Around the World in 80s Movies

67 EpisodesProduced by Vince Leo

Join film writer Vince Leo as he journeys back through his favorite decade for films, the 1980s!

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67 - Stealing Home: THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980)

January 12th, 2019


The film starts out with Jake Blues (John Belushi) being released from prison, picked up by his brother Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) in a used cop car turned “Blues Mobile”.  They make good on a promise to visit the orphanage …

66 - Breakin' Through: BREAKIN' 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO (1984)

January 5th, 2019


Somewhere underneath the never-ending music and dance numbers is a story about keeping Shabba-Doo’s community center for inner city youth (named “Miracles”) from falling into the hands of a slimy developer who wants …

65 - Breakin' Through: BREAKIN' (1984)

December 29th, 2018


Former “Solid Gold” dancer Lucinda Dickey stars as Kelly, a waitress by day, aspiring jazz dancer in her spare time.  She has the looks and talent …

64 - Breakin' Through: STYLE WARS (1983)

December 23rd, 2018


Style Wars is a documentary look at the street art among the youth of New York in the early 1980s, especially in the South Bronx, particularly in …

63 - Rap Attack: BEAT STREET (1984)

December 15th, 2018


Producer and activist Harry Belafonte’s commercialized slice-of-life drama stars Guy Davis as Kenny ‘Double K’ Kirkland, a South Bronx hip-hop DJ with big dreams, and Jon Chardiet as Ramon, a Puerto Rican graffiti …

62 - Rap Attack: WILD STYLE (1983)

December 8th, 2018


The seminal hip-hop film looks at underground Bronx art culture, including rap, graffiti art, break-dancing (aka b-boying) and DJing (aka …

61 - Rap Attack: KRUSH GROOVE (1985)

December 1st, 2018


The loose story of how Def Jam came to be, featuring the hottest hip-hop artists of the mid-1980s, Run-DMC, Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys, LL Cool J, The …

60 – Dancing on Air: BERRY GORDY’S THE LAST DRAGON (1985)

November 25th, 2018


Taimak stars as a young African-American Harlemite who is a devout student of martial arts.  He lives kung fu, breathes kung fu and is so entrenched in the ways of the kung fu warrior, he stands out in his predominantly …

59 - Dancing on Air: GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN (1985)

November 17th, 2018


Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a Chicago teenager who works her tail off for a spot as a dance on her favorite dance show on television, but spats with her dance partner and a potentially rigged contest makes for a great …

58 - Dancing on Air - HAIRSPRAY (1988)

November 12th, 2018


John Waters writes and directs this most accessible of his films, his only one to be rated PG, with HAIRSPRAY, the film that made Ricki Lake a prominent star to be.  Set in 1962, HAIRSPRAY explores race and class in a …


November 3rd, 2018

The sixth and final in the original Freddy Krueger arc finds us ten years in the future, where the psycho demon has killed off all but one of the …


October 26th, 2018

The fifth entry in the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series sees the return of Lisa Wilcox as the heroine, Alice, taking on Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) yet again, who has come back to haunt her nightmares through her …


October 20th, 2018

Future action movie maestro Renny Harlin came to Hollywood from Finland to take over the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise for one entry with THE …


October 11th, 2018

The third time was certainly the charm in the Nightmare on Elm Street” series with DREAM WARRIORS, which put together a team of adept but troubled …


October 5th, 2018

A very speedy follow-up to A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET replaces Wes Craven as the creative force, taking the series in a new and unexpected direction …


September 30th, 2018

Wes Craven refreshed the struggling slasher film genre with this more surreal and intense take, saving New Line Cinema with one of the big surprise hits of 1984: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.  Heather Langenkamp  stars as …

51 - In Your Dreams: DREAMSCAPE (1984)

September 21st, 2018

Dreamscape stars Dennis Quaid as a psychic enlisted into a top-secret government experiment that puts him into the nightmares of another person in order to cure them.  However, when the President of the United States …

50 - In Your Dreams: BRAINSTORM (1983)

September 15th, 2018

Christopher Walken stars as a scientist out to protect his project, one that involves being able to experience the senses and emotions of another …

49 - In Your Dreams: EXPLORERS (1985)

