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The Test of Time

Are the classic movies of our childhood as good as we remember them? Join us as we take a fresh look at our favorite films and ask if they stand The Test of Time. Hosted by Alan Noah and James Brief
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Are the classic movies of our childhood really as great as we remember them? Hosts Alan Noah and James Brief take a fresh look at our favorite films to see if they've stood The Test of Time.

 

Show logo by: Courtney Enos-Robertson

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Jun 23, 2017

MTV’s dimwitted duo travel across the United States searching for their lost television in 1996's Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
 
Listen in to a conversation that touches on the genius of Mike Judge, the universal hatred of hippies, and the missed opportunity of not having the Red Hot Chili Peppers animated into this movie. We also go through the highlights of the 2017 E3 conference before deciding if Beavis and Butt-Head Do America stands the Test of Time.
Jun 16, 2017

We’re 50 episodes in and we show no sign of slowing down. It’s kind of like we’re a never ending podcast, which is why this week, we're talking about the 1984 fantasy flick, The NeverEnding Story.
 
Join us as we reflect back on our truly awful original logo, the mistakes we've made over the course of the show's 50 first episodes, and what we'd like to do in our next 50. (Hint: it involves more Macchio.) Then special guest Adam Pincas joins us to ask the tough questions about The NeverEnding Story. Why does the Nothing want to destroy everything? How can you be super sad and not get swallowed by the Swamp of Sadness? And doesn't this story in fact have a clearly defined ending? 
 
In our biggest and boldest episode yet, we dare to find out if The NeverEnding Story stands the Test of Time.
Jun 9, 2017

Ancient Egyptians practiced the art of mummification so the deceased could stand the test of time over thousands of years. But how does the Brendan Fraser movie The Mummy hold up after just 18 years?

To find out, we analyze the way the mummy "recomposes," the correct number and order of the plagues, and how this movie features more kissing talk than an episode of Saved by the Bell. Plus we discuss Irish slang and pay tribute to the late Roger Moore as we find out if 1999's The Mummy stands the Test of Time.

Jun 2, 2017

Convicts take over an airplane in the 1997 action flick, Con Air. (Get it? Cons? In the air? Con Air?? Pretty clever!)

Join us as we talk about Nicolas Cage's constantly-changing Southern accent, Steve Buscemi's inherent creepiness, and a word that's completely vanished from the vernacular. Plus we ponder what impact Joss Whedon will have on Justice League as we find out if Con Air stands the Test of Time.
May 26, 2017
 
Ripley returns to battle an entire army of aliens in the big-budget sequel, titled—appropriately enough—Aliens.

We start off by talking about sequels that changed their franchise, then segue into sequels that ruined their franchise. We celebrate the music of the late James Horner, ponder if James Cameron was an inspiration to Ke$ha, and show how James Brief is the ultimate bachelor stereotype. In the end, we find out if Aliens stands the Test of Time.
May 19, 2017

In space, no one can hear you scream. So be grateful you’re not in space, on the run from a homicidal xenomorph that explodes out of your chest and bleeds acid.

This week, we ask the hard hitting questions about 1979's Alien. What are the drawbacks of having a mouth inside your mouth? What's the best way to choke someone with a magazine? And would "Space Truckers" have been a better title?

We also talk about our feelings on the Star Wars Episode IX release date and our hopes for Indiana Jones 5 before determining if Alien stands the Test of Time.

May 12, 2017

Dennis Quaid travels deep inside Martin Short in the 1987 movie, Innerspace.

Listen as we discuss comedies that put the "slap" in "slapstick," the pros and cons of running the projector in science class, and how a little hand-to-hand combat can go a long way. Plus our resident doctor analyzes how medically accurate this Oscar-winning (!) movie is as we find out if Innerspace stands the Test of Time.
May 6, 2017

A group of senior citizens find an extraterrestrial fountain of youth in the 1985 film, Cocoon.

