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What are the The Best 1980s & 1990s Movies? Do you find yourself asking if the movies we loved while growing up were really that good? Have you caught yourself thinking, “why don’t make movies like they use to?” Can you still remember spending your Friday Nights searching for the perfect movie renta… read more

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The Color of Money (1986)

May 11th, 2021


Some say Paul Newman is the greatest actor of all time. Some say Martin Scorsese is the greatest director of all time. And some say "The Color of …

Back to The Beach (1987)

May 7th, 2021


Bust out your surfboards and Stunned Mullets, we're going "Back to The Beach" with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello! This 1987 parody of '60s …

Happy Gilmore (1996)

May 5th, 2021


We owe you an apology. In more than 200 movies, Shat The Movies somehow neglected to select a film starring Adam Sandler. Listener Steve W. decided …

Innerspace (1987)

April 26th, 2021


The '80s gave us two major movies about shrinkage: "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" and "Innerspace." The former was a wholesome, heartwarming, at times …

Purple Rain (1984)

April 21st, 2021


We dedicate this episode to The Purple One on the fifth anniversary of his death. And we celebrate “Purple Rain,” a film he made early in his career …

Dirty Work (1998)

April 14th, 2021


Long ago, Roger and Gene begged Shat Nation to commission one of their all-time favorite '90s comedies: "Dirty Work." Heeding the call, listener Jack stepped up and demanded Norm Macdonald have his day in the sun. …

Dazed and Confused (1993)

April 6th, 2021


Alright, alright, alright — it's time for the movie that put Matthew McConaughey on the map, turned Ben Affleck into a bully, and taught us all to …

Mortal Kombat (1995)

April 2nd, 2021


Before you watch the 2021 remake of "Mortal Kombat," test your might (and intestinal fortitude) with the 1995 original.

The Shat Crew settles all the big Mortal Kombat questions: Is Scorpion better than Sub Zero? What …

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

March 31st, 2021


Enough with the comedies! Let’s get back to naval warfare, the threat of nuclear annihilation, and a time when Jack Ryan was played by a young Alec Baldwin. It’s time to dive deep into the Shatty Sea for the Sean …

The Full Monty (1997)

March 23rd, 2021


Man, "feel good" movies sure have changed since 1997. Back then, all you needed was an economically depressed English town, a nasty divorce, body dysmorphia, erectile dysfunction, and attempted to suicide to create a …

The Cannonball Run (1981)

March 16th, 2021


When listener James commissioned "The Cannonball Run," we had no idea it would be the podcast episode that launched a dozen new Shat The Movies …

My Science Project (1985)

March 10th, 2021


When it comes to your 200th movie, you can't just go with any old motion picture. You need something mid-80s with a time-traveling teen, a cool car, …

Empire Records (1995)

March 3rd, 2021


What happens when the dad of the podcast is confronted with the rebellious teen of '90s coming-of-age movies? Will Big D spank "Empire Records," or will this record-store comedy remind him of what it was to be a …

The Final Countdown (1980)

February 24th, 2021


This episode is cursed. You've been warned. 

It killed Ash's Internet access, froze all of Texas, put Big D in the hospital, and aged Gene another 40 years. 

Do you really want to risk it all to hear The Shat Crew talk …

True Lies (1994)

February 17th, 2021


Years of Shat The Movies debate were finally settled this week when Ash, Big D, and Gene carefully studied the Jamie Lee Curtis striptease in "True …

Species (1995)

February 9th, 2021



"Species" is a movie about boobs: great boobs, alien boobs, killer boobs, gooey boobs. But the 1995 movie that introduced the world to Natasha Henstridge is so much more. It made Ash and Big D sympathize with a …

Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead (1991)

February 3rd, 2021


We all remember Christina Applegate as the ditzy Kelly Bundy from TV's "Married with Children," but people often forget she did '90s movies, too. Before starring in "Anchorman" and "Bad Moms," a young Applegate went …

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

January 27th, 2021


Jim Carrey scored a perfect 0 Wipe Score with "Dumb and Dumber" and almost did it again with "Cable Guy." Can "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" keep the streak alive?

Find out why Ace's look gets Ash worked up. Learn about …

Tequila Sunrise (1988)

January 20th, 2021


Ash makes Shat The Movies history as we motorboat our way through a star-studded film with the coolest movie poster of 1988: "Tequila Sunrise."

This …

The Silence of The Lambs (1991)

January 13th, 2021


When we think of the best '90s horror movies, we think of "It," "Event Horizon," "Jacob's Ladder," and "Scream." Nobody ever brings up "The Silence of the Lambs." Maybe they're too scared.

This cinematic gamechanger …

Valley Girl (1983)

January 6th, 2021


Shat The Movies is no stranger to Nicolas Cage movies and teen movies; it was only a matter of time before the two collided in the '80s classic …

Boogie Nights (1997)

December 29th, 2020


On paper, "Boogie Nights" looks destined to fail: A new, 27-year-old director Paul Thomas Anderson gambling on making a period drama about porn ... …

Trading Places (1983)

December 22nd, 2020


Canadian listeners Denis and Jillian commissioned this year's Shat Christmas comedy, "Trading Places," explaining that it's been their holiday …

Office Space (1999)

December 15th, 2020


Most Shat films can only hope to be as funny now as the day they were released. "Office Space" might actually have gotten funnier over the years.

