Thursday, May 26, 2016

Top 10 Favorite Childhood 'Sci-Fi' Movies from the 80's

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Oh, how I love the 80's! A while back I compiled a list of my all-time favorite childhood Fantasy films. This time around we're loving all things sci-fi! - my favorite childhood sci-fi flicks from the 80's to be exact.  These are movies I absolutely 'loved' as a kid (and still do to this day). Their unique ability to whisk me away to a more simple and carefree time, filled with mad intrigue and dashing adventure, is exactly why they hold a soft spot in my heart forever and for always.  
The 80's were 'definitely' an outrageous decade of spectacle proportions. And with special-effects improving at an alarming rate, it was a rad time for both viewers and filmmakers alike who wanted to explore the wonderful world of  make-believe.  There are a few decades in film history that are better than the 80's. Children of this era never had it so good! So sit back, wax nostalgia and let the good times roll.  Bear in mind, these are sci-fi films I was obsessed with as a kid - some I didn't get into until much later in life (aka E.T., hence the honorable mention). 

Honorable Mentions:

Short Circuit (1986)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

10. My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)

Sure, it didn't win any kind of awards, but it didn't have to to be a winner in my book. I remember wanting every stellar outfit Kim Basinger had in this film. Watching this movie with my dad is one of my fondest memories. It may not work for everyone, and if you were to watch it now you'd notice how hokey and overdone it was.  But for a young girl this movie was everything!

9. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

The feelings that rush over me when I think of this movie are beyond delightful. If you were a child of this era there's no way you missed this Disney gem! This timeless tale made you want to eat a cookie the size a house, play in giant size legos, zoom rapidly by on top of a bumblebee, and lest we forget the tears that were shed when poor, sweet Antie died. With my wild imagination, this comedy had me hooked like no other!  

8. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

This excellent adventure had me like..."Whoa." I can't fully express in words how much I truly loved this movie growing up! Sure, it required a suspension of disbelief as we venture through time, plucking out historical figures all in the name of a class project, but hey, we're down with that! Not only do we have most triumphant one-liners, mingled with bodacious music, but we also have a profound message - "Be excellent to each other..."

7. Flash Gordon (1980)

Despite being a flop in the U.S., as a kid this movie had me at "GO FLASH GO!"  I mean how can you go wrong with "The Savior of the Universe?!" We're talking good vs. evil, beautiful damsels in distress, outrageous/sexy costumes (that pink dress was 'everything'!), fight scenes, explosions, wild creatures. Sold! And lest we forget the stellar soundtrack by one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Queen. It is widely considered by geek culture as one of the greatest sci-fi Cult classics ever made.

6. Spaceballs (1987)

It didn't take long for Mel Brooks to spoof one of the greatest Trilogies of all time. This over-the-top Star Wars parody was so clever and witty it had everyone of all ages cheering for more.  As a child I remember laughing so hard tears were pouring out by the buckets.  It was a blast to quote this movie with family and friends - "When will then be now?"  Being a huge Star Wars fan this light and ridiculously silly movie grabbed a hold of tightly and never let go. 

5. Back to the Future (1985)

This movie was basically a love letter to the 50's. Perhaps it's what initially spawned my love for the  charming decade. It even could be considered a love letter to the 80's as well (another favorite decade of mine... clearly). As a kid I loved this movie so much (and still do to this day). Time travel, excellent one-liners, mingled with some rad music and clothing. It's easy to see why I fell hard for this groundbreaking, popcorn flick. 

4. Ghostbusters (1984) 

Whenever I was home sick from school this movie was always my go-to.  I would pop it in the ol’ VCR, fast forward past that scary ghost/librarian scene #nightmares and laugh like crazy! This classic works, not only because of its paranormal laser light show, but for all the subtle, comedic iterations behind all of it. I credit my love for Bill freakin' Murray to this flick.  Every line he utters is straight up hilarious.  So many fond memories encapsulated in this sci-fi gem. On a scale of one to even... I can't.

3. Flight of the Navigator (1986)

Flight of the Navigator is essentially two movies mashed into one - a suspenseful, sci-fi thriller and a BFF road trip comedy. And I contribute my love for the Beach Boys to this sci-fi treasure. "Round, round, get around, I get around!" Those who grew up in the 80's should have fun, fond memories of this awesomeness. Whenever I think of this movie nostalgia washes over me like a warm shower of bliss.  It's a better film than it has any right to be, but who cares.  It worked so well that to this day I still utterly adore it.  And any chance I get to watch it... I'm all in.

2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

You love Darth Vader, right? Well, he’s only in a handful of scenes in Star Wars, but in the Sequel, he’s on it. He’s killing Imperial Officers left and right. He gets down and dirty both on Hoth and Cloud City. He even gets his own theme music courtesy of John Williams. Cue The Imperial March. And don't even get me started on the Han and Leah romance... (sigh).  I 'so' wanted to be her growing up.

1. Return of the Jedi (1983)

No matter if you loved or hated Return of the Jedi, you're right. But for me and as a kid this golden treasure was definitely my favorite in this brilliant space opera Trilogy, in large part due to those cute and cuddly Ewoks! And I never wanted to be Princess Leah more than in this movie (ahem, you know what I'm talking about). We have so much adventure lurking around each and every corner -  Jabba the Hut, Vader, speed racers, a joyous grand finale. Love, love and LOVE!

