Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast (Enjoy Stuff)

Star Wars! If you've only seen it this way, then you haven't seen it at all. Luckily, in 1997 the Star Wars Trilogy - Special Edition returned to theaters and returned to our hearts. But this was much more than just a re-release! Jay and Shua look back at the anniversary of the biggest resurgence of a franchise in history!

 

Where were you in 1997? If you were like most of the world, you were standing in line to watch a 20 year old movie. The Star Wars - Special Edition not only gave us the beloved story back on the big screen, it also gave us a cleaned up look, experimental digital effects, and ‘a few new surprises’. This is the Star Wars Trilogy - Special Editon. 



News

-These two new Kit Kat flavors may be just what you’ve been looking for! 

-We are excited to share that a Quantum Leap reboot may actually happen! 

-Daniel Radcliffe is going to be playing Weird Al in a new movie (we’re not even kidding!) 

-Shane the Roving Spoonster found Jay’s long lost Beatles parodies

-Please consider helping some of our neighbors who lost their homes in the Marshall and Middle Fork fires in Colorado on December 30, 2021 [link]

 

What we’re Enjoying

Shua started the year by revisiting some favorite books. He’s been ‘lazy reading’ Ready Player One and Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline, which has prompted him to revisit all kinds of awesome things that were referenced in the story. Jay has been watching the mind-numbing, adult oriented action of John Cena’s Peacemaker on HBO Max. 



Enjoy Movies!

Star Wars celebrates the anniversary of yet another milestone; the release of the Star Wars Trilogy - Special Edition in 1997. But is a re-release of a movie really that big of a deal? You bet your sweet womp rat!

 

After the success of the re-releases, Lucas was able to do a ton of development which was focused on, but certainly not limited to, the prequel trilogy. 

 

What was different about the Special Edition (SE)? To begin with, they were able to clean it up significantly. 20 years of degradation of the film meant that we could lose the brilliant piece of art forever. Plus, the company developed new restoration techniques which paved the way for film companies to restore other films. 

 

Also, George used this as a chance to improve some things that he was never satisfied with because of budget or technology constraints. Some of these changes were exciting to fans, but some made them madder than a Wookiee losing a chess match. What did you think?

 

The boys share some stories of their experience with the SE back in ‘97. It made some memorable times in their lives, inspired them to get involved in fandom, and eventually led them to each other.  



Was your Star Wars fandom sparked by the Special Editions? Did you join the throngs of people lining up to revisit an old movie? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Dream a little dream with Jovial Jay and Shua as they dive into the subconscious of Dream Movies.  

 

Grab a glass of warm milk and get comfortable under that blanket because we are about to explore your mind. Movies that involve movies can sometimes get a little trippy. Do you believe what you see? Let’s look into the world of dream movies. 



News

-What genre fits with giant mechanized robots more than any others? Musicals, of course! And now there’s a Gundam musical just for you!

-Looking to ditch those annoying headphones? Well, get ready for completely invisible ones! 

-We say goodbye to the beloved Betty White and a bevy of other celebrities who we’ve lost this year already. 

-Please consider helping some of our neighbors who lost their homes in the Marshall and Middle Fork fires in Colorado on December 30, 2021 [link]

 

What we’re Enjoying

Who’s Jay gonna call? Ghostbusters! The boys finally got around to watching Ghostbusters: Afterlife and they were pleased. It was a nice combination of homage and new blood. After watching the Hawkeye series on Disney+, Shua wanted to check out the classic comic series by Matt Fraction that inspired so much of the show. Great art, story, and characters.



Enjoy Movies!

What are dreams? Well, according to the Sleep Foundation, “Dreams are images, thoughts, or feelings that occur during sleep.” There’s a lot of speculation about why we dream, but there’s no arguing that the idea makes for a great movie-making opportunity. Let’s take a look at Dream Movies!

 

Dreams with actual dreaming-

A classic movie with dreams as the central plot is the 1984 Dennis Quaid thriller Dreamscape. It explored the idea that some could go into your mind with you to control your dreams and even kill you! The same year, Nightmare on Elm Street looked at it from an even scarier point of view. Films like Wizard of Oz and Brazil tell stories that connect our dreams to reality. And Inception created dreams within dreams to give Leonardo DiCaprio opportunities to make us question what we’re seeing. 

 

Daydreaming-

But you don’t have to be asleep to let dreams affect the way you behave. Ralphie daydreamed about his Red Ryder BB gun until his dream finally came true (and his mother’s nightmare that he’d shoot his eye out). And The Secret Life of Walter Mitty showed how daydreams can be both dangerous to your mental health but also inspiring. 

 

Was it actually a dream?-

Some of the most thrilling dream movies make us wonder if we’re watching reality or that character’s subconscious dealing with a crazy world. Did Quaid really save Mars in Total Recall? Was Neo really plugged into the Matrix? And did George Bailey ever really exist in Bedford Falls, or is It’s A Wonderful Life just a bunch of bunk?!

 

Grab your Teddy and snuggle up with Jay and Shua as we take a trip around the world and back, and explore the world in your mind. 

 

What dream movies do you enjoy? Got any dreams that would make a good movie? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Come Together as Jay and Shua Get Back to where they once belonged with memories, history, and influence of the Beatles on Enjoy Stuff. 

 

This week we share our admiration and influence of the Fab Four. For many years Beatles music has been inspiring musicians and fans with their groundbreaking performances. 



News

-George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord gets Star Studded music video

-Apparently George Jetson was born in 2022 

-Please consider helping some of our neighbors who lost their homes in the Marshall and Middle Fork fires in Colorado on December 30, 2021 [link]

 

What we’re Enjoying

The end of the year brought us a little time off to catch up with some fun stuff. Shua and his family had a great time in Anaheim, California at Disneyland and California Adventure. Plus, he watched Encanto and the latest season of Cobra Kai season 4. Jay has been immersing himself in all things Spider-Man in preparation for No Way Home. And he’s been experimenting with art on his Affinity program. 



Enjoy Music!

The Beatles are generally regarded as one of the greatest musical artists of the 20th century. For Jay and Shua, despite the fact that they had broken up before either of them were born, they became an important influence in their life. 

 

The guys look at the cultural impact of the Beatles throughout their history, while discussing their discography. And they share how the boys from Liverpool made a difference in their lives. 

 

Throughout their relatively short history, they made twelve Albums

  1. Please Please Me - March 22, 1963
  2. With The Beatles - November 22, 1963
  3. A Hard Day's Night - July 10, 1964
  4. Beatles For Sale - December 4, 1964
  5. Help! - August 6, 1965
  6. Rubber Soul - December 3, 1965
  7. Revolver - August 5, 1966
  8. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - May 26, 1967
  9. The Beatles (The White Album) - November 22, 1968
  10. Yellow Submarine - January 17, 1969
  11. Abbey Road - September 26, 1969
  12. Let It Be - May 8, 1970
  1. Believe it or not, they made five movies
    1. A Hard Day's Night
    2. Help!
    3. Magical Mystery Tour
    4. Yellow Submarine
    5. Let It Be
    6. Plus Get Back (3-part documentary on Disney+)

 

Do you enjoy the Beatles? What stories do you have? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Join Jay and Shua as they look back at 2021. There was plenty to indulge in, from movies, TV, and the premiere of our brand new podcast! Come along with us as we remember how to find the fun in everything, and how to Enjoy Stuff!

 

Despite all the challenges in the world, we certainly hope that 2021 has been good to you. If it seems like it may have left something to be desired, we try to look back on all the things that made us smile. This was 2021. 



News

-We said goodbye to Monkee, Michael Nesmith and designer of NES and Super NES

Masayuki Uemara.

-The Library of Congress just inducted some really cool movies this year

-A new Toys R Us megastore is now here!

 

What we’re Enjoying

Jay has been catching up on some fun holiday movies on his extra time off. Did it help to make a fun Christmas? Shua and his family are currently wrapping up their Christmas in Disneyland. He’ll post some reports on social media. 



Enjoy Everything!

We say goodbye to 2021 by looking back at a bunch of cool stuff that has happened. 

 

Movies: The Green Knight, Jungle Cruise, and the return of amazing Marvel movies were some notable pieces of entertainment. Some were worthy of returning to a theater, and some were enjoyed right in our homes. 

