This time on the podcast: Greg, Casey and Dan are social distancing, but that's not going to stop them from watching an Italian not-so-Zombie movie! That's right, Nightmare City from 1980 turns 40 and consider this its birthday party! After watching the movie online, everyone got together on voice chat to discuss everything from crusty zombies to how and why a clay statue can bleed.
As always, don't forget to listen to this episode's companion playlist on Spotify.
Featuring: Simple Minds, Killing Joke, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, XTC, Genesis, Christopher Cross, Essential Logic, Stevie Wonder and more!
We're back! Back in time... for a brand-new episode of the new season of Time Bandits. This time around, we're going to travel 40 years into the past to celebrate a film of our choice, and along the way we'll be making throwback playlists based on the month of 1980 we end up visiting.
This episode, we are going to check out the Roger Corman produced Star Wars also-ran titled Battle Beyond the Stars! Or is it Battle Amongst the Stars? Either way, this movie is the beginning of a number of major motion picture careers James Cameron who picked up the slack behind the scenes with special effects, ship-building and more. Not only that, this film serves as the meeting-point for some very important movie relationships that would lead to the creation of some huge, huge movies! So were we dazzled by the stories behind the movie more than the movie itself, or is it a really entertaining and charming film? We've got your answers!
And finally, all three of us have added tracks to the first-of-many Time Bandits Playlists! Check out the tracklisting below and click here to go listen for yourself!
The Clash - Bank Robber
Adam & The Ants - Physical (You're So)
The B-52's - Give Me Back My Man
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Happy House
George Benson - Give Me the Night
Paul Simon - Late in the Evening
The Associates - The Affectionate Punch
Olivia Newton-John - Magic
Pat Benatar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot
David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes
Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony
On this episode of Time Bandits, we’ve got a triple feature!
In what would become a trend for Arnold Schwarzenegger, he released two films in the year 1990: Total Recall and Kindergarten Cop – a sci-fi action film and comedy, respectively. You’d think all three of our hosts could agree on these flicks, but you may be surprised! Listen in to hear their thoughts on the special effects extravaganza that is Total Recall, and if the kid-comedy-meets-cop-picture fusion of Kindergarten Cop holds up these days. Then, it’s time to pop in a cassette – but don’t hurt ’em! It’s MC Hammer’s smash hit Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em – and does this album hurt to listen to? We checked it out, and will tell you!
Joining us on our journey for his third appearance, is Gavin Fox (Orphan Black, Nikita, Murdoch Mysteries.)
On a very special episode the boys engage in a general discussion about the films of 1990 with special attention to one in particular: Gremlins 2:The New Batch. This anarchic sequel to Joe Dante’s holiday classic was a disappointment upon release – deemed to be more of a series of gags than a standalone movie by many critics. Some of us have loved it, and some of us are checking back in on the movie, so listen in to hear our thoughts on this Looney Tunes inspired comedic romp. But first, lots of movie talk, with a focus on the first half of 1990 – what do we think of Revenge? How about Madhouse? And don’t forget some alcohol, because we’ve got an official Time Bandits Drinking Game to go along with this episode!
Our guest this week is Beatriz Picardal-Lyons (although she doesn’t talk much).
This week on Time Bandits, we’re watching Heart Condition! It’s a woefully misguided buddy-comedy-ghost-fantasy-action-romance flick starring Denzel Washington and Bob Hoskins as a sleazy lawer and cop (respectively) – when the former passes away and the latter receives his heart through a transplant, Hoskins is followed around by Washington’s ghost who helps him avoid cheeseburgers and help solve his own murder. Convoluted, right? It’s also shockingly unfunny. Then, we listen to the seminal metal album Rust In Peace by Megadeth. Are our opinions of this record coloured by what was to come with the band, or will we mosh straight through this influential record? Headbanging along with us, is Antony East of The ’92 Blue Jays! Check them out on Bandcamp, right now!
