RetroGrading

Is your nostalgia warranted?

About the show

Retrograding is a bimonthly podcast where three nineties kids give adult looks to our favorite childhood movies. Tune in as we discuss details of the plot we missed as kids, give reviews as to the rewatchability of the film and the emotions it invokes, and play games that give the film a new perspective. Also, we'll try to be funny and entertaining, but honestly, no promises.

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Episodes

  • Episode 65: Kiki's Delivery Service (8.26)

    January 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 47 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, classic movies, ghibli, grading, kiki, kiki's delivery service, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, retro, retrograding, reviews, studio ghibli

    Hop on your brooms and fly away for a year with us as we revisit Kiki's Delivery Service. Mark makes a really weird Tombo connection, wonders 'where all the witches at?', and just can't stop pointing out children's underpants; Karl suspects a negligent mother, provides filler for Sara's googling, and tears apart this film's understanding of plane physics; and Sara refuses to weigh in on the heated Sub vs Dub debate, plays a long game of 'did you recognize this voice', and really flubs our plugs. Enjoy!

  • Episode 64: Miracle On 34th Street (6.35)

    December 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 53 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, classic movies, grading, miracle on 34th street, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, retro, retrograding, reviews

    It's a Christmas Boys' Night as we watch the trial of the century and revisit Miracle On 34th Street. Karl forgets what children are called, judges a little girl by her looks, and compares Santa to God many times; Mark can't name another Richard Attenborough credit, gets really stuck on a Friends look a like, and presents a very special treat at the end which may be the best thing this podcast has ever put out.

  • Episode 63: My Fellow Americans (5.85)

    November 18th, 2020  |  1 hr 50 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, classic movies, grading, movie reviews, movies, my fellow americans, nostalgia, retro, retrograding, reviews

    Avoid real politics for awhile and explore some fake political scandal with us as we revisit My Fellow Americans. Sara shares how much the film is worth, takes a hard Lauren Bacall stance, and shares presidential facts, including Taft's bathtub and Lyndon B's Johnson; Mark explains how professional hits work, nails a pitch game with no hints, and serves up both a terrible pizza description and his worst pun yet; Karl is not impressed by embezzlement, gets constantly corrected in stereo, and sees his dog get elected. Enjoy!

  • Episode 62: House (8.33)

    October 21st, 2020  |  1 hr 50 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, classic movies, grading, horror, house, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, retro, reviews

    Put the bodies in the closet and come explore an 1980s horror cult classic with us as we revisit House. Mark forgets what he is about to say, refuses to sing, and plays 'ghost or no ghost'; Karl doesn't know Night Courts, gets mad about door knobs and toilets, and gives axe advice; and Sara references several bygone TV shows, forgets how to spell PTSD , and explains haunted house law. Enjoy!

  • Episode 61: BLIND WATCH - The Apartment (6.33)

    September 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 42 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, apartment, classic movies, grading, jack lemon, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, retro, retrograding, reviews, the apartment

    It's another look back at a film none of us have seen as we revisit The Apartment for the first time. Karl makes a Quatermain connection, admits he's wrong, and confuses John Hughes; Mark feels nothing, hasn't had the requisite amount of affairs, and saves us from a racist tangent; and Sara makes a Sunset Boulevard reference none of us get, somehow gives a review of Wicker Man as well, and explains what the hell Turkey Lurkey Time even is. Enjoy!

  • Episode 60: Vertigo (7.25)

    August 12th, 2020  |  2 hrs 6 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, classic movies, hitchcock, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, retro, retrograding, reviews, vertigo

    Come join us as we cure acrophobia through immersion therapy and revisit Vertigo. Mark thought the film was half as long, has trouble understanding a woman, gives Jimmy Stewart too much credit as a detective, and confirms Jon Voight is Jon Voight; Karl comes up with a great book that's never been written, gets angry at driving, describes the worst gift to give him, and somehow manages to forget color; and Sara is not addressed until til the very end, but that serves her right for not being present for this episode. Enjoy!

  • Episode 59: Poltergeist (9.73)

    July 15th, 2020  |  2 hrs 24 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, classic movies, grading, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, poltergeist, retro, retrograding, reviews

    Come listen to some static with us as we revisit Poltergeist. Mark suggests a bird ghost, has a backwards reading memory, and is disappointed the film's child curse not more severe; Karl shares opinions on steak snacks, can't pronounce names or words and eventually gives up, and mentions the devil one time and is immediately possessed; and Sara googles pigs and ages, refuses to call characters by their name, and dreamed her games away. All that and we have a long protracted conversation about a 30 second construction worker scene. Enjoy!

  • Episode 58: Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (4.0)

    June 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 54 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, baby: secret of the lost legend, classic movies, grading, lost legend, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, retro, retrograding, reviews, secret of the lost legend

    Come join us as we discover a lost movie that should have gone extinct, Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend. Mark shares some fond childhood memories of the film, suspects a Jungle Drug, and accurately summarizes Karl's obsession; Karl confuses aborigines, points out boobs and other boobs, and is unsure how vodka is made; and Sara calls out a silent parade, explains milkmen, and slowly fades out into illness. All that and we have a long discussion on who's the worst. Enjoy!

