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Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast
91 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Eat, Drink, and Be Scary!
What are the scariest movies you've seen? Zombies, haunted houses, werewolves....what is it that gets your heart pumping? Jay and Shua crossover with 31 Days of Horror to talk about what keeps them up at night on Enjoy Stuff. Jay and Shua compile a list of the movies that keep them up at night but are still fun. This week’s Enjoy Stuff looks at all sub-genres of horror and which films rise (backside up) to the top. News -Mel Brooks’s History of the World part 2 will finally show us more of what we imagine real history to be -Toy catalogs may be a little different, but Amazon sent one this year that remind us of all the nostalgic fun of making your holiday list. -Speaking of toys, the Fisher Price Chatter Telephone can now make real phone calls. What we’re Enjoying Shua learned a lot about an actor he’s always admired in Val. It’s an emotional no-holds-barred documentary about Val Kilmer put together from hundreds of hours and years of personal video footage. Jay has tried to cleanse his horror film binge watching by revisiting two classics: Chinatown and The Two Jakes with Jack Nicholson. Enjoy Movies Some movies are memorable because of the intense screaming we experience when watching them. Jay and Shua compile a list of their favorite scare fests. An American Werewolf in London has made a big impression on both the guys. And it’s created some scary moments during their childhood. (Plus a few nightmares) Jay likes the suspense and drama of movies like The Shining and Phantasm. Shua gets his scary kicks from more modern day films like The Sixth Sense and Get Out. Another couple movies that define Jay’s taste include some outer space aspects such as Alien, or John Carpenter’s classic The Thing. Shua prefers the humor in the horror remake/spoof Young Frankenstein. No matter what your taste is, sometimes you can have fun with a little adrenaline. Scary movies can bring us together and create a few laughs, along with the shouts. What are your scariest movies? Do you like haunted houses or aliens? Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to email@example.com
96 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Costume Cavalcade
Halloween costumes are one of the favorite activities for Halloween, but where did the tradition come from? Jay and Shua look at the history of costumes and look back at some of their favorites. Join us for the Halloween season as we Enjoy Stuff! Let’s look at the rich and creepy history of Halloween costumes. From the early days when goat heads were trending to this year’s favorite from Squid Game we snap on the rubber band and get prepared to sweat all night on our face. Get dressed up with us and Enjoy Stuff! News -The Movies That Made Us Season 3 is now showing on Netflix with some great movie choices -William Shatner has successfully completed a brief trip to space, making him the oldest person in space ever! -The Beatles: Get Back premieres on Disney+ on November 25 -The TRON Machine has officially been announced and will be available for pre-order Tuesday October 19 What we’re Enjoying Jay really enjoyed the Muppets Haunted Mansion Halloween special on Disney+. It had some great Muppet humor along with some great references to the Disney ride and some fun celebrity appearances. Shua revisited a book he bought in 2010 called Earth (The Book) A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart and his crew at the Daily Show. It’s a planet sized parody of life as we know it. Enjoy Halloween! Halloween costumes have been around for longer than you may realize. Since the days of the Samhain Celtic festival people have been pretending to be something else for reasons ranging from warding off evil spirits to scamming people out of candy. As humans continued to pretend to become smarter and wiser, the tradition of costuming also continued. But it evolved into terrifying acts of pranking from young boys and ultimately a commercially successful tradition starting in the 50’s when parents fought back the violence with bribery. Once adults realized they could keep kids from digging up corpses for fun, the costume rage grew exponentially. Each decade brought new costume trends. Clowns turned into pop culture icons and spooky legends like witches, vampires, and Hulk Hogan continued to be timeless favorites. Jay and Shua reminisce about some of their most memorable costumes from the past. Werewolves, buccaneers, and Star Wars of course left a lasting memory on the guys. What is the wildest costume you’ve come up with? Which one made the biggest impression? What’s a costume you’ve seen that you’d love to be able to try? Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
82 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Halloween Horror Classics
Classic horror movies were the foundation of a scream inducing movie genre. This week Jay and Shua discuss movies from the 31 Days of Horror articles and how they defined what was to come. Join us as we Enjoy horror movies Since cinema was invented, filmmakers have been trying to make their audiences scream. The Horror genre is still going strong today, but where did all the ideas come from. This week we look at some of the classics that defined the genre and how it has evolved to what it is today. News -Check out these Kellogg’s action figures from Plastic Meatball -William Shatner is heading to space for real! -The latest cereal to be inspired by other food is Wendy’s Frosty Breakfast Cereal -This amazing Ghostbuster projection display will make you want to trick-or-treat at this house in California What we’re Enjoying Shua finally got around to watching the Disney live action remake Cruella. He liked it fine, but what really stood out to him was the soundtrack. The eclectic mix of punk, rock, covers, and new songs are a fun playlist to listen to this autumn. Jay read some cool comic biographies, The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television and Lugosi: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood’s Dracula both by Koren Shadmi and published by Life Drawn. It’s a new, fun way to learn about a couple of important men in Hollywood. Enjoy Movies Filmmakers in the early days of Hollywood recognized that audiences love to be scared. And the idea quickly evolved into movies that have defined the genre even today. 