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  • Robert De Niro, Al Pacino.  It was touted as the matchup of the century, two icons, finally going head to head in a Michael Mann heist film.  It should have broken box office records, except for the fact that the marketing screwed it up, really shafting a great film from earning the praise it deserved in its day.

    1995 was a spectacular year for film, and this movie is one of the reasons why!  Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Danny Trejo, Ashley Judd, William Fichtner, Henry Rollins, Al Pacino, even Natalie Portman!

    Direct download: 2015-12-08_-_Episode_63.mp3
    Category:general -- posted at: 8:46am CST

    It's Turkey time, and if you're like us, you've got a favorite movie you put on the TV instead of football! Well, with that in mind, we wanted to record a special Thanksgiving episode this year to celebrate the crazy travel problems we all seem to have on days like this!

    John Candy and Steve Martin play a hapless traveling duo who are stuck in the endless feedback loop of the 1980's travel system.  We think this is John Hughes best directorial feature to date, and hope you enjoy our episode!

    Direct download: 2015-11-26_-_Episode_62.mp3
    Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am CST

    Sometimes, when you're really sexually repressed, you will do depraved things in order to express your frustrations.  Things like, oh I don't know, summoning a demon hell-spawn using a Barbie Doll, the combined computing power of the military industrial complex, and a freak lightning storm.

    Seriously, Frankenstein would be proud.  Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchel-Smith star in this classic coming-of-age story about two teens who create their very own Kelly LeBrock.  We get Bill Paxton and Robert Downey Jr in some not insignificant parts, as well as some classic John Hughes gags.  Give it a listen while I look at the camera >.>

    Direct download: 2015-11-23_-_Episode_62.mp3
    Category:general -- posted at: 11:16pm CST

    This is it, ladies and gentlemen!  This is the movie that thrust the talents of a truly amazing cast, crew, and director into the limelight.  1985 saw a number of really, truly spectacular films, but this one kicked off the new year! 

    The Breakfast Club is by far one of the most beloved coming-of-age stories - the 5 kids who made up detention that fateful morning allowed us all to take a good long look in the mirror and decide if we were going to accept our roles as the brain, the jock, the criminal, the princess, or the basket case... or if we'd admit that we're all in this together.

    Direct download: 2015-11-15_-_Episode_60.mp3
    Category:general -- posted at: 9:58pm CST

    This is episode 59, and our kick off to John Hughes Month!  Throughout November, we'll cover some iconic John Hughes movies, starting with this episode: Sixteen Candles! 

    This 1984 film was the world's introduction to Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall, as well as John and Joan Cusack!  John Hughes (may he rest in peace) definitely created some of the more iconic teenage dramas of the 1980s, so if you aren't familiar with any of the films we're covering, do yourself a favor and catch up!

    Direct download: 2015-11-10_-_Episode_59.mp3
    Category:general -- posted at: 8:24am CST

    Happy Halloween from all of us at the Walltower!  We covered John Carpenter's breakthrough horror film Halloween last year and thought we would be remiss if we didn't take a fair look at Rob Zombie's 2007 remake.

    The biggest difference is, of course, the humanization of Michael Myers.  Sound off on Twitter or Facebook and let us know what you think!

    Direct download: 2015-10-31_-_Episode_58.mp3
    Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CST

    I almost don't even want to write a description for this episode.  In fact, I'd rather talk about something else.  Did you know that Vin Diesel's movie The Last Witch Hunter (15%, rated just behind The Pacifier) isn't actually his worst reviewed flop? 

    According to RottenTomatoes, Babylon A.D. takes the cake at 6%.  See Vin?  It's all uphill from there!  What a neat fact.

    Direct download: 2015-10-27_-_Episode_58.mp3
    Category:general -- posted at: 8:19am CST

    HAPPY BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY!

    In this special episode, we're interrupting our Horror Movie Month to discuss one of the best sequels ever released, and one that predicted a number of important technological achievements (which came true!).

    Anyways, enough of this, you know what it is, get to listening!

     

    Direct download: 2015-10-21_-_Episode_57.mp3
    Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm CST

    Guys, let's be up front about one thing: John Carpenter knows how to scare the pants off of you.  He knows just how creepy something can be on screen, and with today's movie, he shows you that he knows just how shocking things can be on screen!

    Kurt Russell is pretty much the ONLY star in this 1982 movie about a THING from ANOTHER WORLD!  That's right, it's John Carpenter's The Thing!

    Direct download: 2015-10-20_-_Episode_55.mp3
    Category:general -- posted at: 12:53am CST

    Today is a special day.  We let Clay pick a movie, and instantly regretted our decision.  Today, dear listeners, you get to say "I told you so"

    Return of the Living Dead was written AND directed by Dan O'Bannon (yes, the Dan O'Bannon that wrote Alien) and unfortunately for him, this movie didn't retain the same kind of cult that Alien did.  Probably because Dan O'Bannon ain't no Ridley Scott

    In any case, we hope you enjoy this week's episode.  We'll be over here, finishing our ribs.  Oh, and SEND MORE PARAMEDICS!

    Direct download: 2015-10-13_-_Episode_54.mp3
    Category:general -- posted at: 7:43pm CST