Footloose isn’t just a story about a group of kids fighting to have a prom. It’s about:
a suicidal girl suffering from depression and no one is noticing all the red flags she’s waving,
a community grieving over the loss of their loved ones and grappling to prevent another tragedy,
youth fighting “The Man,”
religious intrusion: how much we should trust our pastor’s interpretation of scripture versus our own,
how in 1980s small-town America, older white men held all the power.
In our “’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents” podcast, mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara and 17-year-old Riley Roberts look back at Footloose for why it’s fantastic, how it revolutionized movie marketing, how it took teen movies a different direction, and ultimately, how it’s the hallmark to understand exactly why the United States has become so polarized into “conservative” and “liberal” factions. (really!). Give it a listen and always, always…dance your a** off:
Check out the Footloosepage for all the behind-the-scenes info…like who really couldn’t dance, what happened when Kevin Bacon tried to get into character at the local high school, and how the film got the green light and how it almost lost it!
With the reboot of Overboard, mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara and 17-year-old Riley Roberts explore the original 1987 Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell rom-com treasure, evaluate if it holds up today, and wonder why no one called out all the white slavery and stuff. The duo also review the new Anna Faris-Eugenio Derbez gender reversal remake and evaluate if the 2018 tweaks work and if it’s worth watching.
The duo have been reviewing and covering films for more than a decade on national TV programs like TODAY, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, INSIDE EDITION. They analyze what’s great about ’80s movies ..and what’s super. duper. messed. up.
Read all about made Overboard a classic, all the behind the scenes info, why it’s so ’80s, and all the headslap moments: https://80smovieguide.com/overboard/
Veronica Cartwright says that while filming the huge Houston barbeque scene in The Right Stuff, a booming voice shouted over and over again with a reminder to not eat the steak served on all of the plates. Indeed, in the film, plates and plates of food are shown, and Dennis Quaid and Fred Ward are even seen eating baked beans, but never does anyone take a bite of meat. (The cast and extras didn’t go hungry. Cartwright says after the scene was over, they were each handed a bag of McDonald’s food.)
Cartwright played Betty Grissom, wife of Ward’s astronaut character Gus Grissom, in The Right Stuff. She and Mary Jo Deschanel, who played John Glenn’s wife Annie, discussed the making of the film with Ben Mankiewicz at the 2018 Turner Classic Film Festival.
The Right Stuff tells the story of the beginnings of the U.S. space program through the eyes of the astronauts that risked it all to go into space and their wives.
The two credited writer-director Philip Kaufmann for creating an environment where the actresses playing the wives could bond, and therefore, quickly create the familiarity that developed over time amongst the wives of America’s first astronauts. “They stuck us in honey wagons. I [shared] with Pamela Reed,” says Cartwright. “We had big dresses so one person would have to stand on the toilet to get dressed, it was so small!”
Deschanel adds, “Phil told me, ‘I think the women are much more fascinating characters.’ And, he set up an atmosphere that supported the women.”
Both actresses were unable to meet their real-life counterparts. Gus Grissom’s portrayal in The Right Stuff is based on the scandal that unfolded but the portrayal is ultimately unfair, leaving the audience to question if Gus Grissom did indeed “blow the hatch” of the Liberty Bell 7 capsule after splashdown (this accusation had been debunked long before the film was made). Therefore, Betty Grissom was not supportive of the film. As for the Annie Glenn, John Glenn was running for president of the United States during the production of The Right Stuff, and Deschanel says the Glenns “didn’t want to have anything to do with the film.”
The actresses were still able to research their roles as Kaufmann provided each of the actors “huge packets of film footage” of the real people they would be portraying. One thing Cartwright saw in the footage stuck in her mind as a key to understanding Betty Grissom: her unusual straw purse she carried to a ceremony where she believed she was going to meet First Lady Jackie Kennedy. “I had to find that bag!” says Cartwright, “It said so much about her!”
Another fond memory the actresses shared was of the actors playing the press. Unlike in the film, the actors playing the reporters enhanced – not hounded – the lives of “the wives.” “The ‘press corps’ were all part of a theater company [San Francisco’s improv comedy troupe Fratelli Bologna],” says Cartwright. “They would sing and always be entertaining for us! It was a fun atmosphere.”
The actresses took the note. Deschanel and Cartwright say by movie’s end, “the wives” had become a clique and spent time together outside of their shooting days. The women choreographed a song and dance number that they performed at the wrap party.
This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the release of The Right Stuff. This article was written the day it was announced that Tom Wolfe, the author of the novel in which the film is based on, passed away.
Time-traveling dudes are righteous again! Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have signed on to star in Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third film in the Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure franchise. The new film signifies a reunion of the franchise creators and writers, Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, who wrote the script for Face the Music. Directing duties go to Dean Parisot, best known for Galaxy Quest and whose most recent film work was RED 2.
Bill and Ted were last seen in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Adventure (1991) where they were destined to save the universe with rock n’ roll. However, in the upcoming film, the Wyld Stallyns have been on a creative dry spell and haven’t fulfilled their destiny…especially now that they’re middle-aged dads with family and financial responsibilities. A time traveler from the future visits Bill and Ted to warn them that only they can save life as we know it. So, the dudes go on another time travel quest, bringing their daughters along, and visiting more historical figures and music legends to try and eek out some rad tuneage.
No release date has been announced, but one can only hope it will be in February of 2019, which will mark the 30th anniversary of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.