On the second episode of The Rad Carpet podcast, Thom, Whalen, and CJ 5000 wrap up their year-by-year 1980s review by discussing their favorite films from the years 1985 through 1989. Enjoy an acid-washed rundown of 80s neon gold, as the Carpeteers wax rhapsodic about Back to the Future, splatter praise upon Evil Dead 2, and get blown to bits by Commando, among many other 80s faves. Plus, the Carpet unfurls a new game, “Signature Role,” here hashing out the legacy of screen legend Jack Nicholson. And of course, there’s a round of “In or Out,” wherein the Carpeteers cook up some takes on Chris Pine, Cameron Diaz, and director Tony Scott.
The Rad Carpet is, above all, a club, and we want you, the listener, to join in! Unfurl your takes in the comments section below: Did the Carpet commit any notable late-80s snubs? Do we know jack about Jack? Do you happen to pine for Pine?
Keep an eye out on this site and on Twitter for upcoming episodes of The Rad Carpet, which will cover the early work of John Waters. And don’t forget to keep up with the curriculum: we’ll be covering Multiple Maniacs and Pink Flamingos next week. Until then, stay rad!
0:20 – Intros
1:40 – Signature Role: Jack Nicholson
8:40 – In or Out?
20:35 – 1985
22:40 – Nostalgia interlude: first theater experiences
31:35 – 1986
41:05 – 1987
47:40 – Nostalgia interlude: sleepover movies
50:22 – 1988
57:10 – 1989
1:06:00 – Outro, acknowledgments, scratch