5-19-18: 80’s Movie of the Week: Bright Lights, Big City

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80’s media favorite Michael J. Fox goes dramatic by embracing the party life just a bit too much in Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

 

Going with a personal favorite featuring an out of the usual role from a 1980’s megastar who dominated both the box office and the tube during the decade of Reaganomics:

THE FILM:   Bright Lights, Big City

THE YEAR:   1988

THE STARS:  80’s icon Michael J. Fox,  the pre-Jack Bauer version of Kiefer Sutherland, and a short haired pre-Mrs. Kevin Kline version of Phoebe Cates. 

THE PLOT:    Based off the book by Jay MacInerney, young Michael J. is a dude who enjoys the night life of the NYC enough to put his job in jeopardy. You’ll get 1 3/4 hours of dude trying to mix Sutherland-aided clubbing and cocaine snorting with keeping his gig. In the process he gets in public spats with his estranged wife (Cates, who again decided to shed some serious hair for the role), throws himself romantically at a co-worker (played by versatile Swoosie Kurtz) and turns in a track star performance trying to avoid his very own brother (played by the television version of Ferris Bueller, one Charlie Schlatter.)  One can probably figure out if dude was still employed by film’s end.

THE ADDITIONAL STAR POWER:  I forgot that the legendary late Smith Barney spokesperson John Houseman made an appearance yet remembered the young Fox throwing down with another late legend Jason Robards because Fox did a lot of that during this movie. Better yet this was my first time getting to see Kelly Lynch on film. No complaints there. For additional trivia purposes, as per this web link on the film one David Hyde Pierce of Frasier fame makes his movie debut as a bartender. Not a bad lineup of past, present and future stars in the mix.

THE REASON THIS FILM IS MEMORABLE TO ME SOME 30 YEARS AFTER THE FACT:  The 1980’s was a time where Michael J. Fox seemed to match star power with the sons and daughters of MTV like his namesake the late Michael Jackson and Madonna as well as his fellow NBC icon of the time William H. Cosby, PhD. (And yes, I didn’t expect the man who I spent my youth watching as a Jell-O product pitchman on TV to have bigger problems than making the film Leonard Part 6). After seeing this Fox being a dominant comic figure as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties before making the blockbuster Back to the Future movies, I remember going to the theaters to see one of the previously reviewed movies on this blog (either this one or that one) and low and behold there’s a preview of a film featuring drugged up Michael J. Fox ready to make its mark at theaters nationwide. Pretty much the polar opposite of Marty McFly and the young Republican known as Alex P.  Hence the film fell into the ‘well, I’ll check it out since I probably won’t have a date for the next three or four presidential administrations’ category once it hit the video stores with this unsobering glossy of Fox on the video box cover shown here:

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Fortunately for me I would end up actually getting dates before my non-illustrious Sonland High School career ended (including ironically enough with a local Fox). Oh…back to the film:  if one wants to take more than a few seconds to evaluate Michael J. Fox’s acting skills, this film is a good place to start. Back then the rotund 15 year old version of me was going to shit on a movie that wasn’t a comedy or had a hot chick or two in it. While Lynch nailed the hot chick part of the checklist for me, I found that I was able to watch the whole movie and say ‘man, dude’s f—-d up’ just as much as I asked myself ‘just what the f— did Cates do with her hair?‘ (Obviously the hair thing was something I pondered because I preferred her with long hair a la the days of Fast Times at Ridgemont High). As a result I not only finished watching the film in whole but still will watch it whenever it’s showing on TV to this day.  If one wants a good example of how to crash and burn while being young and residing in the New York City of the 1980’s, then I would point to this Fox performance as a good place to start.

Keeping with the tradition in rating those tapes worth playing in the VCR, yours truly gives it a Fitzthoughtsblog rating of 3 OUT OF 4.

Additional film promo photos via the Interwebs:

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Happy weekend to all and thanks for reading.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

 

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5-16-18: The 100th Post

 

Posting a day later than originally planned due to no computer being available at the library after I left work last evening…which probably is not a good way to start out typing during this milestone of sorts. While I’ve had some long pauses from blogging in the 22 1/2 months since I first started this cheap inexpensive blog nevertheless it’s somewhat of an accomplishment that the fitzthoughtsblog is still around. So thanks to all who stumble upon this place in cyberspace and have actually read my semi-coherent rants in between writing school papers and trying to stay gainfully employed.