That's probably because we're grown-ups now and can relate to commuting, …

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

December 9th, 2020


"The Transformers: The Movie" put us in a very strange position. Should we view the movie as children of the '80s, as adults in a 2020 pandemic, or …

Three Amigos (1986)

December 1st, 2020


Here at Shat The Movies, we pride ourselves on seeing beyond nostalgia, beyond our personal memories, and really asking ourselves, "Does this '80s …

Fargo (1996)

November 25th, 2020


Team Shat is no stranger to Coen Brothers movies, but "Fargo" stands apart for its perfect casting, delicious darkness, and unmistakable backdrop.

Listener Eric J. made Ash's year by choosing this almost-true-crime film …

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

November 17th, 2020


Mention John Cusack, and most people think of "Say Anything," "Better Off Dead," or "High Fidelity," but Gene would argue Cusack's best film is the …

Sixteen Candles (1984)

November 11th, 2020


It's been a while since Shat The Movies covered a John Hughes movie, and this time we're going back to where it all started for the quintessential …

Clerks (1994)

November 4th, 2020


"Clerks" put director Kevin Smith on the map and taught '90s kids we all could be directors with just a roll of black-and-white film, a few friends, …

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

October 28th, 2020


The 1978 "Halloween" was a hit with the Shat The Movies crew, so we were overjoyed when loyal listener Tom C. in Texas chose its sequel "Halloween 4" …

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989)

October 20th, 2020


Shat The Movies is proud to complete it's first film trilogy, and what better series than "Indiana Jones," whose original three movies began and …

Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom (1984)

October 14th, 2020


Back in 2017, we awarded "Raiders of The Lost Ark" a perfect wipe score. The magical combination of Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Lawrence Kasdan, and Karen Allen was irresistible and timeless.

But change the …

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

October 6th, 2020


Every child of the '80s remembers "Maximum Overdrive," that cool horror movie where cars come alive and a green goblin semi-truck tries to kill …

Detroit Rock City (1999)

September 29th, 2020


In a year when seeing concerts became impossible, listener Chris T. commissioned a movie about four teenagers doing the impossible to see the greatest show of their lives: "Detroit Rock City."

You wanted the best? You …

Escape to Victory (1981)

September 21st, 2020


If you love soccer and the world's nicest Nazis, then "Escape to Victory" is the movie for you. Listener Joe T commissioned this World War II POW tale from across the pond, then was kind enough to call in with the most …

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

September 14th, 2020


"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" did everything an '80s high school movie was supposed to do. It did it first, and it did it best. The cast of young …

Young Guns (1988)

September 8th, 2020


"Regulators, mount up!" Few words inspire more '80s Western nostalgia, and few movies manage to mix hot young actors with dusty old history the way …

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

September 2nd, 2020


"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" might be the movie the Shat crew was born to cover: Gene's a career journalist. Ash launched an entire podcast on addiction and recovery. And Big D really, really, really likes …

The Mummy (1999)

August 25th, 2020


Do you love adventure films? Sexy guys and gals on camelback your thing? Do you pine for the golden age of Brendan Fraser’s film career? If the …

Fletch Lives (1989)

August 18th, 2020


Sequels can be hit or miss but return commissioner Adam decided to take the chance on the 1989 sequel to a classic Chevy Chase film, “Fletch Lives.” A critical failure but box office success, “Fletch Lives” revives the …

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

August 12th, 2020


In 1999, the world stood on the brink of massive change: a new millennium, a new reality, the future of our dreams sitting right on our doorstep. Big D had just joined the Army. Roger readied himself for deployment to …

Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

August 4th, 2020


We all know the "Adventures in Babysitting" cover art, but do you really know what this 1987 comedy is all about?

It's Elizabeth Shue at her feel-good-movie best. It's also the major motion picture version of an …

Heathers (1988)

July 28th, 2020


These dark times call for dark movies, and '80s comedies didn't get any darker than "Heathers." The Winona Ryder and Christian Slater box office flop …

Mac and Me (1988)

July 24th, 2020


Can a movie based on commercial relationships be so bad, it's excellent? That was the question posed by Jim B & family when he commissioned the 1988 rip-off of ET, #MacAndMe.

Big D uses a sick day, so Rog invites …

Clueless (1995)

July 16th, 2020


Could the best adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma" be the version that explores the lifestyles of over-privileged rich teenagers living in Beverly …

Wayne's World (1992)

July 8th, 2020


If we sealed 90’s pop culture in a time capsule and opened it up 30 years later, the result would be a VHS tape of the 1992 film, #WaynesWorld. As a …

Vision Quest (1985)

July 1st, 2020


Teenage coming-of-age films saturated the 80's box office, but only one combined an oversexed virgin, wrestling singlets, and Madonna: #VisionQuest. Long time Shat the Movies listener Nelson commissioned the 1985 film …

Forrest Gump (1994)

June 24th, 2020


We all agree that these are pretty turbulent times. Appropriately, it was with great anticipation that we circled our calendar for the 1994 …

Grease 2 (1982)

June 18th, 2020


When it comes to cult musicals, we typically think of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Shop of Horrors, & This Is Spinal Tap. However, a little …

Léon: The Professional (1994)

June 10th, 2020


When you want a hitman, you hire the best. When you want a review of your favorite 90's film, you hire Shat the Movies(?). That's the conclusion Mike from Quincy reached when he commissioned the 1994 English-language …

Repo Man (1984)

May 26th, 2020


Listener Scott O was disappointed to see #RepoMan (1984) excluded from the Pantheon of Shat. As a result, he mailed in an envelope of money initially …

Kingpin (1996)

May 20th, 2020


With previous reviews of The Big Lebowski and Dumb & Dumber, STM listener Jake V felt the timing was right to commission the 1996 Farrelly Brothers' gutterball, Kingpin.

