Movie Moments Podcast Ep. 002: The Burbs (1989)

Movie Moments Podcast is a heart-felt and funny podcast where every episode one movie is picked to watch, and one separately meaningful moment is chosen to discuss.

In Episode 002, William welcomes special guest Joshua Ligairi (aka “Wolfman Josh”, aka “Spacewolf”) of Horror Movie PodcastMovie Stream Cast, and Universal Monsters Cast to discuss movie moments from The Burbs (1989). Join us!


Here is a photo of Josh Ligairi and me around or right after our senior year of high school. This is our high school punk band with Matt (from The Sci-Fi Podcast), and our very good friend Jeremy Wright.

— Getting to know special guest Joshua Ligairi.

[ 0:08:40 ] William’s Movie Moment:  The Burbs (1989)

[ 0:12:30 ] Josh’s Movie Moment: The Burbs (1989)


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6 thoughts on “Movie Moments Podcast Ep. 002: The Burbs (1989)”

  1. I’m having so much fun with this podcast. It is a lovely concept and both episodes have been wonderful so far. This one cheered me up to no end. I could seriously listen to a whole audiobook of Josh and William Yolo Jr. reciting anecdotes about creeping around in bushes outside house parties. And I love that Josh noted that aspect of the appeal of The Burbs. I’ve always loved that specific scene and the way it so perfectly captures the dejected frustration of calling for a friend only to be told they can’t come out. And who doesn’t long for the days of scurrying through backyards and bushes and making general mischief in the neighbourhood anyway? Such a great movie and, like you guys pointed out; so full of perfect dialogue and performances that you get something new out of it on every re-watch.

    Also, all the talk of window spying delinquency reminded me of this classic Bob Mortimer moment from the show Would I Lie To You* :

    *a panel show where contestants have to read out an anecdote from a card that might be something entirely made up and that they have to improvise around or a genuine tale from their past with the opposing team questioning them in an attempt to ascertain whether the anecdote is a truth or a lie.

    1. I watched that Youtube clip… my favorite part is when they would get closer and closer to the window, they would say “We do beg your pardon, but we are in your garden.” Is that a popular show?

  2. I referred to Tom Hanks as Tom Cruise in this episode. Also, I believe the details behind the story that I butchered is that Big came out during the film of The ‘Burbs and it made Hanks a big star. How he wasn’t already considered a star after Splash and The Money Pit and Nothing in Common and The Man with One Red Shoe etc … I’m not sure.

    1. I caught that. For a moment I thought “wait, Tom Cruise is in The Burbs too?” Then I caught on. Really enjoy this podcast. When you said you would tell your friend “What would Parker Lewis do?” it cracked me up. I hear so few people talk about that show. Always loved it. Keep up the good work everyone. Also, haven’t seen The Burbs but I want to now.

      1. Thanks for the kind words about the show Hammer.

        Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was a pivotal movie for me and one of my all-time favorites.
        Many many times growing up with Josh as my best friend I found myself saying and using the quote from Cameron in this movie.
        “He’ll keep calling me, he’ll keep calling me until I come over. He’ll make me feel guilty. This is uh… This is ridiculous, ok I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go… I’LL GO!”

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