Archive for the ‘1984’ Category

A nostalgic trip down memory lane: Romancing The Stone. Just felt like watching it again. And it was fun. As much fun as it was when I watched it repeatedly as a kid. This is the kind of movie that made me want to travel and be adventurous! Ha! Still haven’t made it to Columbia though.

For those who haven’t seen it yet: it’s Robert Zemeckis’ first blockbuster starring a then up and coming Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. It also has Danny DeVito in a small role. It’s very entertaining. It’s cheesy. A lot of the scenes don’t make sense. But others are still funny and quite clever.  The action and adventure aren’t that outdated at all. Just maybe the approach of how Hollywood showed ‘third world Columbia’ back then.

The eighties were the best.

And the trailer is pretty good, with Danny DeVito introducing the story as a phone call.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088011

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Sometimes nostalgia takes over.

It’s nice to watch a sitcom 30 years after you watched it for the very first time.  Not that much is outdated. A few technical things and of course the fashion have changed a lot. But the situations and issues that the family encounters are still quite contemporary. And the jokes still work.

The very first episodes are a bit of a drag and so are some of the last episodes in this season. Clearly, 24 episodes is just too much. Some episodes look like they were improvised on the spot. And fail at being funny or interesting. Others are well scripted and well acted.

It’s interesting to notice how the character you identified with the most as a kid (Theo) is still the absolute best character of the show 30 years later!  Of all the child actors,  Malcolm-Jamal Warner is by far the absolute best. On the other hand, a character/actress that never thrilled back then, suddenly becomes an absolute delight to watch. Phylicia Rashad is excellent as Clair Huxtable. And regardless of whatever Bill Cosby did at the time of the shooting, he is a joy to watch as well. It’s unfair to pull this off the air.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086687

Another childhood classic!

30 years ago Billy Peltzer received a special christmas gift from his father: a mogwai called Gizmo. It’s a furry little animal found in a Chinese pawn shop in New York. It should be kept in the dark, can’t get in touch with water and can’t be fed after midnight. Of course things go awry and in no time, the little town of Kingston Falls is ravaged by Gizmo’s offspring: the monstrous Gremlins.

More of a comedy than a horror movie, this fantasy cult classic remains a lot of fun. The story doesn’t make sense at all, already from its very first scene, so the makers decided to go over the top and create absurd situations that will make any young movie fan die from laughing.

It’s less hilarious when you’re 30 years older, but some scenes are classic. Like the one where Billy’s mother isn’t scared at all to attack the Gremlins who are destroying her kitchen. Because, hey, it’s her kitchen! “Get Out Of My Kitchen!”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087363