In 1988, a comedian was launched into the action genre. From the roof to the elevator shafts and even the circle of Nakatomi Plaza, Bruce Willis, then famous for being David Addison of Moonlighting fame, rocketed into one of the biggest blockbuster films that has launched 4 sequels and stars John McClane as a cop battling terrorists.

This week, Doug, Mike, and a guest host, Stephen Ring, discuss what is considered by some to be “The Greatest Christmas Movie Ever” (Stephen considers it that; the rest of us consider it a movie that takes place at Christmas).We wax poetic about Alan Rickman, aka Metatron, aka Severus Snape, Reginald Veljohnson, aka Carl Weathers from Family Matters, and a slew of people trying to rob the Japanese for $640 million in bonds. We get some great quotes – “Yippee-ki-yay, mother fucker!” – and we get to see some awesome explosions, barefoot glass running, and Germans who don’t speak German.

Join us as we discuss a favorite of the 80s action film genre, Die Hard. “Welcome to the Party, Pal!” And for those looking for the links that Mike mentions at the end of the episode:

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In 2003, a remake came out that featured an incredible cast that was somewhat unknown – Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Seth Green, Mos Def, Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Mos Def…All big time Hollywood players now.

They were together for an incredible heist film, one that was originally a comedy based in Turin, Italy, but in 2003 started with gold stolen in Venice and later found in Los Angeles.

A definite seat of the pants action film, they brought back the Mini Coopers, they brought back the computer hacker, and they had a start with the next generation of heist films, as far as we’re concerned!

Join Doug and Mike as we discuss 2003 (and make a comparison to the 1969 version) of The Italian Job.

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It’s 1938, and air racing has fascinated the country. Howard Hughes, aka John Locke, and his engineers build a secret weapon that the FBI is searching for as well as the Nazis and the Mob. Hollywood has a deceptive leading man, who seems to have ties with the seedy side of the law, but also happens to be 007! What sort of history was this?!

Ok, really, it’s 1991, and a film that was somewhat panned at the box office has become a cult classic period piece by the Walt Disney Company. Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connolly, and Timothy Dalton show up with Terry O’Quinn to become the Rocketeer, fighting against the Nazis, sniffing out a spy ring, and becoming what was billed as an “airborne Indiana Jones”.

Join Mike and I as we (finally) have the latest episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation up, on Disney’s The Rocketeer.

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This week on Talkin’ Bout My Generation, we are rounding out our doubleheader triple play of movies to honor the World Series of baseball. For the 2014 season, Kansas City Royals will be taking on the San Francisco Giants (Doug: Go Royals! Mike: Go Giants!), and we will be taking on the films Summer Catch and Fever Pitch.

In Summer Catch, Freddie Prinze Jr. is trying to come into his own as a pitcher in the bush leagues of New England, while having a “Two Different Worlds” relationship with Jessica Biel. (Jessica Biel in a bikini? MMFFF. WELL worth the watch just for that alone!)

On the other side of the doubleheader, we travel to Boston and watch Jimmy Fallon show us that fan is really just a shortened version of “fanatic” as he gets worked up on a battle of two loves – the Boston Red Sox, and Drew Barrymore. Me personally? I’d choose the Red Sox over Drew, because her taste in men isn’t the best. (Tom Green is your ex-husband?!? REALLY? It ranks right up there with the Russell Brandt/Katy Perry match made in hell).

So come join us as we discuss the final out in our baseball doubleheaders, Summer Catch and Fever Pitch.

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In the middle of the infield, we come to our next baseball doubleheader, this time with a 1993 and a 2002 film. For the first part, Mike and I discuss the 1993 film, The Sandlot, with a group of kids who just play baseball in their free time in the summer of 1962. It’s kids who become friends, that realize that baseball is just FUN. It’s coming of age, buddy film style involving a group of kids, a mutant dog, the Great Bambino, and of course, Wendy Peffercorn.

In the second half of the doubleheader, we jump forward to 2002, where we talk about the movie The Rookie. Based on a true story, of a high school science teacher played by Dennis Quaid, who goes on to realize a lifelong dream of pitching in the major leagues. Another great film, albeit slightly confusing with the multiple story lines going on, but still, a must see baseball film.

So join Mike and I as we discuss two great baseball films on this week’s episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation!

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This week, in honor of baseball season winding down into the playoffs, Mike and I have opted to do some doubleheaders.

First, we’re rushing the mound with a 1993 classic starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and more, in a Penny Marshall directed film, A League of Their Own.

Next, we'll wrap up our doubleheader with a film starring Kevin Costner and Darth Vader – Ok, not really Darth Vader, but the voice of him, James Earl Jones.

A farmer whose father was a baseball player and passed his love of the game down to his son, and having a supernatural tie to the corn fields of Iowa, in the movie Field of Dreams.

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I apologize, folks – I’ve been trying to get these out on time for Saturday mornings, but things have been a little hectic with editing and computer issues. That said, we’re jumping back to 1996 to discuss one of Adam Sandler’s cult classics. We have Christopher McDonald and Adam Sandler going head to head, Julie Bowen looking hot in lingerie, and Carl Weathers as the former golf pro. We’re talking Happy Gilmore this week!

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This week, Mike Blanchard and I talk about an aural experience.


Get your mind out of the gutter.

No, what I’m talking about is the power of song. The music that defines movies of our generation – these are songs that you hear and instantly know the movie. It takes you back to a theatre when you were a kid, traveling to a galaxy far, far, away – or to fly under a yellow sun in tights. The music that brings back memories of running through Philadelphia? That’s here as well.

So join us this week as Mike and I talk about powerful instrumental music that brings us back in time to remember the magic of the movies, with our Top 10 Movie Themes.