1931’s Dracula with Bella Lugosi created some important characteristics of vampires that might just save your life today, (if you happen to run into a vampire). The movie’s popularity quickly spawned another story when the cinematic version of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, giving us a Boris Karloff monster that has inspired hundreds of future stories. Universal kept riding the wave with the Mummy (1932) and The Wolf Man (1941). It wasn’t too long before master filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock were honing the craft of the scare. Psycho is not only one of the best scary movies, but one of the best overall movies of all time. But many of the ones on our list were likely never intended to be classics, or inspirations. Nevertheless, we began to see branches of horror movies about zombies, possession, haunted houses, and psycho killers. (Qu'est-ce que c'est?) Night of the Living Dead, Rosemary’s Baby, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Friday the 13th are just a few. Do you like classic horror movies? What are some of your favorites? Turn on a classic and join us on Enjoy Stuff Be sure to check out Jay’s articles, “31 Days of Horror” on RetroZap.com. Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to email@example.com
94 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Scooby-Doo Meets the TechnoRetro Dads
Zoinks! It's a g-g-ghost! Oh, nope, it's Scooby Doo and the gang. For more than 50 years these eternally young teenagers have been solving mysteries and catching bad guys. Jay and Shua take a look at the history of one of the most legendary cartoons ever on Enjoy Stuff. Hey Scoob, is that a Spooky Space Kook or is it a Ghost Clown? Whatever the villain, Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma are sure to catch them. Scooby Doo has been a staple for generations. What has kept them going? Who were the best bad guys? And where are the Scooby snacks? News -What did you think of the new Stranger Things trailer? -Muppet Haunted Mansion is coming to Disney+ this week! -The new Cobra Kai Season 4 reveals a release date of December 31! -We have a new high scorer for the arcade game Pole Position -AMC Theaters are hosting surprise horror movies in October -Would you like a Babylon 5 reboot? It’s coming from original series creator J. Michael Straczynski What we’re Enjoying Jay is digging the Hulu series Y the Last Man, based on the comic books. Do you think you could survive a world with only one dude? Just in case it might happen, you may want to watch this series. Shua has been revisiting an art book he got a few years ago. Cartoon Modern by Amid Amidi discusses the modernist 50s animation that was so popular in that decade. It’s a collection of beautiful, abstract cartooning. Enjoy Cartoons In 1969 Joe Ruby and Ken Spears came up with a premise for a show that was inspired by Abbot and Costello scary movies. The cartoon wasn’t all that original, but it was well done and it sure was fun! Scooby Doo, Where Are You? Was the first series, but it spawned dozens of follow ups. Still, those originals are beloved by generations. Even the clunky animation and repetitive plot structure didn’t deter us from tuning in for years and years. The New Scooby Doo movies brought in famous characters and actors into the world of Scooby. These longer episodes crossed over into other worlds and sometimes introduced us to people we may not have known, like Mama Cass Elliot or Don Knotts. Batman and Robin stopped by and even the Harlem Globetrotters. Sometimes Shaggy and Scooby set off on their own, and occasionally had to drag Scrappy along. These series may not have been as memorable, but it kept Scooby on people’s TV. Sometimes the gang were depicted as young kids, sometimes more intricately animated, and sometimes they became post-apocalyptic zombie hunters. Eventually, their iconic status brought them to the live action movie screen. These meddling kids continue to drive around in their Mystery Machine and solve mysteries, and we’re confident they’ll be entertaining us for years to come. What’s your favorite version of Scooby Doo? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
82 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Your Focus Determines Your Reality
Think more about a sustainable way to approach life and share some of our tips to take some of the stress out of your life. This week we talk about mindfulness in the things we enjoy. Come on a fun journey with Jay and Shua as we Enjoy Stuff! Come with us, leave yesterday behind and take a giant step outside your mind. Jay and Shua look into mindfulness this week. News -Turkey Dinner and other new candy corn varieties are here for Halloween -Build-A-Bear Workshop Launches Online-Exclusive Beetlejuice Plush -‘The Thing’ Board Game back in Stock at Mondo -‘Flight Of The Navigator’ Reboot In The Works At Disney With Bryce Dallas Howard Directing & Producing -Ikea has some cool, TRON-like gaming furniture -Is the TRON Arcade1Up cabinet coming October 20? -General Mills Releasing New Apple Pie Toast Crunch Cereal For the Holidays What we’re Enjoying Shua took his own advice and started a rewatch of the classic sci-fi series Buck Rogers. It’s exactly what he didn’t know he needed right now. Jay revisited a retro Jackie Chan movie called ‘Wheels on Meals’. Sounds like they’re in the mood for some action and cheesy humor. Enjoy Life Are you grateful for the things in your life? Do you experience your day with mindfulness? How have movies made a difference with the way you see the world? Jay and Shua examine what helps them. Jay shares a recent Eddie Murphy movie called A Thousand Words. Murphy’s character learns how his words and the way he views the world can really make a difference in people’s lives. Hopefully none of us has to be spiritually connected to a tree to learn about ourselves. Bill Murray showed us that it takes a lot of work to get things right. And even then, it may come down to how you view the world. Have you found yourself in a destructive pattern? The Truman Show helped us understand that we can learn things from watching other people. They’re triumphs and tragedies can teach us valuable lessons. Question your place in everything and you may just find yourself, even if it is a little scary. And the classic Tom Hanks existential trip Joe Vs The Volcano reminds us to see the world as a big and wonderful place, and not as something that’s holding us down. These movies and so many more have helped to shape and influence us throughout our life. What entertainment has made a positive difference in your life? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to email@example.com
97 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: A Pirate's Life for Me!
