Ahh, Halloween.

One of our favorite times of the year, we celebrate it by talk of goblins, dressing up, spooky movies, and of course...

GHOSTS.

More specifically, we talk about one of our favorite movies, Ghostbusters.

This ain't it.

No, this is the "reboot" that Paul Feig deigned to create, that he thought would be good with 4 women who weren't funny, or were playing complete caricatures of the characters that they originally were.

Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Chris Hemsworth...It was demeaning. 

Take a listen to this week's episode, let us know what you thought - and keep in mind, neither of us hate that women were in the roles of the Ghostbusters, we just hated Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones in their roles of one of the 3 Stooges and Stepin Fetchit. 

Let us know your opinions - if you hated it, you're welcome to voice it. If you think it was great, let us know that too!

 

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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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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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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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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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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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     July 3, 1985 - This is the birth of what was perhaps one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time.

Today, on a special episode of Talkin' Bout My Generation, Doug and Mike get heavy. Wait, there's that word again! Something must be really wrong with gravity in the future!

We go from 1985, back in time to 1955, forward to this year, 2015, and then back to 1885 before returning to the present...?

Yes, folks, we discuss the movie series Back To The Future.

Also, folks - Mike is working towards a future of his own. As you may have heard recently, his mom passed away, and he is struggling to stay afloat. If you can donate anything to his Fundly account to help keep him from crashing down, please donate here:

Mike Blanchard's Fundly Account

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What could be the perfect movie for the summer? Well, in the 60's, bikini beach parties were all the rage, and Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello were the two characters that everyone was enamored with.

Well, this movie goes about 20 years into the future, where Frankie and Annette are married, and live in Ohio. On a trip out to Hawaii to get them out of their rut, they decide to stop in Los Angeles and see their daughter, played by Lori Loughlin, and all sorts of comedy and hijinks ensue. 

Join Doug Abel and Eva Standley as we discuss a retro throwback classic, 1987's Back To the Beach.

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In 1984, a small Midwestern town named Bomont is invaded by Chicago teen Ren McCormack.

This may not sound like much; a mother and son, splitting off and leaving town on the heels of a nasty divorce, to live with family, right?

Well, it's much more than that. They come to a town where rock n' roll music is outlawed, as is dancing!

Yes, folks, we are talking about the movie that launched Kevin Bacon in to superstardom, we are referring to the film Footloose.

This week, Eva Standley has agreed to come back and host, as Mike took some time off - for those who don't know, Mike's mom was ill, and finally passed away a few weeks ago. He's currently looking for a place to stay, support of any kind, so if you think you want to help out, reach out to him over at Geekcast Radio (http://www.geekcastradio.com).

And of course, join us as we try to figure out where the hell all these kids learned to dance so well if dancing is illegal in town!!!

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A long time ago, in a galaxy not too far away...(or more specifically, May 25th, 1977, in a theatre near you)

The significance of the above date changed a generation of movie goers, marketing, and helped to define the term "blockbuster". People lined up for hours, literally around the block, to catch a glimpse of a science fiction movie based on mystic arts, an epic space battle, and special effects that pushed the envelope, putting a company at the top.

The movie?

Star Wars.

Yes, this epic film became one of the best known trilogies of all time, taking us from a small desert world to do battle with an oppressive Empire, journeyed to planets of ice, swamps, and clouds, and even to forested locations with primitive yet intelligent bears.

This week, this episode is being released on May 4th, as part of Star Wars celebrations nationwide ("May the Fourth Be With You!"), and is part of our 100th episode celebration as well! Join Doug Abel, Mike Blanchard, and Todd Randolph as we discuss one of the greatest sicence fiction franchises of all time, Lucasfilm's Star Wars trilogy.

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In Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie wrote about a series of boys that never grew up, and were a gang that followed Peter throughout his merry adventures in Neverland.

In 1987, Joel Schumacher (yes, the same guy who decided that George Clooney's Batman suit needed nipples, and that Ahnold needed to wear that horrible Mr. Freeze outfit, saying bad puns) brought back images of those same boys - only, these had been thrown a twist, and had gone bad, becoming vampires.

