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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Big Brother Is Watching You. No, not the stupid reality TV series – the year. 30 years ago, we had perhaps the Golden Age of summer blockbusters, and the best and most memorable cartoons of a generation were born in this year.

Ranging from Transformers to Voltron, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to four guys in New York that helped save the world from Gozer (Yup, I’m referring to Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and the late great Harold Ramis) in Ghostbusters, even the commercials that aired in this year were memorable.

Apple’s 1984 Super Bowl ad was the defining ad, making people watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials. And there was also a pop culture phenomenon that came out of Wendy’s hamburger chain, with three elderly women, one of them named Clara Peller, questioning, “Where’s the Beef?”

Come join Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard as we discuss what is probably the defining year of pop culture – 1984.

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It’s Christmas. That wonderful time of year when the stop-motion and animated classics make their reappearances, and we see our favorites – Frosty, Rudolph, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – and everyone seems to think they’re all done by Disney, since they play almost non-stop on ABC Family, which is owned by Disney.

But surprise surprise, these classics were all done by the Rankin-Bass studios, along with other great animations of the 80’s, like Silverhawks and Thundercats!

So join us for a Christmas special, as we spotlight the animation studio of our Christmas favorites, Rankin Bass.

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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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Yes, yes, I know – this is going up the day AFTER Halloween. But, just like the Simpsons have done before with their “Treehouse of Terror” episodes airing after Halloween, Mike and I have picked up some creepy comedies for you to enjoy.

Starting with 1991’s Addams Family (and discussing its sequel, Addams Family Values), we give a sampling through the snapping and harpsichord music to jump in with Jim Carrey’s Once Bitten, Mel Brooks’ spoof Dracula: Dead and Loving It, and finally, a trip back to memory lane for one of our Halloween favorites, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Come join us as we relive our favorites from the past on this week’s episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation!

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Let’s go back in time, to the same summer as Back To The Future. Let’s even look at the actor from that film – Michael J. Fox – and think about him playing a high school teenager going through, well…changes. :)

In this week’s episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation, Mike and I jump back in time to remember a paranormal comedy of the 80’s, which was better than the sequel, better than the cartoon it spawned, and, I’m sorry to all you millennial who think that things like Vampire Diaries are cool, but even better than the MTV TV show. (I mean, come on, MTV is “Music Television”! When was the last time they showed music videos on it?!?)

Yes, folks, this week we delve into Teen Wolf!

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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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This week on Talkin’ Bout My Generation, Mike suggested we discuss television from 20 years ago. Turns out there was quite a bit that happened at this time – HISTORY making things. Arsenio went off the air. Caesar Romero passed away. And a White Ford Bronco carried the Juice on a slow speed chase. Join in as Mike and I talk about the year 1994, and how it affected television in general.

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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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In honor of Nintendo’s 125th anniversary, we decided to finally get another video game podcast in! Return to the land of Hyrule, as a part of the 16 bit Super Nintendo System.

In this week’s episode, Mike Blanchard and I go back to 1992, when the Dark World and the Light World messed with the canon of a beautiful princess – a princess captured by an evil magician named Aghanim.

What is this wonderful game, that was arguably the best of the entire series? None other than The Legend of Zelda – A Link To The Past.

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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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Robin Mclaurin Williams – Father, actor, recovering drug addict, and perhaps one of the greatest comedians who ever lived.

On August 11, 2014, Williams was found dead in his San Francisco home, at the age of 63.

Suffering from depression and having just gotten out of rehab, this man was an incredible person. He raised his kids as best he could. He took care of his friends. He did what it took to make his place in the world.

This week, we pay homage to a slew of characters, many which earned him Emmys, Golden Globes, and even an Oscar. Characters like Popeye, Mork, John Keating, Virginia Doubtfire, Adrian Cronauer, and perhaps the most loved of our generation, The Genie in Aladdin – they were all wonderful and amazing.

TFG1Mike, Steve “Megatron” Phillips, and myself join up in a Talkin’ Bout My Generation/Geekcast Radio Network crossover podcast, as we give a tribute to Robin Williams. (And yes, folks, it was difficult for us to talk about this – we never met the man, but he meant a lot to us)

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In the summer of 1990, we saw Jim Henson’s Creature Shop turn out absolutely incredible suits. 4 teenaged, pizza loving, mutated reptiles (yes, folks, turtles ARE reptiles, NOT amphibians!) stole the hearts of kids the world over. The catchphrase “Cowabunga!” was heard to the delight of kids and to the annoyance of parents everywhere. What are we referring to?

The live action adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, of course!

The movie scene was returned to again in 1991, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze, which brought us Tokka and Rahzar, along with the end of Vanilla Ice’s career and one of his last hits, “Ninja Rap”.

And, at the end of the Turtle movie craze, they followed up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III in 1993, a time traveling flick back to medieval Japan. Flash forward 21 years after the release of the last live-action movie to 2014, where we have a reboot. What do we have to look forward to?

Dive in this week as Doug Abel and Mike Blanchard discuss the old and new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. (And don’t look for any discussion of the TMNT live-action tv show – it was something we’d rather forget!)

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Hello, all!

First, sorry that this episode is late; as of this posting, Comic-Con has been gone for a week now, and I am still recovering from it.

However, I wanted to bring you this episode, in which TFG1Mike and I discuss some of the big news and panels of Comic-Con, discuss clips from Phineas and Ferb, the new Wonder-Woman outfit, and give a look at the voice actors who have continued to make us laugh doing Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

We also discuss a little bit of Cosplay and how we’re getting old, by seeing younguns get boobs.

Not sure what I mean? Take a look at the Winner Twins from a few years ago, and from this year!

So, sit back and relax, and listen to this extended episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation’s Comic-Con Recap from 2014!

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It’s July. The blockbuster movies are in the air, Thor has been announced to be a woman now, and San Diego is on the verge of an invasion.

What’s going on, you may ask? Why, simply, the biggest pop culture convention in the world – San Diego Comic-Con 2014!

This week, we’re not discussing a particular video game, movie, actor, or TV show – no, this week, we’re going international and sharing in Geek history. We’re discussing the lead-up to one of the largest conventions in the world.

This event is San Diego’s biggest tourist moneymaker for a 4 day period – the only thing bigger is the San Diego County Fair, which generates its revenue over a month.

What will be discussed? Panels, actors, everywhere that your host Doug Abel plans to be – and a few Con survival tips as well. Now, because your host is going to be AT Comic-Con, we will NOT be having an episode next week, but be prepared for an after show discussion, interviews, and panel highlights after!

Join TFG1Mike and Doug Abel as we discuss the geek event of the summer on this week’s episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation!

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Major Nelson. Gov. Fred Picker. And of course, the daddy of SouthFork, J.R. Ewing.

This week’s episode is a tribute to Larry Hagman, a great actor with a long and storied career history.

We’ll cover Hagman on his time with I Dream of Jeannie and Barbara Eden, along with a rather funny Nick At Nite story of an encounter with Larry and an elephant; we’ll delve into the original Dallas series that ran from 1978-1991, with cast members such as Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal, and Priscilla Presley, and we’ll cover the 2012 continuation series and where it goes now that the Ewings have all grown up.

Join TFG1Mike and Doug Abel as they discuss the late great Larry Hagman on this week’s episode of Talkin’ Bout My Generation!

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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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