Shiver me timbers! International Talk Like a Pirate day inspires Jay and Shua to pick a pirate for any mood. Movies, theme park rides, baseball teams; what kind of pirate are you? Drink up me hearties and Enjoy Stuff! Yo ho, yo ho! It’s a pirate’s life this week on Enjoy Stuff. We look at a bunch of movies, plus some other fun ways you can channel your inner Blackbeard or Jack Sparrow “CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow!” Sorry, Captain Jack Sparrow. Hoist anchor and join us on the poop deck of piracy. Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, by finding a pirate movie for any mood. Plus, some other ways to get some booty. News -Creepy ’80s Toy Teddy Ruxpin is getting his own movie! -Picard renewed for Season 3 and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds gives us the Captain Pike series people have been looking forward to -The Pinball museum has fire sale What we’re Enjoying Jay reaches another fitness milestone as he runs a virtual 5k. It’s like the OASIS, and healthy too! Shua’s weekly pleasure has a bit more sugar as he finally finds grape flavor Big League Chew bubble gum. At least he’s exercising his mouth. Enjoy Movies Pirating takes many forms, but we love seeing them in movies. Hollywood has been cranking out buccaneer flicks for more than 100 years. It has developed into it’s own genre. Want some vintage pirate history? Check out the classic Errol Flynn movie Captain Blood. Or see how Walt Disney himself interpreted those mutineers in Peter Pan or Treasure Island. Or a later modern day telling of Blackbeard’s Ghost. But they’re not all really bad eggs. Peter Pan, Muppet Treasure Island, and Pirates: Band of Misfits give the whole family something to laugh at. If you want some music while you sit in the crow’s nest, how about the Pirates of Penzance? Or maybe some inappropriate Monty Pythonesque humor in Yellowbeard or the questionable 80’s story of Ice Pirates. It may look a little different, but we still think the Goonies and Princess Bride qualify as pirate movies. But the first one most people think of these days is the Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp’s quirky Captain Jack Sparrow. Movies aren’t the only way to be a beggar and blighter. You could ride the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Disney parks. Or enjoy a baseball game in Pittsburgh. Or catch a documentary learning the truth about the out of work merchant sailors. Do you kidnap and ravage and don’t give a hoot? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
84 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Seventies Sci-Fi Spectacular
TV in the 70's had its share of Sci-Fi even before Star Wars. Some of it may have been cheesy and kitschy, but it was loads of fun! Jay and Shua find a treasure trove of Disco-ey science fiction and don their sparkly bell bottoms on Enjoy Stuff Did you grow up in the 70’s? If so, you probably watched more Sci-Fi on TV than you remember. If you didn’t, you gotta listen to us explain what inspired the great stuff we have today! News -A cool dad make his kid a homemade Star Tours in their garage! -Get ready for a bunch of GameBoy games coming to the Nintendo Switch Online -The Matrix 4 gets a mind-blowing trailer What we’re Enjoying Star Trek: Lower Decks has beamed its way into Shua’s heart. This series may be a parody, but it honors all the Trek shows with references and care. Check it out on Paramount+. Jay has been watching some Jackie Chan flicks. Supercop was the third in a series of Chan films that showcased his stunt work and karate ability. Oh wait, they all did that... Enjoy TV Sci-Fi has been around for generations. And it really gathered some steam after Star Wars came out in 1977. But there certainly was some interesting stuff on television in the early 70’s. Saturday mornings had some great kid-centered cartoons like Sealab 2020, but Sid and Marty Krofft had some live action classics like Land of the Lost, The Lost Saucer, and the wacky Far Out Space Nuts. Ark II and Jason of Star Command used a slightly bigger budget to enhance their effects, but they had their share of kitsch too. As kids, we didn’t care. We loved the imaginative adventures. In syndication, we got some anime like Battle of the Planets and Star Blazers. Star Trek the Animated Series kept the Trek Dream alive. Prime time TV kept trying to figure out exactly what Sci-Fi was with early showings such as Land of the Giants, Space: 1999, The Six Million Dollar Man, and the Bionic Woman. But as George Lucas unleashed his vision upon the world, the later 70’s showed us Sci-Fi juxtaposed in just about every genre of TV entertainment. Comedies like Mork and Mindy and Quark kept us laughing. Hour long cinematic stories like Battlestar Galactica, Logan’s Run, and Buck Rogers experimented with episodic drama mixed with cheesy 70’s humor and music. There were so many different shows to choose from! And it helped keep us involved and inspired to create all we have today. Do you think 70’s Sci-Fi is groovy? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to email@example.com
74 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Super Mario Grande!
