Tag: 1980’s

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Five Reasons Why WWE Studios is the New Cannon Films

For those of you unaware, Cannon Films was a beautiful little movie making company that was prevalent in the 1980’s. Focusing on creating B Movies on an A budget, Golan and Globus were able to make a massive number of cult successes that spanned from the horrendous schlock of The Apple, to buying old movie rights to make sequels such as Death Wish 2, to creating action fighting movies like one of my favorite of all time Bloodsport, and finally even dipping into the realms of fantasy with Masters of the Universe. Cannon Films were truly a treasure for anyone who enjoys watching good bad movies. A lot of them are  bad, but they can all at least be memorable for their badness and for the most part can be enjoyable.

Cannon Films went under, for the most part, back in the late 80’s to early 90’s. But as time has worn on, there seems to be a new studio that has risen up to take their place and that studio is WWE Studios. It is weird, I know. But if you look at the parallels between the two you will see a striking number of similarities to the point that I dare say that we may have a new Cannon films for a new generation of movie watchers. Without further ado, these are the five reasons that WWE Studios is the new Cannon Films. Continue reading “Five Reasons Why WWE Studios is the New Cannon Films”

Tanner Reviews Jem and the Holograms

Jem_Movie_Teaser_PosterAnyone who was a kid during the mid 80’s and early 90’s will remember the Saturday Morning Cartoons. They were the celebration of every kids day. We all had our favorites: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He Man, GI Joe: The Great American Hero, and of course my favorite Transformers. I was born at the tail end of the 80’s so most of these TV Shows I watched thanks to some friends of mine who would lend me their VHS tapes. But man, I loved everything about that 80’s animation style and all the coolness that came with it as they tried to sell me shit. I have written copious amounts of reviews and lists in the past about this subject, so I think it is a foregone conclusion on how I feel about these lovely pieces of animated 80’s cheese.

One continued pattern of these TV shows, though, is the fact that they were all geared towards boys. Welcome to the 80’s, when gender roles were still running rampant all over the place! But either way, someone saw all of the merch that these guys were ringing in and said ‘we need something that appeals to girls too!’ So in the consumerist world that we live in, Jem and the Holograms was born!  Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Jem and the Holograms”

Top 5 Friday the 13th Movies (2/13/2015)

Yay! It is Friday the 13th! You know what that means? It is time for a completely expected and formulaic post on the Friday the 13th Franchise. Movie review sites can be predictable sometimes. But at either rate, I am a big Friday the 13th fan! I remember traveling to my local video store the now defunct Movie Stars to rent each of the movies in the series. It took me the better part of the week but I binge watched and still check them out from time to time. Considering that there are now 12 of these things (oh please get to number 13!), I think it is a good idea to rank the top five Best Friday the 13th movies to celebrate this special quasi holiday.

Please keep in mind that this is my personal opinion. I gather this information on my own critical analysis. If you disagree with the list, please leave a comment. I love to debate. Other than that, on with the list. Continue reading “Top 5 Friday the 13th Movies (2/13/2015)”

Tanner Reviews Scrooged

Scrooged_film_posterTis the season! It is Christmas time! That magical time of the year where we get to give gifts, love one another, and be the person we always wished we were. Great line and a great line from one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time, Bill Murray’s Scrooged. A movie that seems to epitomize the feelings of Christmas across a wide range of people, Scrooged is one of those movies that I can watch and see someone I know in each of the characters and a marvelous recreation of the Charles Dickens classic story.