Rog and Big D embark on a road trip through a …

Crocodile Dundee (1986)

May 11th, 2020


What would be worse? Getting attacked by a 16-foot crocodile...or enduring a cross country road trip while listening to the entire back catalog of …

Sling Blade (1996)

May 4th, 2020


We’re heading down to Arkansas for some french fried potaters and off-color street jokes as the Original Shat Trio review Billy Bob Thornton’s magnus …

Tremors (1990)

April 28th, 2020


Can you fly, sucka? It’s time to load up our 1980’s era Japanese pick-up truck with vault poles and fishing dynamite as we head to the desert town of …

The City of Lost Children (1995)

April 22nd, 2020


Get ready because the Shat crew is going international for the first time. Listener Lisa sent in a very persuasive email that convinced us to take on the 1995 French science fantasy film, The City of Lost Children, our …

Strange Days (1995)

April 14th, 2020


Before James Cameron set sail for Hollywood history with Titanic, he almost sank Kathryn Bigelow’s directing career with the giant iceberg of a box …

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

April 7th, 2020


When we recorded this episode, the Coronavirus pandemic had just begun. Four weeks later, listener Jeremy’s commission gives us the timely 1981 post-apocalyptic Mad Max: Road Warrior. In this episode, Gene points out …

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

March 30th, 2020


You’d be hard-pressed to find a movie critic or cinema-goer that doesn’t love or at least respect Saving Private Ryan. From its iconic opening depiction of D-Day, this is unlike any war movie we’ve covered.

Listener JE …

Clue (1985)

March 21st, 2020


Out of all the board games we played as kids, who would have thought Clue would be the one to produce a movie with a two-hour run time. But this …

Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

March 16th, 2020


We all love Dick Ebert, but giving him what he wants isn't always the best idea. Big D is a man of strange appetites who suffered through a childhood …

Spies Like Us (1985)

March 10th, 2020


 A lot of love went into this "Shat The Movies" episode. And a lot of love was lost.

Listener Danny Jr.'s wife lovingly commissioned "Spies Like Us" as a ninth anniversary gift. And Danny Jr. lovingly dedicated it to …

Air Force One (1997)

March 3rd, 2020


That screaming eagle of freedom you just heard is Big D's patriotism soaring through the wild blue yonder alongside the biggest, baddest, ass-kickingest presidential conveyance of all time: "Air Force One."

Listener Jim …

Dumb and Dumber (1994)

February 25th, 2020


"Dumb and Dumber" is the king of '90s comedies. Undisputed. End of discussion.

But many moviegoers forget this 1994 screwball comedy is the film that put the Farrelly Brothers on the map and cemented Jim Carrey as the …

Better Off Dead (1985)

February 18th, 2020


Listener John Enright asked Shat The Movies a year ago to put the Best of John Cusack up for a vote. Then he waited month after month and heard nothing: no "Say Anything," no "Grosse Pointe Blank," no "Sixteen Candles."

Drop Dead Fred (1991)

February 10th, 2020


It only took 3 years and 108 days, but long-time listener Gillian J. finally commissioned the 1991 movie that asks the question: “Is a light-hearted comedy really the best vehicle to explore the effects of childhood …

Groundhog Day (1993) Encore Presentation

February 3rd, 2020


It’s that most wonderful time of year, when hundreds of people flock to a small western Pennsylvania town for the excitement of watching a large …

Lethal Weapon (1987)

January 29th, 2020


What would an '80s podcast be without the ultimate buddy cop movie? "Lethal Weapon" blew our minds in 1987 and blew the doors off box …

Explorers (1985)

January 21st, 2020


"The Explorers" had everything an '80s kid could want in a movie: three buddies building a spaceship from a Tilt-A-Whirl, magical computers, teenage …

Tommy Boy (1995)

January 17th, 2020


Listener Brad Nicholas noticed "Shat The Movies" had never done a Chris Farley movie, and he decided to do something about it. To honor a comic …

Ronin (1998)

January 8th, 2020


Do you remember your first DVD? "Shat The Movies" listener Ken C. does. And he forked out the dollars to share it with you. 

"Ronin" was a throwback …

Over the Top (1987)

January 1st, 2020


Leave it to an Aussie living in Canada to commission the most anti-intellectual American truckerfest we've ever covered on "Shat The Movies." Listener Fabian threw in his hard-earned green stamps to request "Over The …

The Santa Clause (1994)

December 23rd, 2019


"Shat The Movies" voters have spoken, and the holiday movie they most wanted to hear in 2019 is "The Santa Clause." Take a magic sleigh ride back to …

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

December 16th, 2019


WARNING! Shat The Movies has hit peak adorable, just in time for the holidays, with its first kid-friendly episode: "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

December 12th, 2019


Christmas comes early for Gene Lyons as listener David Petsolt commissions "Bram Stoker's Dracula, the movie that changed the way we see vampires and …

Magnolia (1999)

December 7th, 2019


Shat The Movies listener Ashley Schlafly is better to us than we deserve. When we're stumped by a movie, she explains it in the context of literature and history. When we're perplexed by a TV show, she's there to save …

Scarface (1983)

November 26th, 2019


Want the Shat Crew to really invest in a movie review? Give us something to relate to! Let Roger the vaper talk about life as a sorta' Cuban. Let Big D talk about the proper use of an M16A1 grenade launcher. Let Gene …

UHF (1989)

November 19th, 2019


Listener Erika in Connecticut made Gene Lyons' dreams come true by commissioning the little movie that could: Weird Al's 1989 underground comedy …

L.A. Story (1991)

November 12th, 2019


Only a Californian can truly appreciate Steve Martin's 1991 labor of love, "L.A. Story." So listener Emmet from Orange, CA, did the honors of …

Iron Eagle (1986)

November 6th, 2019


Wife of the year Marisa commissioned “Iron Eagle” for her husband, Greg, but really it was a gift to all of Shat Nation. This 1986 Air Force cheese …

The Shining (1980)

October 29th, 2019


It's the Third Annual Shat The Movies Halloween Spooktacular and the Third Annual Roger Telling About His Grandparents' Haunted House! In this …

Army of Darkness (1992)

October 22nd, 2019


Big D just watched his first "Evil Dead" movie and is here to talk about it. That alone makes this episode of "Shat The Movies" worth the price of admission. 

