It's all about the decade which birthed a man-duck created by Mr. Star Wars, a big swing and a miss unless truest of camp was the intention, some kids who like to hang out at the dump and many more retro picks as we travel back in time to . . . (Insert your own echo voice) the 80ssssssss. It will get weird. We promise.
Going deeeeep back into the 80s for this Family Time mix. When parties become a thing again, I think a killer way to break the ice is to open with references to these to campy classics most of the family can sit through: Masters of the Universe and Return of the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Here's how to win over the partygoers and your family: Hey everyone, want to watch a movie with Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella AND Courtney Cox? After overwhelming consensus, you can recommend Masters of the Universe. Option 2, hey everyone, listen up!! I found this really interesting and odd food movie where they attack people and oh, there's a guy name George Clooney in it!!! Night won!!!
Yes. It has been a really, really long time since I've been to a party and probably forgot how they work. In the meantime, try them out on your family as you head into the 80s treasure chest for your next movie crew night.
Alright, gather round movie crews for the tale of two of the oddest 80s picks about kids in garbage cans and a duck who has a relationship with the mom from Back to the Future. 😂😂😂 Seriously, these were thing that happened in the 80s, kids.
Garbage Pail Kids and Howard the Duck round out our mix of nostalgia and weirdness for the week. Probably don't want to check the old Tomato-meter on these two cult classics but for wild ride of what was going on in the late 80s, take these two for a spin. In honor of our bonkers flicks this week, we'll spin the wheel for a hodgepodge of snacks, grub and goodness as we head into the weekend. Movie Crews assemble!!!
Time for It to Get Weird
We’re back doing the thing after a week off. Trying out some new things and getting back to the roots of the traditions, odd nights and memories we create along the way.
No better way than taking a trip down the scarred path of awkwardness and watching the movies with juuussst a little too much raunch or not over-the-top action. It’s gonna get weird this week.
The ultimate question of movie watching comes from treating it like swimming: Are you going to take it easy or just jump off the deep end? In a world before cell phones, disappearing messages and probably more than a fair share of NC-17 worth of images, there’s still corners of the cinematic world where the first litany of cuss words, bare skin or buckets of gore resonate.
One night can change your life, right? At the edge of adulthood, whether the plot of the movie or not, some flicks and the first watch resonate for no other reason than this: How many times are they going to cuss? Yep. The symphony of f-bombs and beyond, litany of SOBs and shocking amount of jokes about the most sacred person around: MOM. Yes, the R-Rated comedy experience is one to savor and only comes around once-in-a-lifetime.
OFF THE DEEP END
Silent Night Deadly Night
A Lars Van Trier Flick because why the hell not?
THE CLASSIC PICKS
Friday the 13th
Nightmare On Elm Street
Coming to America
Ghosbusters Afterlife is everything we should be against, right? On paper it would seem to milk the brand in a nostalgic way, goes the way of out and out world enhancing to create a young cast to carry the torch for another ten, fifteen years. However, we are ABSOLUTELY here for it. Despite online reactions - sometimes those are just a vast void of negativity - the trailer looks fun, fresh and exciting. Also, having Jason Reitman helming this sequel/reboot makes perfect sense and is the one who would hold the proverbial keys to success. Reitman has had more hits than misses and grew up with Ghosbusters close to home. As the dates have shifted, our excitement hasn't waned and ultimately this one feels like it was made for many moments - theaters reopening, holiday movie time as families come together - all a result of what appears to be a nod back to the Ghostbusters before and those to come.
Although it would be easy to just write Edgar Wright and be done with it all, we have to be a little deeper and more nuanced than that when talking about Last Night In Soho. IMDB summarizes the movie best in the following way, "In acclaimed director Edgar Wright's psychological thriller, Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something car darker." The cast and set design look top-notch and it's a guarantee the soundtrack will be excellent. Now that we think about it, yeah, Edgar Wright.
One of our most anticipated movies this fall is a masterclass of trailer construction (check it out if you haven't), highlighting what is likely another awards-season home run from Neon (Parasite). Julia Ducournau took home the Palm d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival with this story following Agathe Rousselle's character on a journey from a childhood crash which we then get the reference to Titane as a titanium plate has been placed in her head. From there, let's say there's an affection and connection to cars developed, leading to what has been called a one-of-a kind body horror movie. Yep. Not a next-in-line flick and that's something to celebrate for cinema fans everywhere.
Looking at the calendar flipping into September soon + more behind-the-scenes footage and fight choreography, we see, starting to buzz about Shang Chi. Full disclosure: Superhero fatigue is real over here. I think it's safe to admit this on the Internet, right? 🤣🤣🤣 Our point is that without some freshness, new voices and approaches we just aren't too psyched. However, the next two Marvel installments seem to take new characters, diverse casts, good directors and bring them together. It will be interesting to see how thr brand moves into another phase and how long the machine will keep churning. In September, Shang Chi looks as if the groundwork is being set for something a bit new and fresh.
