119: “Don’t Forget To Breathe” – Interview with Author Chris Clews
The Karate Kid features one of the most beloved movie mentors of all time in Mr. Miyagi, who teaches young Daniel valuable lessons about patience (taking time to breathe), efficiency (putting the whole body’s strength into a single punch), and achievement (if you can catch a fly with chopsticks, you can accomplish pretty much anything).
In this special interview episode, When We Were Young talks to author and keynote speaker Chris Clews about more life lessons that can be found in ‘80s pop culture, whether in films with iconic movie mentors like The Karate Kid and Dead Poets Society, or those with much more questionable role models like The Lost Boys and Road House.
In his new book Raised on the ‘80s, Chris Clews identifies 30+ life lessons from the music and movies that defined pop culture’s most excellent and totally awesome decade, including Trading Places, Cocktail, The Breakfast Club, Die Hard, and the music of Prince. We talked to Chris about his favorite bits of wisdom from our favorite ’80s films, as well as his experience growing up in the ‘80s, why Patrick Swayze is the ultimate ‘80s icon, and the best way to reboot an ‘80s blockbuster while staying true to the original.
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118: “Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy” – The Karate Kid
If you’re an ’80s kid, you can remember karate being the chosen after-school activity of pretty much everyone in your class (and likely yours too). You can thank THE KARATE KID for getting everybody in a gi.
In our latest episode, we revisit the original 1984 film in the hit franchise that would span decades, as well as multiple sequels and reboots, discussing how this movie set the formula for nearly every mentor-protege story that would follow. We’re also happily joined by Becky’s big sister Chelsea, who shares why she’s been a big fan of this movie since she was a kid. (It only has a little to do with crushing on a baby-faced Ralph Macchio.)
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