I turned 44 a few days ago. No, I’m not depressed. Not at all. In fact I feel great about it. But it does seem appropriate to reflect a bit about these things that I blog about. Since it’s my blog about my experiences with pop culture, then today seems a good time for a State of the Union type of thing. Continue reading
Here are the top 5 songs from 1984.
1. Prince, When Doves Cry.
2. Tina Turner, What’s Love Got to do with It.
3. Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson, Say Say Say.
4. Kenny Loggins, Footloose.
5. Phil Collins, Against All Odds (Take a Look at me Now).
That was a big year in pop music and I have vivid memories associated with some of these songs. Continue reading
So after much discussion, I realized there are “beach” movies, my list from yesterday, but there are also “vacation” movies. This category opens up the possibilities immensely given that “summer camp” movies are in the mix (I’m talking to you Meatballs and Wet Hot American Summer). And my wife will tell you that Dirty Dancing damn sure belongs on a list about summer movies. Continue reading
Happy Birthday today to Wil Wheaton. This guy is such an endearing figure to Gen Xers thanks to his brilliant performance in Stand by Me (1986) as Gordie Lachance, the main character in Stephen King’s coming-of-age story, directed by Rob Reiner. His portrayal as the forgotten child after his older brother is tragically killed is gut wrenching. My favorite scene in the movie is when his character has a silent encounter with a deer in the forest. What a powerful performance all around.
And, count me in as someone who loves his role on TV’s The Big Bang Theory. His interactions with Sheldon — comedy gold for me.
So happy birthday to Wil Wheaton, a GenX Cafe favorite — always.
Biographical information provided by IMDB.com.
Here is the original trailer for Summer Rental.
(From Paramount Movies and Youtube).
Vacation (the movie and the event for my family) makes me think about my favorite beach movies. Yeah, I know Vacation isn’t a beach movie, but it is a “vacation” movie and got me to thinking. This list pretty much covers all genres, which I kind of like. Continue reading
Wow, the top box office earners from 1983 (credit to BoxOfficeMojo for the information) caused quite the smile from me when seeing some of these titles. First off, Return of the Jedi won the box office that year with over twice the business of its next closest competitor. Surprise anyone? Me neither. (Can we move on? I have plenty I can write about Star Wars movies in future posts). Continue reading