 

TV: Ted Lasso, Resident Alien, and The Mandalorian were only 3 shows on a long list of awesomeness. And the great thing is, there are so many more to come. 

 

Podcasts:  We said goodbye to good friends and a fun history when TechnoRetro Dads came to an end after 8 years. But in May we returned with Enjoy Stuff and are making new kinds of fun with more plans in the future. Jay signed off of Jedi Journals after 11 years of history-making Star Wars literature content. But he fired up some great Sci-Fi articles and a fantastic website called MCU Location Scout. 

 

Personal Lives: Graduations, college, anniversaries. All the kinds of personal stuff you might expect from 2 dads. But we also started to see some positive results from getting in shape. Jay has actually become a runner! Shua turned the big ‘five-oh’ this year, and he did it by travelling out to see Jay in person! All this and more defined a year like no other. 

 

So many great things took place in yet another challenging year for the world. We are so grateful that you chose to take us along through your year. 

 

Were you able to find some good in 2021? What stood out to you? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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It's Claus vs Claus on this week's Enjoy Stuff! Who emanates the most Christmas spirit. Jay and Shua look at 16 Santas from TV and Movies in a competitive bracket to determine the top 2021 Santa Claus. 

 

Let’s get ready to Jiiiiiiiiiiingle! Jay and Shua rank Santa Claus based on a variety of traits to crown this year’s top Kris Kringle. 



News

-This is the week to grab those Froot Loops candy canes

-Have you been enjoying your holiday cereals? We talk about the kind of variety you can find on the grocery shelves this year. 

-Last minute shopper? We have a few retro ideas for you.



What we’re Enjoying

Shua got a couple early Christmas gifts this year. He has been trying to beat his high score on the new Arcade1Up TRON machine he received from his amazing wife. And speaking of amazing, he opens up his gift from Jay on the show and it was a great surprise. Jay has been revisiting all the Spider-Man movies so he was ready when Spider-Man: No Way Home came out last week. 



Enjoy Christmas

The ultimate showdown of Clauses happens here! As Master Blaster once said, “Who runs Christmas Town? Santa Claus runs Christmas Town!” Check out the rankings below and listen to the show for the final results. 

 

Who do you think is the best Santa?  Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Get in the holiday spirit with Jay and Shua on a special, festive, musical episode of Enjoy Stuff. 

 

When Jay finds out that the AT-AT he wished for one past Christmas is now within his grasp, he and Shua hop in the ‘76 Chevy Vega and head to the North Pole. But will they make it before Christmas? It’s time to Enjoy some Christmas music to get in the spirit of the holidays on the 2021 Enjoy (Stocking) Stuff(-er).



Songs Featured

Merry Christmas Everyone- Shakin Stevens 

The Monkees - Christmas Is My Time Of Year (1976 Fan Club Mix)

Brian Setzer - Jingle Bells 

Mel Blanc Christmas Chopsticks

A Muppet Family Christmas - Sleigh Ride

Seth MacFarlane - Little Jack Frost Get Lost

Tom Lehrer Christmas Song

Jingle Jangle - The Penguins

William Shatner - Feliz Navidad

Miley Cyrus & Bill Murray - Sleigh Ride (A Very Murray Christmas)

Never do a Tango with an eskimo - Alma Cogan

The Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy's Christmas

Duck The Halls - Jing-a-Ling-a-Ling

77 Santas - Glenn Miller Orchestra

Yoda Baby - Mega Couch Media

Star Wars: The Mandalorian Theme x Carol of The Bells - Samuel Kim Music

Spirit of Christmas -  Christmas Chronicles 2 - Kurt Russell

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our Earbuds! Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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If Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer doesn’t shine bright enough for you and It’s A Wonderful Life isn’t so wonderful, maybe you just need an alternate way to get into the holiday season. This week we dive off the Nakotomi Plaza right into unconventional Christmas movies. 

 

What makes a Christmas movie a Christmas movie? Everyone likes to Enjoy Stuff around the holidays. But taste is a broad spectrum. While some enjoy wall-to-wall Christmas plot, others find the fun in movies that may have just a pinch of gingerbread sprinkled in. 



News

-We’ve got the Breakin’ action figures you’ve been waiting for since 1984!

-The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes are getting the “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” treatment on December 7



What we’re Enjoying

The Beatles are on the minds of Jay and Shua. Shua broke out some of his old Beatles vinyl albums and has really enjoyed the nostalgic feel of the limitations of albums. It’s been very therapeutic. Jay indulged in the hours long epic Peter Jackson Beatles documentary, Get Back on Disney+. If you’re a Beatles fan, it is worth checking out.  



Enjoy Movies

For the last few years people have been debating whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. So the TechnoRetro Dads break it down once and for all. 

 

We look at a plethora of films that have some kind of connection to the holidays. Whether they take place around Christmas or they just have a scene where Mel Gibson beats someone up with a Christmas tree, we look at some unconventional films that fit many people’s holiday tradition bill. 

 

Do you Enjoy any of the films on our list? Did we miss some? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

 

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Pull down the cardboard boxes of tinsel and get ready to increase your electric bill because it is time to decorate! This week the TechoRetro Dads take a look at the history of holiday decorating and what we do on this festively glowing episode of Enjoy Stuff.

 

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, strings of lights, and all the gaudy accoutrement you can find. Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to decorate for the holidays. But how long have people been celebrating by going over the top? Jay and Shua take a look at the very, very long history of holiday design. 



News

-We rundown a bunch of the cool things that have come out in the last couple weeks from movies to TV

-Ridley Scott says he’s working on a Blade Runner TV series

-”Oh Noooooooooo!” You may want to get rid of that Kool-Aid



What we’re Enjoying

Jay watched the mind bending Edgar Wright film Last Night in Soho. It’s a fun thriller/horror film with some pretty cool effects. And there’s a fun twist at the end that may surprise you. Shua has been playing a new game that combines the technology of today’s phone apps and yesterday’s 8-bit football, with Retro Bowl. 



Enjoy Life

It’s time to deck the stuff with all you can find. But do you realize that people have been decorating for holidays for seven centuries? 

 

First we take a look at the history of some of the most iconic decorations throughout history, such as the Christmas tree and Christmas lights. Where did they start and how have they changed?

 

Next, we talk about movies where decorating was an important part of the story. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has been inspiring crazy dads to blow fuses for many years. How much would something like that cost you?

 

Danny DeVito took decorating to unheard of levels in the movie Deck the Halls, also starring Matthew Broderick. Do you have enough lights to be seen from space?

 

Other films have been using decorating for plot devices too. Edward Scissorhands, Christmas with the Kranks, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and more.



Do you decorate for the holidays? Are you the envy of the neighborhood? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

 

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with the TechnoRetro Dads as they think about all of the wonderful things in their life that they are thankful for and what makes them happy. There's never been a better time to find the fun in everything.  

 

Life can be pretty rough for everyone.  But we bet you have some things or people in your life that help to make it a little bit better place.  During this Thanksgiving week we hang out and remember the things we can appreciate even in the toughest times, and have some laughs along the way. 



News

-Let’s meet the cast of the new Disney+ Willow series! 

-A Buckaroo Banzai sequel novel is now available to catch up with what the rock n roll surgeon has been up to

-Ready for a TechnoRetro Christmas movie? Check out 8-Bit Christmas, releasing on November 24 

-Rest in peace, Al. Quantum Leap’s Dean Stockwell passes away.



What we’re Enjoying

Shua can’t get enough of the eccentric positivity of Jeff Goldblum on his documentary series The World According to Jeff Goldblum. Check it out on Disney+. Jay has been getting the Led out as he revisits Led Zeppelin IV 50th Anniversary. Plus, he found a really cool graphic novel, illustrating a great genre; The History of Science Fiction: A Graphic Novel



Enjoy Life

This week, in America, people will be celebrating Thanksgiving. We love this time of year because it helps us to remember the great things in our life. Come join us as we thank the friends and family that have made a positive difference in our lives.  

 

Plus, we have some fun with some classic movies and tv shows that we love revisiting this time of year.



We hope you have the opportunity to have a pleasant Thanksgiving, no matter where you live or who you can be with.  And if you want to hang out with us and other Earbuds, come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

 

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There's no better time to celebrate a day of peace and harmony. November 17 is Life Day. Jay and Josh celebrate the silliest Star Wars creation with the silliest Enjoy Stuff ever. Let's find ways to have fun with the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special on Enjoy Stuff!

