Valley Girl

Valley Girl

Like, oh my god, there was once this faraway place where teenage girls like totally created their own bitchin’ subculture and language. All right, perhaps it wasn’t so far away - a stone’s throw from downtown Los Angeles actually, in the suburban San Fernando Valley. These trendy inhabitants came to be lovingly known as Valley Girls, thanks to a memorable 1981 Frank Zappa song, “Valley Girl” in which he and his daughter Moon Unit openly mocked their lifestyle and their “Valspeak.” Two years later, the romantic comedy Valley Girl was released, paying homage to this little slice of Southern California subculture. And the result was nothing short of gnarly…fer sure. Continue reading...

WarGames

WarGames

Home computers were quite the fad in the early 80s but most people didn’t know what exactly could be accomplished with them other than very simple word processing programs and rudimentary games. WarGames, released in 1983, showed the world the advantages (and disadvantages) to be had from computers’ increasingly important role in our lives. 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...

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Forget the big-name actors in movies like Grand Hotel, Around the World in 80 Days, Murder on the Orient Express and Mars Attacks! Here's the real all-star cast: Mickey, Bugs, Donald, Daffy, Goofy, Yosemite Sam, Betty Boop, Woody Woodpecker, Droopy and more, along with a long-eared newcomer named Roger. Who Framed Roger Rabbit not only boasted the most impressive cartoon lineup in movie history, it was a groundbreaking achievement in mixing those toon actors with live-action stars like Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd. It also happened to be more fun than you could shake a portable hole at. Continue reading...

Willow

Willow

It was a little bit Star Wars, a little bit J.R.R. Tolkien, and a whole lot of little people. Willow, released in 1988, was what fantasy lovers fantasize about: magic, swords, dragons, and a cast of cheerable heroes, hissable villains, and loveable rogues. Continue reading...

willywonka

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Wonka Bars and golden tickets, Oompa Loompas and a chocolate river, snozzberries and lickable wallpaper, golden eggs and seven-course gum, Everlasting Gobstoppers and the Wonkavator. In a world of pure imagination, all things are possible. This was the world of Willy Wonka - candy man, inventor, and scourge of naughty children. Like the Roald Dahl book on which it was based, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was a dark fantasy with strong ideas about the nasty habits of children. It is also one of the most beloved children's films ever created. Let's take a stroll to the chocolate factory and revisit this childhood classic. Continue reading...

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine was neither the first film to feature the Fab Four, nor the first time we saw them in animated form, but that didn't stop it from becoming a beloved classic. Released in 1968, With its decidedly psychedelic look and a score that included a collection of some of the band's best music, Yellow Submarine took us on an unforgettable journey - all the while imparting the peaceful message that "all you need is love." Continue reading...

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

Part spoof, part homage, all comedy, Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, released in 1974, did for old-fashioned horror what his Blazing Saddles had done for westerns earlier that year. Shot in black and white, with a spooky score from John Morris, and even using the lab set from 1931's original Frankenstein, Brooks' film looked and sounded every bit the serious horror film ... at least until the first slapstick gag. Let's take a look back at this classic 70s comedy. Continue reading...