It’s time for another trip through… time… as Greg and Dan go it alone this week, accidentally landing in 1996. Scared and alone, they wander into a video store and pick Roller Gator off the shelf – a no budget crap-fest that is literally one of the worst films they have ever had to watch. Hopefully you like inane acoustic guitar playing, because this movie’s soundtrack never stops playing! Then, they cleanse their ears by listening to one of the greatest albums of all time – Beck’s Odelay. You know that’s where it’s at.
This week we try to bring ourselves back from the brink of extreme boredom as we check out one of the most nineties thrillers ever made, Flatliners. Can Joel Schumacher pull this stacked cast and amazing conceit into something wholly worthwhile, or will the film itself flatline? Then we explore what Neil means to us all with Neil Young’s guitar-heroics-packed album Ragged Glory.
Our guests this week are filmmaker Ryan Stephenson Price and musician Robb Johannes of the Toronto band PAINT.
Uh oh! THE TIME MACHINE IS BROKEN AGAIN! This time, the Black Knight medallion has sent us all the way back to 1985, where we eat weird giant live alien grubs with a weird live alien Lou Gossett Jr. in Enemy Mine. Did you know Wolfgang Peterson directed this right after The Neverending Story? Did you know that in the future, space glass will be super brittle? Did you know this movie really takes a dive in the final act? We’ll talk about all of that, plus a lot more. Then, we pretend to smoke some cigarettes in the dark (since Greg and Casey quit smoking years ago) and check out Tom Waits‘ near perfect 1985 album Rain Dogs. Get yer gravelly voices ready, because it’s another episode of Time Bandits!
This week on Time Bandits, we hop on Falkor and travel back in time – even if he’s not a time-travelling lucky dragon, we did it anyway – and get spooked by Patrick Swayze‘s shirt in the 1990 blockbuster romance-thriller-horror-comedy film Ghost. How does this financial juggernaut hold up? We find out! Then we listen to George Michael‘s album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. I without prejudice. A follow-up to the smash hit Faith, this album found George Michael pushing back against his pop-star persona, creating a dense and atmospheric record which deals directly with his struggles with fame. Is this record a hidden gem? You’ll have to listen in to hear our thoughts! All of this, plus our special guest Athena Maikantis-LeGros – Greg’s wonderful wife and past Time Bandits guest!
WHAT THE HOLY HELL IS HAPPENING!?
The time machine broke and sent us to 1982! Looks like we’ll just have to make the best (?) of a bad situation and watch The Beastmaster. Is Marc Singer really the heir to the Singer fortune? Just how many times has Greg watched this movie? Did Dan even make it through the whole thing? And what did Casey think? The answers are yours to hear, today! Then, while we’re here we might as well check out one of the best albums of all time, Elvis Costello and the Attractions‘ Imperial Bedroom. As three major Costello fans, there’s a lot to work through when discussing this topic – so get started by hitting that play button, stat!
This week we try to figure out the appeal of Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay when we check out The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Then we defend the planet against GWAR‘s seminal album, The Scumdogs of the Universe. Our guest this week is returning favorite, Jeremy Schultz (Modern Superior’s DrinkAlong).
This week on Time Bandits, we face our fears and watch the incredibly entertaining Arachnophobia. Then, we check out Public Enemy‘s Fear of a Black Planet, where the only scary thing is just how amazing this album is. Our guest on the show this week, is Matthew Price (of Let’s Scare Matthew Price To Death and MAMO! podcasts).
This week we travel back to a time when Steve Guttenberg was still sort of relevant as we check out the 1990 romantic comedy film Don’t Tell Her It’s Me. Then we listen to Jawbreaker‘s debut album Unfun to find out if it’s aptly named. Our guest this week is fellow podcaster Alia Miller (Modern Superior‘s Super Zero Podcast and What She’s Having Podcast)
This week on Time Bandits, we go underground to dig into the classic Tremors. What makes this action-horror-adventure-comedy tick? And does it hold up, even after all these years and re-watches? Then, we check out the personification of indie credibility with Superchunk‘s 1990 self-titled debut. Had the band yet to master their signature sound on their independent debut, or where they merely digging for something? Find out, today!
