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