tagged w/ 1980s
Our friends, our saviours, our knights in shining bulletproof vests (or just vests in the case of John McClane), these are the best action heroes – 1980s style!
http://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/15409Our friends, our saviours, our knights in shining bulletproof vests (or just vests in... more
It wouldn't have been the 80's without them.
The 1980 Olympic boycott.
Top 10 1980s Comedy Characters - From Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters to Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop to The Blues Brothers and the band mates of This Is Spinal Tap, the 1980s produced some of the great comedy characters.Top 10 1980s Comedy Characters - From Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters to Axel Foley in... more
The 1980s produced some great Christmas films. Many are as enjoyable today as they ever were. Here's ten of the best...The 1980s produced some great Christmas films. Many are as enjoyable today as they... more
This is almost unfair. When I’m happy I listen to all kinds of music. When I’m not happy, there are thousands of songs that can pick me up. Seriously – the relationship between music and happy is impossible to articulate where I’m concerned. I’ll drive myself crazy if I try to come up with the definitive answer.
So in the interest of, well, being happy, let’s go with this inspired bit of silliness, which may be the most unapologetically happy song ever written.This is almost unfair. When I’m happy I listen to all kinds of music. When... more
Crazy to think that in 30 years from now, when Lady Gaga is working as a missionary in Africa, and Justin Bieber's daughter is in the headlines for going into rehab again, you'll be racking your brain for ideas on what to wear to that 2010's party and thinking "what happened!"... That's what I was thinking looking through these... ah, memory lane! Time for an 80's party!Crazy to think that in 30 years from now, when Lady Gaga is working as a missionary in... more
It's been 30 years... just long enough, that even if you lived through it once, you should be ready for a revisit. Here are a few music ideas for your party!It's been 30 years... just long enough, that even if you lived through it once,... more
Ah, the 80's... with hair that big, it must have been a good time to party! Get into the groove and dress up for your next costume party in the style of the decade that brought us the banana clip, jelly bracelets, and leg warmers with these fashion tips!
http://insidethecostumebox.blogspot.com/2011/03/80s-party-fashion-tips-for-women.htmlAh, the 80's... with hair that big, it must have been a good time to party! Get... more
Amazing how the 1980s continue to touch us all in some very private places these days. Especially with today’s music and fashion, the go-go decade refuses to go quietly into the night. So, why not give of today’s best comic hipsters a chance to skewer the '80s in their own particular style? Join Anna Faris and Dan Fogler, two of the stars of Take Me Home Tonight, as they reveal why they loved reliving The Most Awesome Decade Ever in this Personalities Roundtable.
http://www.examiner.com/personalities-in-los-angeles/take-me-home-tonight-s-anna-faris-dan-fogler-do-it-80s-style-photos-videoAmazing how the 1980s continue to touch us all in some very private places these days.... more
The 1980s provided us with some of the finest science-fiction films for children. Here's ten of the very best.The 1980s provided us with some of the finest science-fiction films for children.... more
I have to imagine that many, many readers of our site occupy an insane amount of time discussing with friends the casting of some iconic book or comic property for when it finally gets adapted for the big screen. My circle of friends and I would waste hours on my friends Steve and Jeff’s porch, drinking cheap beer and smoking… cigarettes, while trying to come up with our dream cast for various projects. By far the one we spent the most time on was The Lord of the Rings. We had this thing figured out… and the results of those nights are incorporated a good deal in this week’s Hypothetical Studio.
Filmmaking in the 1980s was much like the rest of the 80s – a study in gluttonous excess. We maxed out our credit cards; we bought boats, cars, and giant houses we didn’t need; we snorted seven pounds of cocaine a month (ok, not me, but coke was popular in the 80s, right?) and took the biggest and best of everything because the bigger and more obnoxious something was, the better it would be, yeah?
So it is with that in mind that we cast our The Lord of the Rings in the spirit of the 1980s.
With this cast and this story, you have to start off with Aragorn. Why start there? More on that later, but the main reason is the who to perfectly play Aragorn. The reason Frodo does not get top billing is because a real little person will have to be used. There is nothing wrong with that (it would in fact be closer to my idea of what a Halfling looks like), but there is only one semi familiar 80s little person of the right age and he does not have near the drawing power of our top billed cast.
One thing that many LOTR purists were upset about was the exclusion of Tom Bombidil in the aughts The Lord of the Rings. That is addressed in the 1980s version. As is the lack of any skin color but white. Quite possibly at the same time.