Some random thoughts and updates on post number 100 as we have an hour and a half of public computer usage to go……

-speaking of employment, still at the same place that I was when I made this early post.

-got an A on that term paper that I had previously mentioned a time or two. Good for me.

-during the last weekend of April I went to Spring Immersion (aka residency) for my school program. Due to little items like having multiple jobs in 2016 and 2017 (plus also 2018…though I scheduled time off in advance since I kind of needed to attend one if I ever want to complete the program) I had not been able to go to one until a few weeks ago- have to go to two more before going full throttle on the 8000 level courses and dissertation stuff. Main surprises were getting fed a few meals for free and actually meeting some of the classmates I have dealt with online for these past couple of years. Also had the fun task of doing homework at night during said Immersion/residency but was able to get that taken care of as well. Will be looking forward to the next one in late September.

-since I still haven’t finished the prom diary that I started last year, might as well note that last Friday was “promiversary” or whatever the f— one calls the anniversary of going to senior prom. The highlights: getting to leave work early at 5 pm and mowing the yard. Just call me Mr. Excitement. Followed that up on Saturday with a trip to Sheridan for Woody’s Pizza. Highly recommended to all.

-from now on it would be wise to use the mute button on if I watch a Cleveland Cavaliers game on ABC/ESPN TV being commentated on by Mike Breen. Last night was pretty bad for me to deal with…..as in Cris Collinsworth at this year’s Super Bowl bad.  Breen has helped make it much easier for me to root for the Boston Celtics in this year’s NBA Eastern finals matchup between the Celts and Cavs. Also makes me miss the days of Marv Albert and Mike Fratello calling the NBA on NBC.

As for an armchair NBA title prediction: going with Golden State in the West, Boston in the East and Golden State winning in five.  If someone told me 20 -hell, even 5-years ago that the Golden State Warriors were on the cusp of being in four straight NBA Finals, safe to say I would ask them how many brews they had thrown down that evening to throw out that kind of take. Alas it’s a different NBA these days. Glad for Warriors fans as they had been loyal through a lot of bad seasons and player vs. coach related drama. Gives me some hope as an Indiana Pacers fan…..though admittedly not much unless said Pacers someday can also have three or four NBA All-Stars in the starting lineup.

-with basketball both in the air and on the air as Game 2 of the NBA West finals between said Golden State and Houston are coming up in an hour, going to end with a GIF from one of my all-time favorite NBA Finals: the 1991 series (held after my Sonland High graduation) where Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls beat Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers:

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Resistance was futile back then when MJ was at this peak.

Thanks to all who may have read any of these past 100 posts; here’s to good health and another 100. May even finally finish this prom diary deal while I’m at it.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

 

 

 

 

5-14-18: 80’s Movie of the Week: St. Elmo’s Fire

Better late than never with another cinematic look of my favorite decade for movies….

THE FILMSt. Elmo’s Fire

THE YEAR:  1985

THE STARS: 75 percent of the decade’s young Hollywood stalwarts known as The Brat Pack (save for Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald) plus the future TV Sally McCoy of the Hatfield-McCoy feud Mare Winningham. You’ll also get prime Andie McDowell as the doctor of Charlie Sheen‘s brother’s dreams.  That last sentence alone makes for good comedy in itself.

THE PLOT: After our seven semi-heroes graduate college (pictured above) they deal with nearly two hours of handling immediate life after graduation. Rob Lowe does Rob Lowe things and rocks the Chuck Taylors while eventually working at a gas station before coming to the aid of drug endeared Demi Moore. The Dorothy Hamill inspired haircut apparently works for Ally Sheedy as Capitol Hill working Judd Nelson wages war with camoflauge pants wearing Andrew McCarthy for her love. Sheen’s bro Emilio Estevez rides his bike in never ending pursuit of McDowell when not wearing bow ties and tending bar at the movie’s title location. In other words….star studded 80’s movie going from the beginnings of graduation day to the endings of lecturing at a bus depot.

