Movieing On, CSICON's podcast about movies from 1999 or earlier, have covered - and will cover! - a whole lot of movies in their time. Here they are.
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (102 mins.)
It was a tricky job, finding the right movie to launch the podcast, but eventually we landed on Paul Verhoeven
's 1987 sci-fi action movie Robocop.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo1 ”
The Princess Bride
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
“ After a dark, futuristic movie from 1987, we wanted our second episode to be something completely different, so we went with a bright and fantasy-like movie from the same year. The Princess Bride was the obvious choice, and my only regret is that we can't discuss it every year.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo2 ” - BrekiTomasson
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero. (143 mins.)
In a complete change of pace (and decade!), our third movie was the original 1978 Superman. Directed by Richard Donner
and starring Christopher Reeve
, this is one of the most successful superhero films of all time (when taking inflation into account) and just had to be discussed by the Movieing On gang.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo3 ”
A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. (145 mins.)
Our fourth movie was James Cameron
's underwater action sci-fi drama The Abyss. It was also the first movie we've covered that co-starred Michael Biehn
, who we quickly found would appear in several other of our films.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo4 ”
A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. (114 mins.)
“ John Badham
's WarGames was an obvious fifth movie for several reasons. In retrospect, it was also the first movie we covered to feature James Tolkan
, who would join Michael Biehn
as one of our more common recurring actors.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo5 ”
Back to the Future
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
“ James Tolkan
returns as the principal in Robert Zemeckis
' 1985 classic, Back to the Future. As many people's favorite 80s movie, it was obvious we had to cover it sooner or later, and we picked sooner.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo6 ”
The Living Daylights
James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov. (130 mins.)
“ We knew we wanted to cover at least one Bond movie per Bond actor, and the first one came as episode #007 rolled around. We'd already worked out which movie to do for which actor, so picking which one to start with was the tricky question. Eventually, this was the one we went for.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo7 ” - BrekiTomasson
Stand by Me
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Since every movie so far had been action or comedy, we felt a need to expand our horizons. The eight movie had to be an adventure/drama movie, namely Rob Reiner
's cult classic Stand by Me.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo8 ”
Masters of the Universe
A prince turned warrior named He-Man battles against the dark lord Skeletor on the planet Eternia. He-Man and his comrades arrive on Earth and discover two teenage lovers to find the magical Cosmic Key. (106 mins.)
Our third James Tolkan
movie came already as episode 9 reared its ugly head in the form of Gary Goddard
's Masters of the Universe, starring a Swedish chemical engineer called Dolph Lundgren
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo9 ”
In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements. (105 mins.)
Episode ten had to be something special, so we looked through our list of movies to find something that truly stood apart. John Boorman
's Zardoz was it, starring what can only be described as young Sean Connery
in a ... swimsuit?
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo10 ”
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
We hadn't done a comedy in some time, so we needed something to set the pace. When it was impossible to decide between John Candy
and Steve Martin
, we decided to just pick a movie that had the both of them in it.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo11 ”
An idyllic sci-fi future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of 30. (119 mins.)
“ Since episode eleven was a comedy, episode twelve needed to be a change of pace again. While it's true we'd already done a whole lot of science fiction movies, one more couldn't hurt ... right?
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo12 ” - BrekiTomasson
The moon from Alien
has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
“ Picking the second movie of a franchise when we hadn't even covered the first one would have been a difficult decision had the sequel not been a billion times better.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo13 ” - BrekiTomasson
Planet of the Apes
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
Our first visit to the 60s had to be the Franklin J. Schaffner
classic, Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo14 ”
In a dystopian future, Joseph Dredd, the most famous Judge (a police officer with instant field judiciary powers), is convicted for a crime he did not commit and must face his murderous counterpart. (96 mins.)
We knew a Sylvester Stallone
movie was inevitable, and Dredd was about to hit the cinemas, so why not do the Judge Dredd movie? Well; we can list a lot of reasons for why not to do it, but you'll have to listen to the episode for those.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo15 ”
Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany. (90 mins.)
“ Breki Tomasson
campaigned for this movie early on, as it's one of his favorite 80s comedy. The episode quickly devolved into a discussion on spoof movies as a genre, and many interesting insights were made.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo16 ”
A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program. (96 mins.)
“ Doing a movie review podcast about movies from 1999 or earlier and involving a group of science fiction buffs, you can't skip a movie like TRON. The discussion wasn't if we were going to discuss it, but when. Seems like episode seventeen won the draw.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo17 ” - BrekiTomasson
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Eighteen episodes in, we realize we've been very science fiction-focused on the show, but we couldn't help ourselves. Terry Gilliam
's Brazil is such a great movie that we just had to include it.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo18 ”
In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft. (89 mins.)
Okay, one more science fiction film can't hurt, right? This time around, we went for Douglas Trumbull
's 1972 directorial debut, Silent Running. Inspired by the environmentalist movement of the sixties, the movie is a very interesting psychological drama that would have made for a great episode of The Twilight Zone.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo19 ”
A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. (92 mins.)
