Monthly Archives: September 2016

“I love you, dream woman.”

Oh, freshman year.

Acne.

Poor hygiene.

An inability to wear current fashion trends.  Yes.  I was an uncomfortable teenager.  I know…shocking, right?  I feel that the majority of us were/are.  We are/will be able to admit it 20 years later.

We all have our best friend at that time…thank you Jared.  But we have no opportunity for a social life, generally.

All of us have a refuge…mine was SNL.

Most agree that Sean Connery is the best James Bond.  He was the first. He set the standard.  He made five Bond films before another actor attempted that role and then made two more before he decided to hang it up.

Like Sean, “Blues Brothers” is the gold standard for movies made based on characters that originally aired on Saturday Night Live.  It was the first movie made based on “SNL” characters, it had a massive budget, they went all out on guest stars, car chases/crashes, sets, and musical renditions.

I’m not arguing…

This next one is a distant second…okay, for me, closer than that.

There was a time that I didn’t know who Queen was.

Wayne’s World” changed that notion.

It’s the first time I ever heard “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  I may be naive, but I thought it was a cool new song written by a hot new band that made it specifically for this movie…

…then I watched the movie with my parents (who also loved it).

I remember them talking with their friends who had watched it too.

“I loved the rocking out in the car to Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Me: You guys know the name of that song?

Parents: We had that record.

Friends (at the same time): We used to rock out to it in OUR car…8 track.

*raised eyebrow/blown mind face*

Yes, I did buy the soundtrack…on cassette. Jealous?

I had it in my car (72 Buick Century) tape deck around the clock.

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I fell in love with Wayne and Garth on SNL.  What is a lonely male freshman to do on weekends?

Can’t drive, friends can’t drive, girls liked Juniors and Seniors (yes–THAT’s why they didn’t hang out with me–*shakes head*)…again, SNL = refuge.

When they put out a movie, I was all in.  I even went to the theater…what?

I know.

Outside of the epic soundtrack and a smoking hot Tia Carrere, there was witty dialogue, a Rob Lowe comeback, and great cameos.

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I was grateful for the laughs, the wit, and the star that was born in Mike Meyers, but I loved the music.  A huge part of the lore that was Wayne and Garth was their legitimate love for great music.  This was a part of the true core of both Meyers and Carvey (decent musicians in their own right).  Not only were they able to deliver a great interpretation of their material through an original script, they reminded a nation of 90s kids that the music of the 70s was more than valid.

Always remember, “No Stairway…denied.”

Advice that’ll save you a lot of money if you try to use that song on your next movie.

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Oh what a night!

Last night (09/22/16) I had the pleasure of appearing on The Imperfect Podcast from Heckler Kane Creations.

It was an honor and a true pleasure to just shoot the shit and talk movies with these guys.  I feel like I didn’t shut up much to give them a word in edgewise as I babbled on.  I tend to carry on when it comes to movies…

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*crickets*

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Anyways…

The experience was nothing less than joyful for me.

Joe, Dan, Wayne, and Sal were humble hosts and made me feel like a million bucks throughout the entire interview.

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If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing their podcast, catch up with them here:

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It’s a bunch of good people talking passionate about film.

I hear Monday night is going to be a great podcast…wink wink.

I hope you all check it out and subscribe to their show.  You won’t be disappointed.

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“No, if it were our plane, it would be crashing.”

I have not hidden my deep love for Bill Murray as an actor.  There is something about his charisma that is captivating.  He’s not the best looking guy on the planet, but I feel like he is the most confident.  He feels like a man that’d be a lot of fun if you were lucky enough to be his friend, but he also feels like a man whose bad side you’d never want to be on.

I grew up watching “Meatballs,” “Saturday Night Live” reruns on the holiday specials, “Tootsie,” “Caddyshack,” and of course “Ghostbusters.”

This next one is a Murray feature that I feel is extremely underrated.  I found it very creative, interesting, it kept my attention (I was 13 at the time–not an easy feat) and I also found myself on the ground floor with the main trio as they bounced from one run of bad luck to the next.

…and…

The trio are the villains of the feature.

I’ll explain…

We open with a clown committing a bank robbery at closing time.  He is very relaxed for a man with such a challenging task ahead of him, and he is not worried when the cops show up outside.  Already as a viewer we are intrigued…

I feel like I can go one of two ways here–I can spill the beans on this very creative premise; or I can be discreet and let you experience “Quick Change” for the first time fresh without all of the details of the plot…

Of course the latter.

I will say this though, Murray is the clown, he has some “inside” help at the bank with a very hilarious duo via Geena Davis and Randy Quaid.  They have a very clever plan that helps them escape the bank with the money; but as any great movie does, there are some foils that impede our unlikely “heroes” and the chase is on in a New York city backdrop as an equally clever Jason Robards is the police chief, hot on their trail.

Quaid’s Loomis is one of the most forgotten, great comedic performances by an actor playing an oaf.  As necessary as he is/was for Murray’s Grimm, he sure does create a world of chaos for our trio to dig themselves out of.  We forgive Loomis because he is such a lovable loser; on par with Haim’s Lucas and Broderick’s Gaston.

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Davis’s Phyllis Potter is everything she needs to be–funny, confident, sexy, and loaded with spunk.

I’ve found that when I mention this movie as one of my favorite Murray features, a lot of raised eyebrows point at my face.

1990 was a pretty amazing year for movies.  I’m not going to get into all of the films that we were fighting to get into that year (I’ve already written about a small sample of them), but when you guys check out the list, you’ll see that there was not a lot of room for this movie unfortunately.  Sometimes box office success can be the luck of the draw–“Silverado” had the same bad luck in 1985.  With all the millions of people that want to go to the movies, when there are ten amazing features in one year, there just aren’t enough seats to go around…1990 arguably had twenty.

That’s why I’m here… 😉

I enjoy letting people know about a movie they might have missed that they can try and catch now.

Quick Change” should definitely make that list and I cannot be more discreet…there is oh so much more to this movie than I have let on.

Give it a chance.  It’ll deliver.

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Another frakking publishing update?

Another quick update to my fellow loyal readers.

Bare with me…

GROWING UP MOVIES is officially up on amazon.com.

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Here is where I am asking “Please”…

For those of you that have been loyal readers of my blog for the last two plus years…please take the time to give my book an honest review.

It is this blog’s content and you are all the experts on the material.

I highly value your loyalty and would appreciate it.

Thank you for your support.

I’d be nothing without all of you, sincerely.

 

Growing Up Movies… The Compilation…

This will be a very quick announcement…

I wanted to get the word out that my compilation of this blog (and all its glory *wink, wink*) is now available as a nonfiction book on Kobo.

I cannot thank all of you enough for joining me on this journey and would love to invite you all to enjoy this free book as my gift to you. (You will only need the free Kobo e-reader application available on PC, Mac, Apple & Android).

This “thank you” also has a “please” attached.

Please–if you have already taken the time to enjoy my blog or if you plan on downloading and reading my book–take the time to write a quick honest review.

Again, thank you for your support.  I would be nowhere without it.