THE THEME SONG: I saw this music video for years on MTV and heard this song for years on local Indianapolis area radio. Hence it gets mentioned. Also for fun- a link to John Parr’s website. Dude will be rocking with Foreigner this summer. Good for dude.

FITZTHOUGHTS ON SAID MOVIE:  A proud staple of my VHS tape collection and yet another reason for me to enjoy Demi Moore because she’s Demi Moore. (Sure that sentence would go over well in conversation with the former Mrs. Bruce Willis). Main thing with the movie is that this is the best example I can think of when looking for a movie that has an all-star ensemble cast of the Hollywood icons from my youth. Anytime I have seen in on cable in the last 20 years or so…..everything else goes to the wayside. So the movie will always be on the list of all-time Fitzthoughts favorites. Probably best to leave it at that.

FITZTHOUGHTSBLOG RATING: 4 out of 4. 

Best wishes to all for a good rest of the week as we approach the blog’s 100th post.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

5-3-18: 80’s Movie of the Week: Summer School

 

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The pre-CSI version of Mark Harmon plays educator in Summer School (1987)

 

Not much time this week due to that term paper thing, so going back to an old post from two years ago for a quick recap of a movie featuring a pre-Jenny Craig version of Kirstie Alley:

THE MOVIE:  Summer School

THE YEAR:     1987

THE STARS:   Alley takes second billing as the love interest to current CBS icon Mark Harmon as the former UCLA quarterback turned acting great leads a cast that includes two other future CBS sitcom mainstays in Courtney Thorne-Smith (Two and a Half Man) and her semi-namesake Shawnee Smith (Becker).  So 14 year old me at least approved of the female casting.

THE PLOT:  Matinee idol turned teacher Harmon wants to enjoy a Hawaiian summer vacation yet finds he needs to teach summer school to some non-Ivy League caliber students or else lose tenure. (Thanks to Wikipedia for reminding me the plot came via a character played by ageless Carl Reiner winning the lottery and saying adios to the educational profession). And of course Alley (taking the role before beginning her starring role in Cheers) is there for additional eye candy and assistance to Harmon in the film. Add in a few students apparently led by a couple of dudes that lecture non-stop about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and your hour and a half of viewing is set.

THE LOCATION:  I thought the film location school setting looked familiar, and thanks to our friends at IMDb I was actually right as they used the same place for The Karate Kid and one of the Nightmare on Elm Street films.

FITZTHOUGHTS ON A MOVIE RENTED BACK IN  EARLY 1988:  The old Silver Screen Video store in semi-scenic Noblesville would always have these big posters advertising the next big video release. Hence one night I rolled in there and saw this poster before remembering the good looking woman on Cheers was named Kirstie Alley…and that made the decision an easy one since I was both easily amused and liked watching Alley on Thursday nights because I didn’t have much of a social life back then (or come to think of it now…..oops).  Basically the film was worth watching for said hour and a half and proved to be one that was decently entertaining.  Easy one to recommend as well as an excellent example of 80’s fashion at its peak.

Fitzthoughtsblog rating as a good film to rent: 3 OUT OF 4.

On to the term paper. Back next week with another review-thanks to any and all who may read these and best wishes for a good month of May.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

 

 

5-1-18: Romeo Langford Chooses Indiana

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Yeah, that Romeo Langford announcement last night was kind of a big deal. Photo courtesy of the Indiana Daily Student

 

As chronicled previously on this cheap blog the state of Indiana basketball literally and figuratively was waiting for last night’s festivities in New Albany. Thankfully for Indiana University basketball fans the wait was worth it as All-American Romeo Langford announced he was playing his college ball for the Hoosiers. 

 

Not surprisingly a few people decided to swing by the New Albany gym to see what was going on……

….in fairness, the weather was pretty nice yesterday.

Either way Hoosier fans got some long needed good news as Langford rocked the crimson cap to show his college choice:

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All yours, Little Archie Miller. Hope to see a fun and productive 2018-19 season.

