In 1991, Steven Spielberg decided to release a film he'd been working on with an all star cast. 

Dustin Hoffman, Bob Hoskins, Julia Roberts, and of course, the memorable Robin Williams, were cast in what was to be a sequel for J.M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy novel, a film called Hook.

Critics were not kind to this film; Rotten Tomatoes listed it at 4.4/10, warranting a "Rotten" review (I personally take issue with this; Rotten Tomatoes holds stoner film Knocked Up at a 90% "Fresh" rating, which is really not a good film at all), Roger Ebert felt it wasn't terribly memorable, but us? We felt it was a great film that held up!

So come join Mike and I as we discuss a favorite of ours, and say, "Screw the critics!" as we talk about Steven Spielberg's Hook.

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This is episode 007 of our relaunch, folks, so what does that mean? 

It means we get a Best of Bond movie review!

In this episode, Mike and I sit down and go over   our top 10 favorite James Bond films. Some of you may think we're nuts (Nicole, I'm sorry to disappoint, but Moonraker didn't make it in for either one of us!), but these are OUR favorites, with everyone but George Lazenby getting love. 

If you feel like we missed one, or you think we're completely crazy, let us know in the comments! We'd love to hear your thoughts and what you like as well. If you approve, please feel free to tell us on our Facebook page or on mygenerationpodcast.com!

 

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This time on Talkin' Bout My Generation, Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard are invaded!!

Yes, Nicole Hale, aka BeatlesDiva, decided to drop in for this podcast as we discuss two movies that are 20 years old - Mars Attacks and Space Jam!

In Part 1 of this double feature, we discuss the 1950's era throwback film, Mars Attacks. An ensemble film, this movie had kind of a who's who of famous people - Annette Bening, Jim Brown, Michael J. Fox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jack Nicholson, and even Tom Jones (because I'm assuming Wayne Newton wanted no part of this film). Mike and Nicole dish on this film as one of their favorites - Doug, however? "Not one of my favorites, and if I don't watch it again? No loss."

 

For the second half, however we move into a movie that has stood a better test of time: Space Jam.

This film chronicled Michael Jordan's retirement to play baseball, and return to basketball - oddly, the decision had nothing to do with him playing poorly on the Chicago White Sox farm team, the Dragons, but rather, due to the assistance of a bunch of Loony characters trying to avoid being kidnapped and put on display at Moron Mountain.

(Anyone who lives in Southern California and knows about Six Flags Magic Mountain? You probably already know they were sucked up into "Moron Mountain" and put onto display there!)

So join Doug Abel, Mike Blanchard, and Nicole Hale for episode 006 of Talkin' Bout My Generation as we discuss Mars Attacks Space Jam!

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The summer of 2016 has been a summer of disappointments in the entertainment industry.

A good portion of the blockbusters we got this year were sequels that fell flat - Star Trek Beyond, X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence, TMNT: Out Of The Shadows, and Alice Through The Looking Glass. Then there were the "reboots" (I hate this word - it means "remake", but it sounds more like a computer term, which makes it sound more tech and futuristic, but it just means repackaging crap) - Ghostbusters and Pete's Dragon.

But wait! You're in for even MORE disappointment, folks! There's even MORE remakes in the pipeline!

MacGyver will be rebooted for CBS this fall. Happy Days is slated for a remake. Jumanji is coming back to the big screen, with The Rock playing a major role. and the movie Clue (yes, the one with Madeline Kahn, Tim Curry, Martin Mull, , Christopher Lloyd, etc) is getting a remake on the world stage. American Werewolf in London has been announced as getting another remake (The sequel American Werewolf in Paris and its 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes leaves quite a bit to be desired).

What's the point of all of this? Hollywood, you're giving us the same old shit we've had before, tied up in a pretty package. STOP IT!!

So get ready as TFG1Mike, Doug Abel, and BeatlesDiva all sit down and discuss the horrors that await us (and the very few sequels and reboots that have actually been GOOD) on a special - Reboots, Remakes, and Sequels - OHHHH MYYYYY!

(Thanks George!)

 

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This week on Talkin' Bout My Generation, Mike decided he wanted to talk about something 21st century - so we're talking about a 2016 show that has become our latest obsession!

This spring, when How To Get Away With Murder went on hiatus from its season finale, ABC started looking for something to replace it in the 10p/9c time slot that was now empty. So they ordered up another episode from Shondaland's production company, and we were greeted with The Catch, starring Mirielle Enos and Peter Krause.

