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49 minutes | Jan 30, 2023
EP#102: Innerspace (1987)
In this month's episode, Charlie and George shrink themselves down to microscopic size to venture into the sci-fi comedy territory that is Innerspace! The brothers are back in the 1980s to revisit the Joe Dante-directed, Spielberg-produced cult classic! It's a nostalgic look back where they discuss everything from the serious spy movie origins to last-minute casting, impressive special effects, and some inspired improv! What are your thoughts on Innerspace? Let us know in the comments! Interested to find out what Charlie & George think of more recent cinema/streaming releases? Then be sure to subscribe below for extra episodes every month: www.patreon.com/retroramble Retro Ramble 2023
60 minutes | Dec 23, 2022
EP100 - Christmas Vacation 1989
We finally did it! Our 100th episode! It's a big occasion for such a significant number, firstly, it's Christmas and we're covering family favourite, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation from 1989! Secondly, we are joined by two special guests, John and James Glendinning, our oldest friends and first neighbours! Their names have cropped up in a lot of previous episodes, as many of the films we've covered were introduced to us by the Glendinnings - so you could say they were part of Retro Ramble's origins! We discuss Christmas traditions, dealing with difficult relations and a stand-out performance from Chevy Chase - it's gonna be something nice, real nice! It was a delight to catch up with John and James and reminisce about films in general, we talked for so long, we'll likely post an extended chat on our Patreon channel in the near future - patreon.com/retroramble
37 minutes | Dec 22, 2022
EP#99 - Review of 2022
It is December and with the end of the year upon us Charlie and George have as usual taken a look back at all the juicy (and not so juicy) releases 2022 has offered. As the world and more specifically the movie release calendar continues to recover from the pandemic this year sees more traffic coming via streaming services than cinema releases. We should stress that many of the big hits have already been covered in Recent Ramble episodes available on our Patreon channel so if you'd like a longer look at titles such as Top Gun: Maverick, Prey, The Gray Man etc, be sure to head over to www.patreon.com/retroramble. We still have our mighty 100th episode to follow in time for Christmas so be sure to keep an eye out for that arriving in the next few days! Enjoy and please share! Retro Ramble 2022
48 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
EP97 - Willow (1988)
To celebrate the release of the new Willow series on Disney+, George and Charlie take a Retro Ramble on the original 1988 classic. The brothers revisit the 80s fantasy classic and cover everything from the team-up of Ron Howard and George Lucas, to the similarities with that OTHER Lucas franchise and of course, the crazy sex parties that may have occurred, just ask Ron Howard..... Not sure if the new series is for you? Can't remember the original? Then be sure to check out and PLEASE SHARE with like-minded folk! Retro Ramble 2022
51 minutes | Oct 28, 2022
EP95 The Crow 1994
In this month's episode, Charlie and George are heading to a dark and rainy Detroit to revisit the gothic cult classic, The Crow. They discuss the film's comic book origins as well as it's troubled and ultimately tragic production. They also cover the film's legacy with many, many suspicious spin-offs and a long gestating remake. What are you waiting for? Fire it up, fire it up!!
95 minutes | Oct 7, 2022
EP93 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
In this month's episode, Charlie and George boldly go where plenty of other podcasts have been, they review Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan! It's the film's 40th anniversary and the first time they've ventured into Trek-territory, fortunately, they're not alone as they're joined by author, animator and Star Trek fan, Niel Bushnell! Expect discussions of why the film is such a beloved entry in the franchise, cost-cutting cinematic trickery, that ending and fond memories of a limited Betamax collection! It was a pleasure to have Niel on the pod, we encourage you to check out his work or even better, purchase one of his audiobooks and novels! Of all the souls we've encountered on the podcast, his was the most... human! http://www.nielbushnell.com/
49 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
EP91 Broken Arrow 1996
In this month's episode, Charlie and George fly to Utah in their stealth jet (they were big in the 90s) to review John Woo's Broken Arrow! The brothers discuss slo-mo, Hans Zimmer, exploding helicopters and John Travolta devouring the gorgeous scenery in the first of his many OTT villains. For extra episodes, why not check out our Patreon channel?
