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Hey, Do You Remember...?

Join Chris, Donna, and Carlos as they pick a movie or TV series from their childhood, share their memories of it, and then see how it holds up. New episodes every other Friday.

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The Terminator

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 subsequent installments. Cameron was definitely borrowing some moves from John Carpenter's playbook, but also putting a brand new spin on a lot of familiar elements. The result is A+ execution of a B-movie premise. Topics include: Arnold Schwarzenegger originally being offered the role of Reese, the studio's first choice for the role of The Terminator, how incredibly this story unfolds and trying to imagine seeing it for the first time with no pre-existing knowledge of any Terminator movies, structural similarities to T2, what the more recent sequels have gotten wrong about Sarah Connor, and much more! Check it out! You can now get HDYR merch exclusively through TeePublic! Patreon / iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

1hr 29mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Now that the original Scream is as old as the late 70s/early 80s slashers it was satirizing, it seemed like a good time to revisit it and see how well it works today. The film was a breath of fresh air for the horror genre back in 1996, but the onslaught of imitators it inspired might make it difficult to remember just how groundbreaking and controversial it was. Chris grew up on horror films and appreciated all of Scream's references and the statements it was making on the genre. Carlos wasn't a big fan of these types of movies, but still understood that this was more than just a standard slasher and loved it for that reason. Donna hated being scared and avoided the film until she was forced to watch it for this episode. Topics include: the resurgence of slashers in the late 90s and how quickly that trend ran its course, Carlos' only issue with the otherwise incredible opening scene, why the film is still disturbing despite the fact that there's more gore on network TV these days, how much Donna dislikes Randy and a debate about how authentic the character actually is, the observation that the movie starts strong and ends strong and very little happens in between, some thoughts on where the horror genre is now and the sorts of observations further Scream sequels should be making, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

1hr 45mins

17 Oct 2014

Rank #2

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Home Alone

There were so many great Christmas movies to choose from for our first Holiday Special, but we finally settled on one that was a childhood favorite for all of us - Home Alone.  Topics include: what it was like growing up in the Chicagoland area when the film was released, the surprisingly sound internal logic of the story, the one actor who really didn't want to be there, the supposedly dead pop icon who might be there, a discussion about whether or not the final showdown still works for us, and a disturbing story about the summer Chris and his sister tried to play To Catch A Predator with a weirdo at their dad's apartment complex. Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

1hr 32mins

20 Dec 2013

Rank #3

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The Breakfast Club

Since The Breakfast Club just celebrated its 30th anniversary, it seemed like a good excuse to take another look at this seminal film. We all enjoyed it as kids, continued to appreciate it as we got older, and were anxious to discuss why it remains so relevant when so many other movies from this era feel unbelievably dated. Topics include: the opening David Bowie quote and how it sort of sums up John Hughes' approach to telling stories about teenagers, the original plan to check in on these characters every ten years or so and why that never came to pass, alternate casting choices, Chris' one issue with Principal Vernon, a surprisingly spirited debate about what happens after Andy smokes pot, the incredible "group therapy" scene, the pros and cons of Allison's makeover, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

1hr 39mins

6 Mar 2015

Rank #4

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Jurassic Park

Hold onto yer butts... it's an episode 65 million years in the making! Just in time for the release of Jurassic World, we decided to take a look back at where it all began. The original Jurassic Park made a huge impact on all of us as kids and unlike a lot of other big films from this era, it still packs a punch. Now that it's widely regarded as a modern masterpiece, we take a stab at figuring out what it is about this movie that's allowed it to age so gracefully. Topics include: Chris' obsession with dinosaurs as a kid and the way they were presented in media prior to this, the various Jurassic Park toys and video games, how Spielberg expertly turned a very adult book into a more wholesome family-friendly adventure, the advantage of not  using big stars in the lead roles,  the groundbreaking visual effects and the real reason they still hold up two decades later, some poor planning regarding the layout of this park, why this version of John Hammond is more successful than the way he's depicted in the novel, the quieter moments that the sequels sort of forget about, whether or not the complaint that these characters are one-dimensional is valid, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