 

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

4-30-18: Kept Down By The Kardashians: The Myles Turner Dilemma

Tristan Thompson’s double double in Sunday afternoon’s Game 7 helped ensure LeBron James would yet again prevail against the Indiana Pacers in the NBA playoffs.

Last Friday I continued a long standing tradition of watching Indiana Pacers NBA playoff action by seeing them beat Cleveland 121-87 to set up the defining Game 7 of their first round duel with the LeBron James led (for now, anyway) Cavaliers. Having seen the Pacers franchise win multiple playoff games when they are the home team meant I wasn’t going to automatically go and throw down a few fifths or declare Victor Oladipo the king of pro hoops (that’s the job of a few select individuals at Pacers Digest  who believe Oladipo does no wrong even if he shoots 2 for 15 from the field like he did in Cleveland’s 98-95 Game 5 win with the on cue LeBron buzzer beating three point shot). It meant me saying out loud ‘this is nice, but we’ll see what happens Game 7.’

Thanks to the reappearance of a member of the world famous Kardashian clan and a disappearing act from Larry Bird’s last lottery draft pick Myles Turner, yours truly got to spend his Sunday afternoon watching the end of another Pacers playoff run. While it probably wasn’t a shock to anyone in the Western Hemisphere because 1) LeBron plays for Cleveland and 2) the Pacers haven’t won a league championship of any sort since I was in diapers, nonetheless it was disappointing because nothing has really changed since I posted on the blog about last year’s first round Pacers playoff exit to the Cavaliers.  And I might as well reference this quote because Khloe’s main man Thompson reminded me of it often while watching Turner do his worst to ensure it was 5 against 4 when he was on the court:

Myles Turner has a long way to go before becoming the NBA All-Star the Pacers expect him to be. Turner was Tristan Thompson’s b—- the entire series. 12 points and 7 boards a game won’t cut it in big games. However there’s a half glass full/half glass empty dynamic involved. Half glass full is dude is only 21 and hasn’t reached full potential yet. Half glass empty is your NBA team is pretty s—-ty when your second best player is 21. 

When I saw that Cavaliers coach Ty Lue decided to throw Thompson in the starting lineup, I immediately went ‘uh oh’ due in part to that previous quote. I then got to see the Pacers starting lineup stumble, bumble and fumble around to start the game as they quickly fell behind 31-19 and make Thompson look like a cross between prime Karl Malone  on the court and former NBC fictional icon Sam Malone off the court. (While Thompson apparently may match Boston’s favorite baseball man turned bartender in doing well on the social scene, we’ll stick with his on-court wrecking of Turner’s game). While the Pacers admittedly got their heads out of their buttocks just enough to make the game semi-competitive before eventually losing to LeBron and Friends 105-101, nonetheless it was quite the sight to see Thompson dominating the offensive glass while making Turner again look like a pitiful excuse for an NBA starter. In fact it guaranteed that I spent the majority of the game wishing out loud that Turner would get the f— out of the building and allow someone else to at least look like they could try to do SOMETHING against a player who had only played 24 minutes in the previous six games while being acknowledged around Cleveland fans as somewhat of an albatross due to his $18 million annual salary.

Thompson’s ending stat line as the Cavalier’s starting center for Game 7:  15 points (courtesy of 5 for 6 shooting from both the field and charity stripe, 10 rebounds, a steal, a blocked shot and only 2 fouls.

Turner? 8 points courtesy of three shots and five free throw attempts (all in the second half) to go with just four rebounds  and six fouls ensuring that when the game was on the line he could help his squad best by riding the pine.

As dude who supposedly will be earning $30 million a year in future NBA campaigns DID NOT HAVE A SHOT ATTEMPT IN THE FIRST HALF, safe to say that I wasn’t real thrilled about Turner being a no-show when the season was on the line- especially with an opportunity for the Pacers to win back some fans that have been lost due to overpaying men who no longer play professional basketball for a living.

