Tag Archives: 80s’ Classics

Watching ‘DUNE’: A Research Project

Oh my goodness, my friends, I finally watched Dune. I’ve been ultra-fascinated with this science-fiction epic since I started seeing details of the much-needed reboot being made by Denis Villeneuve coming out early next year. However, yesterday, my sister and I decided to do a little research (and thus spoiling ourselves of the plot) by watching the original Dune movie from 1984 and we were flabbergasted…and not in a good way.

As I watched the film unfold I found myself jarred by the incomprehensive storyline that seemed to weave and pounce on my senses with information and exposition that left me reeling. On more than one occasion I would rub my head and ask aloud, “What is happening?” And that is exactly what is wrong with this 80s’ cult classic.

It isn’t the story that was bad. In fact, the story was actually kind of amazing. It was the adaption of this story that was so jacked up.

Names, planets, and other important tidbits seemed to be thrown at me nonstop and at so quick in succession that I just couldn’t follow. It felt like a story that needed at least four hours to be half-explained correctly had been crammed into ONE movie, leaving me drained and overwhelmed by the film’s underwhelming conclusion.

And can we talk about Chani?!

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Movie Review Flashback: I’ve Finally Seen ‘The Breakfast Club’!

Wow, it’s amazing to think that a little over a year and a half ago I watched The Breakfast Club for the first time. I guess it’s only fitting to take a look back at the review I wrote for it. Enjoy! 🙂

For years my parents have been telling me about how fantastic The Breakfast Club was for their childhood and how it epitomized the 80s’ for them. I knew the iconic song that was made for the movie “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” but I had never seen it paired with the film. Well after a funny episode of Kevin Can Wait (it’s a shame that television show only made it two seasons. Kevin James and Leah Remini are two of my favorite comedians of all time) which referenced The Breakfast Club, I finally got to see this iconic cult classic and I was excited.

This movie had me locked in instantly as the credits  began rolling in the beginning because when it said: STARRING (In Alphabetical Order) the actors’ names weren’t in alphabetical order. Ha, hilarious.

I loved that the movie immediately began with all of the characters being dropped off at the school instead of dragging on and getting to that point. It instantly established all of the characters’ economical statuses, relationships with their parents, and how they were handling having to go to detention on a Saturday.

The amazing thing about this film was how it immediately sucked me in from the moment the high schoolers started their detention in the library. There was so much personality from each of the characters as they started feeling each other out and I was simply riveted. Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: I’ve Finally Seen ‘The Breakfast Club’!

Indiana Jones Is Practically a Superhero

I love the Indiana Jones movies, particularly Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s a film of perfection, crafted from outstanding storytelling from the geniuses who brought us Star Wars and Jaws; George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Harrison Ford starred as the adventurous archaeologist, Indiana Jones, and honestly, I think it’s my favorite role of his, alongside playing Han Solo of course. But what makes Indiana Jones so riveting that he had become an icon in our world of cinema? Simple, he was created practically in the mold of a superhero.

Think about it.

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Outside of his work, he is known as Professor Jones, teaching his students about archaeology and dealing with swooning girls every day.

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But then in the field, voila, he instantly changes, wearing his patented Indiana Jones look and wielding his trusty whip. I mean, who carries a whip around? His whip is practically the equivalent of Thor’s hammer. Without it, he just wouldn’t be the same. That sounds like someone who clearly has superhero tendencies.

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I’ve Finally Seen ‘The Breakfast Club’!

For years my parents have been telling me about how fantastic The Breakfast Club was for their childhood and how it epitomized the 80s’ for them. I always heard the iconic song that came with the movie but I had never seen it paired with the film. Well, last night, after a funny episode of Kevin Can Wait which referenced The Breakfast Club, I finally got to see this iconic cult classic and I was excited.

This movie had me locked in instantly as the credits were rolling in the beginning because when it said: STARRING (In Alphabetical Order) the actors’ names weren’t in alphabetical order. Ha, hilarious.

I loved that the movie immediately began with all of the characters being dropped off at the school instead of dragging on and getting to that point. It instantly established all of the characters’ economical statuses, relationships with their parents, and how they were handling having to go to detention on a Saturday.

The amazing thing about this film was how it immediately sucked me in from the moment the high schoolers started their detention in the library. There was so much personality from each of the characters just as they started feeling each other out and I was simply riveted.

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It was fascinating watching the teenagers slowly confide each other and learn about each other’s lives and become friends throughout their eight hour detention. It also was one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. The dialogue was exceptional, the scenarios were impeccably thought out, and it was just a ridiculously enjoyable movie.

John Hughes, the writer and director of this film, was a genius of the 80s’. Not only did he make The Breakfast Club but he also created iconic movies such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Ferris Bueler’s Day Off, and Home Alone (I’ve watched all of these films by the way). That’s crazy! No wonder I resonated with the movie so much and so quickly.

The greatest thing about the film was the message it gave; that no matter who you are, what skin color you have, or what background you come from we’re all the same. At the end of the day the teenagers found out that they all had something in common and that was a beautiful moral to the story. It was a powerful message that still resonates to this day.

All in all, this movie was five stars and now I understand completely why it became such a cult classic.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.