Thrashin’

I know Josh Brolin is a well respected, Academy Award nominated actor these days, but to me he’ll always be a Goonie. He was never one of the big names when it came to teen stars of the 80’s, but he’s succeeded where many of his peers failed when it comes to keeping his career…

Crossroads

Like many other movie viewers, I was first introduced to Ralph Macchio when he starred in The Karate Kid in 1984. I had a friend who completely obsessed over this so-called “kid” (he was actually like 25 when that film came out). After his success defeating the Cobra Kai, his next big lead role came…

Solarbabies

Mel Brooks is most famous for his series of movie genre parodies. Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs, and many more. Throughout the 80’s, though, he also produced several films under the banner of Brooksfilms. This included a diverse batch of movies including The Elephant Man, The Fly, and My Favorite Year. And then there was…

Reform School Girls

There are a lot of dark corners to the human brain. Somewhere back there is the part that has a fascination with women behind bars. The “Women in Prison” genre has long been a favorite of B-movie producers. Producer/director Roger Corman certainly put out his share of these films. So it seems only fitting that…

Fraternity Vacation

Director James Frawley may not be the most recognizable name when it comes to directors, but he has had a hand in several projects that are important to me. He got his start directing many episodes of the classic 60’s series The Monkees. That alone makes him ok in my book, but then in 1979…

A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

There was a time in the late 80’s and early 90’s when River Phoenix was one of the hottest teen stars out there. This is at a time when teen-oriented movies were huge. And then, abruptly, it all came to an end with his death at age 23, the result of a drug overdose. In…

Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects

J. Lee Thompson is a filmmaker with a unique filmography spread out over his nearly 40 year career. In the 60’s he directed films like The Guns of Navarone and the original Cape Fear. In the early 70’s he helmed the last two Planet of the Apes films. Then in the latter part of the…