Comedy of Terrors (1964)

I Saw A Film! A pair of New England undertakers in the 19th century, in an economic downturn and owing piles of back rent decide to murder a few elderly neighbors in hopes of raising their fortune. Peter Lorre and Vincent Price are so ridiculously exaggerated in these roles already (by the time I was…

Sixteen Candles (1984)

I Saw A Film! Another John Hughes teen romp/rom-com. A bit of coming of age, a bit of flubbed love, and a lot of awkward. Adorable young Molly Ringwald gets to wallow in self-pity as her family, entirely consumed with the marriage of Molly's big sister, and the arrival of guests, actually forget her sixteenth…

Pretty In Pink (1986)

I Saw a Film! Back when I saw this film, I remember being disappointed that it used a much softened version of the beloved Psychedelic Furs number. In the day I was still holding out for Annie Potts to reveal herself to be a Siouxie Sioux/Pauline Murray style punk rocker, but unfortunately, of course, everything…

Savage Beach (1989)

More hiding in plain sight than any other film in recent memory as characters scurry back and forth across a field doing kooky martial artsy things while fighting over some gold we didn't know the movie was actually about. See it all started with a children's hospital in need some some vital medicine and a…

Under the Boardwalk (1988)

I Saw A Film! A sprawling modern beach movie throw-back featuring surf-punks, a variation on Gidget (called Gish for girl-fish), and Sonny Bono. Plenty of allusions to wrong side of the tracks love fill out the scene. The Beats make a minor appearance, for some reason surfer Romeo is a Kerouac devotee, as he chats…

Thunder Alley (1985)

I Saw A Film! One of these friends- have- a- rock- band, jealousies and drug use erupt, a pal dies, and they fall apart, and then get it back together in the final moments type movies. The antagonist is a thinly portrayed "evil" music industry with a fat cat who can promote various acts, but…

Tuff Turf (1985)

I Saw A Film! You're just sitting there, watching little girls with big hair and marveling at Kim Richards' perm, as James Spader's riding around on his 10-speed and Robert Downey Jr. flips a blade in his face and everyone's a smart-assed high school punk. You know the scene. And all of a sudden you're…