Mario has been a video game star for 40 years. And his brother Luigi has ridden his brother's coattails...er overalls to 'super' stardom. Join us as we look back on the Mario Bros and how they've evolved on Enjoy Stuff! There are few characters that have been as popular as Mario on the video game world. His legacy spans more than 200 different games. He and his brother have also starred in cartoons and movies and they show no signs of slowing down. Let’s Enjoy Mario! News -Kellogg's Sued by Woman Over Ingredients in Pop-Tarts -”Dug Days” Shorts premiered on Disney+ -The Rocketeer Will Return in a New Disney+ Movie -Suicide Squad almost had more Mario references What we’re Enjoying Jay rewatched the 2020 Charlize Theron movie The Old Guard, a tale of immortal beings helping humanity and how they try to deal with each other. Check it out on Netflix. Shua revisited some classic books of his youth written by Keith Laumer. The Retief series is about an unconventional diplomat in space who gets things done by breaking the rules of the stuffy bureaucracy. Find these books on Amazon. Enjoy Games Forty years ago, Jumpman rescued Paulina from the title character in Donkey Kong. That tricky ape went on to do some of his own follow up projects, but how many video game characters can say they’ve appeared in more than 200 follow-ups. Probably none but Mario. His legacy spans many years and a continual evolution that is still going today. He may have started off as the hero in his first game, but in Donkey Kong Jr. he decided to show his nasty side as the antagonist. From there he went back to being the hero with his brother in the 1983 Mario Bros. In the 80’s popular games meant cartoon spin offs. The Saturday Morning Supercade gathered favorite characters of the arcade, including Mario. Then his first real sequel dropped in 1988 in the strangely different Super Mario 2. Now you could play a variety of characters. This inspired other platforms like the Game Boy, another show with the first live action version, played by wrestler Lou Albano, and products galore. His #3 game was even the focus of the 1989 movie with Fred Savage called The Wizard. This year marks the anniversary of what is considered to be one of the best video games of all time, Super Mario World for the SNES. Along with new 16 bit programming, this game featured all kinds of new abilities, characters, and levels. We look back on the legendary game and how Mario and his brother continue to evolve today. Are you a fan of Mario? Do you have favorite games? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
63 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: The Genius of Tom Lehrer
Tom Lehrer was an American songwriter and satirist whose songs have been making audiences laugh for decades. His dark humor and sharp wit made people think about some heavy issues of the day, from war to politics. Let's learn about Tom Lehrer on Enjoy Stuff - A TechnoRetro Podcast If you listened to the Dr. Demento show in the 80’s, you probably heard some of the comedy stylings of Tom Lehrer. His clever song parodies paved the way for greats such as Weird Al Yankovic. Jay and Shua take a look at his work and why we love it. News -Frogger Game Show Trailer Released by Peacock -Get ready to get down to 3 tunes inspired by Lucky’s magical charms. -Starbucks PSL Makes Its Earliest Return Ever -Charlie Watts: Rolling Stones drummer dies at 80 What we’re Enjoying Shua checked out the dark, thought provoking, Arthurian legend The Green Knight. If you dig thinking about the movies you watch and tons of symbolism you might want to check it out. Jay just finished Andy Weir’s “Project Hail Mary” book. Another fun one that he has been enjoying. Enjoy Music Tom Lehrer has an educational background in math, but he is best known for his songs he performed in the 50’s and 60’s. It was a time in history that our culture really needed some humor to help us understand and cope with some pretty nasty stuff happening in the world. Even the threat of World War III wasn’t off limits to Lehrer’s wit. Plus, he accessed the deepest, darkest, depths of his imagination by writing about some truly disturbing topics like Poisoning Pigeons in the Park. He once said, "If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend, or perhaps to strike a loved one, it will all have been worth the while." He even wrote songs that helped educate a generation of Electric Company viewers. We learned important rules like Silent-e, L-Y, and O-U (The Hound Song). Let’s check out Tom Lehrer. Have you ever heard a Tom Lehrer song? Did we inspire you to check him out? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to email@example.com
94 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: R0807S
