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Ramblin: An Amblin Podcast

Ramblin: An Amblin Podcast

By Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn
Ladies and Gentlemen, Extraterrestrials and Poltergeists, welcome to Ramblin: An Amblin Podcast.
In each episode, your hosts Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn will guide you through the weird and wonderful films that fall under the Amblin Entertainment Banner, the production company founded by Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy back in 1981.
With friends and special guests joining along the way, get ready for discussions, analysis and trivia around both some of the biggest movies of all-time, and some smaller little-seen curiosities. Hold onto your butts!
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The Color Purple (1985)

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Review of the 80s
Whoa, this is heavy - we’re already done and dusted with the 1980s, the decade responsible for some of Amblin’s greatest movies - as this review more than goes to show. So, before we hit the wilderness of the 90s, join us for a look back over the decade that was, as we reveal a number of categories that allow us to ramble once again about some of our favourite aspects of the journey so far. We explore characters, actors, music and dogs before culminating in our individual top fives, as well as revealing the results of the listener poll for best Amblin movie of the 80s. Is it all very self-indulgent? You bet it is, but we hope you enjoy it all the same. Thanks again to everyone who voted in the listener poll, to all our guests so far and to you all for listening. Remember to like, review and subscribe, and get in touch with any Amblin thoughts you might have @RamblinAmblin on Twitter or email ramblinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Ramblin is created and produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. A special thanks as always to Emily Tatham for the artwork, and Robert J. Hunter & Greg Sheffield for the theme music.
02:34:09
November 21, 2021
Always (1989)
Is that smoke in your eyes or are you just that happy to hear us? Climb aboard as we take off in our podcasting cockpit once again to fly over the rich canopy of Amblin Entertainment. In this episode, our attention turns to Steven Spielberg’s ‘Always’ from 1989, the last 80’s Amblin movie. Strap in as we battle the flames of this romantic drama, itself a remake of 1943’s ‘A Guy Named Joe’, trying our darndest to evaluate just why this isn’t one of Spielberg’s more widely discussed ventures. And as an extra game, try and count how many times Josh employs his distraction tactic of changing the subject to literally anything else. Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email ramblinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Get involved and tell us what your favourite Amblin movie of the '80s is, as well as some of your favourite performances, moments, and soundtracks! Ramblin is created and produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. A special thanks as always to Emily Tatham for the artwork, and Robert J. Hunter & Greg Sheffield for the theme music.
01:23:39
November 7, 2021
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
You have to come back with us! Where, you ask? Back to ‘Back to the Future... Part II'! That’s right, gang, it’s time to load up Mr Fusion and set the time circuits to 1989 as the Ramblin boys return from their hiatus to talk about Robert Zemeckis’ looney sci-fi sequel. Returning guest Dan Kelly (@DeekingAround on Twitter) is also along for the ride, which covers such storied ground as the disappearance of Crispin Glover, the mistreatment of Jennifer, the under-rated talents of Thomas F. Wilson and the prophetic Trumpiness of alternate-1985 Biff. There are takes, theories and impressions galore, so grab your Gray’s Sports Almanac and come mess with the space-time continuum! Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Ramblin is created and produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. A special thanks as always to Emily Tatham for the artwork, and Robert J. Hunter & Greg Sheffield for the theme music.
01:52:00
October 24, 2021
Dad (1989)
Allow us to introduce you to ‘Dad’, the Amblin movie that very few seem to know exists. Despite starring Hollywood legend Jack Lemmon, ‘Cheers’ star Ted Danson and a young Ethan Hawke hot on the heels of ‘Dead Poets Society’, this multi-generational comedy-drama is a film that has very little cultural footprint (and a sparse IMDB trivia page). We take a look at how it came to be and offer our thoughts as to why this is one film in the Amblin canon that seems to have drifted into relative obscurity. TRIGGER WARNING: The film and our conversation touch on emotionally loaded themes such as bereavement, terminal illness, dementia and parental relationships that some listeners may find sensitive. As mentioned in the episode, check out the delightful video of the 'Dead Poets Society' cast taking New York City while auditioning for 'Dad': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1eOYkQpifk Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Ramblin is created and produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. A special thanks as always to Emily Tatham for the artwork, and Robert J. Hunter & Greg Sheffield for the theme music.
