Welcome to “The Overview,” a series of alternative film commentaries where the gang from from Overthinking It—the smartest, funniest pop culture site on the whole internet—watch and discuss their favorite movies in real time.
In this edition, our panel revisits Ghostubsters and finds 1984 New York a strange and haunted place even before the ectoplasm starts flowing. We consider the film’s “thematic mullet” (serious themes up front, crazy ghosts in the rear!), and whether the 1980s represented “peak slime” in filmmaking. As events unfold, we unpack the film’s pacing, bizarre by today’s standards, and how it raises and lowers the stakes in a roller-coaster pattern that would have befuddled Aristotle.
You’ll need your own copy of the Unrated version of the film, and the ability to play our MP3 commentary alongside while watching it.
While you’re at it, check out all of the installments of The Overview, the commentary series that listeners have called call “So good, I don’t even need the movie to enjoy them.” (Don’t get us wrong, we recommend you play the movie too. But it was awfully nice of them to say.)