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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Wooley » Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:36 pm

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Night of the Creeps may be the definitive '80s genre movie. It has space aliens, zombies, nostalgia for the '50s, rivalries between jocks and nerds against each other and for the affections of a beautiful woman, gratuitous nudity and even a Dick Miller cameo. It may be to the '80s what Stranger Things is to the 2010's more than any other property; I mean, there's even a Hopper in Detective Cameron, a cop seeking to overcome a traumatic past played by another '80s icon (and his moustache), Tom Atkins. While it's not the best '80s horror comedy - I'd rank it below Return of the Living Dead and the same director's own Monster Squad - but it's definitely one of the most fun and quotable entries.
Love the film. I'd probably also rank it below RotLD but WAY above Monster Squad, which sucks.
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Torgo » Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:26 pm

Wooley wrote:
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Love the film. I'd probably also rank it below RotLD but WAY above Monster Squad, which sucks.
Wow, quite a controversial take on a beloved movie. Wooley's got nards. 8-)
Besides being a sucker for Shane Black's writing, its love letter to classic Universal monsters, the way it rides the line between funny and scary and Duncan Regehr's awesome performance as Dracula won me over. Oh, and then there's all that dynamite.
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Wooley » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:21 pm

Torgo wrote:
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Wow, quite a controversial take on a beloved movie. Wooley's got nards. 8-)
Besides being a sucker for Shane Black's writing, its love letter to classic Universal monsters, the way it rides the line between funny and scary and Duncan Regehr's awesome performance as Dracula won me over. Oh, and then there's all that dynamite.
Yeah, my vitriol for that film was a subject of much discussion some years ago on the RT forum. Exactly the kind of kids movie and 80s movie I hate. No edge at all. None.
"Wolfman's got nards" may be my most hated line of that decade; it is certainly symbolic to me of the shitty side of that decade.
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Jinnistan » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:26 pm

Monster Squad >>> Lost Boys
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Wooley » Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:28 pm

Jinnistan wrote:
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Monster Squad >>> Lost Boys
Well, The Lost Boys is actually terrible, so...
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Torgo » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:28 am

While it doesn't quite reach the level of Car Wash and Falling Down, I still believe Schumacher did a good job with The Lost Boys. Overall, he's a pretty talented writer/director who's not exactly the best at choosing projects.
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Wooley » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:44 am

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While it doesn't quite reach the level of Car Wash and Falling Down, I still believe Schumacher did a good job with The Lost Boys. Overall, he's a pretty talented writer/director who's not exactly the best at choosing projects.
I rewatched it a few years ago and reacted very negatively to it, vowing that I would trust myself and never give it another shot. I mean, I really thought it was awful.
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by crumbsroom » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:58 am

Lost Boys is both stupid and great.
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Rock » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:12 am

As far as Schumacher's 80s work goes, The Incredible Shrinking Woman with Lily Tomlin is a lot of fun.
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Wooley » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:17 am

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As far as Schumacher's 80s work goes, The Incredible Shrinking Woman with Lily Tomlin is a lot of fun.
Man, I used to love that movie, haven't seen it in an age!
But Lily Tomlin is one of the most overlooked treasures ever, IMO.
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Rock » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:21 am

I recently watched that, All of Me and The Late Show for the first time recently. She's a goddamn delight in all of them.
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Wooley » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:54 am

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I recently watched that, All of Me and The Late Show for the first time recently. She's a goddamn delight in all of them.
Don't forget 9 to 5.
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Death Proof » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:31 pm

Wooley wrote:
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Well, The Lost Boys is actually terrible, so...
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Rock » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:18 am

Wooley wrote:
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Don't forget 9 to 5.
I still haven't seen that one. I foolishly assumed it was on Canadian Netflix so I didn't bother renting it when I was at the video store, only to come home and realize once again that nothing is on Canadian Netflix.
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Torgo » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:14 pm

Battle Beyond the Stars is good fun. Sure, it's basically Seven Samurai in space, but it has creativity and ingenuity where it counts. Each mercenary from George Peppard's whiskey-loving Cowboy to the telepathically-linked Nestors is memorable and endearing. Screenwriter John Sayles, who has always shown interest in and concern for downtrodden and/or subjugated people, likely has a lot to do with this. The space battles, courtesy of James Cameron, are also surprisingly tense and exciting given the production's obviously low budget. It's a movie that gives you the added sensation of feeling like you're at a drive-in or with your pals in your basement on a Friday night regardless of how and where you watch it. It also has the strangest-looking spaceship I've probably ever seen: the hero's ship looks like a female reproductive system, but with tits. Also, isn't Richard Thomas a dead ringer for Nicholas Hoult?
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Re: We Didn't Start The 80s

Post by Wooley » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:46 pm

Torgo wrote:
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Battle Beyond the Stars is good fun. Sure, it's basically Seven Samurai in space, but it has creativity and ingenuity where it counts. Each mercenary from George Peppard's whiskey-loving Cowboy to the telepathically-linked Nestors is memorable and endearing. Screenwriter John Sayles, who has always shown interest in and concern for downtrodden and/or subjugated people, likely has a lot to do with this. The space battles, courtesy of James Cameron, are also surprisingly tense and exciting given the production's obviously low budget. It's a movie that gives you the added sensation of feeling like you're at a drive-in or with your pals in your basement on a Friday night regardless of how and where you watch it. It also has the strangest-looking spaceship I've probably ever seen: the hero's ship looks like a female reproductive system, but with tits. Also, isn't Richard Thomas a dead ringer for Nicholas Hoult?
Agreed.
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