Our guest this week is Jamie Dew (of The Dew Over).
This week on Time Bandits, we hop into the T.A.R.D.I.S. and race to see who gets the least out of Days of Thunder. Then, we pop in a cassette and go ‘hmmm’ when we listen to C+C Music Factory‘s ‘Gonna Make You Sweat. Will any of us make some sense out of Days of Thunder’s plot? Did you know about the controversy surrounding Gonna Make You Sweat? You’ll find out the answers to these questions, and so much more, on our latest episode! Our guest this week is Matt Brown (MAMO! podcast and Modern Superior‘s own Super Zero.)
This week we talk hard about simulated masturbation when we check out Pump Up The Volume. Then we detune our guitars and get kool with Sonic Youth’s major label debut Goo. Our guest this week is returning Time Bandits favorite Nat Manzocco, owner and proprietor of Future Is The Future. Go check out the shop for tons of amazing non gender specific fashion and accessories. And check her interview out on CBC Radio Q!
It’s our first trip back to 1990 where we find boobs, beers and homophobia in the disappointing Ski School. Then we find ourselves much more entertained by the gentle PG humour of Police Academy rip-off Ski Patrol.
Then, our first album of the nineties is the divisive Sinead O’Connor effort I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (So I guess she doesn’t want talent – zing!). Greg divulges a story about how he caught flak for digging this album in High School, but how will Dan (upon first exposure) and Casey (who is giving it a second chance) react?
This week we see who’s been Nazi and who’s been nice when we check out the tangentially Christmas-themed Elves – starring Grizzly Adams himself, Dan Haggerty! Then, we grunge it up with Soundgarden’s Louder Than Love. Our guest this week is Justin Decloux (the director of Teddy Bomb and co-host/co-curator of Toronto’s Laser Blast Film Society VHS screenings).
This week on Time Bandits, we travel back to 1989 to visit the criminally underrated Bob Balaban directed Parents. You probably remember the iconic cover art for this Vestron-released movie, but did you know it’s actually an overlooked classic? Listen in to hear all about it!
Then, we find out what it is (it’s it) when we listen to Faith No More’s The Real Thing. We dive into the history of the band, before and after this release, so whether you are a big fan or a first-timer, you’ll want to listen through until the end for an enlightening discussion!
This week we break out our whips and unironic fedoras as we watch the classic Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Then we dig into Fine Young Cannibals’ unexpected hit record The Raw and the Cooked. Our guest this week is musician Graeme Hall Lang.
This week we travel back to 1989 to check out Snake Eater, an insane Lorenzo Lamas vehicle about an ex cop who must outwit some dumb hillbillies to rescue his sister. Then we discuss De La Soul’s debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising and it’s powerful impact on the world of hip hop. Our guest this week is rapper Timbuktu (Swamp Thing, Teenburger).
This week we check out the criminally boring Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers and discuss why Dr. Loomis is still trying so hard (while Donald Pleasance is not) and we wonder where Michael Myers learned to drive so well. Then we talk Tone Loc and his album Loc’ed After Dark which has us chillin’ with the homies – swam-ay! Our guest this week is rapper Owel Five (Matt Collie) of Dream Jefferson – who have an upcoming album called 32x released on October 21st, 2014.
This week on Time Bandits, we have bad dreams of nuns and Boglins when we visit A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. Then we check out an album that has become an industry (industrial?) standard – yes, it’s seminal industrial band Ministry’s album A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste. Our guest for today’s episode it Torontoist writer and contributor Jessica Buck!
Do you love werewolf movies but often wish they had way less werewolves in them? Then Howling V: The Rebirth is the movie for you! We didn’t feel right subjecting a guest to this masterpiece of cinematic bullshit, so we’re going it alone this week.
