There have been plenty of classic eighties comedies that I have not been able to enjoy. Over the years I've heard how amazing some of the classics are and I'm sure they are great, for you. So many of our childhood movies are wrapped in nostalgia that it's sometimes difficult to separate the things we loved about them from the actual quality of the movie. Of course all movies are subjective but there are some that are just bad.
I'm incredibly glad that Adventures in Babysitting was not one of them. It was Teresa's pick this week but it turned out to be one of Ray's favorite movies as well. He even still had the VHS of the movie on hand at home. I personally really enjoyed this movie and despite the fashion an vehicles, overall it still holds up from three decades ago. The jokes were sometimes subtle but definitely on point. It had that sarcastic flair that comedies of the time were just starting to explore.
If you're unfamiliar with the movie, it stars Elizabeth Shue as a babysitter whose night goes terribly wrong when she has to go into the city to pick up a friend. She takes the kids she's babysitting with her and they end up in multiple dangerous and hilarious situations.
We had a good time discussing this movie and we hope you enjoy listening to the episode. If you've not seen the movie, I would definitely recommend it
This week for the podcast, my pick was Rescue Dawn. It was a major departure from my usual picks. I tend to head more towards the light or introspective. I try and pick things that aren't always in the mainstream mindset or movies that have been there for me throughout the years as touchstones of comfort.
Rescue Dawn is not that movie. It's not even a war movie even though it involves prisoners of war. It is, however, seared into my brain. I remember very specifically watching it at my father's house on DVD. It was late, everyone had fallen asleep around me and the lights were out. This is the first movie of three movies that I remember that had me at the edge of my seat with my heart racing. Maybe it was the circumstances at the time, but at the end of the movie it was so intense and I was so engrossed that I connected to it emotionally in a way I hadn't before.
There's quite a bit written about the movie, its subject matter, stars, and the production of. Even though it was based on a true story, certain liberties were taken for dramatic effect. Not that much extra effort was needed in that area.
The team was surprised that I picked it and I was too. I wanted something a little different from our usual fare that would make us feel something different than what we're used to. Sometimes we get so entrenched in our favorite genres that we miss out on some really thought provoking movies.
Have a listen and let us know what you thought.