This has become popular in both of our households, despite ratings not carrying it strongly (it was on the bubble, but was successful enough to keep going for a second season). If you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for?

Join us this week as we discuss our favorite new hidden gem, ABC's The Catch. 

 

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Geek. Nerd. Dork.

These are 4 letter words that, for many of us, were derogatory, insulting, and unkind. They were words used by bullies.

Now, however, to be a geek is a thing people want to wear with pride! Comic book movies, pop culture, attending comic book conventions - it's gotten bigger, more popular, and accepted.

This episode, Mike and Doug welcome a guest, Joe Reed, from GCRN's The Pull Bag and Off The Cuff podcasts, as we get meta about geekery, geek relationships and how we met our significant others (surprise surprise, online dating DOES work!), and of course, we have a little discussion about Batman vs. Superman, Ghostbusters: Answer The Call (aka Ghostbusters 2016), and a Playboy article about what NOT to do with your relationships.

Come join us and tell us what you think by leaving a comment here on the website, commenting on our Facebook page, writing us at mygenerationpodcast@gmail.com, or hitting us up on Twitter! Let us know what you think of our new session, and where we can go from here!

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‚ÄčIn the midst of days past, zombies roam the streets. People found with freebies, flyers, copies of Entertainment Weekly's special edition litter the streets. Gal Godot, Jason Momoa, Will Smith, Bruce Campbell - names uttered from the "Before Time".

No, folks, we're not talking about an apocalypse; it's simply the aftermath of Comic-Con 2016!

Another year, another Comic-Con. This week, Talkin' Bout My Generation teams up with The Geekcast Radio Network's Altered Geek podcast to discuss all that was Comic-Con - from the new trailers of The CW's Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl, to Suicide Squad, Justice League, and Doctor Strange.

So join Doug Abel, Mike Blanchard, and Steven C. Phillips as we discuss Comic-Con 2016! 

 

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Folks, it's summertime. This means it's time for barbecues, swimming pools, and dressing up as your favorite costumed character.

Huh?

Yes! It is July in San Diego, which means that the big daddy of conventions, The San Diego Comic-Con, is kicking off for another 4 days of insanity.

This week, Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard sit down and talk pre-convention about things to do, some of our favorite panels, and of course, Con Do's and Don'ts: the biggest offender being, well, offending odor. Yes folks, please shower, and WASH your Cosplay costumes!!!

Get ready for a pre-Con, and join us again post-Con for the big news, collectibles, exclusives, celebs that we rubbed elbows with, and potential interviews (I hope!)

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Happy Independence Day, America!

Today is July 4th, and everyone in America is firing up their grills, getting ready to see fireworks, and facing down the intergalactic alien oppressors getting ready to wipe out all of humanity.

Wait, wha???

Ok, well, that was the story 20 years ago - July 2, 1996, the film Independence Day was released. Aliens showed up, blew up the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids at Giza, and of course, the White House.

Come join Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard as we discuss a great cast - Will Smith, Judd Hirsch, Jeff Goldblum, and of course, crazy Cousin Eddie - er, Randy Quaid - as we take back our world on Talkin' Bout My Generation!

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In 1987, Hanna Barbera threw two families together to experience new worlds and new times. One family was the "First Family", going back millions of years into the past - the other, the far off family of the future.

Yes, folks - the Flintstones and The Jetsons met in a weird, wild, wacky adventure, with Elroy building a time machine and transporting them back to the past.

We saw the Flintstones and Rubbles meet the Jetsons, George become famous for a flying belt, Jane bought real estate in Bedrock, and Judy became the manager of a music group that played the "Bedrock Rock".

In the future, Fred & Barney became shills for Spacely Sprockets and Cogswell Cogs, and Betty & Wilma had to learn to operate a Foodaracacycle.

Join Doug and Mike as we discuss a classic film from our youth and one that encompassed two of our favorite cartoons of all time, The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones.

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This episode, we decided to touch on a set of superhero shows that we've become enamored with - the WB's The Flash, and CBS's Supergirl.

Mike and I invited Steven C. Phillips in to join us on this episode and talk about the crossover episode that recently happened, the easter eggs, and just so much great that this series has, from throwbacks to the original Supergirl movie, Lois & Clark: The Adventures of Superman, Smallville, and the 1990's version of The Flash that aired on CBS.

