It’s Popzara’s Movie Time! Podcast!, where our own movie nerds Ethan Brehm and Nate Evans take you on an unscripted journey yakking and chatting about some of their favorite movie moments and cinematic scenes, from past and present, presented without snark and snobbery for your listening pleasure.
On tap in this literary themed episode are two beloved 80s classics that blend fantasy with reality, adaptations of books that never let the audience forget it.
First up is 1984’s The NeverEnding Story, Wolfgang Petersen’s big-budget adaptation of Michael Ende’s 1979 book that scared a generation of kids into believing nothing was more frightening than the Nothing. With its synth soundtrack, nihilistic plot, special effects (and some not so special), the film has become a crucial entry in 1980s fantasy. Ende hated the film (calling it “revolting”) but audiences didn’t, and neither did our hosts.
The second is 1987’s The Princess Bride, Rob Reiner’s adaptation of William Goldman’s 1973 novel that practically redefined the word meta. Goldman even wrote the screenplay! With its cast of quirky characters, memorable performances, infinitely quotable lines, and endearing self-effacing humor yet total earnestness it’s become one of the most beloved films in recent memory. You think we’d miss a chance to quote it here? Inconceivable!