The story of Scrooged puts us in the 1980’s New York where television executive Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is an all around jaded asshole. He runs the network company with an iron fist, fires employees that disagree with him on a whim, and all around just doesn’t have any Christmas spirit. One day he is visited by his old boss Lew Heyward (John Forseythe) who explains that he will soon be met by three ghosts who will show him the error of his ways. This sparks him to get in contact with his long lost love interest Claire (Karen Allen) and in traditional Christmas Carol fashion, Cross begins to learn the error of his ways through the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Scrooged”

Top 5 Transformers Generation 1 Episodes

220px-Transformers_G1_series_logoOH right in the nostalgia. Talk about my childhood, I remember watching the original Generation 1 Transformers as a kid and just being absolutely enamored in the world. I had the toys, I had some of the episodes on VHS, and as I got older I even was able to grab the entire collection on DVD from China before the Live Action movies revived the series. I still watch them every now and again just for the sake of some nostalgia and after watching it as an adult I can say with the up most certainty… That the series is actually rather bad. It is episodic, there is a plethora of animation, voice acting, and continuity errors, and the laws of common sense make you sit there and scratch your head wondering why nobody has died in this universe until the Transformers Movie.  All that being said, I still love the shit out of them! I love the series and watch it whenever I get the chance and they are not all bad. Some of the episodes are pretty good and today’s list is made to showcase some of the best, the Top 5 Transformers Generation 1 Episodes.

Now as always I preface my list by saying that this list is my own personal opinion. If you have a different opinion, then please let me know, I love a good debate. Next up I base this list on a number of things. First off, what was the feel of the episode. Did it feel like something was at stake or was it simply filler. Second was their character development of any kind or any type of indication that there was continuity in the story. Finally, was the show memorable? Each fan of the series has those episodes that stick out in their mind so memorability counts. Also keep in mind that episodes that have multiple parts will be lumped into one choice. Also since I already reviewed the Tranformers Movie, it isn’t counted. With that being said, allow me to list some honorable mentions. Continue reading “Top 5 Transformers Generation 1 Episodes”

Tanner Reviews Hotline Miami

427px-Hotline_Miami_coverSo seeing as how we at HvZ:Athens based our entire invitational around the concept of this video game, I think it is only fair that I give it a review, post invite. After all, Hotline Miami is a lot of fun. It is UNGODLY difficult and frustrating on so many levels that will make you want to take a sledgehammer… But still a lot of fun. Developed by Dennaton Games, Hotline Miami is a 2D top down action beat ’em up game that is all about the glorification of ultra violence and a throw back to the 1980’s in style and in music. With call back to television shows like Miami Vice and really any 80’s movie/TV show that is set in Florida, it has all kinds of nostalgic feel.

Hotline Miami has an ‘interesting’ plot behind it to say the least. In fact, I’m not sure I can give you a legit synopsis of the plot of Hotline Miami without it being laced with copious amounts of spoilers so I will try to do my best to not give away as much as possible. But if you skip this part and just go straight into the pros and cons, then I understand.

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Tanner Reviews Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

FC3_Blood_Dragon_CoverAnyone who has been following me since I started this site knows that I do not have positive things to say about the video game Far Cry 3 (I HATE IT). If you would want to read my review, you can do so by clicking on the link here. So when I heard that Far Cry 3 had an awesome DLC called Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. I did not even think of giving it a shot. First off, I do not review DLCs and second, more importantly, why would I want to play a DLC of a game I do not like. All it will do is add some more maps or at best decent side plot like they did in Skyrim. Then… I saw trailers for the game… And I just had to play it… Jesus Christ! This is a game that I have been missing in my life!!! This game is amazing! Why couldn’t this game be the main game?! A game set in the ‘distant future’ of 2007 with all the cheese and glory that only science fiction action 1980’s glory can bring us, this game is a blast to the past.

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Tanner Reviews Bloodsport

220px-Bloodsport_(movie_poster)Let’s take a trip back to the 1980’s. It was a more vibrant time and was the golden age for the traditional slasher flick and Action movies. This was the era of your Schwarzenegger’s, your Stallone’s, and your blow them up beat ’em up type of movies. Conan the Barbarian, Predator, Aliens, Lethal Weapon, Rambo, First Blood, Death Wish II, and I’m just skimming the surface. This was the time of the action star and they were being churned out day after day. While you had your big time heavy hitting action heroes like Stallone and Schwarzenegger, who were basically the big brutes who would just pile drive all the puny bad guys into submission, you also had your more technical action heroes like Jean Claude Van Damme. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Bloodsport”