Thursday, 26 December 2013
The cast of the original 80s Kids cartoon show reunite for this special christmas episode. Find out the relevance of pink custard, particularly when contained in a blue earthenware jug; why you might not want to go out for milk when there are aliens about; what Fortnum and Mason started serving in 1886 (Real Trivia Fact!); and what happened to the *real* Ebenezer Scrooge in this crazy sci-fi adventure from the people who brought you loads of rambling discussion about 80s movies. Sound Effects and music from the following sources: http://www.freesfx.co.uk http://www.freesound.org and http://archive.org
Friday, 20 December 2013
It's the week before Christmas and the 80s Kids turn their minds to a most vexing topic. Films that they like that they are fully aware are hated by most of the rest of the world. Some choices have even caused divides within the group. This leaves the discussion to proceed along two paths.
One, what redeeming quality does someone find in something most people agree to be drivel, and why do people hate movie/tv series x quite so much? Topics as diverse as Star Trek Voyager, Lady In The Water, Aliens vs Predator, Resident Evil and the Underworld franchise are on the table for discussion. Nobody mention guilty pleasures!
Friday, 13 December 2013
It all starts off a bit masculine in this week's episode, how could it otherwise in a year that brought us Predator, The Running Man and Robocop? Before long though the discussion takes a distinct turn for the feminine as it behooves the present 80s Kids (Leo, Ian and Sue) to consider the wealth of female-oriented entertainment 1987 spewed out in bulk. And so goes the story of yet another proud 80s year.
There is a twist in the tale, however, for 1987 is where we first begin to detect the insidious presence of the 90s. 1987's failures were echoes of the cinematic wasteland to come. In addition we see the fading of such standards as the kiddie cast genre action movie in the sub-par Monster Squad (which is still a lot of fun but nowhere near the high point of the genre). Films such as Robocop and Wall Street told us our love affair with corporate excess and the free market was approaching its end and if Robocop signalled anything it was that the divorce would be messy.
On the other side of the coin the indie film-makers were sniffing around and the first signs of the massive indie explosion of the 90s were felt in titles like Hellraiser and Bad Taste. The winds of change had started to blow, but the 80s party is still far from over. Cling onto your neon lit, synthesizer scored rite-of-passage party, midnight is coming...
Thursday, 5 December 2013
In an effort to save Ian from resigning in protest over the imminent discussion about the movie hence forth known only as “The George Lucas Duck Thing”. The whole team (Sue included) rally round to nurse him through the delights and joys of 1986's other film offerings. Like a quartet of greedy pigeons they take it in turns to peck away at 86's selection box and reminisce about such delights as Labyrinth, Flight of the Navigator, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Aliens, Big Trouble in Little China, The Golden Child and the many other worthy experiences this year has to offer.
Then they pick over the bones as they get down to the dregs with Solarbabies and Wraith. Anything really than talk about that “The George Lucas Duck Thing”. But in the end, with support from Leo, Justin and Sue, Ian agrees with them that Sylvester Stallone's 'Cobra' is probably a worse offence to common decency than anything Lucas did that year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
This week the 80s kids(tm) gleefully tackle their childhood cartoon memories and the many, many toys that came with them. From the MEGA sized toy financed American imports to the Epic sprawling French serials and also the wit and charm of the UK based Cosgrove Hall. Our decade themed trio finally have a subject they can all speak about with authority.
Justin (Batteries not Included) born an Artist, fondly remembers the visually stunning 'Thundercats' intro sequence and lovingly building his own 'Danger Mouse' Flying Car. Leo (Sold Separately) born a Story Teller, has a special place in his heart for the friendships forged over shared viewings of 'Dungeons and Dragons' or the imaginative hours lost playing with 'MASK' or 'GI Joe' toys with his pals. Ian (Choking Hazard) born Yesterday, recalls his never ending demands for more and more toys to fill his empty consumer heart and the various childhood traumas that came from seeing Optimus Prime slowly dying from internal injuries.
But only by combining together to form the gestalt “Eighties Kids-a-Tron” (Product may vary from Box Picture) can they hope to tackle 'He-Man' the most Fabulous man in the Universe and his indomitable toy range of lame associates. This is the 'Revenge of the 80's Kids: Eighties Cartoon Episode' and all the cool kids have one!