01:33:52
August 29, 2021
The Land Before Time (1988)
Once upon this same earth, beneath this same sun, in the winter of 1988, Amblin Entertainment released ‘The Land Before Time’, and kids have been emotionally traumatised ever since. Don Bluth’s second and final Amblin movie sees a group of young dinosaurs making an incredible journey to find the Great Valley, all within 59 minutes. We put together our own herd by inviting our two friends, Nicole Davis and Michael Perry to make the pilgrimage across Bluth’s prehistoric landscape with us. Along the way, we encounter a troubled production history, stumble over a crater of 13 direct to video sequels, and unearth Josh’s Irish brontosaurus impression. Join us, won’t you? You can follow Nicole on Twitter (@stonecoledfox) and make sure to catch up with her podcast Best Girl Grip, featuring interviews with women who work behind-the-scenes and below-the-line of the British film industry. Follow Michael Perry (@Michael92Perry) and be sure to check out his music blog here: https://quotesponge.wordpress.com/ Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Ramblin is created and produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. A special thanks as always to Emily Tatham for the artwork, and Robert J. Hunter & Greg Sheffield for the theme music.
01:56:39
August 15, 2021
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Hollywood, 1988. Director Robert Zemeckis, along with producer Stephen Spielberg, somehow convinces Disney to bankroll a live-action/animation hybrid containing a plethora of characters from rival studios, lurid film noir plotting and the libido of a teenage boy. How did he do it? What was its effect on blockbuster cinema? And who did set-up that little cartoon leporid? All of this and more will be explored in this episode, as the Ramblin boys - joined by Anton film executive Jack Buckley - crack open the case file for ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ and examine the gloriously bizarre delights within. So hop in Bennie, the cartoon taxicab, and join us for the ride! You can follow Jack over on Twitter (@buckleyjack) and Instagram (also @buckleyjack) to keep up with his various film and Love Island-related witterings. Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Ramblin is created and produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. A special thanks as always to Emily Tatham for the artwork, and Robert J. Hunter & Greg Sheffield for the theme music.
02:30:33
August 1, 2021
*batteries not included (1987)
There’s something strange going on in a rundown apartment block on New York’s lower east side. To check it out, we’ve invited our guest, writer and friend Steph Brandhuber (@StephBranded) to see what’s what. We discover some Amazing Stories within concerning a deeply lovable elderly couple, a wannabe artist with a milky beard who grinds everyone’s gears, and of course some incredible 'Fix It' flying machines. All this and more in our adventure through Matthew Robbin’s ‘*batteries not included.’ You can follow Steph over on Twitter (@stephbranded) and Instagram (also @stephbranded) to stay up on her latest work. Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Ramblin is created and produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. A special thanks as always to Emily Tatham for the artwork, and Robert J. Hunter & Greg Sheffield for the theme music.
01:32:10
July 18, 2021
Empire of the Sun (1987)
After a brief hiatus, we take flight once again with the next film in the Amblin Entertainment timeline, Steven Spielberg’s 1987 adaptation of JG Ballard’s novel, ‘Empire of the Sun’. Starring a young Christian Bale in a tale that offers a unique perspective of World War Two, we dive into the underrated Spielberg war epic, admiring its use of imagery and exploring its relationship with its source material to deliver a story about makeshifts community and a loss of innocence against the grand scale of worldwide conflict. Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Ramblin is created and produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. A special thanks as always to Emily Tatham for the artwork, and Robert J. Hunter & Greg Sheffield for the theme music.
