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Author: Scott Weinberg and Drew McWeeny

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Scott Weinberg and Drew McWeeny are ready to review every major film of the '80s, one month at a time, helping erase the nostalgia that so often clouds any real conversation about the decade's movies.
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April 1985

April 1985

2019-04-2959:18

It’s a weird month, with a lot of little films you’ve never heard of up front. Teen-sex comedies and weird War Games ripoffs and swords and sandals and unfunny celebrity siblings abound. But we’ve also got a Louis Malle film, some genuinely sweet and fun teen comedies, a couple of crazy riffs on fairy tales, and adaptations of both Elmore Leonard and Stephen King. That’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get to it with April of 1985.
March 1985

March 1985

2019-04-1501:00:00

March has become one of the coolest months of each season here on ‘80s All Over, and this one’s no exception. Want some crummy TV children’s animation on the bigscreen? We’ve got you covered. Want some terrible sequels to films that shouldn’t have sequels? Yep. Plenty of that. Weird tone-deaf kids films, exploitation films that make us squirm for the wrong reasons, misbegotten star vehicles? Check, check, and check. But we’ve also got a stone-cold teen classic, Eric Stoltz’s best work of the decade, one of the weirdest side trips in John Landis’s career, Madonna’s big screen debut, and Divine on horseback. What more could you ask from March of 1985?
February 1985

February 1985

2019-04-0101:06:39

An Oscar-winning actor directs a bunch of dancers with a dream, Richard Harris hits the road with someone else's kid, and it's time for classy Porky's! We meet Kiefer Sutherland for the first time, Matthew Modine tries to make weight, and Kurt Russell does the serial-killer two-step. All that plus Harrison Ford's best performance, a Jeff Goldblum cult oddity, and the greatest high school movie ever made? Don't you forget about February of 1985.
January 1985

January 1985

2019-03-1850:56

It's January, and it's a brand-new season of '80s All Over, so you know what that means? TOILET MONSTERS FOR EVERYONE! Okay, it also means it's time for the Coen Brothers to make their first appearance of the decade, but more importantly, TOILET MONSTERS FOR EVERYONE! Except people who actually watch the movie with the toilet monster on the cover, since there are no toilet monsters in it. Confused? You won't be after you dig into the beginning of the year with us on January of 1985.
The Best of 1984

The Best of 1984

2019-03-0455:21

We all know the icons—Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi, Peter, Ray, Winston, and Egon, Gizmo and Stripe, and Freddy Krueger—but 1984 was so much more than that. Before we move on, it's time to review the year's biggest winners at the box-office and at the Oscars, and for Scott and Drew to pick their ten favorite films from a very stacked year. Will you agree? Will you be infuriated? Will Scott remember that The Terminator was released this year? You'll find out all of that and more as we reach the halfway point with the Best of 1984.
December 1984

December 1984

2019-02-1801:35:28

Michael Keaton was quasi-deadly, Mel Gibson was both in prison and on the farm, and Boogaloo Shrimp was breakin’ again, thank god. Francis Ford Coppola went to Harlem so he could watch Gregory Hines fly, Peter Hyams proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he had the biggest balls in Hollywood, and David Lynch went to deep space so he could confuse a generation. We’ve got rancid farce, frustrating star vehicles, and epic adventures. Plus, if you ask real nice, we just might teach you how to do the Neutron Dance. Let’s put a bow on it and stick December 1984 under the tree!
November 1984

November 1984

2019-02-0401:23:211

We re-elected Reagan, and that's not even the scariest thing that happened this month. Freddy Krueger may cast a long shadow over the entire decade, but it all started here. You'll believe a spin-off can suck, Santa's gonna let you know you've been naughty, and Chuck Norris manages to rip Stallone off... from the future! We've got killer pigs, fake broken legs, and Nancy Allen singing and dancing. All this plus two Larry Cohen movies? What did we do to deserve November 1984?
October 1984

October 1984

2019-01-2101:24:35

October is a weird month every year so far in the '80s, and this year's no exception. We've got Linda Blair and a crossbow, stolen diaries and horny housewives, slashers and horny teens and... one of the greatest documentaries of the decade? Okay, didn't see that coming. We're going to England, to Alaska, to Israel, and to Encino. Paul McCartney shits the bed, JoBeth Williams shows up twice, and we've got at least three stone cold classics. All that and BODY DOUBLE? Let me wallow. It's October 1984.
September 1984

