Joe Pesci in Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

The Last Row’s Guide to Movie Nostalgia

We often get asked about our favorite movies. As two guys who pretty much grew up in the 90s, we wanted to give you a glimpse into what movies we consider “classics” from our formative years.

This list is just the tip of the iceberg, but if you haven’t seen these movies, we highly recommend that you check them out.

If you want to listen to us discuss this list, listen to our On Demand EP 48 found here.


Drew’s List (in no particular order):

Sidekicks (1992), Directed by Aaron Norris – (IMDB 4.9/10)

This movie has it all…Nerdy kid learning karate to fight his high school bully, Winnie Cooper, that other Bridges brother, and most importantly, Chuck Norris. This movie came out before Chuck Norris was “a thing” and now not a thing. I’d venture to say if this movie came out during that time period, this movie would have destroyed the Internet.

Watch Sidekicks: YouTube

Short Circuit (1986), Directed by John Bradham – (IMDB 6.6/10)

What’s not to love about an adorable robot with emotive eyebrow flaps who thinks he’s alive? It’s even got a white guy playing an Indian guy, and Steve Guttenberg! Instant classic.

Watch Short Circuit: Amazon | iTunes

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Directed by Chris Colombus – (IMDB 6.9/10)

Spending 3 hours dressing up like a 65-year old woman to spend time with your kids, including the bratty one… That’s called dedication. Who doesn’t love seeing James Bond get a lime thrown at the back of his head?

Watch Mrs. Doubtfire: Amazon | iTunes

Airborne (1993), Directed by Rob Bowman –  (6.2/10)

What’s more 90s than street hockey, downhill rollerblading, and Seth Green? Yes, that was Jack Black in this too.

Watch Airborne: Amazon

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Directed by Tim Burton – (IMDB 7/10)

Even though Large Marge scared the crap out of every kid who watched this movie, Pee-Wee taught us important lessons like the lack of a basement in the Alamo, how to make friends at a biker bar, and to never leave your bike unattended.

Watch Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure: Amazon | iTunes


Badway’s List (in no particular order):

The Cable Guy (1996), Directed by Ben Stiller – (IMDB 6/10)

Everyone has had that pathetic friend that no one wants around. Wait. Maybe YOU’RE that friend! Anyway, The Cable Guy was Jim Carrey’s darkest and least commercially successful film of his historic mid 90’s run, but it also might be the wittiest and holds up quite well. Bonus points for a previously unknown Owen Wilson taking a brutal bathroom beating, which is actually Carrey’s second-funniest bathroom beating of his filmography (Liar, Liar).

Watch The Cable Guy: Amazon | iTunes

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Directed by Tom Shadyac – (IMDB 6.9/10)

Obviously, Jim Carrey had a big impact on my formative years. I wore this VHS out back in 1995. Ace Ventura expertly told one dirty adult joke after another, hiding them just well enough to zoom over any kid’s head under 12 years old. Now, every time I see Dan Marino, I want him to die of gonorrhea and rot in Hell. Would you like a cookie, son?

Watch Ace Ventura: Pet Detective: Amazon

The Wizard (1989), Directed by Todd Holland – (IMDB 6/10)

They don’t make ’em like they used to. I guess sometimes that’s a good thing. Likely borderline unwatchable now, The Wizard had that youthful independence feel to it, captured by similar films of it’s time (Mac & Me, Flight of the Navigator, Little Monsters), but with video games!!! What 8 year old could resist?

Watch The Wizard: Amazon | iTunes

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (1988), Directed by Jerry Kramer – (IMDB 5.9/10)

So it’s basically Michael Jackson music videos, with a loose story about Jacko befriending homeless children and protecting them from a pony-tailed, heroin peddling Joe Pesci. Somewhere along the way, MJ turns into a flying killer robot. Why are you still reading this? Go watch it!

Watch Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker: Amazon (DVD)

The Pest (1997), Directed by Paul Miller – (IMDB 5/10)

I like John Leguizamo’s work. Many others think he’s super annoying. In The Pest, he is hunted for sport. Even his haters could get some enjoyment from this film by openly rooting for the bad guy to mount his head to wall of his “wildlife room of death.” I loved this movie 20 years ago, but it’s basically an SNL type of skit stretched out for 90 minutes. It’s probably terrible now. I think I’ll leave it as a memory.

Watch The Pest: Amazon | iTunes


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