For better or worse, Red Dawn takes its ideas very seriously


The discussion of Red Dawn starts at 29:00.

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Red Dawn

Director: John Milius

Jed: Patrick Swayze
Matt: Charlie Sheen
Robert: C. Thomas Howell
Erica: Lea Thompson
Toni: Jennifer Grey
Lt. Col. Andrew Tanner: Powers Boothe
Colonel Ernesto Bella: Ron O’Neal

Released: August 10, 1984

Domestic Box Office: $38.4 million




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The Other Movie

What other movies have we been reconsidering? 

Put The Bucket List on your bucket list!

The Bucket List (2007) | Directed by Rob Reiner | Starring Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Sean Hayes

Welcome To the Dollhouse is the best movie ever made about how awful it is to be a kid

Welcome To the Dollhouse (1996) | Directed by Todd Solondz | Starring Heather Matarazzo, Brendan Sexton III, Eric Mabius

The first Rocky is weirder and better than you remember

Rocky (1976) | Directed by John G. Avildsen | Starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers

Why do I hate The Goonies so much?

The Goonies (1985) | Directed by Richard Donner | Starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman

Ever After is the best Cinderella movie ever (after)

Ever After (1998) | Directed by Andy Tennant | Starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott

The first X-Men movie gets the superhero movie really right

X-Men (2000) | Directed by Bryan Singer | Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen

The original Jumanji is admirably dark, but not very fun

Jumanji (1995) | Directed by Joe Johnston | Starring Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst

I get why people love Empire Records, even if I don’t

Empire Records (1995) | Directed by Allan Moyle | Starring Anthony LaPaglia, Liv Tyler, Rory Cochrane

Back To the Future Part II isn’t trying to predict the future

We don’t connect our own futures with the gloomy future we predict for the world.

The Austin Powers series is one funny and incredibly charming movie, and two dreadful movies

Austin Powers Series (1997, 1999, & 2002) | Directed by Jay Roach | Starring Mike Myers, Seth Green, Michael York