I, for one, bow down to our robot overlords. Robots have been all around us for many years. Why do we have such an obsession for these audacious automata? Jay and Shua look at robots in movies, TV, and life in general on Enjoy Stuff. Bang your head with some heavy metal! Robots have become a regular part of our life. We look at the history of robots and how they have programmed their way into our pop culture. This week on Enjoy Stuff, it’s The Life Robotic with 5T3V3-Z1550U. News -The purchase of Casa Bonita by Matt Stone and Trey Parker is official -Mexico will soon be able to enjoy Krispy Kreme Donut Cereal -Dress up for breakfast with some Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles Cereal makeup What we’re Enjoying Jay and Shua are both tremendously enjoying the Apple+ series Ted Lasso with Jason Sudekis. It has heart and humor with some great messages thrown in. Enjoy Life Where did robots come from? How long have they been around? It may surprise you to find out that the first automated machine dates back to 1737. Though ‘Digesting Duck’ may have been a far cry from Boston Dynamic’s Spot robot, it was still the humble beginnings of centuries of mechanized men. Once we got our first glimpse of a non-biological creature doing its thing, we couldn’t get enough. Soon they were beeping their way into books, movies, toys, and everyday life. We use them to entertain, to do jobs that are too dangerous for humans, and for companionship. (I love you, Roomba!) To head off the imminent threat of a Cylon takeover, Isaac Asimov created three laws that should keep them in their place. But writers have been challenging that concept in many stories ever since. But what makes a robot a robot? Could it be classified as an android or a cyborg? What kinds of robots do you have a magnetic attraction to? Johnny 5? Wall-E? Or do you have more dark tastes and would like to snuggle up with the Terminator? Did you play with robot toys growing up? Or did you wait until we had real robots of today, like the Mars Curiosity Rover? We would love to hear your thoughts on those plastic pals that are fun to be with. Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
94 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Another Sun Bites the Dust
Goodbye summer! As the toasty months wind down, we remember some of the movies that made us remember why those vacations were so tiring. Jay and Josh revisit Summer vacation and camp movies as they Enjoy Stuff! In summer, anything is popsicle! Do you remember family vacations? How about summer camp? There are a ton of movies where we can watch people’s summer hardships from afar and laugh! News -The Monster Cereals are getting fruit snacks this year too! -The legendary Idris Elba is playing Knuckles in the Sonic 2 movie -Funko makes some classic board games and retro cereal Pop! figures. -Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Symphonic Suite Gets First Repressing Since 1980 -Get yourself a retro R2-D2 Tamagotchi What we’re Enjoying Josh opens his latest Etsy purchase on the air; a TRON video game header sign. He can’t wait to get it framed. Jay has been watching the hysterical Monsters at Work on Disney+. Great stuff to check out. Enjoy Movies Summer vacations are supposed to be about getting a break from the stress of everyday life, but not in movies. The more stress these characters come under the better. We start with the classic 60’s Jimmy Stewart movie Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation. This movie seemed to be the inspiration for future summer movies like Summer Rental and One Crazy Summer. But who can take a road trip without thinking of Chevy Chase taking his family on a crazy road trip in National Lampoon’s Vacation. There are a ton of classics. But some kids spent their summer at camp, and the movies didn’t leave them out. 1979’s Meatballs started off the wacky setting for campers and inspired more to come. Sometimes they missed the mark like 1980’s GORP. But a lot of them generated some hearty laughs for a variety of ages. From Camp Nowhere to Wet Hot American Summer, you can find some great Summer Camp memories at the movies. What summer movies do you remember? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to email@example.com
95 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Babbling Brooks
It's good to be the king. At least when that king is legendary director, comedian Mel Brooks. For more than 70 years, Brooks has given us memorable comedy to make us laugh and think. Jay and Josh look back on his films on Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro podcast If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to, why don’t you go where...movies make you laugh! Mel Brooks has written, directed, and starred in some of the greatest comedies of all time. News -The Russo Brothers are developing a live action Battle of the Planets -There is another ‘Kelvin’ timeline Star Trek movie coming...someday -Would you eat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos ice cream? -The creators of South Park want to buy and restore a classic Mexican restaurant in Denver, called Casa Bonita -Stay tuned to Disney+ for a Lego Star Wars Halloween special called Terrifying Tales What we’re Enjoying Jay has really been enjoying his new books with a collection of comic book artist Alex Ross’s Marvel work, plus the Making of Back to the Future. Shua liked looking behind the scenes of some of the Disney parks most iconic rides featured on Behind the Attraction on Disney+. Enjoy Movies When Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner first performed the 2000 year old man sketch on Sid Caesar’s ‘Your Show of Shows’ they probably didn’t realize that it was the start of some comedy that would likely be around