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Just got back from watching on the big screen John Carpenter's They Live which is playing for one showing only at my local multiplex and it was a really awesome experience getting to watch it up on the big screen!

The showing was quite packed and the majority of the audience to my eye looked liked they age ranged between 30-60 and there was no chatter throughout which made for a more pleasant experience with everyone I believe just glued to the screen!

Next week on Thursday for one screening only is John Carpenter's Prince Of Darkness which I would love to check out!


https://youtu.be/tu1s5UNK3zg - John Carpenter restored in 4k - in cinemas this Autumn trailer.

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I was a bit apprehensive about this one due to the reviews I could remember for it back in the day but this turned out to be quite an enjoyable Neanderthal adventure with some truly stunning British Columbia scenery and a really good Alan Silvestri music score!

Under all the hair and makeup it took me a while to work out James Remar's character and I didn't even realise that Revenge Of The Nerd's Curtis Armstrong (Booger) was in it till after I had actually watched the film and noticed his name in the credits.

Daryl Hannah was decent and I did recognise who played the younger version of her character and that was the pretty Nicole Eggert though she was only really here for a brief amount of time!

Not bad and a lot more entertaining than what I was expecting! 7/10


https://youtu.be/HkJ4kB07ZNs - The Clan Of The Cavebear (1986) trailer.


https://youtu.be/lo1MJSeEptA - Main Title music score by Alan Silvestri from The Clan Of The Cavebear.

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Hey Warrior, those retro nights at the movies are pretty cool. All of them in my neck of the woods are just the classic, well known stuff like Christmas Vacation, Goonies, Grease, Sound of Music or popular series like Harry Potter and Lord of rthe Rings. I would not put They Live in the same catergory but I consider it very cool that they played it at the big screen in 2018. What other old flicks have they been playing in your area? Also, do you guys have assigned seating over there. Assigned seating is rare here, it is first come first serve.
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Here's a list of what's playing over the next month Terd and there's some great ones
there - https://myvue.com/big-screen-events/classics

You can book in advance for a fee but I always just take a chance and just pray to God it's not too busy on the day!

I originally watched The Goonies in the theatres back in 85 and would love to see it on the big screen again also Christmas Vacation would be awesome to view at the flicks as well!

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Heres some info on THEY LIVE

Release Date: 4 November 1988 (USA) See more »
Also Known As: John Carpenter's They Live See more »
Filming Locations: Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Box Office
Budget:$4,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $4,827,000, 6 November 1988, Wide Release
Gross USA: $13,008,928

Heck yeah on DIE HARD! You gonna go see that one Warrior?
Release Date: 20 July 1988 (USA) See more »
Also Known As: Duro de matar See more »
Filming Locations: Los Angeles International Airport - 1 World Way, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office
Budget:$28,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $601,851, 17 July 1988, Limited Release
Gross USA: $83,008,852
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $140,767,956.

I remember seeing this at the movies like it was yesterday. Loved it then and it is still in my TOP 5.

Let us know how Prince of Darkness goes.

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The Breakfast Club

What a joy. I have of course seen it many times, but this was the first watch in a couple of years for me. It just never gets old. Never loses it's charm, heart or brilliance.
I love this film.
And John Hughes.

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Yes Ray, that one is a gem. An all time classic.
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Stand and Deliver (1988)

"The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus."

Tagline: "In 1982, a new troublemaker hit Garfield High. He was tough. He was wild. He was willing to fight. He was the new math teacher."

This was a great drama based on a true story starring Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips, the whole cast did a very good job.
Cool East L.A. scenery, fantastic dialogue and characters, cool Graig Safan theme tune and Mr. Mister end credits song. Loved it!

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Ray Trueblood, member of a street gang, is framed by an enemy of a rival gang, Billy "Spider" Masters. Ray is accused of killing a cop and he has to escape leaving behind his little brother, Donny. Ten years later Ray returns to his neighborhood to take his brother with him, but things are worse than he could expect: his brother, now 18 years old, hates him and is a member of Billy Masters' gang. Furthermore, Billy Masters is looking for revenge and... the police are still after Ray for the murder of the police officer. - from IMDb


Halfway decent thriller with a rather solid cast including two personal faves Jeff Fahey (who was awesome in Body Parts and Psycho 3) plus the beautiful Sherilyn Fenn (Three Of Hearts) this I'd say was quite an entertaining flick for the majority of it's running time though i do feel that the last 20 minutes could have done with some tightening up as it did seem to drag on a bit and also Billy Drago who plays the main villain here had some really terrible lines at times!