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Saturday, 23 November 2013
The 80s Kids sit down for a quick post 'Day of the Doctor' chat. Topics are rambling and many, from the shopping list requirements Moffat needed for the “Event”, John Hurt's sympathetic Non Doctor, the through line of the Doctor's character all the way from 1963 to the present, to regeneration limits, the vast unexplored future the series has laid out before us and much more.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
The 80s kids finally arrive in the year 1985! However after only a brief look at the massive list of films to cover they give up on the project almost immediately. Instead they gather up only 10 of the most memorable starting with probably 85's most identifiable screen offering, “Back to the Future”. Digestion begins.
Spielberg's long shadow is felt throughout, from the Goonies to Young Sherlock Holmes and Weird Science. It's the age of the young person having an amazing adventure, with thrills and laughs along the way. Unless your name happens to be Dorothy Gale, in which case things are looking very grim indeed.
Leo continues to follow Schwarzenegger's offerings with delight and glee while Ian recoils in nausea and exasperation at Roger Moore's now rather flaccid 007. Justin cheers him up with diversions in 85's more artistic film offerings with the visually stunning Brazil and Legend.
As usual Leo unleashes the Zombies to the indifference of some. On the subject of rising unexpectedly from the dead … Paul McGann returns to our screens as the Titular Time Lord for the first time in 17 years! As before his Dr Who vehicle crashes and burns, this time with startlingly different results. The 80s Kids muse on the implications in a nice chat at the end.
Thursday, 14 November 2013
This week Ian traps his fellow 80s kids in the labyrinthine maze of a Dr Who Quiz. There he assails Leo and Justin with teasing multiple choice questions. Their only respite in this humiliation are Dr Who related discussions ranging from childhood memories, the series' death in the 80s and it's barn storming rebirth in 2005, with Paul McGann's American TV movie falling somewhere in-between.
Despite the lucid and often insightful nature of Leo and Justin's reflections on all things Who, Ian totally undercuts their punditry by stumping them with questions the majority of 'real fans' would find trivially easy. But aren't the opinions of laymen viewers more insightful and balanced than the hard core obsessives? What qualities must New Who strive to retain if it hopes to keep broadening it's audience for another 50 years?
Who cares!? It's the one and only Dr Who edition of the 80s Kids!!! So get your sonic's ready, adjust your scarves and bow ties and prepare to have your nostalgia regenerated as we wander through the space and times of Dr Who. Leo deduces his answers, Justin takes a wild stab while Ian writes a wall of text rebuttal on a forum somewhere deep in the internet.
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Only Leo and Ian this week but they have BIG problems with BIG cinema. Discussions drift from the unloved Ender's Game adaptation to the lack of thought provoking films these days. But aren't we getting the cinema we deserve?
Between the internet's never-ending desire to see the world burn and the current "golden age of television" the big screen is being squeezed. Too big to fail they're playing to the lowest common denominator for as many humans on seats as possible. Spectacle and lots of explosions is something TV can't do, so it isn't surprising film production leans that way.
High budget, thought provoking films have been made and died unseen, worse, they died with hails of vitriol from the internet. But how is any of that the film maker's fault? With our dollars and pounds we've shaped the market we have now and show little sign of changing our habits. Leo has a lot to say, Ian just wants chicken.
Thursday, 31 October 2013
Here is the dilemma. Dilemma Prong 1: Do obvious Halloween show but risk being seen as, well, obvious. Dilemma Prong 2: Avoid the obvious Halloween show but irritate everyone because the obvious show is an undiscussed elephant in the room.
So we opted for prong 1. Although it has to be said, when the 80s kids recount their top 3 favourite Horror movie morsels there are some surprising choices. This probably stems from the fact that only one self-identifies as a horror fan, that being Sue. Ian is a self-confessed horror dunce. Leo watches all movies on their own merit and Justin... well, let's just say he claims not to know much about it but in the course of the show you may come to see him as a closet fiend fan.
So let's get into the spookiest topic we'll cover in 2013 and hopefully help you think a different way about your horror movie choices.
Thursday, 24 October 2013
It has become something of a tradition to look to summer movies for the provision of massive, popcorn swilling, eye-popping entertainments that swell the soul with awe and wonder. It has also become something of a tradition to look back over those summer seasons with a bittersweet recollection of highs and lows.
Some years the experience is a mixed bag with stand out happy moments in a morass of mediocrity and couple of real stinkers for good measure. Last year had a glistening high point in the shape of The Avengers and plenty of other similar fare for the discerning genre fan.
This year... well, this year one could not avoid disappointment wherever one turned it seems. Nowhere was there not a film underperforming at the box office, or letting down the fanbase, or just being thoroughly ho hum on every level. So it is that the 80s Kids turn their eye to consider the summer just gone and ask what hope for the future, if any, one can salvage from it.