for 2000 years. Brooks’s success led him to begin writing and directing movies like The Producers and The Twelve Chairs. But just a few years later, he created two of the best comedies of all time, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Are his movies sometimes crude? Absolutely! Are they ridiculing all different types of people? Of course! But they also have important messages about racism, greed, and understanding. From the slapstick humor (and lack of dialogue) that should never have been made in the 70’s called Silent Movie to the completely offensive History of the World Part 1, Brooks has hooked us with our secret desire for naughtiness and taught us a valuable lesson along the way. Even if you aren’t a fan of his later work, such as Spaceballs or Robin Hood: Men in Tights, you can still respect the creativity and success this icon has shared with us. Are you a fan of Mel Brooks movies? Would you like to check them out for the first time? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy Food Having a Brooks-athon? You’ll need snacks! Will you pick beans or Ovaltine? We give you a list of treats that would appeal to any character in a Mel Brooks movie! Well…..some of them anyway.
89 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: What to Expect When You're Collecting
Stamps, action figures, toenail clippings? Just about all of us have some sort of collection in our lives. But why do we collect? And what are great ways you can enjoy collecting? Jay and Shua take a dive into their collections (be careful, they're deep!) and share their insights about the art of collecting on Enjoy Stuff. Gather ye acorns because we are about to jump into the world of collecting! For many people, collecting is an important part of their life. Do you have a collection? Beanie Babies? Pogs? Patrick Nagel Prints? Whether you’re using their value to pay your kid’s college tuition or just do it for the value of your own happiness, collecting can be a great way to Enjoy Stuff. News -The Star Wars Visions teaser has been released and it looks great! -The Goonies Never Say Die board game is available now -Star Trek the Motion Picture to get a 4K Director’s Cut -A mint condition Super Mario 64 game sells for record $1.5 million What we’re Enjoying Shua’s new Game-Boy-like iPhone case has been very useful on his long trips. Jay found his way back to the movie theater this week when he saw Black Widow with Shua. Both are having tons of fun this summer. Enjoy Life Are you a collector? Jay and Shua share things that they’ve been collecting as far back as their childhood. Star Wars, comics, Disney, video games...they have acquired a lot of fun that have given them a lot of pleasure. And they share some of their more unusual collecting habits. Plus, they discuss why people like collecting. Is it the thrill of the hunt? Maybe an investment? Whatever the reason, we talk about how to make the most of your collection and how to make it a positive experience. We would love to know what you collect and how you share it with others. Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to email@example.com
84 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: What Happens in Disneyland...
Disneyland celebrates its birthday on July 17. Jay and Shua relive fond memories of the past and savor the challenge and promise of the future. Happy birthday to the Happiest Place on Earth. On July 17, 1955 Walt Disney opened up his deathtrap to all who wanted to dive into his imagination. That first day may have been a disaster, but it just kept getting better. Jay and Shua share some of their experiences and how you can enjoy similar special experiences too, even if you can’t go to Disneyland. News -Good news: The owner of a Flintstones themed house in California can keep character statues on her front lawn. Take that HOA!! -Check out the cool Jurassic Park/Transformers mashup -Jerry Seinfeld will be starring in a new Netflix movie about Pop-Tarts What we’re Enjoying Jay has been enjoying hosting Shua at his house for a visit. And they went on an epic MCU Locations road trip. Make sure to check it out on Superhero Suite. In preparation for his trip to Disney World, Shua has been reading some good ol’ fashioned Disney comics. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck go wild as they try to avoid the murderous Pete who literally tries to kill them. Wow! Enjoy Life On July 17, 1955 Walt Disney uttered those iconic words, “To all who come to this happy place, welcome!” And since then, more than 800 million people have visited. Jay grew up in California and had a lot of great times in the park. Shua has been visiting for 32 years and loves it every time. The guys reminisce about great times they have had and the stories that go along with them. Plus, they look back at the history of the park and what Walt was thinking. Disneyland may not be for everyone, and it certainly isn’t accessible to everyone, so they also talk about how people can enjoy experiences like they have had in other places too. Enjoy Food If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland, you’ll for sure want to budget a ton of money for some of the great food they have there. Jay and Shua pick some of their favorites from the park.