2hr 11mins

12 Jun 2015

Rank #5

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Mrs. Doubtfire

It's been a sad few weeks since the death of Robin Williams - a man who was synonymous with so many of our childhoods. At the top of the show we take a minute to talk about him and some of the things we've been thinking about since this news hit. It was difficult to pick just one of his films to revisit for this week's episode, but ultimately we decided to go with Mrs. Doubtfire. It's a role that allows Williams to showcase his comedic and dramatic chops - and it's also probably one of the better examples of a movie that lets Robin Williams be Robin Williams in fairly organic way. It's also an entry in his filmography that we think even he would be able to poke fun at. Don't get us wrong - all of the performances are pretty stellar, but there are more than a few genuine "wtf?!" moments in this story and Chris remains convinced that if you take Williams out of the equation this is one of the creepiest premises of all-time. Topics include: a debate about whether the slightly-awkward first act would be better served by having Daniel and Miranda already separated, Chris' theory that some of the early moments with Mrs. Doubtfire are not in their original order, Carlos' argument that Pierce Brosnan is miscast and that the character of Stu is problematic in general, the aspects of divorce the story gets 100% right, the confusing dynamic between Daniel & Miranda after they split, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

1hr 31mins

29 Aug 2014

Rank #6

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You want to get nuts? Come on... let's get nuts. It's the 100th episode of HDYR and there really was never any question which film we were going to revisit for this milestone. If you're even a little bit familiar with this show, you probably could have guessed - it had to be Batman. This one made quite an impression on all three of us as kids and for Chris in particular, this was a formative movie-going experience. Which is not to say he can't be objective about some of its more controversial elements. This is a fairly divisive adaptation of the Caped Crusader's mythology and a lot of the criticisms are valid. But are those betrayals of the source material a deal breaker or are they outweighed by the elements this gets right? Topics include: the decade long journey to get Batman on the silver screen, previous incarnations of the film before Tim Burton got involved, some surprising alternate casting choices for both Batman and The Joker, how Vicki and Knox were better served by earlier versions of this script, why the movies can't ever quite nail that Harvey Dent/Two-Face transformation, the heavily rewritten third act (which at one point introduced Robin!), the plot of Sam Hamm's original Batman 2 script, our thoughts on this Joker in a post-Dark Knight world, who our favorite live-action Batman is, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

3hr 11mins

10 Mar 2017

Rank #7

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The Sandlot

Don't be an L7 weenie! Head back to the summer of '62 with us so that we can play some ball, talk about The Great Bambino, perv some dishes, roast some s'mores, and face off against The Beast. The Sandlot's idealistic and sentimental tone made all of us nostalgic for an era we didn't even grow up in (and that we all agree probably didn't actually exist). But that's sort of it's charm - it does a spectacular job of capturing the fun and innocence of childhood. We discuss what makes the film work despite its lack of a traditional narrative, have some disagreements over how effective the climax is, and then wrap things up with a round of Who Would You Be and Who Would You F? Also... I know there have been issues with the audio quality lately. We're working really hard to get all of that sorted out.  iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

1hr 20mins

8 Nov 2013

Rank #8

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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

We knew we had to pick something big for our 75th episode and what could be more monumental than the original Star Wars? These days it's tough to separate the saga's mythology from the real world controversy surrounding the Special Editions, the prequels, and the revisionist history Lucas constantly seems to be rewriting, but we do our best to acknowledge all of that while simultaneously celebrating what a tremendous achievement this was back in 1977 and why it still means so much to so many of us today. Topics include: Our varying degrees of Star Wars fandom and the different perspectives we're all coming at this with, the influence this franchise has had on the film industry and culture at large, the real problem with the concept of "Special Editions" and the particularly noteworthy missteps this one makes, the unsung heroes of the series who were unceremoniously erased from its history, the incredible realization of Lucas' "used future" concept for the look of the film, lightsaber battles in the OT vs the PT, Darth Vader's minimal screen time and why keeping him on the peripheral works so much better, how different the second act of the film almost was, why Chewbacca doesn't get a medal, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

3hr 3mins

18 Mar 2016

Rank #9

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The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project was revered and reviled in equal measures upon its release in the summer of 1999. Regardless of which camp you fell into, one thing remains clear - this is one of the most influential horror movies of all-time. Not only did it single-handedly bring the found footage format into the mainstream, it was also one of the first films to utilize the internet for its complex and groundbreaking marketing campaign. Chris knew a little too much about how it was made to get fully on board with it, but was (and still is) really impressed with the logistics of this production. Kristen and Carlos, on the other hand, bought in completely and were deeply affected by what they essentially thought was a snuff film. Topics include: how the filmmakers were able to convince such a large portion of the audience that this was real footage and the lengths they went to in order to sell that idea, the supplemental promotional items that delved further into the Blair Witch mythos, the purpose of the two cameras and how they're being used here, the pros and cons of letting the actors actually work the equipment, some various explanations for what's actually taking place in these woods, the frustrating but effective final moments, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