While some media men and die hard Pacers fans may scold me for not deifying a man who just finished his third year in the NBA, I will simply ask said scolding sons of Oladipo to click on this current link and answer this question: are these the statistics of a future world champion? Is this man the next Oscar Robertson? Better yet is dude even going to be the next Evan Turner (currently logging non-impact minutes in Portland after bouncing around the league, even he had a year where he averaged 17 points a game for the pre-Process version of the 76ers before his failed spring as a Pacers playoff performer). In this current Indiana version of Turner I see a dude who will just as likely fall asleep on the floor as he will get a double double like Thompson did on him this past Sunday. Turner’s tradition of scoring eight points every other game (he also did that in Game 3 and Game 5 of the seven game playoff series) is simply not enough for a team looking for a second offensive threat to get them 15 to 18 points a night. In its current format this Pacers team desperately needs to compliment the streaky shooting Oladipo; as Thaddeus Charles Young will always be Thaddeus Charles Young and Austin Croshere lookalikes are good for just one breakout game out of every seven, the Pacers needed Turner to not s–t the bed on Sunday.

From this vantage point, the tabloid touting Thompson made sure that Turner took a nice sized dump in front of a nationally televised audience. It was simply one of the worst playoff performances I have ever seen an NBA player have. And since I once watched John Starks gift wrap an NBA title to Houston in another Game 7 disaster, that says a lot.

If one wants to argue differently, have at it. But Turner and I have the same number of NBA All-Star appearances right now. Better yet my fat a– and Turner also share the number of NBA playoff series victories. As a result, I’m not ready to crown him as the modern day warrior of professional sport.  It also made me quite weary of looking forward to dealing with Turner in the future because quite frankly I just don’t see anything resembling a star or a winning playoff performer at this point of time.

I’ll give current Pacers front office man Kevin Pritchard credit for this year’s squad being better than the one that lost to Cleveland in last year’s playoffs, but I also believe he has lots of work to do if he actually wants to bring home an NBA championship to Indianapolis. How he and coach Nate McMillan deal with Turner is going to be pretty damn crucial for this organization’s future both in the record books as well as in the Simon family’s pocketbooks.

Your move, Young Pritchard. Thankfully you’re not Larry Bird or Donnie Walsh, so there is hope.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

4-26-18: 80’s Movie of the Week: Biloxi Blues

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Christopher Walken prepares Matthew Broderick and company for combat in Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues (1988)

Back with another Reaganomics era film review before class tonight……

THE FILM: Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues

THE YEAR:  1988

THE STARS: Popular man of the 80’s Matthew Broderick headlines with popular Saturday Night Live mainstay of any decade Christopher Walken and popular with me in any decade Penelope Ann Miller Former NBC sitcom belle Park Overall (Empty Nest) also dominates for a few minutes as the lady who gets the honor of officially being “the first” for Broderick’s character. Good for Broderick. Perhaps not so good signs for my high school social life when I remember watching Empty Nest on Saturday nights. After also remembering that the dude who played Joe Isuzu in those car commercials was also on said NBC show, probably best to move on.

THE PLOT:  Based on Simon’s own time doing basic training in World War II,  young Broderick’s Jerome character heads south to meet up with a man named Epstein (played by a dude named Corey Parker whom I’ve never heard about since) and gets to deal with a hard-ass sergeant (Walken) who makes life miserable while providing the soundboard for Broderick’s 80’s approved comedy.  One hour and 46 minutes of said antics follows.

THE FIRST: Overall’s role in providing big band era Broderick a good time (all while Broderick rocks the combat boots) wasn’t the only first that came from this movie. Despite the fact that the man provides comedy in movies and TV alike, this was the first time I had ever seen a movie featuring one Christopher Walken. To show how things don’t always sink in right away, while at college number one (Transylvania University) yours truly went to see Wayne’s World at the dollar movies (admittedly one of the best things about being in Lexington, Kentucky at the time when you’re as cheap as I am) and did not realize that Wayne’s competition for the eternally hot Tia Carrere was none other than good old Walken. Finally figured it out a few years and few schools later. Good for me. Sure Walken will appreciate the dap.