September 7th, 2018

Joe Dante’s Explorers marks the big screen debuts of two future stars, Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix, who, along with Jason Presson, make up the three young boys with a thirst for adventure and scientific exploration.  …

48 - Dangerous Games: TRON (1982) - A Podcast Film Review

August 31st, 2018

Disney’s first big foray into the realm of computer animation would prove to be a box office disappoiuntmen in 1982, but garner a legion of fans over …

47 - Dangerous Games: CLOAK & DAGGER (1984)

August 24th, 2018

Henry Thomas plays Davey, a young San Antonio boy with a vivid imagination and a love o fantasy games.  The lines between fantasy and reality blur when he ends up in possession of a video game cartridge that is the …

46 - Dangerous Games: WARGAMES (1983) - A Podcast Film Review

August 18th, 2018

Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy star in this major hit from 1983, one of the first films to break through into the world of hacking and the burgeoning internet, WarGames.  Directed by John Badham, this tells the tale …

45 - Superbad: SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (1987) - A Podcast Film Review

August 10th, 2018

Although he had claimed to be done putting on the red cape after SUPERMAN III, Reeve is lured back to make a fourth entry with a different studio from an idea he had written himself to bring back the series to …

44 - Superbad: SUPERGIRL (1984) - A Podcast Film Review

August 4th, 2018

Just as Kal-El was sent by his parents to Earth from a dying planet in order to save him, so too did Alexander and Ilya Salkind try to save their dying franchise by trying to spin it off with a new character with Kara, …

43 - Superbad: SUPERMAN III (1983) - A Podcast Film Review

July 28th, 2018

Gone is Richard Donner, gone is Gene Hackman, and gone is the epic feel of the SUPERMAN series with SUPERMAN III, in which the creators finally wrest …

42 - We See DC: SUPERMAN II (1980) - A Podcast Film Review

July 22nd, 2018

A patchwork film that somehow still works great as a piece of entertainment, despite the switch in directors from Richard Donner to Richard Lester a great deal of the way through.  Three power-hungry Kryptonians travel …

41 - We See DC: SUPERMAN (1978) A Podcast Film Review

July 14th, 2018

The granddaddy of the modern-day superhero flick, 1978’s SUPERMAN put together a truly epic experience befitting a popular hero on the magnitude of …

40 – We See DC: BATMAN (1989) – A Podcast Film Review

July 7th, 2018

One of the biggest blockbusters of the 1980s, and of all time, Tim Burton would take the reins of Warner Bros. hugest hit with 1989’s BATMAN, a much …

39 - Vegetable is Animal?: THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING (1989)

June 29th, 2018

Seven years after Wes Craven’s original adaptation of the DC Comics superhero, Jim Wynorski takes a stab by sending the whole thing up as a campy …

38 - Vegetable is Animal?: SWAMP THING (1982)

June 23rd, 2018

Wes Craven wrote and directed this adaptation of the DC Comics superhero, once a scientist trying to help humanity, who turns superhuman when he is …

37 – Vegetable is Animal?: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986)

June 17th, 2018

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s off-Broadway darkly comical stage musical came to life in 1986, directed by Muppet-alum Frank Oz, featuring Rick …

36 – Those MARVEL-ous Toys: G.I. JOE: THE MOVIE (1987)

June 9th, 2018

Rounding out this trio of Hasbro toy-based films put out by Marvel/Sunbow in the mid-1980s, “GI Joe: The Movie” has the dishonorable distinction of being funneled straight to video and subsequently syndicated on …

35 - Those MARVEL-ous Toys: MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE (1986)

June 3rd, 2018

Marvel joined with Sunbow to deliver the first of four animated feature films based on Hasbro toys in the 1980s with 1986’s MY LITTLE PONY: THE …

34 - Those MARVEL-ous Toys: THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE (1986) - Podcast Film Review

May 25th, 2018

The first of four feature-length ventures between Marvel Productions and Sunbow Entertainment that centered on toys made by Hasbro, THE TRANSFORMERS: …

33 - Swords of Enchantment: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (1987) - Podcast Film Review

May 18th, 2018

The Cannon Group took a bath with the failure of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE in 1987, a film that had gone over budget and well beyond schedule. The film …