September's slate runs the gamut for everyone. Young adult fare with Dear Evan Hamsen, horror maestro James Wan bringing Malignant to us and yet another seeming swan song from Clint Eastwood and Cry Macho. There's something to find in each three of these movies to intrigue us but also feel as if they are the same movie. Huh? Hear us out: Is there anything new to offer to the respective genres is all we are asking from these three? For us, there's enough pedigree from Wan to take the trip, Eastwood is a genre unto himself and has roped us in before and adaptations are always intriguing to see how it lands. Like September itself, sometimes it's more of the anticipation we look forward than the actual thing itself.
The reality of summer fading into fall is on the books this week with the flicks to help transition out of the best time of the year. Loss of innocence, moving on, looking back and seeing the full view of the summer that was.
The Kings of Summer
Stand By Me
In the Heights
As roads lead to what's being called the pinnacle of comic book movies why in the world would I suggest looking back fifteen years when we're talking how great August 2021 might be? It's easy: James Gunn isn't the guy who brought you Guardians of the Galaxy but the Slither guy. Okay, he can be everything all at once but go back further than just GOTG and the writing on the wall was there from the beginning. Judging from the buzz on The Suicide Squad any thoughts back in 2006 of "Hmm, I wonder what that guy will do next," they were warranted. Look back and then promptly join many of usbin doing the same thing, raising our tickets in the air and howling along with the most sideways family around, The Suicide Squad. Our Recycle Bin night can be a lot of different things: A reboot or revisiting a Director's work leading up to a big, new release. This time around, a trip to the bin is the latter looking at some of the fun Shawn Levy has brought to moviegoers with the Night at the Museum movies, as well as the fun romp of rock 'em, sock 'em goodness of Real Steel.
Free Guy finally lands in theaters and I could not be more excited. I love me some auteurs and A24 films but looking at this month, taking the some of the last rides on the cinematic roller coasters feels just right and no better spot to start than a Shawn Levy double-feature.
If you haven't been looking, this year has been great for horror and looks to keep the momentum later this month. One of our signature nights is the tradition of the First R-Rated Movie. In August, three good options present themselves.
Working backwards from least-known to the scariest damn part of your childhood, first up is a spooky tale with Rebecca Hall, The Night House. Next up, the interesting concept of horror-home invasion, blind anti-hero (that's a really, really deep sub-genre) comes back around with Don't Breathe 2. Finally, your mind will tell you absolutely not to go check out the last pick and you know that your significant other is gonna say the damn name 5 times in the mirror on the ride home. Just when you got over seeing Candyman and all the sleepovers giving it a shot in the mirror, the tale comes back with what looks to be a fresh take on the legend.
Even as an adult the melancholy and sadness of another trip through summer can set in. The post-July 4 inundation of supplies, ads and emails can bring back a case of the Augusts - patent pending on that one. So, what else to do but go to the platform of choice or the vast array of DVD and Blu Rays and find some gems to ease into this tough time of transition.
The pick is in! Yes, you are about to embark on a journey listening to one man's rant on THE most underrated movie of the 80s. Totally 80s. Quotable. Loony. Sun and sand. Yes, Back to School does not get the overall love many other 80s goofiness does but a charismatic Mark Harmon finds his way through begrudgingly teaching summer school and yep, most definitely, hijinks ensue. As we look at getting back into the academic groove, no better way than some extra study time with this 80s gem.
The fun and the pain. The awkward and the scars. Yes, middle school is blazed into our memories for better or worse. Heading back to school can't occur without a trip back to those years of our lives which shaped us and haunted us.
Before Bo Burnham was inside or the biggest piece of . . . you know . . . in Promising Young Woman, he was delivering a middle school masterpiece, Eighth Grade. On the lighter side, middle school gets the adaptation treatment from James Patterson's Middle School series with a breezy, fun return to "The Worst Years of My Life."
Deep down in the vault of school flicks sits these two over-the-top masterpieces. Heading back to school isn't just about the text books but also the extracurricular activities, too. As summer heads to fall the rite of passage watching your school go from powerhouse to punching bag and back around to top of the conference can be a ride itself. If you can't handle the stress of the roller coaster be sure to get yourself ready with these two quintessential 90s football flicks. Loud. Dramatic. Big. Yep, these movies are everything the 90s was rolled up into 96-minute packages.
Time to draw a line in the sand. You're either a 4th of July movie person or Thanksgiving week movie person. Sorry, no coffee and rain gets me a little sideways early in the week, as well as the prospect of a long weekend. Let's take it down a notch and try it this way: This week we'll pit movies from big summer weekends (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day) up against favorites from Thanksgiving week, late December releases since time sometimes feels like it stops there and one of the underdog weekends we like, President's Day weekend.
There have been kings and queens of summer, institutions heading into winter and the occasional pop culture phenomenon that make the long days after a few days off all the more bearable. Get your opinions ready - crossing fingers asking for those online - dig deep into the memories, and look ahead a bit for the predictions for those coming up. Time to battle.