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Do our favorite movies and tv shows hold up as we get older? We change, but do they? And, does nostalgia beat quality? Join best friends, pop-culture junkies, and yes, old roommates, Brian Masefield and Christina Walsh as they experience old loves from the 70s, 80s and 90s all over again. Old Roommates is the only biweekly podcast that revisits pop culture…through a middle-aged lens. Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, and @oldroommates on Twitter and Instagram.
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Staying gold is hard enough for the average person, but for the crime-entwined characters of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 “The Outsiders,” it seems near impossible. Featuring a cast of young hotties, the movie was a springboard into total movie stardom for many. Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, and Tom Cruise are just some of the notable “Greasers” featured in this beloved, based-on-a-book drama. Now, decades later, do the gang-related hijinks hit as hard? Why is Rob Lowe in a bath towel so memorable? And, would we date “Dallas” in this day and age? The Old Roommates get their “jollies” and give the classic a rewatch. Listen to this. Become a Patron of Old Roommates at patreon.com/oldroommates! Follow Old Roommates on social media @OldRoommates email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com and please give us a rating or review! Thanks for listening!#TheOutsiders #FrancisFordCoppola #SEHinton #PatrickSwayze #CThomasHowell #RalphMacchio #Roblowe #tomcruise #emilioestevez
Damn, damn, damn. The shocking death of James Evans’ on Good Times gave an entire generation pop-culture PTSD. A strong, beloved character is suddenly never seen again – and his demise is communicated in a telegram. From post-funeral dance parties to broken punch bowls, the sitcom’s handling of the John Amos character’s death was a whirlwind of emotion back in the 1970’s.Decades later, have we all moved on? Is 30-minutes enough time to heal? And who sends a telegram to their upstairs neighbor? The Old Roommates resurrect a Dyn-O-Mite explosion of emotions on this very special episode. Listen to this.Become a Patron of Old Roommates at patreon.com/oldroommates! Follow Old Roommates on social media @OldRoommates email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com and please give us a rating or review! Thanks for listening!#GoodTimes #70ssitcoms #AfricanAmericanTV #JohnAmos #EstherRolle #Ja’NetDubois #jimmywalker #NormanLear #JamesEvans #FloridaEvans #TVshowreviews
"The blonde leading the blonde," hailed the movie poster for 1997's "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion." The ditz-driven comedy features the enduring friendship of its titular characters. And, though the R-rating may've kept some away, the buddy comedy's life on VHS/DVD gained it a ton of new fans, birthed a top-selling soundtrack, and inspired many Halloween costumes. Decades later, is the rewatch a reunion worth going to? What's up with Mira Sorvino's voice? And, why is Lisa Kudrow the funniest person ever? The Old Roommates share their PostIt notes on this beloved BFF 90's classic. Listen to this. Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.#RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion #90sComedy #90sMovies #90sPodcast#Rewatch #GenX #1997 #BuddyComedy #MiraSorvino #LisaKudrow #JaneaneGarofalo #LGBTQIApodcasters #FilmReviews #MovieReviews #OldRoommates #OldRoommatesPod #ShallowDivesOnly
Arnold Schwarzenegger bared all, killed all, and uttered an iconic line ("I'll be back.") in the original "The Terminator." Yes, James Cameron's 1984 thriller was a little $6M movie with one huge star in the making. But, 37 years later, does the movie still shine as bright? Now that Ahhhnold's an icon, does he still scare? Now that CGI is the norm, do the SFX still thrill? And, is Linda Hamilton's first foray as Sarah Connor her best? The Old Roommates step back in time and rewatch the sci-fi thriller classic. Listen to this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.#TheTerminator #1984 #80sMovies #80sSciFi #ScienceFiction #Rewatch #80Podcast #GenX #JamesCameron #LindaHamilton #ArnoldSchwarzenegger #MichaelBiehn #RickRossovich #LGBTQIApodcasters #FilmReviews #MovieReviews #OldRoommates #OldRoommatesPod #ShallowDivesOnly
Tess McGill was a trailblazer, a go-getter and a ... baby-voiced fraud? Audiences and criticsswooned over 1987’s Working Girl. Featuring a top-notch cast and a smart script, the movie hada head for business, a plot of sins, and a heart of gold. Decades later, is the big business rom-com a bit too breezy? Is Jack Trainer a nice guy, or just a two-timing flirt with a small bed? And,is $6,000 too much to spend on a non-leather dress? The Old Roommates say “maybe,” andrewatch this beloved New York story. Listen to this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.#WorkingGirl #Rewatching #MikeNichols #80smovies #80scomedies #80sromcoms #Oscarwinner #MelanieGriffith #HarrisonFord #SigourneyWeaver #AlecBaldwin #JoanCusack #Popculture #Filmreviews #Moviereviews #OldRoommates #OldRoommatespod #Shallowdivesonly #GenX #Nostalgia80