32 - Swords of Enchantment: EXCALIBUR (1981) - Podcast Film Review

May 13th, 2018

John Boorman’s polarizing but highly ambitious take on Arthurian legend is a visually and aurally striking look into the myth, the fantasy, and the …

31 - Swords of Enchantment: THE BLACK CAULDRON (1985) - Podcast Film Review

May 5th, 2018

1985’s THE BLACK CAULDRON represents Disney at its nadir as an animation studio, resulting in a box office failure and years of obscurity.  It’s …

30 - No Monster Can Keep Us Apart: DRAGONSLAYER (1981) - Podcast Film Review

April 27th, 2018

Disney collaborated with Paramount Pictures to make a fairly adventure for audiences that were a bit older in DRAGONSLAYER, a rousing but somewhat …

29 - No Monster Can Keep Us Apart: CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981) - Podcast Film Review

April 20th, 2018

Ray Harryhausen’s final film marked the popular early 1980s adventure based on ancient Greek myths, CLASH OF THE TITANS.  Harry Hamlin stars as …

28 - No Monster Can Keep Us Apart: THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989) - Podcast Film Review

April 14th, 2018

The Disney Renaissance kicked off with this smash hit animated feature that brought the studio back in a major way, THE LITTLE MERMAID!  Featuring great vocal talent, quality animation, and a killer score and …

27 - The Girl of My Dreams: SPLASH (1984) - Podcast Film Review

April 7th, 2018

Ron Howard directs this delightful romantic comedy that would score one of the biggest hits of 1984, SPLASH.  Tom Hanks, Darryl Hannah and John Candy …

26 - The Girl of My Dreams: MANNEQUIN (1987) - Podcast Film Review

March 31st, 2018

Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall star in this smash hit bubblegum romance about a struggling artist who falls in love with a mannequin possessed by a lovelorn ancient Egyptian spirit who turns his life around.  James …

25 - The Girl of My Dreams: XANADU (1980) - Podcast Film Review

March 24th, 2018

The much-maligned 1980 musical gets re-evaluated in this podcast review.  Olivia Newton-John plays a muse who is sent to earth to inspire a …

24 - Brink of Extinction: LEGEND (1985) - Podcast Film Review

March 17th, 2018

Following up two sci-fi masterpieces in ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER, Ridley Scott turned his gaze toward the realm of fantasy with LEGEND, starring Tom …

23 - Brink of Extinction: THE LAST UNICORN (1982) - Film Podcast Review

March 11th, 2018

Rankin and Bass, the team that brought us Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as well as the ThunderCats, brought this charming animated feature featuring …

22 - Brink of Extinction: THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982) - Podcast Film Review

March 4th, 2018

Jim Henson conceived of this elaborate realm of fantasy in which two competing races vie for the destiny of a faraway planet, as the evil Skeksis try to thwart the Gelflings of prophecy from uniting the planet yet again …

21 - BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III (1990) - Podcast Film Review

February 24th, 2018

The third and final entry in the BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy sees Marty and Doc in the Old West of Hill Valley in 1885, where Marty must save Doc from getting gunned down by an ancestor of Biff Tannen.  It’s a softer, …

20 - BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989) - Podcast Film Review

February 16th, 2018

Marty and Doc must head 30 years into the future to save Marty’s kids from calamity,l but end up making a mess of the past when Biff Tannen takes over the DeLorean.  Will they save themselves, and their pasts, as well …

19 - BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) - Film Podcast Review

February 9th, 2018

Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Steven Spielberg present the original 1985 class, BACK TO THE FUTURE! Michael J. Fox plays 17-year-old Marty McFly, a …

18: HI-CONCEPT HIGH SCHOOL - My Science Project (1985) Film Review Podcast

February 2nd, 2018

John Stockwell, Fisher Stevens and Dennis Hopper appear in this low-budget sci-fi/comedy from 1985, MY SCIENCE PROJECT, where teens find an alien contraption of seemingly unlimited power that opens a portal from which …

17: HI-CONCEPT HIGH SCHOOL: Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) - Podcast Film Review

January 27th, 2018

Francis Ford Coppola directs this fluffy but endearing film that asks the age-old question, “what if we could do it all over again?” An …

