Posts Tagged ‘1982’

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Repost: “Poltergeist”

October 4, 2015

Of all the mysteries that surround Poltergeist—the identity of the actual director, the rash of deaths that’s followed the film series—the most confounding may be how dramatically it fell off the cultural radar. Consider the other movies from that summer alone: Conan, and The Thing got remakes, Escape from New York and Rocky III got sequels, Star Trek II got both sequels and a remake, and E.T. is still considered a landmark in summer films. These are signs of the profound effect they had on the cultural landscape. Yet despite Poltergeist’s massive popularity it never went much farther than a couple of lousy, little-known sequels. And yet, the film was a massive hit that had everyone squeaking “They’re here…” for years afterward. So what happened?
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1982, Best Summer Ever: “Poltergeist”

August 3, 2012

Of all the mysteries that surround Poltergeist—the identity of the actual director, the rash of deaths that’s followed the film series—the most confounding may be how dramatically it fell off the cultural radar. Consider the other movies from that summer alone: Conan, and The Thing got remakes, Escape from New York and Rocky III got sequels, Star Trek II got both sequels and a remake, and E.T. is still considered a landmark in summer films. These are signs of the profound effect they had on the cultural landscape. Yet despite Poltergeist’s massive popularity it never went much farther than a couple of lousy, little-known sequels. And yet, the film was a massive hit that had everyone squeaking “They’re here…” for years afterward. So what happened?
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1982, Best Summer Ever: “Tron”

July 30, 2012

Yeah, this is basically a repost of my “Tron Reconsidered” review that I wrote in anticipation of Tron: Legacy in 2010. I know, I know, I’m lazy, but c’mon–it’s Tron for fuck’s sake. The movie doesn’t exactly have layers…

Okay, so 1982’s Tron is deeply silly—I think we can all agree on that. I mean, c’mon…we have a movie in which the world of computers is envisioned as a hyper-colored landscape peopled by dudes in glowey costumes with the faces of their programmers and/or users. I mean, how much fucking acid to you have to drop to take this premise seriously?
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