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.
UPDATE: Winners have been picked at random! Congratulations to Michael King, Chad Bailey, Elvis Vazquez, Dan Gurwitz, and Bill Desenberg! Everyone else, get your tickets at FathomEvents.com or at your theater! Info for which theaters and times are HERE.
For ’80s kids, there is no other Superman than Christopher Reeve. Hard to believe, but December marks the 40th anniversary of Richard Donner’s legendary 1978 Superman: the Movie and the 80th anniversary of the beloved DC character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster (couldn’t we all use some of that ability to reverse time?).
To mark the occasion, Fathom Events will present Superman in its original theatrical version, just as audiences saw it upon its initial release in December 1978. Accompanying Superman will be Max Fleischer’s animated Superman short “Mechanical Monsters,” presented in movie theaters for the first time since its original release in 1941. The 10-minute, Technicolor cartoon is one of 17 animated shorts produced in the 1940s that were based on DC’s legendary hero. The films will fly into 700 theaters nationwide on three days: Sunday, Nov. 25, Tuesday, Nov. 27, and Monday, Dec. 3. Tickets are now on sale at FathomEvents.com but we have five pairs of tickets to give away!
To enter, just Like or Follow @80sMovieGuide on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. (And, let us know you want the tickets so we don’t think it’s a random follow!) We will pick winners on Saturday, Nov. 17 (so however you reached out to us, look for a message there – we’ll need to know which screening date, time and location you want to attend). We have 10 tickets in our movie ticket giveaway so your chances to win are GREAT!
A box-office sensation, “Superman” broke industry records and went on to gross more than $300 million worldwide, leading to three direct sequels – and helping introduce the world to the enormous possibility of comic-book film adaptations.
Christopher Reeve stars as Superman and Clark Kent, with Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Gene Hackman as villainous Lex Luthor, Marlon Brando and Susannah York as Superman’s parents Jor-El and Lara; Ned Beatty and Valerie Perrine as Luthor’s sidekicks Otis and Miss Tessmacher; Jackie Cooper as Perry White; Glenn Ford and Phyllis Thaxter as George and Martha Kent; and Jeff East as teenaged Clark Kent. “Superman” was written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman and Robert Benton from a story by Mario Puzo.
Congratulations to our winners! Robert Y. of Torrance, Calif.; Roger F. of Orlando, Fla.; Jim S. of Shadow Hills, Calif.; Andy G. of Plano, Texas; and Eff D. from Cincinnati, Ohio! Now, check out our next giveaway!
Is Die Hard the most action-packed Christmas movie ever made? Or the best summertime blockbuster set during Christmas? We’ve had 30 years to decide, but really, no debate should be final until you see the first cinematic adventure of John McClane (Bruce Willis) swing into Nakatomi Plaza on the big screen. And, ’80s Movie Guide is here to help!
On Sunday, Nov. 11, and Tuesday, Nov. 14, Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies present Die Hard as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics Series on more than 700 screens nationwide. TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will provide brand new commentary before and after the film to add perspective and insight. Then, you can move on to a new debate: is Hans Gruber the most real life frightening movie villain of all time?
We are giving away 5 pairs of tickets to the screening and location of your choice!! To enter to win, just interact with our social media @80sMovieGuide. You get an entry for every interaction, for example: Follow us (1 entry) and comment (1 entry) on Instagram, Like this Post on Facebook (1 entry), Like Our @80sMoviesGuide page on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter (1 entry), Retweet on Twitter (1 entry)…you get the idea! We will choose our FIVE WINNERS on Nov. 5 – enter now!
On both the 11th and 14th, Die Hard will play at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available now at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.
We will update the site with the names of the winners. After you enter, watch for us to reach out to you on the morning of the 6th. If we can’t reach the winner, we will choose another winner. Good luck and Yippee-ki-yay!