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    Ep 248: "Do the Right Thing" Revisited

    18 JUN. 2024 · Sal's pizza isn't the only thing heating up in Spike Lee's smash, Do the Right Thing. From the story's raging temps and racial tensions, to the film's countless accolades and critical success, the 1989 slice-of-Brooklyn saga had a zeitgeist to burn. But now, decades later, in a post-Obama country where racist "Karens" fuel our social feeds, does Do the Right Thing now feel like the alarm bell we all watched but never really heard? Is Mookie the best character in the film - or the worst? And why is everyone yelling? The Old Roommates grab some ice cubes, cool down, and give it all a rewatch through their middle-aged lens. Listen to this. Old Roommates can be reached via email at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. Follow Old Roommates on Instagram and YouTube @OldRoommates for bonus content and please give us a rating or review! #SpikeLee #RosiePerez #DannyAiello #RadioRaheem
    Escuchado 38m
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    Ep 247: "The Real World: New York (1992)" Revisited

    11 JUN. 2024 · MTV charted new territory with their reality TV groundbreaker, The Real World. Back in 1992, not only did we discover what happens when people stopped being polite, we also saw real GenX conversations about race, gender, sexuality, and abortion. These roommates had a lot to say and audiences tuned in to hear it. But now, decades later, does anyone over 50 really want to hear what 19-year-olds have to say about anything? And how do the concerns of 1990's young adults compare to today's batch of world issues? The Old Roommates chow down on some New York City snow and give it the first full season a rewatch through their middle-aged lens. Listen to this.  Old Roommates can be reached via email at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. Follow Old Roommates on Instagram and YouTube @OldRoommates for bonus content and please give us a rating or review! #EricNies #KevinPowell #RebeccaBlasband #NormanKorpi #HeatherBGardner #AndreComeau #JulieGentry
    Escuchado 1h 22m 36s
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    Ep 246: "Splash" Revisited

    4 JUN. 2024 · Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks came, saw, swam, and conquered the box office in Ron Howard's hit, Splash. Audiences couldn't get enough of the boy-meets-mermaid romcom back in 1984. Who could blame them? With iconic scenes (lobster, anyone?), cool underwater sequences, and great supporting work from John Candy, Splash was an all-around crowd pleaser. But now, forty years later, will our common sense still allow us to get lost at sea? Does Allen even deserve true love? And why is Madison so horny? The Old Roommates set sail on a wave of nostalgia, romance, and maybe (just maybe) a little trauma, all through their middle-aged lens. Listen to this. Old Roommates can be reached via email at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. Follow Old Roommates on Instagram and YouTube @OldRoommates for bonus content and please give us a rating or review! #TomHanks #DarylHannah #JohnCandy #RonHoward #EugeneLevy
    Escuchado 49m 24s
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    Ep 245: "Postcards From the Edge" Revisited

    28 MAY. 2024 · “It twirrrrrrled up!” Back in 1990, Mike Nichols’ “Postcards from the Edge” also twirled up some big box office. Meryl Streep and Shirley Maclaine laughed, cried, and sang their way to critical and audience acclaim, thanks Carrie Fisher’s acerbic script, loosely based on Fisher’s life and best-selling novel. But these days, how much sympathy can we truly “twirl up” for these privileged, fictious, and moneyed movie stars? Do we still buy Ms. Meryl as a recovering pill-popping drug addict? Would we have fallen for Dennis Quaid’s pickup lines? The Old Roommates grab their middle-aged ammo (don’t worry, they’re blanks) and give this LA story a rewatch through their middle-aged lens. Listen to this.Old Roommates can be reached via email at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. Follow Old Roommates on Instagram and YouTube @OldRoommates for bonus content and please give us a rating or review!#MikeNichols #MerylStreep #ShirleyMaclaine #DennisQuaid #GeneHackman #CarrieFisher #DebbieReynolds
    Escuchado 58m 32s
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    Ep 244: "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" Revisited

    21 MAY. 2024 · "My son is not a freak!" No, there was nothing subtle about the 1976 John Travolta made-for-TV movie, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, yet we remember it fondly. Sun-dappled horses, loving parents, and a kindhearted kid in a plastic tube certainly ring the bells of nostalgia, but how well do we really remember it? Is Gina just a girl next door or a cold-blooded, money hungry bully? Is the family doctor a savior or ... something else? And why does this "boy" look 35? The Old Roommates rub on the antibacterial gel and discuss this Emmy-winning rollercoaster all through their middle-aged lens. Listen to this.  Old Roommates can be reached via email at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. Follow Old Roommates on Instagram and YouTube @OldRoommates for bonus content and please give us a rating or review! #TheBoyinthePlasticBubble #RandallKleiser #JohnTravolta #RobertReed #DianaHyland #GlynnisO'Connor #Ralph Bellamy
    Escuchado 1h 5m 40s
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    Ep 243: "Sister Act" Revisited

