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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Would you like to know more? Be patient, George’s review to follow shortly!

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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No time to listen to the episode and enjoy a good read then be sure to check out George’s full Retro Review of T2: Judgement Day here!

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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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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.

Would you like to know more? Read George’s review in full HERE.

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Intro and interlude jingles by Flick3r  http://soundcloud.com/flick3r

Brassy Horns –  http://freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/geotags/

Outro music by Frankumjay – https://soundcloud.com/frankumjay

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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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.

Sir Roger Moore – PART 1

Following the recent passing of Sir Roger Moore, and with us being such massive James Bond fans, we felt it necessary to commit a short episode in tribute to the former actor/knight of the empire.

Sir Roger Moore Tribute

Here, in Part 1, George and Charlie take a retrospective look at Sir Roger’s career starting with his time in the roles of The Saint and that of The Persuaders before discussing his Bond legacy and his work for UNICEF.

Roger MOORE and Christopher WALKEN on the set of “A view to kill”, a James Bond directed by John GLEN. 1985. Part 2, available next week (edit – it’s here) will feature an EXCLUSIVE interview between author and comedy writer Mark O’Connell and RetroRamble’s very own George McGhee.

Mark wrote the highly acclaimed Catching Bullets: memoirs of a Bond fan, and you can get yourself a copy of it here. Thanks to his connections with EON, the producers of the Bond franchise, Mark brings unique insider knowledge regarding all that goes into making a Bond film not to mention what Sir Roger was like in real life and where he sees the franchise going next.

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PODCAST: Episode 5 – THE ROCK (1996)

In this episode Charlie & George decide to go and visit Alcatraz, only to find that Ed Harris has taken it over and is holding San Francisco hostage with a battery of VX Poison Gas Rockets!

the rock black and white retroramble.blogLuckily for them, Sean Connery a former “gueshed” of the island is able to navigate a way out, coupled by FBI super chemical freak Nicolas Cage to disarm the rockets! That’s right ladies and gentleman we’ve traveled back to 1996 for a solid dose of Michael Bayhem in the cult action classic that is The Rock.

With an in-depth look back at what the world used to be like in 1996, who brought us this enjoyable romp and plenty of bad impressions not to mention usual features like Coulda Woulda Shoulda and General Exposition we hope this episode is as well received as those that have gone before it.

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PODCAST – Episode 4 – Point Break (1991)

In this episode, Charlie and George go in search of the perfect wave and take on 90’s action thriller, Point Break. FBI agents, surfers, sky diving, bank robberies, bromance and err, ooh some Buddhism. It’s almost too silly, but yet, it somehow works.

Plot Recap : Ex semi pro footballer turned FBI recruit Johnny Utah is assigned on his first mission to learn to surf so he can infiltrate a group of bank robbers who call themselves the Ex-Presidents.

Would you like to know more? Check out George’s review here!

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Extras

Here’s the video of Keanu proving just how much of an accurate badass he is on a gun range.

Whilst you’re here, be sure to check out the rest of the blog for tonnes of additional content, movie reviews, funny videos and much more.

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PODCAST – Episode 3 – PREDATOR (1987)

This month George & Charlie decided it was time to “Go big, or go home” and tackle the behemoth that is the 1987 action sci-fi classic, Predator.

Join us as we dive deep into hot, sweaty and very manly tropical setting of….somewhere in-between Mexico and Venezuela since its never really explained.

With one or two bad impressions of our hero Arnie and an sufficient amount of production back stories and pussy jokes we take a look at why this film has had such a long lasting impact on both its audience and Hollywood itself.

Warning: contains bad impressions yet appropriate levels of swearing, no predators were harmed during recording.


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Link to Predator the Opera

Link to Predator Dark Ages

Link to Batman Dead End

Book – Steve Martin: Born Standing Up

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Be sure to read George’s full movie review on Predator (1987)

Not sure which Arnie flick Predator is?

Check out the Theatrical trailer below!

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Outro music by Frankumjay – https://soundcloud.com/frankumjay