The Test of Time
By Alan Noah and James Brief
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Are the classic movies of our childhood really as great as we remember them? Hosts Alan Noah and James Brief take a fresh look at our favorite films to see if they have stood The Test of Time.
||CleanEpisode 34: Batman Forever and Batman & Robin||What do you get when Joel Schumacher takes on one of the most iconic superheroes of all time? Ice puns and bat nipples, of course! In this double feature episode, we dive into the music of the Batman films, Tommy Lee Jones' feud with Jim Carrey, and...||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: Batman Returns||The Bat is back as Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton reunite for another round of Gotham City crime-fighting in 1992's Batman Returns. This movie had a meta moment before meta moments were a thing, it features a love quadrangle that's really...||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: Batman||Before Batfleck and before Bale, there was Burton's Batman: the Michael Keaton movie that made the Dark Knight cool. In this Bat-tastic episode, we discuss Jack Nicholson's epic payday, the amount of alleys in New York versus Gotham, and the absurd...||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: Groundhog Day||Weatherman Phil Connors has to relive a single day over and over again in the movie that redefined déjà vu. This week, we discuss aging superheroes, why you should never set your alarm to your favorite song, and the concept of...||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 30: Demolition Man||Welcome to the world of 2032: a peaceful place where no one gets hurt, physical contact is outlawed, and all restaurants are Taco Bell for some reason. Get ready for a conversation about the idiocy of bungee-jumping from a helicopter, the rarity of a...||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids||Don't let the picture fool you—this is *not* a movie about cannibalism. It's the fifth highest grossing film of 1989 (yes, really): Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. We analyze the movie's lesson on the frailty of life courtesy of Antie the ant,...||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: Wildcats||In the 1986 movie Wildcats, Goldie Hawn faces sexism as she tries to coach an inner city high school football team to victory. (Think Friday Night Lights meets 9 to 5 meets Stand and Deliver.) The film features the big screen debut of Wesley Snipes...||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 27: Airplane!||"We've got a fantastic movie in our podcast this week!" "Your podcast? What is it?" "It's a digital audio file with losers who never shut up... but that's not important right now." In our wide-ranging conversation about the slapstick comedy...||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Gremlins 2: The New Batch||The Gremlins are back, and this time they're terrorizing the most technologically advanced skyscraper in New York City. Gremlins 2 is full of surprises: an ahead of its time transgender character, a not so subtle parody of Donald Trump, and...||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Gremlins||A young man gets an incredible Christmas present: an adorable creature called a Mogwai. But rules are broken, and before long a small town is terrorized by little green creatures. Join us as we discuss what constitutes a Christmas movie (does Die...||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Scrooged||A television executive who hates Christmas puts on a live version of A Christmas Carol, while also being visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future in the Bill Murray movie, Scrooged. You want off-topic tangents? We've got you...||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Home Alone||A young child, abandoned by his family, is forced to survive on his own, while also battling two sadistic and violent robbers… in the wacky family flick, Home Alone! Listen as we talk about how Home Alone affected the casting of Harry Potter, the...||12/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 22: The Rock||Nicolas Cage. Sean Connery. Tiny little balls of green nerve gas. And it’s a Michael Bay movie, so there are explosions all over the place. This episode—recorded live—features the protocol of receiving a phone call mid-coitus, a breakdown of the...||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: The Last Starfighter||A boy dreams of leaving his trailer park, only to end up in outer space defending the galaxy in the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter. The movie features an alien race with Mr. Burns haircuts, the most reluctant hero ever, and plenty of "homages" to...||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Back to School||Rodney Dangerfield is the big (and old) man on campus in the 1986 college comedy, Back to School. In this episode, we talk about the 2016 Ghostbusters (which is now subtitled "Answer the Call" for some reason), the oeuvre of William Zabka, and how...||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19: Major League||The Chicago Cubs may have won the 2016 World Series, but the Cleveland Indians will always have the 1989 flick Major League. Listen as we touch on the Presidential election, the Nintendo Switch, and the day Alan's social life died. Plus we analyze...||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Flight of the Navigator||In Flight of the Navigator, a young boy passes out in 1978, wakes up in 1986, then has to travel through space and time to get back home. This week's conversation includes talk about Star Wars Rebels, Twisted Sister, and cursing in Disney...