We also see a family that is torn in a divorce, the two Coreys team up for the first time, and we meet the infamous Frog Brothers, vampire hunters extraordinare.

This week, travel back in time to 1987 and Santa Carla with Nicole Hale and myself (Mike took the week off, because he prefers vampires that "sparkle") as we discuss perhaps one of the BEST vampire movies ever, The Lost Boys.

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Kingsman Movie Poster This week is a little different. We've opted to discuss a new movie, just because it pokes into our comic book hearts and roots, but is something of a James Bond for the next generation. That's right, we're discussing Kingsman: The Secret Service. A 2015 movie release with Samuel Jackson, Colin Firth, Michael Caine, and Taron Edgerton, this film is something of a parody of the James Bond films of the 70's, without being campy - Think xXx, but with a proper English spy, instead of voice of the Iron Giant. :) Mike and I reviewed it, and were...well, listen and see what we say on this week's episode, as we review the film!

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Kingsman Movie Poster Ahh, 1999. The last year before Y2K, the millenials being coined, and the year of Prince partying till there was no end. It was also the year a great hidden gem of a parody film debuted. No, not Weird Al doing UHF, or the horrible Vampires Suck film; no, this was a parody homage to Star Trek, with Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shaloub, and more. We got a great film, Galaxy Quest. This week, Mike and I are joined by Nicole “BeatlesDiva Hailstorm” Hale in a Talkin’ Bout My Generation/Geekcast Movie Week In Review crossover episode, as we discuss a great flick from the late 90s!

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To finish out our James Bond January, Mike Blanchard, Stephen Ring and I went back to perhaps what I think is one of the worst 007 movies ever – Die Another Day. Sure, it lacked Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist, but the CGI in this film was cheesy, the car chase on the ice was too long, and it was too gadget laden to be interesting.

But, it was Pierce’s last role as 007, and it did have some nice homages to previous James Bond films, so I’m not throwing it out completely. Listen in as we discuss this Bond flick on this week’s episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation.

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007 is back for James Bond January; this time, it’s in the 3rd Pierce Brosnan installment, The World Is Not Enough. In this film, James rescues a stricken Sophie Marceau from the threats of nuclear war, and meets Denise Richards playing a nuclear physicist (Can we get any more unbelievable?)

Listen in as Doug Abel, Mike Blanchard, and Stephen Ring wax on (and wax off) about how this was not one of the best films in the Bond franchise.

Also, hear us pay homage to the last Bond film to feature Desmond Llewellyn, the infamous Q, with a nice outro!

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The year is 1997. The Cold War is over, and media is king. Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, Michael Bloomberg – they all were vying for the top, to be another William Randolph Hearst with sensational news.

James Bond is sent after a group of terrorists, only to discover that Elliot Carver, head of a multinational media conglomerate, is plotting to replace the Chinese government with another one, to gain control over the world’s largest media market.

Chasing the spies and trying to eliminate the threat, we see lots of vehicle chases, hot Bond girls (including Teri Hatcher, aka Lois on Lois And Clark: The Adventures of Superman), and explosions galore.

Join Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard as we discuss the second of Pierce Brosnan’s 007 films, Tomorrow Never Dies.

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The year is 1995. The last time we heard someone ask for a martini, “shaken, not stirred”, was in 1989, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Communism and the Cold War in the Soviet Union are no longer – but we still have a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur” and a “relic of the Cold War”.

Who is this person being lauded with this title?

Bond. James Bond.

The return of the Ian Fleming character was a boon to the series. Timothy Dalton had provided a fading, perhaps dying interest in James Bond, and now, the former Remington Steele actor, Pierce Brosnan, was cast into the role. We also saw a first for the franchise – the role of M, head of MI:6, was cast with Dame Judi Dench. This was the first time a woman had been cast as M, which was a definite change, and helped to vault the film into critical success.

Join Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard as we discuss the first in a new era of James Bond films, in Goldeneye.

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