League of Extraordinary Bloggers – “Where are they now?”

RETROleaguelogo_mediumThe 80′s and 90′s were filled with kids and teens in the movies. Which movie would you like to see a sequel made in 2012 with the original cast members, who have aged the same as you and me.

I love end of the world movies. Have since I first saw Dawn of the Dead and Where have all the People Gone? on an afternoon double feature back in the early 80’s (maybe even the late 70’s).

So is no real surprise my all time favorite Teen Movie from the 80’s was the 1984 Night of the Comet. There was a summer back then where it seemed like every time you turned on Showtime Night of the Comet was playing. Needless to say every time it played I watched it.

Night-of-the-Comet-Kelli-Maroney-Mac-10-5Night of the Comet was the story of a comet that returns to Earth for the first time since the age of Dinosaurs. Everyone is excited to see the comet and big parties are being held all over. Of course this is a movie so this can not end well. The morning after the comet, almost all people on earth have been turned into what looks like Cherry Kool-Aid Drink Mix. 

Two people who do survive are sisters Regina “Reggie” and Samantha “Sam” Belmont.

night-of-the-comet-new-280x367The movie is their story as the fight to survive. Along the way they pick up other survivors, A Truck Driver and a little boy and girl.  In their quest for survival they face off against mutated half survivors and evil scientist from a military bunker.

2014 would mark 30 years since the release of Night of the Comet and I would love more then to see them release a sequel to Night of the Comet to celebrate that 30th anniversary.

The movie could pick up the story of our five survivors and show how they have struggled to survive in the time since. Showing how they have teamed with others they have found to form a community only to find that they must now go head to head with another group of survivors who want to take over all they have built up.

I know the odds of ever seeing that happen are about the same as me winning the Lottery though so I am not holding my breath.

If you are in the mood for some pure camp fan though, I would highly recommend checking the film out!

Turns out the full movie is posted on Youtube, so you can do just that!

Taken from the League page on the Topic:

  • Reis O’Brien at the Lair of the Dork Horde wants to see an intergalactic rematch in The Last Starfighter.
  • Shawn Robare, of Branded in the 80′s would love to see more hairy situations with a sequel to The Peanut Butter Solution.
  • Christopher Tupa thinks David Bowie still has what it takes and wants to revisit Labyrinth.
  • Dex at AEIOU and Sometimes Why also wondered whatever happened with the Labyrinth.
  • Michael May’s Adventureblog thinks Tom Cruise should make a followup to Legend (maybe they could call it “Legend-wait for it-ary”).
  • TL at Flashlights are Something to Eat wonders whatever happened to the kids from Shermer High’s Breakfast Club.
  • Brian at Cool & Collected (that’s me!) was also curious about how the Breakfast Club spent the last 30 years.
  • Iok from That Figures chooses to forget the Crystal Skull even happened, and wants to see another Indiana Jones movie.
  • Paxton Holley at the Cavalcade of Awesome imagines Matthew Broderick as a top NSA cryptographer in the sequel to War Games.
  • The Claymation Werewolf was surprisingly the first to chime in on The Monster Squad (but not the last!).
  • Soon after, Double Dumbass on You quickly turned in his report on The Monster Squad.
  • And Kevin over at Team Hellions also imagined a sequel to The Monster Squad. (Hollywood, make this happen!)
  • Fiji Mermaid at Sideshow Cinema wants to revisit those nice young boys from Kids.
  • Tom at Freak Studios was the only one brave enough to tackle a Goonies reunion.
  • I haven’t seen Olivia Newton John in a while, but John at Revenge from the Cosmic Ark would love to see a modern sequel to Xanadu (he also had a couple of honorable mentions:Message from Space and Star Crash).
  • The Sexy Geeks House of Swag wants to go Back to the Future a fourth time…
  • While Colin at Fairplaythings looks into the future 30 years, in anticipation of a Kick Ass sequel with a 75 year old Nic Cage.
  • BubbaShelby at Toyriffic also cheated a little and wondered what Scott Pilgrim would be up to in 30 years. (That’s okay guys. The League encourages cheating. We call it “being creative!”)
  • Harley at the Eidetic Memory tackled the only animated entry this week in choosing Hey Arnold!
  • And finally, Jeff at Siftin’ came up with a documentary idea that absolutely NEEDS to be made: Shermer, Illinois.

Retro-League of Extraordinary Bloggers – Deserted island

RETROleaguelogo_mediumYou are stranded for 10 years on a deserted island. You can take with you the following:

One food item (in a never-ending supply), one movie, one game, and one pop culture character.

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1. Food

It is an island… that means it is surrounded by water, which means seaweed. not the most attractive sounding food, but a source for minerals and vitamins. There would also be an assortment of indigenous fruits and nuts, not to mention fish in the water… so I have a good stable food base. That means my one food item does not have to be a common sense item. It can be a comfort food. Normally I would say Tuna Salad… but since Fish is going to be my main meat source on the island I am going to pass on that one and go with a different comfort food. I think I would go with an endless supply of Everything Pizza… Not only is it a comfort food, but it has a little of all the food groups in it. It would help maintain my health.

Photo by Bryan and Sarah Zera
Photo by Bryan and Sarah Zera

2. Movie

Would bringing the entire series of Lost count as a movie? No? Ok then I will pick something else! I am going to cheat on this one and say STAR WARS, start to finish. Prequels and Original trilogy. I am one of the few people who do totally hate the prequels. Yeah, they are not the best movies in the world. I do like them though and It would make for some good entertainment on a regular rotation.

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3. Game

I think I would choose a Waterproof, solar powered, Electronic Chess game. I love playing chess, and the challenge of the game would go a long way to helping maintain my mental state. It would keep my wits sharp, which I will need to survive my exile on the island.

4. Companion

swissMy choice for companion skirts the definition of Pop Culture. I would choose William Robinson. No, not the one from Lost in Space. The father from the source material for that show, The Swiss Family Robinson. That man seriously knew everything you would need to survive when you are trapped on an island. I can think of no better person to have by my side. Swiss Family Robinson is actually one of my favorite books. One of those stories that you return to and read every couple of years.

Bonus Answer for Extra Credit:

5. Book

This one was a little harder to come up with… I thought of all my favorite books and reads. Then I came to a conclusion. Forget entertainment, go for useful. My book would be U.S. Army Field Manual 3-05.70
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. With that book my chances of surviving would increase greatly.

6. Music

The complete Catalog of Johnny Cash. I could listen to the man in black until the end of time…

Be sure to check out the other Leaguer’s post on the topic :

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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

Retro League of Extraordinary Bloggers – Show me some green!

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Things that are green.

 

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This weeks post was easy for me… I have an entire shelf that I have devoted to green toys. In fact I have so many green toys that they are not all on the shelf right now! Some of them have been banished to live in a box until I am able to build a bigger shelf.

My Green collection does not come to an end there though.

There is also my collection of Greedo and Gammorean Guard toys that could easily fit in on the green shelf,

and by far the most important part of my green collection… My Hulk Collection.

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This is actually an old set of photos. A number of new Hulks have joined the group…. Need a new Family photo I guess.

Links to posts by other members:

AEIOU and Sometimes Why

Cavalcade of Awesome

Dork Dimension

Flashlights are Something to Eat

Geek Cultural

Green Plastic Squirt Gun

Infinate Hollywood

Lair of the Dork Horde

Nerd Lunch

Poe Ghostal

Shezcrafti

Team Hellions

That Figures

The Man Who Stares at Toys

Top Hat Sasquatch

Whatever I Think Of

Cool and Collected   (I approve, and am jealous of this collection!)