Welcome back kids.
Today we are pulling back the tarp and taking the GonzoGeek Way-Back Machine out for a spin.
Our destination? The Summer of 19982.
So, strap yourself in, check the flux capacitor and punch it.
The Summer of 1982 is considered by a large majority of the geek community to be a watershed summer for movies. There is a strong argument to be made. Take a look at this partial list of movies released between May and August of that year.
- Conan the Barbarian
- Rocky III
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- The Thing
- Blade Runner
- The World According to Garp
- Night Shift
- Pink Floyd: The Wall
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- The Beastmaster
That's an impressive list and I didn't even include An Officer and a Gentleman (how was that a summer movie?!?).
Now, as I try to avoid contact with my 13-year-old self and a rift in the space/time continuum, I seem to remember another movie that came out that year that is often overlooked.
What? You don't remember Six Pack
? Kenny Rogers was on the back end of the height of his countrypolitan zenith and he was branching out into acting. Having had some success in a TV movie based on his hit, The Gambler, Rogers hit the big screen in that busy movie summer as a down on his luck stock (read NASCAR) driver who stumbles upon a gang of orphans who make ends meet by stealing car parts.
Now, this was 1982 so nobody ended up tortured or drag racing with Vin Diesel. No, the gang of six (get it?) saw the error of their ways and put Rogers back on the road to victory.
Hit the damned music.
You know what I remember most about Six Pack
This week's cheesecake. Please say hello to Diane Lane.
Ms. Lane played the leader of the Six Pack, Breezy.
She burst onto our hormone addled radars and never left. In fact, before 1984 was over she would appear in such classic 80s fare as The Outsiders, Ladies and Gentlemen - The Fabulous Stains, Rumble Fish, The Cotton Club
and Streets of Fire
Cue the damned music.
Since then, Ms. Lane has never been far from our screens. She was in Lonesome Dove, Chaplin, Judge Dredd, The Perfect Storm
She picked up an Oscar nomination for 2002's Unfaithful
And, fortuitously, she starred in 2006's Hollywoodland
, a movie about the life and death of TV's Superman, George Reeves.
Today she can be seen the new Superman movie, Man of Steel
. She's playing Kal-El's adopted Earth mother, Martha Kent.
Time to head back to 2013, people are started to stare at my iPhone. Neanderthals.
Let's hit the links.
Awkward band and musician photos
FLAMING LIPS – ‘7 Skies H3’ [24-hr song]
Advice from the master: Thelonious Monk scribbles a list of tips for playing a gig
Neurosis – LIVE! (full set, pro-shot) – Paris, 2013
Why I No Longer Give Away My Music (by Bob Ostertag).
Five ways to stop the NSA from spying on you
Matt interviewed on Grantland.
Once - a giant cube containing the remains of an entire amusement park.
"I am the one who knocks." - Samuel L. Jackson channels Walter White.
Facebook now has #hashtags.
David Letterman really wants to know if those are your drums.
Five things you didn't know about the Superman movie franchise.
Brutally honest posters for classic Disney movies.
Classic rock songs that should be retired from radio.
How to live life the Michael Shannon way.
The best of Rafi from The League.
And finally, the worst movie dads...ever!
and Blade Runner
opened on the same day! WTF!!