WE’RE BACK!!! After a 2½ year hiatus, the Film Geek Central podcast returns with a whole new project! And we really believe you’re going to have just as much fun listening as we do recording. Just click the slider below and you’ll be transported back in time, a time when Madonna ruled the airwaves, Stephen King ruled the bookshelves and Axel Foley ruled the box office. We’re taking you back to the decade of big hair, big shoulders and big, memorable movies (and you don’t even need a DeLorean!). So sit back, grab a snack and prepare to have your minds blown as
With your hosts Scott Davis, Austin Kennedy and Jesse Hoheisel
On this week’s show:
VISION QUEST — An overachieving high school student named Loudon Swain (Matthew Modine) risks his life to drop two weight classes in order to take out the undefeated high school wrestling champ, and inadvertently falls in love with the beautiful drifter who moves in with him and his father in the process.
Director: Harold Becker. Starring: Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino.
Rated R. 105 minutes. Watch trailer.
THE MEAN SEASON — Thriller about a serial killer who uses a burnt-out reporter to drum up interest in the murders he’s about to commit. As the reporter begins to enjoy the celebrity-style treatment, the movie becomes a crisis-of-conscience type deal in which he needs to decide if he is only fueling the murderer for his own selfish purposes.
Director: Phlip Borsos. Starring: Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway.
Rated R. 103 minutes. Watch trailer.
FAST FORWARD — Sidney Poitier directs this buoyant musical/comedy about a group of young people who travel to New York to compete in a talent competition, only to find out the competition is full. So they choose to stay until the next one rolls around, picking up extra cash by performing impromptu dances at fancy restaurants.
Director: Sidney Poitier. Starring: John Scott Clough, Don Franklin.
Rated PG. 113 minutes. Watch trailer.
BEYOND THE WALLS — Nominated for an Academy Award in the category for Best Foreign Film of 1985, this Israeli prison drama takes the standard Arabs vs. Jews thriller plot and adds a whole new dimension: the warring factions must band together to fend off the horrible treatment given to them by corrupt prison officials.
Director: Uri Barbash. Starring: Arnon Zadok, Mohammad Bakri.
Rated R. 103 minutes.
TURK 182! — 20-year-old New Yorker Jimmy Lynch (Timothy Hutton) takes it upon himself to get even with the sinister Mayor of New York (Robert Culp) after the mayor publicly denies Lynch’s firefighter brother of the benefits owed to him after he saves the life of a young child during his time off. The film won two Razzie Awards in 1985.
Director: Bob Clark. Starring: Timothy Hutton, Robert Culp.
Rated PG-13. 96 minutes. Watch trailer
THE BREAKFAST CLUB — John Hughes’ iconic teen drama about five high schoolers from various cliques — the jock, the nerd, the pretty popular one, the rebel and the social misfit — who find out there’s more to people than what is on the surface while trapped in the school library during Saturday detention. Paul Gleason plays the principal.
Director: John Hughes. Starring: Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez.
Rated R. 97 minutes. Watch trailer
TCHAO PANTIN — Claude Berri’s drama stars French funnyman Coluche as a lowly gas station attendant with a secret whose life is flipped on its side when a young Arab thug crashes into his pumps. Soon the attendant is caught up in a web of intrigue that involves the mob and a young woman who helps him get to the bottom of his troubles.
Director: Claude Berri. Starring: Coluche, Philippe Leotard.
Rated R. 100 minutes. Watch trailer.
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