this episode, we explore everything about this groundbreaking sci-fi slasher flick, from its original casting, effects, and soundtrack, to the way it shaped our thoughts on the very nature of time itself. So hop into our time displacement device and join us as we travel back to 1984, the year the battle for humanity's future was waged on the streets of L.A. by a waitress and a smelly soldier from the future. One quick thing, though: we all have to be naked. Look, we don't make the rules. That's just how time travel works.
39 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
In a time before Hollywood studios began snapping up anything and everything comic book-related, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles struggled to find their way to the big screen. But when it finally hit in theaters in 1990, TMNT surprised moviegoers with a take on the radical reptiles that stayed true to their indie comic roots, and appealed to kids and adults alike. Grab a slice of pizza and join us as we open our second season with a celebration of this cult classic. Cowabunga!
32 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
The Sears Christmas Wish Book
We’re closing out our first season with a look back at one of our favorite highlights of holiday seasons past: the Sears Wish Book! No 80s Christmas was complete until we’d spent hours examining each and every one of this magical mail order tome’s hundreds of pages. Cozy up to the ol’ yule log and join us as we revisit the very books we compiled our Christmas lists from and discuss not just our favorite toys and video games, but gadgets, guns, radios, robots, and more. Be sure to check out our site for links to the catalogs we discussed so you can relive the Wish Book magic for yourself: https://mcquaidarcade.com/pod/wishbook/
43 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Dungeons and Dragons
We're celebrating one of the greatest Saturday morning cartoons ever: Dungeons and Dragons! Grab a bowl of Kellogg's C-3PO's and join us as we discuss this classic, boundary-pushing fantasy series, as well the controversy surrounding the role playing game its based on. We'll also tell you which episodes are our favorites, and more importantly, what our Saturday morning cereal of choice was back in 1983. Be sure to check out this episode's page on our site for bonus materials you won't want to miss: https://mcquaidarcade.com/pod/dungeons-and-dragons/
29 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
Tango and Cash
Tango and Cash, Cash and Tango...partner up with us as we discuss the explosive action superstar buddy cop team-up that closed out the 80s with a bang. A lot of bangs, actually. Not to mention gunboots, random drums, bizarre office interior design choices, and Jack Palance kissing a bunch of rats. When you're done listening, be sure to check out this episode's page on our site for exciting bonus material: https://mcquaidarcade.com/pod/tango-cash/
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