Our Top 5 Defining Childhood Movies – Episode #20

We skip the lessons learned this week and instead discuss our individual top 5 defining childhood movies.  Interestingly, at least to us, our lists only overlapped on one movie… and it was our #1 choice!  Get ready for some fun ’80’s movie talk.

Sky’s #5: Return of the Living Dead (1985 – horror)

Dusty’s #5: Red Dawn (1984 – action)

Sky’s #4: The Last Starfighter (1984 – sci-fi)

Dusty’s #4: Predator (1987 – action)

Sky’s #3: The Transformers: The Movie (1986 – animated)

Dusty’s #3: Ghostbusters (1984 – comedy/sci-fi)

Sky’s #2: Spaceballs (1987 – comedy)

Dusty’s #2: Commando (1985 – action)

Sky & Dusty’s #1: The Goonies (1985 – action/adventure)

Let us know what you think of our list, and tell us your Top 5 Childhood defining movies.  We’d love to hear them, especially if they’re non-1980’s movies.  Just comment below or you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Dusty has chosen our #1 movie, The Goonies as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Bad Times at the El Royale.

Weird Science Movie (1985) – a nostalgic walk through the fun, sci-fi 80’s

weird science

Weird Science isn’t exactly “weird”, but it’s a classic 80’s comedy we grew up with and still find super enjoyable. Kelly LeBrock is a mega babe and Anthony Michael Hall with Ilan Mitchell-Smith are great as the nerdy, girl-oggling, horny best friends.

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Life Lessons Learned from Weird Science

Sky: Self confidence is built through overcoming challenges.

  • Lisa gives them a challenge with the crazy future dystopian bikers… and it works! They show how badass they are when they save Deb and Hilly.

Kelly LeBrock solves all the problems of these two geeky, no-girlfriend losers.

Dusty: Stand up for yourself and have confidence.

  • It was great seeing Wyatt and Gary finally take a stand against one of this movie’s many bullies. And you can see the good effects of growing a pair like this did for them.

Chet is one of the most memorable characters of all time, played expertly and hilariously by Bill Paxton.

Sky: Do not date bullies.

  • Max and Ian are jerks, the girls even know that if they see Lisa, it’s over for them.

Dusty: Don’t be like Chet.

  • Speaking of bullies, Chet’s the worst. They might think they’re respected, but it’s just fear. Eventually the fear will dissipate and you will have just created an enemy for life.

Who’dve remembered that RDJ was in this one?


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 69%
  • The Critics: 57%


  • A+ from Sky
  • B+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on My Blue Heaven.

My Blue Heaven (1990) – a funny and lovely classic comedy

My Blue Heaven is a classic that we grew up with and we still love it to this day. And the rare comedy where our wives loved it just as much!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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Life Lessons Learned from My Blue Heaven

Sky: You are the company you keep.

  • Vinnie’s ways rub off on Barney; dancing, wearing nice suits, not so straight-laced, lying. Barney also seems to rub off a bit on Vinnie.

Steve Martin and Rick Moranis are a great comedic duo.

Dusty: Always have leverage on others.

  • Vinnie was able to turn the tables on DA Stubbs by bringing up her turtle deception.

Joan Cusack is always a great part of any movie. She had great role in this movie opposite Rick Moranis.

Sky: “Why make war? ” – Vinnie

  • Love this lesson: Be kind and gentle; confrontations are unnecessary, let bygones be bygones, don’t burn bridges.

Dusty: Never take your wallet out.

  • Have a money clip instead and DO NOT visit Brazil.

We’d love to have this prop suit in a huge Lucite case in our office.

Additional Lessons Learned from Dusty:

  • Don’t skimp on the socks.
  • It’s very hard for a person to change. You have to change from the outside in.
  • Look for opportunities everywhere.
  • Green side up for the sod.


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 59%
  • The Critics: 71%


  • A from Sky & Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Terminator.

