Innerspace (1987)

Innerspace (1987)

This week’s pod centers around another pod - the miniaturization pod of Joe Dante’s Innerspace. Dan reminisces about how the VHS release of Innerspace changed his world, and Jon leads a nostalgic tribute to the now-closed Cranford Theater. Did they deem Innerspace worthy of a sequel, prequel, remake, or reboot? Listen to find out…

Next episode: Cabaret (1972)

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Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)

Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)

Before a flash round of 6 Degrees of Lorenzo’s Oil, Dan and Jon speak fondly of the 1985 comedy, Transylvania 6-5000. This Jeff Goldblum/Ed Begley, Jr. flop has a huge cast, both figuratively and literally, and caught the attention of childhood-Jon and Dan, so naturally they have to talk about it on a dang podcast!

Next episode: Back to School

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Mad Max (1979 - )

Mad Max (1979 - )

What started as a small movie made by an Australian ER doctor has since become an incredible franchise that, unlike civilization in these films, has no plans of going away. Dan and Jon explore the legacy of Mad Max and its sequels.

BONUS: Jon has a chat with Faye Murman, the director of the upcoming feature, Humungus: A Documentary, the focuses on extreme Mad Max fandom.

Next episode: Transylvania 6-5000

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Road House (1989)

Road House (1989)

Road House (1989)



Dan and Jon go “crazy for Swayze” as they discuss the cult classic, Road House. Has the movie stood the test of time, and do they see any potential for sequels, prequels, remakes, or reboots? Also discussed are thoughts on the newest Shaft installment, casting news regarding Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid and the untitled Bond 25, new trailers for Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, Top Gun: Maverick, and The King’s Man. Oh, and they also talk a lot about famed monster truck, Bigfoot.

Next episode: Summer Rental (1985)



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The Cannonball Run (1981-1989)

The Cannonball Run (1981-1989)

The Cannonball Run (1981)/Cannonball Run II (1984)/Speed Zone (1989)

Strap in and buckle up with Dan, Jon, Burt, Dom, Farrah, Dean, Sammy, Shirley, Brooke, and all of the other 70’s and 80’s celebrities who joined the party for the Cannonball Run series. Does Cannonball Run have a place in 2019’s cinema? Dan and Jon discuss this question and others as they assess the more dated aspects of the series while speculating about how it could be successful in today’s world. Also: news of a new addition to the Matrix franchise, and Bill & Ted Face the Music announces a release date.

Next episode: Summer School (1987)

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Dick Tracy (1990)

Dick Tracy (1990)

As comic book heroes continue to be adapted and re-adapted for film, one has remained untouched for nearly 30 years. Dan and Jon reminisce about first impressions of Warren Beatty’s passion project, Dick Tracy, and add their more recent takes on its style, plot, and casting. In the process, they share their thoughts on how could be brought back to the silver screen. Also, first impressions of the trailer for the upcoming sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep.

Next episode: The Cannonball Run
Next June Squibb Recast: The Age of Innocence

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City Slickers (1991 & 1994)

City Slickers (1991 & 1994)

In their second celebration of June releases, Dan and Jon saddle up and ride with the City Slickers. They review what made the 1991 original so special, and what they feel went awry with City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold. Also, Dan shares his deep admiration for the screenwriting team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, while Jon continues to express his deep admiration for Michael Shannon. Plus, “June Squibb Month” continues as the brothers re-cast principal roles in 1997’s In & Out.

Next episode: Dick Tracy (1990)
Next “June Squibb” re-cast: Meet Joe Black (1998)

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Thunderball (1965)

Thunderball (1965)

In the final installment of “May the Fourth be with You”, Dan and Jon go back to the fourth installment of the James Bond franchise, Thunderball. They debate the ethics of Bond’s womanizing, whether “for Queen and country” or otherwise, and discuss the impact of Thunderball and its 1983 remake, Never Say Never Again, on the Johnny English and Austin Powers films. Also: Dan and Jon express their cautious optimism around the Terminator: Dark Fate teaser and assess Sylvester Stallone’s recent comments about continuing the Rocky franchise.

Next episode: Speed
Next episode’s recast: Scent of a Woman

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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

Yippee kai-yay, melon farmers! For this “May the Fourth be With You” installment of Ruined Childhoods, Dan and Jon explore the expectation-exceeding Live Free or Die Hard, its connections to and deviations from the previous films in the series, and ways it could tie into future installments.

Next Episode: Rocky IV

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Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)

Many people overlook Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, but Dan and Jon look at it for exactly what it is — it’s a fun collection of gags that culminates in the ONLY hot air balloon chase scene in cinematic history. It’s also the first installment of MAY THE 4th BE WITH YOU - the Ruined Childhoods celebration of the 4th installments in movie franchises.

Next episode: Live Free or Die Hard

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What About Bob? (1991)

What About Bob? (1991)

Frank Oz’s 1991 comedy What About Bob? is the focus of Ruined Childhoods’ final “April’s Fools” installment. Dan and Jon assess the story’s treatment of mental illness and how it could be updated to reflect society’s evolved understanding of and attitude towards mental illness and therapy. They also determine the best options to expand the story and explore the characters further, including books based on ideas in the movie and a look at Bob’s past, including his wife’s love for Neil Diamond. Also: Jon describes his experience watching Dan’s Instagram Live video (@ruinedchildhoodspod), and we hear from our friend French Fry Phil.

Next episode: Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol

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¡Three Amigos! (1986)

¡Three Amigos! (1986)

“April's Fools” month on Ruined Childhoods concludes with a singing bush and a plethora of piñatas - it’s 1986’s ¡Three Amigos! Jon and Dan discuss the more memorable aspects of the movie, assess how the role of Dusty was a stretch for Chevy Chase, and brainstorm options of how they might expand the world of the Three Amigos, with or without the Amigos. Also: Dan journeys into the depths of his cryptic memory to recall specific details around both seeing Three Amigos in the theater and showing it to Jon and Scott on VHS; Dan shocks Jon by unearths his mythical cigar box of ticket stubs; Jon reveals more about Dan's psychotic movie-fandom

Next episode: What About Bob? (1991)

What a future jury will refer to as “Exhibit A”

Note the $3.50 price

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Brain Donors (1992)

Brain Donors (1992)

In this installment of April's Fools, Dan and Jon wax poetic about 1992's Brain Donors, a Marx Brothers homage set in the ballet world. Not only do they brainstorm sequels, prequels, etc, but stay tuned until the VERY END for a GREAT surprise.

Next Episode: ¡Three Amigos!

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