FITZTHOUGHTS AND MEMORIES OF SAID FDR ERA FILM:  Yours truly remembers going with classmate and neighbor King Shane Booker to see this film at the General Cinema theater inside Castleton Square Mall one weekend night in April 1988 (same location as where we went to see the subject of last week’s movie review) and being entertained by Broderick being Broderick. As dude was in the midst of being a star thanks to one of my favorite John Hughes 80’s vehicles,  we knew who dude was and figured why the f— not despite not giving two s—s who Neil Simon was. One of the best comedies I had ever seen at the time as I laughed at pretty much everything that was on screen. While I probably won’t be able to distinguish Neil Simon from his fellow New York approved bros Simon and Garfunkel, I also will gladly throw this film out as the one movie of his that I would watch with no second thoughts or complaints. It’s also one of the films I most often remember from the Sonland High era as being worth the time and money to see. Makes it easy for yours truly to give it a 4 out of 4 rating on the Fitzthoughtsblog scale.

Thanks to any and all for reading this as yours truly now prepares for an evening of class. Hope to have another one of these next week if the term paper schedule permits it.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-19-18: 80’s Movie of the Week: Big

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GIF time to celebrate Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia jamming in Big (1988)

Continuing on with the weekly reviews as a Fitzthoughtsblog 80’s favorite is on deck:’

THE MOVIE:  Big

THE YEAR:    1988

THE STARS:  Tom Hanks takes center stage with a cast of semi-household names that include post-Scarface Robert Loggia, pre-Weeds Elizabeth Perkins, the late John Heard and Jon Lovitz in his ‘oh, yeah, dude was in that’ film from my youth. Don’t blink or you’ll miss Kitty Forman of That 70’s Show (Debra Jo Rupp) as a secretary.

THE PLOT: A 13 year old kid in 80’s New Jersey wants to grow up. Said kid finds a fortune telling machine and wishes he was grown up. Said kid gets his wish and becomes Tom Hanks. With a wise-ass friend appearing at intervals making wisecracks and wearing a 80’s approved brown leather bomber jacket at all times, young Hanks rises up the corporate ladder as he goes from cubicle sitting with Lovitz to management and enjoying sweet relations with fellow executive Perkins…..who happens to be Heard’s ex. In the process Hanks gets a limo and rocks out to the sounds of Billy Idol in the New York night before turning back into a 13 year old kid to end the film. Simple enough.

THE WISE-ASS LITTLE S—:  In my role as an armchair movie critic on this film, one annoying little s–t does his best to ruin the movie: Hanks’s boy Billy (played by Jared Rushton). Every few minutes Billy appears to do a wide variety of things ranging from straw fights to arranging housing to basically being, well, an annoying little s–t. Fortunately the Hanks character makes up for this by roaming in a new bachelor pad and enjoying some good times with Perkins (which my 15 year old self approved of since Perkins looked pretty good back then….but probably not much of a valued take since I also think she looks good now). As a result I had to look up the name of said annoying twat due to just remembering him mouth-breathing and wearing a dozen buttons on his leather coat while riding a dirt bike. And that will be enough of said little s–t.

THE LIMO RIDE: Since I always remember that part (along with Hanks rocking the 70’s style white tux) here’s a photo link to Hanks enjoying a night on the town. Hanks would enjoy some quality time with Perkins later on after showing off his trampoline.  One’s imagination can do the rest. 

FITZTHOUGHTS ON PRE-CASTAWAY HANKS FILM:  Hanks had been introduced to me many years earlier thanks to our friends at HBO.  One of his movies always seemed to be playing be it Volunteers, The Money Pit or long time personal favorite Splash (with the latter getting a big assist from Daryl Hannah being Daryl Hannah). Hence I was down to hit the Castleton Square Mall General Cinemas to watch Hanks rise from puberty to prince of the NYC during the summer of 1988, and the result was watching one of my all time favorite films of the decade. Also gave another quality HBO viewing option when 1989 rolled around.

While I have paid full admission to see some horrendous Tom Hanks movies, this fortunately was not one of them.  Thanks to him (and obviously Perkins) this gets the obligatory 4 OUT OF 4 rating.  Also reminds me that I’m getting pretty old. As is Hanks.