September 1984

2019-01-0701:16:341

This month took a toll on Scott and Drew, and small wonder—Imamura lays the punishment on thick, while Mario Van Peebles just... plain lays it on thick. We've also got the best first 20 minutes to an exploitation film in a while, Karen Allen's smile, Lorenzo Lamas as Chilly, and horny Jeremy Irons... in French! Charlie Bronson kills some folks, as Charlie Bronson does, and Hollywood discovers farms! A Fast Times sequel that isn't! Kathleen Turner versus Anthony Perkins! Joe Morton's detachable eyeball! And Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, too? September 1984 is serious business!
August 1984

August 1984

2018-12-1001:33:28

The controversies just keep coming. Maybe it was something in the air, but things were weird this month. Bo Derek made a movie so bad it broke Cannon’s distribution deal with MGM. A long-in-development property finally made it to the screen and no one noticed. John Cassavetes released his last major work, Sean Connery showed up wearing Cate Blanchett’s outfit from Thor: Ragnarok, and Jamie Lee Curtis lost a bet and had to play love scenes with C. Thomas Howell. You want Michael Landon making a Bible allegory about himself? Or naked Clint Eastwood slathered in baby oil? Or a flamingo attack to wrap up the jolliest naked-Tarzan riff ever made? Well, you’re getting it anyway, plus a fistful of PG-13 films and Dr. Emilio Lizardo. Join your regular hosts John FilmNerd 2.0 and John Phillycheesesteak for a trip into the 8th dimension for August of 1984.
July 1984

July 1984

2018-11-2601:06:24

1984 giveth, and 1984 taketh away. After a month as great as June of 1984, it almost seems inevitable we'd get a terrible Cheech & Chong movie, some weird-ass Judge Reinhold thing you've never heard of, and a fistful of movies that Scott and Drew disagree on pretty wholeheartedly. We're ready to crap on your childhood favorite, so say goodbye to your favorite horse. It's July of 1984.
June 1984

June 1984

2018-11-1102:09:26

This is it. This is the month many of you have been waiting for since the podcast began. We get it. It's a monolith. Gremlins. Ghostbusters. The Karate Kid. That's a huge month. But it's so much more. It's so much deeper. This is a perfect example of why we do the show. Because, yes, you'll get Star Trek and Conan and Beat Street and Streets of Fire, but you'll also get weird thrillers with Roger Moore and Rutger Hauer and English boarding school dramas and imports from Sweden and Australia and Germany. One of the weirdest big-budget bombs of the decade was this month, as was a sweeping but troubled epic from one of our greatest filmmakers. You want a brilliant comedy that seems to be largely forgotten? How about the performance that should have won Best Actor at the Oscars that year? Or two other performances that would have been equally worthy from two of young Hollywood's most controversial leading men? There is so much to talk about that we're not sure we can do it justice. But, man, we are gonna try. Strap in. It's June of 1984
May 1984

May 1984

2018-10-2901:17:43

Neil Jordan and Stephen Rea get started, Judd Nelson smarms it up, and Peter Fonda can't settle on a terrible title for a terrible movie. Summer gets off to a strange start with a baseball myth, some spring break bullshit, and two of the most heated conversations about big cultural icons we've had so far. Pop and lock with us, won't you? It's May of 1984.
April 1984

April 1984

2018-10-1501:13:31

You know what kids love? Comedies about poop and tax laws! You want horse talk? We've got horse talk! You want a bunch of horror legends standing around looking confused about why they're all together? Man, are you set. And sex crimes? Well, it is the '80s. Timothy Hutton's in love with a caveman, Jamie Lee Curtis gets startlingly naked, and Jonathan Demme pays homage to Rosie the Riveter. All that, and the very last Friday the 13th movie anyone ever made? Holy crap! It must be April of 1984!
March 1984