Need more? Listener Chris Powers' "Army of Darkness" …

The Money Pit (1986)

October 16th, 2019


This isn't just a podcast about '80s movies; it's a podcast about FEELINGS. Or at least three guys' ideas on cheating, romantic comedies, and home inspections.

Listener Joe in Alexandria, VA, commissioned 1986's "The …

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

October 8th, 2019


Just when you thought we had covered all the '80s space classics: "E.T.," "The Empire Strikes Back," "The Last Starfighter," and "The Thing," listener John Clyburn takes the podcast where no Shat has gone before with …

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

October 1st, 2019


Shat The Movies listeners were asked to choose from six of Dick Eberts' favorites for this week's podcast, but their top choices already had been commissioned by other listeners. We get it: You love Dick.

We've done …

The Rock (1996)

September 24th, 2019


Most "Shat The Movies" episodes are commissioned by listeners who want to hear us revisit films they love. But this one was commissioned by a podcaster who wanted to hear us cover one of Big D's favorite movies. 

Drew …

The Boondock Saints (1999)

September 16th, 2019


"The Boondock Saints" went from the hottest script in Hollywood to a pathetic five-theater release, to one of the biggest cult classics of the late …

Kindergarten Cop (1990)

September 10th, 2019


Have you ever caught yourself thinking, "I'd like some parenting advice from three male podcasters stuck in the '90s?" If you answered yes, then this is the podcast for you.

Listener Stephanie commissioned "Kindergarten …

The Cable Guy (1996)

September 3rd, 2019


With Big D visiting Gene and Roger in Arizona, this week's "Shat The Movies" keyword is "friendship." And what better movie to exemplify friendship than Jim Carrey's smash '90s hit?

No, not "Dumb and Dumber" (which …

Dogma (1999)

August 26th, 2019


"Shat The Movies" celebrates 127 successful episodes of lighthearted banter about silly movies by reviewing a 1999 Kevin Smith hit that was labeled …

The Karate Kid (1984)

August 15th, 2019


In Part 2 of our Wondertwins co-commission, younger brother Josh dedicates "The Karate Kid" to big brother Adam. And the Shat Crew gets crazy nostalgic over this 1984 martial arts father-son romance. Gene predictably …

Bad Boys (1995)

August 9th, 2019


What do you buy your twin for his birthday? A "Shat The Movies" review! What does he buy you? The same. Because, y'know, twins.

This week's commission, coming from listener Adam for his brother Josh, is Michael Bay's …

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

August 2nd, 2019


Roger Roeper labeled "From Dusk Till Dawn" a tale of two movies, and he couldn't be more correct. Robert Rodriguez directing and Quentin Tarantino …

Galaxy Quest (1999)

July 24th, 2019


This week, we bid happy retirement to a listener to got the shaft from his employer, then realized he already had enough money to retire. Rob P. has been a longtime listener of both Shat on TV and Shat The Movies, and …

Bill Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

July 18th, 2019


This week's Shat The Movies category is Roger's Favorite Movies, and the listeners overwhelmingly chose "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," a film that gave us the opportunity to discuss Gene's music career, Big D's …

Escape from New York (1981)

July 10th, 2019


Two dystopian American films from the '80s are huge in Norway: "Blade Runner" and "Escape from New York." We shat all over the former, so Norwegian listener Per T. commissioned the latter.

If you think the Shat The …

The Sandlot (1993)

July 3rd, 2019


Shat The Movies listener Valorie commissioned "The Sandlot" thinking she would get a podcast about the 1993 coming-of-age baseball classic.

Instead, …

Videodrome (1983)

June 27th, 2019


The story behind this week's commissioned film review could be a movie of its own: The loving wife of a northern England postman secretly saves the …

Demolition Man (1993)

June 20th, 2019


Why would anyone pay us to review a 1993 action-comedy starring an aging Sylvester Stallone and over-the-top Wesley Snipes? Because it's incredibly …

The Princess Bride (1987)

June 14th, 2019


How have we gone more than 100 movies without reviewing "The Princess Bride?" It's a travesty of justice, one that Shat The Movies listener Adam R. decided to correct with his generous commission.

Is it a comedy? Is it …

Robocop (1987)

June 3rd, 2019


The original Shat The Movies trio is back! Roger Roeper joins Dick Ebert and Gene Lyons to review the dystopian Detroit crime classic "Robocop." Like …

Point Break (1991) Encore Presentation

May 19th, 2019


Keanu Reeves' pro-pooch, mega-violent action trilogy is complete with this week's release of "John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum," and we'd love to …

Back to The Future (1985) Encore Presentation

May 9th, 2019


This week, our Best Of series takes us back in time to review one of the rare movies Roger Roeper, Dick Ebert, and I all agreed on: "Back to The Future."

If you recently saw "Avengers: Endgame," you know "Back to The …

Conan The Barbarian (1982) Encore Presentation

May 2nd, 2019


In honor of the Battle of Winterfell, we're proud to present our recap of a movie that shows some real military tactics, including how to infiltrate …

Road House (1989) Encore Presentation

April 25th, 2019


“Road House” invented the good bad movie. But was it actually any good? Patrick Swayze was charming but grossly undersized. The script was quotable but largely nonsense. And did you know Road House is two words?