The Terminator Franchise | Spoiler Reviews and Lessons Learned

We love the Terminator Franchise. T2 Judgment Day is the best of the bunch, with 1984’s The Terminator in 2nd place. The most recent Dark Fate was very enjoyable with the return of Linda Hamilton and some crazy scary terminators for Arnie and co to deal with.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch these movies before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from The Terminator (1984)

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Sky: If a naked guy in the middle of the night approaches you, back away. 

  • Don’t antagonize or threaten him. He knows more than you or at least he ain’t scared of you. Tim Allen wrote a great autobiography called “Don’t Stand Too Close To A Naked Guy.”

Dusty: Don’t peal out when you are trying to sneak away.

  • They do this all the time in movies and a couple times here. Loud tire screeching is the enemy of your stealthy escape.

Sky: This too shall pass.

  • All those little annoyances, like ice cream in your apron and spilling food on a dude, ain’t no thang. In a few days, maybe even a few hours, they won’t matter. And look on the bright side, you might have a fun story to tell from it.

Dusty: The only way to keep a secret is to tell no one.

  • Yep, loose lips sink ships and the more sets of lips that know, the more likely your secret will get out.


  • B from Sky
  • A- from Dusty

The Terminator Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 89%
  • The Critics: 100%

Check out the IMDB page on 1984’s The Terminator for more info.

Lessons Learned from Terminator: Dark Fate

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Dusty: The best defense is a good offense.

  • The best part of T2 was Sarah Connor going after Miles Dyson and tries to take out Skynet.  They should do the same in this sequel.

Sky: Do the right thing now and come what may.

  • When you see someone in need, help them out like the couple did when Grace fell from the bridge.  But, no good deed goes unpunished…

The T-800 Terminator versus an incredibly powerful Rev. 9 (played by Gabriel Luna)

Dusty: Always have a backup plan.

  • The EMP was good, but just in case, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Sky: Never give personal information to an unknown person.

  • With online phishing or stalkers or just bad people wanting to do you and yours harm, don’t give out information like, “All her friends call her Dani.”

Sarah Connor: still a bad-ass protecting Dani (Natalia Reyes)

Linda Hamilton, left, and Natalia Reyes star in Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures’ “TERMINATOR: DARK FATE.”

Dusty: Always close the door.

  • Don’t allow the enemy a way in to kill you.  Close that door so the Rev. 9 can’t get it.

We get an augmented human named Grace (played by McKenzie Davis) fighting for our future in this installment.

Sky: It pays to have powerful, well-placed friends. 

  • If you need an EMP, call up Major Dean.  But, why wasn’t “Major Dean” named “Major Danny Dyson” instead?

Terminator: Dark Fate Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 70%
  • The Critics: 84%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Lessons Learned from Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Dusty: Don’t stupidly fly your helicopter so close to your target.

  • If you can keep your distance and still do you job, do it.

Sky: Don’t let power go to your head. 

  • Those psych ward abusers were terrible people. Psych ward abusers are cliché in movies, but it’s necessary so we’re on Sarah Connor’s side as she’s beating them to escape.

Our trio of Heroes: Sarah and John Connor (Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong) and the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Dusty: Never Jerk the wheel when you are driving.

  • Stay calm and controlled or else it’s flipping/spinning time.

Sky: Learn to pick locks.

  • It worked for Sarah Connor, it’ll work for you as well.

The best scene: the canal chase with that awesome shotgun

Dusty: Have an arsenal because you’ll be glad when it comes in use.

  • You never know what the future will bring, but always be prepared.

Nothing more scary than the unrelenting T-1000 (Robert Patrick)

Sky: Always know your nearest metal smelting plant. 

  • Terminators, zombies, psycho-hose beasts, they can all be destroyed by molten metal.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 93%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Bill & Ted Face the Music spoiler review and lessons learned

Bill and Teds Face the Music

Bill & Ted Face the Music is a worthy follow-up that’s been 31 years in the making since part one in 1989. Our favorite bumbling, yet genius, best friends are back! Could you have ever escaped that mansion without remembering how?! That’s right, genius!!!

We loved this final installment of the B&T trilogy and highly recommend you watch it before you listen to our review below.

Check out our prior review and lessons learned from the original Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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Life Lessons Learned from Bill & Ted Face the Music

Sky: If you want someone to succeed, give them all the info you can. 