||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: The Thing||In John Carpenter’s horror classic The Thing, a group of Antarctic scientists have to contend with a shape-shifting alien… that may have already taken over one of their own. Just in time for Halloween, we discuss a scary movie that stars a...||10/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Sixteen Candles||No one made movies about teen angst like John Hughes. Sixteen Candles tells the story of Sam, a girl having the worst day of her life—on her sixteenth birthday—which her family forgot about. This movie insulted geeks with Anthony Michael Hall,...||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Starship Troopers||Bugs, bullets, and boobs: Starship Troopers has it all. In a wide-ranging conversation that touches on the new season of South Park, the genius of Michael Ironside, and what happens when you pull the hypotenuse of a love triangle, we dare to ask the...||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Dave||This election season, we're taking a look back at Dave, arguably the greatest rom-com ever centered around a Presidential impersonator. We take a hard look at the First Lady's very specific "type," the fan-fiction James wrote about these...||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Short Circuit||What does it mean to be alive? How does one feel? What is the nature of the soul? These heady questions are kinda sorta addressed in the 1986 movie, Short Circuit. Come listen as we rant about Fishers Stevens in brown face, the major design...||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Kindergarten Cop||It's not a tumor... it's a podcast! Arnold Schwarzenegger goes from action hero to (kinda) family friendly star in 1990's Kindergarten Cop. We chat about Detective John Kimble's great one-liners and his shoddy police work. We talk about Crisp,...||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: The Mighty Ducks||A ragtag group of misfits are terrible at sports, until they get an inspirational new leader who teaches them important life lessons... and learns a little something himself along the way. Not sure which movie we're talking about? Here's a hint: this...||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory||RIP Gene Wilder. In light of the beloved actor’s passing, we’re taking a look back at his most iconic role, the seminal film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Join us as we wonder what the hell a bean feast is, discuss the part of...||9/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Tommy Boy||Tommy Boy is the quintessential Chris Farley/David Spade movie (sorry, Black Sheep!) The movie's got plenty of Farley's falls, Spade's sarcasm, and even some genuine emotion mixed in (RIP, Big Tom.) Join us as we reenact our favorite Chris Farley SNL...||9/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Labyrinth||Don't you just hate it when your annoying baby brother gets kidnapped by the Goblin King, and you only have 13 hours to venture through a magical labyrinth to get him back? Sarah can relate. In a conversation about the beloved cult classic...||8/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: The Goonies||Hey... you... guys! That's what I said - booty traps! Down here, it's our time! The Goonies is the beloved—and highly quotable—80's movie that sent a group of kids from the goondocks searching for the lost treasure of One Eyed Willie. Our chat...||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Stand By Me||This week marks the 30th (!) anniversary of Stand By Me, Rob Reiner's coming of age story about four young friends who go on a journey to find a dead body. Join us for a conversation that spans the horrors of leeches, a blueberry pie-eating...||8/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: The Princess Bride||Hello! Our names are Alan and James! You found our podcast! Prepare to enjoy! It wasn't a big hit when it was first released, but The Princess Bride has become one of the most beloved films of the 1980's. Join us as we ask the hard hitting...||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Pretty Woman and Overboard||Remembering Garry Marshall||7/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Ghostbusters II||Long before internet trolls worried about how a Ghostbusters reboot would tarnish the original—heck, long before the internet was a thing most people even knew about—Ghostbusters II effectively killed the film franchise for over 25 years. Alan...||7/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Ghostbusters||Don't debate the artistic merits of the new Ghostbusters remake—listen to James Brief and Alan Noah debate the merits of the 1984 movie that started it all! Ghostbusters is widely considered to be a classic 80's flick, but is it more "fun"...||7/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Independence Day||In 1996, aliens came to Earth to destroy our precious planet, and only the ragtag team of Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldbum, and... Randy Quaid (?) could stop them. It's been twenty years since the release of Independence Day, and...||7/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Makes me less homicidal during hours long commute!
I may be a bit biased since I know the podcasters, but to be honest, that actually made me more likely to give a negative review. Despite a healthy dose of skepticism, Al and James won me over with their unique reviews, their humor, and their ability to stray off topic so seamlessly that 10 minutes later you wonder how you came to be listening to a podcast on why Carl Sagan would enjoy playing the Nintendo DS. Good work boys, thoroughly enjoyable. Makes me wish I was back in NYC with you guys.
Unscripted, funny and spontaneous! Made my commute fun. Made me want to re watch some of these movies.