March 1984

2018-10-0101:52:17

We've had big shows before, but nothing like this one. You wouldn't think this would be such a crazy month, being smack dab in the middle of the spring, but you'd be wrong. Sure, there's a fistful of junk this week—including an uneven Vietnam war romance, dogs from Hell, and a barely-released adaptation of a novel every med student knows—but we also see the kickoff of one of the biggest franchises of the decade, a delightful coming-of-age film with three of the most promising young actors of the decade, and Tom Hanks romancing a mermaid. Still not convinced? How about Stephen King stumbling, a super-serious Tarzan, or the movie that turned 14-year-old Drew into a snarling punk? Come on. This month goes to 11. Let's get busy with March of 1984
February 1984

February 1984

2018-09-1701:06:32

When is a film about Stanley Kubrick not a film about Stanley Kubrick? When is a documentary about Phil Ochs not really a documentary about Phil Ochs? And when did the '80s really start? Seems like 1984 is a good answer and the year's still just revving up at this point. We've got a terrible Louis Malle film, an Eric Stoltz film that even Eric Stoltz may have never heard of, and Tom Selleck as a gentleman thief. All that, and Footloosetoo? How are you not already listening to February of 1984?
January 1984

January 1984

2018-09-0301:05:12

John Cassavetes wants a Gloria of his own, Eddie Deezen gets evil with some mutant punks, and Jodie Foster is somehow romantically involved with Ed Asner. Good lord, 1984, this is how you start? We’ve got a fistful of foreign-language classics like El Norte and Entre Nous, the obligatory teen sex comedies like Hot Dog… The Movie!, and the first film from the great Kathryn Bigelow. All that, plus a Woody Allen gem and a Steven Martin almost? It’s time to kick off the fifth season with January of 1984.
The Best of 1983

The Best of 1983

2018-08-2001:09:03

We started the year grumbling and mumbling so it seems like progress to go out cheering for the undeniable highs that the year ended up offering in the end. James L. Brooks. Philip Kaufman, Martin Scorsese... these are names you might expect to see on a list like this. But there are plenty of surprises in store as well. What movie surprises both of the guys with an almost side-by-side placement on their lists, considering they'd never seen it before this year? What filmmaker ends up on one of the lists twice? And how many times does Scott sing? We are thrilled to finish up season four, and in the end, maybe we can admit that we're a little more fond of 1983 than we used to be. And that's huge, considering where we began.
December 1983

December 1983

2018-08-0601:21:33

Wait… did we actually do it? Did we finish 1983?! OH MY GOD WE CAN DO ANYTHING!! WE ARE INVINCIBLE!One last time around the track, though, with another Stephen King adaptation (this one helmed by the great John Carpenter), Mel Brooks doing Ernst Lubitsch cosplay, Meryl Streep taking some really unpleasant showers, and Mickey Mouse’s return to the bigscreen. We’ve got superstar misfires, one of the weirdest horror movies of the year, Ziggy Stardust, and a special look at one of the biggest music videos of all time.That’s not enough for you? Really? Whattaya want, a mountain of cocaine and Al Pacino? WELL THEN YOU GET A MOUNTAIN OF COCAINE AND AL PACINO! Go ahead, make our day, and listen up for December 1983.
November 1983

November 1983

2018-07-2301:19:56

And just like that, we round the corner and can see the end of the year looming up suddenly. It's a crazy month of releases, too. There are not one but two nuclear nightmares, obscure teen wig-outs, a giant rat, America's favorite haunted house in 3-D, and a Smurfs movie with no damn Smurfs. Chevy Chase in a comedy from the director of The Exorcist and The French Connection? Sure. How about a movie about an out of work aerospace engineer, his schoolteacher wife, and the male stripper who comes between them from the director of Rockyand The Karate Kid? Sure! We've got a pirate film written by John Hughes, Robbie Benson as a Native American Olympic athlete, and a genuine no-shit embarrassment from the legendary Sam Peckinpah. All that, plus a holiday classic and the last film of the '70s?
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Comments (4)

Jesse Shade

I watched JEKYLL AND HYDE TOGETHER AGAIN because of what you guys said about it, and I was stoned when I watched it. That was an experience.

May 12th
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D Potts

awesome show. 80s all over reminds me why I love movies

Feb 26th
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Fredrick Taylor

And 85! Oh and coming up the greatest sci-fi of 82!

Feb 1st
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Fredrick Taylor

Great show fellas!! Can’t wait for 84!

Feb 1st
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