76 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
EP89 - Masters Of The Universe (1987)
In this month's episode, Charlie and George are off to Eternia (but only briefly for budget reasons) to review the cult curiosity that is Masters of The Universe! It's a nostalgic trip back as the brothers reminisce about the toys and one of George's first cinema outings! They discuss how the toyline behemoth became one of Cannon Film's most expensive productions, as well as casting, creative accounting and liberally borrowing from bigger (and better) blockbusters. There's plenty to discuss in Suspicious Spin Offs, from aborted sequels to faltering reboots. Good journey!
63 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
EP#87 Gladiator 2000 - Retro Ramble Movie Podcast
In this month's episode, Charlie and George head back to ancient Rome (via the Millenium), for the star-studded, action-packed, swords and sandals epic, Gladiator! They discuss the film's troubled production, effective use of CGI and the film's impact on DVD. There's also alternative casting in Coulda Woulda Shoulda, discussions on a (still in development) sequel and the impact on the genre as a whole in the following decades. Are you not entertained? Let us know on our social channels! Looking for more Ramblings? Why not check out our Patreon channel for bonus film reviews and specials - https://www.patreon.com/retroramble
61 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
EP85 - Top Gun (1986)
In this month's episode, Charlie and George are off to sweaty Miramar, for one of the 1980's biggest films, Top Gun! In celebration of the release of Top Gun: Maverick, the brothers revisit the classic Bruckheimer/Simpson blockbuster that made Tom Cruise the movie star and aviators the must-have sunglasses. They chat production background, involving real Top Gun pilots, casting stories, romantic reshoots and of course, the power of Kenny Loggins. After more sweaty Top Gun action? Then sign up to our Patreon channel to hear our spoiler-filled thoughts on Top Gun: Maverick as well as Charlie's reaction to attending the Royal Premiere - https://www.patreon.com/retroramble
52 minutes | May 12, 2022
EP82 - Tombstone (1993) - Retro Ramble Movie Podcast
In this month's episode, Charlie and George travel back to 1993 (or is it 1881?) and saddle up for their first western, the action and actor-packed, Tombstone! They discuss the film's troubled production, including ghost directors, alternate casting and the rivalry with a similar project headed by one Kevin Costner. They also discuss the massive star-studded cast, real moustaches and delve into what actually happened at the OK Corral! Further reading - the True West article that is referenced can be found here - https://truewestmagazine.com/article/the-western-godfather/
64 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
EP80 - Twins and Kindergarten Cop - Retro Ramble Movie Podcast
In this month's special - it's a tribute to the late Ivan Reitman, with two comedy classics starring our good friend Arnie - it's Twins and Kindergarten Cop! The brothers go into detail on the production background of both films, revealing how one became Arnie's most profitable film! There's also time for alternative casting, suspicious spin-offs, ferret trivia and enough Arnie impressions to give you a headache (not a tumour)! Need more Retro Ramble in your life/ears? Why not check out our Patreon page, where you can get a bonus episode each month for the price of a coffee! https://www.patreon.com/retroramble
53 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
EP78_Independence Day (1996) Retro Ramble Movie Podcast
In this month's episode, Charlie and George beam back to 1996 to tackle one of the biggest blockbusters of the 90s - it's Independence Day! With Roland Emmerich trying to destroy the Earth (yet again) in his latest disaster flick, Moonfall, the boys thought it apt to revisit his biggest hit. They talk controversial casting, novelization tie-ins, and the most pressing question; who would win a squint off between Robert Loggia and Bill Pullman?! Do you need more Retro Ramble in your life? Why not check out our Patreon channel? With just a small amount of support, you can get an extra episode of Rambley goodness, every month! Patreon Exclusives include: Road House (Retro Ramble Revelations) Spider-Man: No Way Home (Recent Ramble Spoiler Special) The Matrix Resurrections (Recent Ramble Spoiler Special) No Time To Die (Recent Ramble Spoiler Special) Enjoy, and please share! Retro Ramble 2022
63 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
EP#74 - Scream (1996) - Retro Ramble Movie Podcast
In this month's episode, Charlie and George head to Woodsboro to watch a scary movie, namely the original Scream! The boys revisit the late nineties horror which gave the genre a much-needed shock. They talk the bidding war for Kevin Williamson's hot script, winning over horror legend Wes Craven and some ill advised studio meddling. Along the way, there's casting shake-ups in Coulda Woulda Shoulda, a brief discussion on the new wave of the horror films that followed and of course, some bad impressions "Do you like scary movies?"