01:40:07
July 4, 2021
Innerspace (1987)
Strap in and get ready for a podcast of incredible proportions. Martin White (@TheMovieNerdSB) joins us as we miniaturise and intravenously enter the world of Joe Dante’s overlooked 1987 classic ‘Innerspace’. Follow us as we latch onto the optic nerve and look at the film’s glorious Looney Tunes excesses, explore the rich subgenre of shrinking movies and discuss how much of a snack Dennis Quaid was in the mid-’80s. How does it sound? Sounds good. The Ramblin machine, zero defects. Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Make sure you follow Martin @TheMovieNerdSB and check out The Movie Nerd Strikes Back at https://themovienerdstrikesback.wordpress.com/. For further reading, check out the BFI article ‘Honey, we shrunk the history of movies about shrinking people’ by James Luxford. Ramblin is created and produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. A special thanks as always to Emily Tatham for the artwork, and Robert J. Hunter & Greg Sheffield for the theme music.
01:26:41
June 13, 2021
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
Bigfoot is real, and he loves TV! Head into the woods with the Ramblin Boys as they welcome Petros from the Caged In and Coppola Connections (@cagedinpod) podcasts to discuss William Dear’s bigfoot family comedy, ‘Harry and the Hendersons’, produced by Amblin Entertainment in 1987. Listen as they gawk over great Rick Baker effects, be puzzled by a Purge-esque narrative detour, and consider the shadow of a three-foot ET that weighs heavy over the proceedings. The gang also put Harry’s seemingly innocent and cuddly demeanor on trial, once and for all. Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Make sure you follow Petros @cagedinpod and catch up with both Caged in and Coppola Connections. Ramblin is created and produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. A special thanks as always to Emily Tatham for the artwork, and Robert J. Hunter & Greg Sheffield for the theme music.
01:34:10
May 30, 2021
An American Tail (1986)
Hop aboard a ship across the Atlantic, as we make the journey to ‘An American Tail’, the first animated movie from Amblin, released back in 1986. Friend and fellow podcaster Barry Levitt (@blevitt93) joins Andy and Josh to unpack the rollercoaster career of the film’s director Don Bluth, before sharing their thoughts on the beautiful animation, the strange details of mice society and pray that nothing happens to their sweet boy, Fievel Mousekewitz. We also ask the question: what’s Don Bluth got against cats? Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Make sure you follow Barry @blevitt93 on Twitter, @blevitt on Letterboxd and listen to his episodes on Disney Classics with Sarah Buddery on the JumpCast podcast every Friday. Ramblin is created and produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. A special thanks as always to Emily Tatham for the artwork, and Robert J. Hunter & Greg Sheffield for the theme music.
01:30:08
May 16, 2021
The Money Pit (1986)
Don’t worry, that’s not the sound of a bathtub coming through your ceiling, it’s just the Ramblin episode on ‘The Money Pit.’ Griff (@TheEnigmaGriff), co-host of The Paul and Griff Show (@paulngriffshow), joins Andy and Josh to dig through the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long 1986 comedy, directed by Richard Benjamin and produced, of course, by Amblin Entertainment. No airbourne turkey is left unchecked, as they chart the making of the film, try to impersonate Hanks’ exasperated laughter and somehow get on to the topic of ‘Wild Wild West’ once again. Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Make sure you follow Griff @TheEnigmaGriff on Twitter, and listen to The Paul & Griff Show now wherever you get your podcasts! Ramblin is created and produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. A special thanks as always to Emily Tatham for the artwork, and Robert J. Hunter & Greg Sheffield for the theme music.
01:28:41
May 2, 2021
The Color Purple (1985)
Join Andy and Josh as they take a look at Steven Spielberg’s 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ‘The Color Purple.’ Along the way they take a deep dive into the production history of the film, the relationship it has with the novel and question whether the material is a good fit for Spielberg’s sensibilities. TW: Please be advised that ‘The Color Purple’ is a story that deals with themes of domestic and sexual abuse. We do touch on these themes in our discussion, so please do skip this episode if these are topics you would rather avoid.  Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Created and Produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. Artwork by Emily Tatham. Theme Music by Robert J. Hunter and Greg Sheffield.