 

Come with us back in time as we find the fun in everything, even the Star Wars Holiday Special! On this year’s Life Day, we remember some of the crazy scenes and situations we experienced on November 17, 1978 and have a little fun with them. With characters, situations, and sounds from the special, and a few parodies thrown in for good measure. Plus, the iconic Happy Life day song from High Adventure. This is the Enjoy Stuff: Star Wars Holiday Special Special!

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Take a journey through time, and the wild mind of Terry Gilliam in Time Bandits! 40 years ago, this film captured imaginations and created a fantasy time travel tale like nothing you've ever seen. Let's search for the most fabulous object in the world as we Enjoy Stuff!

 

Grab the map before the Supreme Being catches up with us! We are off on the original time heist with Kevin, the unsuspecting kid that gets swept up in the excitement of history while trying to talk some sense into God’s wayward assistants. This is Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits. 



News

-Boston Dynamics Teaches Spot to Dance like Mick Jagger 

-Golden Grahams Creamer? Absolutely

-Arthur Fonzerelli’s Jacket, from Happy Days, is up for Auction 

-If you haven’t checked out the trailer for Lightyear, do it!  It’s awesome!



What we’re Enjoying

Prithee, have thou heardst of Ian Doesher’s book, Get Thee Back to the Future? It’s another in the Shakespearian series of pop culture presented in the language of the Bard. Shua has been enjoying the full casted audio presentation of the classic story of Marty, Doc, and the Delorean. Jay’s classic earworm has been working overtime as he has been enjoying listening to the iconic Fleetwood Mac album Rumours. It’s great music, but it’s also amazingly deep. 



Enjoy Movies

In 1981 Terry Gilliam directed his third film. Penned by Monty Python partner Michael Palin, the idea was to present a story told from the point of view of a kid. Literally. A low-angle point of view. But Gilliam believed a child couldn’t hold the movie alone, so he cast a troupe of little people to be the greedy bandits. 

 

They were certainly no slouches either. David Rappaport (Randall), Malcolm Dixon (Strutter), Mike Edmunds (Og), Jack Purvis (Wally), R2-D2’s Kenny Baker (Fidgit), and more! Many were alumni of the Star Wars movies, and all had fun personalities for this crazy ride.

 

Plus, the historical figures were talented actors in their own right. Ian Holme plays Napolean at the end of the French Revolution. Michael Palin and Shelly Duvall play star crossed lovers across time periods. John Cleese plays Robin Hood, the leader of Merry Men you would’t expect. And the legendary Sean Connery plays King Agamemnon. 

 

In an appropriate bit of casting, the very British Ralph Richardson reveals himself as God. And TRON’s nasty villain Sark, played by David Warner, gets to antagonize all of them as the Evil Genius.   

 

With a strong cast, you already have a foundation for a great performance, but the story was so original and fun as well. It’s really more of an interesting coming-of-age story more than a time travel one. And with a surprisingly dark and mysterious ending, it will keep you thinking too. 

  

Have you experienced Time Bandits? Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Stuff. Enjoy Stuff. Join Jay and Shua as they look back on the long, action-packed history of your favorite British secret agent, James Bond. You'll be in double-o heaven as we Enjoy Stuff!

 

What’s a Bond movie that you can Enjoy? We like “Dr. No Time to Live and Let Die Another Daylights” Whether you’re into the fifties, manly-standard Connery fan, or prefer the gritty realism of Craig, there’s something for many tastes in the Bond universe. Jay and Shua remain shaken, but not stirred on Enjoy Stuff



News

-The World of Jeff Goldblum returns to Disney+ for a second season next week. 

-A copy of Dragon Magazine has recently been uncovered showing D&D stats for cartoon characters. 



What we’re Enjoying

Jay thought the new Denis Villaneuve film Dune is a great interpretation of the book, and a visually stunning movie. Have you seen it? What did you think? Shua has been obsessed with old Monkees TV episodes on YouTube.  They’re always good for a laugh. 



Enjoy Movies

The first James Bond movie came out in 1962. While it certainly wasn’t the first time Bond had come to life, it inserted the character into the mainstream for everyone to experience. 

 

Sean Connery’s Bond in Dr. No began some of the classic Bond expectations, and then built on in the next few movies. We saw gadgets, his Astin Martin, and of course his favorite drink, a martini, shaken, not stirred (because we’re not cavemen!).

 

After a few movies Sir Sean was getting a little bored of the part and was replaced with George Lazenby, everyone’s favorite Bond. ….Just kidding. It was definitely a departure that wasn’t as well received, so Connery returned for Diamonds are Forever. 

 

But he was really, really finished after that. He would NEVER, absolutely NEVER play Bond again. (At least that’s what we say) Roger Moore became the Bond a lot of people grew up with and he made it his own. He made more Bond movies than any other actors, still to this day. 

 

Of course, Connery would return one more time in 1983, in the Never Say Never Again, the same year Moore’s Octopussy came out. But both of them were favoring prune juice to martinis by then, and Timothy Dalton took over for a couple films. 

 

At the time, some didn’t care for his portrayal, but they have grown a following over time. But eventually, a fan-favorite choice named Pierce Brosnan took over for four films. While the films may have lacked a few things people expected from Bond,  he definitely made his mark until a Bond for the 21st century took over.

 

Daniel Craig rebooted the whole universe with Casino Royale in 2006. His grittier, more realistic Bond really connected with a lot of fans and he ended up with 5 films, all closely connected up to this year’s release of No Time to Die.  

 

Are you a fan of 007? Who could take over in the future? Could it be someone that is different than what we’ve seen before? Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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What are the scariest movies you've seen? Zombies, haunted houses, werewolves....what is it that gets your heart pumping? Jay and Shua crossover with 31 Days of Horror to talk about what keeps them up at night on Enjoy Stuff.

 

Jay and Shua compile a list of the movies that keep them up at night but are still fun. This week’s Enjoy Stuff looks at all sub-genres of horror and which films rise (backside up) to the top. 



News

-Mel Brooks’s History of the World part 2 will finally show us more of what we imagine real history to be

-Toy catalogs may be a little different, but Amazon sent one this year that remind us of all the nostalgic fun of making your holiday list. 

-Speaking of toys, the Fisher Price Chatter Telephone can now make real phone calls.



What we’re Enjoying

Shua learned a lot about an actor he’s always admired in Val. It’s an emotional no-holds-barred documentary about Val Kilmer put together from hundreds of hours and years of personal video footage. Jay has tried to cleanse his horror film binge watching by revisiting two classics: Chinatown and The Two Jakes with Jack Nicholson. 



Enjoy Movies

Some movies are memorable because of the intense screaming we experience when watching them. Jay and Shua compile a list of their favorite scare fests. 

 

An American Werewolf in London has made a big impression on both the guys. And it’s created some scary moments during their childhood. (Plus a few nightmares)

 

Jay likes the suspense and drama of movies like The Shining and Phantasm. Shua gets his scary kicks from more modern day films like The Sixth Sense and Get Out.

 

Another couple movies that define Jay’s taste include some outer space aspects such as Alien, or John Carpenter’s classic The Thing. Shua prefers the humor in the horror remake/spoof Young Frankenstein. 

 

No matter what your taste is, sometimes you can have fun with a little adrenaline. Scary movies can bring us together and create a few laughs, along with the shouts. 

 

What are your scariest movies? Do you like haunted houses or aliens? Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Halloween costumes are one of the favorite activities for Halloween, but where did the tradition come from? Jay and Shua look at the history of costumes and look back at some of their favorites. Join us for the Halloween season as we Enjoy Stuff!

 

Let’s look at the rich and creepy history of Halloween costumes. From the early days when goat heads were trending to this year’s favorite from Squid Game we snap on the rubber band and get prepared to sweat all night on our face. Get dressed up with us and Enjoy Stuff!



News

-The Movies That Made Us Season 3 is now showing on Netflix with some great movie choices

-William Shatner has successfully completed a brief trip to space, making him the oldest person in space ever!

