Caddy Shack

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If you don’t know Caddy Shack please just leave. Stop reading and leave, I don’t care if you are five or fifty you can not humanly function without the experience of watching Caddy Shack. It is a classic of all classics. You have the dynamic duo Chevy Chase and Bill Murray fresh off the SNL scene. They carry the entire film. Guess what? You can actually hate golf and still enjoy this movie!

Alright I’ll give you quick run down of the film. It takes place on a golf course (for our slower viewers) and more or less follows a caddy who is trying to win a scholarship for school. This course is part of a snotty country club which is practically controlled by the Judge (you’re going to hate the guy).

Anyway our caddy Danny starts to learn some tricks of the trade from an exceptional golfer Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) and ends up joining Chevy’s team in the Caddy Day golf tournament.

But really this movie isn’t about the golf or the caddying, it’s about the gofer.

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The gofer is destroying the golf course, as most gofers do and it is up to Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) to stop the varmint. This is where movie history is made. Some of the most quotable scenes come from the interaction of these two characters.

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But this isn’t the only comedic genius in the film. Meet Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) probably one of the loudest and most obnoxious person you have ever met. You love this guy, this guy is the best, he is the worlds greatest antagonizer, the dude does not care.

How many one liners does this guy have? Obviously not enough.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE

The niece of the Judge is a hard ten. Lacey Underall (Cindy Morgan)  doesn’t mind getting around but we love her for it.

Lets not forget Chevy Chase

I won’t spoil anymore but watch the film, like i said it is classic.

P.S. Bill and Chevy don’t have lines in the entire film

 

All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine

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Going through high school did you ever come across that one kid who just never really seemed to be with it? You ask the kid a question and before he answers his mouth opens, roll in the back of his head, and you can almost see the little clogs in his head trying to process your question? I’m sure you have, everyone has. This kid is the most laid back kid in the entire school. He is almost impossible to hate, if you’re a student. This kid is a teacher’s worst nightmare, he simply does not care.

Enter Stage left, Jeff Spicoli

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Jeff Spicoli, played by Sean Penn, is this kid, he is the one who does not really see the point of high school. In Fast Times at Ridgemont High there are multiple plots, but none better Spicolli and his lack of ambition.

Spicolli himself goes through a transition from the kid who did not care to graduate to the kid who found out he has the ability to graduate. This realization was due in part to Mr. Hand.

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Mr. Hand saw that Spicolli had the potential to graduate even if he didn’t see it himself. Each day Mr. Hand would try to get him to learn with not much success. Then he finally stepped up his game and went over to Jeff’s house. He made him study that entire night until he learned all about US History.

Hey I know that guy

Learning about Cuba, having a feast

I don’t know

Filmed in 1985 and based on a story Rollin Stone published about the life a typical high kid in the 1980s we see many resemblances in todays life. The film fully captures what it was like for teens in the 80s and the film continues to stay relatable to today’s high school teens.

All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine

Surfer’s Dream

 

Weird Science

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Filmed in 1985, John Hughes produced a teen film based on the premise if Al Feldstein’s “Made of the Future”. Like many of John Hughes’s films, this one takes place in a fictitious suburb, Shermer, in Chicago, Illinois.

The plot is focused around two nerds, Gary Wallace, played by Anthony Michael Hall, and Whyatt Donnelly, played by IIan Mitchell-Smith. The opening scene starts with the two boys watching the girls PE session while talking about what they would do to two specific girls in the group. This scene ends when two of the school bullies Ian and max played by Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Rusler, pants the two boys causing a lot of humiliation.

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From this the two decide to create a woman, but not the blow up doll or paper merche style woman, but a real life like woman. This part of the film is similar to the classic tale of Frankenstein. Using Wyatt’s computer and hooking it up to a barbie, the boys are able to create this perfect woman (Kelly Lebrock).

Their initial plan is to create some form of popularity for themselves, the two boys are tired of being the nerds that no one notices and they hope that this woman could be their big ticket to popularity.

But in order for this to happen the two must grow as individuals and realize that they don’t need to be popular to be happy. They eventually learn to be happy with themselves and in return are happy all together.

The film ends with a giant party at Wyatts house and the entire school is invited. But even though it is their party, Wyatt and Gary are still too afraid to socialize with others.

It is up to Lisa to change this and by doing so she creates barbarian bike riders and has them crash the party. It is up to the two boys to get them out of the house and save the girls of their dreams.

Opening Gym Scene

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It’s Alive

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Also this movie’s title song was performed by American new wave band Oingo Boingo

 

I Love the Smiths

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If you weren’t already into the Smiths or spent your time listening to those sad songs over and over again in your room, the 500 days of Summer brought you out of the twenty first century and threw you right heart break that was the 1980s controlled by the sappy love songs of the Smiths.

The Smiths who were featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off while the three of them visited the art museum have also been featured in numerous other films over the years. One of the most recent coming from the movie version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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This film in particular focused on “Asleep” which was one of Charlie’s favorite songs off of  Pony Tail Derek’s mixtapes.

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The Smiths were an English Rock Band formed in Manchester in 1982 and only active for five years when they separated in 1987. Over this brief time together the band put out four albums.