So sit back and enjoy your listen as we discuss The Flash and Supergirl on this week's episode of Talkin' Bout My Generation!

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In the 80's and 90's, the video game console wars were just starting. Nintendo versus Sega. The Famicom/NES versus the Master System, the Super Nintendo versus the Genesis.

But that's not what we're covering this episode - no, this time around, we're talking about portable power! 

The Gameboy, the Game Gear, Lynx, Nokia Sidekick and more - they were the idea of what every kid wanted - the opportunity to play their favorite titles, from Sonic to Metroid to California Games and more.

This week, Neil Purcell from Neil's Classic Gaming joins Mike and I in discussing classic handhelds, from the many iterations of the Gameboy to Sega's journeys and even the Playstation Portable. Listen in, and feel free to comment if you get any itching of nostalgia!

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21 years ago, in the mid 90's, we were brought a film that told us to "Damn the Man, Save the Empire!"

Ethan Embry, Anthony LaPaglia, Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger? They were names that basically had their careers launched by this film, about a day in the life of an indie record store...Yes kids, those giant things that looked like CDs, they were sold then.

I'm still not sure of everything going on - the film was somewhat disjointed, but I can understand its cult status because of the music, the bands (Dishwalla, Gwar, and more) were the hidden gems of this film.

Listen to Mike and I as we discuss an old school film from our generation that covers dying or dead stores, like Tower Records, Warehouse, Sam Goody, and more. Listen as we talk about the 1995 film, Empire Records.

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It's the season of love. Originally, this episode was supposed to be posted on Valentine's Day, but system issues with hosting prevented it from going up, so here it is, a week late.

Mike just seems to have a crush on Tom Cruise, so we're going back to the 90's again - this time, our trek back takes us to Rene Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Jonathan Lipnicki, where we learn how to keep a pro football player as your client:

"SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!"

Yes, folks - we're covering Jerry Maguire!

The film introduces us to the life of agents, sports, a mission statement, and non sequiturs like, "My neighbor has two rabbits" and "The Human head weighs eight pounds."

Come with us this week as we discuss a movie for guys involving football, and a movie with romance and Tom Cruise realizing he was an asshole and recovering from his bad past.

Oh, and just so you know, "The fuckin' zoo's closed, Ray."

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This week, we are returning to video games with a nostalgic look at home consoles.

First, we talk about the Atari 2600 and our first system, graduating up to the 5200 and 7800; we of course, jump into the Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Genesis, and we mention the Playstation One in our chats about some of the best games out there, and memories. :)

Also this week, we are joined by guest host Neil Purcell, creator of webcomic Dasien (Check it out over at dasien.com) and Neil's Classic Gaming! 

(Neil is also the illustrator of our artwork this week; If you like it, check out his work!)

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Finishing up with the current Daniel Craig era in Talkin' Bout My Generation's James Bond January, we launch into the most current movie, SPECTRE.

Where do I start? It just went south. Skyfall should have stopped the writing and go on to other stories. Yes, it's great that they're trying to link a through story for all of them, but really? 

We didn't get a good Dr. No, we didn't get a head of an evil organization, we simply got a guy who felt displaced from his father.

Listen this week as Doug and Mike dissect the most current James Bond film!

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This week, Talkin' Bout My Generation continues its James Bond January as we discuss what has been, so far, the best of the Daniel Craig era of James Bond films.

We finally get a return to some of the original James Bond characters; we get a hint of Bond's past, and we finally get to meet Desmond Llewelyn's "replacement" (because, let's face it, John Cleese just wasn't quite right) as Q.

We see a changing of the guard with M, we see James Bond finally becoming a solid 007, and we see hints of a new MI6 with that change.

Join Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard this week as we discuss one of the better Bond films, Skyfall.

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James Bond January is back.

Yes folks, this time on Talkin' Bout My Generation, Mike and I are discussing what is perhaps the most droll, the most "blah", the...Well, I'm going to come out and say it - the most boring James Bond movie we've sat through yet.

Yes, this week, we are discussing Quantum of Boredom...er, uhm...Quantum of Solace.

This movie hit theaters back in 2008, and somehow, it was successful. But damn, it took a LOT to get there.

An oil plot, explosions in the desert, James Bond meeting up in a short few scenes with Felix...and a very dark, brooding storyline that just seemed to take forever to get anywhere.