1hr 21mins

31 Oct 2014

Rank #10

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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

It's a shame that it took Gene Wilder's recent passing to galvanize us into covering one of his films, but wow are we glad we did. I suppose we're tipping our hand a bit here, but it probably won't come as too much of a surprise to anyone that all three of us still absolutely adore Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Topics include: the multiple reasons they swapped out "Charlie" for "Willy Wonka" in the title, why Roald Dahl was unhappy with the end result, the possible sequels that never materialized, some key differences between this and the 2005 remake, the surprisingly brief amount of screen time dedicated to Wonk and his factory, an examination of the "Scumbag Grandpa Joe" meme, the possibilities and pitfalls of a Wonka-themed amusement park, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

1hr 44mins

30 Sep 2016

Rank #11

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The Karate Kid

This one's been a long time coming and now the HDYR gang is finally ready to take on those punks from Cobra Kai. It had been ages since any of us had seen The Karate Kid and although we all expected to have a good time with it, we were pretty surprised by just how well-made this original film is. Topics include: how director John G. Avildsen shot a rehearsal of the entire movie with the principal cast before production officially began, the pervasive belief that Daniel might be the real bully here, the ultra-important scene that the studio wanted to cut, the almost-as-important moment that is missing, how transforming into one of the most memorable antagonists of the 80s effected William Zabka's real life, a round of 2 Truths 1 Lie, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

1hr 45mins

20 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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The Back to the Future Trilogy

From the onset of this podcast, we've received so many requests to cover one of the Back to the Future movies . Now that we've hit our 50th episode, we knew we wanted to do something special -  so we decided to tackle all three! Back to the Future was such a gigantic part of all of our childhoods and each of us explains why these films meant so much to us back then and why we think their legacy endures.  Then it's time to break them down one-by-one and discuss how our opinions of each entry have changed over the years. Topics include: the one giant leap you have to make with the original film in order for any of it to work, some extremely divisive opinions about Part II, a few surprising reactions to Part III, who the unsung hero of this franchise is, a debate about  whether or not a sequel/remake/reboot could ever work,  and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

2hr 23mins

20 Mar 2015

Rank #13

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Hocus Pocus

In our second Halloween-themed episode, Donna walks us through one of her childhood favorites - Hocus Pocus . Chris and Carlos weren't as into this one as kids, but for different reasons. Donna still adores it, Chris still can't really get into it, and Carlos was surprised to find that it was more entertaining than he'd remembered. iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

1hr 12mins

25 Oct 2013

Rank #14

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Batman Returns

Tim Burton's original Batman was so influential that the comic book movie genre is still living under its shadow today. But the sequel? This might be the strangest superhero film ever made. There were actually a fair number of critics at the time who appreciated this more esoteric approach to the material. Parents of traumatized children, on the other hand, did not. Batman Returns remains a divisive film among fans and general audiences alike. It's inventive, self-indulgent, insightful, unfocused, and awe-inspiring all at the same time. There's so much to get into with this one, so it should come as no surprise that this is another giant-sized episode. Join us as we head back into Gotham City for a look back at one of the most notorious chapters in the Caped Crusader's history. Topics include: Burton's reluctance to return and how Warner Bros. was finally able to lure him back, key differences between the finished film and earlier versions of the script, the pros and cons of redesigning every aspect of this from the ground up, how McDonald's influenced a more family-friendly approach to this franchise, whether or not Catwoman actually has nine lives, the wasted opportunities this version of the Penguin presents, how different this really is from the movie that followed it, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

2hr 58mins

26 Jan 2018

Rank #15

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The Goonies

HEY YOU GUYS! Can you believe it's taken us nearly five years to get to The Goonies?! We know it's been a frustratingly long wait for a lot of you, but with a rising premium being placed on this particular brand of Amblin-esque nostalgia these days, it finally felt like the right time to dig out that old treasure map and search for rich stuff. All three of us experienced the film at different points in our lives and that definitely had an impact on how we felt about it. In addition to sorting through some of these wildly different reactions, we also address the backlash the film has received in certain circles recently and whether or not that movement has any merit. Get away from Troy's bucket because it's our time down here. Topics include: Spielberg's notoriously more "hands-on" approach to producing, the traumatic experience one of us had on our first viewing, some suggestions for a cleaner way to set up the back story, an incredibly ill-advised real-life Goonie adventure, deleted scenes that were broadcast on the TV version, the Goonies 2 video game, whether or not an actual sequel is even a good idea at this point, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

