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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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Three Men and a Baby (1987)

Three Men and a Baby (1987)

2020-06-0301:06:15

What happens when 3 career bachelors are left in charge of a baby? They have to bust a group of heroin smugglers - that’s what! On this episode of the podcast, Dan and Jon go over Three Men and a Baby & Three Men and a Little Lady. And don’t worry, they talk about the ghost.Next episode: Hiding Out (1987)
The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist (1973)

2020-05-2601:29:48

We certainly hope that the curse isn’t true because this episode is all about The Exorcist. That’s right, we’re talkin’ Merrin. We’re talkin’ Karras. We’re talkin’ Regan. We’re talkin’ Pazuzu. Jon & Dan talk about the whole gang, including everyone from the entire Exorcist universe.But what else do you do with this well-covered property? Dan & Jon have some ideas.Next episode: Three Men and a Baby
Head (1968)

Head (1968)

2020-05-1901:15:08

The same year their family television show was taken off the year, The Monkees released a film that tanked in the theaters, but has found a cult following for all the right reasons. On this episode of Ruined Childhoods, Dan and Jon draw parallels for the Monkees releasing Head to Young Sheldon releasing a statement about King Jong-Un.Next episode: The Exorcist (1973)
Kindergarten Cop (1990)

Kindergarten Cop (1990)

2020-05-1201:02:31

Ivan Reitman’s 1990 classic Kindergarten Cop may have gotten a straight-to-VOD sequel, but that doesn’t mean that Dan & Jon aren’t going to come up with some new fresh ways to revisit this Arnold Schwarzenegger gem.Big thanks to Millie De Chirico for suggesting this masterpiece.Next episode: Head (1968)
The Cutting Edge (1992)

The Cutting Edge (1992)

2020-05-0501:06:15

Dan and Jon are joined by Millie De Chirico. Don’t be fooled by Millie’s clout as Programming Manager for Turner Classic Movies and Programmer for TCM Underground - she’s here to talk about figure skating classic, The Cutting Edge. This movie defies all of the odds and stands the test of time as possibly the best pairs figure skating film, next to its 2007 spiritual parody, Blades of Glory.And the month of May features films curated by Millie! Next episode: Kindergarten Cop (1990)Follow Millie on social media!Twitter: @MillieDiChiricoInstagram: @Debbie_Country
Ishtar (1987)

Ishtar (1987)

2020-04-2859:39

Dan and Jon are joined by writer, critic, and Elaine May-enthusiast, Carrie Courogen to celebrate the classically misunderstood Ishtar. Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty get into some dangerous business as Chuck Clarke and Lyle Rogers - two wannabe musicians who find themselves in a mixup with the CIA and a group of radical communists who want to overthrow a tyrant. Dan, Jon, and Carrie talk about how this movie is a hidden gem and how it became a dark mark on the career of writer/director, Elaine May. Follow us on Instagram at @RuinedChildhoodsPodFollow Carrie on Twitter - @CarrieCourogenFollow Carrie on Instagram - @CarrieCourogenNext Episode: The Cutting Edge (1992)
The Long Goodbye (1973)

The Long Goodbye (1973)

2020-04-2101:21:43

It's 1973 in Los Angeles, California. Private Investigator, Philip Marlow is trying to find out who killed his friend and find his cat. 47 years later, two ding-a-lings with microphones and an internet connection try to find a way to bring back Marlow in a way that's relevant to a modern-day audience. Next episode: Ishtar (1987)
Major League (1989)

Major League (1989)

2020-04-1401:23:06

On this episode, Dan and Jon take it back to 1989 and then 1994 to a lesser extent and then 1998 to an even lesser extent to go over the Major League series. Beyond that, they go over their own personal experiences with baseball fandom, including Dan’s brief stint as a Steve Garvey 1987 Donrull baseball card impersonator. But most importantly, Dan and Jon celebrate the genius of Bob Uecker. Next episode: The Long Goodbye (1973)
Seconds (1966)

Seconds (1966)

2020-04-0754:46

When Hollywood’s rom-com leading man Rock Hudson wanted to take on an acting challenge that would make people take him seriously as an actor, he paired up with The Manchurian Candidate director John Frankenheimer and made Seconds, about a middle-aged man who chooses to be “rebooted” as a younger man with a different life. The film was booed right out of Cannes and caused audience members to become physically ill, but has since become a cult classic that is now considered brilliantly prescient in its ideas about identity and society’s impact on how we live our lives.Next episode: Major League (1989)
The Monster Squad (1987)

The Monster Squad (1987)

