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The next episode of HDYR is going to be our last (for now), so we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at some of our favorite series finales and discuss what made them so satisfying. Check it out! You can now get HDYR merch exclusively through TeePublic! Patreon / iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show…
 
After complaints that Batman Returns had been too traumatizing for younger viewers, Warner Bros. set a clear mandate for the next film in their flagship franchise: lighter, brighter, and more fun. Desperate to move away from the gloomier aesthetic of Tim Burton’s first two entries, the studio turned to Joel Schumacher - a director whose pop sensibi…
 
Carpe Diem, friends! The three of us all remembered the iconic lines and moments peppered throughout Dead Poets Society, but not much else. It turns out there's a pretty good explanation for that. Peter Weir's film is a stacked deck in terms of its cast (especially the Oscar-nominated performance of Robin Williams), but does it actually engage with…
 
We're having the time of our lives with one of the most requested titles in the history of this podcast. Yes, we swear - it's the truth! And we owe it all to you. Topics include: how the director wound up using the real life tension between stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey to the film's advantage, the adverse conditions the production faced a…
 
It’s a holiday classic that’s become quintessential viewing every holiday season, but at the time Warner Bros. wasn’t even sure they wanted another Vacation movie. After the lukewarm response to European Vacation, the studio spent several years dragging their feet on the prospect of a second sequel. After they realized that 1989 had a surprising la…
 
It's time to dig into this year's cinematic turkey and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more deserving title than Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. It wasn't just a commercial disappointment upon its initial release, it's also still widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made. So what exactly went wrong here? The film was certainly never going to …
 
It should have been the next E.T. Instead, Explorers is a film that many of you have probably never even heard of. How is it that a sci-fi/adventure movie from the director of Gremlins and featuring the big screen debuts of Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix hasn't garnered more notoriety? The answer unfortunately arrives once the film enters its final …
 
Happy Halloween, friends! This year we're headed to the coastal town of Southport for a look back at I Know What You Did Last Summer. Loosely based on Lois Duncan's novel of the same name, it was the second smash hit for Scream creator Kevin Williamson. The impressive box office numbers were offset by less-than-favorable reviews, especially in comp…
 
The Breakfast Club and Weird Science were both released in 1985 and it's sort of apparent which one writer/director John Hughes was more invested in. Although he was well known for having an insanely fast turnaround time on his screenplays, it sounds like he would have been the first to admit that this one could have used a little bit more work. Th…
 
The marketing for A Knight's Tale sold the film as a raucous, rock 'n roll jousting movie. Although its anachronistic soundtrack features some pretty catchy needle drops, all of us walked away from this one feeling like we didn't really get the movie we were promised. It sort of bails on that main conceit halfway through, but the good news is that …
 
This one's probably a deep cut for some of our listeners, but there are probably just as many of you out there who remember when this was in constant rotation on The Disney Channel. The Boy Who Could Fly has some surprisingly heavy subject matter considering its target demographic, but even more surprising is how effectively the film manages to hol…
 
Since we had to scrap the episode that we'd originally planned to release due to technical difficulties, we thought this was a fitting subject to explore. Hollywood history is loaded with so many interesting stories of roads not taken. There have been so many films that were announced, developed, and sometimes even started shooting that just never …
 
Twins wasn't technically Arnold Schwarzenegger's first foray into comedy, but it was the first time he was deliberately playing against type after establishing himself as an icon in the action genre. He also knew this was all a little outside his wheelhouse, so he really stacked the deck when it came to the director, his co-stars, and an unlikely m…
 
Home Alone's meteoric success in the winter of 1990 took John Hughes by surprise. It also (for better or worse) set the latter half of his career down a slightly different path. So in some ways, 1989's Uncle Buck represents the end of an era. On this episode, we examine how Hughes and his frequent collaborator John Candy straddle the line between t…
 
When we revisited Judge Dredd for the podcast, we couldn't help but notice how much of it seemed like a less successful version of Demolition Man. Since then, we've been anxious to rewatch this one to see how accurate that assessment was. "Prescient" is not a word you'd expect to use when describing one of Stallone's overblown early 90s blockbuster…
 
M. Night Shymalan has become a somewhat controversial figure and he's certainly had his share of ups and downs as a filmmaker, but way back in 1999, no one was walking into The Sixth Sense with any preconceived notions or expectations. In fact, it was probably the last time that would be the case for any of his movies. The twist ending played like …
 
It's taken almost 25 years to get a Space Jam sequel off the ground and if you're wondering why Warner Bros. just wouldn't let it go, consider this - when you factor in all of the merchandising and licensing deals, this movie has generated around SIX BILLION DOLLARS worth of revenue! If you were a kid in the fall of 1996, this was probably the bigg…
 
