Episode #146: “Cadillac of the Skies” | Empire of the Sun (1987)

When a young Bruce Wayne gets separated from his parents, he must learn to do whatever it takes in order to survive in a Japanese internment camp, whether it’s stealing supplies for his friend Basie, protecting the weaker residents of the camp, or being left completely in awe of anything with wings and a propeller. Empire of the Sun was directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Christian Bale and John Malkovich, with music by John Williams.

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Episode #145: “They Love Everybody But You” | Hamburger Hill (1987)

Most Vietnam War movies deal with the psychological torment of war and how soldiers left as idealistic young men, but came back scarred physically and mentally… and having to face a nation that was not proud of their sacrifices. Hamburger Hill tells a different story: one of a band of brothers trying to do the impossible in the midst of war, racism, and the knowledge that they may now be outcasts even in their own country.

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Episode #131: “Rise of the Top Gun Apes” | Project X (1987)

Cohost Jeff returns after a long hiatus to direct a middle school production of Beauty and the Beast, we talk about why Will Smith would make a horrible Genie, how Suicide Squad isn’t horrible but lacks good, pirates stealing Pirates, Powers Boothe passing, apes flying planes, and whether or not James Horner steals his own music. All that and we may have created our own band.

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Episode #128: “Dwaynes, Planes & Cosmic Keys” | Masters of the Universe (1987)

John went to C2E2 in Chicago this last weekend and ended up on the WGN Evening News. We geek out over old-school He-Man cartoons, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, and we open up a dimensional gateway to Eternia so we can talk about Masters of the Universe. And we have the best fantasy-cast for a He-Man reboot ever. We hope you enjoy… and “All Hail, King Lubic!”

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