A common thread that runs through all of Bret Easton Ellis’ books is the exploration of hollow persons. People who are generally well-off financially yet dead on the inside, so numb to the world around them that even acts of horrific violence and depravity can’t faze them more than momentarily. Ellis has populated his stories with these characters, often set in the 1980s to satirize the excessiveness of the time period. While reading all the books back-to-back is probably not recommended, the author manages to find enough variety and different themes to explore to make them all have some value. If he seems one-note, one does not look closely enough. Read the rest of this entry »
Ah, the 1980s. My generation has taken nostalgia from a wistful remembrance and turned it into a marketing campaign. If you mention this decade in the context of film, you’ll likely find yourself in conversation about the numerous blockbusters and the franchises built from them, but there were also a lot of entertaining comedies that have largely fallen by the wayside as basic cable programmers have abandoned older comedies to the history books. Here are some of the gems waiting for you on Netflix.
By now we’ve all spent countless hours on Flickchart endlessly agonizing over matchups in relentless pursuit of our ultimate movie lists. Flickchart is a drug, and like any junkie, I’m always looking for a better high. Something new to satisfy my movie ranking addiction. Globally ranking movies is great, but sometimes I want to narrow down my choices and really focus on a specific type of movie. Fortunately, the site allows for customized filters allowing for matchups that are more specific. This lets you quickly polish up your ‘best of the decade’ lists, or aids in helping you pick your favorite slasher flick, but what about when you get REALLY specific. Just how many ‘Unglamorized Spy Films From the 90s‘ are there? Exactly how many crime dramas starring Robert Di Niro have I seen? This is the purpose of this series; I seek out the most obscure lists, watch all the films, make the definitive call on how they stack up against each other, and hopefully find some underrated diamonds in the rough.
In this first article, I combine two of my favorite things: cheesy 80′s flicks and dinosaurs. The category is ‘Prehistoric Fantasies from the 1980s‘. Now in the past twenty years we’ve been treated to some of the very best of this genre, with films like ‘Jurassic Park‘ and ‘Ice Age‘, but narrowing the focus to the 80s leaves just four films. Of course there is the one almost everyone over the age of twenty has seen, ‘The Land Before Time‘. Maybe you even have some fond memories watching the campy ‘Baby… Secret of the Lost Legend‘ on cable, but beyond that it starts to get pretty obscure. There is the low brow comedy ‘Caveman‘ starring a Beatle, and then there is the Daryl Hannah lead ‘Clan of the Cave Bear‘ chronicling the difficulties of a young Cro-Magnon woman living in a clan of Neanderthals. Despite having such a specific genre, there is a wide range of types of films in this category. From family friendly to satirical, to serious drama, it’s almost impossible to compare these films. But that’s Flickchart. Only one will triumph and be crowned as the ‘Best Prehistoric Fantasy from the 1980s’!
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, you know who to call. But what if you find yourself 30 years in the past, and your neighborhood doesn’t exist at all? Who can possibly help you then?
These are the questions pondered in this week’s column as the two most successful sci-fi comedies of the 1980’s (and possibly of all time) go head to head in the Reel Rumbles arena. Who will stand, and who will fall? Read on as Ghostbusters charges forward into battle against the formidable Back to the Future.
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