6 items from 2014
There’s been a lot of talk recently regarding the lack of female superhero films in general and the lack of great ones in particular, but I’d argue the singular fun one has been sitting right in front of us since the mid-eighties. And it stars Helen Slater in the title role. And it’s not Supergirl. The Legend of Billie Jean is about a young woman who stands up for truth and justice, changes into a sexy costume (of sorts), has sidekicks and a nemesis and even has her own catchphrase in “Fair is fair!” It’s cheesier than a constipated cow, but the story and character beats deliver fun and excitement all set to a catchy ’80s soundtrack. The supporting cast is a roster of familiar faces in Christian Slater, Yeardley Smith, Peter Coyote, Keith Gordon and Dean Stockwell, but the film belongs to Helen Slater. The film just hit Blu-ray a few weeks »
- Rob Hunter
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. It had been decades since I’d seen The Legend of Billie Jean, but the new Blu-ray (and its $5 price tag on Amazon) was too appealing to pass up. I expected it to feel even cheesier and more dated (obviously) than I recalled, and I was not disappointed. What I didn’t expect was to enjoy the damn thing so much. Yes it’s cheesy, dated and loaded with flat line delivery from glorified extras, but it’s also an underdog-fueled crowd-pleaser with a fine (albeit simple) message at its heart as well as a charismatic »
- Rob Hunter
There is more to the ‘80s than time travel, fantastical adventures, and teenage angst with a happy ending, but it wouldn’t seem like that with the narrow tack nostalgia has taken. The era has been whittled down to a list of mainstream musts and little else. Sometimes other films get remembered for a fleeting instant, especially if an anniversary is nigh, but generally it’s a momentary vacation before the return to the typical rushes about forgotten scenes, wacky trivia, or new pricey figurines. After years of near-obsolescence, The Legend of Billie Jean finally returned to shelves with a Blu-ray release this week, reminding us that there are other great ‘80s films out there we can be talking about. Some are probably better off forgotten, like Prayer of the Rollerboys, which I was ashamed to revisit when my age got into the double digits. But there are others worth the revisitation. The Legend of Billie Jean »
- Monika Bartyzel
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Jude Law dons impressive chops and gold teeth to play a sleazy
safecracker fresh out of jail. Dom took the fall without ratting out his boss (Demián Bichir), and now it's time to pay the piper. Richard E. Grant co-stars as his best friend, whom Dom enlists on his quest to get paid. Emilia Clarke (the mother of dragons!) plays Dom's estranged daughter, Evelyn.
Why We're In: We love darkly funny crime thrillers, and it's cool to see Jude Law back in action.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion)
What's It About? This box set comes with the most beloved movies by the French auteur: "Lola," "Bay of Angels," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "The Young Girls of Rochefort," "Donkey Skin," and "Une Chambre en Ville."
Why We're In: In addition to the digital restorations of these delightful classics, »
- Jenni Miller
Mill Creek Entertainment will release six movies on Blu-ray on July 22, 2014 including, for the first time, the ‘80’s cult film favorite, The Legend of Billie Jean – Fair is Fair Edition. Legend of Billie Jean fans will have the unique opportunity to hear … Continue reading →
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to kellymccall for this week’s winning caption!
Weekend Birthdays! Billy Magnussen (above) is 29, Reeve Carney is 31, Melissa Joan Hart is 38, Dorothy Lyman is 66, Eric McCormack is 51, Jessica Lange is 65, America Ferrera is 30, and George Takei is 77.
Op-ed: Why Do Kids Anger So Many Gay Men?
Derrick Gordon On Feeling ‘Ecstatic’ After Coming Out And Jason Collins’ Influence
We’ve seen a few teasers, and now HBO has released the full length trailer for The Normal Heart.
And to balance that out, here’s the trailer for I Want To Marry Harry. Watch, and weep for our world.
Bryan Singer‘s accuser held a press conference today. »
6 items from 2014
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