74 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Red, White, and Silver Screen
Grab a hot dog and a cold one as we look back at some of the most memorable patriotic movies to celebrate America's Independence. Get patriotic the way the founding fathers intended; freedom for all and a bucket of popcorn on Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast! In America, July is the season to remember the freedom that we work so hard to preserve. And what better way to do that than to watch a patriotic movie? Whether Wil Smith and Captain America are fighting for our independence or Lin-Manuel Miranda is teaching us how groovy the founding fathers could be, this is the time to celebrate (even if it is on the beach away from the water). News HBO Max is getting ready to premiere a very TechnoRetro version of some old Hanna Barbera friends in the new animated series Jellystone Harrison Ford is injured while making Indiana Jones 5 Happy Belated 95th birthday to Mel Brooks What we’re Enjoying Shua decided to revisit a book he got a few years back all about the ridiculous mail order products you could order from comics back in the good ol’ days. Jay has been checking out his late Father’s Day gift. A book called Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett. A fun story about the final judgement of mankind. Enjoy Movies July 4th may be America’s birthday, but it’s also a great day for movies! On this episode we look at some classic movies that spotlight a spirit of America. Maybe it’s the plucky spirit of our heroes like Roy Schneider saving a beach from a deadly shark, or Captain America stopping the evil of the Red Skull. Or maybe it’s the idea that a president could actually be a hero that stops terrorists from taking over his plane or fires the final shot on invading aliens. It could even be a musical cast teaching us all about the history of how our founding fathers wrote a bunch of documents just so Nicolas Cage could one day rip them off. Whatever gets you in the mood for the Red, White, and Blue, we have it on our cinematic list. Get ready to return to the theater for some patriotic movies.
91 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Board Not Boring Games
Board games were the entertainment of choice growing up in the 70's and 80's. We look back at some of the memorable classics and how they came to be. Plus, news and fun as we Enjoy Stuff! Break out the dice and lay out the gameboard, because we are looking back at some of the classics in games. Jay and Shua remember some of their favorites from childhood and share a few modern ones too. News Fan favorite LeVar Burton begins his short run as host of Jeopardy in July Now you can get vintage game magazines sent to your door The Robotech collector’s edition is here! Is Kellogg’s bringing the classic Toucan Sam back to us? What we’re Enjoying Jay is doing a little research for a character that will be showing up in the MCU pretty soon; Kang the Conqueror. He’s reading some classic comics where he appeared. . Shua has been enjoying a new book by ‘The Martian’ author Andy Weir. It’s called Project Hail Mary and lays out how one man does whatever he can to save humanity before the sun is literally eaten up. Check it out! Enjoy Toys Growing up, did you enjoy time with Rich Uncle Pennybags? Or maybe you liked setting up the Rube Goldbergian Mouse Trap game. Perhaps you went for world domination as you strategically set up Risk. We love board games. Jay and Shua look at a brief history of some of their favorites and how you can enjoy them today. Plus, they share some of the Earbud’s favorites too.
81 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Inside The Far Side
In 1979 Gary Larson's Far Side was first published and a new era of comic strips was born. Shua and Jay remember the legendary masterpiece and how it influenced many things after. Plus, news and fun as we Enjoy Stuff. Superman 2 was highly anticipated by audiences, but had a lot of drama behind the scenes. Either way, it’s a movie we still enjoy. Jay and Josh look back to the Super Sequel. News Jeff Goldblum Joins Second Season of the Dungeons & Dragons Podcast 'Dark Dice' as an Elven Sorcerer Kit Kat Introduces Fruity Cereal Flavor Pillsbury Launches New Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cookies, Cinnamon Rolls What we’re Enjoying Both Shua and Jay have been enjoying Disney+’s newest Marvel content Loki. Is anyone surprised? Probably not, but Shua was surprised how much he’s enjoying it. And Jay revisited a classic comedy movie starring John Candy and Eugene Levy called “Armed and Dangerous”. Check them out! Enjoy Toons Gary Larson’s “The Far Side” ran in newspapers for fifteen years, but his legacy has never died. His early career beginnings were like a Cinderella story, having fallen into the field with only a little effort. And his popularity spread fast. His unique style seemed to appeal to most people that had a tolerant sense of humor. The influence of the strip inspired future cartoonists of course, but it has even made a lasting scientific impression. An insect has been officially named after him. Scientists have even adopted a Gary Larson joke as an unofficial name to a part of a stegosaurus. Join us as we remember the genius of Gary Larson and The Far Side.
80 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: And Superman Too!
