Posts Tagged ‘The Outsiders’

A post on my new blog inspired me to do this Eddie’s Top 5 list. You should definitely check out that blog as I am trying to watch 365 movies in 365 days. Anyways, the film High Fidelity inspired me to write this next piece as I explore my top 5 actors from the 1980’s (males of course with female to follow soon). Who will make the cut? This was a tough list to make as I had to go through and remember why I enjoyed watch films from these actors in the first place. Check it out below:

5. River Phoenix– This is one of the saddest stories of that 80’s generations because this guy could have been huge. While I enjoyed Little Nikita, A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon, it was Stand By Me that will forever be embedded in my soul. One of my all time favorite films and actor with so much potential.

4. Patrick Swayze– If you were not a fan of his work like Red Dawn, The Outsiders, Roadhouse, etc. then you have no soul or appreciation for the 80’s. He was a little bit older than the rest of them, but a true actor.

3. Michael J. FoxBack To The Future 1 & 2, Teen Wolf, and Class Of 1984 are some of my favorite films. It’s unfortunate what happened to Michael later on his life, but he did star in one of the greatest time travel movies ever.

2. Tom Cruise– You had to know that one of the all time greatest from the 80’s (before he was deemed weird) was going to be on this list. Let’s see, The Outsiders, Risky Business, Top Gun, Rain Man, Legend, The Color Of Money, Cocktail, do I really need to go on?

1.Johnny Depp– This is another one that should have been a no brainer because this may be one of the all time greats from the 80’s who still arguably produces. From his humble debut in A Nightmare On Elm Street and through Private Resort, Platoon, and whatever else he has put out in this world is just off the charts. Now the dude is a musician who plays with the likes of Marilyn Manson, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and so many more.

Honorable Mention: John Cusack, Sean Penn, Patric Dempsey, Kevin Bacon, Corey Haim, and Corey Feldman.

secret admirer.pngI spent a couple of hours trying to think of a film that I wanted to review for Cheeseball Cinema and I couldn’t think of one. I needed something this time around that was more of a comedy and when I saw in the description that Secret Admirer was a teen sex comedy, I jumped right on this one. The film stars C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders) as Michael Ryan, your everyday typical teenager whose looking to score. One day, someone leaves a letter in his locker on the last day of school that tells him how much they want him. He suspects that it’s his best friend Toni’s (Lori Loughlin) friend Deborah Fimple (Kelly Preston) who is the hottest girl in school and deemed untouchable. What he doesn’t realize is that Toni is in love with him even though she helps him essentially land Deborah. The film also stars Dee Wallace (Cujo) as Connie Ryan, Cliff De Young (The Craft) as George Ryan, Leigh Taylor-Young (Sunset Beach) as Elizabeth Fimple, Fred Ward (Tremors) as Lou Fimple, Casey Siemaszko (Three O’Clock High) as Roger, Geoffrey Blake (Forrest Gump) as Ricardo, Courtney Gains (Can’t Buy Me Love) as Doug, Corey Haim (Lucas) as Jeff, and the film was directed by David Greenwalt (Grimm).

Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston

I do have to admit that this film is sort of a teen sex comedy just without a lot of nudity, but the film stars Kelly Preston. Kelly Preston is absolutely one of the hottest women to come out of the 80’s and she shows off the T in T&A in one of the scenes. The film actually has a really good story even though it’s your cliche story of a kid who falls in love with a girl oblivious to the fact that his best friend who is also a girl is in love with him. She helps him win the girl thinking that nothing would come of it, but realizes that something did. Eventually the guy figures out the girl he was hooked up isn’t the one for him and that he should have gone out with his best friend, but he has to chase after her because she is going away somewhere. Does that sound familiar to anyone cause it’s the typical 80’s teen comedy writing tool. I’m not knocking the film because I thought that it was absolutely amazing. The acting is phenomenal even though the opening title sequence seems like something off an 80’s Family Channel show or even a TGIF show. Other than that, I can’t really knock the film for anything, but if you haven’t seen this then I suggest that you do. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film a 1.6 only because of the opening title sequence.

Copeland_and_Ridgway_-_Don't_Box_Me_InThis week, I have a very special Soundtrack Saturday track for all of you that comes from a film made y one of my directors based on a book from one of my favorite authors. When I was in school, S.E. Hinton was one of my favorite authors thanks to books like The Outsiders, Tex, That was Then, This is Now, and one of my personal favorites in Rumble Fish which I read while in school. In 1983, Francis Ford Coppola teamed up with S.E. Hinton and he directed two films with the first being The Outsiders and the second being our feature film for today in Rumble Fish. The film starred Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Nicolas Cage, and Vincent Spano while Francis Ford Coppola also handled the soundtrack duties (well to a point, don’t worry I’ll explain). Coppola envisioned a soundtrack or a score that was going to be experimental to go along with how different his film was and to go along with the images of the film. So, he went out and he hired The Police drummer Stewart Copeland to help do the score. After a while, Copeland was doing such an amazing job with the score that Coppola stepped aside and he let Copeland do his thing. For our featured track today Don’t Box Me In, Copeland sought the help of Wall Of Voodoo singer Stan Ridgway to help sing on the track and he also plays harmonica on the track too. The song really is the best of both worlds as you get a mix of The Police with Wall Of Voodoo in the track itself. Check it out for yourself below and if you are on Facebook, check out our page right here and give it a like while you’re at it.

I saw someone on my Facebook page do this and it intrigued me enough to think about what were my favorite films since he year I was born. Basically, you go year by year since the year you were born all the way up to the present day and you pick a film. I had a hard time choosing films where there are four of my favorite films all released in the same year, but like a true trooper I only chose one film for each year and left no two or three way ties. I also want you to note that when you look at the list, I didn’t choose what I thought were the top films of each year, but films that I loved from each year. These are films that made an impact on me that I will never forget where I was the first time I watched them. Now obviously, there are some years (like the year you were born and probably the first three years of your life) that you obviously did’t watch the films when they came out, but you do remember seeing them later on and they changed you. Here is my list:

1982- Fast Times At Ridgemont High

1983- Return Of The Jedi

1984- A Nightmare On Elm Street

1985- The Goonies

1986- Stand By Me

1987- Spaceballs

1988- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

1989- Batman

1990- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

1991- Terminator 2: Judgement Day

1992- Malcolm X

1993- Schindler’s List

1994- The Crow

1995- Empire Records

1996- Fear

1997- Private Parts

1998- American History X

1999- American Pie

2000- Gladiator

2001- Blow

2002- Catch Me If You Can

2003- Once Upon A Time In Mexico

2004- The Passion Of The Christ

2005- Star Wars Episode III

2006- The Departed

2007- Knocked Up

2008- The Dark Knight

2009- The Hangover

2010- The Social Network

2011- Moneyball

2012- The Avengers

2013- Prisoners

2014- Guardians Of The Galaxy- this is my current favorite film of this year

Honorable Mention

The Breakfast Club was one of my choices for 1985, but The Goonies had a bigger impact on me at the time. Dazed And Confused is still one of my all time favorite films from 1993, but nothing beats the impact Schindler’s List had on me at the time that I had watched that film. For 1983, it was between Jedi and The Outsiders which is another of my all time favorite films, but Return Of The Jedi is my favorite of the Star Wars series. For 1992, it was between Malcolm X and My Cousin Vinny (which is still hilarious), but Denzel blew me away as Malcolm X and I researched the man for a school project because of the film. So, that was my list and now I challenge everyone that has a blog and covers movies to do the same as me. If I was born before 1974, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween would be on this list as well. Let’s see the lists bloggers!!!