  • The Great Leader tells them that Preston and Logan will compose the song to unite all of reality. Sure, it adds suspense and doesn’t give everything away to the audience, but if you truly want Bill & Ted to succeed, then give them the song, the band members and tell them of their daughter’s role.

They’re still the fun-loving, music playing, earnest best friends we’ve always loved.

Dusty: Be excellent to each other.

  • This is a simple yet valuable idea that we can use more of nowadays.

Death returns… lovin’ it.

Sky: Be a role model to your kids.

  • Kids emulate what they see, and if you do it, they’ll do it. Pick up your dog’s poop, don’t cheat or lie, pay your taxes and work hard. If you lie, cheat, steal and beat your spouse, they’ll turn out the same way.

Dusty: Train a child in the way they should go and when they are older they will not depart from it.

  • This is taken from the Bible and fits right along with Sky’s life lesson above.

Excellent future versions of B&T.


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 79%
  • The Critics: 81%


  • A from Sky
  • B from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Running Man.

The Running Man – man-hunting action and great one-liners from the ’80’s

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The Running Man is still a lot of fun. Campy at times, but good stalker killing action, Schwarzenegger and Maria Conchita Alonso and a dystopian future make for a great watch. Plus, without this movie we would’ve never gotten, “Here is Sub Zero. Now… PLAIN Zero”. Schwarzenegger one-liners for the win!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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Life Lessons Learned from The Running Man

Dusty: Use a stick and poke him in the eye. 

  • Never get close to a bad guy laying on the ground. And Dusty does this same thing (like Homer Simpson) and pokes his shot deer in the eye.

The perfect prop to take away from The Running Man… Arnie’s Hawaiian duds!

Sky: Nobody likes a liar. 

  • Everyone seemed to like Killian as the show host. He was up there telling everyone he loves them, smooching gilf’s and pretending to be a good guy giving convicts a fair chance. But, as soon as he was exposed as a fraud, everyone turned on him and enjoyed his death.

Iconic stalkers Fireball, Buzzsaw, Dynamo and Sky’s favorite, Subzero.

Sky: Being exasperating may help you get beyond authority. 

  • The Hawaii-bound ticketing agent let Richards and Amber through because he was holding up the line. Sky got out of a speeding ticket once because the cop was frustrated that he couldn’t produce his registration which was trapped in an unforgiving glove box.

Dusty: Don’t be a hypocrite and a jerk like Killian.

  • Another example: the cancelled tyrant named DeGeneres.

I blame his jerk-ass parents. What do you expect your kid to turn into when you name him Damon Killian?!


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 60%
  • The Critics: 63%


  • A from Sky
  • A- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Commando.

Commando Movie Review – The Ultimate ’80’s Action Movie (1985)

Commando is Schwarzenegger at his action ’80’s best! He’s a killing machine as works his way through mercenaries and an entire army in an effort to save his daughter. He also prevents an evil military coup in the process. We love it!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

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Life Lessons Learned from Commando

Dusty: Have guns everywhere.

  • You gotta protect yourself, especially if you’ve developed loads of enemies like being the hero of a revolution.

The early father-daughter montage really showed Matrix’s love for Jenny (Alyssa Milano).

Sky: Let sleeping dogs lie.

  • Matrix is the best of the best, so why the heck are you getting him involved?! He would’ve never defeated the army and prevented the military coup if they didn’t kidnap his daughter. Dumbass ’80’s villain.

Rae Dawn Chong as Cindy was great in this movie. Shooting rockets, flying plains and comedic moments?! Give me more RDC!

Dusty:  Never quit.

  • Matrix would stop at nothing to save his daughter Jenny. And even Jenny decided to try and escape when she stopped feeling sorry for herself.

A dad-bod doesn’t make for a worthy Schwarzenegger adversary.


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 67%
  • The Critics: 71%


  • A+ from Sky & Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Three Amigos!

All-time Classic ’80’s comedy: Three Amigos! (1986) We love it!

