Retro League of Extraordinary Bloggers – Saturday Matinee!

RETROleaguelogo_mediumWhat movie is, or was, your “go to” Saturday matinee — the comfort movie you always popped into the VCR on a rainy Saturday afternoon, the movie you watched over and over again, driving your parents crazy while you recited the lines along with the characters on the screen?

RETRO LEAGUE POST: I was not taking part in the league at the time this subject was originally covered. So I have deceided to slowly go back and cover all the previous topics in a series of Thursday Posts that I will be Calling Retro-League!


For my Matinee movie we have to go back to the summer of 1982 and the re-release of Raiders of the Lost Ark into the second run theaters.

Raiders of the Lost Ark was released June 12th 1981.  In the summer of 81 my father was ill. We would later that fall find out it was Cancer. He would pass on that October, so I would not see the movie in the theater that summer.

In the summer of 1982 they would re-release Raiders into Raiders was my escape in the summer of 82.

From the second the production company logo merged and became one with the opening landscape I was hooked.

That summer I would spend countless hours in the theater watching the $.25 matinee of the movie over and over again. I must have seen the movie an easy 30 times over the course of that summer.


Raiders is one of those films that no matter how many times I have seen it, even to this day, I can always watch it again.

My favorite part of the movie has always been the opening. I love the mysterious figure of Indiana as he defends himself against betrayal and makes his way to the lost temple.

Most of all though I love when he sets off the temple trap and is chased by the giant rolling stone. It has a true Saturday Serial feel to it.



As you read this, I am actually off having an adventure of my own. I am away at summer camp working as a counselor this week for 150 Elementary School age children… Thanks to scheduling software though I was able to prep this post in advance for your enjoyment!


Movie – Trailer: Dear Mr. Watterson

UPDATE: I am so happy to say that from what I am reading over on SLATE, that this documentary will be just a great big THANK YOU card to Mr. Watterson. A history of the strip and the influence and impact it has made on other cartoonist!!

I am really looking forward to the release of Dear Mr. Watterson, but I have to be honest… I am a little nervous about it at the same time.  I would love to see a documentary about the history an creation of Calvin and Hobbes, but only if it respected Mr. Watterson’s privacy. A while back I watched the BBC Documentary In Search of Steve Ditko on Youtube, and I really enjoyed it. That is up until the last four minutes when Neil Gaiman and the host Johnathon Ross decided to go in and ambush him in his studio after being told no. I thought that was really crass of them. I dont think Mr. Gaiman would appreciate it a whole lot if someone hunted his location down and showed up out of the blue, and I thought it was extremely rude of them to do that to Mr. Ditko. My greatest fear about this movie is that I will see just that behavior, but I will cross my fingers and hope for the best!

Movie/TV – Recycling: Star Wars borrows from Doctor Who

UPDATE: Turns out they were actually suits used by the RAF

A while back I was re-watching the Second Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) serial Wheel in Space. During the episode two astronauts show up and I right away recognized the costumes from Star Wars: A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back.


The Costumes worn by the astronauts would a decade later be pulled back off the costume shelf and reused as the costumes for Boshek (A New Hope) and Bossk (Empire). Made for a cool little geek moment seeing that.