Since this podcast revolves around a time machine, we thought we’d check out a different kind of machine: a pretty hate one! We’re listening to Nine Inch Nails‘ classic Pretty Hate Machine and trying to figure out what makes Trent Reznor so sad and cranky. Check it out!
This podcast needs an enema! And that enema comes in the form of a nostalgic look back at a movie that redefined the summer blockbuster, Tim Burton’s Batman. And what better album to pair it with than it’s own ridiculous soundtrack but the equally ridiculous Prince?
Stop the press, who is that? It’s Indie 88’s own morning host Matt Hart here to share his thoughts and memories of this ubiquitous movie-going experience. You’ll develop quite a lemon crush on this partyman. I’m going to stop doing that now.
This week the guys find themselves in Lock Up where the evil warden lets them play football, build cars and drink as much toilet wine as they can stomach. Then they kick off a whole new wave of half-assed ska with the seminal album Energy by seminal ska-punk act Operation Ivy.
Their guest this week will be Taylor Wyatt (Secret Screening Room).
This week the fellas travel all the way to West Germany for the 1989 premiere of The Punisher, starring Time Bandits favorite Dolph Lundgren. Then they bust a move down to the principal’s office as they cold mack on Young MC’s crazy def debut, Stone Cold Rhymin’. Their guest this week is perennial favorite rapper/Modern Superior podcaster Wordburglar!
The gang is down one member this week, with Greg still away on vacation overseas. Regardless, Dan and Casey are keeping the time travel spirit alive, hopping in the Primer box and heading into a City Under Siege. Yes, it’s Police Academy 6: City Under Siege directed by… Peter Bonerz. Listen in to find out if that name is the funniest thing about the film, or if it’s an under-appreciated sequel.
Then, continuing in the theme of adolescent and juvenile things, ALL‘s album Allroy’s Revenge gets the Time Bandits treatment – can the band break free of the shadow of the almighty Descendents, or are they doomed to be spoken of only as a footnote?
Well, something was bound to go wrong sometime. It is time travel, after all!
This week the time machine breaks down and we find ourselves hurled back even farther to the year 1985. What else is there to do but check out the bonkers Berry Gordy produced kung-fu action/comedy The Last Dragon?
Then we get night rocked (read: aurally violated) by David Hasselhoff when we check out his album Night Rocker. Spoiler Alerit: it sucks!
It’s time for another trip back to 1989, and this time we’re driving the Delorean right on down to Hinkley Hills, where Tom Hanks is having a few problems dealing with his new neighbors in Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs. A box-office success but a critical failure, how does it hold up?
While we’re there, why not visit Corey Feldman and see what he’s got in his compact disc player? Mayhaps it’s the self-titled debut album from Skid Row? Point your big-ear-guns to Episode 38 for all that, and more.
Our guest on this episode is Kurt Halfyard of Row Three, Twitch, and the Cinecast. Be sure to check out his series Kids Talk Film on Twitch, where his kids view films like Alien, Road Warrior, Godzillaand more and weigh in with their post-viewing thoughts.
Episode 37 finds the guys dreaming a little nightmare when they attempt to make sense of the hopelessly idiotic Dream a Little Dream. Then they use Bleach (Nirvana’s crushing debut album) to remove the stains left on their souls by having to watch such a garbage movie.
Our guests on this episode are: Erik Tokar and Jimmy Cain (resident Two Coreys expert) from the band CHAMPION LOVER.
This week we cast a spell of confusion over the ‘classic’ Teen Witch. Then we pile into the love shack for a discussion about The B-52’s big comeback album Cosmic Thing. Now who would ever really wanna go and top that?
Our special guest this week is the lovely Alia Miller of the excellent podcast What She’s Having. Check it out!
