Oxford Blues

One of the legacies of 1984 was that it was the beginning stages of the rise of a group of young actors who would come to be known as the “Brat Pack.” At the forefront of this group was Rob Lowe. In 83 he had some success with films like The Outsiders and Class, but…

No Small Affair

1984 is the year that saw the beginning of the John Hughes era of teen oriented films, and with it the birth of the so-called “Brat Pack.” Hughes made big stars out of the likes of Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy, and others. A somewhat fringe member…

The Beach Girls

I’m a big fan of AIP’s beach party movies! You know, Frankie & Annette and the gang! This isn’t high art we’re talking about here, but dang those movies are fun! As we moved into the 70’s and 80’s, though, the beach party genre shifted a bit and merged with the teen sex comedy genre.…

Summer School

When I was in high school, there was perhaps no scarier thing out there than the possibility of having to attend summer school. It probably could’ve made a good premise for a horror movies. That’s not the route Hollywood chose to go, though. Instead, we got a high school comedy directed by a veteran of…

Zapped!

I’ve known a lot of people with unique names. I have a cousin named Coke, I went to school with a guy named Helmuth, and I know a kid named Talon…but never in my life have I known a Chachi. I dare say, there may be only one Chachi in the world. The one loved…