67 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
EP#73_Trading Places (1983) Retro Ramble Movie Podcast
In this month's festive special, Charlie and George head to Philadelphia to review classic comedy, Trading Places! The film is McGhee family favourite and as such, the brothers are joined by their dad, Ray McGhee, aka Ray Ray, in his first podcast appearance! They discuss the films origins, controversial casting and their favourite comedies of the 1980's. As usual, there's alternative casting in Coulda Woulda Shoulda, some strong language and the odd bad impression. "5 dollars? Maybe I could go to the movies....by myself!"
73 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
EP71 - Rocky IV (1985) Retro Ramble
In this month's episode, Charlie and George head out to the Russian wilderness to train for the fight that could end the Cold War - yes, it's time to revisit Rocky IV! As Sylvester Stallone's director cut Rocky vs Drago is released, the brothers revisit the original cut of the biggest Rocky film to see why it's so beloved by many. They discuss the film's production, from casting the then-unknown Dolph Lundgren, real ringside rumbles, the power of a montage (or two or three) and the various screen appearances of SICO aka Paulie's robot girlfriend. Enjoy, and please share! Retro Ramble 2021 Copyright Notice: All copyright material remains the property of the original copyright holder and all clips and audio samples have been used only as a reference and as part of a review in line with Creative Commons FAIR USE policy. All Audio Clips, Trailers and Soundtrack usage remains the property of the film studios & recording studios and has only be used for this episode.
53 minutes | Oct 30, 2021
EP69 An American Werewolf In London 1981
In this month's episode, it's time for another Halloween special, with Charlie and George heading from the Yorkshire Moors to revisit An American Werewolf in London! In celebration of the horror comedy's 40th anniversary, the brothers discuss 80s London, some very surreal nightmare sequences and groundbreaking make up and special effects! As usual there's some alternate casting in coulda woulda shoulda as well as Suspicious Spin Offs. But remember, beware the moon, stick to the road and stay off the Moors!
75 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
EP68: Commando (1985) - Retro Ramble Movie Podcast
In this month's episode, Charlie and George slap on the war paint and suit up for cult classic Arnie actioner - Commando! The boys cover the film's more grounded origins before discussing how it would go on to create the Arnie Action Formula, as well as competing with Stallone and Rambo First Blood Part 2. There's also chat about a certain flamboyant villain of the film and his questionable relationship to Matrix... Finally we also spend some time with last month's guest, Timon Singh to get some extra trivia!
50 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
EP67: Timon Singh - Born To Be Bad
In this month's podcast special, Charlie and George get nasty and talk villains with author, podcaster and filmmaker, Timon Singh! The brothers talk to Timon about his books Born to Be Bad and Born to Be Bad Part 2, where he interviews the greatest villains of 80s and 90s cinema! Timon's books are recommended reading for Retro Ramble listeners, as they include interviews with the likes of Vernon Wells (Commando), Ronny Cox (Total Recall, Robocop), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid) and Robert Partick (Terminator 2) amongst many others! The brothers also find time to also discuss Timon's other ventures, hosting the Bristol Bad Film Club, the documentary he produced, In Search of The Last Action Heroes, and his thoughts on the current state of action cinema. Twitter: @TimonSingh Facebook: www.facebook.com/BornToBeBadBook
70 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
EP66 - Last Mercenary Boss Level RECENT RAMBLE
In this month's episode, it's time for a Recent Ramble double feature with Charlie and George discussing some two new streaming releases! First up is JCVD in Netflix's action-comedy The Last Mercenary. Is it a triumphant return for The Muscles From Brussels? Can he bring the action and the comedy? Next up is time loop actioner Boss Level from Joe Carnahan and action star Frank Grillo. Does the film deliver on it's John Wick meets Groundhog Day premise? How long does Frank Grillo spend on his hair? Finally, as it's August, a time of summer holidays, the brothers discuss what they've been reading, you know - actual books! They discuss the crazy science fiction of Andy Weir and Blake Crouch to the 80s and 90s villains of action cinema in Timon Singh's Born to be Bad.
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