Movies That Make Us

It’s like book club, but for movies.

Do you have favorite movies you remember from growing up? The kind that you watched so many times you wore out the tape? Do you love talking about those movies, or quoting those movies? Are they part of the very fiber of... More


Season 1, Ep. 24

Up was released in 2009 and was the tenth Disney/Pixar film. It followed Ratatouille and Wall-E. It follows the adventures of 78-year-old Carl Fredrickson and stowaway scout, Russell, as they float away in Carl’s house and leave the big city for some jungle adventures. Along the way they’ll meet a talking dog named Dug and a crazy bird named Kevin. How was this movie not made for our podcast team?

In this episode we talk about this film’s animation and the story, and how these two factors have contributed to the enduring quality of this film. We talk about the first seven minutes, and how that sequence sticks with you even after the movie is over. We discuss the dynamics between Carl and Ellie and how they compare to the relationship between Carl and Russell.

Of course, we also talk a lot about talking dogs, and do we really want to know what our dogs are thinking? Or would we just be disappointed. We break off on some tangents, like could someone really float away with enough balloons. And Jake gets plenty of practice with the bleep button. And at some point, we bring it all back to Up.

What did you think of Up? Our hosts all put it in their top three Pixar films, maybe even number one. Does it rank that highly for you? Where would you put it in your Pixar list? Let us know by sending feedback to You can also send any of your feedback to that email, as well as suggestions or requests for future shows. You can also reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  


Sock Puppets

Season 1, Ep. 23

Top Gun was released in 1986 and has been a popular culture staple ever since. This is a film that all of us have seen so many times and can quote up and down. There is a lot to unpack with this film, so much fun, so many one liners, so many men trying to woo ladies by singing “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers. And of course, all the music. So many memorable songs.

Top Gun was directed by Tony Scott, younger brother of Ridley Scott. It stars Tom Cruise as Maverick Pete Mitchell, Anthony Edwards as Goose, Val Kilmer as Iceman, and Kelly McGillis as Charlie. It featured music from Kenny Loggins, Cheap Trick, Berlin and Loverboy. This had everything every 80s movie needed. And jets. Fast, high-flying, jets. Which just added to the awesomeness of this film.

In this episode, our team breaks down why we loved Top Gun so much. We talk about all the lines, all the scenes, all the songs. We discuss the different performances, including the scene stealing Val Kilmer as Iceman. We even discuss the impact of Goose’s death on Maverick and would it have been better if someone else had died.

We also talk about the upcoming Top Gun sequel and who will be back for the film and who won’t be back and what we can expect. At this point we really have no idea about the story, but we do know the music is back and the jets are back, and Maverick is back, and really that’s all we need.

We also talk about frog balls and sock puppets and oiled up shirtless volleyball. So, you know, it’s a typical Movies That Make Us episode.

What did you think of Top Gun? Is it one of your favorites? Is it one you have to stop and watch whenever it’s on, or do you just skip it? Let us know what you thought about it by sending us feedback at can also send episode suggestions there or any feedback on any of our episodes. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and generally stalk us around town, although that might be illegal, so you know  


A Quick Side Note

Season 1, Ep. 22

Tim Burton’s Batman came out in 1989 and changed everything about the Batman image in the mainstream consciousness. And it was all pretty interesting, from bringing on a director who had never done any kind of major action film, to hiring a lead actor who had been known up to that point for his major comedic roles. And somehow it all worked.

Prior to Batman, the way the caped crusader had been typically portrayed outside of the comics was based on Adam West’s version. It was campy and fun and colorful, but it wasn’t the Batman we know today. From the acclaimed 1990s animated series to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, all of it can be traced back to the success of this film.

The film was not just a box office hit, but a huge marketing and merchandising success. Seriously, what did not have a Batman logo on it in 1989? It was everywhere. Batman toys were found in toy stores and fast food restaurants and just everywhere. Black Batman shirts were seen on everybody, and hats and mugs and everything. Warner Bros. definitely followed the George Lucas merchandising model and it paid off.

None of it would have worked out, though, if the film had not been good. But, thanks to Tim Burton’s vision, Danny Elfman’s score, the chemistry between Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton, all of it combined for an almost perfect film. It blew everyone away and changed what a superhero movie could be.

So join our team as we record live at Watchtower Comics and Coffee and discuss what has become a cinematic classic, and we will talk about it all, even if we take a quick side note or two.

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