  • Episode 57: Junior (4.83)

    May 20th, 2020  |  1 hr 32 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, classic movies, grading, junior, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, retro, retrograding, reviews

    It's a late delivery of a baby movie podcast cause Karl had to move, but come experience some crazy baby science as we revisit 'Junior'. Mark only enjoyed laughing at Olympians, shows us his hairy baby, and disappears to take care of said hairy baby as Sara and Karl vamp during games; Karl also pulls a disappearing act cause Google is bad, gives Danny DeVito a new stage name, and does a perfect British accent; and Sara questions Emma Thompson's acting choices, describes her perfect Arnold, and promises a brain melt down and then delivers. All that and just so many descriptions of sequels we'd like to see. Enjoy!

  • Episode 56: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (8.26)

    April 15th, 2020  |  2 hrs 19 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, classic movies, grading, hunchback, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, notre dame, notre-dame, retro, retrograding, reviews, the hunchback of notre-dame

    Come out of your bell towers this month and join us for a revisit of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Karl displays his lack of Catholicism knowledge despite being raised in it, downloaded the wrong movie, and gets Vertigo wrong; Mark thinks the songs are rated perfectly, corrects Karl's Disney misconceptions, and finds the origin of a sassy horse; and Sara gives a grotesque correction, finds a joke hidden in a dead language, and can't look at animation correctly. Recorded amid the COVID-19 quarantine, so stay safe everyone, and Enjoy!

  • Episode 55: The Iron Giant (8.9)

    March 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 33 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, classic movies, grading, iron giant, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, retro, retrograding, reviews, the iron giant

    Say hello to our Big Metal friend this month as we revisit The Iron Giant. Sara is out sick, so it's time for another Boy's Night! Karl has nostalgia for a bygone era of animation, gives a real life analysis of power stations, remains out of touch vis-a-vis scrap yards, and shares his thoughts on Superman. Mark has a misconception about trains, removes basically the entire plot from the synopsis, can't remember the order of scenes to save his life, and gets as close as he can to a pun without technically using one. Enjoy!

  • Episode 54: Anniversary Spectacular 2 - Electric Boogaloo

    February 19th, 2020  |  2 hrs 49 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, classic movies, grading, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, retro, retrograding, reviews

    We're celebrating our 3rd anniversary by having our 2nd Anniversary spectacular. You heard that right! We do what we want! Once again it's Mark vs. Sara in a battle of memory and wits! So what's different this time? Is it longer? Yes! We recorded over 5 hours of audio that Karl then had to whittle down. Are there more games? Yes! Some might even say too many. Are there more potatoes? Absolutely! Even some new ones. Is it a slightly lower quality? Yes! Cause our host server has a file size limit and even edited the audio was 3 hours long. Is it a bit late? You bet! Do you know how long it takes to edit 5 hours of audio?! Anyways, if you liked the first anniversary, this is everything that was and more! We recorded this on Feb 9th and it truly was our Super Bowl! Enjoy!

  • Episode 53: The Indian In The Cupboard (5.83)

    January 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 39 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, classic movies, grading, indian in the cupboard, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, retro, retrograding, reviews, the indian in the cupboard

    We bring some plastic toys to life this week as we revisit 'The Indian In The Cupboard'. Mark fails to have feelings on this film, reveals Karl's secret, and swears no one listens to him; Karl cannot say or spell cupboard, casually suggests a child murder, and defends the timorous; and Sara insists on discussing the book series instead of this film, gets distracted by a dog, and slowly descends into madness as her cold medicine wears off. If this ep sounds disjointed, that's cause we had to switch segments around while recording to get Sara in as much as possible, so, you know, deal with it. Enjoy!

  • Episode 52: Gremlins (9.00)

    December 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 35 mins

    We all eat after midnight and transform as we revisit Gremlins. Mark shocks his cohosts by revealing what he has never seen, has some special effects trivia, and forgets a name; Karl questions what constitutes water, gives a Gizmo fan theory, and invents a new horse themed police procedural; and Sara perfects her Mogwi pet allegory, disolves into goo, and stops the show to give credit to a dog. All that and we play "Who's your Savage?" and "What's your favorite Reinhold?". Enjoy!

  • Episode 51: The Flight of the Navigator (5.5)

    November 13th, 2019  |  1 hr 48 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, classic movies, flight of the navigator, grading, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, retro, retrograding, reviews, the flight of the navigator

    Sara's dying this month, so the boys are taking a four hour trip that will last eight years and revisiting The Flight of the Navigator. Mark loves a shape shifting ship, shares a personal separation anxiety story, and (spoiler) can't remember why he used to like this movie. Karl buries the lead vis a vis aliens, is sure that's not how computers work, and takes umbrage with a dog competition. All that and the boys argue over how phone numbers used to work, and have a geography misunderstanding. Enjoy!

  • Episode 50: BLIND WATCH - An American Werewolf in London (6.66)

    October 9th, 2019  |  2 hrs 16 mins
    80s, 80s movies, 90s, 90s movies, an american werewolf in london, classic movies, grading, movie reviews, movies, nostalgia, retro, retrograding, reviews, werewolf, werewolf in london

    For our 50th ep, we're diving into a movie we've all never seen, An American Werewolf in London. Sara describes her favorite thing in films, loves a porno, and nails a pitch guess from downtown; Mark gets interrupted by a cat, watches the movie again to find a bear, and makes questionable camera adjustment; and Karl debuts a new catch phrase, reluctantly praises Twilight, and is not surprised by Sara's revelations. Enjoy!