-The Beatles: Get Back premieres on Disney+ on November 25

-The TRON Machine has officially been announced and will be available for pre-order Tuesday October 19



What we’re Enjoying

Jay really enjoyed the Muppets Haunted Mansion Halloween special on Disney+. It had some great Muppet humor along with some great references to the Disney ride and some fun celebrity appearances. Shua revisited a book he bought in 2010 called Earth (The Book) A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart and his crew at the Daily Show. It’s a planet sized parody of life as we know it. 



Enjoy Halloween!

Halloween costumes have been around for longer than you may realize. Since the days of the Samhain Celtic festival people have been pretending to be something else for reasons ranging from warding off evil spirits to scamming people out of candy. 

 

As humans continued to pretend to become smarter and wiser, the tradition of costuming also continued. But it evolved into terrifying acts of pranking from young boys and ultimately a commercially successful tradition starting in the 50’s when parents fought back the violence with bribery.  

 

Once adults realized they could keep kids from digging up corpses for fun, the costume rage grew exponentially. Each decade brought new costume trends. Clowns turned into pop culture icons and spooky legends like witches, vampires, and Hulk Hogan continued to be timeless favorites.  

 

Jay and Shua reminisce about some of their most memorable costumes from the past. Werewolves, buccaneers, and Star Wars of course left a lasting memory on the guys. 

 

What is the wildest costume you’ve come up with? Which one made the biggest impression? What’s a costume you’ve seen that you’d love to be able to try? Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Classic horror movies were the foundation of a scream inducing movie genre. This week Jay and Shua discuss movies from the 31 Days of Horror articles and how they defined what was to come. Join us as we Enjoy horror movies

 

Since cinema was invented, filmmakers have been trying to make their audiences scream. The Horror genre is still going strong today, but where did all the ideas come from. This week we look at some of the classics that defined the genre and how it has evolved to what it is today. 



News

-Check out these Kellogg’s action figures from Plastic Meatball

-William Shatner is heading to space for real!

-The latest cereal to be inspired by other food is Wendy’s Frosty Breakfast Cereal

-This amazing Ghostbuster projection display will make you want to trick-or-treat at this house in California



What we’re Enjoying

Shua finally got around to watching the Disney live action remake Cruella. He liked it fine, but what really stood out to him was the soundtrack. The eclectic mix of punk, rock, covers, and new songs are a fun playlist to listen to this autumn. Jay read some cool comic biographies, The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television and Lugosi: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood’s Dracula both by Koren Shadmi and published by Life Drawn. It’s a new, fun way to learn about a couple of important men in Hollywood. 



Enjoy Movies

Filmmakers in the early days of Hollywood recognized that audiences love to be scared. And the idea quickly evolved into movies that have defined the genre even today. 1931’s Dracula with Bella Lugosi created some important characteristics of vampires that might just save your life today, (if you happen to run into a vampire). The movie’s popularity quickly spawned another story when the cinematic version of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, giving us a Boris Karloff monster that has inspired hundreds of future stories.

 

Universal kept riding the wave with the Mummy (1932) and The Wolf Man (1941). It wasn’t too long before master filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock were honing the craft of the scare. Psycho is not only one of the best scary movies, but one of the best overall movies of all time. 

 

But many of the ones on our list were likely never intended to be classics, or inspirations. Nevertheless, we began to see branches of horror movies about zombies, possession, haunted houses, and psycho killers. (Qu'est-ce que c'est?) Night of the Living Dead, Rosemary’s Baby, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Friday the 13th are just a few. 

 

Do you like classic horror movies? What are some of your favorites? Turn on a classic and join us on Enjoy Stuff

 

Be sure to check out Jay’s articles, “31 Days of Horror” on RetroZap.com. Talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Zoinks! It's a g-g-ghost! Oh, nope, it's Scooby Doo and the gang. For more than 50 years these eternally young teenagers have been solving mysteries and catching bad guys. Jay and Shua take a look at the history of one of the most legendary cartoons ever on Enjoy Stuff. 

 

Hey Scoob, is that a Spooky Space Kook or is it a Ghost Clown? Whatever the villain, Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma are sure to catch them. Scooby Doo has been a staple for generations. What has kept them going? Who were the best bad guys? And where are the Scooby snacks?



News

-What did you think of the new Stranger Things trailer?

-Muppet Haunted Mansion is coming to Disney+ this week!

-The new Cobra Kai Season 4 reveals a release date of December 31!

-We have a new high scorer for the arcade game Pole Position

-AMC Theaters are hosting surprise horror movies in October

-Would you like a Babylon 5 reboot? It’s coming from original series creator J. Michael Straczynski




What we’re Enjoying

Jay is digging the Hulu series Y the Last Man, based on the comic books. Do you think you could survive a world with only one dude? Just in case it might happen, you may want to watch this series. Shua has been revisiting an art book he got a few years ago. Cartoon Modern by Amid Amidi discusses the modernist 50s animation that was so popular in that decade. It’s a collection of beautiful, abstract cartooning. 



Enjoy Cartoons

In 1969 Joe Ruby and Ken Spears came up with a premise for a show that was inspired by Abbot and Costello scary movies. The cartoon wasn’t all that original, but it was well done and it sure was fun!

 

Scooby Doo, Where Are You? Was the first series, but it spawned dozens of follow ups. Still, those originals are beloved by generations. Even the clunky animation and repetitive plot structure didn’t deter us from tuning in for years and years. 

 

The New Scooby Doo movies brought in famous characters and actors into the world of Scooby. These longer episodes crossed over into other worlds and sometimes introduced us to people we may not have known, like Mama Cass Elliot or Don Knotts. Batman and Robin stopped by and even the Harlem Globetrotters.

 

Sometimes Shaggy and Scooby set off on their own, and occasionally had to drag Scrappy along. These series may not have been as memorable, but it kept Scooby on people’s TV. 

 

Sometimes the gang were depicted as young kids, sometimes more intricately animated, and sometimes they became post-apocalyptic zombie hunters. Eventually, their iconic status brought them to the live action movie screen. 

 

These meddling kids continue to drive around in their Mystery Machine and solve mysteries, and we’re confident they’ll be entertaining us for years to come.

 

What’s your favorite version of Scooby Doo? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Think more about a sustainable way to approach life and share some of our tips to take some of the stress out of your life. This week we talk about mindfulness in the things we enjoy. Come on a fun journey with Jay and Shua as we Enjoy Stuff! 

 

Come with us, leave yesterday behind and take a giant step outside your mind. Jay and Shua look into mindfulness this week. 



News

-Turkey Dinner and other new candy corn varieties are here for Halloween

-Build-A-Bear Workshop Launches Online-Exclusive Beetlejuice Plush

-‘The Thing’ Board Game back in Stock at Mondo

-‘Flight Of The Navigator’ Reboot In The Works At Disney With Bryce Dallas Howard Directing & Producing

-Ikea has some cool, TRON-like gaming furniture

-Is the TRON Arcade1Up cabinet coming October 20?

-General Mills Releasing New Apple Pie Toast Crunch Cereal For the Holidays





What we’re Enjoying

Shua took his own advice and started a rewatch of the classic sci-fi series Buck Rogers. It’s exactly what he didn’t know he needed right now. Jay revisited a retro Jackie Chan movie called ‘Wheels on Meals’. Sounds like they’re in the mood for some action and cheesy humor.  



Enjoy Life

Are you grateful for the things in your life? Do you experience your day with mindfulness? How have movies made a difference with the way you see the world? Jay and Shua examine what helps them. 

 

Jay shares a recent Eddie Murphy movie called A Thousand Words. Murphy’s character learns how his words and the way he views the world can really make a difference in people’s lives. Hopefully none of us has to be spiritually connected to a tree to learn about ourselves. 

 

Bill Murray showed us that it takes a lot of work to get things right. And even then, it may come down to how you view the world. Have you found yourself in a destructive pattern?

 

The Truman Show helped us understand that we can learn things from watching other people. They’re triumphs and tragedies can teach us valuable lessons. Question your place in everything and you may just find yourself, even if it is a little scary. 

 

And the classic Tom Hanks existential trip Joe Vs The Volcano reminds us to see the world as a big and wonderful place, and not as something that’s holding us down. These movies and so many more have helped to shape and influence us throughout our life. 

