Episode 13 – Tango and Cash (1989)

In our Valentines special, we rediscover the 80’s camp cult “classic” that is Tango and Cash.

Join Charlie and George as they discuss the smouldering bromance that underpins this very confusing action film. A movie that pits two cops, a sharp-suited Stallone and a rough and ready Kurt Russell, against a the reliably hammy Jack Palance, some mice and an evil Cockney.

WARNING: both episode and film contain swearing, bad impressions, dodgy one liners, big hair and very little sense.

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PODCAST: Episode 12 – Con Air (1997)

In this month’s episode, Charlie and George tackle the action packed aviation cheese fest that is Con Air! Following previous episodes The Rock and Face/Off, the Brothers McGhee return to the camp craziness of a 90’s Nicolas Cage action flick, delving into what makes it a guilty pleasure.

So strap yourselves in for some in-flight entertainment, which covers the majesty of  Cage’s mullet, explosions, exposition and John Malkovich’s gleeful pantomime villain, Cyrus the Virus.

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SPECIAL – Review of 2017

For their end of year special, Charlie and George return to Present Day to share their thoughts on the films of 2017. From covering their favourite blockbusters to the ones that disappointed them, plus even a few recommended arthouse releases.

SPOILER WARNING – Films discussed include:

Too modern for you?

Fear not, Retro fans, we’ll be back very soon with our first podcast review for 2018, with the macho mullet masterpiece, Con Air!

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PODCAST: Episode 11 – A View To A Kill (1985)

For their first Bank Holiday special, and in true typical British fashion, The Brothers McGhee decided it was time to tackle a Bond film; namely Roger Moore’s swansong, A View To A Kill!  Join Charlie & George as they prepare to dance into the fire, discuss bad facelifts, French stereotypes, not-so-subtle stuntmen and their love for Christopher…Walken.

As usual, there’s plenty of production, casting and location trivia, plus lots of bad impressions as the hosts try and out-Walken each other. Enjoy and please share!

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Episode 10 – Gremlins Special

In this Christmas Special episode, Charlie and George break all the rules as they navigate the crazy chaos of cult classics Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. There’s drinking, bad behaviour and swearing and that’s just the hosts! Their post midnight ramble covers everything from the Spielberg touch, the perils of using monkeys as a special effect, Hulk Hogan and double breasted dressing gowns.

Whether its the comedy-horror-satire of the first film or the highly acclaimed post-modern sequel, these are two films that have stood the test of time and are definitely worth a revisit.

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PODCAST: Episode 9 – Ghostbusters (1984)

In this month’s episode, Charlie and George strap on their unlicensed nuclear proton packs and go busting some ghosts with a Retro Ramble on the cult comedy classic, Ghostbusters!

And what better way to celebrate Halloween than to sit back and enjoy this family-friendly classic full of scares, swears, pop songs and smoking…so much smoking.

From the moments that terrified them growing up, to the genius improv of Bill Murray and Rick Moranis, not to mention some Supernaturally Sexy Sigourney Weaver;

Casting makes us feel good!

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Extras

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What’s your favourite Ghostbuster joke?

PODCAST: Ep8 – Terminator 2 (1991)

In this episode Charlie and George travel back in time (but not naked, that’d be weird) to 1991 for the action sci-fi extravaganza that is T2: Judgement Day!

Whilst discussing the genius of James Cameron’s original vision and why it remains one of the best sequels ever made, they also take a closer look at Robert Patrick’s privates and remember a time when tie dyed t-shirts, mullets and Axel Rose were all considered acceptable.

Featuring monthly features like Coulda Woulda Shoulda and more behind the scenes trivia than you can shake a liquid metal fist at this is an episode that can’t be missed.

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PODCAST – Episode 7 – BATMAN (1989)

This month George & Charlie revisit the event movie that kick started the comic-book genre – Batman (1989)

From the safety of our Batcave, we discuss a variety of pertinent to this late 80s classic. From the film’s lengthy pre-production challenges and the genius of Jack Nicholson, to Michael Keaton’s knitwear and the excesses of a Prince soundtrack. Along the way, we also touch on the Batman legacy across film, TV and games. From Adam West’s 1960’s Bright Knight to the recent Nolan and Snyder efforts to this year’s The Lego Batman Movie!

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Extras

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PODCAST: Episode 6 – The Goonies (1985)

This month George & Charlie revisit beloved kids adventure, The Goonies! We jump on our bikes, head for the woods and go in search of what makes it a cult classic.

Everyone that was a child of the 1980s remembers growing up with The Goonies, like Star Wars or Back to the Future it seems like it was a mandatory rite of passage, forever etched in our hearts.

Along the way, we discuss the talent behind the camera including Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner, as well as our favourite moments, some unique spin off ideas and the films’ influence on recent shows like Stranger Things.

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Sir Roger Moore – PART 2: Mark O’Connell Interview

Following on from our retrospective on Sir Roger Moore in Part 1, George McGhee was lucky enough to interview comedy writer and author Mark O’Connell.

Mark O’Connell

Mark’s first novel, Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan is essential reading for any Bond fan and anyone who grew up in the age of VHS.

In this episode we discuss Mark’s own encounter with Sir Roger, what inspires the Bond production team and his thoughts on the future of the Bond franchise.

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The novel covers all the Bond films up to Skyfall (2012) and is touching mix of memoir, nostalgia, film critique and Bond trivia. One of the key themes featured in the book -reminiscing about the movies of our youth – is a big inspiration on Retro Ramble, so it was a real honour to spend some time talking with Mark.

Thanks to his connections with the producers of the Bond franchise Mark has unique insider knowledge regarding all that goes into making a film not to mention what Sir Roger was like in real life.

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Shownotes

Mark recently wrote a touching obituary for Sir Roger Moore for The Guardian

The Roger Moore fan encounter we discuss can be found here

Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan is available through Splendid Books and Amazon.