    14 MAY. 2024 · Whoopi Goldberg was a nun on the run in the 1992 megahit Sister Act. The Emile Ardolino directed comedy had its offering plate overflowing in box office bucks, with audiences unable to get enough of the film's pop-song-singing Sisters. But now, decades later, is the novelty of the "nunsense" enough to sustain a rewatch? Does the movie still take us to church, or have us reaching for earplugs? And what on earth is an acclaimed actress like Maggie Smith doing in this thing? The Old Roommates get down on their knees and discuss the saintly shenanigans through their middle-aged lens. Listen to this. Old Roommates can be reached via email at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. Follow Old Roommates on Instagram and YouTube @OldRoommates for bonus content and please give us a rating or review! #SisterAct #EmileArdolino #WhoopiGoldberg #MaggieSmith #HarveyKeitel #KathyNajimy 
    Escuchado 45m 8s
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    Ep 242: "Boogie Nights" Revisited

    7 MAY. 2024 · Marky Mark in a movie about porn? Sign us up! Yes, back in 1997, the anticipation for the film Boogie Nights was bigger than Mark Wahlberg's 13-inch prosthetic penis. Back then, the story of Dirk Diggler certainly was exciting, but it was also depressing as f*ck. But now, decades later, does the A-list cast outweigh all the moaning about what this film wasn't? Why did Burt Reynolds hate one of his most-acclaimed films? And are these the most fun-looking pool parties ever? The Old Roommates grab their GEDs and discuss all the coke, copulations, and catastrophes of the Paul Thomas Anderson film. Listen to this.  Old Roommates can be reached via email at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. Follow Old Roommates on Instagram and YouTube @OldRoommates for bonus content and please give us a rating or review! #PaulthomasAnderson #MarkWahlberg #BurtReynolds #JulianneMoore #HeatherGraham #DirkDiggler
    Escuchado 1h 7m 55s
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    Ep 241: "Temple of Doom" Revisited

    30 ABR. 2024 · We need to talk about Willie. Any fan of Indiana Jones holds a special place for Willie Scott, the oh-so-loud lounge singer played by Kate Capshaw in 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. But is that special place in their hearts or in hell? Now decades later, does time heal all cinematic wounds? Has Harrison Ford ever looked better? And why did Ke Huy Quan's Short Round never get a spin-off? The Old Roommates hop in a mine cart and revisit the Steven Spielberg adventure through their middle-aged lens. Listen to this. Old Roommates can be reached via email at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. Follow Old Roommates on Instagram and YouTube @OldRoommates for bonus content and please give us a rating or review! #HarrisonFord #KateCapshaw #KeHuyQuan #AmrishPuri #StevenSpielberg #GeorgeLucas
    Escuchado 49m 43s
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    Ep 240: "Election" Revisited

    23 ABR. 2024 · Reese Witherspoon's 11th film, Election, nabbed her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, and turned her into a critics' darling. Though the movie vanished at the box office, Reese's Tracy Enid Flick was unforgettable. But how well do we remember the rest of this dark comedy, 25 years after its release? Is Matthew Broderick's boyish charm enough to forgive his sleazeball character? Are elections ever a laughing matter? The Old Roommates share their vote regarding the 1999 Alexander Payne film ... all through their middle-aged lens. Listen to this.  Old Roommates can be reached via email at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. Follow Old Roommates on Instagram and YouTube @OldRoommates for bonus content and please give us a rating or review! #AlexanderPayne #ReeseWitherspoon #MatthewBroderick #ChrisKlein #JessicaCampbell #TomPerrotta
    Escuchado 31m 54s
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    Ep 239: "Better Off Dead" Revisited

    16 ABR. 2024 · "I'm sorry I blew up your mom, Ricky." This line was uttered by Lane Meyer. Lane neglects his chores. Flunks his classes. Drives recklessly. And falls asleep on the job. And he's the good guy. Yes, back in 1985, audiences loved a John Cusack anti-hero. But now, decades later, do we want our 95 minutes and our two dollars back? Is our nostalgia for this little comedy strong enough to withstand its light grasp on parenthood, heartbreak, and ski safety?  And, is suicide ever funny? The Old Roommates take a break from dating the basketball team and give this cult classic a revisit through their middle-aged lens. Listen to this.  Old Roommates can be reached via email at oldroommatespod@gmail.com. Follow Old Roommates on Instagram and YouTube @OldRoommates for bonus content and please give us a rating or review! #BetterOffDead #SavageSteveHolland #JohnCusack #CurtisArmstrong
    Escuchado 38m 10s

Do our favorite movies and tv shows hold up as we get older? We change, but do they? And, does nostalgia beat quality? Join best friends, pop-culture junkies, and yes,...

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Do our favorite movies and tv shows hold up as we get older? We change, but do they? And, does nostalgia beat quality? Join best friends, pop-culture junkies, and yes, old roommates, Brian Masefield and Christina Walsh as they experience old loves from the 70s, 80s and 90s all over again. Old Roommates is the only weekly podcast that revisits pop culture…through a middle-aged lens. Follow Old Roommates on Facebook, and @oldroommates on Twitter and Instagram.
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