HI! Ren here with another review.
Today I want to review “Myopia: Defend Your Childhood” a fun podcast that literally makes you defend your childhood. They take movies that are at least ten years old (and the occasional cartoon) and review them and ask “Do they stand the test of time?” I, for one, loved a lot of movies as a kid or younger adult and now I wonder if I was stupid or just that easily entertained.
I listened to a few of the podcasts as I always do to get a feel for the podcast and the hosts. I wanted to listen to “The Princess Bride”, but I have yet to watch it (don’t judge me! It is on my summer bucket list). They have an excellent assortment of movies to choose from and I think anyone can find something that they want to listen to them defend and discuss.
My Choices (which wasn’t easy and I know I will be listening to the entire episode list)
First up: “Weird Science” The 1985 John Hughes movie where two high school boys somehow build a supermodel looking girlfriend that once made they have no clue what to actually do with her. I was happy to hear that they generally agreed with me that this is John Hughes worst movie, ever. Thank you! They do this in a much more hilarious and entertaining way.
Second up: “Iron Man” I was someone who was at the theater opening day. I should probably say that I have a tiny obsession with RDJ (Robert Downey Jr who was also in Weird Science…I told you tiny obsession. I have even seen “Less Than Zero” and his episodes of Ally McBeal). I was so happy that they agreed with me again that this movies did stand the test of time. They mostly agreed and even reminded me of parts I had forgotten!
Last, but not least: “Speed”- I laughed so hard during this episode that I pulled a stitch (worth it!). There was much debate over this movie and I will say I agreed with several points and others I gave my phone a dirty look. Keanu Reeves is amazing and I don’t care what movie he is in.
I love that this podcast has different people doing certain movies which keeps it interesting and you can’t assume to know what someone will say. The hosts all seem to get along and are friends so it has the feel of hanging out with a new group of friends. The host of all episodes, so the podcast does have an actual host is Nicolas and he is sometimes a defendant and other times he is leading the charge that the movie didn’t stand the test of time.
In conclusion, this is a podcast that specializes in nostalgia. You may learn that a movie isn’t as good as you once thought. You might equally find that your favorite movie is in fact a classic that has stood the test of time. Who doesn’t like a bit of nostalgia? Give it a try and let me know what you think!