In this month's episode, Charlie and George head out to the Russian wilderness to train for the fight that could end the Cold War - yes, it's time to revisit Rocky IV! As Sylvester Stallone's director cut Rocky vs Drago is released, the brothers revisit the original cut of the biggest Rocky film to see why it's so beloved by many. They discuss the film's production, from casting the then-unknown Dolph Lundgren, real ringside rumbles, the power of a montage (or two or three) a
Click here to access this episode via Retro Ramble's Patreon Page In the first monthly Patreon bonus episode, Charlie and George dust off their tuxedos to review the highly anticipated, much-delayed return of James Bond in No Time To Die! The Daniel Craig closer is a big deal for cinema and as huge lifelong Bond fans, the brothers McGhee are excited to share their thoughts on the film. They discuss the film's lengthy production challenges (even before a global pandemic), the
In this month's episode, it's time for another Halloween special, with Charlie and George heading from the Yorkshire Moors to revisit An American Werewolf in London! In celebration of the horror comedy's 40th anniversary, the brothers discuss 80s London, some very surreal nightmare sequences and groundbreaking make up and special effects! As usual there's some alternate casting in Coulda Woulda Shoulda as well as Suspicious Spin Offs. But remember, beware the moon, stick to
In this month's episode, Charlie and George slap on the war paint and suit up for cult classic Arnie actioner - Commando! The boys cover the film's more grounded origins before discussing how it would go on to create the Arnie Action Formula, as well as competing with Stallone and Rambo First Blood Part 2. There's also chat about a certain flamboyant villain of the film and his questionable relationship to Matrix... Finally we also spend some time with last month's guest, Tim
In this month's podcast special, Charlie and George get nasty and talk villains with author, podcaster and filmmaker, Timon Singh! The brothers talk to Timon about his books Born to Be Bad and Born to Be Bad Part 2, where he interviews the greatest villains of 80s and 90s cinema! Timon's books are recommended reading for Retro Ramble listeners, as they include interviews with the likes of Vernon Wells (Commando), Ronny Cox (Total Recall, Robocop), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid)
In this month's episode, it's time for a Recent Ramble double feature with Charlie and George discussing some two new streaming releases! First up is JCVD in Netflix's action-comedy The Last Mercenary. Is it a triumphant return for The Muscles From Brussels? Can he bring the action and the comedy? Next up is time loop actioner Boss Level from Joe Carnahan and action star Frank Grillo. Does the film deliver on it's John Wick meets Groundhog Day premise? How long does Frank Gri
In this month's episode, Charlie and George take a trip back to the 12th century to discuss one of the 1991's biggest blockbusters - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves! To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary - the brothers discuss everything from magnificent mullets, dodgy accents, even dodgier geography, fantastic villains and bloody Bryan Adams! There's production chat, covering competing Robin Hood projects, Kevin Costner's hot-streak, rewrites and last-minute edits. As usual
In this month's episode, Charlie and George travel back to 2001 (a quarter-mile at a time) to discuss The Fast and The Furious! To celebrate the recent release of F9:The Fast Saga, the brothers explore the original film's beginnings, from a humble Point Break rip-off that would slowly spawn a billion-dollar blockbuster franchise. As per usual, there are bad impressions (aka lots of Diesel-soaked growling), alternative casting in Coulda Woulda Shoulda and Suspicious Spin-Offs,
In this month's episode, Charlie and George travel back to 1994 (from the distant 2004) to tackle Timecop! But they won't be alone on this journey, they're joined by special guests Matt and Liam from Spocklight podcast! The gang chat their first memories of discovering the film, the mighty Jean Claude Van Damme (JCVD to his fans) and the diverse filmography of director Peter Hyams. Along the way they also debate dodgy time travel mechanics, mullets and futuristic guns (you kn
In this month's episode, Charlie and George head to the dangerous Rockies (via Italy) to discuss "Die Hard on a Mountain", Cliffhanger! The brothers go into detail on how the film evolved out of two failed Stallone projects, his career at the time and that of rising star director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2). They also find time to chat about record-breaking stunts, dodgy sets, cockney henchmen and um, Brian Harvey (of East 17 fame).
As per usual there are bad impressions (tr
As promised/threatened in our Coming To America episode (#56) late last year - with the release of Coming 2 America, it's time for a Recent Ramble on Eddie Murphy's reprisal of one of his most iconic roles. In this short special, Charlie and George discuss the film's origins, the pros and cons of being an Amazon Prime exclusive, their personal thoughts as well as the critical consensus on the belated sequel. Is it a worthy follow-up?
Does it bring the funny?
How are the barb
In this month's episode, Charlie and George are joined by fellow Sean Connery enthusiast (and returning guest), Andy Hughes to discuss fantasy cult classic, Highlander! As per usual, they delve into the production history including the film's controversial casting of the world's most famous Scotsman as err, an Egyptian, and an aspiring French/Swiss actor as.... a Scotsman. There's also talk of the iconic Queen score, music video visuals, and dubious stunt doubles. Also presen
In the second (and final) part of our Total Recall special, Charlie and George are still stuck on Mars and are still wondering, is it all a dream or reality?! In Part 1, the brothers delved in the crazy production history of the sci-fi action classic and touched on their highlights of the film. Part 2 sees the boys wrap themselves in trippy sci-fi riddles, as they try to unravel the film's ending. In an extended session of Suspicious Spin-Offs, Charlie opens his mind to the c
In the first of a two-part special, Charlie and George get their asses to Mars to discuss a memory of a lifetime, sci-fi action-classic Total Recall! With Robocop and Starship Troopers already covered on previous episodes, the boys finally complete the Paul Verhoeven sci-fi trilogy! The brothers discuss their first impressions of the film, the Philip K Dick source material and it's lengthy development and production. They also cover their favourite moments (with plentiful Arn
So, 2020, eh? Didn’t think it was gonna turn out like this, did you?! It’s been a tough year for everyone, but to look on the positive side, at least we’ve had time to get through loads of classic films as there’s been little else to do! As many people are encouraged to work from home, there's no commuting, meaning generally fewer opportunities to listen to podcasts, so we appreciate that people still finding the time to download and listen to our little podcast! A big thank
In this month's episode, Charlie and George get ready for a big trip, they're Coming To America! Ahead of the belated sequel, the boys revisit the beloved romantic comedy classic. Join the Brothers McGhee as they discuss the film's abundance of heart and soul (glo), multiple roles, cracking cameos and its cultural impact on them and society as a whole since its release. As usual, there's lots of bad impressions, film trivia and thoughts on what the brothers want to see in the
In this month's episode, Charlie and George go on a mission to revisit the JCVD vs DL (that's Dolph Lundgren) sci-fi actioner, Universal Soldier! The boys delve into Roland Emmerich's first Hollywood production and discuss the films heavy sci-fi origins. Along the way, they chat about the challenges of being on the run in a pre-internet era, Dolph's amazing villain and ponder why JCVD isn't being his usual sassy, splits-tastic, sexy self. Unsurprisingly, there are enough bad