Major Matt Mason

Major Matt Mason

Long before Buzz Lightyear was blasting off into space, kids have held an affinity for space-related toys – perhaps never more so than during the space race of the 1960s. As man reached for the stars, kids reached for the ultimate astronaut hero of the toy world – a well-equipped action hero known as Major Matt Mason. Continue reading...

Star Trek

Star Trek

Considering the pop culture status that Star Trek has achieved over the decades, it is hard to fathom that the original series that started it all was not an initial success by any stretch of the imagination. And yet, it found its greatest prosperity long after it had been cancelled, as later generations realized just how compelling and unique the show really was. And, over forty years after its debut in 1966, its legacy is nothing short of astounding. Those 80 original episodes spawned five successful spin-off series, an animated Saturday morning series, and 11 feature-length films - not to mention enough books, toys and other merchandising to fill a small galaxy. Throw in the legions of loyal devotees known as "Trekkies," who congregate at conventions all over the world, and it becomes clear that Star Trek will continue to have an impact for years to come. Continue reading...

Weird Science

Weird Science

John Hughes, the king of movies about high school misfits, took a walk on the wild side in 1985 with Weird Science, a sci-fi flavored comedy about two lovable teenage geeks who create the perfect woman using little more than a souped-up computer and a Barbie doll. Continue reading...

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Take a collection of robots, add some strange monsters to the mix and throw in a healthy helping of Kung Fu, and you have the attention of just about every red-blooded kid in existence. Just such a recipe of entertainment was offered up in the mega hit series of the 90s, a surreal offering known as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. And like any respectable robot show, the onslaught of toys would follow close behind, making the Power Rangers an overwhelming success of the decade. Continue reading...

The Blob

The Blob

If ever there were a list of best films to see at the drive-in, The Blob just might top the list. Sure, it is the epitome of low budget. Sure, the monster amounts to little more than a gelatinous mound of goo, devoid of so much as a scary eye or blood-dripping fangs. But in the 50s, this was frightening stuff, the type of film that could make a girl cuddle in fear - and that was well worth the price of admission (even if she might be checking out Steve McQueen a little more than she let on). Continue reading...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Few “B” movies have ever enjoyed the cult-like following that continues to surround The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Released in 1975, part musical, part horror flick (with a good dose of retro science fiction thrown in), it is a film that might have been quickly forgotten had midnight theater audiences not embraced it with their hearts and made it their own. But they did - and for decades now, generations of young people have made a late-night viewing of the film a rite of passage, and in some cases, a lifestyle. Let's take a look back. Continue reading...