In research for this article I managed to find a whole episode of button moon on Youtube and, I have to say it’s a lot different watching it back now. The catchy yet brief theme tune goes, ‘We’re off to button moon, we follow Mr Spoon, button moon.’ THAT’S IT! This is then repeated twice. Somehow, I remembered it to be a lot more… well, a lot better than that. But oh no, it’s just 11 words long, and a bit rubbish really !
Footloose can best be described as a feelgood dance movie that was originally released back in 1984.
But even though the 80s was known for its dance films, this one had that extra little bit of grit and edge. For starters, you had to be 15 or over to watch this movie, as it featured naughty things such as bare bum cheeks on display and a minister slapping his daughter. Radical.
In a land where everything American is fully embraced, celebrated and emulated, the birth of a contemporary, youth-oriented show that was Dawson’s Creek became an overnight sensation in the Philippines, the country I fondly call my homeland. My people have long been fascinated with American culture because in many ways it embodied boldness and mirrored a lifestyle that was far different from ours. As a result, US exports such as Sesame Street, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Hershey’s Kisses, Twinkies had infused with our own culture.
‘When I was a little girl, my mama used to lock me in the attic when I was bad, which was pretty often. I would pretend I was a princess trapped in a tower by a wicked queen. And then suddenly this knight on a white horse with these colours flying would come charging up and draw his sword. And I would wave. And he would climb up the tower and rescue me. But never in all the time that I had this dream did the knight say to me, ‘Come on, baby, I’ll put you up in a great condo.’
Meet Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts in her breakthrough role), a beautiful redhead. Oh, yeah, she’s also a prostitute.
Would you trust a man with a bald head, a potential Oedipus complex, tight leather chaps and a great line in leopard print cardigans? What about if he forced you to don a dodgy tracksuit, bad eyebrows and a poofy fringe? Would you still trust him if he led you into a maze with no guarantee of escape? And to top it off, would you still be so trusting after he thrusts you into a locked room to pit your wits in some of the most gruelling contests know to man in the hopes of winning a crystal which he’ll pocket immediately on your release?
Back in the day The Arsenio Hall Show was the hottest late night talk show on American TV. And even though we didn’t have it here in the UK, if you had friends or family in the US, you made sure they taped it for you every week!
Imagine this day at the office – you’re an undercover cop, just going about your business when you’re shot in the face by some ne’er-do-well. When you wake up, some bastard has reconstructed your face so you look like David Hasselhoff. Then, while you’ll still reeling from that horrible news, they give you a talking car.
So, you’ve got a super intelligent car that can drive itself, but you also have David Hasselhoff’s face. Swings and Roundabouts.
Anyway, that’s the set-up for Knight Rider (1982-1986). The aforementioned bastard was Wilton Knight, founded of FLAG (Foundation for Law and Government) and after he pops his clogs in the pilot episode, it’s up to Irish smoothie Devon Miles to send Michael (Hasselhoff) and KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) on crimebusting missions.
With Halloween approaching, it got me thinking about how the classic horror film doesn’t really exist anymore. I haven’t seen the latest Brit flick Demons Never Die yet, but haven’t heard great things about it to be honest.
Alas, gone are the days when it used to be a proper event whenever a scary movie was about to drop in the cinema. From Nightmare on Elm Street and its sequels, Friday 13th and Child’s Play, it was enough to get everyone (old and young) excited at the prospect of being scared sh**less all in the name of entertainment!
To this day a lot of the classic horrors are a lot more frightening that the newer ones, even with the advent of the Internet, HD, improved 3D, GGI and other technologies. For me the best flicks from this genre were either the ones which were just damn right disgustingly gruesome or the ones that weren’t that scary but had a good enough storyline to keep you entertained and cause the odd heart jump in all the right places. And if you were lucky you got both.
So, in saying that…I Miss The Old School take a look at the the top five old school horror flicks (in our humble opinion of course) of all time… ‘Of all time!’ *Kanye voice*
‘MO TO THA, E TO THA!’ What a babe! And what a theme tune – super catchy and definitely one my friends and I sang repeatedly, like all day, every day back at school. I remember Mrs. Stubbs sending us out of the room in English one day for annoyingly singing it over and over and over again. Looking back, yeah it probably was as irritating as someone grinding their teeth in bed, but hey we were having fun so who’s to complain eh? Stubbsy?
I was saddened to hear that Only Fools and Horse creator John Sullivan passed away this weekend (23rd April, 2011), at the age of just 64, after a six-week battle with viral pneumonia.
The classic BBC1 show is probably my favourite British sit-com of all time! I have seen near enough every episode featuring wheeler-dealer Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter (David Jason) and his dopey younger brother Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) several times over, and their comedy capers never fail to leave me doubled over with laughter.