2020-03-2401:07:10

Few movies have gone from being box office failures to beloved classics to the extent that The Monster Squad has over the last 30 years. Dan and Jon may not have seen it in the theater (though Dan remembers seeing the poster), but like others, they’ve become passionate fans after repeated viewings on HBO and VHS. Sequels and remakes have always been rumored, but have yet to come to fruition. Join Dan and Jon as they discuss the possibilities and potential in multiple approaches to reviving this property. Also: Jon shares how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his work as the Media Producer at the Portland Art Museum.
Tootsie (1982)

Tootsie (1982)

2020-03-1701:25:14

Whether you love it or hate it, Tootsie is an iconic film depicting the struggles of both a temperamental male actor and women in the workplace. Is there a place for Dorothy Michaels in the future of cinema? Is her story really over? Dan & Jon lay out the history of the film and their ideas for a possible resurrection of the property.Next episode: The Monster Squad (1987)
What Women Want (2000)

What Women Want (2000)

2020-03-1001:02:39

What Women Want (2000)What are the potentials and pitfalls of a movie in which a misogynistic advertising executive gains the power to hear women’s thoughts? Dan and Jon brave the waters of Mel Gibson’s filmography to revisit the Nancy Meyers comedy, which featured Gibson in his pre-drunk racist/sexist breakdown days playing Nick Marshall, the aforementioned ad exec. In doing so, they debate the viability of the concept and potential variations that could be successful today, including the 2019 remake, What Men Want.Next Episode: Tootsie (1982)
Cocoon (1985)

Cocoon (1985)

2020-03-0301:05:23

Dan & Jon break into a nearby pool and dive into 1985’s Cocoon. Ron Howard’s sci-fi comedy classic is a prime example of an 80s alien movie that totally holds up, but Dan and Jon imagine what it might be like with a life in the 21st century.Next episode: What Women Want (2000)
Pee-wee Herman (1980 - )

Pee-wee Herman (1980 - )

2020-02-2501:38:07

Special Guest: SCOTT WIENEROn this episode, Dan and Jon are in Austin, Texas with their brother Scott to talk about the character that shaped their lives (as well as many others), Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens). From Pee-wee’s Big Adventure to Pee-wee’s Playhouse to Big Top Pee-wee to Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, just about everything is covered - including his appearances in Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie and Back to the Beach.Special thanks to French Fry Phil for the clip that you hear at the top of the show. Please remember to rate & review the show on Apple Podcasts and tell your friends!Next episode: Cocoon (1985)
Mickey Mouse & Bugs Bunny? Daffy Duck & Donald Duck? Eddie Valiant & Roger Rabbit?! On this episode of Ruined Childhoods, Dan & Jon discuss the 1988 classic animation-meets-live-action romp, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Have there been attempts to resurrect the property in the past? Are there future plans? Dan and Jon give an overview and share their ideas on expanding the Roger Rabbitverse.Next episode: Pee-wee Herman
Indiana Jones (1981 - )

Indiana Jones (1981 - )

2020-02-1101:45:03

No time for love, Starfighters! On this episode, Dan & Jon give an overview of the ongoing legacy of Indiana Jones and give their ideas on ways the franchise can move forward in a way that won’t ruin any childhoods.Next episode: Who Framed Roger RabbitA Week of Kindness and the Last Crusade
Easy Rider (1969)

Easy Rider (1969)

2020-02-0401:20:33

Dan & Jon hit the road and explore this true classic in counter-culture cinema. But first, Dan goes over some news from upcoming sequels/remakes.Next episode: The world of Indiana Jones
The Rocketeer (1991)

The Rocketeer (1991)

2020-01-2801:24:28

Dan & Jon soar through their first year of Ruined Childhoods like Cliff Secord (AKA The Rocketeer) soars over Hollywoodland, California. They also ruminate on their recent experiences seeing Bad Boys for Life and Ghostbusters with orchestral accompaniment. Next episode: Easy Rider (1969)
Tremors (1990)

Tremors (1990)

2020-01-2101:09:50

Dan and Jon dig in to one of the more unlikely franchises in cinema, which began with the release of the original Tremors 30 years ago this month, and has since spawned sequels, a prequel, and two (failed) TV series. After all the different directions in which this franchise has already gone, is there anything they could possibly suggest that hasn’t already been tried? Listen in and see what they have in mind for the future of the Graboids, Shriekers, Assblasters, and other members of the subterranean species.Also: Dan and Jon share their takes on the Academy Award nominations for the first 34 minutes.Next episode: We celebrate one year of RUINED CHILDHOODS with The Rocketeer (1991)
School Ties (1992)

School Ties (1992)

2020-01-1401:10:47

School Ties might not be a classic movie for most, but it sure is for Dan & Jon. They share their thoughts and memories about this Brendan Fraser drama as they celebrate the early careers of Brendan, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and many other future stars.COWARDS!!!!!Next Episode: Tremors
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