Thursday, 17 October 2013
In the synth-scored montage of the tale of the 80s kids, and how they got their revenge, this is a key plot moment indeed. This is our idea of A Very Special Episode, we're not going to be talking about issues, or facing up to the serious side of the world in some maudlin after school special, oh no.
This week we're a man down, work done has been lost due to technical error and even Sue was out. So Leo and Ian do what they do best, sit down and have a thoroughly beardy discussion about whether the current trend of story arc based television is such a good thing as everyone thinks.
After all, we're in a Golden Age of television, supposedly. If this is the case then why do so many series's lose their way, jump the shark and lose everyone's interest. Well, we don't know for certain, but we've got a few ideas...
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/023AVSERaidersOfTheLostArc/023-AVSE-Raiders-of-the-Lost-Arc.mp3
Saturday, 5 October 2013
While Justin's away enjoying fame and fortune Ian & Leo are joined by Sue to talk about the recent hot topic of misogyny at the movies. It's been a summer when the 'm' word has been bandied about in connection with various movies, notably Star Trek Into Darkness and Riddick.
So we decided it was time to invite the wrath of the internet and blather our opinions (others of equal value are available) on the topic while there was a woman in the room. Somebody is about to be wrong on the internet.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/022TheMWord/022-The-M-Word.mp3
Friday, 27 September 2013
There's literally too much 1984 to fit into one episode this week as the kids take a good stab at cramming it all in to the one hour.
Obviously, they fail miserably, both in that they overrun and also in that they can't possibly get through everything even so. This was the year of Beverly Hills Cop, The Terminator, Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid and The Temple of Doom.
That's not even the full list of notables, so it inevitably gets a bit hectic. In the end, though, hectic is how we like things round here so let's get together and hold on tight for the first run through one of the most cinematic years in living memory.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/0211984KillerRobotsMarshmallowMenNightmaresAndTooManyMovies/021-1984-Killer_Robots_Marshmallow_Men_Nightmares_and_Too_Many_Movies.mp3
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
1983 was not one of cinemas proudest years, crammed with sub par sequels and burdened with a short-lived 3-D fad. Not that there weren't good, even great, movies about but almost all of these came from the left field.
1983 was the underwhelming finger pause before what most people think of as 'the eighties' really kicks in. So the eighties kids this week go a-burrowing, down into the heart of 1983 recounting the disappointments, unearthing the triumphs, ready to move forward into a number of far more hectic years.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/0201983AllTheWayDownAndThenBackUp/020-1983-All_The_Way_Down_And_Then_Back_Up.mp3
Thursday, 12 September 2013
You won't believe your eighties at the gems up for discussion in this week's cast. Indeed the kids themselves are bowled over by the sheer cinematic variety on display.
1982 was the year of The Thing, Poltergeist, Tron and Wrath of Khan. In no year previously could these be considered the frosting on a giant movie cake, so it just goes to show 1982 was a veritable cornucopia of cinematic goodness.
So join us to find out if Blade Runner is just misunderstood, if ET really is all that and speculate as to whether the Dark Crystal is suitable entertainment for children of any age as the 80s kids get blown away by the awesome might of '82
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/0191982EverythingHappeningAllAtOnce/019-1982-Everything-Happening-All-At-Once.mp3
Thursday, 5 September 2013
Fire up your robot car, get out your welding irons and affix some sheet metal to a 4x4, turn into whatever animal you want as long as it's an eagle or a tiger, it's time to look at some of the 80s viewing aimed at younger audiences from across the Atlantic.
Of course, there were anomalous programmes such as the A-Team which didn't start out for kids, things that straddled the gap like Knight Rider and stuff aimed squarely at the younger viewer such as Benji, Zaxx and the Alien Prince.
Basically, if it had a real person in it and it came from the USA in the 80s the 80s kids are getting into it this week. (The cartoons, well, they merit a whole show to themselves He-Man and Transformers fans!)
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Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/018PityTheFoolWhoMessesWithOurImports/018-Pity-The-Fool-Who-Messes-With-Our-Imports.mp3
Thursday, 29 August 2013
The 80s Kids are, like everyone else, rocked by the news that Ben Affleck is to become... Batfleck. Discussion on casting choices for important movies follows close on behind.
If that doesn't provide enough spirited discussion for you then an all too brief overview of the dysfunctional relationship between movies and video games should be all you require to completely fill your head with chat.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/017PixelPerfectCasting/017-Pixel-Perfect-Casting.mp3
Thursday, 22 August 2013
Nowadays genre television is of such a high quality that it's a tough game to get into. Faint hearts abound as TV Channels would rather put out tosh like 'Sharknado' than produce a low-production value genre show.
