Stephen King had been on a decade long tear of financially successful horror films and 1989’s Pet Sematary would be one of his biggest moneymakers. But was it good? Hmmm. Yeah. So, on its 30th Anniversary, there’s a new Pet Sematary! Is it any good? We get into that…but what is already evident is that it’s a money maker. One week into its release, the Pet Sematary remake with Jason Clarke and John Lithgow is already in King’s Top 10.
But, 1989’s Pet Sematary reflects something the new one doesn’t: Gen X parenting. The oldest Gen Xers were just starting to have children by the end of the ’80s – and, basically, everything that goes down in the Creed family only happens because of the new hands-on parenting that Gen Xers had adopted. Check out our take on our ’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcast…you’ll see the film in an entirely different light . And remember: little Ellie is a future Millennial.
The Turner Classic Film Festival is what we call “our favorite time of the year.” It’s got a flavor more special than any other film festival: every movie is a winner. This year, I’m proud to announce I’ll be back at the festival as a special guest and I hope you’ll join me! I’m introducing a nitrate print of the Cary Grant-Shirley Temple-Myrna Loy comedy The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) on opening night.
My film follows the opening night film When Harry Met Sally(1989) which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary! Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner will be there to discuss that film and that’s part of what makes the festival so special. This year, TCM embraces ’80s movies as classics more than ever. Included in the amazing lineup:
Do the Right Thing (1989) will be commemorating its 30th Anniversary as well with a discussion that includes Joie Lee, who is in the film and is the sister of Spike Lee.
Steel Magnolias (1989) in its 30th Anniversary retrospective with the writer of the hit play Robert Harling.
Working Girl (1988) with a discussion with that film’s casting director.
Other special guests include Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin, Rita Wilson, Alex Trebek, Angie Dickinson, Lauren Shuler Donner [who produced Mr. Mom (1983), Ladyhawke (1984), St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) and Pretty in Pink (1986)] and SO MANY MORE! And, what’s cool is that often times they watch the film with you, attend the parties and mingle, and tend to be approachable. Why? Because they love classic film as well. The festival attendees are warm and it’s basically like a club. This is my fifth year (5 timers club! Is there a jacket??) and I hope you can join me (I’m giving out Rubik’s Cubes, find me while they last!!). If not, plan on attending next year. It’s a group you want to be part of. It’s an event you’ll never forget. Get your tickets on the TCM Film Festival site: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/attend/ )
The Breakfast Club is the face of the ’80s Movies – the classic gave teens a voice, showed their box office power, and cemented John Hughes as the decade’s most influential director. This weekend marks the 35th Anniversary of Claire, Allison, John Bender, Andrew, and Brian’s Saturday detention (“March 24, 1984, Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois….”)
The movie made an impact in the entertainment industry, in Hollywood history, and most certainly, on ’80s teens who absorbed a whole lot of negative messaging. From blaming their parents for all their problems to John Bender’s abusive and sexually harassing behavior of Claire that ends in his getting the girl, ’80s Movie Guide’s Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) break down how The Breakfast Club may be the ’80s most influential film in all the wrong ways on our ’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcast. Take a listen and give us your take in the comments below.
UPDATE: Winners have been selected. Congrats to Debbie D., Travis C., Crystal C., John C., and Elizabeth B.! Watch for our next give away!
been 35 years since Daniel-san crane-kicked his way into the hearts of Mr. Miyagi and moviegoers everywhere. So, as The Karate Kid enters its midlife crisis, it Waxes On with a new 4K Ultra HD Restoration and a return to movie theaters everywhere! On March 31 and April 2, the ’80s bully revenge classic will be back up on the big screen (you could never keep it down, even if you sweep the leg). Better yet, the theater experience offers a sneak preview for Season 2 of “Cobra Kai” (which, in our experience of covering entertainment for 15+ years, is the best reboot to a film EVER…and that is not hyperbole).
You can buy tickets at Fathom Events or any movie ticketer…or you could WIN A PAIR from us! We will have FIVE WINNERS! So, you have a great chance of winning. To enter, follow us on Twitter or Instagram or Like Us on Facebook along with a Karate Kid message so we know you want the tickets. Already a follower? Share this page on your own social media account (even as a repost of our message). Every effort gets an entry. Things you need to know? 1. Tickets are only available at AMC or Regal theaters, so be sure you have one near you that’s showing the film. 2. We pick the winner on March 22 and will need to secure the winner’s information to pass on to Fathom no later than Monday, March 25.
Mystic Pizza is an anomaly among ’80s teen movies: it was written by a woman, about three women who had healthy attitudes toward sex – sort of. By 1988, the pendulum had swung from the orgy-filled ’70s to the good-girls-don’t sexual conservatism. That confusing perspective is on full display in Mystic Pizza, where best friends and sisters JoJo (Lili Taylor), Daisy (Julia Roberts), and Kat (Annabeth Gish) engage in sex without hangups but, at the same time, give and take all kinds of slut shame.