Thanks to any and all out in cyberspace who may read this as I look forward to writing another paper for class.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

4-14-18: Weekend Update

 

Beleaguered Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price has led the team to its worst start since 1955. Photo courtesy of Tom Servo from Reds Zone

 

Saturday morning Fitzthoughts after wrapping up this week’s homework at the library:

-Not a good start to the Cincinnati Reds season thus far. In fact it’s the worst since the Eisenhower Administration.  Even the typical sunshine boys of the Reds Zone message board are beginning to find fault with the way that the Reds ownership and front office structure have f—-d up via allowing Bryan Price to manage the club year after losing year after year. (Not to be found on said posts: their son Raisor. As mentioned previously I’ll just assume he feels that watching teams lose 83 percent of their games is the best way for him to be entertained and leave it at that. )

This typical Reds related garbage made me ponder if there would be any legitimate reason to expect them to try to put out a competitive on-field product in the next decade or so…..and it also made me wonder if it would be worth going to a game at Great American Ball Park in said next decade or so. The Reds website naturally didn’t put a pricing map on their 2018 stadium seating map so I just went online to said site and saw that they now have jacked up their upper deck left field bleachers section to ticket prices of $18 and $20. Granted today they’re playing the theoretical rival St. Louis Cardinals and there’s a bobble head doll giveaway….but yours truly says no to $20. And since the team is already sending me emails for half price ticket deals on ALL Sunday home games…..yeah, again no to $20.

Instead of ranting more about ticket prices I won’t pay and a team that won’t win, I’ll actually go back to a good memory involving fair prices and an actual winning Reds ball club…….a Sunday afternoon some five years ago where myself and fellow Morristown Football League (MFL) members went on our then annual “Reds Fest” to see the Reds beat the Nationals 6-3. Box score is here. I was able to see Johnny Cueto get the win, Aroldis Chapman get the save and Jay Bruce be productive by driving in three of the team’s six runs. (Better yet I was able to get EIGHT of those before mentioned upper deck left field bleacher seats for a combined total of $34.25 -tax included- on Stubhub.) To paraphrase Hollywood family film semi-icon O’Shea Jackson,  it was a good day.

None of those previously three mentioned players are on the club anymore….and while Bruce did himself no favors with the bad years in 2014 and 2015 that led to his eventual departure, seeing the team let Cueto and Chapman go for virtually nothing and then seeing the two win World Series titles (Cueto with the Kansas City Royals, Chapman with the Chicago Cubs) was not particularly thrilling. Safe to say being asked to pay around $160 plus tax for those same eight seats doesn’t look too appealing. Then again neither does seeing the 2018 Reds AT ALL right now, so there’s that.

Indiana Pacers playoffs start tomorrow afternoon with a familiar foe.  Happiest family in the Circle City has to be the Simons as they get at least two gates worth of sellout playoff game money and maybe even a third courtesy of that LeBron James fellow being the opponent. It would be nice to see the Pacers actually BEAT a LeBron James team in a playoff series, but history has shown that to not be the case. Will see what happens as I plan on setting my schedule up tomorrow for watching said Game 1 at Cleveland. And since it’s LeBron that means I can watch it on free on ABC. Won’t argue with that.

-Weather was nice yesterday….so of course I did homework and worked at the second job after posting my 80’s Movie of the Week review.

-oh….had training for second job go through okay. It’s a temp deal which is fine with me because I always need the scratch. Tentative plan is to work 20 or so hours a week for the next 3 weeks, which will make things interesting considering I have two more school papers due in the next three weeks. Plan is to have next Saturday off specifically to write paper number one and then do the same two weeks later with paper number two (which will be the last for that class).

-Last but not least, Happy Birthday to me. Hence a link to a birthday related pic.

 

Happy Saturday to everyone,

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

 

 

4-13-18: 80’s Movie of the Week: Can’t Buy Me Love

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Patrick Dempsey and the future Rube Baker of the Cleveland Indians join others rocking the 80’s fashions in Can’t Buy Me Love (1987).

 

Back with another film from the decade of New Coke and Rubik’s Cubes…..