16: HI-CONCEPT HIGH SCHOOL - Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) - Film Review Podcast

January 20th, 2018

The breakthrough performance for Keanu Reeves, along with co-star Alex Winter, in this fun time-traveling romp through history, as two California teens pick up verious historical figures in their phone booth through …

15: THE BLUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE - The Land Before Time (1988) Movie Review Podcast

January 13th, 2018

Don Bluth collaborates with executive producer Steven Spielberg again, this time also joining forces with George Lucas for THE LAND BEFORE TIME, the …

14: THE BLUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE - An American Tail (1986) - Podcast Film Review

January 6th, 2018

Don Bluth’s second feature film as director sees him joining forces with producer Steven Spielberg for AN AMERICAN TAIL, which details the immigrant experience for many of American ancestors in their long journey to the …

13: THE BLUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE: The Secret of NIMH (1982) - Podcast Movie Review

December 30th, 2017

Don Bluth’s first big screen effort under his own name after splitting from Disney, along with several other Disney animators and artists, in order to try to return to the kind of groundbreaking style and commitments to …

12: STOCKING STUFFERS - Scrooged (1988) - Podcast Film Review

December 24th, 2017

I look back at a film that some people herald as a great Christmas film.  I’ve always had issues, but wanted to give it another shot.  Do I come around? Bill Murray stars as Frank Cross in this modern take on the …

11: STOCKING STUFFERS: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) - Podcast Film Review

December 22nd, 2017

The third in National Lampoon’s Vacation series, Christmas Vacation has gone on from being a minor blip to a holiday favorite for many families over …

10: STOCKING STUFFERS: A Christmas Story (1983) - Podcast Movie Review

December 19th, 2017

Bob Clark directs and co-writes my favorite Christmas film of the 1980s, and perhaps my favorite of any era, A CHRISTMAS STORY, a nostalgic look at childhood that makes me nostalgic for my own.  Peter Billingsley stars …

9: LET'S GET SMALL: The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) - Podcast Film Review

December 3rd, 2017

Lily Tomlin stars in this wacky comedy from 1981, playing multiple roles, exploring the satirical themes of the diminishing role of the American …

8: Let's Get Small - Innerspace (1987) Podcast Film Review

November 26th, 2017

In this episode, Vince takes a look at “Innerspace” from director Joe Dante, starring Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, and Meg Ryan.  produced by Steven Spielberg, this sci-fi based comedy riffs on “Fantastic Voyage” where …

7: LET'S GET SMALL - Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) Podcast Film Review

November 19th, 2017

Rick Moranis stars as lovable dad and ambitious college professor Wayne Szalinski, who has recently become something of a laughing stock to his peers …

6: FAIRY TALES - Labyrinth (1986) Podcast Film Review

November 5th, 2017

Jennifer Connelly is cast in one of her first starring roles as Sarah, a teenage girl who has grown tired of her stepmother and father leaving her …

5: FAIRY TALES: Ladyhawke (1985) Podcast Film Review

October 30th, 2017

Set in France during the Middle Ages, Philippe ‘The Mouse’ Gaston, a convicted pickpocket escapes from a castle dungeon only to get involved in a …

4: FAIRY TALES: The Princess Bride (1987) Podcast Film Review

October 22nd, 2017

A sick young boy gets a visit from his grandfather, who reads the young lad one of his favorite books, ‘The Princess Bride’. The book is of a princess named Buttercup, who has a romance with her stable boy, Westley but …

3: STAR WARS: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi - Podcast Film Review

October 8th, 2017

This final entry sees the Empire creating a new Death Star, a feat with such magnitude, even the Emperor himself has come to oversee the progress.  …

2: STAR WARS: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back – Podcast Film Review

October 1st, 2017

The Empire Strikes Back continues the Star Wars saga in exciting fashion, with the Empire now having driven the Rebels from their secret base to another on an ice planet called Hoth. The Empire eventually locates this …

1: STAR WARS: Episode IV – A New Hope

September 25th, 2017

The inaugural review of the 1980s film retrospective, looking at George Lucas’ monumental blockbuster.  yes, it’s from 1977, but necessary to dip back to review the later films.   A couple of robots shuttle to a desert …
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