National Lampoon’s Animal House is hilarious – it’s not even an opinion, it’s a fact. Following a house full of screw-ups, we see Otter, Boon, Bluto and Hoover guiding their pledges Flounder and Pinto to how to party their way through life. While school administration and girlfriend Katy try to get the boys to grow up, they double down on their wild antics, making disrespect an art form. Maybe they’re “animals,” but they were so cool. In this episode of “’80’s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents” podcast, film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at the college comedy classic through the modern lens and show how a movie from 1978 laid the groundwork for who Gen X would become. Also available on iTunes and Stitcher.
When Joel Schumacher took over The Lost Boys (1987) from Richard Donner, he changed nearly everything in the script, creating a metaphorical fairy tale encapsulating several issues facing teens and families in the mid-80s. Can you name them all and do you agree that’s what Schumacher was trying to say? Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Y, apply a modern lens to the horror comedy that gave us the Two Coreys and reveal insights you never saw coming.
What is The Shining about? Is it about a clairvoyant child? A haunted hotel? Cabin Fever? Reincarnation? Mental illness? Or, the evil that lies within us, that can be coaxed out if we’re not vigilant? Of course, all of the above. But, as is appropriate for this film, the devil is in the details. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is about domestic abuse. Before the ’80s, a husband could beat his wife regularly and would not be arrested. In this episode of ’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents, Gen Z host Tara McNamara explains how The Shining is a shining example of the horrors going on in households in 1980 and Gen Z host Riley Roberts shares a warning to every parent should hear about the chilling reality and darkness being experienced by teens today.
Note: In the podcast, we refer to a theory that didn’t come from us but we couldn’t remember the website. Rob Ager did thorough research and you can find his video here: http://bit.ly/30KCbj7
Thirty years ago, Daniel Waters wrote Heathers as a response to the John Hughes perspective of teen life, reflecting that getting through high school wasn’t just a struggle, it was survival. Hosts Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, discuss how the Winona Ryder-Christian Slater classic delivers substantial insight into what it was like to be a teen in the late ’80s and compare it to what high school life is like now – and the impact of Heathers on today’s high school situation.