Movie nerd, filmmaker, and anniversary celebrator Mark J. Parker brings a friend on each episode to discuss movies (and sometimes TV shows and music) that are hitting milestone anniversaries of release that month. Think 20th anniversary, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 75th, you get it! They'll dive in together, discussing fun facts, memorable moments, and what makes these movies worth a rewind all these years later. Let's get nostalgic! The podcast logo was originally created by Greg Clements. The theme song is the instrumental version of "Dance This Out" by singer/songwriter Kyle Motsinger and producer Smoke and Mirrors.
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The Good Son
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1:07:56It's officially spooky season and we have a perfect chiller to discuss in this 60th episode! Mark welcomes friend and early 90s thriller expert Tarik Flannagan back on the show to take a trip down memory lane to wintry Maine and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the twisted kid movie The Good Son. Our jaws dropped seeing the in-demand Macaulay Culkin shed his cute and clever Kevin McCallister character for the role of creepy and deranged Henry in the Joseph Ruben film, and they're still dropping today! This will put you on the edge of your seat like the actors on the edge of that cliff! PS. We shout out another great Elijah Wood movie: Radio Flyer!
1:30:24Sink your fangs into this one! Mark welcomes old pal Katie Bruno back on the podcast to show off her movie trivia knowledge and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Marvel's first successful film BLADE. The Wesley Snipes vampire action movie was released in US theaters on August 21, 1998 and raves were never the same. Katie loves this movie, and dreamy Stephen Dorff, so much that her first AOL screen name and email were devoted to villain Deacon Frost, plus her high school English teacher gave her the nickname "Blade," and she even used to write Blade and Buffy fan fiction. Enjoy the start of spooky season with this episode now!
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So I Married An Axe Murderer
1:09:28Whoa man! Mark welcomes west coaster OT Garcia back on the show to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mike Myers mystery comedy So I Married An Axe Murderer. Although it didn't make much money at the box office when it was released in US theaters on July 30, 1993, it made quite an impression over the years and holds up decades later. The San Francisco-set movie gave us sights (that cinematography!), sounds (that amazing 90s soundtrack and jazzy poetry!), and suspense (Ralph!), plus Myers playing two roles and showing off his bum! PS. Mark's dad makes a little cameo to give another comedy from this time, Coneheads, some love.
1:38:08Come little listeners, the time's come to play! Mark welcomes the Halloween Queen Solana Sorrento back to the show to hop on some brooms (or mops or vaccuums) and rejoice because it's the 30th anniversary of Hocus Pocus! Yes, this movie is basically the Pumpkin Spice of movies, but it cast a spell on them and on millions of people around the world and it never gets old. The two chat about how cool Salem is, the Spielberg connection, original casting ideas, deleted scenes, favorite lines (and incantations), and the scene-stealing Gary and Penny Marshall. Plus, they share their thoughts on the return of the Sanderson Sisters in Hocus Pocus 2 towards the end of this episode. Hang onto your heads!
Sex and the City
1:25:08And just like that, it's TV time again! Mark welcomes his gal pals Melissa Ward and Sarah Menaquale back on the show for a special episode of "Premiere Date Rewind" where we pause the movie discussion and play a beloved TV show. The former New Yorkers go around the virtual room discussing the origin, the first season, and favorite highlights of the game-changing and super successful HBO series Sex and the City. Who's a Charlotte? Who's a Samantha? Ugh, is everyone a Carrie? Mark talks about his time meeting Sarah Jessica Parker (no relation!) back when the first movie came out, while Sarah feels the noir in that dark and gritty pilot episode, and Mel will always choose Big over Aidan. Plus, they of course talk about that behind-the-scenes feud. When you're done with this episode head to YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/@releasedaterewind) for Part 2 of the conversation where they discuss more memorable episodes, the movies, AJLT, and Mel and Sarah answer trivia questions.
1:21:48Pause your work on that archeological dig and play this episode! Mark welcomes Emmy Award-winning casting director Julie Schubert to the show to join him on an adventure 65 million years in the making as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of Spielberg’s groundbreaking, thrilling, and über-successful movie Jurassic Park. The two rave about the dinosaurs (another shoutout on the podcast to Stan Winston!), the cast, the deaths, the sound effects, and the jiggling Jell-O! Plus, they discuss the sequels, and wonder what the difference is between a Brontosaurus and a Brachiosaurus?
1:33:39Are you ready for an Appalachian good time? Mark welcomes final girl Kit Sheehan back on the show in her best Eliza Dushku cosplay to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original Wrong Turn! This fun and sweaty horror movie about cannablistic inbred mountain men in West Virginia was released in US theaters on May 30, 2003 and Mark and Kit totally snuck into the theater to see it back then. They discuss the acting, the deaths, the sequels, and the fact that the award-winning Stan Winston produced this! This turn is oh so right.From Straw Hut Media
Super Mario Bros.
1:10:24Trust the fungus! David Gonzalez from the podcasts Reel Chronicles and Chop Talk and the movie news and review site TheCinematicReel.com returns to the show to be the Luigi to Mark's Mario. They enter the dino dimension and discuss Super Mario Bros. for its 30th anniversary this month! The first movie to be adapted from a video game was released in the US on May 28, 1993, and Mark has wanted a meteorite necklace ever since. The guys share what they love about this guilty pleasure sci-fi adventure (like a mattress ride through a tunnel!) and everything that makes them scratch their heads (too much to list here). Plus, they discuss all the actors who were apparently in consideration for the roles and the names will confuse you even more.
The Evil Dead
1:49:46Temperatures are rising, and so are the Evil Dead! Mark welcomes old friends Katie Bruno and Jacqueline Renne on a drive to a cabin in the woods to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Sam Raimi's cult horror classic The Evil Dead in theaters throughout the country. The trio discuss how the NC-17 shocker starring Bruce Campbell as scream king Ash Williams got the approval of Stephen King and subverted audience expectations, skipping the sex, drugs, and alcohol morality rules of horror at the time, and going straight for the blood, inventive practical effects, and painful contact lenses. The scrappy indie film was influential in 80s horror, action, and fantasy comedies, and 40 years of deadites and gore later, the franchise still slays with the brand new Evil Dead Rise. Not every movie is cool enough to be connected to the Coen brothers, Wes Craven, and Xena: Warrior Princess!
1:31:02Grab your rollerblades and spy on your new neighbor! Mark welcomes It All Began With A Scream author Padraic Maroney to the show to talk about Ghostface and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the scandalous thriller The Crush, inspired by a twisted true story. The film debut of the stellar (and emancipated) teen Alicia Silverstone was released in US theaters on April 2, 1993 and the bees were unleashed! The guys discuss Cary Elwes' bare bottom, that perfectly bizarre carousel in the attic, and how writer/director Alan Shapiro didn't change the teenager's name until he was sued. Plus, Padraic reveals he has a spreadsheet of his crushes! Padraic's book about the Scream franchise can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Bear Manor Media here: https://bearmanor-digital.myshopify.com/search?q=it+began+with+a+scream