 

What entertainment has made a positive difference in your life? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Shiver me timbers! International Talk Like a Pirate day inspires Jay and Shua to pick a pirate for any mood. Movies, theme park rides, baseball teams; what kind of pirate are you? Drink up me hearties and Enjoy Stuff! 



Yo ho, yo ho! It’s a pirate’s life this week on Enjoy Stuff. We look at a bunch of movies, plus some other fun ways you can channel your inner Blackbeard or Jack Sparrow

 

“CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow!”

 

Sorry, Captain Jack Sparrow. Hoist anchor and join us on the poop deck of piracy. Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, by finding a pirate movie for any mood. Plus, some other ways to get some booty. 



News

-Creepy ’80s Toy Teddy Ruxpin is getting his own movie!

-Picard renewed for Season 3 and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds gives us the Captain Pike series people have been looking forward to

-The Pinball museum has fire sale



What we’re Enjoying

Jay reaches another fitness milestone as he runs a virtual 5k. It’s like the OASIS, and healthy too! Shua’s weekly pleasure has a bit more sugar as he finally finds grape flavor Big League Chew bubble gum. At least he’s exercising his mouth. 



Enjoy Movies

Pirating takes many forms, but we love seeing them in movies. Hollywood has been cranking out buccaneer flicks for more than 100 years. It has developed into it’s own genre. 

 

Want some vintage pirate history? Check out the classic Errol Flynn movie Captain Blood. Or see how Walt Disney himself interpreted those mutineers in Peter Pan or Treasure Island. Or a later modern day telling of Blackbeard’s Ghost.

 

But they’re not all really bad eggs. Peter Pan, Muppet Treasure Island, and Pirates: Band of Misfits give the whole family something to laugh at.

 

If you want some music while you sit in the crow’s nest, how about the Pirates of Penzance? Or maybe some inappropriate Monty Pythonesque humor in Yellowbeard or the questionable 80’s story of Ice Pirates.

 

It may look a little different, but we still think the Goonies and Princess Bride qualify as pirate movies. But the first one most people think of these days is the Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp’s quirky Captain Jack Sparrow.

 

Movies aren’t the only way to be a beggar and blighter. You could ride the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Disney parks. Or enjoy a baseball game in Pittsburgh. Or catch a documentary learning the truth about the out of work merchant sailors.

 

Do you kidnap and ravage and don’t give a hoot? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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TV in the 70's had its share of Sci-Fi even before Star Wars. Some of it may have been cheesy and kitschy, but it was loads of fun! Jay and Shua find a treasure trove of Disco-ey science fiction and don their sparkly bell bottoms on Enjoy Stuff

 

Did you grow up in the 70’s? If so, you probably watched more Sci-Fi on TV than you remember. If you didn’t, you gotta listen to us explain what inspired the great stuff we have today! 

 

News

-A cool dad make his kid a homemade Star Tours in their garage!

-Get ready for a bunch of GameBoy games coming to the Nintendo Switch Online

-The Matrix 4 gets a mind-blowing trailer



What we’re Enjoying

Star Trek: Lower Decks has beamed its way into Shua’s heart. This series may be a parody, but it honors all the Trek shows with references and care. Check it out on Paramount+. Jay has been watching some Jackie Chan flicks. Supercop was the third in a series of Chan films that showcased his stunt work and karate ability. Oh wait, they all did that...



Enjoy TV

Sci-Fi has been around for generations. And it really gathered some steam after Star Wars came out in 1977. But there certainly was some interesting stuff on television in the early 70’s. Saturday mornings had some great kid-centered cartoons like Sealab 2020, but Sid and Marty Krofft had some live action classics like Land of the Lost, The Lost Saucer, and the wacky Far Out Space Nuts. 

 

Ark II and Jason of Star Command used a slightly bigger budget to enhance their effects, but they had their share of kitsch too. As kids, we didn’t care. We loved the imaginative adventures. 

 

In syndication, we got some anime like Battle of the Planets and Star Blazers. Star Trek the Animated Series kept the Trek Dream alive. 

 

Prime time TV kept trying to figure out exactly what Sci-Fi was with early showings such as Land of the Giants, Space: 1999, The Six Million Dollar Man, and the Bionic Woman. But as George Lucas unleashed his vision upon the world, the later 70’s showed us Sci-Fi juxtaposed in just about every genre of TV entertainment. 

 

Comedies like Mork and Mindy and Quark kept us laughing. Hour long cinematic stories like Battlestar Galactica, Logan’s Run, and Buck Rogers experimented with episodic drama mixed with cheesy 70’s humor and music.

 

There were so many different shows to choose from! And it helped keep us involved and inspired to create all we have today. 

 

Do you think 70’s Sci-Fi is groovy? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Mario has been a video game star for 40 years. And his brother Luigi has ridden his brother's coattails...er overalls to 'super' stardom. Join us as we look back on the Mario Bros and how they've evolved on Enjoy Stuff!

 

There are few characters that have been as popular as Mario on the video game world. His legacy spans more than 200 different games. He and his brother have also starred in cartoons and movies and they show no signs of slowing down. Let’s Enjoy Mario!

 

News

-Kellogg's Sued by Woman Over Ingredients in Pop-Tarts 

-”Dug Days” Shorts premiered on Disney+ 

-The Rocketeer Will Return in a New Disney+ Movie

-Suicide Squad almost had more Mario references

 

What we’re Enjoying

Jay rewatched the 2020 Charlize Theron movie The Old Guard, a tale of immortal beings helping humanity and how they try to deal with each other. Check it out on Netflix. Shua revisited some classic books of his youth written by Keith Laumer. The Retief series is about an unconventional diplomat in space who gets things done by breaking the rules of the stuffy bureaucracy. Find these books on Amazon. 



Enjoy Games

Forty years ago, Jumpman rescued Paulina from the title character in Donkey Kong. That tricky ape went on to do some of his own follow up projects, but how many video game characters can say they’ve appeared in more than 200 follow-ups. Probably none but Mario. His legacy spans many years and a continual evolution that is still going today. 

 

He may have started off as the hero in his first game, but in Donkey Kong Jr. he decided to show his nasty side as the antagonist. From there he went back to being the hero with his brother in the 1983 Mario Bros. In the 80’s popular games meant cartoon spin offs. The Saturday Morning Supercade gathered favorite characters of the arcade, including Mario. 

 

Then his first real sequel dropped in 1988 in the strangely different Super Mario 2. Now you could play a variety of characters. This inspired other platforms like the Game Boy, another show with the first live action version, played by wrestler Lou Albano, and products galore.

 

His #3 game was even the focus of the 1989 movie with Fred Savage called The Wizard. 

 

This year marks the anniversary of what is considered to be one of the best video games of all time, Super Mario World for the SNES. Along with new 16 bit programming, this game featured all kinds of new abilities, characters, and levels. We look back on the legendary game and how Mario and his brother continue to evolve today. 

 

Are you a fan of Mario? Do you have favorite games? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

 

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Tom Lehrer was an American songwriter and satirist whose songs have been making audiences laugh for decades. His dark humor and sharp wit made people think about some heavy issues of the day, from war to politics. Let's learn about Tom Lehrer on Enjoy Stuff - A TechnoRetro Podcast

 

If you listened to the Dr. Demento show in the 80’s, you probably heard some of the comedy stylings of Tom Lehrer. His clever song parodies paved the way for greats such as Weird Al Yankovic. Jay and Shua take a look at his work and why we love it. 

 

News

-Frogger Game Show Trailer Released by Peacock

-Get ready to get down to 3 tunes inspired by Lucky’s magical charms. 

-Starbucks PSL Makes Its Earliest Return Ever

-Charlie Watts: Rolling Stones drummer dies at 80



What we’re Enjoying

Shua checked out the dark, thought provoking, Arthurian legend The Green Knight. If you dig thinking about the movies you watch and tons of symbolism you might want to check it out. Jay just finished Andy Weir’s “Project Hail Mary” book. Another fun one that he has been enjoying.  



Enjoy Music

Tom Lehrer has an educational background in math, but he is best known for his songs he performed in the 50’s and 60’s. It was a time in history that our culture really needed some humor to help us understand and cope with some pretty nasty stuff happening in the world. 

 

Even the threat of World War III wasn’t off limits to Lehrer’s wit. Plus, he accessed the deepest, darkest, depths of his imagination by writing about some truly disturbing topics like Poisoning Pigeons in the Park. He once said, "If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend, or perhaps to strike a loved one, it will all have been worth the while."