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Aruba, Jamaica…Oooh, I wanna take ya – back to 1988, with the Hippie Hippie Shake, Kokomo, twirling bottles of alcohol, and a weird love story with Tom Cruise playing the jackass that realizes he loves the girl as usual.

Yes, folks – this week we are discussing Tom Cruise’s flick Cocktail. Starring Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, and Elizabeth Shue, it’s a love story with a trip to the tropics, bouncing from a lowly TGI Friday’s to an upper crust yuppie club in New York, to the beach bars of the Caribbean, and finally back to New York.

Join Mike Blanchard and Doug Abel as they discuss how the grass may or may not be greener as they throw back Cocktail.

And for those who are wondering what a Flugelbinder is? It’s this.

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In 1998, a relative unknown teen was picked up by The Disney Channel for a tween-to-teen show, The Famous Jett Jackson. A 65 episode hit, it ran until 2000, with a TV movie starring the teen idol.

In 2004, Lee Thompson Young was again starring in a movie as one of the main characters, this time about high school football in Texas – Friday Night Lights.

He also appeared in 3 episodes opposite Tom Welling, playing Cyborg, of the Justice League (before it was really the Justice League) in Smallville.

And finally, before the fateful day when Young took his life, he was Barry Frost, Rizzoli’s partner who was a meek computer whiz that would become ill at the sight of dead bodies and blood, on the TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles.

Join us this week as TFG1Mike, aka Mike Blanchard, sit down and reminisce in a a tribute to Lee Thompson Young on Talkin’ Bout My Generation.

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Every once in a blue moon, a film comes around that has been colored. It does poorly at the box office, but obtains a HUGE cult following afterward, when it releases to other media. Such is the case for a film from 1995. It debuted in San Diego during Comic-Con, screened in Horton Plaza to […]

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I apologize, folks…Normally I am really good about getting these podcasts out on time! However, since the move, things have been…well…weird. The good news is, we’ve got a Guy’s Night recording for Mike and myself; we delve back into when NASCAR wasn’t just a redneck phase and Tom Cruise had met the hot Australian Nicole […]

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In 1989, John Hughes made a film with SCTV alum John Candy. It was the first of John Hughes’ multi-picture deal with Universal, and was perhaps one of Candy’s best films. The film revolved around the black sheep of the family, Buck Russell, as he seemingly bumbled through helping his estranged family out, but ultimately […]

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This week is a double feature for Talkin’ Bout My Generation. Originally, we were going to do this episode for Valentine’s Day, but stuff happened, and it never got recorded. So, we recorded this double feature for March 20th, Steak and Knobber Day. For those unfamiliar with it, click here: A Brief History of Steak and Knobber Day. […]

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In 1993, and again in 1995, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann Margaret, Kevin Pollak, Daryl Hannah, and Burgess Meredith came together for great romantic comedies. Jack and Walter come together for these movies to play a role of battling against each other for great pranks and great one liners (especially for those from Burgess Meredith). […]

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“Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler.” -Milton These words, uttered by actor Stephen Root, helped cement in cult history a classic Mike Judge movie. Made in Texas, this film has become a hit with the white collar office worker – those of us who toil endlessly in a cubicle while being abused by […]

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In 1977, Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason, and Sally Fields gave birth to one of the craziest films involving a brand new Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. For its time, it was arguably more popular than the Pontiac Trans Am of later years that would become popular in the Knight Rider series, but this one was […]

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In 1993, a movie that relived a day – over, and over, and over, and OVER again – was released to rave reviews. It’s been made a cultural icon for a holiday that tells us (theoretically, anyway) whether winter will be another 6 weeks long or not. Bill Murray and Andie Macdowell star in this […]


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In 1994, an independent movie director released a film made in Red Bank, NJ. The film was black & white, the characters didn’t do anything except swear or act crazy; they just complained about their lives. Kevin Smith, the guy who got thrown off of a Southwest Airlines flight for being too fat, launched his […]

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Christmas. That time of year when the family gets together, lights are strung up around the house, and everyone sings carols and drinks eggnog. At least, that’s what it’s supposed to be, right? Well, in 1989, John Hughes’ story about “Christmas ’59” was made into a movie, returning with the irascible yet lovable family, the Griswolds. […]

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  The winter of 1983 brought out perhaps one of the best loved Christmas movies of all time. It brought us lines like, “Frah-GEE-Lay! Must be Italian!” and “You’ll Shoot Yer Eye out!” Even today, kids still wish for an official Red Ryder carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle; I know I did! Jean Sheperd […]
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  The perennial Christmas classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, has graced our television screens since 1964, but has been known to us throughout pop culture since the 1930’s. Once the marketing product of a now defunct Montgomery Ward’s, Rudolph is still living strong in our hearts as perhaps one of the best Christmas classics ever. […]

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Some people, like my sister in law, believe that Christmas shouldn’t be celebrated until Dec. 1st. To some extent, I agree with that; I don’t think that we should play Christmas music or have Christmas movies or TV specials playing on TV until AFTER Thanksgiving. So maybe Bill Murray and I have something in common – […]

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Back in 1987, one of the very few Thanksgiving movies we’ve ever had came out. A John Hughes production, it starred Steve Martin and John Candy as they are trying to get from New York to Chicago in a hellish trip home via rerouted planes, a 90 mi. truck ride to the train station, and […]

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  In 1986, Ron Howard set out to direct a comedy involving Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, John Turturro, George Wendt, and a slew of Japanese actors. It was a culture clash, to be sure – Japanese workers coming to America to open a automobile factory, being called things like “Rice A Roni Patrol”, while dealing […]

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