The mid-90s saw a wave of cyber thrillers that seemed fearful and paranoid about the decade's emerging new technology - The Net, Johnny Mnemonic, Disclosure, Virtuosity, etc. At first glance, Hackers probably seemed like it was just trying to cash-in on that trend. The reality is that had the studio not gotten cold feet, it would have been the firs…
 
Back in 1998, hearing that the team responsible for Independence Day was now mounting a big budget American remake of Godzilla was actually pretty exciting. There was a great teaser trailer, a chart-topping soundtrack album, and a genuine curiosity about this top secret new creature design they were keeping under wraps. And then we saw it. To say G…
 
Quite frankly, this franchise was a bit of a blur for all of us. Seven movies, a TV series, a Saturday morning cartoon... at a certain point it all starts to run together a little bit. And yet, this original film does have a few key differences from everything else that would follow - not the least of which is its R-rating. Police Academy was initi…
 
We didn't intentionally pick two Amy Heckerling movies back-to-back, but it certainly made for an interesting comparison. On this episode, we're revisiting her imminently quotable debut feature - Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Although this frequently gets lumped together with certain John Hughes movies and other popular 80s teen comedies, Fast Time…
 
The late 80s and early 90s saw a deluge of movies and TV shows focused on working, single moms. Few films were able to capitalize on that niche as successfully as Look Who's Talking. On the surface, it's a broad comedy about a talking baby - but because writer/director Amy Heckerling was drawing from her own experiences as a new parent, it managed …
 
Considering that this original film wasn't a gigantic hit at the box office, you might be surprised to learn that the Tremors franchise is now six films deep (with a seventh on the way). Like the Graboids themselves, this shockingly long-running series has operated mostly underground - it was one of the first major properties to take full advantage…
 
For those of us that were traumatized by this as kids, Return to Oz felt more like a shared psychosis than an actual movie. The whole thing just seemed too crazy to be real. But real it was. And unfortunately for the filmmakers, Disney decided to market this as a direct sequel to The Wizard of Oz despite the fact that it was never intended to be. S…
 
After the commercial disappointment of his second feature film Singles, director Cameron Crowe couldn't help but notice how many fair weather friends were disappearing now that he was no longer the hot new kid in town. That realization lit the spark for what would become his next project - Jerry Maguire. It took several years before the initial ide…
 
We were all just a little bit too old for this one when it came out, but we always receive so many requests for it this time of year. As you'll soon discover, we didn't even really choose this one... it chose us. Topics include: the much darker version of this film peeking out around the edges, what our version of the Turbo Man toy was when we were…
 
It's Thanksgiving here in the states and that means it's time for this year's cinematic turkey. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a film that's as overstuffed as 1995's Judge Dredd. If you were a fan of the character from his appearances in the comic book 2000 A.D., this was a pretty big betrayal of that source material. If you had no familiarity w…
 
To coincide with the release of the latest Terminator movie, we decided to go back to where it all began - James Cameron's 1984 classic The Terminator. Given how elaborate and grandiose this franchise became, it's easy to forget just how lean and mean this original film is. It actually has more in common with Halloween than it does with the subsequ…
 
Happy Halloween! Although David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of The Fly is more interested in exploring existential horrors, its central theme of transformation still made it feel like an appropriate pick for the holiday. It's gory, it's gruesome, and Cronenberg's one-of-a-kind sensibilities are anchored by three incredible lead performances that appro…
 
We're back from our hiatus and we can't wait to tell you all about our trip to Camp Chippewa! The first Addams Family movie was definitely a very successful update to this creepy & kooky clan, but we're of the opinion that this sequel is where director Barry Sonnenfeld and his amazing cast really hit their stride. Topics include: why you've never h…
 
In case you missed the announcement at the end of our last episode, HDYR is on hiatus this month. We'll be back in October, but in the meantime we thought we'd share one of our Patreon episodes with you as a bonus. Our patrons get two of these every month plus a ton of other fun extras. To sign up, visit patreon.com/heydoyouremember. We'll talk you…
 
Although it sometimes gets relegated to being another run-of-the-mill 80s teen comedy, Risky Business actually has a lot more going for it. The visuals, the score, the writing... across the board, this is probably a lot more sophisticated than a lot of people remember. It certainly wasn't what any of us were expecting the first time we watched it, …
 
The level of acclaim for Quentin Tarantino’s debut feature Reservoir Dogs was matched by the amount of controversy it generated. This mean-spirited little movie made a great big impact on audiences and critics and it completely changed the landscape of independent cinema. A few of the edges may have been dulled over the years, but the most interest…
 