Whether …

Predator 2 (1990) Encore Presentation

April 19th, 2019


Predator rocked the barrier between action and sci-fi when Arnold Schwarzenegger battled a new kind of enemy in 1987. This isn't that movie. On its …

King Ralph (1991)

April 13th, 2019


When the royal family is accidentally killed, the heir to the throne proves to be a loutish American named Ralph Jones (John Goodman). Overnight, Ralph goes from sleazy Las Vegas lounge singer to King of England, and …

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

April 3rd, 2019


Kerri Gross prayed for it, and listener CarmelitaValdezMcKoy answered. We’re reviewing the 1985 oddity “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.”

This groundbreaking …

The Natural (1984)

March 28th, 2019


“The Natural” belongs in any debate over the best sports movie ever. It has Robert Redford in his prime, a stunning Kim Basinger, huffy Wilford …

Total Recall (1990)

March 22nd, 2019


The most expensive film of its day, "Total Recall" took Arnold Schwarzenegger's career to new heights by adding star power like Sharon Stone, …

Toy Story (1995)

March 14th, 2019


"Toy Story" won the Best of Disney category, and it's easy to see why this Pixar powerhouse spawned an entire franchise. The characters are unforgettable, the attention to detail is unrivaled, and the voice talent is …

Dune (1984)

March 8th, 2019


No ‘80s movie podcast featuring Kerri Gross would be complete without covering David Lynch’s sci-fi epic “Dune.” But after more than 100 episodes, …

Crimson Tide (1995)

February 27th, 2019


When an Army veteran and a nurse who knows nothing about the military review a '90s submarine movie, you know it's going to be crazy. Throw in Roger Roeper's tales of babysitting in an alligator costume, and it's …

Back to The Future Part II (1989)

February 21st, 2019


Most sequels give us more of the same. "Back to The Future Part II" changed the game by giving us a world we'd never seen: hoverboards, Pac-Fax, VistaGlide, and filming two sequels back-to-back with cross-promotion …

License to Drive (1988)

February 15th, 2019


How much Corey is too much Corey? Between Corey Haim's mouth breathing and Corey Feldman's avalanche of bombing jokes, we'd say "License to Drive" answers that question emphatically. 

The Shat Crew expected corny '80s …

Safe Men (1998)

February 7th, 2019


When "Shat The Movies" listener Lucas discovered we wouldn't be doing a Best of Jewish Mob Movies category, he took matters into his own hands. …

Predator (1987)

February 1st, 2019


It's our 100th movie review! And we've been saving one very special movie for this massive milestone. Tear off your shirt, flex your freedom, and GET TO THE CHOPPAH! It's "Predator" time.

Let's go back to 1987, when …

Weekend at Bernie's (1989)

January 24th, 2019


Listener Christian commissioned this '80s classic as a tribute to Shat The Movies host Roger Roeper, and Rog defends it against criticism from Big D and Kerri Gross.

Find out what a 2003 Pizza Hut promotion had to do …

The Burbs (1989)

January 17th, 2019


Big D thought we should do a Best of Rick Ducommun, and you're probably wondering who that is. You're not alone.

Ducommun was in "Spaceballs," "The …

The Crow (1994)

January 10th, 2019


"The Crow" isn't the greatest movie of the '90s. It's not even the best movie of 1994. But for a lot of thirty-somethings, this movie was a huge part …

WarGames (1983)

January 3rd, 2019


"WarGames" changed the way '80s kids looked at video games, computers, and the threat of nuclear annihilation. But in the age of smartphones and …

Jingle All The Way (1996)

December 24th, 2018


"Jingle All The Way" marked the end of two distinct cinematic eras: Arnold Schwarzenegger's string of comedies and Sinbad's film career. But was it …

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

December 19th, 2018


Many people forget "Edward Scissorhands" is a Christmas movie. Well, at least it's a movie with Christmas in it. Or is it simply snow? Actually, it's just shave ice. But whatever, it's Christmastime in Shatland, and …

Good Will Hunting (1997)

December 14th, 2018


"Good Will Hunting" won the Best of Matt Damon category among Shat The Movies, and we can see why. Damon didn't just star in the movie, he co-wrote it with Ben Affleck when the two were just a couple of fresh-faced …

Groundhog Day (1993)

December 6th, 2018


"Groundhog Day" is the rare movie that became more important than the holiday that inspired it. Many believe it's Bill Murray's greatest work, and …

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

November 29th, 2018


"The Last Boy Scout" is a movie by dirt bags for dirt bags. Producer Joel Silver is a dirt bag who cast his girlfriend as a topless chick in "Die Hard" and never gave her film credits. Bruce Willis plays a disgraced …

Planes Trains Automobiles (1987) Encore Presentation

November 20th, 2018


Thanksgiving is a holiday like no other: We don't buy presents. We don't wear costumes. We don't party all night. We just bring our family and …

Tron (1982)

November 15th, 2018


Disney's "Tron" digitally dazzled the world as revolutionary work of art: the identity discs, the concept of a computerized world, and visuals that …

Under Siege (1992)

November 7th, 2018


Everyone has that phase they'd rather not talk about. For some, it's when they wore JNCO jeans. For others, it's when they thought that two-tone ska …

Beetlejuice (1988)

October 29th, 2018


There isn't a soul in this world or the next who doesn't love "Beetlejuice." It's Michael Keaton at his best. It's Tim Burton at his best. It's Geena …

Pet Sematary (1989)

October 24th, 2018


"Pet Sematary" might be Stephen King's biggest '80s movie hit, but is it any good after 30 years? That depends on whether you value good moviemaking over good writing.