Join Mike Blanchard and Doug Abel as we discuss the second installment in the Craig era, Quantum of Solace.

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It's time, folks! Talking' Bout My Generation  is back for the new year, and this time, we're kicking off January with 007 and another James Bond January!

For this episode, we're jumping into the Daniel Craig era of James Bond. We're starting with the "reboot", Casino Royale.

If you're a fan of this movie, speak up and defend it. Mike and I did our best to try and talk well of this sucker, but UGH...It's not doable.

Join us this week as we discuss Casino Royale and wonder if maybe a "Royale with Cheese" would've been better than this one...

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"Would you believe..."

These words would be uttered numerous times by bumbling agent Maxwell Smart, as he and Agent 99 would go up against the agents of KAOS.

Debuting on September 18, 1965, the show ran for just under 5 years, and introduced us to gadgets like the "Cone of Silence" and the "Shoe Phone", as well as giving us the comedic laughs from Don Adams. It was the predecessor to movies like In Like Flint and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

Join TFG1Mike, Doug Abel, and guest host Nicole Hale as we discuss how we missed Get Smart!'s 50th Anniversary...Yes, folks, we "Missed it by...THAT much."

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46 years ago (Good lord, it's been 46 YEARS!?!) a show that starred a cowardly Great Dane and 4 kids from Crystal Cove who were sleuths traveling in the Mystery Machine debuted. 

It worked on the formula that, the very first time you saw someone onscreen in an episode that WASN'T part of the regular cast, THEY were the ones who committed a crime.

What show is this?

Scooby Doo and its various incarnations - Scooby Doo, Where Are You, 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo, A Pup Named Scooby Doo, Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated, and more.

We discuss the greats of this cartoon, and along the way, we also pick up on topics like why Scrappy Doo was annoying (Sorry Mike!).

 

Join Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard as we discuss a franchise 46 years old - Scooby Doo. 

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December 17, 1999 saw a film about a robot - or more specifically, an android, who wanted nothing more than to discover what humanity was all about.

Robin Williams, dressed up to be an NDR model of robot, plays Andrew Martin, a robot trying to discover what it takes to be a man. 

He is hated, he is belittled because he is different - but all he strives for is to figure out what becoming human is really all about. He discovers love, he helps humanity - and he gains what he truly deserved - to go from immortality to knowing the secret of life.

Join Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard as we discuss a film that, while criticized, will make you smile, cry and think about what it is that makes you who you are, with the movie based on an Isaac Asimov novella, Bicentennial Man.

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1985 shows us, once again, that it was perhaps the best year for movies. This time, we have Mikey, Mouth, Data, Brandt, Andy, Chunk, Troy, Stef, the Fratellis, Sloth, and of course, the key to it all - One-Eyed Willie.

Yes, folks, this week we talk about a movie directed by Richard Donner, the family adventure comedy, The Goonies.

This week, TFG1Mike backed out (apparently, he didn't like the Goonies! Make sure you give him a load of crap for that!) so in his place, we have the BeatlesDiva, Nicole Hale, returning to discuss this great film of the 80's.

 

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Today, we have a bonus treat for you!

She's had appearances on NBC's The Voice, Rugrats, The Powerpuff Girls, Happy Feet Two, Duckman and more, we bring to you EG Daily!

Doug and Mike were lucky enough to land this interview with her, and we get a chance to ask her about her career, her characters, and hear Buttercup make threats. 

Please join us as we offer up this bonus content interview in a first ever crossover interview between Talkin' Bout My Generation and The Geekcast Radio Network/ToonCast Beyond.

And if you're a fan of EG Daily as we are, you can visit her at her own website, EGDaily.com, where you can get appearance info, listen to her absolutely amazing vocal performances, and enjoy!

 

 

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This is it, folks! It's finally come and gone - the biggest pop culture event of the year, San Diego Comic-Con 2015.

We got a glimpse at the new Superman Vs. Batman, Suicide Squad, the new Transformers game with Peter Cullen, Gregg Berger, Frank Welker, and more reprising their roles. We got to see the Winner Twins another year older. Mile High Comics came back this year, so the comics industry isn't dead.

And we got to meet some wonderful voice actors throughout the convention - Fred Tatasciore, EG Daily, Rob Paulsen, Gregg Berger - the list goes on. 

We got clips from some of the panels as well, so tune in this week, as we bring you Comic-Con 2015!

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