When you’re a child, you imbibe a plethora of entertainment that so often helps shape the core of your personality. While some movies are fleeting entertainment, there are those so magical you can't help but adore with every breath until the end of time. Needless to say, the 80's were truly a fantastical era! The floor is now yours. What childhood sci-fi movies from the 80's made your top ten? Share your thoughts in the comment section below... 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Huntsman: Winter War Review

Who knew there was a sequel to Snow White (Hollywood can't stop, won't stop). Right off the bat, it's significantly better than its predecessor in large part due to the fact that isn't in it. And in no way does this movie deserve a confounding 16% on Rotten Tomatoes, because despite its role reversal this pop-corn flick remains the fairest of them all. 

, who was actually the visual effects supervisor for Snow White, stepped up to direct The Huntsman: Winter's War. This movie has magic, it has castles and it has a handful of fantastical creatures, all of which will wildly entertain the kiddies and teens. The female component of the cast is nothing if not accomplished. Evil queen Ravenna () and the huntsman () return for round two, joined by the fierce huntswoman () and the beautiful ice queen sister ( - love).   

The gist of the plot: As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya (Blunt) escalates, Eric (Hemsworth) and fellow warrior Sara (Chastain), members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna's wicked intentions.
While I found Winter's War to be few sades above average, I maintain the story was unreasonably confusing - jumping back and forth between being a prequel and a sequel. It's also predictable, mixed with underdeveloped story-lines/characters, all sprinkled with a rushed, anticlimactic ending.  But with that said, many elements of a terrific Fantasy are still in full swing.  It shines with stunning visuals, dazzling costumes and striking set-designs. Stellar! Stellar! Stellar! And the plot, despite its lack of development, is surprisingly original. There is also a lot more humor this time around, which is refreshing. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, which in the end makes it an easy, fun and enjoyable movie to watch.

What did you think?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jason Bourne Trailer

Source: YouTube

"What if he's not coming for us... what if it's something else?"
You ready to get Bourne again? Universal has 'finally' released their first trailer for Jason Bourne, which is the new stellar sequel starring , just nine years after Ultimatum, and number five in this badass series (ahem, but does anyone 'really' count Bourne Legacy?).  A few months ago we got a teeny-tiny teaser, which was just enough to get our mouths wet, but this time around the studio doesn't hold back. This is definitely worth showcasing. It. Looks. Siiick. I can't 'even' wait for this movie! Summer is lookin' hot hot hot! The film also stars the likes of Alicia Vikander (adore!), Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel and Riz Ahmed. Have a look-see for yourself!

returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. , the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter in Universal Pictures' Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows... again. Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Plan for Jason Bourne to hit theaters on July 29, 2016. For more info. visit this site. 
I'm so ready to get Bourne again! What do you think? Share your thoughts on the trailer in the comment section below... 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Doctor Strange Teaser

Source: Firstshowing

"You know what I see in your future?... Possibility."   
Disney can't stop, won't stop! with Marvel's 'illest' teaser for Doctor Strange, which just wrapped up in NYC last week. This looks awesome! I love a good comic-book Blockbuster. It has a very strong Matrix vibe to it too.  stars as Stephen Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, which of course is a super-hero that gains his powers from The Ancient One, played by (LOVE her!). The rest of the cast also includes the likes of Rachel McAdams (adore), Mads Mikkelsen, Scott Adkins, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Benedict Wong. This is just a teaser so they don't reveal too much, which as you know is perfect. In fact, there is little to no need to show anymore than this.  Here's my money Disney, I'm all in! This could be fantastical on so many levels.  Have a look-see and enjoy... 
Doctor Strange is directed by American filmmaker  , of the films The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Sinister and Deliver Us from Evil previousl, and the script  is written by C. Robert Cargill. Doctor Strange follows a once brilliant neurosurgeon forced into retirement after a car accident destroys his once skilled hands. He then meets the Ancient One on a trip to Tibet and learns to become the Sorcerer Supreme. After filming in London for the last four months, the film is being prepared for release this fall.  Disney will release Marvel's Doctor Strange everywhere on November 4, 2016.

What did you think of this teaser? And will you be seeing this in theaters? Share your thoughts in the comment section below...

Monday, April 11, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trailer

Source: Firstshowing

 "I wonder, what makes Albus Dumbledore so found of you?..."
Warner Bros is on 'fire' this year! with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and now their full-length trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is the next new Harry Potter spin-off. Oscar winner plays Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who ends up letting loose a suitcase stocked full of magical creatures in New York City in the 20's. This trailer allows us to meet more of the cast including Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, and Colin Farrell, to name a few. I love the slow building music, but more than anything I love how they don't give too much away.  No need to show us the whole movie before we see the whole movie, ya know. I'm such a Harry Potter fan. And I'm thrilled we get to experience more of that world all over again.  A) I love Fantasies and B) I heart the 20's. This looks exhilarating and enchanting. I can't wait to see it!  Have a look-see for yourself and enjoy!

The movie takes us on the adventures of writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his first book in school. This is written by  and directed by English filmmaker , director of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, plus Half-Blood Prince (my personal fav.), and both Deathly Hallows two-part finale. The film features the American version of the Ministry of Magic, housed in the Woolworth Building in New York City, known as the "Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA)". Warner Bros just finished filming this movie and will released on November 18, 2016. 

How excited are you?!  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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