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.
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
The Scoop: 1983 R, directed by Franc Roddam and starring David Keith, Michael Biehn, and Judge Reinhold
Tagline: No tagline
Summary Capsule: Cadets at a military school that ISN’T the Citadel struggle with things like hazing, racism and whether to drink their mint juleps out on the veranda. Not necessarily in that order.
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.
The Scoop: 1988 R, directed by Steve De Jarnatt and starring Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, and Denise Crosby
Tagline: There are 70 minutes to the end of the world. Where can you hide?
Summary Capsule: Guy gets a heads-up on nuclear war, then does everything wrong.
The Scoop: 1987 R, directed Stanley Kubrick and starring Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin
Summary Capsule: War is hell, blah blah blah, don’t take small kids to Viet Nam, blah blah blah
The Scoop: 1989 PG-13, directed by Joan Micklin Silver and starring Patrick Dempsey, Barbara Carrera, and Nancy Valen
Tagline: …he delivers.
Summary Capsule: A college student whose dad refuses to spring for his tuition decides to make money the old-fashioned way: being a pizza delivery gigolo for the wives of southern California. It’s so funny!