High Fidelity has been on our list since the very first year of this podcast, so we knew all three of us were fans. What was interesting to discover though was just how dramatically our feelings about John Cusack's character have shifted over the years. The film definitely still works, but in a completely different way than it did when we were in o…
 
The HDYR gang's playing like there's nothing to lose with a look back at Steven Soderbergh's 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven. I know, I know... we can't believe this one's eligible either. Topics include: key differences between this version and the original, why this film's particular brand of escapism hit at exactly the right time, alternate castin…
 
Chris has teamed up with Kristen & Mike from The Sunnydale Stacks for a brand new podcast called Rogues Gallery. On each episode, they’ll investigate pop culture’s most memorable villains, antiheroes, and misunderstood monsters to figure out how they make being bad look so good. The first official episode will be released on Wednesday, July 17th, b…
 
We're feeling the need for speed on this week's episode. Three decades later, Maverick remains one of the roles that Tom Cruise is most recognized for and the style of filmmaking that movies like this helped usher in is still being imitated in modern blockbusters. It's a great big serving of 80s cheese, so let's see if Top Gun is still the best of …
 
It's the movie traumatized a generation of children. Although it may not pack the same emotional punch now that we're all grown up, there's still a lot to love about My Girl. Topics include: how difficult it was to come up with a title for this movie and some of the more unusual options they considered, how reading the novelization first sort of ru…
 
Nothing is over! Nothing! And as the recently released trailer for Rambo: Last Blood proves, that certainly applies to this franchise. But before the latest installment hits theaters this fall, we decided to go all the way back to where it all began. This original film is now strangely the outlier in this franchise - a relatively grounded and chara…
 
A legendary director adapting a bestselling novel with a cast of soon-to-be A-list movie stars? How could you not be on board with this? As it turns out, Chris & Donna's love for S.E. Hinton's book made it hard to get into this when they were kids. And Carlos was so unfamiliar with the whole thing that he thought this movie might be about vampires.…
 
We've been getting requests for this one ever since we covered Labyrinth five years ago. As you're about to discover, there's a pretty surprising reason it took this long. Nevertheless, the time has come to do a deep dive on one of Jim Henson's proudest (and most polarizing) achievements. Topics include: why it was so important to conceptualize thi…
 
Hard to believe this one’s eligible isn’t it? We had the same reaction. Of course part of that is that until very recently, there was still some small chance we might eventually get del Toro’s Hellboy III. So even though it’s been over a decade since the last installment in this series, it didn’t feel quite like a bygone era yet. We get into all th…
 
Like Mr. Shadow itself, The Fifth Element was something of an anomaly when it hit theaters in 1997 - a $90 million sci-fi spectacular that wasn't based on a pre-existing property. While that's technically true, there were some French comic book publishers who felt like Luc Besson's film crossed the line between homage and outright theft. We trace t…
 
Ugly duckling or beautiful swan? We find out with this look back at She's All That - a late 90s teen romcom that paved the way for a slew of similar movies. Carlos has been waiting patiently for his chance to talk about Freddie Prinze Jr. on this podcast, so we went straight to the quintessential entry on his list of films from this era. Topics inc…
 
When we covered the first Mighty Ducks two years ago, we acknowledged that there was a pretty strong consensus that D2 was the superior film. It had also been at least twenty years since any of us had seen this movie. So it was time to find out how well this one held up to a more objective viewing and whether or not this is indeed the high water ma…
 
To celebrate our 150th episode, the HDYR gang decided it was time to go on a long overdue adventure with our old pal, Indy. Not unlike Star Wars, this property was such a constant in our lives that we've always regarded it as something so much larger than any one film. Which is why it's so fascinating to go back to where it all began and really exa…
 
We've been getting requests for Stand By Me since this podcast launched and it's easy to see why. This is a film that seems tailor made for the premise of this show. One of the benefits to holding off on it for this long is that we've already covered so many of the other "kids on an adventure" movies from this era and now we can really highlight wh…
 
1994 was a very good year for Jim Carrey. Ace Ventura,The Mask, and Dumb & Dumber were all released within the span of eleven months and established him as a comedic force to be reckoned with. Although it might be argued that the other two films have had more resonance, The Mask was the most critically and commercially successful at the time. Which…
 
It's time to bring this saga to a close. We conclude our retrospective of the original Star Wars trilogy by trying to decide how successfully Return of the Jedi sticks the landing. For some, this is still an above-average entry in the franchise. For others, it's the first sign of George Lucas' worst impulses as a storyteller and a harbinger for wha…
 
Happy Holidays, friends! This year the HDYR gang meets up with a few other misfits in Christmastown for a look back at the Rankin/Bass claymation classic, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. It’s aired on CBS every single year since 1964, but there have been quite a few nips, tucks, additions, and subtractions in that time. We go over all of the differ…
 
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