This week we’ll be travelling back to revisit Tango and Cash, a couple of tough, wisecracking cops who kick ass, take names and rarely make any sense. This movie has everything: action, comedy (?), and great smelling mice. Plus, we’ll be getting two scoops of Vanilli when we discuss Girl You Know It’s True by Milli Vanilli!
Our co-pilot on this armoured super-truck into madness is actor Gavin Fox (Alphas, Flashpoint, Nikita). Come with us!
The boys of Time Bandits board a slow boat bound for the shores of New York City. There they face the danger of getting their heads punched off, or worse yet, having to sit through Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan. While there, they drop in on Lou Reed as he teaches them the ins and outs of New York (and verbosity) with his aptly titled album, New York.
Their first mate on the voyage is the delightful Ariel Fisher (Row Three, Rue Morgue Magazine). Follow her on Twitter!
This week Greg, Dan and Casey travel back in time to experience Jean-Claude Van Damme’s eye-popping classic,Cyborg. Watch as JCVD kind of fights his way to Atlanta to briefly meet a cyborg who doesn’t need his help. It’s insane!
Then we find complexity in Simply Saucer‘s Cyborg Revisited, one of rock history’s most tragically under-appreciated bands and albums.
Joining us on the journey back is one half of Modern Superior’s own DrinkAlong Podcast, David Followes.
This week we travel back to bear witness to what is arguably Wes Craven’s least cohesive and silliest film, the crapfest that is Shocker. Then we all geek out on the genius that is Paul’s Boutique, the Beastie Boys’ mind blowing follow up their debut rap album, Licensed To Ill.
Jeremy Schultz of Modern Superior’s own DrinkAlong Podcast is our esteemed guest this week. You won’t want to miss it!
This week’s episode is a very special one as we dive deep to uncover the mysteries of underwater aliens in not one but three classic (alright, one classic, one underrated and one suck-fest) films from 1989: The Abyss ,Leviathan and DeepStar Six.
Then we head up to the surface to weather Billy Joel’s Storm Front, an album most notable for it’s inclusion of the hit song We Didn’t Start The Fire.
Such a huge undertaking requires a very special guest, which we have found in fellow Toronto podcaster Matt Price (MAMO! Podcast). Well-versed in the nerdery of shitty sci-fi, his input here is invaluable. Check it out!
Episode 30 finds the boys being excellent to each other while at the same time partying on with 1989’s Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Then they painstakingly dissect the seminal album Stone Roses (Self Titled) and maybe geek out a little over the role production played in making the album a classic.
They are joined this week by a real life Bill & Ted: Bill and Ted Masuda of the brilliant Toronto band CHAMPION LOVER. They will share with us the pain of spending their formative years with the same name as two cinematic idiots. It’s a good time, you don’t want to miss out.
Episode 29 finds us in Portugal for the 1989 release of Italian masterpiece/Predator rip-off Robowar. Find out if the film’s “star” Reb Brown does one of his patented screams-while-shooting-an-assault-rifle (spoiler: he sure does). This movie is not to be missed.
Then we try to pump some life into Aerosmith‘s 1989 effort Pump by talking about how generic and terrible it is and how much Casey loves it.
Our guest this week is Modern Superior‘s own Bruce Douglas (of Lonely Nights with Bruce Douglas). Bruce has a breadth of knowledge about terrible movies and he uses it to help us make sense of this senseless Robowar.
The dudes at Time Bandits are going back in time alone this week, as a scheduling conflict has left them to check out the 1989 piece of horror-filmmaking garbage Hellgate all by their lonesome selves. This movie is up there with Troll II, Deadly Prey, and more in terms of how bad it is – so you want to hear this one.
Then, they let their backbone slide and check out Maestro Fresh Wes’ smash album Symphony in Effect. Does this Canadian classic hold up, or does it just sound like watered down maple syrup? Find out on Episode 28!
