There is no way around the following statement. And that statement is this: Billy Zane is amazing. Honestly, that’s all I need to say. I shouldn’t have to say any more. But because our robot overlords demand that content be long and serve a purpose, I will do this the right way. Allow me to introduce you to “Billy Zane’s Top 5 Roles”!
5). Titanic (1997)
So here is the thing. Those of you who have listened to the show for a while will know that I have never seen this movie. Conversely, Kyle has seen it a girly amount of times. Despite his love and my loathe, we can agree that Billy Zane plays one heck of a villain in this movie.
4). Sniper (1993)
Uhm, have you seen this movie? If you haven’t, stop what you are doing right now and go watch it. Even if you are watching it right now, stop the movie, rewind it, and start it over. And if you think I’m kidding, know that Zane plays an Olympic medalist and SWAT team sharpshooter. So there.
3). Zoolander (2001)
Listen to your friend Billy Zane, he’s a cool dude! Yeah, no duh he is a cool dude. And he shouldn’t be trifled with. I can only hope that one day my life will be cool enough to have Billy Zane as my friend, and to have him give me advice.
2). Back to the Future Part I & II (1985, 1989)
When life gives you lemons, cast Billy Zane. And that’s what happened in 1985 when the world was graced with Mr. Billy Zane’s first acting experience. What a way to make a splash in this world. A great movie with a beautiful man. Check out the full review of Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part II.
1). The Phantom (1996)
This one is for Marty Johnson. And he knows why. It’s not just because of the purple spandex. Or the boy horse. Honestly, I have tried watching this movie on three separate occasions. And each time I fell asleep. It is a phenomenon. I can’t explain it. It is beyond explanation. Has anyone survived watching this movie?
On this special episode we are joined by actor, writer and producer Jeffrey Weissman! He plays George McFly in Back to the Future II and III and he’s on the show to give us all the behind the scenes scoop on how he was casted, the drama that surrounded Crispin Glover as well as diving deep into his career in showbiz! You can subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Castbox and YouTube. Click here to Listen.
This week on the teaser trailer we discuss the sequel to the 1985 class Back to the Future with Back to the Future Part II! Travel back with us as we watch the original trailer for the film, break down the numbers at the box office and talk about the critic response to the film. Be on the lookout for our interview with Bttf II star Jeffrey Weissman that will drop in a couple days! Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Castbox and YouTube. Click here to listen.
With Avengers: Endgame come and gone, it is time to have a serious discussion about time travel. Whether you believe in it as possible or are left with more questions than answers after watching Endgame, time travel has played a big part in pop culture dating back to the 1880s. Film has featured many versions of the fabled technology. Some made it pretty believable. Others were called Looper. Just kidding. Looper was a decent movie minus the horrible facial prosthetics on JGL.
5) Timecop (1994)
Every movie is made better with Jean-Claude Van Damme. But adding elements of time travel to the mix makes a spicy dish. Timecop is a unique film that tackles the topic of time travel from an original angle. That angle is by infusing the motivations of government agencies to police the potentially corrupt practice. Wait, that makes it sound boring. Roundhouse kick!
4) Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
There is so much golden about this movie. First of all, it acts as a time capsule for all of history to remember what a phone booth was. Think about it. If a kid these days watches that movie, they will have no idea what a phone booth is. Crazy!
Yes, this could potentially be higher on the list. But it is riddled with questions that plague the entire franchise. With that being said, Terminator is awesome and leads into one of the best sequels of all time. The basic principals of time travel are in play, but it doesn’t take into consideration the ripple effect of its own actions.
2) 12 Monkeys (1995)
Perhaps a reach at number 2. But it’s my list, so 12 Monkeys is finishing high. I love the way this film handles the way time travel interacts with itself. Because if something happens during time travel, then that action is stamped into reality. This means that the time traveler will be burned into the true reality of anyone who sees him. Hence the powerful airport scene. Gosh does that just warp my mind. Future episode for sure!
How in the world can there be a time travel list without Back to the Future. For what it’s worth, this isn’t the first time this film rounds out the top of one of our top 5 lists. This movie has been called the perfect time travel movie. I think the way it deals with how travel effects the future and the past that it really resonates as tangible with audiences. And if you couldn’t tell, Back to the Future is one of our favorite films!
We got into a conversation about doing a top 5 sci-fi movies episode for the podcast. I was dismayed as the idea of ranking a broad slate of sci-fi films would be really difficult. How do you compare something like Alien vs E.T.? Truth be told, even doing a family list brings its own difficulties as this could include anything from Back to the Future to Star Wars. But for the sake of this list, I wanted to focus on movies that starred or featured a family, not just something that was family friendly. Oh Hell, I’ll be honest, I just wanted to write a list so I can talk about the following movies:
5) Mom and Dad Save the World (1992)
This list is going to cover a lot of ground. But what is more ‘family’ than a mom and dad saving the world? This is the ultimate end to the debate of “my dad can beat up your dad”. Because none of that matters if your dad can’t best Jon Lovitz in intergalactic battle.
A brother, a sister, some dead parents. A recipe for family success. Throw in some monkeys, some mysterious drum noises, and some wildly hair Robin Williams….and viola. Success. Love me some Jumanji.
3) Stay Tuned (1992)
Another well-to-do set of parents jetsetting through a world of fantasy in order to achieve salvation. John Ritter is stellar as always. Plus we get Jeffrey Jones and Eugene Levy. This movie both intrigued me and terrified me as a child. But there is something so cool about the idea of being sucked into the TV.
2) Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Repeat after me. Rick. Moranis. Now try not to laugh thinking about the goofball Wayne Szalinski. I love the concept of this mild, reserved father creating this shrinking device that puts his children in mortal danger. This is a true science fiction flick that focuses on the plight of the parents, as well as the children.
There is no way this couldn’t be included. At first, I wasn’t going to feature it…but then I thought about this film as a whole. It is kind of the ultimate family film featuring a family. Everything that Marty does, he does for his family. And they are featured in the present and the past in a unique way.