Find out what The Ramones had to do with getting …

Friday The 13th (1980)

October 18th, 2018


"Friday the 13th" changed the world of horror movies when in debuted in 1980, picking up the slasher flick genre where "Halloween" left off. The cast's biggest star was an unknown Kevin Bacon, and the budget was a …

Halloween (1978)

October 12th, 2018


Halloween is in the air, and the Shat crew is ready to get spoopy! Forty years after "Halloween" introduced America to Michael Myers and one week before Jamie Lee Curtis returns in the 11th installment of the series, we …

Gleaming The Cube (1989)

October 4th, 2018


"Gleaming The Cube" brought skateboard culture to the big screen with one of the weirdest plots we've seen to date: A skater Christian Slater …

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

September 27th, 2018


If you've never fallen in love with a friend, consider yourself lucky. If you've ever fallen in love with a friend, consider this romcom a treasure.

"When Harry Met Sally" used to just be "That Meg Ryan orgasm scene …

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

September 21st, 2018


When you think "My Cousin Vinny," you might think "Joe Pesci comedy classic," but there's a lot more to this 1992 North-meets-South courtroom farce.

For Gene, there's Marisa Tomei at her finest: A charming Mona Lisa …

Last Action Hero (1993)

September 5th, 2018


Arnold Schwarzenegger considered "Last Action Hero" the beginning of the end of his film career. After a string of blockbusters, Arnold had a flop on …

Arachnophobia (1990)

August 30th, 2018


When "Arachnophobia" was released in in 1990, advertisers were uncertain as to whether they should market the film as a thriller or a comedy. …

Armageddon (1998)

August 23rd, 2018


"Armageddon" showed us exactly what happens when mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer teams up with ultra-director Michael Bay: Everything's big, loud, …

Road House (1989)

August 16th, 2018


“Road House” invented the good bad movie. But was it actually any good? Patrick Swayze was charming but grossly undersized. The script was quotable but largely nonsense. And did you know Road House is two words?

Whether …

In The Mouth of Madness (1994)

August 9th, 2018


"In The Mouth of Madness" is a cult film that pioneered themes that pushed the boundaries of cinema from 1994 to present day: self-referential film …

Heat (1995)

August 6th, 2018


Was "Heat" a star-studded, heart-racing heist movie or a bloated collection of subplots better suited to a mini-series? Michael Mann's masterpiece …

Labyrinth (1986)

July 28th, 2018


A 40-year-old, hypersexualized rock star in a codpiece who calls himself a Goblin King steals a baby and tries to seduce the child's 15-year-old …

The Goonies (1985)

July 19th, 2018


Was Chunk fat-shamed or fat-famed? Does foreclosure really need to be explained? What's the proper etiquette for wishing well coin collection? And …

The Terminator (1984)

July 12th, 2018


Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son …

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

July 1st, 2018


Kurt Russell plays hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton, who gets caught in a bizarre conflict within, and underneath, San Francisco's Chinatown. An ancient Chinese prince and Chinatown crime lord has kidnapped a …

Showgirls (1995)

May 17th, 2018


Like Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon) and Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) bonding over their shared joy of eating the same brand of dog food, Roger, …

The Big Lebowski (1998)

May 2nd, 2018


Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski who insists on being called "the Dude," a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a …

Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)

April 9th, 2018


Can you really call it a movie "Speed" when it only goes 17 knots? Can you call a movie "Speed" when it doesn't have Keanu Reaves? Can you even call this thing a movie? Impossible physics, premarital bickering, …

Rounders (1998)

April 9th, 2018


Poker talk, smart voiceovers, Matt Damon in gigantic clothes, Ed Norton as Tyler Durden, John Malkovich butchering an accent, and John Turturro …

Spaceballs (1987)

April 1st, 2018


Spaceballs wins our Best of John Candy category, bringing Roger and Gene together against Big D for the first time ever. Hop aboard the Spaceball One as we blast through the fourth wall, celebrate Rick Moranis, learn …

Backdraft (1991)

March 20th, 2018


Backdraft taught us to yell at fires, run into burning buildings, cool off our sexy bods by firehose, and never, ever let our estranged sons help us …

Real Genius (1985)

March 13th, 2018


A deliciously young Val Kilmer, an even more delicious young Sarah Jessica Parker (played by Gabriel Jarret), a billion lasers, boring montages, …

Jurassic Park (1993)

March 4th, 2018


The most iconic scenes in movie history, sexy Jeff Goldblum, goosebumps aplenty, a triceratops turd too high, hyperconfident scientists, unnecessary …

Braveheart (1995)

February 23rd, 2018


Premature kilts, revised history, foppish Brits, Crossfit Scots, a 40-year-old Mel Gibson, a hot 9-year-old princess, undying love, and a romance …

Timecop (1994)

February 13th, 2018


Laughable wardrobes, finding excuses for Jean Claude Van Damme to kick things, gratuitous Belgian sex, gratuitous Belgian sax, an avalanche of …

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

February 6th, 2018


Soundtrack of the gods, camel-punching, surprise romance, imperfect allies, meaty snakes, cannibalistic orgies, and a unanimous Shat Score.