 

He even wrote songs that helped educate a generation of Electric Company viewers. We learned important rules like Silent-e, L-Y, and O-U (The Hound Song). Let’s check out Tom Lehrer. 

 

Have you ever heard a Tom Lehrer song? Did we inspire you to check him out? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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I, for one, bow down to our robot overlords. Robots have been all around us for many years. Why do we have such an obsession for these audacious automata? Jay and Shua look at robots in movies, TV, and life in general on Enjoy Stuff.

 

Bang your head with some heavy metal! Robots have become a regular part of our life. We look at the history of robots and how they have programmed their way into our pop culture. This week on Enjoy Stuff, it’s The Life Robotic with 5T3V3-Z1550U.

 

News

-The purchase of Casa Bonita by Matt Stone and Trey Parker is official

-Mexico will soon be able to enjoy Krispy Kreme Donut Cereal

-Dress up for breakfast with some Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles Cereal makeup

 

What we’re Enjoying

Jay and Shua are both tremendously enjoying the Apple+ series Ted Lasso with Jason Sudekis. It has heart and humor with some great messages thrown in. 



Enjoy Life

Where did robots come from? How long have they been around? It may surprise you to find out that the first automated machine dates back to 1737. Though ‘Digesting Duck’ may have been a far cry from Boston Dynamic’s Spot robot, it was still the humble beginnings of centuries of mechanized men. 

 

Once we got our first glimpse of a non-biological creature doing its thing, we couldn’t get enough. Soon they were beeping their way into books, movies, toys, and everyday life. We use them to entertain, to do jobs that are too dangerous for humans, and for companionship. (I love you, Roomba!)

 

To head off the imminent threat of a Cylon takeover, Isaac Asimov created three laws that should keep them in their place. But writers have been challenging that concept in many stories ever since. 

 

But what makes a robot a robot? Could it be classified as an android or a cyborg? 

 

What kinds of robots do you have a magnetic attraction to? Johnny 5? Wall-E? Or do you have more dark tastes and would like to snuggle up with the Terminator? Did you play with robot toys growing up? Or did you wait until we had real robots of today, like the Mars Curiosity Rover?

 

We would love to hear your thoughts on those plastic pals that are fun to be with. Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Goodbye summer! As the toasty months wind down, we remember some of the movies that made us remember why those vacations were so tiring. Jay and Josh revisit Summer vacation and camp movies as they Enjoy Stuff!

 

In summer, anything is popsicle! Do you remember family vacations? How about summer camp? There are a ton of movies where we can watch people’s summer hardships from afar and laugh!

 

News

-The Monster Cereals are getting fruit snacks this year too!

-The legendary Idris Elba is playing Knuckles in the Sonic 2 movie

-Funko makes some classic board games and retro cereal Pop! figures.

-Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Symphonic Suite Gets First Repressing Since 1980

-Get yourself a retro R2-D2 Tamagotchi




What we’re Enjoying

Josh opens his latest Etsy purchase on the air; a TRON video game header sign. He can’t wait to get it framed. Jay has been watching the hysterical Monsters at Work on Disney+. Great stuff to check out. 



Enjoy Movies

Summer vacations are supposed to be about getting a break from the stress of everyday life, but not in movies. The more stress these characters come under the better. 

 

We start with the classic 60’s Jimmy Stewart movie Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation. This movie seemed to be the inspiration for future summer movies like Summer Rental and One Crazy Summer.  But who can take a road trip without thinking of Chevy Chase taking his family on a crazy road trip in National Lampoon’s Vacation. There are a ton of classics.

 

But some kids spent their summer at camp, and the movies didn’t leave them out. 1979’s Meatballs started off the wacky setting for campers and inspired more to come. Sometimes they missed the mark like 1980’s GORP. But a lot of them generated some hearty laughs for a variety of ages. From Camp Nowhere to Wet Hot American Summer, you can find some great Summer Camp memories at the movies. 

 

What summer movies do you remember? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

 

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It's good to be the king. At least when that king is legendary director, comedian Mel Brooks. For more than 70 years, Brooks has given us memorable comedy to make us laugh and think. Jay and Josh look back on his films on Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro podcast

 

If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to, why don’t you go where...movies make you laugh! Mel Brooks has written, directed, and starred in some of the greatest comedies of all time.

 

News

-The Russo Brothers are developing a live action Battle of the Planets

-There is another ‘Kelvin’ timeline Star Trek movie coming...someday

-Would you eat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos ice cream?

-The creators of South Park want to buy and restore a classic Mexican restaurant in Denver, called Casa Bonita

-Stay tuned to Disney+ for a Lego Star Wars Halloween special called Terrifying Tales




What we’re Enjoying

Jay has really been enjoying his new books with a collection of comic book artist Alex Ross’s Marvel work, plus the Making of Back to the Future. Shua liked looking behind the scenes of some of the Disney parks most iconic rides featured on Behind the Attraction on Disney+.



Enjoy Movies

When Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner first performed the 2000 year old man sketch on Sid Caesar’s ‘Your Show of Shows’ they probably didn’t realize that it was the start of some comedy that would likely be around for 2000 years. Brooks’s success led him to begin writing and directing movies like The Producers and The Twelve Chairs. But just a few years later, he created two of the best comedies of all time, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.

 

Are his movies sometimes crude? Absolutely! Are they ridiculing all different types of people? Of course! But they also have important messages about racism, greed, and understanding. From the slapstick humor (and lack of dialogue) that should never have been made in the 70’s called Silent Movie to the completely offensive History of the World Part 1, Brooks has hooked us with our secret desire for naughtiness and taught us a valuable lesson along the way. 

 

Even if you aren’t a fan of his later work, such as Spaceballs or Robin Hood: Men in Tights, you can still respect the creativity and success this icon has shared with us. 

 

Are you a fan of Mel Brooks movies? Would you like to check them out for the first time? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

 

Enjoy Food

Having a Brooks-athon? You’ll need snacks!  Will you pick beans or Ovaltine? We give you a list of treats that would appeal to any character in a Mel Brooks movie! Well…..some of them anyway. 

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Stamps, action figures, toenail clippings? Just about all of us have some sort of collection in our lives. But why do we collect? And what are great ways you can enjoy collecting? Jay and Shua take a dive into their collections (be careful, they're deep!) and share their insights about the art of collecting on Enjoy Stuff.

 

Gather ye acorns because we are about to jump into the world of collecting! For many people, collecting is an important part of their life. Do you have a collection? Beanie Babies? Pogs? Patrick Nagel Prints? Whether you’re using their value to pay your kid’s college tuition or just do it for the value of your own happiness, collecting can be a great way to Enjoy Stuff. 

 

News

-The Star Wars Visions teaser has been released and it looks great!

-The Goonies Never Say Die board game is available now

-Star Trek the Motion Picture to get a 4K Director’s Cut

-A mint condition Super Mario 64 game sells for record $1.5 million




What we’re Enjoying

Shua’s new Game-Boy-like iPhone case has been very useful on his long trips.  Jay found his way back to the movie theater this week when he saw Black Widow with Shua.  Both are having tons of fun this summer. 



Enjoy Life

Are you a collector? Jay and Shua share things that they’ve been collecting as far back as their childhood. Star Wars, comics, Disney, video games...they have acquired a lot of fun that have given them a lot of pleasure. And they share some of their more unusual collecting habits.

 

Plus, they discuss why people like collecting. Is it the thrill of the hunt? Maybe an investment? Whatever the reason, we talk about how to make the most of your collection and how to make it a positive experience. 

 

We would love to know what you collect and how you share it with others. Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to podcast@enjoystuff.com

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Disneyland celebrates its birthday on July 17. Jay and Shua relive fond memories of the past and savor the challenge and promise of the future. Happy birthday to the Happiest Place on Earth. 

 

On July 17, 1955 Walt Disney opened up his deathtrap to all who wanted to dive into his imagination. That first day may have been a disaster, but it just kept getting better. Jay and Shua share some of their experiences and how you can enjoy similar special experiences too, even if you can’t go to Disneyland. 

 

News

-Good news: The owner of a Flintstones themed house in California can keep character statues on her front lawn. Take that HOA!!

