80's Flick Flashback

December 23, 2020

#20 - “A Christmas Story” (1983) with Ron West

There’s no denying that this film has become a holiday tradition for many families around the world. Since the film’s release, it’s become regarded as a Christmas classic, and the original house shown in the movie has even be...

December 11, 2020

#19 - "Die Hard" (1988) with Laramy Wells

John McTiernan‘s 1988 action tour de force is often called one of the greatest action films ever made. It’s a masterclass on every level: building entertaining characters, crafting escalating action, establishing and navigati...

November 25, 2020

#18 - "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (1987) with Laramy Wells

A road trip movie, a buddy comedy and teen-angst director du jour, John Hughes’ first attempt at a holiday movie. It’s a classic double-act farce that might not fit that well in the decade it came out in. There are no guns or...

November 13, 2020

#17 "Friday the 13th" (1980) with Ron West

Legendary filmmaker Georges Méliès is often credited with making the first ever horror movie, which was called was The Haunted Castle. Horror movies have no doubt evolved since the early days with many filmmakers now relying...

October 30, 2020

#16 - “Halloween II” (1981) with Ron West

Most long-running horror franchises have that one installment which was legitimately supposed to, but ultimately, did not end the franchise. Some have several of them. In Hollywood, producers (and sometimes audiences) will qu...

October 16, 2020

#15 - “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986) with Laramy & Bethany Wells

In 1986, if you mixed Science Fiction, dark comedy, horror, doo-wop inspired musical numbers, and a director who was more famous for voicing Yoda and Miss Piggy, you probably wouldn't expect too much. But this remake of a re...

October 02, 2020

#14 - “The Last Dragon” (1985) with Ron West

As the brainchild of an up-and-coming screenwriter, an established movie director, and the mastermind behind Motown Records, Barry Gordy, a low-budget niche film mixed martial arts, heavily synthesized pop songs, supernatural...

September 18, 2020

#13 - “RoboCop” (1987) with Ron West

In 1987, a new kind of gritty, ultra-violent sci-fi action movie was born, but it came with nods to comic book heroes, and classic spaghetti westerns. Helmed by a little known Dutch director with a penchant for violence and n...

September 04, 2020

#12 - "The Goonies" (1985) with Ron West

1985 was a big year for movies! It was a year dominated by flying DeLoreans, Breakfast Clubs, Beverly Hills Cops, as well as massive pop artists like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cindy Lauper, and Prince. It was also the year of...

August 21, 2020

#11 - “Aliens” (1986) with Laramy Wells

In 1986, young up and coming writer-director, James Cameron, took the tall task of tackling a sequel to director Ridley Scott's space-thriller, "Alien". With returning cast member, Sigorney Weaver, he not only moved the stor...

August 08, 2020

#10 - “Dirty Dancing” (1987) with Tyra Williams

In 1987 a small Connecticut-based direct-to-video company made their first feature film for a true theatrical release. With low expectations from investors due to a female-driven plot in the midst of a testosterone-heavy Sum...

July 24, 2020

#9 - “Major League” (1989) with Charlie Cotter

When you think of great movies about major league baseball, there aren’t too many to choose from. “Bull Durham” was about the minor leagues. “Field of Dreams” was about ghosts of former players meeting on a cornfield in Iowa ...

July 10, 2020

#8 - “Predator” (1987) with Laramy Wells

Released in on June 12, 1987, up and coming director John McTiernan’s second film introduced action and horror fans to a brand new kind of extra-terrestrial threat. It was a bonafide box office hit when released due to its st...

June 26, 2020

#7 - “Summer School” (1987) with Laramy Wells

The 1980's in Hollywood was filled with more high school movies about slackers and smart-alecks than anyone actually needed, especially when it came to featuring students who looked like they were older than the teachers. Sum...

June 12, 2020

#6 - “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983) with Chris McMichen

In July of 1983, director Harold Ramis took us on a cross-country comedic adventure with one of the most well-known, and often most beloved families in pop culture today - The Griswolds. The Griswold’s first cinematic adventu...

May 29, 2020

#5 - “The Shining” (1980) with Laramy Wells

In 1980, director Stanley Kubrick, released a film that would haunt and terrify audiences for years to come. His own adaptation of a best-selling Steven King novel has split audiences and critics, some calling it an “overrea...

May 15, 2020

#4 - “War Games” (1983) with Chris McMichen

Released in June of 1983, “War Games” made young Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy movie stars while it irrevocably changed our views of how computers could work and what dangers “hacking” those computers could do to the nati...

May 01, 2020

#3 - “Stand By Me” (1986) with Laramy Wells

A tender and poignant story of four friends who spend the last weekend of the Summer of 1959 looking for the body of a missing local boy, “Stand By Me” won the hearts of critics and audiences in the Fall of 1986. Starring Wi...

April 17, 2020

#2 - “Coming to America” (1988) with Ron West

In 1988, Eddie Murphy re-teamed with "Trading Places" director, John Landis, to make his tour-de-force, multi-character playing masterpiece known as "Coming To America". It officially made Eddie a bonafide movie star and gav...

April 01, 2020

#1 - “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) with Jeff Tinkle

Released on June 12, 1981, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford introduced a new kind of hero in professor, archaeologist, and fedora-wearing adventurer, Indiana Jones. They also launched one of the greatest and ...