1980s

Geek streaming you can/should watch with your kids in July 2016

With school out and the kids already saying “We’re bored!”, here are some “new” movies that are streaming on Netflix in July 2016 (and one holdover from June 2016) that will not only entertain your kids, but will give them additional geek cred (and heck, you’ll enjoy them too).

Back to the Future trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990)
If you haven’t yet shown your kids the time-travel series starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd yet, this is a great chance, as all three movies are available starting tomorrow. There’s some 1980s-level language to watch out for (especially the S-word and some G-damns), but for the most part kids aged 8 and up should be OK to watch this (they tend to ignore the subplots of the whole Marty/Lorraine arc). Mainly they’ll laugh every time Biff lands in the manure pile.


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30 Jun 2016

Let’s create the menu for the Golden Girls restaurant

The big news yesterday for some people in this Golden Girls-obsessed household was the announcement of a Golden Girls-themed restaurant  in Washington Heights, New York (upper Manhattan).

The “Rue La Rue Cafe”, will open later this year (early September) to honor the late Rue McClanahan. The creator of the restaurant, Michael J. LaRue, was a close friend to the actress, who played Blanche Devereaux in the TV series. LaRue inherited much of McClanahan’s show business memorabilia after the actress’ death, and he said he plans to use some of these items to help decorate the restaurant. He also said he’s lined up actress Betty White, the only surviving major cast member from the show, to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The article mentions food items including “cheesecake, soups, wraps, salads, desserts, baked treats and wine”, with some items “tied to characters and situations on the show.” We love these ideas, but they seem to general to us. Here are our suggestions for the food items we’d like to see:
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21 Jun 2016

Original Ghostbusters back on the big screen in June

Fathom Events and theaters nationwide are teaming to return some classic to the big screen this summer. First up is the original Ghostbusters, which will be shown across the country on June 8 and 12. Below are the participating Massachusetts theaters, click here if to find those in your state.

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We will be there.

Next up is the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory on June 26 & 29. I will not be there due to my lifelong phobia of the Wonka movie, but Keith might take the kids. Fathom is also offering more cinema experiences through December, from broadcasts of Met Opera performances to a Motley Crue concert.

29 May 2016

We love Buckner & Garcia

Yesterday in 1980, Namco released Pac-Man, which popularized arcade gaming for the masses and gave Buckner & Garcia their 15 minutes. Which makes it a fine time to look back at one of our (many) favorite ’80s one-hit wonders.

Good news: You’ve got a hit single and you’re going on national TV. Bad news: It’s Solid Gold and “Pac-Man Fever”. (Although, to be honest, the latter two were very big deals at the time.)

 

B&G’s Wikipedia entry has some interesting info:

 

…in 1980, they wrote a novelty Christmas song titled “Merry Christmas in the NFL”, imagining Howard Cosell as Santa Claus. Performed under the pseudonym Willis the Guard & Vigorish, the song reached No. 82 on the Billboard charts despite limited airplay after Cosell found the song offensive….The duo also wrote the lyrics for extra verses of an extended version of the WKRP in Cincinnati theme song in 1982.

However, the duo is best known for the song “Pac-Man Fever“, which became a large novelty hit in 1982, peaking at No. 9 in the United States. It earned a million-selling Gold-certified 45. Later the same year, after the song became a hit, the duo signed a record deal with Columbia/CBS Records. According to interviews, the duo never wanted to become a novelty act known for songs based on video games, but when it signed with the label, the company insisted on a full album of video-game songs, although the duo had intended to write a more varied collection of pop music.

Just when I thought I couldn’t love them more, I learn about the Cosell and WKRP work.

 

While Garcia is currently dropping quarters at The Big Arcade in the Sky, in 2011 Buckner went on to write the “Pac-Man Fever” homage, “Wreck-It, Wreck-It Ralph!” for the 2012 Disney film. A brilliant addition to the movie, the song was credited to Bucker & Garcia (as no one would have known who Buckner & Houston were).

 

22 May 2016

Your 3D avatar could be in ‘Ready Player One’ movie

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You may not be talented enough to be in movies, but perhaps your artistic skills could get your virtual persona into the next big Steven Spielberg film.

In this video, Ready Player One author Ernest Cline is inviting people to submit a 3D avatar creation to the filmmakers, which could be selected to appear in the movie’s virtual world, OASIS. The movie begins shooting this summer, and is expected to hit theaters in 2018.


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20 May 2016

X-Men take on ’80s music

As a geek and child of the ’80s who does not wish to listen to music past 1987, I could not love the X-Men Twitter feed more right now. First, there’s X-Men takes on classic ’80s album covers, such as the several below. Then the marketing team, which is truly killing it, also released:

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19 May 2016

Could Buckaroo Banzai be heading to TV?

One of the more bizarre movies of the 1980s, Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, never caught on with geeks as much as other films from that time period (Back to the Future, Robocop, etc.), but it did become a cult favorite among some of us.

Buckaroo Banzai poster artwork.

Buckaroo Banzai poster artwork.

Now comes news that Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Mallrats) would like to develop Buckaroo Banzai into a TV series.
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16 May 2016