Conan The Barbarian often is lumped in the same shitpile as other fantasy …

Casino (1995)

January 31st, 2018


A sparkling Sharon Stone, labyrinth storylines, crappy explosions, loud suits, popping eyeballs, James Woods pimpin', and a Joe Pesci blowjob? When you want it all, "Casino" delivers. And it takes 3 tectonic hours to do …

Flatliners (1990)

January 23rd, 2018


"Med students explore to see what might lie beyond death" might be the advertisement, but what we got was the old bait-and-switch. Instead of that …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

January 16th, 2018


Did you know 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the highest grossing independent film of all time? It was. Did you know creature master Jim Henson lent his magic to the film? He did? Did you know this is one of the …

True Romance (1993)

January 10th, 2018


If you're a Quentin Tarantino fan and haven't seen "True Romance," this episode will convince you. And if you're a "True Romance" fan, Roger is about to piss you off. We catalog the phenomenal cast and all the brilliant …

A Christmas Story (1983)

January 2nd, 2018


What goes great with a holiday hangover? How about a scathing edition of Shat The Movies? "A Christmas Story" is quoted, celebrated, immortalized, …

Scrooged (1988)

December 29th, 2017


Caught in the doldrums between Christmas and New Year's Eve? We've got one more present for you! "Scrooged" might be the sleeper holiday comedy you …

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

December 19th, 2017


“The Last Jedi” is here and dividing fans like no Star Wars movie before. Gain some perspective by looking back on the high point of the franchise: “The Empire Strikes Back.” We bow down to its brilliance and magnify …

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

December 15th, 2017


Judging Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" requires one simple question: Not "is it a good movie?" but "Is it worse than 'Willow?" And, thank Alan Rickman, Robin hood is just a bit better. Still, horrible …

Seven (1995)

December 1st, 2017


Anybody can make a slasher flick. And talented directors can pull off thrillers. But "Seven" is a masterpiece only David Fincher could pull off. Brad …

Planes Trains Automobiles (1987)

November 25th, 2017


Easily excitable Neal Page (Steve Martin) is somewhat of a control freak. Trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife (Laila …

Point Break (1991)

November 18th, 2017


Sometimes, a laughable idea makes for a fascinating film. Surf gangs that double as bank robbers? Keanu Reeves as a tough-talking undercover FBI agent who also happened to be a football star name Johnny Utah? Gary Busey …

Predator 2 (1990)

November 10th, 2017


Predator rocked the barrier between action and sci-fi when Arnold Schwarzenegger battled a new kind of enemy in 1987. This isn't that movie. On its …

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

October 31st, 2017


"A Nightmare on Elm Street" introduced us to a new slasher villain, a new horror universe, Johnny Depp and blood-fountain waterbeds. But 2/3 of our …

Poltergeist (1982)

October 27th, 2017


Steven Spielberg made it, and it's widely considered a horror classic. So why is "Poltergeist" just ho-hum? Is it the bi-polar mood of the film? The …

Porky's (1981)

October 19th, 2017


Surprise: We kinda liked Porky's. Also surprise: It's wasn't because of boobs (hardly any, actually) or jokes (so many bad ones). The 1981 Canadian-American teen sex comedy actually had some depth to it, dealing with …

The Matrix (1999)

October 12th, 2017


The Matrix changed the world: new camera styles, new visions of violence, new perceptions of reality, and new uses of vinyl clothing. Laurence …

Ghostbusters (1984)

October 6th, 2017


If someone told you "Ghostbusters" was every bit as bad as "Rambo: First Blood Part II," you'd tell him he was crazy. Consider us criminally insane. …

Back to The Future (1985)

September 28th, 2017


In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the '50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling …

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

September 23rd, 2017


In case you were wondering: No, "Rambo: First Blood Part II" does not hold up. Unless you served in the U.S. Army or really hate computers. From …

The Blues Brothers (1980)

September 18th, 2017


Was 1980's "Blue Brothers" a perfect movie? Special guest and soul music expert King Bee says yes! Blue Brothers transcended the labels of "comedy," …

Top Gun (1986)

September 5th, 2017


"Top Gun" is the perfect time capsule for 1986, the only year where you could make a successful "American romantic military action drama." We …

Caddyshack (1980)

July 21st, 2017


We asked your favorite Chevy Chase movie. And you answered "Caddyshack." We groaned. But then, something incredible happened: We kinda liked it. Allow us to wipe the fog of age from your memory and revisit all the …

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

July 14th, 2017


"10 Things I Hate About You" introduced us to Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and the unsettling reality that '90s Shakespeare …

Independence Day (1996)

July 5th, 2017


This "Independence Day," let's celebrate the 1996 cinematic dumpster fire that made Will Smith a blockbuster action hero and taught us Jeff Goldblum …

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

June 28th, 2017


If you've seen "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," you remember every scene. If you've never seen it, you probably still know the quotes, the sets, the characters. This movie distilled everything '80s into a tight, fun, stylish …

The Thing (1982)

June 22nd, 2017


Do you like totally gross monsters, psychological thrillers, cute dogs and sexy Kurt Russells? If so, you'll love "The Thing." This John Carpenter …

Starship Troopers (1997)

June 19th, 2017


Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers" mixes fun, smarts, action, sex and satire into a star-studded sci-fi package. But a lot of people mistook it for …

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

June 11th, 2017


Our mission is to answer "Were the movies we loved when growing up really that good?" Indiana Jones and The Raiders of The Lost Ark isn't as good as we remembered: It's better. If you're sick of hearing us complain how …

Batman (1989)

June 2nd, 2017


Sometimes, a podcast episode comes along and ruins your entire childhood. This recap of Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" is that episode. Give us an hour, …

Fight Club (1999)

May 26th, 2017


This week's theme was 1990's movies with a twist, and listeners overwhelming selected David Fincher's masterpiece, Fight Club (1999). While Brad Pitt & Edward Norton may have acted in the film, the real star was the …

Aliens (1986)

