Episode 97

Gremlins with Rusty, Ken Carlson, and Joseph Malik


December 9th, 2019

1 hr 6 mins 36 secs

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About this Episode

Joe Malik, Ken Carlson and Rusty return to give their review on the movie Gremlins. Joe Malik is a science-fiction author who recently joined the guys on episode 96 and has also joined for previous episodes 2 and 38. Ken Carlson is a PNW artist, director, and producer that likes “telling stories and hopes to one day create some that won’t bore you to death”. He has written and directed Dead Drift, Penny Palabras, Roscoe the Junkyard Cat, and is always working on new projects. He has also joined the guys on episodes 8 and 87. Rusty is a PNW comedian, co – owner of Church Cantina, and longtime friend of the Grit City Podcast.

01:40 – Justin introduces Joe, Ken, and Rusty to the podcast, gives a shout out to the Church Cantina, and talks about their last get together where they discussed the movie Scanners. Rusty talks on brining the podcast Rated 80’s back to life, Justin talks on their decision to make Gremlins the next movie they review, and they all talk about what Christmas means to them. Justin brings up the Wikipedia review of Gremlins, Ken talks about Chuck Jones being in the movie, and Justin gives a shout out to Tacoma Public Library’s streaming service Kanopy.

16:11 – Justin discusses the backstory to the movie Boondock Saints, Joe also gives props to Tacoma Public Library for carrying his books, and Justin shares that Gremlins was one of the movies that caused the creation of the PG-13 rating. Ken introduces the guys to the saying “your feelings are not an emergency”, they discuss the cast of the movie, and Joe gives a shout out to Kate at Doyle’s in Tacoma. Justin talks on what Gremlins 3 should be about, how Ghostbusters 3 is in the making, and Rusty mentions Bill Murray and John Candy.

33:48 – Justin talks about Steven Spielberg getting a Cameo award from this movie, shares the Gremlins anti-drug PSA from the 80’s, and Ken shares with the group other Joe Daunte movies. Rusty shares his favorite 80’s movie ‘Batteries Not Included’, Ken shares his favorite part of Gremlins, and they talk about taking blowtorches to Furbies and microwaving G.I. Joes as kids. Conversation turns to using a bidet, the importance of using Metamucil, and Joe tells that guys that the key to being healthy is good fiber, scotch, and three miles a day.

46:10 – Justin shares where people can find each of their guests online, Scott encourages the guys to watch their diet, and Justin talks of the two things that were big main themes for Gremlins. They talk on the different things that sold based on the movie, toys that came from other movies, and they decide on what their next movie review will be on. Rusty encourages Scott to embrace his age, Justin talks on the technology theme of Gremlins, and Scott talks on the importance of people being prepared for disasters.

Thanks Joe, Ken, and Rusty for an interesting conversation on Gremlins, movies, and getting older!

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Episode Links

  • Gremlins - Wikipedia — Gremlins is a 1984 American comedy horror film written by Chris Columbus and directed by Joe Dante.
  • About the Author | Joseph Malik — In addition to fiction, Joseph Malik writes and lectures on advanced intelligence theory and asymmetric warfare for the U.S. military.