-Check out the cool Jurassic Park/Transformers mashup

-Jerry Seinfeld will be starring in a new Netflix movie about Pop-Tarts




What we’re Enjoying

Jay has been enjoying hosting Shua at his house for a visit. And they went on an epic MCU Locations road trip. Make sure to check it out on Superhero Suite. In preparation for his trip to Disney World, Shua has been reading some good ol’ fashioned Disney comics. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck go wild as they try to avoid the murderous Pete who literally tries to kill them. Wow!



Enjoy Life

On July 17, 1955 Walt Disney uttered those iconic words, “To all who come to this happy place, welcome!” And since then, more than 800 million people have visited. Jay grew up in California and had a lot of great times in the park. Shua has been visiting for 32 years and loves it every time. The guys reminisce about great times they have had and the stories that go along with them. Plus, they look back at the history of the park and what Walt was thinking. 

 

Disneyland may not be for everyone, and it certainly isn’t accessible to everyone, so they also talk about how people can enjoy experiences like they have had in other places too. 

 

Enjoy Food

If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland, you’ll for sure want to budget a ton of money for some of the great food they have there. Jay and Shua pick some of their favorites from the park. 

 

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Grab a hot dog and a cold one as we look back at some of the most memorable patriotic movies to celebrate America's Independence. Get patriotic the way the founding fathers intended; freedom for all and a bucket of popcorn on Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast!

 

In America, July is the season to remember the freedom that we work so hard to preserve. And what better way to do that than to watch a patriotic movie? Whether Wil Smith and Captain America are fighting for our independence or Lin-Manuel Miranda is teaching us how groovy the founding fathers could be, this is the time to celebrate (even if it is on the beach away from the water). 

 

News

HBO Max is getting ready to premiere a very TechnoRetro version of some old Hanna Barbera friends in the new animated series Jellystone

Harrison Ford is injured while making Indiana Jones 5

Happy Belated 95th birthday to Mel Brooks



What we’re Enjoying

Shua decided to revisit a book he got a few years back all about the ridiculous mail order products you could order from comics back in the good ol’ days. Jay has been checking out his late Father’s Day gift. A book called Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett. A fun story about the final judgement of mankind. 



Enjoy Movies

July 4th may be America’s birthday, but it’s also a great day for movies! On this episode we look at some classic movies that spotlight a spirit of America. Maybe it’s the plucky spirit of our heroes like Roy Schneider saving a beach from a deadly shark, or Captain America stopping the evil of the Red Skull. Or maybe it’s the idea that a president could actually be a hero that stops terrorists from taking over his plane or fires the final shot on invading aliens. It could even be a musical cast teaching us all about the history of how our founding fathers wrote a bunch of documents just so Nicolas Cage could one day rip them off. Whatever gets you in the mood for the Red, White, and Blue, we have it on our cinematic list. Get ready to return to the theater for some patriotic movies.  

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Board games were the entertainment of choice growing up in the 70's and 80's. We look back at some of the memorable classics and how they came to be. Plus, news and fun as we Enjoy Stuff!

 

Break out the dice and lay out the gameboard, because we are looking back at some of the classics in games. Jay and Shua remember some of their favorites from childhood and share a few modern ones too. 

 

News

Fan favorite LeVar Burton begins his short run as host of Jeopardy in July

Now you can get vintage game magazines sent to your door

The Robotech collector’s edition is here!

Is Kellogg’s bringing the classic Toucan Sam back to us?



What we’re Enjoying

Jay is doing a little research for a character that will be showing up in the MCU pretty soon; Kang the Conqueror. He’s reading some classic comics where he appeared. . Shua has been enjoying a new book by ‘The Martian’ author Andy Weir. It’s called Project Hail Mary and lays out how one man does whatever he can to save humanity before the sun is literally eaten up. Check it out!



Enjoy Toys

Growing up, did you enjoy time with Rich Uncle Pennybags? Or maybe you liked setting up the Rube Goldbergian Mouse Trap game. Perhaps you went for world domination as you strategically set up Risk. We love board games. Jay and Shua look at a brief history of some of their favorites and how you can enjoy them today. 

 

Plus, they share some of the Earbud’s favorites too. 

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In 1979 Gary Larson's Far Side was first published and a new era of comic strips was born. Shua and Jay remember the legendary masterpiece and how it influenced many things after. Plus, news and fun as we Enjoy Stuff.

 

Superman 2 was highly anticipated by audiences, but had a lot of drama behind the scenes. Either way, it’s a movie we still enjoy. Jay and Josh look back to the Super Sequel. 

 

News

Jeff Goldblum Joins Second Season of the Dungeons & Dragons Podcast 'Dark Dice' as an Elven Sorcerer

Kit Kat Introduces Fruity Cereal Flavor

Pillsbury Launches New Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cookies, Cinnamon Rolls



What we’re Enjoying

Both Shua and Jay have been enjoying Disney+’s newest Marvel content Loki. Is anyone surprised? Probably not, but Shua was surprised how much he’s enjoying it. And Jay revisited a classic comedy movie starring John Candy and Eugene Levy called “Armed and Dangerous”. Check them out!



Enjoy Toons

Gary Larson’s “The Far Side” ran in newspapers for fifteen years, but his legacy has never died. His early career beginnings were like a Cinderella story, having fallen into the field with only a little effort. And his popularity spread fast. His unique style seemed to appeal to most people that had a tolerant sense of humor. 

 

The influence of the strip inspired future cartoonists of course, but it has even made a lasting scientific impression. An insect has been officially named after him. Scientists have even adopted a Gary Larson joke as an unofficial name to a part of a stegosaurus.  

 

Join us as we remember the genius of Gary Larson and The Far Side.

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In 1981 we knew a man could fly, but we were still excited to get another dose of the Man of Steel. And this time he's battling three nasty Kryptonians. Superman 2 turns 40 this week, so we take a look back as the adventure continues.

 

Superman 2 was highly anticipated by audiences, but had a lot of drama behind the scenes. Either way, it’s a movie we still enjoy. Jay and Josh look back to the Super Sequel. 

 

News

Would you like your very own miniature arcade? Even if it’s paper, this new find is pretty cool!

We have an update on the Cheerios challenged issued by John Oliver

Grab your wallet, because McFarlane Toys have a cool ‘66 Batman playset

Sylvester Stallone teases a Rocky IV Director’s Cut



What we’re Enjoying

Jay enjoyed Netflix’s new zombie movie from Zack Snyder, “Army of the Dead”. But it may make you think twice next time you’re in Las Vegas. Shua has been listening to Marvel’s Wastelanders: Old Man Starlord podcast. A new way to experience the Marvel characters. 



Enjoy Movies

In 1981 Americans finally got to experience the sequel to the smash hit Superman-The Movie with Christopher Reeve. Fans had been anticipating the release since the hint of General Zod and his cronies at the beginning of the first movie. The three villains were cast out of Kryptonian society with no dignity or remorse. But it was nothing compared to how the Salkinds were about to treat their director Richard Donner. He was quickly replaced with Hard Day’s Night director Richard Lester.  

 

Hollywood drama aside, there was a whole generation of kids that thought Superman 2 hit all the marks.  The action, humor, and comic bookiness of the film felt like a perfect balance even if it didn’t entirely stand the test of time. 

 

Did you enjoy Superman 2? What’s your story? Let us know by sending us and electronic-M to EnjoyStuff@RetroZap.com or join in on the fun on our discord channel.  

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There's no better time than now to be good to yourself. Jay and Shua discuss what has influenced their views of who they are and how they see the world. Get ready to remove negativity from your life and Enjoy Stuff!

 

It’s time to be proud of who you are!  But that’s a lot easier said than done. Don’t worry Earbuds, Jay and Shua are here for you! Together we can help each other to get through the grand adventure of life! 

 

News

You heard us talk about PacMan 99, how about Joust deathmatch?

‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ TV Series Begins Production at Hulu

Avengers Campus now open in Disney’s California Adventure



What we’re Enjoying

Shua has found a new, retro app for his phone. This one is called “Dispo” and if you thought that treating your phone like a disposable camera wouldn’t be fun, but Shua begs to differ. And Jay is enjoying revisiting some old Marvel “Eternals” comics to get ready for the new movies. 