The UK DVD from budget distributor Pegasus Entertainment is Full Screen and of atrocious quality with it obviously being a VHS to DVD rip with some very noticeable tracking issues throughout so that took away from the viewing experience though it's nowhere near the very worst DVD I have ever experienced as that award goes to the UK release of the Charles Bronson,Anthony Perkins thriller Someone Behind The Door which was that dark and murky throughout i couldn't actually work out what the hell was going on and gave up with it about Twenty minutes in!

Also stars Ken Foree and Chad Lowe who here certainly resembles his more famous elder brother!

Worth a watch despite the abysmal picture quality of the DVD 6/10.


https://youtu.be/P8-4G7X_u8M - True Blood (1989) trailer.

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State Park aka Heavy Metal Summer (1988)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100684/

Another Rafal Zielinski T&A comedy, not one of his best but has it´s moments.
Starring James Wilder, Kim Myers (Elm Street 2), Isabelle Mejias (Meatballs III, Scanners II) and Jennifer Inch.

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Watched the awesome Legend Of Billie Jean with Helen Slater,Christian Slater which is one film I have always loved from my very first viewing back upon its release in 85 and then on through the countless viewings since as i think it's just such a fun movie with an absolute fab soundtrack and that perfect summertime feeling and for me it's a definite 80s classic that I could just watch over and over again!

As for the Blu Ray this Mill Creek budget release might not have HD lossless Audio but the standard stereo track that is here still sounds pretty strong with both the dialogue plus the music always sounding perfectly clear,picture quality as well was excellent and I"d say noticeably improved over the old DVD.

If you are fan and at the cheap price it is retailing at (4-5 UK pounds) i'd say go for it it's an absolute steal! 8.5/10

Pulse I hadn't seen for a few years and it had a slower build up than what I could remember but it's got atmosphere in spades and some really cool electrical effects and don't get put off by the PG-13 rating (it was bizarrely rated 18 here in the UK) as it's pretty tense viewing at times and the scene where pretty Roxanne Hart takes a steaming shower and ends up with second degree burns all over her body is enough to make anyone cringe!

A great watch this with a really good edge of the seat finale this budget Mill Creek release again is certainly the way to go as I thought the picture quality was pretty top notch here plus also the audio which this time unlike Billie Jean was in Lossless HD Stereo sounded terrific and made this film even more atmospheric than what it already was! 7.5/10


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https://youtu.be/FTyHPlRVTPI - The Legend Of Billie Jean (1985) - TV spot.


https://youtu.be/tVJzwG4Ee4c - Pulse (1988) trailer.


One last thing both releases are Region Free so will play with no problems Worldwide.

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Steel Magnolias (1989) (rewatch)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) (rewatch)
The Pick-Up Artist (1987)
The Lost Boys (1987) (rewatch)
Moonstruck (1987) (rewatch)
Witness (1985)
Shakedown (1988)
F/X (1986)
Streets of Fire (1984) (rewatch)

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This 1985 South American set medical comedy was a lot more likeable + amusing than what I had remembered it being with a decent cast of familiar comedy faces including Steve Guttenberg,Curtis Armstrong (Booger from Revenge Of The Nerd's), Airplanes Julie Hagerty and the terrific Alan Arkin and whilst it's not a complete laugh riot it's still pretty amusing at times especially when they steal the cadaver and dress it up a-la Weekend At Bernie's plus also the scene when Guttenberg's father suddenly falls ill and has to have an emergency op performed on him by his son and his medical companions then comes to realize that one of them actually helping out is infact a local witch doctor!


Fun stuff with a good comedy cast and a different setting to the norm! 7/10


https://youtu.be/BpC5utAr2ZM Bad Medicine (1985) TV trailer.

