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Uphill Both Ways Podcast - Episode 62 - I Wanna Go Back

(09-19-2019) Things start out a little somber as Mike and Joseph lament the passing of classic rock legend, Eddie Money. Things don't stay blue for too long, though, as they talk about judging films for the Filmquest film festival, run down the latest "Mix Tape Challenge" and then set their sights on memories from elementary school. Wacky Packages, pencil fighting, and... going on strike? Don't know about you, but I "Wanna Go Back"!

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Haunt and Bloodline Film Reviews

(09-19-2019) (Zones: Horror) Halloween haunt attractions are a favorite topic annually with When It Was Cool, and as the Halloween season is just a few dried leaves away, a new horror film set in an extreme haunt is out. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the co-screenwriters of last year’s excellent creature feature A Quiet Place with its director and star John Krasinski, both cowrite and direct Haunt, a shocker set in the modern day that hearkens back to such drive-in fear fare as Tourist Trap (1979) and Terror Train (1980). Joseph Perry reviews two horror themed movies. Read More.

Giant Annual DragonKingKarl Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame Discussion Show

(09-17-2019) (Zones: Wrestling) It's time once again for the biggest show Karl Stern does every year- a detailed look and discussion of the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame ballot. Karl has been a HOF voter for many years this year's ballot is interesting due to several names being put back on and a few being dropped off. Among names discussed in this massive show are CM Punk, Edge, Sgt. Slaughter, Junkyard Dog, Kerry Von Erich, Bearcat Wright, Dr. Wagner Jr, Jim Crockett, Big Daddy, and many others. This years show is free in order to raise awareness of When It Was Cool so pass it around and let others hear it too, post it to social media, whatever. Thank you!

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DragonKing Dark Podcast - We Are At War - Episode 183

(09-15-2019) (Zones: DragonKing Dark Podcast) This week's episode of DragonKing Dark Podcast is another in our look at society and fear and might be our most frightening one yet. We are at war. You might not think so but we are. American society is being manipulate and shots both literal and figurative have already been fired. Don't be duped into believing what you see on the news is something it's not. We often talk about unfounded fears but the fears this time may be well founded. This week we talk about monsters but not the kind you might be expecting.

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Stuck in the Desert Podcast - Episode 26 - Planes, Trains, and Other Motivations

(09-14-2019) (Zones: Stuck in the Desert Podcast) Travel with The Rat this week as we explore Travel related matters that affected the culture and psychology of modern day Phoenicians. Two events in particular that have changed the town permanently are featured as an introspective look at how communities deal with disaster. This podcast is a satellite of Support the platform that houses this work for as little as a dollar a month. Contact The Desert Rat:, @thedesertrat3@twitter, Stuck In The Desert page on Facebook. Wake me up when September ends...

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When It Was Cool Podcast - Episode 83 - It Chapter 2, Rocketman, Scary Stories, and more!

(09-12-2019) (Zones: When It Was Cool Podcast) It's the flagship podcast of and on this episode Karl and Tonya review four recent movies with retro pop culture ties. First, Godzilla King of the Monsters, then Rocketman a tremendous movie about Elton John, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark based on a popular book series from the 1980s, and finally It Chapter 2 based on the Stephen King novel. A fun movie packed edition of When It Was Cool Podcast!

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Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Strange Tales 102 - Episode 23

(09-11-2019) (Zones: Marvel Universe in Order Podcast) Our look at the Marvel Universe in chronological order continues and the twenty-third comic book to appear in the Marvel 616 Universe was Strange Tales issue 102 featuring the Human Torch and Sue Storm from the Fantastic Four as they take on The Wizard who is trying to frame the Torch as a bad guy. See the debut of a new power that the Human Torch would use occasionally over the years - his nova power! Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 023

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GenreBlast Film Festival Reviews: Reckoning and Cold Wind Blowing

(09-11-2019) (Zones: Horror) The amazing indie thriller Reckoning is one of the absolute best films of 2019, anchored by Danielle Deadwyler’s superb performance as Lemon Cassidy, a wife and mother who lives on a small piece of land in Appalachia. The area she lives in has its own codes and laws, and when her husband goes missing after being sent on a dangerous mission by a local matriarch, Lemon must find him quickly before a villainous family takes its revenge on her and her young son. Join Joseph Perry as he tells us more about this film festival. Read More.

