The 1980's Essential Movie Podcast Series Explained

If you listen to our podcast you may pick up that there is a total sense of randomness when it comes to what we talk about and not a lot of formatting of the discussion. The reason for this is twofold: the first and primary reason we don't format our discussions into a standard format type deal is that we want it be very similar to the dialogue you would have with friends over drinks or dinner. The second and equally important, is that formatting, moderating, and creating a schedule of topics sounds like work and as putting the podcast out into the universe is to be a fun hobby for us and when it feels like something we have to do instead of wanting to do, we simply take check out for a bit.

We shoot ideas back and forth to each other during the week or at the top of the weekend (we record Sunday evenings) until we land on the topic we wish to cover as a group. Here is the dirty little secret of our group, is that amongst the three regular co-hosts, we often shoot ideas out to each other that get turned down. In some cases for some very legitimate reasons, like not being overly familiar with a recording artist, not having watched a specific show, or not having seen the movie. I actually was not on the retro concert topics because my concert experiences during the pre year 2000 period of my life were slim to none. The show was brilliantly hosted by Scott and he brought the right people to the table to share some great stories. Needless to say, I am as guilty as sin for this. My point in all this, is what you didn't know is that some topics aren't covered because we have only one person that may want to talk about it or have enough to share to make up an episode.

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With all that background in mind, I broke our mold on purpose with this essential 1980's movie list. I came across the 140 movies that rotten tomatoes has deemed the essential 1980's movies to watch. My rule was that each movie will get at minimum 15 to 20 minutes and its own show. The guidelines I set for myself was that I was not to watch the movie before recording (unless it just kinda happened but I wasn't going out of my way to have to watch before covering it). The next guideline is the only info I was to have before me was the synopsis as written by rotten tomatoes. I wouldn't cop out with having google or IMDB open to find factoids to fill the time. This was just using the old noggin to talk about anything relating to the movie that we wish to share.

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Why do this? Simply because it is the challenge I set for myself. I want to see if it is possible to get through them all, even if there are those on the list I haven't seen the source material (movie). Then that show might be why I hadn't seen it and if realistically I think I will see it before passing this mortal coil. I plan to be brutally honest on this one, if I have someone on that has seen it, then they have to do some convincing as we all have limited time and I'll take the word of a friend over the internet if something is truly essential or must see. Let's see if we can make it to the end of the list!

1980s Essential Movies Introduction

Which 1980’s movies is on your essential “must watch” list? Let us know in the comments below.

Top 5 Retro Movie Soundtrack Songs

by Dave

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Welcome dear reader to a new Banzai Retro Club crossover collaboration. This month we are looking at our top 5 retro soundtrack songs. I am lucky enough to provide 10 this month as I had an entirely different set of picks on our podcast and you will just need to check that out to hear about those choices. 

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Pure Imagination sung by Gene Wilder

For a young kid of the 1970s this song signals when this movie actually got really good. Charlie had a tough life and the movie sets that up really well, but the movie wasn't fun until Gene Wilder, playing Mr. Willy Wonka appears on screen. The movie gets fun and goofy from that point on. "Pure Imagination" is sung by Gene Wilder as the kids and their guardians explore the first actual candy room in which everything is edible. "If you want to view paradise. Simply look around and view it." Sage advice Mr. Wonka and thank you for the scrumdillyumptious bars of chocolate. 

Karate Kid (1984)
Young Hearts sung by Commuter

In my adult life I have been paying a bit closer attention to the movies of my youth and the Karate Kid is no different. What I have noticed is there are some real musical gems peppered in our great 80s movies that should have been way more popular that they ever became. The song Young Hearts starts as Daniel goes to the Golf N' Stuff to get his beloved Allie back in his life. We learned a beat earlier from Mr. Myagi that karate and life are about balance and what better way than a song about young love dying if we are all alone.

Electric Dreams (1984)
Together in Electric Dreams by Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

Ok, this list needed a good happy montage song, didn't it? Together in Electric Dreams snappy beat comes on during the movie as a final sequence as the computer artificial intelligence sends himself away before initiating a self destruction. Boy gets girl in the end and they go away for a vacation with no technology, on the drive there a familiar friendly computer automated voice (Edgar the computer) comes over the radio and reminds us that we will always be "Together in Electric Dreams". Cue the end credits.

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Girl You'll be a Woman Soon by Neil Diamond

Enter Mrs. Mia Wallace as she expertly stops a reel to reel tape player at the exact spot to play this kick ass song. She dances and enjoys the music as Vince is in the bathroom talking to himself. The scene continues as Mia finds heroine in Vince's jacket and assume it is a little nose candy. While the song plays out we are at the start of a dark journey to see how Vince will deal with this new emergency in his life. Don't tell Marsellus. 

Wayne's World (1992)
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Thanks to this song in this movie I think a ton of people start head banging at the appropriate moment to this awesome song. This movie was a wonderful mish mash of random stuff much like a podcast that I am a proud member of. Even before this movie, the song was a fantastic piece of musical art by Queen, but Wayne and Garth was able to take it to the next level with the right blend of mirth and sarcasm. Party on Wayne. Party on Garth. 

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