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Promised Land (1987)
This had some up and coming stars: Jason Gedrick, Tracey Pollan, Meg Ryan & Kiefer Sutherland
The story wasn't really all that great, but worth a watch if you like indie movies. This was the first Sundance Film. I had always thought Sundance wasn't a thing until the 1990's

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I watched Gung Ho over the weekend. I honestly had never seen this before. I thought it would be really funny. It's got Michael Keaton and Gette Watanabe; directed by Ron Howard. I honesty didn't like it and I didn't think it was very funny. I think it might have to do with it being a television cut of the movie, instead of a full cut such as an official DVD. Or maybe it just didn't age well? I didn't even realize it was filmed in the Pittsburgh area. I live about 15-20 minutes from that airport.
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Pittsburghgirl. I don't think it aged well. I tried to rewatch a few months ago. I remember looking forward to it cause I found it funny back in the 80s. I couldn't get I to it this time around. A friend watched it the other day and he came away with the same opinion.
Now, to a movie I just watched and has held up EXTREMELYwell. Fast times. It never gets old.

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Fast Times is the bomb! We watch it at least once a year! It still makes me laugh too!
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I last watched Gung Ho a couple of year back and I actually prefer it now to when I first watched it back in the mid 80s,not hilarious by any standards and perhaps slightly over long but still there's some fun moments there with all the culture clash stuff and I thought Michael Keaton was excellent as ever!

Love Fast Times which I agree holds up really well!

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Rewatched Witness (1985) which is still a very good film with great cast. Weird to see Danny Glover as a bad guy cutting a throat here [Smile]
This was the first time i saw the very informative making-of features.

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Haven't watched Witness in a good few years but I remember it being a really good watch and I love the music score to it also!

Don't actually own the movie on any format so need to correct that at some point!



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Watched the last feature on this 4 film comedy pack and that was the 1980's biblical comedy Wholly Moses which was one I had never seen before and it stars Dudley Moore,Dom Deluise,Richard Pryor,John Houseman (The Fog,Rollerball),John Ritter & Madeline Kahn so you have a great comedy cast plus it's also quite well put together by director Gary Weis who I'm none too familiar with!

Trouble I feel though with Wholly Moses is that it was just not as funny as it should have been especially when you've got such talented comedians as Moore,Deluise,Pryor etc in the cast,yet still there are some funny scenes here and it was certainly nowhere near as bad as it's reputation would have me believe and at the end of the day it was watchable and passed away 90 minutes or so of my time harmlessly enough!

https://youtu.be/6SmesGgxTUI - Wholly Moses (1980) trailer.


Stand out movie for me on this pack and one that I've seen countless times before was Vice Versa which has a really fun performance from Judge Reinhold and features some good quality laughs throughout!

The Freshman I didn't dislike but in all truth it was no real laugh riot and A Fine Mess was a bit so-so but did feature some good laughs plus it also had Mr Mister on the soundtrack so it wasn't terrible as such!

Wholly Moses - 6/10
Vice Versa - 8/10
The Freshman - 7/10
A Fine Mess - 6/10

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Birdy (1984)
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Trading Places (1983) - Great festive Movie

I also watched...

Dead Poets Society (1989) - Much better film now I'm older. Oh Captain! My Captain!

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Rewatched Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) with my son and we liked it very much.
I saw the film in theater back in the day and it still looks good, get the blu-ray folks!
What a groundbreaking movie, no computers just hard work, amazing cast & crew and lots of imagination!

Jessica Rabbit is still one of the sexiest women in film [Wink]

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Fun sci-fi action from Greek director Nico Mastorakis featuring a terrific cast,plentiful (well staged) action,stunning Utah scenery plus a cool music score from Hans Zimmer which was very much identical to the score Zimmer also used for the director Mastorakis's earlier 1986 production The Zero Boys.

This budget UK DVD from Hollywood Dvd had a pretty decent wide-screen print,good stereo sound and the films trailer as its solitary extra feature!

Entertaining low budget actioner worth 92 minutes of your time! 7/10


https://youtu.be/3L04vZm7eYU - Nightmare At Noon (1988) trailer.

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Nightmare at Noon is another Mastorakis goodie!
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