Greatest Kayfabe Tournament - GKT - Round 1 Match 17: Lou Thesz vs Ray Stevens

(09-10-2019) (Zones: Wrestling - Patreon Content) The GKT - Greatest Kayfabe Tournament continues and this match up pits one of the most legendary in ring wrestlers of all time- Lou Thesz verses one of the most influential wrestlers of all time Ray Stevens. Who will win? You the listener voted and we have the winner and we discuss the careers of both Thesz and Stevens plus the announcement of our next match which will blow your mind! 17 GKT - Lou Thesz vs Ray Stevens

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Lucha Libre related milestones and Lucha Libre movies from Mexico up to 1969

(09-06-2019) (Zones: Wrestling) The following is a running list of Lucha Libre related milestones and Lucha Libre movies compiled by Juan Nunez from Mexico up to 1969. There's plenty of stuff between 1970 and the 90's as well, but I felt like I had to cap this list because it was a lot. Most movies are listed by the exact release date, but some are listed with a year because their release date is unknown. Read More.

Toxic Crusaders (1991) Retro TV Review Podcast

(09-04-2019) (Zones: Patreon Content) I can proudly say this is the worst show we have ever reviewed at When It Was Cool. A totally tubular 1990s train wreck of a show. A kids cartoon based on a graphic and completely not kid friendly movie the Toxic Avenger. This cartoon is terrible on so many levels it's actually hilarious. Let's travel back in time today when the environmental fear of the moment was industrial pollution and best way to fight it was with kid's cartoons... but Captain Planet this ain't. Toxic Crusaders (1991) Retro TV Review Podcast

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When It Was Cool Newsletter and Audio Special - Issue 4

(09-02-2019) (Zones: When It Was Cool Newsletter) This month the newsletter is a bit short due to all the other work going on with the website but we still have 14 pages of pro wrestling history to talk about including the death of The Sharpe’s father and some new notes from the 1920's not previously entered. This is all of the website updates you might have missed for August so come join Karl as he discusses them!

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Stuck in the Desert Podcast - Episode 24 - Ratmenicences II Big Time

(08-31-2019) (Zones: Stuck in the Desert Podcast) Continuing along the Trolly Track, The Rat covers some of the more well known children's programming from back in the day. Featured this segment are New Zoo Revue, Captain Kangaroo, The Banana Splitz, and Mr Rogers Neighborhood. Find this show in the podcasts section of, and support the platform that houses this show.

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When It Was Cool Podcast - Episode 82 - Disney Movies

(08-29-2019) On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from hosts Karl and Tonya discuss some of their favorite classic Disney animated movies, the history of Walt Disney, and more. Among the movies discussed are Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, Robin Hood, Fox and the Hound, Beauty and the Beast, and Alice in Wonderland including, how Alice in Wonderland really is responsible for launching Disney in the first place. Join us for a family friendly discussion of Disney movie classics!

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Moon Knight Update! Breaking News: Moon Knight is Getting a Show on Disney+ Streaming Service

(08-25-2019) Our popular Moon Knight article has been updated to reflect the breaking news that Marvel Comic’s Moon Knight is getting his own series on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. And yes… I have updated the article to include that popular Moon Knight meme everyone is searching for featuring Dracula. Read More.

100 Greatest Superhero Movies of All Time List

(06-08-2019) (Zones: The 100 Lists) It’s time for another massive When It Was Cool ranking of pop culture and retro pop culture. We’ve poured over tons of “Best of” and “Greatest” lists of superhero movies, averaged all the rankings, and have come out with the consensus 100 best superhero movies of all time list! These range from the big boys like Marvel and DC to smaller films you may have forgotten. From the 1950s to 2019 this list is packed with the 100 greatest superhero films you’ll ever see! Read More.

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The 100 Greatest Comic Book Stories of All Time - The Most Popular Article at When It Was Cool

(Zones: Comics / The 100 Lists) When It Was Cool has crunched the numbers using dozens of Best of Comics, Greatest Comic Books, and Must Read Comic Book Stories lists.  We have polled the visitors to When It Was Cool and these are the 100 Greatest Comic Book Single Issues, Comic Book Runs, and Graphic Novels of all time! Where did your favorite comic book or comic book story rank on the top 100 comics of all time list? Check it out!  Read More.

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