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Netflix’s Boxer-Docu Series
‘The Kings’ (of the 80s) Review

Showtime’s four-part mini-series about four legendary boxers who reigned supreme in the rings of the 1980s is excellent documentary through-and-through..

June 8, 2021 — The 1980s was one of the wildest decades in United States history; cell phones were hitting the streets for the first time, women were climbing the corporate ladder with shoulder pads tucked into their power suits, and boxing was looking for the next Mohamed Ali.

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Retro Review: Is ‘Outsiders’
(1983) Ripe For A Reboot?

June 5, 2021The Outsiders is unlike any movie that will ever be made again which is why it is so special. Too many stars aligned to make this 1983 film an instant classic, but would such magic be possible to repeat?

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Will ‘Bloodsport’ Ever See
A Reboot And A Return to Form?

May 20, 2021 — It has been nearly a decade since news set the world on fire as the much-anticipated Bloodsport reboot was announced to be a done deal — yet nothing has come of it.
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Retro Review: Ladyhawke (1985)

May 1, 2021 — More than a few unusual movies were made in the 1980s, but Ladyhawke has to be the oddest. The strangest part? The film is actually quite good.

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Retro Review: Aliens (1986)

April 24, 2021 — A sequel is rarely better than the original, but Aliens is one of those few exceptions – which is saying a lot considering how great Alien is. The sequel is perfect in every way and READ MORE »


Teen Wolf (1985)

April 21, 2021 — Plagued by health issues, massive 80s star Michael J. Fox has all but faded from the spotlight — he even announced his retirement from acting this year. Teen Wolf was his second movie in a lead role.

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Retro Review: They Live (1988)

April 11, 2021 — If you read a one-line synopsis about a pro-wrestler turned actor for the role of a construction worker fighting aliens, you might think of They Live as another great episode of Mystery Science Theater 3,000.

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Retro Review:
April Fool’s Day (1986)

March 31, 2021April Fool’s Day is a little-known gem from the golden age of horror. Thanks to movies like Halloween and Friday the 13th ushering in a new era of slasher films, the 1980s was bursting with knockoff slashers.

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Retromovie Review: Warlock (1989)

March 29, 2021 — Warlock is in a league of its own when it comes to genre-bending. To describe this film as horror would be pushing it, but it is much more graphic than your regular fantasy fare, with plenty of bloodsheds and cringeworthy gore to be had.

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‘Monster Squad’ (1987)

January 6, 2021 — It is my humble opinion that Monster Squad is one of the most underrated movies ever made. With this in mind, children of the 80s and 90s would have a hard time remembering this classic. Unless they were originally die-hard Monster Squad fans.

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‘Die Hard’ (1988)

December 30, 2020Die Hard catapulted a young Bruce Willis into action stardom, and created pop-culture iconography that is still loved today. Nevertheless, Die Hard does not get the accolades it deserves when compared to other action films of the ‘80s. The thing is, Die Hard is a much more interesting film than many people know. When you start peeling back the layers of this late-80s masterpiece, you begin to understand just how magical this film about German terrorists truly is.

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‘Gremlins’ (1984)

December 23, 2020 Gremlins is one of the most interesting movies in the history of cinema. Aside from the fact that it is an excellent movie in its own right. This film has been steeped in light-hearted controversy since it debuted, and the dinner table arguments have only grown through the years. Gremlins is genuinely one of the most endearing features ever made. However, what makes a movie that uses puppets and low-brow humor so memorable after all this time? READ MORE »


Netflix Had a Bot Make a Christmas Movie, and It Is Hilarious

December 21, 2020 — They could stop making Christmas movies today, and you would be able to watch them all day, every day, for a year. Even then, you would not be close to watching all of the Christmas movies ever made. They come in all genres, but one of the most popular is the Christmas romance — usually with a female lead character who is unlucky in love. According to ComicBook.com, Netflix paid someone to have a bot watch 1,000 hours of movies with this same premise, and then animated the hilarious results.

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‘Black Rain’ (1989)

December 16, 2020Black Rain is a movie focusing on the Yakuza in Japan from a time before Japanese culture became a mainstream interest in the United States. Thanks to the feature’s era — and its contrast to late 80s/early 90s America — there are scenes in this film that seem futuristic even though they reflect everyday Japan at the time of filming. In many ways, Black Rain serves as an underappreciated transition between the light-hearted buddy cop movies of the 80s, and the grittier cop movies that the 90s produced.

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Tombstone (1993) Retro Review

December 9, 2020 — By the time Tombstone premiered on December 24, 1993, the 90’s western revival was in full swing. In truth, the genre had never truly gone away; its enormous popularity at the start of the 1930s all but guaranteed an enduring legacy. Its tropes and conventions bleeding into other genres. To such an extent that it became inextricable from the many other Hollywood pulp genres. Enjoying cyclical revivals that would see it resurface every 20 years or so.

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WarnerMedia Is Considering Creating Two More Streaming Services

December 8, 2020 — The general public has been absolutely inundated with streaming services since Netflix pioneered the platform in 2007. Since then, hundreds of streaming services have been trying to mirror Netflix’s success with mixed results. One of the new kids on the block is HBO Max. And with it a whole slate of WarnerMedia properties including Cartoon Network, Sesame Street, DC Comics, and others. Interestingly enough, It is looking like they have positioned themselves to be decent competition to heavier hitters like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Still, WarnerMedia is not hedging their bets on HBO Max. With the company working on bringing two more streaming services to the masses.

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Coming to America (1988)

December 2, 2020 — Did you know Eddie Murphy helped write the story for Coming to America? When the movie released, Eddie Murphy was already a household name. Quickly transitioning to movies after a successful run on Saturday Night Live. By 1988 he had already starred in classics like 48 hours, Beverly Hills Cop, The Golden Child, and Trading Places. His career was already on an upward trajectory by the time Coming to America came around. However, one could argue it was this film that would shape Murphy’s career moving forward.

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The Lion King (1994) Retro Review

November 25, 2020 —  The Lion King is one of Disney’s most famous and controversial movies for many reasons. It is no secret The Lion King was loosely based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but that was not the only controversy surrounding its development. With the advent of the Internet, conspiracy theories followed as people soon started drawing comparisons between Disney’s 1994 movie featuring a lion named Simba, and a Japanese television show from the 60s with a similar lion by the name of Kimba. Although the two have very little in common, other than the fact they were both lions and had rhyming names, it was enough for the Internet to scorn The Lion King and Disney, who ultimately survived the onslaught. Even though The Lion King is one of the more violent entries of the Disney legacy, it is also one of their most beloved animated features, and one of the most popular movies of all time.

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) Retro Review

November 18, 2020 — The last time I watched Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, I was probably 14-years-old. As an adult, I chose never to revisit the film because I did not want to ruin the perfect memories I had of it; I knew it would not stand up to my teenaged perspective. Though I abstained for so long, when duty called, I answered, and my fears were correct — Ace Ventura did not age well at all.

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