We explore that angle in our ’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcast, along with the sociological change that was taking place among young people and the changing attitude of what they are supposed to do with their life after high school. Please give it a listen and, let us know what you think in the comments below. You can currently stream Mystic Pizza on Hulu, Epix and Amazon Prime. And, read up on all the behind-the-scenes info of Mystic Pizza including what made it so rad and so wrong on our Mystic Pizza page: https://80smovieguide.com/mystic-pizza/
If there’s one thing you should know about us, it’s that we love movies, we love food, and we LOVE the Academy Awards! Our Oscar night menu has become our calling card. There’s a couple ways to go when you’re picking out items for your menu: Is it something the characters ate? Is it something you can tie to the film? For instance, Rabbit Dumplings for The Favourite. If you’re trying to figure out clever culinary delights, might we suggest what we’ll be serving (click on the name of the movie to be taken to the recipe). Happy Hosting!
When it comes to choosing a Valentine’s Day activity – whether it’s a date with your loved one or best friend — it’s one time when you need a ringer. To make sure you have the time of your life, Fathom Events is returning Dirty Dancing to the big screen on Sunday, Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The crowd-pleasing, music-filled Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze classic offers moviegoers not just a sizzling, swooning romance, but a double dose of nostalgia: it’s got the ’80s vibe (released in 1987) while set in the summer of 1963.
To get tickets, go to FathomEvents.com OR we’re giving away FIVE PAIRS right here! To enter to win a pair of tickets, give us a “lift” by liking/following/talking to us on social media (@80sMovieGuide) and mention #DirtyDancing. We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – take your pick! Winners will be selected and notified Feb. 1. So, get out of the corner and enter now – good luck! UPDATE: We have winners! Katina E., Angela H., Kathy J., @myteatimethoughts, and @joedaboys! Congrats!!
The Lost Boys is being made into a TV show by the CW. Variety’s description sounds pretty much like the 1987 Joel Schumacher film starring Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, and the Two Coreys (Feldman, Haim): “It takes place in the seaside town of Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat, and a secret underworld of vampires. After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.”
The project was up for consideration in 2016 with a take from “Veronica Mars'” Rob Thomas. The new pitch came from Shondaland producer/writer Heather Mitchell (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) but Thomas will still be involved, although from a distance as he’s working on the Veronica Mars reboot.
“The Lost Boys” is one of four projects the CW selected to make a pilot episode, all of which come from established properties. The other series are a Jane the Virgin spinoff, a “Riverdale” spinoff, and a Nancy Drew series. After the pilot is complete, the network decides if the series will or will not go forward.
Teen properties from the 1980’s continue to be a fertile ground for TV reboots. “The Lost Boys” joins “Less Than Zero” for Hulu and “Mr. Mom” on Vudu. “Heathers” was made as a series for the Paramount Network but was scrapped after completion because of sensitivities to school shootings. Of course, “Teen Wolf” was a huge hit for MTV. As the world of “content” — network , streaming and digital — gets more and more crowded, networks and platforms are finding it harder to cut through to get noticed, and thus, people to watch. If they find an old, beloved property, they don’t have to then educate a potential viewer what a show is about and then convince them to watch. In other words, most of adult America knows “The Lost Boys” as an edgy teen vampire movie with cool music, so it’s less about convincing them they’ll like the subject matter, it’s more about letting the audience know when to tune in.
Photo Above: Podcaster Riley Roberts gives her take on Splash. Photographer: Victoria Igloi.
Splash is a family film that began our modern-day fascination with mermaids, a film that made Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah bonafide movie stars, and began Hanks journey as American treasure. But, does the film live up to its legacy? In many ways, yes! It’s still a heartwarmer of a tale. But family friendly? Hmmm…maybe not.
On ’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcast, mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Y) re-examine the film with a modern-day perspective and discuss how it turned the Disney princess trope on its fins, and yet, perpetuated the attitudes that successful men are pigs to women and that’s okay.
Please give a listen to Splash: A Lovable Disney Movie that Just Happens to Have Child Nudity, Bestiality, and a Sex Crime.* And, check out our other podcast episodes available on iTunes,Stitcher, and BlogTalkRadio. Also, please read our comprehensive behind the scenes guide to Splash here: https://80smovieguide.com/splash/
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When you think of Thanksgiving movies, your brain might rush by Addams Family Values, Free Birds or Jack and Jill. Frankly, Thanksgiving movies of substance are few and far between. But hopefully, you’ll think of the greatest, most relatable Thanksgiving movie ever: Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
But let’s focus in on one word: relatable. In 1987, Neal Page’s (Steve Martin) teeth-gnashing journey was an anomaly. We’d all had a frustrating experience or two, but Neal’s three-day journey to get home was an exaggeration for most everyone (except John Hughes, whose five-day ordeal to get home one Thanksgiving inspired the script). In 2018, though, more cars are on the roads, more planes in the air, and more B.S. at the car rental counter. Is Planes, Trains and Automobiles now the American Thanksgiving experience? On our ‘80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Experience podcast, mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara and Riley Roberts look at that concept, why a perceived “family film” got an R rating, and if this classic holds up for today’s youth.
If nothing else, let our podcast entertain you on your long, long ride to Grandma’s house.