Stranger Things w/ Marianne Reilly

The following program is Rated 80s and may not be suitable for everyone. It will include cyborgs, robocops, aliens, predators and…Madea?
Listener discretion is advised…

This Week’s Special Guest: Marrianne Reilly

Our episode this episode is 2016 Netflix joint Stranger Things, which is set in the early 80s, and is amazing, and everyone needs desperate to see and enjoy.

Have no fear though, if you have yet to watch Stranger Things this episode is 100% spoiler free on that topic.

Why is it spoiler free you may ask? Well because we have a guest with us on this episode who’s never seen it, friend of the show Marieanne Reilly.

Marianne was even kind enough to stick around for extra innings this episode, so we could all get in some good recommendations.

Online dating advice

Things kick of well this week, with a short conversation about sexist remote control etiquette and a bit of male bonding between Marieanne and Rusty about establishing dominance over living room furniture as a method of intimidating their young.

Our patented asides are in full force, even in this fairly free form episode, as we run head long into the ever changing world of internet dating.

Apparently sex addicts prefer two specific services, and if you listen you’ll get to know what those services are. What other podcast about film happens to drop in such delicious random nuggets of information?

Zombies & Stuff

After a brief foray into ongoing debate of what constitutes a thriller vs a horror production we begin our discussion of Stranger Things…

Right after another quick detour into the disturbing world zombie fandom, and Jeremy suggests everyone see the 2008 Canadian production Pontypool, which has a truly fresh take on the zombie genre.

A Rivalry is Born!

By the way, mid episode the decision was made by Jeremy to start a friendly show vs show rivalry with another member of the NWCZ saturday lineup, Saturday Morning Funnies with Puddin & the Shanster, and so we have a go at them for a bit, but twas all in good fun!

Saturday Morning FunniesOk, we may have crossed the line once or twice, but our heart was in the right place! (Actually, strike the second part of that sentence.)

Be sure to checkout their Facebook page and send them some hate mail. Seriously, they are into that. We also have no idea why their promotional banner is staged in a restroom.

The commercials for this episode aren’t actual commercials. We’ve gotten to feeling a little nostalgic about our own production, and so we’ve added in clips from a beloved previous episode, Predator. We courageously talk about the sexism in the film, and Carl Weathers. We love you Carl Weathers, and your Arrested Development enthusiasm for thriftiness combined stew making!

Carl Weathers & Stew!

A Moment of Reflection

Finally, we get down to the business of recommendations, which was kind of the idea of this episode to begin with. So, Rusty and Jeremy rifle off their favorite episode of Rated80s so far; Citizen 4, and The 13th respectively, which is a bit obd, because this show originally never intended to talk about documentaries at all. Next up we went around the horn to get some movie suggestions from everyone. None the less, here we are.

Marrianne Recommends:

Second Hand Lions

Secondhand Lions, a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tim McCanlies, tells the story of an introverted young boy (Haley Joel Osment) who is sent to live with his eccentric great-uncles (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine) on a farm in Texas. The film received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and the general public, and grossed $74 million on a $30 million budget. The film has now generated a cult following.

After a brief foray into ongoing debate of what constitutes a thriller vs a horror production we begin our discussion of Stranger Things, after another quick detour into the disturbing world zombie fandom, and Jeremy suggests everyone see the 2008 Canadian production Pontypool, which has a truly fresh take on the zombie genre.

This segment wraps up with two life pro tips on how mess with lions in the zoo.

The Man From Snowy River

The Man from Snowy River is a 1982 Australian drama film based on the Banjo Paterson poem “The Man from Snowy River”. The film had a cast including Kirk Douglas in a dual role as the brothers Harrison (a character who appeared frequently in Paterson’s poems) and Spur.

Somehow the gang organically wanders from this film to talk of Black Snake Moan & Trainspotting.


Madea Boo keeps getting You Got Served because she has no ability to Bring it On on the Drum Line, so she has to figure out How She Move so she can Bring It On Agian, and this time she’ll Bring it On All or Nothing because she is In It To Win It at the Space Jam when it’s her turn to Stomp the Yard.

(Please note: Jeremy does these show notes…has a great deal of contempt for modern blaxploitation films, so if you want the actual wikipedia page and trailer for Medea you’re on your own.)

Rusty’s Recommends:

The Power of One

The Power of One is a 1992 American drama film based on Bryce Courtenay’s 1989 novel of the same name. Set in South Africa during World War II, the film centers on the life of Peter Philip ‘Peekay or PK’ Kenneth-Keith, a South African boy raised under apartheid, and his conflicted relationships with a German pianist, a Coloured boxing coach and an Afrikaner romantic interest. Directed and edited by John G. Avildsen, the film stars Stephen Dorff, John Gielgud, Morgan Freeman, Armin Mueller-Stahl and featured (a then-unknown) Daniel Craig in his film debut. This film captures a true essence of the difficulties encountered by the native Africans and the appalling treatment of them during this time.

French Kiss

French Kiss is a 1995 American romantic comedy film directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. Written by Adam Brooks, the film is about a woman who flies to France to confront her straying fiancé and gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her to smuggle a stolen diamond necklace. French Kiss was filmed on location in Paris, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur région of southeastern France, and Cannes. The film was released in the United States on May 5, 1995, and received mixed reviews. The film went on to earn a total worldwide gross of $101,982,854.

Jeremy’s Recommends:

Robocop 2 (The Robocoppening)

RoboCop 2 is a 1990 American cyberpunk action film directed by Irvin Kershner and starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Belinda Bauer, Tom Noonan and Gabriel Damon. Set in the near future in a dystopian metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, it is the sequel to the 1987 film, RoboCop. The film received mixed reviews from critics and fans. In 2013, the film received attention from news media due to its plot predicting Detroit filing for bankruptcy in the future. It was the final film directed by Irvin Kershner.

Predator 2

Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action film written by Jim Thomas and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover, Ruben Blades, Gary Busey, María Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel to 1987’s Predator, with Peter Hall reprising the title role of the Predator.

Jeremy also sneaks in two strong recommendations for long form drama’s on TV, Fargo and True Detective before being #triggered! by praise for the Transformers franchise.


Dreamcatcher is a 2003 American science fiction horror film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name.

Directed by Lawrence Kasdan and co-written by Kasdan and screenwriter William Goldman, the film stars Damian Lewis, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee and Timothy Olyphant as four friends who encounter an invasion of parasitic aliens.

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