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Ruined Childhoods

Ruined Childhoods

Author: Dan Wiener & Jon Richardson

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Brothers/cinephiles Dan and Jon explore Hollywood’s trend of reviving franchises with long-awaited sequels, prequels, spin-offs, remakes, and/or reboots. On each episode, they talk through a film or franchise and decide once and for all whether it deserves a revisit.
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The Crow (1994)

The Crow (1994)

2019-08-1301:05:02

The Crow (1994)On this episode of Ruined Childhoods, Dan and Jon discuss the resurrection of The Crow series of films/graphic novels, but not before going over the latest Addams Family trailer and Disney+ reboots [insert Kevin McCallister scream-face here].Next episode: Soapdish
Summer Rental (1985)

Summer Rental (1985)

2019-08-0601:08:39

Summer Rental (1985)Summer Rental (1985)On this episode, Dan and Jon revisit Carl Reiner’s other “Summer” movie from the 80’s, Summer Rental, and reminisce about their own experiences with family summer vacations and movies. Also: more info about Rambo: Last Blood and Stallone’s plans for a new installment of the Rocky series.Next episode: The Crow (1994)
Road House (1989)

Road House (1989)

2019-07-3001:07:25

Road House (1989)Road House (1989)Dan and Jon go “crazy for Swayze” as they discuss the cult classic, Road House. Has the movie stood the test of time, and do they see any potential for sequels, prequels, remakes, or reboots? Also discussed are thoughts on the newest Shaft installment, casting news regarding Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid and the untitled Bond 25, new trailers for Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, Top Gun: Maverick, and The King’s Man. Oh, and they also talk a lot about famed monster truck, Bigfoot.Next episode: Summer Rental (1985)
Summer School (1987)

Summer School (1987)

2019-07-1601:15:53

Summer School (1987)It’s summertime and class is in session! On this episode, Dan and Jon join Mr. Shoop and the gang in Summer School. Next episode: Road House (please pardon the delay in release)
The Cannonball Run (1981-1989)The Cannonball Run (1981)/Cannonball Run II (1984)/Speed Zone (1989)Strap in and buckle up with Dan, Jon, Burt, Dom, Farrah, Dean, Sammy, Shirley, Brooke, and all of the other 70’s and 80’s celebrities who joined the party for the Cannonball Run series. Does Cannonball Run have a place in 2019’s cinema? Dan and Jon discuss this question and others as they assess the more dated aspects of the series while speculating about how it could be successful in today’s world. Also: news of a new addition to the Matrix franchise, and Bill & Ted Face the Music announces a release date.Next episode: Summer School (1987)
Dick Tracy (1990)

Dick Tracy (1990)

2019-06-1801:09:29

Dick Tracy (1990)As comic book heroes continue to be adapted and re-adapted for film, one has remained untouched for nearly 30 years. Dan and Jon reminisce about first impressions of Warren Beatty’s passion project, Dick Tracy, and add their more recent takes on its style, plot, and casting. In the process, they share their thoughts on how could be brought back to the silver screen. Also, first impressions of the trailer for the upcoming sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep.Next episode: The Cannonball RunNext June Squibb Recast: The Age of Innocence
City Slickers (1991 & 1994)

City Slickers (1991 & 1994)

2019-06-1101:30:52

City Slickers (1991 & 1994)In their second celebration of June releases, Dan and Jon saddle up and ride with the City Slickers. They review what made the 1991 original so special, and what they feel went awry with City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold. Also, Dan shares his deep admiration for the screenwriting team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, while Jon continues to express his deep admiration for Michael Shannon. Plus, “June Squibb Month” continues as the brothers re-cast principal roles in 1997’s In & Out.Next episode: Dick Tracy (1990)Next “June Squibb” re-cast: Meet Joe Black (1998)
Speed (1994 & 1997)

Speed (1994 & 1997)

2019-06-0401:08:35

Speed (1994 & 1997)In honor of major June releases, Dan and Jon discuss Speed (1994) and Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997). And in honor of a month of recasting June Squibb movies, they talk about who might replace Al Pacino and Chris O’Donnell in Scent of a Woman (1992).ValKilmer.comNext episode: City SlickersNext recast: In & Out
Thunderball (1965)

Thunderball (1965)

2019-05-2801:24:13

Thunderball (1965)In the final installment of “May the Fourth be with You”, Dan and Jon go back to the fourth installment of the James Bond franchise, Thunderball. They debate the ethics of Bond’s womanizing, whether “for Queen and country” or otherwise, and discuss the impact of Thunderball and its 1983 remake, Never Say Never Again, on the Johnny English and Austin Powers films. Also: Dan and Jon express their cautious optimism around the Terminator: Dark Fate teaser and assess Sylvester Stallone’s recent comments about continuing the Rocky franchise.Next episode: SpeedNext episode’s recast: Scent of a Woman
Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky IV (1985)

2019-05-2101:02:46

Rocky IV (1985)Continuing on with their “May the Fourth be With You” theme, Jon and Dan explore the cultural time capsule and boxing epic that is 1985’s Rocky IV, as well as its parallels to 2018’s Creed II.Next: Thunderball (1965)
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