That cast! Malkovich. Close. Pfeiffer. And, um, Keanu? Yes, the 1988 film had quite the troupeof actors and a seriously snarky script. Based on a book written in 1782, the movie DangerousLiaisons featured bored, horny characters hellbent on revenge, sex games, and ruiningreputations – which worked nicely in the me-first 1980s. Now, decades later, are we bored? Isthe sex sexy? And how long should one wait to say, “I love you” in a pre-telephone France. TheOld Roommates tighten their corsets and dip their quills in this acclaimed period piece. Listento this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.#DangerousLiaisons #Rewatching #StephenFrears #ChristopherHampton #80smovies #80sdramas #Oscarnominees #GlennClose #JohnMalkovich #MichellePfeiffer #UmaThurman #KeanuReeves #Popculture #Filmreviews #Moviereviews #OldRoommates #OldRoommatespod #Shallowdivesonly
“Do I hear singing in here?” Moviegoers definitely got their share of songs in the 1982 moviemusical, “Annie”... but critics didn’t sing its praises. But now, 40 years later, was the film asmisunderstood as Miss Hannigan? The movie boasted a world-class director (John Huston), adazzling cast (Carol Burnett, Albert Finney), and a beloved lead character with a built-in fanbase. Upon rewatch, does Aileen Quinn amaze or annoy? What are the laws around “renting”an orphan? And, will the sun come out tomorrow? The Old Roommates blow the whistle on thisbig-budget sing-along. Listen to this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.#AnnieMovie #Annie1982 #JohnHuston #80smovies #80smusicals #Moviemusicals #Rewatching #Nostalgia80 #LittleOrphanAnnie #DaddyWarbucks #AnnReinking #AlbertFinney #CarolBurnett #AileenQuinn #Filmreviews #Moviereviews #OldRoommates #OldRoommatespod #Shallowdivesonly
Plus: Our first-ever “Roomie Awards,” where we honor the last year of revisits in a variety ofcategories. Who’ll win Worst Movie Driver? Best Accent? Most Nostalgic Revisit? Tune in to findout. But first, we dig into our email bag and answer listeners’ questions and reflect on the lastyear of Old Roommates. What did we learn? What made us laugh? What stressed us out? JoinBrian and Christina as they blow out two pop culture candles on the year that was. It’s anepisode filled with emotions, episode clips, and data. Which podcast episode got the mostdownloads? The answer may surprise you. Listen to this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.#Musicvideoreviews #Moviereviews #Tvshowreviews
“I see dead people.” The quote that put M. Night Shyamalan on the movie map. “The SixthSense” became a box off smash, a critics’ darling, and a multi-Oscar nominee (including nods forHaley Joel Osment and Toni Collette) in 1999. It got everyone ‘not’ talking about it in fear ofspoiling the film’s surprises. But, now that all the cats are out of the blockbuster’s bag, does thefilm still spook? Does Bruce Willis’ post-Sense persona shake the film’s quiet drama? And, didn’tanyone just die of natural causes in Philadelphia? The Old Roommates will answer thesequestions one step at a time. Listen to this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.#TheSixthSense #BruceWillis #MNightShyamalan #ToniCollette #HaleyJoelOsment #DonnieWahlberg #LGBTQIApodcasters
Would she go down on him in a theater? Is irony like rain on your wedding day? Does she speakeloquently? Yes, Alanis Morissette asked a lot of hard-hitting questions back in the mid-1990s.Decades later, we still don’t seem to have clear cut answers. What is ironic? Why obscure a newpop star’s face in her big debut? And what’s with that blue shirt in the suitcase? Get ready totake a couple of shallow dives into the music videos for “You Oughta Know” and “Ironic” withBrian and Christina. The Old Roommates each have one hand in their pocket and the other ispressing Record. Listen to this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.#90smusicvideos #AlanisMorissette #Ironic #YouOughtaKnow
Tony and Tia: Precocious alien youngsters or cold-blooded juvenile witches? Back in 1975, kidsand critics were charmed (and probably a bit scared) by Walt Disney’s sci-fi adventure, “Escapeto Witch Mountain.” The fantasy film features children in jeopardy, devious bald men and oneorphanage-based bully who doesn’t know when to quit. Now, over 45 years later, does thefranchise-starting original still cast a spell or, much like Tia and Tony, does it leave us looking fora way out? The Old Roommates beat down a possessed coat rack and discuss.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.