“ Our Halloween episode of 2012 needed something special, and we decided Beetlejuice was the movie for us!
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo20 ” - BrekiTomasson
A parody of Top Gun
in which a talented but unstable fighter pilot must overcome the ghosts of his father and save a mission sabotaged by greedy weapons manufacturers. (84 mins.)
“ In our first double-feature, we cover both movies in the Hot Shots! franchise in episode twenty-one. Naturally, we return to the discussion about what makes a good spoof movie good and why there are so few of them out any more.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo21 ” - BrekiTomasson
Life of Brian
Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
“ From one of the world's best spoof movies, we move ahead to one of the world's best Jesus-themed comedies. Admittedly, the competition is slim, but Life of Brian is definitely the best of the bunch.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo22 ” - BrekiTomasson
Léon: The Professional
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Arguably one of Luc Besson
's greatest, we follow Jean Reno
teaching Natalie Portman
how to be a hitman while Gary Oldman
chases them. It just doesn't get better than that.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo23 ”
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (105 mins.)
“ Running through the list of classics, we can't skip Ghostbusters, right? This was another one of those sooner-or-later movies, and it happened to land on episode twenty-four.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo24 ” - BrekiTomasson
I Spit on Your Grave
An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge. (101 mins.)
“ We realized we hadn't really done anything like slasher, horror, or otherwise uncomfortable, so we went out on a limb with this one. Nobody liked it much, but it was an interesting experience nonetheless.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo25 ” - BrekiTomasson
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
“ Again, this one was a clear-cut case of "sooner or later", and getting it in early was probably for the best. We found that it was surprisingly difficult to talk about, though.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo26 ” - BrekiTomasson
When Harry Met Sally...
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. (96 mins.)
“ When our range is "movies from 1999 and earlier", there are a whole lot of classics to cover. Episode twenty-seven brought us to another one.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo27 ” - BrekiTomasson
The Black Hole
A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole. (98 mins.)
“ It had been a while since we did a proper science fiction movie (yes, an entire nine episodes!), so we had to do something interesting here. The Black Hole, starring Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins and Ernest Borgnine was a great pick.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo28 ” - BrekiTomasson
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
This movie was hugely important to all of us, so it wasn't without some trepidation that we covered what might be George Lucas
most important contribution to mankind.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo29 ”
“ Breki Tomasson
insisted we do this movie sooner or later, and eventually we just had to cave under his pressure and do it. In retrospect, it might not have been as good an idea as we thought.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo30 ”
To escape a war, a girl flees to a remote farmhouse and becomes part of an expansive family's unusual, perhaps even supernatural lifestyle. (95 mins.)
“ IMDb tends to give you very interesting suggestions in the "related movies", and we went out on a limb and saw Black Moon. I still wonder if that was a mistake.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo31 ” - BrekiTomasson
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
Out of all the Alfred Hitchcock
movies, which better to pick than this one? Slightly off the beaten path, but still one of the most well known, it's a brilliant example of innovative and visionary filmmaking.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo32 ”
Blair, a fighter pilot, joins an interstellar war to fight the evil Kilrathi who are trying to destroy the universe. (100 mins.)
From the heights of Alfred Hitchcock
, we move down to the depths of misery and horrible science fiction video game adaptations. It's not a pretty sight.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo33 ”
A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999. (145 mins.)
Starring Ralph Fiennes
and Tom Sizemore
in a horrible hairpiece, this movie is a great example of how a single movie can be both great and horrible at the same time.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo34 ”
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. (88 mins.)
“ Arguably one of the most perfect comedies out there, Airplane was a wonderful movie to watch and discuss for this episode.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo35 ” - BrekiTomasson
A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love. (119 mins.)
We needed a little bit of a change of pace, so why not go for something starring Richard Gere
and Julia Roberts
? The results weren't outstanding, but we're glad we did it anyway.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo36 ”
In the distant future, a highly sexual woman is assigned with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way, she encounters various unusual people. (98 mins.)
Starring Jane Fonda
, Barbarella is a cult classic. Unfortunately, it's not all that good and shouldn't be watched more than once.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo37 ”
Carrie White, a shy, friendless 17 year-old girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
“ There had been a distinct lack of blood and gore on our schedule, so we had to do something about that. Seeing as how the reboot was well under way at the time, covering Carrie made for an obvious choice.
Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo38 ” - BrekiTomasson
The Lawnmower Man
A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science. (108 mins.)
“ Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo39 ” - BrekiTomasson
Harold and Maude
Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. (91 mins.)
“ Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo40 ” - BrekiTomasson
A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is. (111 mins.)
“ Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo41 ” - BrekiTomasson
The Holy Mountain
In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment. (114 mins.)
“ Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo42 ” - BrekiTomasson
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. (81 mins.)
“ Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo43 ” - BrekiTomasson
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
“ Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo44 ” - BrekiTomasson
An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them. (115 mins.)
“ Find the episode here: http://www.csicon.net/mo45 ” - BrekiTomasson