01:59:04
April 18, 2021
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
The game is afoot, dear listeners! Who will solve the mystery of 'Young Sherlock Holmes' and its place in the Amblin Entertainment canon? Don’t you fret, The Ramblin Boys are on the case! Join them on their latest adventure as they examine the career of the film’s director, Barry Levinson, discuss the brand power of exec-producer Steven Spielberg, and uncover how this little seen schoolboy detective story helped pave the way for the creation of Pixar Animation Studios. Listen, like, review and subscribe; why that’s elementary dear listener! Check out the Corridor Crew’s VFX breakdown of ‘Young Sherlock Holmes’ here: https://youtu.be/2fDuj0D6CIo?t=264 Check out John Williams’ ‘Amblin’ theme first used on this movie here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx0r-cA_5ec  Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Created and Produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. Artwork by Emily Tatham. Theme Music by Robert J. Hunter and Greg Sheffield.
01:47:10
April 4, 2021
Back to the Future (1985)
Great Scott! The time has come for The Ramblin Boys to tackle one of the most defining hits of Amblin Entertainment, Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 sci-fi classic, ‘Back to the Future’ (which also happens to be Josh’s favourite film of all-time). Joined by their guest, creator and host of the Fandomentals podcast (@FandomentalsPod) Harley Mumford (@harleymumford), the boys discuss just what it is that makes this timeless blockbuster tick. From the origins of Zemeckis, to the casting (and firing) of Eric Stoltz, to Huey Lewis and The News and bespoke Van Halen tapes; no Old Man Peabody impression is left behind in this epic discussion of one of the Amblin greats. Here are the video clips mentioned in this episode for your viewing enjoyment: Thomas F Wilson’s Questions Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwY5o2fsG7Y Back to the Future: The Ride - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feaC30j1D3s  Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. You can follow Harley on Twitter @harleymumford, and Fandomentals @FandomentalsPod, which is available to listen to wherever you get your podcasts!  Created and Produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. Artwork by Emily Tatham. Theme Music by Robert J. Hunter and Greg Sheffield.
02:13:23
March 21, 2021
The Goonies (1985)
Hey You Guys! It’s time to hop on your bikes once again and go in the search of some rich stuff, as we discuss Richard Donner’s beloved adventure movie, ‘The Goonies’. Andy and Josh are joined by friend and fellow Warwick Film Grad, Seb Jones, as they recount their own Goonie-esque childhood escapades, unearth an old spiteful Terry Wogan clip and unpack the problematic character of Sloth. And Cyndi Lauper’s ethos will be put to the test as they find out once and for all if ‘The Goonies’ really ‘r’ good enough.  As mentioned in the episode, here are your links to both Jeff Cohen's Terry Wogan Interview, and Cyndi Lauper's two-part music video for your viewing bewilderment: Wogan, Cyndi Part 1, Cyndi Part 2.  Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Created and Produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. Artwork by Emily Tatham. Theme Music by Robert J. Hunter and Greg Sheffield.
01:41:53
March 7, 2021
Fandango (1985)
Grab a case of beer and hop in a Cadillac, as we take to the road with The Groovers to discuss Kevin Reynolds’ debut feature film, 1985’s ‘Fandango’. Executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and an uncredited Steven Spielberg, this little seen coming of age flick is also the first leading role for one Kevin Costner. Join us as we chat about its student film origins, uncover the dangers of reading the Wiki page for a film whilst you’re still watching it, and question the fact that Kevin Costner clearly doesn’t like sharing booze. Also, if you thought Josh’s Phoebe Cates impression was good, wait until you hear his Quentin Tarantino. As mentioned in the episode, you can help The Robert J. Hunter Band put the finishing touches to their next album by heading over to their Crowdfunder page (https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rjhtheunfinishedalbum). A donation will include a pre-order of the new album, which you will receive before the official release date. Vinyl, download, and merch reward options are available on the page! Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Created and Produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. Artwork by Emily Tatham. Theme Music by Robert J. Hunter and Greg Sheffield. ‘Suitcase Blues’ is performed by The Robert J. Hunter Band and used with the artist’s permission.