In the 80s this shame was no issue as channels worldwide embraced monsters made of rubber and gaffer tape, sets made of cardboard and endless scenes shot in quarries. Not only that but we went right along with them embracing shows that begged the indulgence of our imaginations to make up for the lack of an effects budget.
The 80s kids examine with affection the role that the UK played in our genre landscape from our attempts at robot based sitcoms to the special schedule for good telly dictated by only having a handful of broadcast channels. It's a good, solid UK-based nostalgiafest this week and all the better for it. Last one to the sofa has to wear the Helmet of Justice!
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/016NeverForgetTheGunge/016-Never-Forget-The-Gunge.mp3
Thursday, 15 August 2013
1981 dawns bright and fresh in our memory this week, a year so crammed full of cinematic goodness an hour barely seems like an adequate amount of time to cover it all off.
The legacy of Star Wars and Halloween is felt in '81, perhaps, more heavily than it was felt previously. The amount of SF and fantasy released in '81 was truly staggering. The traditional horror fodder of the 70s was being left behind in a deluge of slasher movies, gross out horror and more fantastic fare featuring exploding heads, Babylonian zombies and flesh-warping werewolves.
The eighties were most definitely here but still finding their feet, so let's look at the triumphs and tragedies of one of the most imaginative years in cinematic history.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/0151981GenreMovieAGoGo/015-1981-Genre-Movie-A-Go-Go.mp3
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
For a cast called Revenge of the 80s kids the 80s have, thus far, lost out to the previous decade in terms of air time.
Well, all that is coming to an end as of now. This week we look at 1980 itself in all it's new decade-y glory. From Airplane to the Elephant Man from Altered States to Empire the eighties kids cover off a year confused as to which decade it even belonged in.
Also, The invocation of Hawk the Slayer has drastic consequences that may change the face of the podcast forever!
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/0141980ANewDecadeDawns/014-1980-A-New-Decade-Dawns.mp3
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Bit of an emergency podcast this week as sound files in Leo's hard drive go mysteriously astray. So we poke around in a couple of recent news items, SyFy's recent darker themed programming and trepidation surrounding the upcoming RoboCop reboot, before talking Verhoeven.
The Dutch director brought the late 80s and 1990s some defining cinematic moments from ED-209 to Arnie's head exploding on Mars, from Sharon Stone's calculated wardrobe malfunction to the sight of Doogie Howser SS.
The 80s kids ponder the violent imagery and deeper motivations of the man who made the 90s sexier and gorier than the previous decade.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/013ItsBeginningToLookABitLikeRobo/013-Its_Beginning_To_Look_A_Bit_Like_Robo.mp3
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Right before we surge forth into the 80s we take a moment to connect with Sue and her top 5 of the 80s.
The reason being that our own Top 5s of the 70s were a good intro to those shows but the 80s presents a trickier problem for the 80s kids. Sue, though, has found her own choosing process easier and so we take a first bite of the sweet fruit of the 1980s in this special episode. Enjoy!
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/012Sues80sTop5/012-Sues_80s_Top_5.mp3
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
1979... It was a year surprisingly full of noteworthy cinematic moments. So full, in fact, that it's added eight minutes to the run time of the cast. From the Black Hole, to Phantasm, to Star Trek, to Alien and beyond there was a whole heap of stuff happening in '79 it's a wonder that the 80s didn't suffer from some kind of performance anxiety.
Even so, the end of the 70s was like a universe in which the world of film was rudely torn asunder, alongside some big studio projects that traded strongly on existing properties and accepted wisdom were a number of breakaway hits that would help to shape and define the edge of the decade to come.
It's the final hors d'ouevre before we tuck into the decade for which this podcast was named and the trestle tables of this cinematic smorgasbord are groaning under the weight. Best grab a paper plate and pile it high.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/01179OutOnAHigh/011-79-Out-On-A-High.mp3
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
It's the mid seventies and we've gone alien crazy, arthouse crazy and a man's man is a beer smuggler with a sweet car and a sweeter moustache. The era that bought you disco-funk renditions of some of the greatest orchestral scores of all time gets thoroughly examined by the cultural anthropologists that are the 80s kids this week.
1977 may have brought us Star Wars but what else did have to contribute? A lot of weirdness, that's for certain. Like the latter part of a good party the later parts of the 70s appeared to be winding up to something dark and dangerous but crazy and wonderful at the same time.