Enjoy Life

Hey you! Yeah, you! You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like you! Now quit beating yourself up and be proud of who you are! But how do we do that? We’re starting with the men in the mirror, Jay and Shua. How much did the entertainment we consumed as we grew up influence us and how much was how we were raised? 

 

Going through school can be tough for a kid. Teasing, bullying, and the day to day pressures can really drag a kid down. Luckily for us, we had comics, sci-fi, TV, and more to help us get away from the grind. And when we became parents, we knew we wanted to give our kids what they needed to traverse the gauntlet of childhood. Luckily all the great things we grew up with are easy to access today.

 

How can you remove that negativity in your life? We’ll talk about mindfulness and gratitude and how to live in the moment. Plus, we’ll share some of our favorite movies that help you remember that. And we have a lot of fun along the way. 

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It’s time to get Looney! Shua and Jay kick off the summer by rolling on the floor laughing at the wackiness of years of Looney Tunes cartoons.  Plus, News and more! 



Overture, Curtain, Lights! This is it, you'll hit the heights! And oh what heights we'll hit! It's time for Looney Tunes and summertime! Let's look back at all the Looney characters!

 

News

Is a TRON Arcade1Up machine on the way? Or more specifically, WHEN CAN I GET IT?!?!

A ‘Flamin’ hot scandal on the Flamin Hot Cheetos movie. 

There can be only 2!! Henry Cavill the new Highlander?

Scooby Doo, where are you? Or, where have you been for 52 years? Time for a reunion to find out!

 

What we’re Enjoying

Jay has been revisiting Night Court while Shua gets his international music fix by watching clips from Eurovision. Was Iceland robbed?!?!

 

Enjoy Toons

For 91 years the crazy characters of Looney Tunes cartoons have given us plenty of reasons to laugh. Legendary artists and directors like Tex Avery and Chuck Jones created iconic stories that raised generations of kids. Plus, the amazing voice talent of Mel Blanc gave personality to hundreds of characters! There are so many ways to enjoy Looney Tunes.

 

Enjoy Merchandise

There is an almost never ending list of merchandise with those lovable characters on them.  Clothes, toys, books, video games, and so much more. We find the most expensive and discuss some that made a difference for us. 

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Do you feel the need for speed? Jay and Shua look back at 35 years of Top Gun, how to enjoy it, and what's coming in the sequel.


In 1986 Tom Cruise blasted off from the runway to unleash the pure macho-ness of Top Gun. The film went on to influence future military films, movie music, and even the Navy! We look back on it’s 35th anniversary and forward to the upcoming sequel, Maverick. Plus, news and the music of Top Gun.

What we’re Enjoying
Shua finally got to check out season 2 of Love, Death, and Robots and it didn’t disappoint. Jay is liking Charles Soule’s book “The Oracle Year”

News:
The Muppet Haunted Mansion is coming to Disney+
Trix yogurt makes a comeback
What would a Back to the Future Delorean look like combined with James Bond’s Spy Who Loved Me Lotus?
Two kids from School of Rock are still a cute couple all these years later

Enjoy Movies
Tony Scott’s film Top Gun gave us a very macho Tom Cruise flying jets, impressing the girl, and of course playing volleyball. 35 years later we can see the influence of the movie. The highest grossing movie of the year inspired more movies to be created in this genre, gave us tons of quotable lines, and even began the home video industry. Why do we enjoy it? How can you enjoy it? And what can we expect with the upcoming sequel, “Maverick”

Enjoy Music
People couldn’t get enough of Top Gun in ‘86. The soundtrack gave us a ton of radio hits. Kenny Loggins, Cheap Trick, Berlin, the list goes on. Action combined with romance, all in a nice pop music package. What’s on your playlist?

 

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Grab your tokens and set the wayback machine to 1980 because Jay and Shua are looking at some legendary arcade games from 1980. Plus, news and one of the most classic video game movies, The Last Starfighter. 



1980 wasn’t the year arcade games made their first appearance, but it brought us some of the most important and iconic game ever. They ushered in a golden era of video games and helped influenced a wide variety of other games and media. 

 

What we’re Enjoying

Jay shares a fun movie on Netflix and Shua shares a great TechnoRetro app that makes VHS style video.

 

News

  • It’s not quite cereal, but there are a variety of unexpected new flavors of Lays potato chips
  • Get ready for a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos movie
  • The Monkees announce their farewell tour
  • The Noid returns to Domino's commercials
  • NBC’s classic sitcom Night Court gets a reboot




Enjoy Video Games

Do you remember the year certain arcade games were released? Probably not, but if there was any year that deserves to be remembered it’s 1980. Pac-Man, Centipede, Missile Command, Berzerk, and more ushered in a Golden Age of arcades and became the catalyst for cartoons, songs, toys, and beach towels. And they helped inspire tons of other games that evolved into what we have today. How do you enjoy video games?

 

Enjoy Movies

There are a handful of eighties movies that were centered around video games. But one of the most legendary was The Last Starfighter. We remember the movie and discuss Jay’s Sci Fi Saturdays article.

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Bring out your dead! The TechnoRetro Dads who say "Ni!" are back to talk about Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Plus news and a very Spammy recipe.



In 1975, the British comedy troupe Monty Python presented their most ambitious project yet; the legend of King Arthur. Despite the difficulties they had getting the movie made, the film became a legend and one of the best comedies of all time. Get ready to Enjoy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. 

 

News

  • Steven Spielberg became Ernest Cline’s motivator for Ready Player Two
  • Amer Chadha-Patel is cast in the new Disney+ Willow Series
  • Imagine tearing up your carpet and finding a super-old Monopoly board painted on the floor!
  • I mean, who doesn’t Enjoy “Citizen Kane”?!
  • The one true Josh has been crowned in Nebraska




Enjoy Movies

How do you know so much about swallows? Well, you have to if you’re a king, you know. And you have to know that Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a legendary comedy that has inspired generations of fans to quote the lines and pretend to ride horses with coconuts. Jay and Josh take a look back at this classic film, plus the musical that it inspired, “Spamalot”. 

 

Enjoy Food

What movie snack goes with Holy Grail? Popcorn, Milk Duds? Nope. Spam! Have you ever tried Spam? Are you giving it a fair chance? We have some recipes that may even appeal to the fine dining connoisseur. Just try it and see if you Enjoy Spam!

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Welcome to Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast! Your Hosts, Shua and Jovial Jay love finding fun in everything they do. This week we revisit the classic Ewok movies from the 80's. Plus, news and more!



On the premiere episode of Enjoy Stuff, we take a look back at the 80’s Ewok TV movies, Caravan of Courage and Battle for Endor. It’s a nostalgic trip to the past as we pull up the Disney+ Vintage Star Wars Collection, sit back, and enjoy!

 

News

  • A new Prince release?
  • Goonies Rocky Road ice cream
  • You can watch the Monkees original auditions for the show
  • A new Star trek gets a release date, but not a title, story, actors….or anything else really
  • The Space Invaders board game 2 years in the making
  • General Mills releases a Ghostbusters and Galactic Lucky Charms cereal

 

Enjoy Movies

In 1984, just when we thought we weren’t going to get anymore Star Wars ever again, ABC presented a brand new movie, starring those lovable Ewoks!  Originally titled the Ewok Adventure, we got to know the little girl Cindel and (for one movie at least) her brother Mace. As a follow up, we were graced with The Battle for Endor, starring Wilford Brimley. Now that you can now stream it on Disney+, we decided to revisit these classic vintage movies because it’s the right thing to do. 

 

Enjoy Food

In the Ewok movie, Cindel and Wicket pick some wild berries and make a pie. Did they enjoy the delicious dessert, or are there some hallucinogenic properties that could make you like these movies even more than ever? We come up with a recipe and even dub it by its very first name, “Cindel Pie”

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Jovial Jay and Shua are back! Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast is the spinoff show you’ve been waiting for. Before the first official show is released, get to know your hosts, their history, and what this show is all about. Get ready to Enjoy Stuff!

Get to know the guys of Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast on this special Pilot episode before they get things kicked off in May. Remember, have fun, smile more, and Enjoy Stuff!

We truly appreciate all you Earbuds who have hopped on board and joined us for our next chapter!  Join in the fun by reaching out to us! And make sure to Share and Enjoy with all your friends! 

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