Is it just me, or is the movie soundtrack in decline in pop culture? It used to be that a movie could really launch a song into the stratosphere and that films would have robust soundtracks, but I am hard-pressed to think of the last major non-Chipmunks movie that sent a song to the Top 40s. Perhaps the greatest era for the movie-tune partnership was the 80s, and today I’m going to list six memorable tunes and why they still mean a lot to me.
Did the Log Lady forsee this? Twin Peaks is indeed coming back for a nine-episode third season, according to Variety:
“Twin Peaks,” the ABC series that was a forerunner of today’s offbeat serialized cable dramas, is coming back to life with nine new episodes to air on Showtime in 2016.
Sources say series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are working away on the scripts, with Lynch planning to direct all nine episodes. Showtime declined to comment, but Lynch (pictured) and Frost confirmed the news via Twitter on Monday morning.
The episodes are expected to bow in early 2016, which would coincide with the 25th anniversary of the show’s demise after two seasons on ABC in 1990 and 1991. The new segs will be set in the present day and continue storylines established in the second season. Sources emphasize that the new episodes will not be a remake or a reboot but will reflect the passage of time since viewers last checked in with key characters.
As in real life, time and change go hand-in-hand with the quirky college show Community. During season 4, Jeff and Pierce graduated from Greendale, new showrunners came in to take over the series, and the ratings continued to plummet. The show was in a more precarious situation than it ever had been before, but those sorts of odds never disheartened the dysfunctional study group nor its internet legion of fans.
The Scoop: 2014 PG, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Arnett
Tagline: The story of a nobody who saved everybody
Summary Capsule: It’s conformity versus individual creativity in this tale of a LEGO world torn asunder. Also, there’s Batman.
Last night was terribly sad for many of us, as we heard the news that Robin Williams had died. The manic comedian might have struggled with drugs and depression over the years, but he was also a beacon of laughter, inspiration, and charm. His stand-up work, TV appearances, and especially his movies made him a staple of our film landscape.
Today, Mutant Reviewers salutes Robin Williams and encourages you to explore some of his legacy:
The Scoop: 1986 PG-13, directed by Stephen Herek and starring Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, and Billy Zane
Tagline: They eat so fast, you don’t have time to scream!
Summary Capsule: Carniverous alien criminals crash-land in a farming town on Earth
I’m going to try a new type of review here on Mutant Reviewers, an experiment that began with a rather impulsive purchase from Amazon. I was doing a search for the third Meatballs film (which isn’t currently out on DVD, alas) when I came upon a “Too Cool for School Collection.” It was almost too good to be true: 12 so-called cult comedies, mostly from the 80s, for $5.01. Oh, I knew it was bad, even before I learned that they were all Crown International Pictures films (Mystery Science Theater 3000 loves CIP movies, if you need a reference), but how could I resist? Twelve! For five bucks!
And so I thought I’d go through these on a casual basis, and perhaps semi-live blog them instead of doing our typical review format. First up on the docket is the 1987 film Jocks (box office gross: $120,000), which is an interesting title for what is clearly a tennis movie. Are tennis athletes “jocks?” I guess technically, but I would never be afraid of one as a geek in school.