Some people were probably already getting their coats but for the 80s kids this was the party last night that we definitely had to beat tonight. So let's rock.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/0107778CloseEncountersWithTheBandit/010-77-78-Close-Encounters-With-The-Bandit.mp3
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Or maybe a case of bad marketing? Man of Steel tries to ingratiate the clergy and ends up being labelled the anti-christ. Arnie steps up to the plate for the Geriatrinator Reboot. And everyone seems to think that Pacific Rim is some kind of toilet detergent.
This week's show is all about when marketing goes bad, goes wonky or just plain fails to work at the movies. Incidentally Pacific Rim is a movie where mechas piloted by Idris Elba and Ron Perlman engage giant lizards directed by the man who brought you Blade II, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth and Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark and hence will be COMPLETELY AWESOME.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/009ABadCaseOfMarketing/009-A-Bad-Case-Of-Marketing.mp3
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
This week we're out on a limb looking at a time when only one of the eighties kids existed at all. Leo takes a pop at the Pink Panther and tries to establish whether Rocky could properly be seen as a watershed in action heroes.
Is Dirty Harry really emo? And did the Rocky Horror Picture Show combat repression in any meaningful way? We may not have answers but we have loads of fascinating questions.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/0087576TheEdgeOfTime/008-75-76_The-Edge-Of-Time.mp3
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
It turns out during the course of this week's show that, despite the fact that not one 80s kid was properly old enough to remember 70s TV the first time round, repeats, reboots and remakes have ingrained the TV of the 70s into all of our minds.
Of course some of the stuff that we pull out of the great ideational toy box of the 70s doesn't look quite the same as it did when we put it in there, BSG, I'm looking at you, but it is pretty staggering the sheer amount of stuff from the 70s that we're still plundering for our entertainment today. Then, there are a few notable exceptions. Won't you join us at the buffet table?
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/00770sTVTheCulturalCannibalsLarder/007-70s-TV-The-Cultural-Cannibals-Larder.mp3
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
The end of the world looms large over the 80s kids this week but the apocalypse, it seems, just ain't what it used to be. Leo & Ian, joined by Sue and special guest Sam, take a few minutes to ponder on how the dystopian visions of the future used to have a lot more substance than they appear to today. The following existential angst is barely lifted by the news and a few shout outs.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/006ItsNotTEOTWAWKI/006-Its_Not_TEOTWAWKI.mp3
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Once more Leo and Ian head into the era of crimplene slacks and flicky hair to return with their respective picks of the decade. Some consternation is bound to result when the 80s Kids reveal their top two films produced in the decade that taste forgot.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/005The70sPtTwo/005-The_70s-PtTwo.mp3
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
We begin our odyssey through a crazy age of entertainment with an overview of the seventies. In Part One of this two part special Leo and Ian count down from five to three in their individual Top 5 films of the 70s selected arbitrarily according to their own tastes.
To inject a modicum of suspense and excitement the guys did not actually reveal their lists to one another ahead of time. Surprises all round then for you and them as they begin their cinematic odyssey.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/004The70sPtOne/004-The_70s-PtOne.mp3
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
For those tuning in expecting the 70s we are afraid they have been delayed a week. The reason being that, it being the latter end of May, with two massive summer releases already in the wind there could not be a better time to ask what the immediate future holds.
This summer is a strange one, for certain, we've already enjoyed Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness and it's not even June. There's still four months worth of stuff to come but what could possibly beat these mighty franchises into submission? Man of Steel? Pacific Rim? or something unexpected? Could our favourite movie of the summer season end up being an outlier? The Purge? or Riddick? (Leo is really, really a huge Riddick fan, time to get nervous).
Join the 80s Kids for a whirlwind of prejudice, anticipation, expectation and speculation after which the summer will never seem the same again.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/003TheSummerOfQueryMark/003-The-Summer-Of-Query-Mark.mp3
Saturday, 11 May 2013
In this episode we revive the phenomenometer which leads us into a discussion of topics as diverse as the passing of Ray Harryhausen, the revival of Dracula and The Crow (ill-advised? possibly) and the inevitable joy of Neil Gaiman thinking about cybermen. The main part of the show discusses our further ambitions for the format of the show with some exciting prospects of things to come.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/002InWhichTheGreatWorkIsLaidOut/002-In-Which-The-Great-Work-Is-Laid-Out.mp3
Saturday, 4 May 2013
In this week's show we discuss: goings on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Klingons, Turtles and Blakes 7 before tucking into a hearty main course of Tron.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/001YayOrNayTron/001-YayOrNay-Tron.mp3