Back in the Day with John and Jay

John and Jay

We are in fact that hidden room, with the black curtain, at the back of your local video store personified! Your hosts John and Jaysen take a funny, comedic and sometimes raunchy approach on the movies, TV shows, video games and music that helped define their childhoods spanning the 80s and 90s.

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Episode 107: Mom and Dad Save the World (1992) // Dr. Seuss mixed with Spaceballs.
5d ago
Episode 107: Mom and Dad Save the World (1992) // Dr. Seuss mixed with Spaceballs.
"Mom and Dad Save the World" is a sci-fi comedy film released in 1992, directed by Greg Beeman. The movie follows the quirky and adventurous journey of Jeff and Karen Randall, an ordinary couple from Earth who find themselves transported to the distant and bizarre planet of Spengo.Upon arrival, the Randalls discover that Spengo is ruled by the eccentric and power-hungry Emperor Tod Spengo, portrayed by Jon Lovitz. The emperor, infatuated with Karen, decides to marry her and make her his empress. However, Jeff and Karen, with the help of some eccentric characters on Spengo, embark on a mission to save themselves and the planet from the comically inept and tyrannical ruler.Filled with slapstick humor, imaginative sets, and over-the-top characters, "Mom and Dad Save the World" is a satirical take on classic sci-fi tropes. As the Randalls navigate the absurdities of Spengo, the film explores themes of love, heroism, and the triumph of the ordinary against the extraordinary. It's a light-hearted and entertaining adventure that combines elements of space opera with a generous dose of comedy, making it a cult favorite among fans of unconventional and offbeat cinema.Friends of the Show1 Man Mafia (twitch.tv/1man_mafia)Jayke The Gamer God (twitch.tv/JaykeTheGamerGod)IB Best Gaming (https://www.tiktok.com/@ibbestgaming)Intro for the shopSupport the show'Beavis and Butt-head' Cover art created by Joe Crawford
Episode 104: The Wizard (1989) // I love the Power Glove...It's so bad!
Jan 30 2024
Episode 104: The Wizard (1989) // I love the Power Glove...It's so bad!
Yes, Lucas, that's correct, the Power Glove is bad.  We conclude our video game movie month with the most video gamey movie of them all....The full length feature disguised as a Nintendo commercial known as "The Wizard"."The Wizard" is a 1989 American adventure comedy-drama film directed by Todd Holland. The movie follows the journey of a young boy named Jimmy Woods, who possesses exceptional skills in playing video games. Jimmy's older brother, Corey, discovers that Jimmy is not just an ordinary gamer; he is a video game prodigy with unmatched talent.The film begins with Jimmy being institutionalized by his family, who misunderstand his behavior as a sign of emotional distress. However, Corey realizes that Jimmy's skills can be showcased at a video game competition in California called Video Armageddon. The brothers embark on a cross-country journey to reach the competition, encountering various challenges and making new friends along the way.During their adventure, they are joined by a girl named Haley, who has her reasons for running away from home. Together, they face obstacles, including encounters with a rival gamer named Lucas and attempts by Jimmy's parents to bring him back home. As the trio gets closer to their destination, the true reason behind Jimmy's institutionalization is revealed, adding emotional depth to the narrative."The Wizard" is notable for featuring Nintendo products prominently, as it was partially conceived as a promotional vehicle for the company's games and consoles. The film taps into the burgeoning popularity of video games in the late 1980s, combining a road trip narrative with elements of family drama and competition. Overall, "The Wizard" is remembered as a nostalgic journey into the world of 1980s gaming culture, complete with memorable gaming moments and a heartwarming story of family and friendship.Check out the merch:  http://shop.backinthedaypodcast.comFriends of the Show1 Man Mafia (twitch.tv/1man_mafia)Jayke The Gamer God (twitch.tv/JaykeTheGamerGod)IB Best Gaming (https://www.tiktok.com/@ibbestgaming)Intro for the shopIntro for the shopSupport the show'Beavis and Butt-head' Cover art created by Joe Crawford
Episode 101: Mortal Kombat (1995) // FINISH HIM!!!
Jan 9 2024
Episode 101: Mortal Kombat (1995) // FINISH HIM!!!
In this episode, we'll dive deep into the origins of the "Mortal Kombat" franchise, exploring its humble arcade beginnings, meteoric rise to popularity, and the intense anticipation leading up to the film's release. From the iconic characters like Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, and Johnny Cage to the menacing Shang Tsung and the otherworldly Outworld champions, we'll dissect the cast and characters that brought the virtual martial arts tournament to life.Our journey doesn't stop there. We'll uncover the challenges faced by the filmmakers in translating a beloved video game into a cinematic experience, the groundbreaking special effects that pushed the boundaries of 90s technology, and the unforgettable soundtrack that became synonymous with the Mortal Kombat brand.But what made "Mortal Kombat" more than just a film? Join us as we explore the cultural impact, the controversies surrounding video game violence, and the enduring legacy that continues to resonate with fans to this day. From flawless victories to unforgettable fatalities, we'll relive the excitement, nostalgia, and lasting influence of "Mortal Kombat" in our podcast episode that pays homage to the 90s cinematic realm. Get ready to test your might and embark on this nostalgic journey into the heart of "Mortal Kombat"!Check out the merch:  http://shop.backinthedaypodcast.comFriends of the Show1 Man Mafia (twitch.tv/1man_mafia)Jayke The Gamer God (twitch.tv/JaykeTheGamerGod)IB Best Gaming (https://www.tiktok.com/@ibbestgaming)Intro for the shopSupport the show'Beavis and Butt-head' Cover art created by Joe Crawford
Episode 100: Toy Story (1995) // EPISODE 100 WOOOOOO!!
