For a brief period of time in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Nintendo owned the video game market. If you’re in your late 20s or into your 30s, then there’s no doubt that you played Mario Brothers, Castlevania, Tecmo Bowl, Duck Hunt, and a ton of other popular games on a NES. Several NES games were tied into movies of the era. And now, some 20+ years later, there are 8-bit screen captures of popular actors from that era floating around the internet. Here are some of my favorites. Continue reading
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The 80’s and 90’s saw the explosion of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Previously, soundtracks usually consisted of the film score (yawn), or a few songs by one artist (See: Simon and Garfunkel’s The Graduate, or the Bee Gees’ Saturday Night Fever). But by the 80’s, movie studios and record labels were often owned by the same media conglomerate, which quickly realized that a soundtrack featuring a smattering of singles from their artists could be inserted in their films and soundtracks for double the exposure. That’s the kind of corporate synergy that brought us the ingenious food holocaust that is the KFCTacoBellPizzaHut combo restaurants.
Conveniently, I went from kid to teenager to young adult right as the soundtrack phenomenon was taking off before file sharing came along and set fire to the music industry, then urinated on its smoldering ashes. Do they even bother to release a soundtrack to whatever crappy movies come out now, like Eight Fast Eight Furious and Transformers Fourteen? But back in the glory days, sometimes a huge movie was made even hugelier by an awesome soundtrack that absolutely everyone buys. Like Cocktail or The Bodyguard. Sometimes, however, you are left wondering, years later, why you own the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack.
I believe I can trace the rise and fall of this once-great marketing tie-in, as well as the musical autobiography of my young life, by going back through the soundtracks I have owned and examining what worked and what went the way of Corey Haim. Or Feldman. Whichever is the dead one. And thus I give you, my life in original motion picture soundtracks in two parts. Come back tomorrow for part 2: Continue reading
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Or at least that’s what I’m going to tell myself, because I find myself completely ripping off the Beer and Whiskey Brothers blog yet again. They should feel like the most flattered people on earth at this point because this is at least two or three times I’ve “borrowed” from them. But hey- they do beer and whiskey, I do movies and TV. Amazingly, ideas about both can be applied cross-discipline. So with apologies to Jim and Don over there, I present to you The Super Bowl of Movies (Wherein I Compare Cinema Based in Green Bay to Cinema Based in Pittsburgh).
Unfortunately, it’s not exactly comparing apples to oranges here. Green Bay is a teeny, tiny city (101,000 residents). The whole county has 247,000 residents. By comparison, Pittsburgh has 312,000 residents, and Allegheny County has 1.2 million residents. Green Bay would seem to be at a bit of a disadvantage. After all, the more residents you have, the more likely you are to have films based on your area. So I’m going to level the playing field a bit and allow all films based Wisconsin into the fray. And to be completely fair, if there’s something in Pennsylvania that’s noteworthy (but isn’t based in Philadelphia), I’ll allow it as well. So what are the respective resumés for these two regions? Continue reading