This is one of the cutest Disney Movies based on classic characters, and even though it has a modern day setting, it keeps with the classical musical formulae that makes these movies so great. I never tire of them, and will most likely be enjoying this mid-90s movie till the end of my days. Now I’ll tell you why it’s so great. Read more...(773 words, 114 images, estimated 3:06 mins reading time)
I’ve been playing Dungeons and Dragons since the Golden Age of gaming back in the early 1980s. Clisair has been at it for since the mid-70s. Yes, we are geeky gamers. In fact, we met in 1989 at a gaming store in Orlando. Since then, the store has moved from it’s small location on Corrine Drive to somewhere down by the Orlando International Airport, and changed its name. Yes, we have been together that long. So when Clisair showed me this video, Roll a D6, I so knew exactly what this group of gamers was going on about. After watching this many times, and yes, the song will stick in your head for days, I watched the original “Like a G6”. This version by Far East Movement really did not stick with me as well.
Many of us watched those stop-action animation holiday specials on TV back in the 1970s, and we just did not think it could get any better. We looked forward to seeing the Rankin/Bass specials, but none of them could ever have prepared us for a much darker and creepier version that would come out two decades later. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, just floored me the first time I saw it. This was just as computer graphic animation was just getting started, and I had not been able to see the first Toy Story movie before I had seen this. Even now, though the animations seem a little stiff compared to what we see in the latest releases, this movie never seems to stop being enjoyable. Read more...(762 words, 96 images, estimated 3:03 mins reading time)
Take all the trends from the year 1980, the emergence of punk rock, the non-stop roller skating, the kicky leg warmers, and the popularity of the world’s favourite Australian, and mix it together with a Big Band sound and a dancing actor whose hey day was the 1950s. Then add extras that came in on the cattle call from what must have been most every drag club in L.A., and add a dash of a few Solid Gold dancers. You get Xanadu, and you wonder why this movie was so popular, considering it was so mediocre. Now, it does have a great soundtrack, and it is not usual for an average movie to have the capability to rock. (See Detroit Rock City) It might have been this advantage that gave it a good advertising boost. The fact that the country was still enjoying Olivia Newton-John’s popularity from her performance in “Grease” a couple of years before could have something to do with it. Maybe some the grandparents enjoyed seeing one of their favourite dance stars, Gene Kelly, on the big screen again, amazed that he hadn’t lost any of his moves. Micheal Beck seems more like a prop for Olivia’s character of Kira, who is really an immortal muse in disguise. It could have been many different things, but what I thought looked so cool when I was fifteen looks a bit too bright and flashy at forty-six. Read more...(1130 words, 75 images, estimated 4:31 mins reading time)
When I was a kid, Josie and the Pussycats was my number cartoon show. It was not very well drawn, and was pretty much just part of the Saturday morning line-up of other badly drawn Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the late 1960s-early 70s. The adventures of the band were fun, it was great to see the girls in their colour-coordinated mini-dresses and matching shoes, and I so wanted hair like Alexandra Cabot’s, but then, I was only six years old at the time. I also thought the nerd-girl Velma Hoople from Scooby-Doo was pretty cool, too. Read more...(993 words, 98 images, estimated 3:58 mins reading time)