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Movies that defined my youth, Part 2

Movies that defined my youth, Part 2

Movies
It's been awhile since my first installment, so I'm back to revisit some movies that - good or bad - were integral parts of my pop culture education as a growing young man.  And coincidentally, this batch is all comedies. Club Paradise - Long before Robin Williams sullied his reputation in sub-par movies like Jack, RV, and License to Wed, he was sullying it with sub-par movies like 1986's Club Paradise.  I caught this on cable the other day for the first time in about 20 years, and had instant flashbacks to watching my taped copy (taped from HBO) over and over. This is one of those comedies that was almost really good, but fell short for some indefinable reason.  It probably had to do with the distraction of several different plots at once.  The main storyline concerns Jack Moniker (
Bump with me — Classic network logo ID bumpers

Bump with me — Classic network logo ID bumpers

TV & Radio
I've forgotten about 95% of the TV shows I watched growing up, which is probably my brain's self-defense mechanism kicking in. But one thing I haven't forgotten is all those nifty little bumpers I was bombarded with multiple times a day. Some of them are iconic, some just quaint and cheesy. How many of these do you remember? (more…)
What the…?

What the…?

TV & Radio
(Let me preface this by admitting that although I dig The Sopranos, I don't have HBO and the only season I have seen in full is the first one. I have seen various other episodes throughout the series, so I have a general idea of the major storylines.) Regarding the end of The Sopranos - Being that I am not a hardcore fan and haven't even seen every episode, it's hard for me to get to lathered up about the intentionally vague series ending tonight. I have to give David Chase credit for at least trying something different, but I know that a lot of fans already feel cheated because Tony's final fate wasn't shown. Regardless, that last 10 or 15 minutes was probably the most riveting television I've ever seen. It's reasonable to assume he got shot in the diner (well, in the head really...
Movies That Defined My Youth, Part 1

Movies That Defined My Youth, Part 1

Movies
Each of us has strong ties to movies, shows or music from our youth. All it takes is one scene or one chord to send you back to the days when life seemed simpler and shelves were higher. Growing up in New Jersey, many of these movies were seen in regular rotation on WPIX Channel 11 (before it became one of those crappy WB/UPN/CW networks). Because of this, it was years before I saw the unedited versions of these films. Having also seen most of these movies as an adult, I can verify that some have definitely aged better than others. Weird Science (1985) - Director/writer John Hughes dialed down the angst a bit, and traded it in for an abundance of cheap laughs - not that there's anything wrong with that. Michael Anthony Hall (Gary) was on a serious roll by the time this was rele...