May 19th, 2017


"Aliens" How did James Cameron make a move this good in 1986? Like, seriously, it's impossibly good. Sigourney Weaver is the perfect warrior woman when such a thing didn't exist in film. The story makes sense. The space …

GoldenEye (1995)

May 10th, 2017


"Goldeneye" gave us a new James Bond in Pierce Brosnan and type of villain with Alan Cumming's Boris The Hacker. But the 1995 blockbuster missed a …

Willow (1988)

May 1st, 2017


"Willow" might be the saddest movie of all time, because what's sadder than wasted potential? How do you combine George Lucas, Ron Howard, Val …

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

April 27th, 2017


"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" sets the bar for 80s movie effects. It boasts inventive techniques, tons of heart and neurotic attention to detail. Shocked? So we're we. But Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd and the …

The Fifth Element (1997)

April 20th, 2017


The Fifth Element combined the action starpower of Bruce Willis, the sexuality of Milla Jovovich, the comedic genius of Chris Tucker, the …

Major League (1989)

April 17th, 2017


Major League takes us back to a time when baseball was hot, actresses were sex objects, and Charlie Sheen was likable. And despite some racist …

Twister (1996)

April 11th, 2017


"Twister" gave us all a horrifying glimpse into a world where the United States doesn't have any politically correct superpower enemies. Left with no …

Raising Arizona (1987)

March 28th, 2017


"Raising Arizona" introduced the world of the Coen brothers, Holly Hunter and Tempe, AZ. It also empowered John Goodman to truly display his …

Blade Runner (1982)

March 17th, 2017


"Blade Runner" should be a classic sci-fi masterpiece. Should be. Ridley Scott directed it. Philip K. Dick wrote it. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, …

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

March 9th, 2017


"The Shawshank Redemption" is one of the finest prison movies ever made, worthy of its 1995 Oscar nomination. But does it hold its own against the …

Pulp Fiction (1994)

March 2nd, 2017


Some say there's no such thing as a perfect movie. We say, "You need to rewatch 'Pulp Fiction.'" Quentin Tarantino's 1994 quasi-noir masterpiece has …

Highlander (1986)

February 23rd, 2017


Is "Highlander" the worst '80s movie? Perhaps. Is it the worst movie Shat The Movies has reviewed? Definitely.

Christopher Lambert can't act. Sean Connery isn't Egyptian or Spanish. We still don't understand why "there …

Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

February 16th, 2017


We all remember "Revenge of The Nerds" as a fun '80s college movie, but there's a much darker side when you watch it today. What we once saw as pig …

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

February 8th, 2017


"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" is the rare sequel that launched a franchise from good to unbelievably great. Does "Terminator 2" hold up after two …

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

February 3rd, 2017


"Beverly Hills Cop" launched Eddie Murphy's international movie career and was the biggest box office hit of 1984, but is it overrated?  No, dummy.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

January 26th, 2017


High School was a very different place for teenagers back in 1985. There were no cell phones, lockers were still in use, and there was this strange …

Commando (1985)

January 20th, 2017


Give "Commando" some respect! Seriously! This Arnold Schwarzenegger action extravaganza paved the way for watch-based action shows like "24," spawned …

Rocky IV (1985)

January 13th, 2017


Rocky IV punched its way into the heart of '80s kid by giving us an overload of all the things America loves: a dopy Sylvester Stallone, a …

The Last Starfighter (1984)

January 6th, 2017


The Last Starfighter brought us Rylans, the Kodan, Zando-Zans, Grig, Beta Units and whatever the hell Centauri was. It also delivered childhood …

Tombstone (1993)

December 29th, 2016


"Tombstone" packed in the stars: Kurt Russel, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, Bill Paxton, Dana Delaney, Powers Boothe, Charlton Heston, Jason Priestley, Steven Lang, Billy Bob Thornton and more. And it packed in the action …

Christmas Vacation (1989)

December 22nd, 2016


"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" tops nearly every list of favorite Christmas movies and holds a warm place in our hearts. But it isn't …

Home Alone (1990)

December 17th, 2016


Home Alone is the perfect modern Christmas movie: full of gags, pranks and warm messages about the holiday season.

Or is it?

Take a trip back to 1990 …

Die Hard (1988)

October 10th, 2016


This week Roger, Gene, and Dick cook up the perfect receipt for a delicious 1980’s cinematic treat. With all the key ingredients on hand:  a cop trapped inside a high-rise, a team of desperate terrorists, an iconic …

The Lost Boys (1987)

October 2nd, 2016


This week Join Roger, Dick and their new friend Gene for a stroll down the Santa Carla beach boardwalk; as they review and rewind the 1987 classic …

Coming to America (1988)

September 21st, 2016


This week Dick & Roger turn Investigative journalists to blow the lid off the lies behind Paramount Pictures decade’s long cover-up of the …

Westworld (1973)

September 15th, 2016


To wet your whistle for the old west we decided to cover the 1973 “Classic” movie Westworld, so put on your chaps and saddle up… it’s going to be a …

Gremlins (1984)

September 9th, 2016


Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to his hometown of Hill Valley in 1955… Wait same town, wrong movie.

A horde of miniature green monsters tear through the small town of …

Pretty Woman (1990)

August 30th, 2016


When it comes to 1990’s chick flicks, Julia Roberts is practically the living embodiment of the rom-com genre. From Steel Magnolias and Nottinghill …

Weird Science (1985)

August 24th, 2016


We fired up the old VCR again this week for the classic Weird Science: The tale of two horny friends Gary and Wyatt who are tired of being social …

Big (1988)

August 17th, 2016


Our first return to the VHS vaults is the 1988 classic Big: After a wish from a possessed fortuneteller turns a 12-year-old schoolboy into a …

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