Time Bandits continues to trek through the year 1989, celebrating the 25th anniversary of both a film and album. This week, we set our sights on the blockbuster action sequel Lethal Weapon 2 – one of the most successful movies of the year. Then, we go from bluesy guitar and saxophone to… neutered rock guitar, ballad bombast and saxophones with Richard Marx‘s slow-dance ready album Repeat Offender.
This week, it’s a meeting of the podcast minds as our good friend Matt Brown joins us on our trip around the sun. If you don’t already know, Matt is the co-host of Toronto’s own Mamo! podcast, writer of the always on-the-nose column Destroy All Monsters! and blogger extraordinaire via Tederick. Plus, you can also follow him on Twitter!
Time Bandits returns for a whole new year of movies and albums – that’s right, from now on we’ll be travelling back to 1989 and celebrating the 25th anniversary of a movie and album.
This week, on Episode 26 we are talking about the hotly contested big-budget sequel Ghostbusters II, and then we’ll try to figure out exactly what a Buffalo Stance is by listening to Neneh Cherry’s album Raw Like Sushi.
Joining us on our journey this week is the hilarious Rhiannon Archer! You can find her fantastic videos, stand-up dates, and more at her official website, as well as follow her super funny Twitter feed.
We’re guestless again this week, and we’re talking about one of the most bizarre films we’ve ever seen – TRAXX! Plus, we talk about some Truth and Soul – yes, we listened to some Fishbone! It’s our last episode of 1988 – so, see you next year, and see you in 1989!
Once again the heroes of Time Bandits travel back to 1988 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of ridiculous albums and movies. This week we get our primates all polished up for George A. Romero‘s confusing thriller Monkey Shines.
Then we try to figure out why Morrissey is so sad as we delve into his solo effort Viva Hate. Will we viva love it or viva hate it?
Our guest this week is Robert LaRonde from one of Canada’s funniest film podcasts, Rewatchability.
This week on Time Bandits, we travel back in time yet again to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of a movie and an album. We’re looking at one of the most hilariously inept slasher films of all time: Hollowgate! Then, we take a listen to King Diamond‘s metal concept-album Them.
Joining us this week, is Mark Pesci – Mark books some of the best shows going on in Toronto, and he also created the gig listing website Just Shows!
Yes, Time Bandits is back and warming up this cold month of November with some heat! Red Heat that is! The Walter Hill buddy-cop flick starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Belush!
Then, we get heavy with Metallica‘s album …And Justice for All – which Dan has never heard! Will he love it? Do Greg and Casey love it? Find out!
Joining us this week is Anthony East – who you may remember from such things as helping run and book shows for Two Way Monologues, as well as the Thursday Thursday shows presented by Greenshades.
It’s that time of the year: Halloween! So obviously, we couldn’t resist watching 1988’s entry in the seminal horror series of the same name, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers! Yes, a busty Michael Myers who can’t decide on what colour to dye his hair is on the loose again! And then we popped Helloween‘s album Keeper Of The Seven Keys: Part II and got headbangin’.
This week, we’re taking a look at one of the manliest flicks ever created – Mercenary Fighters starring Peter Fonda and Reb Brown‘s guttural scream! Plus, we listened to the utter misfire that is Neil Young – here backed by the Bluenotes – playing horn tinged soul on This Note’s For You.
Joining us to talk about these fine specimens is Matt Bahen, of The Schomberg Fair – one of the Toronto independent music scene’s greatest bands. Be sure to check out their website, and listen to some of their tunes. You can also check out Matt’s incredible paintings as well.
We’re back, and we’re guestless again!
Yes, just the three hosts of Time Bandits have aimed their rifles at the 1988 piece of junk Deadly Prey. You might know this as one of the most infamous action films of all time, as it has made the rounds online in many bad movie circles. Yes, it’s that hilarious, and we really let loose on this film. It’s a must-see.
Plus, we talked about My Bloody Valentine‘s album Isn’t Anything, which is awesome too for all the right reasons. If you haven’t heard it, you better check it out!