We also have pop idols, a creature effects master, knights, and several film icons. Strap in.
>>Finish this story at the linkI have to imagine that many, many readers of our site occupy an insane amount of time... more
Refurbished technology has come to be important for many reasons–amongst which are ecological and economic concerns–but many have considered the possibilities of utilizing this process for the sake of art. Artists and innovators have taken the old 1980′s technology and gadgets and turned them into something eye-catching and perhaps inspiring. Here are some brief examples of modern spins on outdated technology:
http://www.thebluedot.net/blog/2010/07/07/80s-technology-gets-a-new-look/Refurbished technology has come to be important for many reasons–amongst which... more
It's a big weekend for 80s remakes, with two big ones premiering in head-to-head competition at the box office. Are you planning to see either of them this weekend? Are you glad to see these reinterpretations of not-so-old classics or do you think it's too soon?
http://current.com/shows/the-rotten-tomatoes-show/92484101_the-a-team-reviewed-by-the-rotten-tomatoes-show.htmIt's a big weekend for 80s remakes, with two big ones premiering in head-to-head... more
Yesterday I watched The Last American Virgin, at the suggestion of Eli Roth. Okay, he didn't personally suggest it, but he did say it was one his five favorite films on the Rotten Tomatoes Show. I liked the film. It starts as a madcap comedy, and then like an Apatow production, it turns into melodrama. Film scholars could write for hours about the liberal attitude towards drunk driving, the boner contest, or the bleakness of the ending, but I'm no film scholar.
The most striking thing to me about this film was in the depiction of nerds. I didn't pick up who was supposed to be the butt of jokes, because I didn't know that the nerds were nerds.
It took me a while to realize that Victor & Rose were the token nerds. I had been applying 2009 standards to this 1982 film. Because in 2009 Victor & Rose look a lot more fashionable than resident cool dude, Rick.
The eighties nerd dresses a lot like the contemporary hipster.
In 2009 these guys hang out with Mark the Cobrasnake, but in 1982 these guys look like they'd be hanging out with Victor:
The only stylistic difference between the characterization of a nerd and a present-day hipster, is that the filmic interpretation tends to have braces. Though this gentleman could easily pass between both worlds (especially with that time-traveling app on that cellphone)
Think Rose's style is a little bit to ostentatious for contemporary hipsterdom? Think again. Not only has her nerdly fashion-sense hit the ironic dancefloors in Williamsburg and Hackney, it's become high fashion.
To further evidence this phenomenon, Thrift store fashion has contemporary hipsters literally wearing the clothes of people who lived in the nineteen-eighties, many of whom were actual nerds.
1980s jocks don't know what's coming for them.
(This is a picture of me looking like a 1980s nerd.)Yesterday I watched The Last American Virgin, at the suggestion of Eli Roth. Okay, he... more
This clip features Bill Conley, Dan Weisman, Ray Bong, Art Davis, Fruit Roll-Up "Mystery" Guy, Ben Lyons, Candy Parton (additional camerawork), Kelly Willis (music).
"Suitable for the entire family and employing the latest video techniques, "Mardi Gras 1988" is a timeless tribute to art and life, the American spirit of fun and the ageless beauty and pageantry that is New Orleans during Mardi Gras" -- World Video promotional flyer.This clip features Bill Conley, Dan Weisman, Ray Bong, Art Davis, Fruit Roll-Up... more
Take a few thousand mics of LSD, throw in some bad poetry, pulsating music and surreal fixins' and whaddyaget? The Barbecue Party, that was Episode 1 of "Jack's Pad" on New Orleans TV. Starring Billy Loner, Felix Culpa, and D.S. West, the fallout from the show caused World Video to relocate across town, and, reputedly, the people at the Old Folks Retirement Home on Audubon Street to fall out of their chairs due to extreme laughter. The swastika sequence also aroused the ire of Ray Nagin, then a Cox Cable flunky before his infamous turn as New Orleans mayor and contributed to the cancellation of "Jack's Pad" after only six of 12 episodes aired. Enjoy!!!Take a few thousand mics of LSD, throw in some bad poetry, pulsating music and surreal... more
Jorge Carreon blogs on the progress of Jonah Hill's film reboot of classic 80s series "21 Jump Street." Now that the project is in discussion to lock down directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"), will it collar a camero of Johnny Depp, too?
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-1486-LA-Personalities-Examiner~y2009m12d28-21-Jump-Street-remake-the-new-ATeamJorge Carreon blogs on the progress of Jonah Hill's film reboot of classic 80s... more