Jan 2 2024
Episode 100: Toy Story (1995) // EPISODE 100 WOOOOOO!!
Thanks for all the support as we reach our 100th episode!  A running joke we've been doing over the last several months is saying we are going to do Toy Story for the next week's episode with no intensions of actually doing it.  Well, you're in luck, because we are doing it for EPISODE 1-0-0!!!!!Toy Story" is a groundbreaking animated film that introduces audiences to a world where toys come to life when humans aren't around. The story centers around Woody, a cowboy doll who has always been the favorite toy of his owner, Andy. However, Woody's world is turned upside down when Andy receives a new space ranger action figure, Buzz Lightyear, as a birthday gift.Buzz quickly becomes the new favorite, leading to a rivalry between Woody and Buzz for Andy's affection. In a twist of fate, both toys find themselves outside of the comfort of Andy's room and must navigate the challenges of the real world together. As they encounter perils like sadistic neighbor Sid and the mysterious claw-wielding aliens in a pizza parlor, Woody and Buzz discover the true meaning of friendship and loyalty."Toy Story" is not just a tale of animated adventure; it's a heartwarming exploration of the bonds between toys and their owners, emphasizing themes of acceptance, belonging, and the passage of time. With its innovative use of computer animation, endearing characters, and a witty script, "Toy Story" became a landmark film in animation history, setting the stage for Pixar's future success and earning a special place in the hearts of audiences worldwide.Check out the merch:  http://shop.backinthedaypodcast.comFriends of the Show1 Man Mafia (twitch.tv/1man_mafia)Jayke The Gamer God (twitch.tv/JaykeTheGamerGod)IB Best Gaming (https://www.tiktok.com/@ibbestgaming)Intro for the shopSupport the show'Beavis and Butt-head' Cover art created by Joe Crawford
Episode 99: Jingle All the Way (1996) // Put the Cookie Down...NOW!!
Dec 26 2023
Episode 99: Jingle All the Way (1996) // Put the Cookie Down...NOW!!
Who said you could eat my cookies!?"Jingle All the Way" is a festive family comedy that takes audiences on a humorous and chaotic ride through the bustling streets of Minneapolis during the Christmas season. Directed by Brian Levant and released in 1996, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Howard Langston, a workaholic dad determined to secure the elusive Turbo-Man action figure for his son Jamie, played by Jake Lloyd.Set on Christmas Eve, the story unfolds as Howard realizes he has forgotten to purchase Jamie's most coveted Christmas gift, the Turbo-Man doll. What follows is a madcap adventure through crowded malls, toy stores, and holiday chaos as Howard faces the relentless pursuit of the Turbo-Man toy, which has become the must-have item of the season.As Howard encounters equally desperate shoppers, including the persistent and competitive postal worker Myron, portrayed by Sinbad, the film satirizes the extreme lengths people go to during the holiday shopping frenzy. The narrative not only serves up a hilarious commentary on the commercialization of Christmas but also delves into the importance of family and being present during the holiday season.The comedic journey reaches its climax during the Turbo-Man Parade, a spectacle that combines slapstick humor with heartwarming moments. Ultimately, "Jingle All the Way" delivers a blend of physical comedy, memorable quotes, and a touching exploration of the true meaning of Christmas, making it a beloved and enduring holiday classic.Check out the merch:  http://shop.backinthedaypodcast.comFriends of the Show1 Man Mafia (twitch.tv/1man_mafia)Jayke The Gamer God (twitch.tv/JaykeTheGamerGod)IB Best Gaming (https://www.tiktok.com/@ibbestgaming)Intro for the shopSupport the show'Beavis and Butt-head' Cover art created by Joe Crawford
Episode 98: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966/2000) // You're a Mean One...
Dec 19 2023
Episode 98: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966/2000) // You're a Mean One...
Mr. Grinch!  We did both the Boris Karloff & Jim Carrey versions because we love them both!"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a heartwarming holiday film based on Dr. Seuss' beloved children's book of the same name. The story unfolds in the whimsical town of Whoville, where the cheerful residents eagerly anticipate the arrival of Christmas. However, residing just outside of Whoville is the Grinch, a green, furry, and grouchy creature who despises the holiday season and everything associated with it.The Grinch concocts a mischievous plan to steal Christmas from the Whos by disguising himself as Santa Claus and sneaking into their homes on Christmas Eve. With his faithful canine companion, Max, by his side, the Grinch sets out to pilfer presents, decorations, and even the festive feast, believing that removing these material trappings will dampen the Whos' holiday spirit.As the Grinch goes about his thieving mission, he encounters Cindy Lou Who, a sweet and innocent little girl who questions the true meaning of Christmas. Cindy Lou's kindness and curiosity start to chip away at the Grinch's icy heart, and he begins to reconsider his disdain for the holiday.In a heartwarming twist, the Grinch's change of heart is catalyzed by the Whos' unshakeable joy and love for one another, even in the absence of material possessions. The film delivers a powerful message about the true spirit of Christmas, emphasizing love, generosity, and the importance of togetherness.Ultimately, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a timeless tale of redemption and the transformative power of love, beautifully capturing the magic and warmth of the holiday season.Check out the merch:  http://shop.backinthedaypodcast.comFriends of the Show1 Man Mafia (twitch.tv/1man_mafia)Jayke The Gamer God (twitch.tv/JaykeTheGamerGod)IB Best Gaming (https://www.tiktok.com/@ibbestgaming)Intro for the shopSupport the show'Beavis and Butt-head' Cover art created by Joe Crawford