2hr 5mins

17 Nov 2017

Rank #16

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Batman & Robin

It's Thanksgiving and you know what means... it's time for this year's cinematic turkey! Few movies are as deserving of the the title as 1997's epic misfire Batman & Robin. Reviled by fans and critics alike, this film did so much damage to Warner Bros' flagship franchise that it would take the better part of a decade for the Caped Crusader to recover. In fact, it's developed such a notorious reputation that at this point, it almost felt like too easy a target. So in addition to breaking down why it doesn't work, we were also interested in figuring out how it happened in the first place, whether or not Joel Schumacher's decision to draw from a particular era of Batman's history was actually perfectly valid, and what this adaptation can teach us about bending even the most malleable properties too far. Topics include: our expectations before we saw it for the first time and what we thought of it back then, why it didn't even matter who was playing Batman at this point, an earlier draft of the script where Mr. Freeze was more in line with his animated series counterpart, the film's reliance on Batman Forever's formula, the inclusion of Bane and a bunch of other unnecessary elements, how this set the stage for the modern comic book movie, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

2hr 33mins

22 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

There was nothing we were more excited about in the spring of '91 than the release of the next live-action Turtles movie. As kids, the consensus seemed to be that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze was the best entry in the series - something that Carlos and Donna can definitely attest to. Chris always preferred the first one, but still had a great time with the sequel. After rewatching it, the gang realized that the movie is pretty much exactly how they remembered it. No surprises there. What did change - and predictably so - was how they responded to it. Carlos still found it to be superior to the original, Donna thought it was a mixed bag, and Chris was a little disappointed to discover that this one just doesn't hold up for him at all. Topics include: the goofier tone and how the reactionary approach to violence actually sends a more disturbing message in some ways, the confusion over how much time has passed since the end of the first movie, how little Keno ultimately adds to the story and other ways they could have utilized him, a debate about how interchangeable the Turtles are this time, why Bebop & Rocksteady were sidelined in favor of Tokka & Rahzar, what exactly the secret of the ooze is, the wasted potential of anti-mutagen, and much much more! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

1hr 43mins

12 Sep 2014

Rank #18

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Pulp Fiction

There was certainly no sophomore slump for Quentin Tarantino. After the success of his debut feature Reservoir Dogs, he returned two years later with one of the most influential films of the last three decades - Pulp Fiction. The transgressive tone, hip lingo, and non-linear structure basically created an entirely new sub-genre of crime thriller. And yet - there were many detractors who felt this bold new voice in cinema was simply repackaging characters, moments, and even dialogue he'd seen in other movies. This is an interesting one to look back on now in the wake of all the rip-offs it inspired and even just in terms of how Tarantino evolved as a filmmaker after this. Topics include: the dire straits Travolta's career was in before this and how hard Tarantino had to fight for him, the original actor they had lined up to play Butch and how Bruce Willis' involvement changed the script, Spike Lee's ire towards Tarantino's work and whether or not some of that was justified, The Vega Brothers prequel that never materialized, your Real Life Retweets, and much much more! Patreon / iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

2hr 22mins

24 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

It had been a really long time since Chris, Donna, and Carlos had seen this movie. As kids, they all watched the first sequel a lot more despite the fact that they liked it a lot less. So there wound up being a ton of fun surprises with this viewing. Chris remembers going to see this after he had finally recovered from Johnny 5's horrific beating in Short Circuit 2 and finding no reason why he shouldn't get attached to the character of Anty, Donna recalls her attempts to recreate this movie with her friends, and Carlos laments a childhood that didn't include a trip to the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids playground at Disney World. Other topics include: the lack of explanation and payoff surrounding the troubled Szalinski marriage (I mean... is it even troubled?), the otherwise perfect first act, several ways this whole shrinking the kids problem could have been solved in about ten minutes, Carlos' issues with some of the calculations these characters are running, a few super weird tangents about a lusty soccer mom, the way the film expertly handles the special effects, and much more! Bottom line - we had a blast with this movie and we were all really excited to talk about it! iTunes / Stitcher / RSS / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram About The Show

1hr 29mins

6 Jun 2014

Rank #20