What do Demi Moore and Bobcat Goldthwait have in common? If you guessed the 1986comedy “One Crazy Summer” ...then we should’ve made that question more challenging. Butthen again, the John Cusack film raises so many questions. Is throwing a bunch of money intothe air the only way to escape a biker gang? Is this movie just a low-stakes version of “BetterOff Dead”? And, how many lobsters were hurt making this thing? The Old Roommates awaitsatisfactory montage music and revisit director Savage Steve Holland’s opus.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.
Towanda! People everywhere lined up for tickets to the 1991 film, “Fried Green Tomatoes.” Atale of friendship, memory and inner strength, “Tomatoes” delivered tears and laughter, andbrought in over $100 million at the box office. The film was also one of the few to ever focus ona potentially lesbian love story. Or was it just ... friendship? Mary Stuart Masterson and MaryLouise Parker had the chemistry, but were LGBTQ+ audiences cheated out of something more?The Old Roommates open a purse of candy bars and rewatch this beloved movie.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.
PG? “Jaws” is PG. How was “Jaws” PG? The little $9M Steven Spielberg behemoth featured sideboob, severed legs, and a disemboweled sea captain. But decades later, would its maritimemassacres only justify a PG-13 rating? Could the fake shark stay afloat against today’s CGIterror? And, what is Robert Shaw even doing in this thing? The Old Roommates pop open someNarragansetts and dive in for a rewatch. Listen to this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.
Our 100th episode! Brian & Christina rewatch seasons 1 and 2 of Will & Grace. The 1998groundbreaking sitcom starred Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullallyand guest stars galore, including Gregory Hines and Debbie Reynolds. The show was fresh,funny, and topical...but decades later, do the topics hold up? Are the laughs kinda...gay? Notgay enough? And, why is everyone so mean to Grace? The Old Roommates don their gayapparel for a Pride season revisit of the Emmy-winning series. Listen to this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.
Holy smoke! Once again, Kurt Russell looks hot in a white tank top. Yes, 1991’s “Backdraft” hada lot going for it: William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, Robert DeNiro, Rebecca De Mornay, andsome fabulous fire footage. The Ron Howard blockbuster was an ode to firefighters and(ultimately) an Oscar nominee. Decades later, do the fires of fandom rage on? Does the cast stillcrackle? And, has a fire ever looked anyone in the eyes? The Old Roommates are living in apowder keg and giving off sparks during this rewatch. Listen to this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.
“Effie, brace yourself.” Audiences prepared for the impact of a hairy man in full grandma drag,and kept coming back for more. 1993’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” was a big hit with critics andmoviegoers alike, somehow swirling laughs throughout a story of marital separation and childcustody. Decades later, does its heart still feel like it’s in the right place? Would you support aRobin Williams and Sally Field reconciliation? And, what’s the going rate for an early 90’smobile petting zoo? The Old Roommates answer your Want Ad for another episode. Listen tothis.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.
Singer. Ceiling dancer. Inappropriate college professor? Lionel Richie broke the music videomold with “Hello” and “Dancing on the Ceiling” in the mid-1980s. The songs remain classics, butwhat about the videos? From pursuing a female student to wearing red to a black & whiteparty, Richie’s faux pas are on full display. Can his charisma have us see past his stalking of avision-impaired woman? Can Rodney Dangerfield’s humor still find a home in a dance number?And, can the Old Roommates stop laughing at their own jokes long enough to get through thisepisode? Listen to this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.
Brian met Drew Barrymore several times...19 years ago. And we’ll get to those dazzlingmeetings after the Old Roommates discuss their re-watch of 1998 film, “Ever After”. TheRenaissance-era spin of the classic story enchanted audiences with its pitch perfect storytelling,its post-feminist take, and a bundle of charming performances. Decades later, can we stillbelieve in fairy tales? Does Angelica Huston elevate everything she’s in? And is Danielle deBarbarac a 16th century Bernie Sanders? The Old Roommates search for utopia and the answersto these questions. Listen to this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.
100% pure adrenaline...or is that testosterone? The 1991 action film was a non-stop thrill ride,sky dive and foot chase. It also had two hotties: Keanu Reeves and the late-great PatrickSwayze. Both actors are tip-top shape, from jumping on surfboards and robbing banks, tojumping out of planes and smooching Lori Petty. But thirty years later, how much is too much?Is the bromance too bro-ey? And who wrote this “hot shot” dialogue? The Old Roommatessmear on the Sex Wax and revisit all the action? Listen to this.Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @OldRoommates, and email us at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. And, of course, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify Youtube & wherever you listen to podcasts.
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