Three Amigos! is a childhood favorite, now our children love it as well. It’s an LOL riot as Lucky Day, Ned Nederlander and Dusty Bottoms attempt to save the town of Santo Poco from El Guapo and his gang of Mexican cowboys. There’s no better display of the comedic genius of Martin, Short and Chase.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Life Lessons Learned from Three Amigos

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Dusty: Don’t get a big head about yourself.

  • You might think you’re hot stuff, but if someone has control of your career, don’t try to put pressure on your boss when you don’t actually have the clout you need. Lucky Day screwed up by negotiating from a position of no-power.

Sunset on the mesa.

Sky: Follow directions.

  • Directions are there to help you avoid mistakes (furniture, Legos and recipes), so improve your chance of success by following them. Fire your gun in the air, Dusty Bottoms!

El Guapo and Jefe are wonderful baddies.

Sky: Don’t stand too close to a gun fight. 

  • For one, you might get shot. For another, where do you look? You don’t want to miss the action, so get a wider view and step back.

Love their signature move.


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 67%
  • The Critics: 45%


  • A+ from Sky & Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Karate Kid.

We Love RocketMan (1997) and Here’s Why

RocketMan was a laugh-out-loud riot of a movie!  Neither of us remembered how good it was and Dusty actually gave it an A+!  What a grade!  Harland Williams is in top from as Fred Randall, and his supporting cast does a great job allowing him free reign.

Lessons Learned from RocketMan

Sky: Don’t kick off your shoes in the house.

  • You’re gonna break something, and potentially tick-off your wife something fierce.

Dusty: Being and acting weird makes others uncomfortable.

  • Try to pay attention to social cues and know when they aren’t picking-up what you’re putting down.
William Sadler plays a great straight-man alongside Harland’s crazy Fred

Sky: If you’re running out of time, skip the sleep.

  • If it’s important to get done, sleep can wait until you’re dead.

Dusty: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

  • Just ’cause Fred’s a bit weird, doesn’t mean he’s an idiot.  This guy’s the smartest in the room, but you’d never know it if you didn’t give him a chance.

Harland Williams – 2006 interview with Conan O’Brien

Sky: Learn your lesson the first time.

  • Put the chimp to sleep first!
Sky’s favorite scene

Dusty: Don’t assume you are the smartest person in the room.

  • Yeah, go ahead and assume they’re smarter than you until they prove their idiocy.

Bonus Lesson from Dusty: Always blame Julie.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

What is wrong with these people?!  Critics are way off the mark here with their unforgivable 21% Rotten Tomatoes score.  The audience are closer to the mark with 72%.

Dusty has chosen So I Married an Axe Murderer as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Spaceballs.

The Karate Kid – we review a classic ’80’s movie we loved (1984)

the karate kid

the karate kid

The Karate Kid holds up and is maybe even more enjoyable now than when we were kids. Dusty’s seen it 4x with his kids and Sky loved it again. Great life lessons from Mr. Miyagi, bullies getting what’s coming to them and Daniel-san winning the tournament. What’s not to love? And don’t forget, Elisabeth Shue!!!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Life Lessons Learned from The Karate Kid

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Sky: Listen to those with experience.

  • Kids nowadays don’t listen to their elders (have they ever?). Your elders have “been around the block a few times” and experienced more, so they’ve got more insight. If a Mr. Miyagi comes around and tries to impart knowledge, you’d best listen.

Everyone needs a mentor like Mr. Miyagi.

Dusty: Don’t turn away a girl when you are hurt. 

  • Just like in Back to the Future (Lorraine taking care of injured George/Marty), women love taking care of you. Let Ali dote over you, Daniel-san!

Kreese and Johnny are unforgettable baddies.

Sky: Balance is key.

  • Not just physical balance, but also balance between all of our roles in life.

Dusty: Never wear a towel around your neck and under your jacket.

  • You look like a tool (Ali’s dad coming back from the club). Also, avoid popped collars and scarfs when NOT in season.

The final moment! Love that balance and the Crane Kick to the face.

The Karate Kid crane kick (screen grab) Credit: Columbia Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 82%
  • The Critics: 88%


  • A+ from Dusty
  • A from Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Hunt.