Film Flashback: The Goonies (1985)


I love the 80s. No, I am not talking about the VH1 show—but mostly about 80s pop culture (which is, funny enough, what that show is about). The movies are so over the top, the music is catchy, and the hair is big. Some of the films I watched as a kid created this bizarre love of movies within me. I realize now that it was total escapism. Willow was not real–though I probably spent more time trying to find out more about Nockmaar than was considered healthy. The Ghostbusters were just a bunch of comedians, and didn’t really have knowledge about the supernatural. At this point, I question whether Corey did, in fact, have a License to Drive. But the films were fun, youthful, and (maybe I am projecting my inner child here) innocent.

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Film of the Month Club: Get Ready for Goonies!


Pull out those leg warmers you had stashed for a rainy day. Tease your bangs to astronomical heights. Listen to some Cyndi Lauper (hey, it’s empowering). Buy a case of Baby Ruth bars. Dust off your treasure hunting shoes. I plan to take a trip down memory lane and watch The Goonies. Do you feel up for the adventure?

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Day 49: Fright Night (1985)


Well, Halloween is around the corner, and in honor of the holiday, I thought I would provide a refresher course on vampires. And while I don’t have a PhD in vampirism, I do consider myself an expert as I just watched Fright Night. In addition, I have read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series, have seen both Twilight and New Moon with the Rifftrax (and I quote from the brilliant commentary: “Eh, she’s lost already. Damn you disproportionately large high school for a town of three thousand!”), and have been bitten by a mosquito. So am I qualified? Yeah, I’d say I am pretty qualified.

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Day 44: Warlock (1989)


It’s the same old story. Girl meets warlock. Warlock curses girl with an aging spell. Girl meets witch hunter from the 1690s. Girl and witch hunter quest across America to retrieve all the pieces of a weird demonic book that could bring about the end of the world before the warlock finds them. Yadda yadda yadda. I am sure you have heard it a million times before.

 

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Day 14: Soapdish (1991)


I love television, and watch a lot of it. Sitcoms, medical dramas, crime shows, reality TV—I watch it all. Well, everything except soap operas. I don’t know why, but I have never really gotten in to them (surprising, since reality TV is essentially a real life soap opera…). I don’t know if I have tried to watch them and just lost interest, or if they didn’t appeal to me in the first place.

 

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Day 8: The Running Man (1987)


 

Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Running Man!

 

Training for an upcoming 5k put me in the mood to watch an inspiring race movie. As I had already seen Run Fatboy, Run, I scanned my queue to find a film to fit the need. The Running Man caught my attention and was promptly moved to position 1. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was a futuristic gladiator-style battle to the death film.

 

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