In 1981 we knew a man could fly, but we were still excited to get another dose of the Man of Steel. And this time he's battling three nasty Kryptonians. Superman 2 turns 40 this week, so we take a look back as the adventure continues. Superman 2 was highly anticipated by audiences, but had a lot of drama behind the scenes. Either way, it’s a movie we still enjoy. Jay and Josh look back to the Super Sequel. News Would you like your very own miniature arcade? Even if it’s paper, this new find is pretty cool! We have an update on the Cheerios challenged issued by John Oliver Grab your wallet, because McFarlane Toys have a cool ‘66 Batman playset Sylvester Stallone teases a Rocky IV Director’s Cut What we’re Enjoying Jay enjoyed Netflix’s new zombie movie from Zack Snyder, “Army of the Dead”. But it may make you think twice next time you’re in Las Vegas. Shua has been listening to Marvel’s Wastelanders: Old Man Starlord podcast. A new way to experience the Marvel characters. Enjoy Movies In 1981 Americans finally got to experience the sequel to the smash hit Superman-The Movie with Christopher Reeve. Fans had been anticipating the release since the hint of General Zod and his cronies at the beginning of the first movie. The three villains were cast out of Kryptonian society with no dignity or remorse. But it was nothing compared to how the Salkinds were about to treat their director Richard Donner. He was quickly replaced with Hard Day’s Night director Richard Lester. Hollywood drama aside, there was a whole generation of kids that thought Superman 2 hit all the marks. The action, humor, and comic bookiness of the film felt like a perfect balance even if it didn’t entirely stand the test of time. Did you enjoy Superman 2? What’s your story? Let us know by sending us and electronic-M to EnjoyStuff@RetroZap.com or join in on the fun on our discord channel.
92 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: Be Good To Yourself!
There's no better time than now to be good to yourself. Jay and Shua discuss what has influenced their views of who they are and how they see the world. Get ready to remove negativity from your life and Enjoy Stuff! It’s time to be proud of who you are! But that’s a lot easier said than done. Don’t worry Earbuds, Jay and Shua are here for you! Together we can help each other to get through the grand adventure of life! News You heard us talk about PacMan 99, how about Joust deathmatch? ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ TV Series Begins Production at Hulu Avengers Campus now open in Disney’s California Adventure What we’re Enjoying Shua has found a new, retro app for his phone. This one is called “Dispo” and if you thought that treating your phone like a disposable camera wouldn’t be fun, but Shua begs to differ. And Jay is enjoying revisiting some old Marvel “Eternals” comics to get ready for the new movies. Enjoy Life Hey you! Yeah, you! You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like you! Now quit beating yourself up and be proud of who you are! But how do we do that? We’re starting with the men in the mirror, Jay and Shua. How much did the entertainment we consumed as we grew up influence us and how much was how we were raised? Going through school can be tough for a kid. Teasing, bullying, and the day to day pressures can really drag a kid down. Luckily for us, we had comics, sci-fi, TV, and more to help us get away from the grind. And when we became parents, we knew we wanted to give our kids what they needed to traverse the gauntlet of childhood. Luckily all the great things we grew up with are easy to access today. How can you remove that negativity in your life? We’ll talk about mindfulness and gratitude and how to live in the moment. Plus, we’ll share some of our favorite movies that help you remember that. And we have a lot of fun along the way.
76 minutes | May 31, 2021
Enjoy Stuff: What's up, Earbuds?
It’s time to get Looney! Shua and Jay kick off the summer by rolling on the floor laughing at the wackiness of years of Looney Tunes cartoons. Plus, News and more! Overture, Curtain, Lights! This is it, you'll hit the heights! And oh what heights we'll hit! It's time for Looney Tunes and summertime! Let's look back at all the Looney characters! News Is a TRON Arcade1Up machine on the way? Or more specifically, WHEN CAN I GET IT?!?! A ‘Flamin’ hot scandal on the Flamin Hot Cheetos movie. There can be only 2!! Henry Cavill the new Highlander? Scooby Doo, where are you? Or, where have you been for 52 years? Time for a reunion to find out! What we’re Enjoying Jay has been revisiting Night Court while Shua gets his international music fix by watching clips from Eurovision. Was Iceland robbed?!?! Enjoy Toons For 91 years the crazy characters of Looney Tunes cartoons have given us plenty of reasons to laugh. Legendary artists and directors like Tex Avery and Chuck Jones created iconic stories that raised generations of kids. Plus, the amazing voice talent of Mel Blanc gave personality to hundreds of characters! There are so many ways to enjoy Looney Tunes. Enjoy Merchandise There is an almost never ending list of merchandise with those lovable characters on them. Clothes, toys, books, video games, and so much more. We find the most expensive and discuss some that made a difference for us.
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