THE FILM:  Can’t Buy Me Love

THE YEAR:  1987

THE STARS:  The standout names are Patrick Dempsey in his first major starring role prior to his Grey’s Anatomy fame that was nearly two decades away; the late Amanda Peterson (who passed away in 2015); and of course none other than Entourage instigating icon Seth Green as Dempsey’s on and off again sidekick in the film. After that I had to do some digging to realize that the pink bow-tied guy in the above photo was the dude who played the rookie catcher in Major League II  so one learns something new every day. I’ll assume the payroll wasn’t too high for this one.

THE PLOT:  Dempsey is high school dude no one gives two f—-s about other than Green and a few of his fellow non-popular friends; Peterson is high school hot chick and as most popular chick is obviously in a different orbit from the likes of said Dempsey and Green because 1980’s U.S. high schools are like real life- full of cliques and general everyday b—s—t.  And of course while both might as well be on different planets….of course they’re next door neighbors to each other.  Reminds me of the Sonland High days where I had a hot chick that was popular as my neighbor, one Cortnea Lammers. (Not surprisingly, I once wrote about that.) I remembered Dempsey has a cool $1000 in his pocket; until looking back online for this I did NOT remember that Peterson has ruined an expensive $1000 suit of her mother’s at a party by getting wine spilled on it. (Of course it’s wine- it’s the 80’s so no cheap stuff.) Hence the awkward not-cool Dempsey rises to the occasion and proposes the deal to Peterson: be my girlfriend at school for x amount of time and you’ll get my $1000 to take care of the suit situation. Peterson accepts. Plot established and usual chicanery follows.

THEMES AND TIDBITS:  I always remember bits and pieces of this film……like one of Peterson’s co-hot chicks noting Dempsey goes ‘from ultra geek to ultra sheik’ by supposedly dating Peterson…..and then saying the exact opposite after Dempsey gets thrown to the proverbial wolves when Peterson reveals the scheme to everyone and makes Dempsey an outcast until he wins everyone back on his side in the end because 80’s movie.  There’s the theme song by the Fab Four in the intro as Dempsey mows said lawn.  And there’s the apparently annual prank played by future catcher in Major League II where he and his boys throw dog s–t at Green’s house each year….and Dempsey gets to be a part of said scam as a part of the YOU TURN BACK ON TRUE FRIENDS sub-plot of the story. But most of all I remembered Peterson being a hot chick….and not doing much of anything of note when it came to the acting thing after said movie was done.  Her Wikipedia page lists no movie appearances after 1994 so that kind of confirmed that.

Also did not know before this blog post that the film was originally going to be called Boy Rents Girl or was the inspiration for a 2003 movie starring one Nick Cannon.  Also forgot until re-reading Wiki that our pal Peterson is supposedly dating dude who was at the University of Iowa…..so I assume that individual wanted a complete change of scenery for his college years or screenwriters said ‘screw it, he’ll go to Iowa.’ So it was. (For a spoiler, college location of obscure mate mattered not a damn bit for the movie’s eventual 80’s approved happy ending.)

FITZTHOUGHTS ON SAID PATRICK DEMPSEY FILM: Back when they would always list the Top 20 video rentals, this film was always on it. Peterson looked like someone I would want to date in high school who I would never be able to date since I was five foot five and 200 plus pounds at the time…..so of course I said ‘yeah, I’ll rent the movie.’ Since I was a Beatles fan, I of course like the intro….and then as I watched the film it was like ‘yeah, this Dempsey’s like me if I was 100 pounds lighter and $1000 richer’ and so I finished the whole film and enjoyed it enough to where I always end up thinking about it whenever the media lectures about Grey’s Anatomy or when I hear Dempsey’s name mentioned.  And hence it ended up being one of those I thought of when it came to the 80’s and high school.

I don’t know if I’d have paid full price to see it in the theaters, but it was perfectly acceptable entertainment for a night with the VCR back in the year that where Michael Dukakis was touted as our next Chief Executive. So no complaints as I follow my previous scale  and give it a 3 out of 4 rating.

Hope to have another one of these next week with time permitting due to having my next paper due for school…..thanks to all who may read this and have a good weekend.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog