Betamax Video Club
By Rich Nelson
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Rewinding back to the films of the 1980s
||Clean33. First Blood||Finally, Sylvester Stallone makes his Betamax Video Club debut with First Blood. NOT RAMBO. Listen patiently and you'll hear me make that mistake... My guest for the episode was Will Slater, host of the very entertaining Exploding Helicopter podcast. Yo||13 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32. Ferris Bueller's Day Off||Episode 32 and it's time to play truant with Matthew Broderick's iconic little f****r Ferris Bueller. Joining me on this adventure is actor and comedian Alison Ward. Alison can also be found on YouTube in a series of short videos called The Secret Gard||6 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31. Runaway||Another film which has fallen through the gaps for many - 1984's Runaway. Released in the same year as The Terminator, with more killer robots, alas Tom Selleck's moustache didn't do enough lifting. This episode was recorded in July 2018, but delayed du||23 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30. Erik The Viking||From the director of Life of Brian! Starring John Cleese! It's... Erik The Viking! Tim Robbins has had enough of rape, violence and Viking stuff and seeks to lead a bunch of British character actors to Valhalla without having to die in battle. Author an||16 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29. Splash||It's the first birthday of Betamax! A year to the day since episode one was published, here we are. This is Splash, a film about a man falling in love with a mermaid. Yep. Joining me is Taylor Glenn, writer, comedian and regular on the hilarious Drunk W||3 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28. Conan The Barbarian||Curator of bad films Ti Singh joins me to discuss an early Arnie classic, the dialogue-light, snake-heavy Conan The Barbarian. Ti also discusses his new book, Born To Be Bad, where he speaks to some of the most memorable villains in cinema, some of whom||25 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27. Flashdance||Another podcast, another film I'd never seen before. I imagine this one is more fondly remembered than The Garbage Pail Kids Movie... I was joined by James King, film critic and author, to discuss a film that didn't just do well, it potentially launched||11 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26. Death Wish 3||It's another Cannon classic! It's time for Death Wish 3 (not Death Wish III - apparently people didn't understand Roman numerals), as John Rain from SMERSH Pod returns to discuss the adventures of the elderly Steve DeathWish and the evil Lt. JudgeDredd.||28 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25. The Garbage Pail Kids Movie||A special treat for the quarter-century, it's a movie often listed as the worst of all time. It's "The Garbage Pail Kids" and I'm joined by writer Ben Baker, whose books can be found here. Again, some slight technical gremlins meant some extra edit||21 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24. When Harry Met Sally||Not quite an 18-hour road trip, but you could listen to this 18 times... I was joined by Emma Burnell, writer and host of the Zeitgeist Tapes podcast, to discuss friendship, sex, Meg Ryan's hair and whether the tagline of this film should have been "You||7 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23. Dirty Dancing||I'm joined by journalist Tom Fordy to discuss one of the most popular films of the decade - Dirty Dancing. Often called a "chick flick", there are some heavy themes within, most of which are discussed at some length. Some of which are skirted over becau||31 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22. Morons From Outer Space||It's another returning guest, as Looks Unfamiliar host Tim Worthington is back, and he's brought some Morons From Outer Space with him. Directed by Mike Hodges, who also brought us Get Carter, a very different movie. Starring Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jo||17 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21. Flight Of The Navigator||For episode 21, I'm joined by my friend Ian Callaghan to talk about one of the cult kids films of the 80s, Flight Of The Navigator. We probably libel ourselves talking about Pee-Wee Herman, discuss the criminal activities of the child star and query why||10 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20. This Is Spinal Tap||Unfortunately not episode 11, I'm joined by Absolute Radio DJ and voiceover artist Claire Sturgess to talk about the most famous mockumentary of all - This Is Spinal Tap. There are anecdotes, name-drops and suggestions throughout, as well as a couple of||26 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19. G'Ole (1982) and Hero (1986)||I'm jumping on the World Cup bandwagon with a look at the official FIFA films of the World Cups of 1982 and 1986. G'Ole, about the tournament in Spain in 1982, was narrated by Sean Connery. Hero, based on Mexico 86, was narrated by Michael Caine. Both h||12 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18. Masters Of The Universe||A Cannon classic here, as I'm joined by Stephen Graham (PlopGazette on Twitter) to discuss a film about He-Man without mentioning He-Man very much - we talk more about a competition winner playing a role with no lines... As always, any shares, feedback||29 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka||I'm joined by Edward Carter, aka Dotmund, for this episode - a parody of Blaxploitation films by Keenen Ivory Wayans, director of White Chicks... It's quite silly, and this podcast includes a couple of clips from the film. The film was not released in U||15 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16. The Dead Zone||It's another trip to the mind of Stephen King, as I'm joined by Paul Jenkins to talk about 1983's The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen. Paul is one of the people behind 24 Stories, a collection of short stories, the profits of whi||1 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15. Stir Crazy||It's time to go to prison for a crime I didn't commit... Joining me to discuss 1980's Stir Crazy is Carla Francis, half of the awesome Theme Park Films podcast and one of the drivers behind the Brit Pod Scene network. We discuss whether Shawshank Redemp||19 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14. Big||A 12-year-old boy wishes he was big (didn't we all) and wakes up as Tom Hanks... I'm joined by Chris Oakley, designer of the podcast logo and also from the excellent Kitbliss website, to talk about a body swap fantasy involving an arcade wish machine an||3 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13. The Breakfast Club||Episode 13 of Betamax sees me in Saturday detention, left to think about what I've done. I'm not sure whether I'm the jock, the criminal or even the princess, but I'll find out. Also being punished is ITN producer and journalist Lindsey Bowers, who can||24 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan||It's already time for my first returning guest. Star Trek fan Terry Duffelen is back after his Commando pod to discuss Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. Fortunately for us, Terry was able to fill the numerous gaps in my knowledge about one of his favouri||27 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. Superman II||One of the films I've been looking forward to most - I was joined by fellow Superman enthuasiast John Rain to discuss a troubled movie, far different from the original vision, but captivated us nonetheless. I may yet visit the first film... This episode||14 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. The Cannonball Run||Episode ten brings together Burt Reynolds, Dean Martin, Farrah Fawcett, Jackie Chan and the peerless Roger Moore for a cross-country caper - The Cannonball Run. I was joined by Dean Newman, chief writer of The Daily Jaws website. Dean can be found on Tw||30 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. The Karate Kid||For this episode, I'm joined by the frontman of The Football Pink, Mark Godfrey to discuss one of the great underdog stories and inspiration for idiots all over the world to try crane kicks - The Karate Kid. The discussion flies from the class system, t||17 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. The Shining||This one has been sat in the archives for best part of a month, but it's worth the wait. I was joined by Kamilla Hannibal, who is the social media manager of the Beavertown Brewery. A Kubrick classic starring Jack Nicholson, it was great fun to watch an||3 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. Lethal Weapon||It's Christmas! One of the more contentious festive films, it's Lethal Weapon. Petros Patsilivas of The Caged In podcast joins me to discuss one of the archetypal buddy cop movies. Petros will also return in the spring for Lethal Weapon 2, while I'll be||12 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. The Running Man||For episode six, I was joined by James Montague - author of fine football books, journalist for the New York Times and regular contributor to the BBC's World Football show. It's another Schwarzenegger classic, a adaptation of the Stephen King short stor||28 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Absolute Beginners||This week I've visited a movie that doesn't often see the light of day - Absolute Beginners. Featuring a cast as diverse as David Bowie, Patsy Kensit, Robbie Coltrane, Smiley Culture and Lionel Blair, the film explores 1950s Soho and the race riots of N||16 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. Beetlejuice||For this week's episode, I was joined by Louise Joy to talk about 1988's Beetlejuice. Recorded just before Hallowe'en, it's a spooky yet hilarious early Tim Burton flick. You can find Louise's blog at http://www.formidablejoy.com/, Facebook at https://||1 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. Jaws 3||In episode 3, I'm joined by Simon Pegg (not that one) to talk about Jaws 3 (aka Jaws 3-D). There is a winning idea for a spin-off, an exploration of the morality of the captivity of rare animals and we look at misogyny in the 1980s US water park industr||27 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. Commando||Episode 2 of Betamax Video Club allows me to visit Val Verde with Terry Duffelen of Oddjob Pod, The Sound Of Football and Whom Pods Destroy as we rewatch Commando. Due to some minor technical issues, there is no number 1 song at the end. It was When T||13 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. Withnail & I||Episode 1: Cult classic||4 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
80's Fans Perfect Podcast!
Packed full of wonderful nostalgia as Rich (and guests) look back on some classic flicks from the best decade ever.
Just tiny details like saying they rented the film to watch gives it such a great retro touch & I love hearing the number one song at the time the film came out.
Really looking forward to more!
Top podcast - well researched, good mix of films and fantastic effort by Rich and the great range of guests.
A walk down memory lane...
If you are a fan of 80s nostalgia then this is a great podcast to listen to! Rich has selected some essential 80s films (Withnail & I, Splash, Dirty Dancing etc) and has an in depth look at it along with a guest. Some of the films he talks about really make you lok at them in a different light - I completely forgot how creepy Splash actually is in places - but it is all done in a light-hearted and affectionate way. Give it a go, you won't regret it!