102 MEGAFORCE, WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S & WHY WE LIKE BAD MOVIES

20th Century Pop! is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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POOP CULTURE: “Is that Richard Pryor in your pocket or is Barry Bostwick just happy to see me?” (1969-1989) We’ve all had to sit through an unexpectedly bad movie. The Rock. North. Mathew Perry’s filmography. But then there are some movies that we seek out BECAUSE they’re bad. Zardoz. Hudson Hawk. Matt LeBlanc’s filmography. But what is this attraction to terrible cinema that fills midnight screenings with the well-timed quips and recited quotes of a rampant fan base? Bob and Tim descend into the B, C and D grade depths of it all to dissect some of their favorite bad movies and see why they actually enjoy them.

00:00:00 PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - cold soup
00:00:46 CONAN O’CONTROVERSY - and Bob discovers podcasts
00:10:13 BREAKING BAD - trying to define what makes a good bad movie
00:17:34 BREWSTER’S MILLIONS - and thats a whole lot of plot
00:23:56 BAD INFLUENCE - how the general consensus influences hot takes
00:27:52 WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S - the Necro-rom-i-com of the 1980s
00:33:18 AUTOPSY OF BERNIE’S - is it cruel to like a movie for being?
00:36:37 PAINT YOUR WAGON - Bob doesn’t like Westerns … or Bob DOES like westerns?
00:43:37 A MATTER OF TASTES - bad verses dislike
00:47:49 MEGAFORCE - Tim’s MST3K-O
00:53:23 BAD AUDIENCE - is watching bad movies self-indulgent?
01:04:55 CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase
01:08:09 BONUS FEATURE: cold soup returns
01:10:12 UNLICENSED AUDIO - “It’s supposed to be cold”

Cash in on the original upcoming hype with the 1985 ORIGINAL TRAILER FOR BREWSTER’S MILLIONS.

Balance out Bob’s take on this Pryor/Candy collaboration with SISKEL & EBERT’S 1985 REVIEW OF “BREWSTER’S MILLIONS.”

Witness the fulfillment of Tim’s biggest cinematic nightmare with Yakov Smirnoff’s WHAT A COUNTRY CLIP FROM BREWSTER’S MILLIONS.

Fight off the inevitable rigor mortis with the ORIGINAL 1989 TRAILER FOR WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S.

Marvel that its now been 30 years since its release with Vince Mancini’s 25 YEARS OF WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S OR WHY DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THIS MOVIE as originally posted on July 3rd, 2014 at UPROXX.com.

Hitch up your horses to the ORIGINAL 1969 TRAILER FOR PAINT YOUR WAGON.

Listen as Lee Marvin warbles through some Lerner and Loewe with WANDR’IN STAR FROM PAINT YOUR WAGON.

Double up on the far-too-often-referenced-in-this-episode VIDEO TRAILER FOR THE TROLL/TROLL2 SHOUT FACTORY BLUE RAY RELEASE.

Feel the relief that this one failed to fly by you in the summer of ‘82 with an ORIGINAL TV AD FOR MEGAFORCE.

Marvel at the blue scarf arrival of Barry Bostwick’s action career with this INTRODUCING ACE HUNTER CLIP FROM MEGAFORCE.

Soundtrack your every hi-tech bike-based trip through the desert with the MEGAFORCE (MAIN THEME) BY JOURNEY.

Try to spot the blue screen composite during this FLYING MOTORCYCLE ENDING FROM MEGAFORCE.

And, finally, break bad with Bryan Cranston in this 1982 COMMERCIAL FOR THE MEGA FORCE VIDEO GAME FROM ATARI.

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MUSIC FEATURED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CCO 1.0 Universal License.   

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20TH CENTURY POP! will return next week to talk over one of these very movies in real time.