King Solomon’s Mines

Back in the days of VHS, I taped tons of movies off of television. My mom, on the other hand, did not. There was one big exception, though. I remember her taping the miniseries The Thorn Birds. That thing took up like three tapes in our collection! To a teenage movie freak, that felt like…

Johnny Be Good

When talking about The Breakfast Club, the subject of which of the five teens we most closely identified with often comes up. I was definitely closest to the Anthony Michael Hall character. He was pretty much the resident geek of the brat pack in the 80’s, which made it more than a bit surprising when…

Shag

1985 was one of low points in Saturday Night Live history. It was the year Lorne Michaels returned to the show after being away for several seasons. For some reason, instead of bringing in a bunch of young comedians, most of the cast was filled with established film actors, both young and old. This is…

Forgotten Filmcast Ep 92: Wild Thing

We visit the urban jungle on the next episode of the Forgotten Filmcast for a film that borrows heavily from the Tarzan legend. Todd is joined by Rik Morgan and Danny Bennett from the Hail Ming Power Hour to discuss a 1987 film written by John Sayles, Wild Thing. Download the Show: iTunes Podomatic Your…

Making Mr. Right

For a time back in the 80’s, the hot name when it came to female directors was Susan Seidelman. She’s the filmmaker who had the good fortune of casting an up-and-coming singer named Madonna in her film Desperately Seeking Susan. By the time the film opened, Madonna mania had struck and Seidelman now had “the…

Where the Boys Are

I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the beach party movies of the 60’s. They’re just silly, good-natured fun. The most memorable films of the genre are the ones starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello that were released by AIP, but one of the earliest beach romps of the 60’s came a few…

Hardbodies 2

Apparently after watching 1984’s Hardbodies, audiences everywhere were thinking that it left just too many unanswered questions. A sequel was demanded! Not quite. It’s more like video stores thrived on sleazy boob movies, so there was never a shortage of producers churning out this kind of stuff. So, ladies and gentlemen, in 1986 we were…