In this episode, we chat about James' family connection to Brian Dennehy, Steve Guttenberg's sex appeal, and the way Wilford Brimley pronounces a certain disease. We also discuss how a sequel can tarnish the movie that preceded it as we decide if Cocoon stands the Test of Time.
Apr 28, 2017

Super spy Austin Powers is figuratively and literally frozen in the 1960's, only to find that the world has drastically changed without him.

Grab your favorite Swedish-made penis enlarger pump as we chat about our favorite Saturday Night Live cast members, the inspiration for Dr. Evil's accent, the disturbing real life story of Random Task, and the movie's decidedly creepy romance. At the end of this "podcast," we ask if Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery stands the Test of Time.

Apr 21, 2017

Two ditzy best friends head back to their hometown ten years after graduation in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.

This week, we're talking about how social media has ruined reunions, the awesomeness of Justin Theroux, and the awfulness of Mira Sorvino's accent. We also come up with a name for a potential podcast after-show as we determine if Romy and Michele's High School Reunion stands the Test of Time.
Apr 14, 2017

Arnold Schwarzenegger gets his ass to Mars in the big budget sci-fi action flick, Total Recall.

We analyze the likelihood of mutants on Mars, ponder the use of "credits" as the official currency of sci-fi movies, and ruminate on the most hapless victim to ever get caught in the middle of a fictional firefight. And yes, we talk about the three-breasted woman before deciding if Total Recall stands the Test of Time.

Apr 7, 2017

Telling the story of a convenience store employee working on his day off, 1994’s Clerks was Kevin Smith’s indie, black and white debut.

Listen as James somehow connects Aladdin to DuckTales to Jersey Shore to Clerks, Alan complains about New Jersey, and we both wonder what exactly it means to be an Asian design major.

At the end of our only episode with a lengthy conversation about necrophilia (so far), we find out if Clerks stands the Test of Time.
Mar 31, 2017

In the summer of 1962, a group of friends play baseball, learn how to steal a kiss from a lifeguard, and do battle with a dog that is definitely not neutered.

Join us as we talk about Martin Scorsese's move to Netflix, the definitive version of America the Beautiful, and the missed opportunity with James Earl Jones' second-most famous character in a baseball movie. In the end, we ask if The Sandlot stands the Test of Time.

Mar 24, 2017

Steven Spielberg takes on a classic children's tale, with Robin Williams as an adult Peter Pan returning to Neverland in 1991's Hook.

This week, we discuss how we did predicting the changes in the Beauty and the Beast live-action remake, who collects royalties off of Peter Pan stories, and what the trailer for Hook 2 might have looked like.

Plus we interview one of Hook's Lost Boys, actor and director Thomas Tulak, who tells us about working with Robin Williams, filming the infamous food fight scene, and his potential role in the upcoming Hook prequel, Bangarang.

The Lost Boys themselves never age, but does Hook stand the Test of Time?

Mar 17, 2017

It’s a tale as old as time… a prince is transformed into a hideous beast, and the only thing that can break the curse is true love.

This week, we're asking—and answering—the big questions:
  • What are the best Disney songs ever?
  • Why is a young prince cursed for refusing to allow a witch into his home?
  • Are the dishes and candlesticks in the castle having sex?
  • Is every last inch of Gaston actually covered with hair?
  • Why didn't Belle ever bother to find out the Beast's real name?
Be our guest as we see if Beauty and the Beast stands the Test of Time.
Mar 10, 2017

A lounge singer witnesses a murder, joins witness protection, and breathes new life into a church choir in the 1992 comedy, Sister Act.
 
This week, we're talking about EGOTs, how you pronounce "reprise," and the young actress with the unfortunate name who was typecast playing a young Whoopi Goldberg. Plus James makes some shocking personal revelations about his favorite animated show, his dreams of being an expert at jump rope, and his history with Playboy magazine (or lack thereof). All that, plus we find out if Sister Act stands the Test of Time.
Mar 3, 2017

Put on your Power Glove and find that warp whistle: we're talking about 1989's love letter to Nintendo, The Wizard.