01:51:25
February 21, 2021
Gremlins (1984)
Join us for a belated Christmas special, as Andy and Josh are joined by one half of the W-Rated podcast (@WRatedPod), Daisy Edwards (@DaisyVicEdwards) to discuss another cold hard classic, Joe Dante’s 1984 seasonal black comedy, ‘Gremlins’. Hear tales of childhood woodland walks, discussions of the logistics of owning a Mogwai, gushing praise of incredible puppetry, as well as Josh doing his best Phoebe Cates impression. And remember, if your internet connection ever drops, before you restart the router, turn on all the lights, check all the closets and cupboards, look under all the beds. 'Cause you never can tell. There just might be a gremlin in your house. Follow Daisy on Twitter @DaisyVicEdwards, and check out her podcast W-Rated, taking a look the worst rated movies on IMDb, wherever you get your podcasts! You can find Ramblin on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin), and be sure to rate, review and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! You can also get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com.  Created and Produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. Artwork by Emily Tatham. Theme Music by Robert J. Hunter and Greg Sheffield.
01:22:50
February 7, 2021
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
What is there left to say about one of the most iconic movies of all-time? Well, quite a bit it would seem! Andy and Josh are joined by David from Jurassic Collectables (@JurassicCollect) to unpack Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic, ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’, the film which gave Amblin its logo. The horror origins of everyone’s favourite alien are discussed, performances are praised, childhood memories and theme park experiences are recounted, and the question is asked: who doesn’t cry at E.T., ANDY?! What is clear is that, after nearly 40 years, this film still has absolute power. You can check out David's work for Jurassic Collectables over on Twitter (@JurassicCollect) and on their Youtube Channel (youtube.com/user/JurassicCollectables) Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Created and Produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn. Artwork by Emily Tatham. Theme Music by Robert J. Hunter and Greg Sheffield.
01:25:34
January 24, 2021
Poltergeist (1982)
They’re Here! Andy and Josh kick off the New Year by welcoming their first guest, friend and fellow Warwick Film Grad Dan Kelly (@DKsMum), to discuss the 1982 horror classic ‘Poltergeist’. Produced and written by Steven Spielberg, and directed by Tobe Hooper, the boys go into the debate surrounding who really directed the movie, a debate that has been raging ever since the film’s release. Myths are dissected, themes are unpacked and a good movie dog gets his dues. Let’s get spooky! Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Get in touch with us either via Twitter or email rambinaboutamblin@gmail.com. Created and Produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn Artwork by Emily Tatham Theme Music by Robert J. Hunter and Greg Sheffield
01:14:11
January 10, 2021
Continental Divide (1981)
Andy and Josh take to The Rockies to unpack Michael Apted’s 1981 film, ‘Continental Divide’, the first film to be released under the Amblin Entertainment banner. Executive produced by Spielberg, with a script by Lawrence Kasdan and starring John Belushi as a romantic lead, there’s plenty to discuss in a seemingly obscure title, particularly when placing the film within the larger context of the brief yet explosive career of Belushi. Andy also tries out a new nickname for Josh, which he seems to enjoy. Follow the podcast on Twitter (@RamblinAmblin) and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Do get in touch either via our DM's or email ramblinaboutamblin@gmail.com to share your thoughts on either 'Continental Divide' or next episode's film, 'Poltergeist.' Created and Produced by Andrew Gaudion and Joshua Glenn Artwork by Emily Tatham Theme Music by Robert J. Hunter and Greg Sheffield
01:12:47
December 27, 2020
Prologue - Amblin' (1968)
In this introductory episode, Andy and Josh give you a flavour of what’s to come, as well as your first listen to the pumping theme music crafted by Robert J. Hunter and Greg Sheffield. The Ramblin Boys also roll back the clock to discuss the short film that gave Amblin Entertainment its name, a student film by 22 year-old Steven Spielberg, entitled ‘Amblin’ from 1968.  Follow the podcast on Twitter @RamblinAmbln,  Special thanks to Emily Tatham for our artwork, Robert J. Hunter and Greg Sheffield for our awesome theme music, and Sarah Buddery & MJ Smith of 'Let's Jaws For a Minute' for their helpful tips and support. And of course, thank you for listening! 
23:05
December 13, 2020