Meat is murder was released in early 1985 and was ranked 295 on Rolling Stones top 500 albums of all time.

The Smiths were also a band who had very influential lyrics. My personal favorite is “There is a Light That Never Goes Out”

Take me out tonight
Where there’s music and there’s people
Who are young and alive
Driving in your car
I never never want to go home
Because I haven’t got one anymoreTake me out tonight
Because I want to see people
And I want to see life
Driving in your car
Oh please don’t drop me home
Because it’s not my home, it’s their home
And I’m welcome no more

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes in to us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well the pleasure, the privilege is mine

Take me out tonight
Take me anywhere, I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care
And in the darkened underpass
I thought Oh God, my chance has come at last
But then a strange fear gripped me
And I just couldn’t ask

Take me out tonight
Oh take me anywhere, I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care
Driving in your car
I never never want to go home
Because I haven’t got one
No, I haven’t got one

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes in to us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well the pleasure, the privilege is mine

Oh, there is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out

Even if you do not know the Smiths that well there is no doubt you haven’t herd them and as I mentioned before they are one of those ultimate break up bands.

Talking Heads

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Formed in 1975 the talking heads are one of the iconic bands of the 1980s. There style was like no other and they were one of the first create a music video. Headed by David Byrne the talking heads was one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 80’s, was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

There first major hit was “Once In a Lifetime” which reached the UK’s top 20

In 1983, the Talking Heads saw there biggest mainstream hit with the release of “Speaking in Tongues”

The biggest hit off the album was “Burning Down the House” which was helped out tremendously with the attention that was generated by MTV and the use of music videos.

Little Creatures was released in 1985

Followed by the release of True Stories in 1986

The band ultimately broke up in December of 1991. There have been many please for the band to get back together but front man David Byrne refuses to get the group back together.

All of their music is very catchy and WILL be stuck in your head. But they are one of those typical bands of the 80s that keeps you dancing and singing for ages.

One of my favorite parts of this band is that are unique and each one of their songs is as unique as they are. If you get a chance, turn off everything around you and play just one of their albums all the way through. The lyrics speak louder than just the catchy hooks and the beat.

Once In a Lifetime

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack 
And you may find yourself in another part of the world 
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile 
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife 
And you may ask yourself 
Well…How did I get here? 

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground 
Into the blue again
After the money’s gone 
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground 

And you may ask yourself 
How do I work this? 
And you may ask yourself 
Where is that large automobile? 
And you may tell yourself 
This is not my beautiful house 
And you may tell yourself 
This is not my beautiful wife 

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground 
Into the blue again
After the money’s gone 
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground 

Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 

Water dissolving…and water removing 
There is water at the bottom of the ocean 
Under the water, carry the water at the bottom of the ocean 
Remove the water at the bottom of the ocean 

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground 
Into the blue again
Into the silent water 
Under the rocks and stones
There is water underground 

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground 
Into the blue again
After the money’s gone 
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground 

And you may ask yourself 
What is that beautiful house? 
And you may ask yourself 
Where does that highway go to? 
And you may ask yourself 
Am I right?…Am I wrong? 
And you may say to yourself yourself 
My God!…What have I done?! 

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground 
Into the blue again
Into the silent water 
Under the rocks and stones
There is water underground 

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground 
Into the blue again
After the money’s gone 
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground 

Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Look where my hand was 
Time isn’t holding up 
Time is an asterisk 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Yeah, the twister comes 
Here comes the twister 
Same as it ever was…

Also Stop Making Sense was one of the first full movie music videos.

Here is the opening song to the full length film

STAR WARS EPISODE VII

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In case you have been living under a rock for the last year, YES there is a new release of one of the most popular series in movie history.

Star Wars episode VII is scheduled to be released December 2015

Though there are many rumors of a cast and plot all we know for sure is the return of the cast from episode VI

Director: J.J. Abrams

Harrison Ford- Han Solo

Carie Fisher- Leia Solo

Mark Hamill- Luke Skywalker

Peter Mayhew- Chewbacca 

Kenny Baker- R2-D2

Anthony Daniels- C-3PO

There are rumors of adding two more female characters as well as a male lead to fill the roll of Han and Leis’s son.

But as of right now most is mere speculation. There has been many changes on what the plot may be. Nothing has come out to confirm what the plot may entail. What is thought to be a major part is the inclusion of a younger Jedi, brought up by Han Solo and Leia. There are thoughts of this new Jedi being trained to learn the ways of the force with the Guidance of uncle Luke. But during this training there is thought to be temptation with the dark side of the force.

There is another rumor of twins. A brother and sister tandem of Han and Lei who will also be taught the ways of the force by Luke. In this rumor it is thought that the male lead will be tempted by the dark side of the force and it up to the sister as well as Han, Lei, and Luke to work to make sure there is balance in the force.

But as I’ve stated this is merely speculation and we will not know for a couple more months into production.

Harrison Ford was asked about the upcoming film on Conan

Harrison Ford asked about Star Wars episode VII on Conan

What did the actors say about being in the new film?