This flick features Fred Savage putting the moves on a pre-Rilo Kiley Jenny Lewis, the meanest video game villain this side of The King of Kong's Billy Mitchell, and the debut of the greatest video game ever, Super Mario Bros. 3. (Sorry, Ocarina of Time!) This movie may be the gold standard of product placement, but does it stand the Test of Time?

Feb 24, 2017

What do you get when Joel Schumacher takes on one of the most iconic superheroes of all time? Ice puns and bat nipples, of course!

In this double feature episode, we dive into the music of the Batman films, Tommy Lee Jones' feud with Jim Carrey, and the sheer ridiculousness of Gotham City's architecture. Yes, these movies are campy, but do Batman Forever and Batman & Robin stand the Test of Time?

Feb 17, 2017

The Bat is back as Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton reunite for another round of Gotham City crime-fighting in 1992's Batman Returns.

This movie had a meta moment before meta moments were a thing, it features a love quadrangle that's really just a line, and it introduced the whole "one hero vs. two villains" concept, as Batman faces off against the epitome of a crazy cat lady and a dude who lives in the sewers under the zoo's penguin exhibit... but still has an army of henchmen.

Does the Bat stand up to the Cat and the Penguin? And does Batman Returns stand the Test of Time?
Feb 10, 2017

Before Batfleck and before Bale, there was Burton's Batman: the Michael Keaton movie that made the Dark Knight cool.

In this Bat-tastic episode, we discuss Jack Nicholson's epic payday, the amount of alleys in New York versus Gotham, and the absurd weight limit of Batman's grappling hook. We don't ask if you've ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight, but we do ask if Batman stands the Test of Time.

Feb 2, 2017

Weatherman Phil Connors has to relive a single day over and over again in the movie that redefined déjà vu.
 
This week, we discuss aging superheroes, why you should never set your alarm to your favorite song, and the concept of Daddy-jacking. Plus we debate just how many times Phil actually repeated the same day... and whether Groundhog Day stands the Test of Time.
Jan 27, 2017

Welcome to the world of 2032: a peaceful place where no one gets hurt, physical contact is outlawed, and all restaurants are Taco Bell for some reason.

Get ready for a conversation about the idiocy of bungee-jumping from a helicopter, the rarity of a bad guy in overalls, and how this movie got more predictions right than Back to the Future Part II. Plus, as we discuss why we're excited for the Nintendo Switch, James makes a shocking confession about his video game past. Then we decide if Demolition Man stands the Test of Time.
Jan 20, 2017

Don't let the picture fool you—this is *not* a movie about cannibalism. It's the fifth highest grossing film of 1989 (yes, really): Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
 
We analyze the movie's lesson on the frailty of life courtesy of Antie the ant, its poor demonstration of CPR technique, and other flicks with titles that are full sentences. Plus there's an in-depth conversation about whether Super Mario is actually human or not in light of his upcoming adventures in New Donk City. We may not solve that mystery, but we do determine if Honey, I Shrunk the Kids stands the Test of Time.
Jan 13, 2017

In the 1986 movie Wildcats, Goldie Hawn faces sexism as she tries to coach an inner city high school football team to victory. (Think Friday Night Lights meets 9 to 5 meets Stand and Deliver.)

The film features the big screen debut of Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, a young LL Cool J in the role of "Rapper," and a more feminist heroine than some other, more famous feminist heroines (cough cough, Erin Brockovich.) Along the way we ask if Super Mario Run is worth ten bucks... and if Wildcats stands the Test of Time.
Jan 6, 2017

"We've got a fantastic movie in our podcast this week!"
"Your podcast? What is it?"
"It's a digital audio file with losers who never shut up... but that's not important right now."
 
In our wide-ranging conversation about the slapstick comedy classic Airplane!, we chat about how you say "golly" in jive, what happens when the Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker trio breaks up, and we pay homage to the king of deadpan delivery, Leslie Nielsen. Plus we kick the episode off with a spoiler-filled analysis of Rogue One, and how that movie could affect Princess Leia's role in Episodes VIII and IX. Looks like you picked the wrong week to quit podcasts... especially if you want to know if Airplane! stands the Test of Time.
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