Author: Shawn

Chasing Marin Kanter…

Something I’ve always been curious about is how folks decide what to watch next.  Granted, I know most of us don’t “have a system” or anything, but I’ve spent enough agonizing hours with friends and family to know that some people can be pretty damn particular about picking that next movie.  My friend Kevin and I have held a pretty regular weekly movie night for the last 13 years, and way back at the turn of the millennium we spent about an hour each week walking up and down the aisles of Blockbuster or Hollywood Video trying to pick...

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Drive Killed The Driver

You can’t un-see what you’ve seen, and that can be a damn shame, especially when what you want to un-see was awesome.  If you’ve listened to any of the Cult Film Club episodes you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Nicholas Winding Refn’s 2011 film Drive.  The 80s synth-inspired soundtrack, the film’s color palette, the silence between characters, the tension, the violence, Albert Brooks playing against type, I love it all.  Right now though, I would give just about anything to have not seen the film.  Why?  Well, I just finished watching Walter Hill’s 1978 film The Driver...

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Top Five List of Junior BadAsses!

I’ve watched a lot of kid’s flicks, especially from the 80s, and it’s not very often that I stumble upon an awesome film that managed to elude me for decades.  Last year I was lucky enough to discover the obscure Australian flick The Quest starring a post-E.T. Henry Thomas as an adventuring orphan on the hunt for a legendary lake monster in the Outback.  Thomas plays a pretty spunky kid in the flick, and it got me thinking about who my top five favorite young badass characters would be.  You know, the type of kid that doesn’t take any...

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Remembering Home Video, Long Live Videodrome!

Without a doubt, growing up in the middle of the home video boom of the 80s made me the film lover that I am today.  The experience of walking up an down the aisles of the local mom & pop video rental store, examining each and every VHS box for exciting cover art and my favorite stars, and having unrestricted access to thousands of movies was sort of mind-blowing for a 10 year-old.  Renting videos became a weekly ritual from the time my parents lent me their membership card when I was a pre-teen, through high school when I...

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See How They Glow!

A recent conversation with Pax and Jaime led me to rewatching the 1985 post-blaxsploitation kung fu epic, The Last Dragon, the other night and it occurred to me that there was an odd but interesting deluge of back-lit animation used in cult-y flicks from the 80s.  If you aren’t familiar with The Last Dragon, the story revolves around Bruce Leroy, a young black martial artist seeking to attain kung fu enlightenment.  This higher state is marked by exuding the Glow, as referenced in Dwight David’s titular song for the film: “There’s a power deep inside you, an inner strength,...

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