Free time gives you a chance to watch movies that you haven't seen in a while. I'm not saying that you should spend all your time in front of the TV (quite the opposite actually), but Netflix has made it possible to watch what you want, when you want, in a way that was never before possible.
If you still hang out at Blockbuster, I suggest you dump that Blockbuster card fast and head over to Netflix.com and sign up.
Valley Girl is one of those defining movies for the eighties. I hadn't seen it since a trip to the Queen Park Cinemas back in 1983. It briefly made a star of Deborah Foreman and she followed it with a couple of other movies (My Chauffeur, April Fools Day) but she never quite reached the peak of Valley Girl. Today Deborah still does the occasional acting gig while working as a certified yoga instructor.
The movie also stars a young Nicholas Cage and he appears in one of the bonus interview segments to talk about how much the movie meant to him and his career. Deborah doesn't appear in any of the extras. Valley Girl was a low budget film that made a lot of money, mostly for everyone but the actors. Apparently Deborah felt there should have been some compensation for her appearance on the DVD release. Can't say that I blame her, but the interviews fall short without any memories from the Valley Girl herself.
Watching the movie I found myself pulled in by the music, which is excellent, but not so overplayed that you find yourself going, "Oh not that song again!"
Rhino Records recently released two volumes of songs from the movie after realizing the original out-of-print cd's were selling for two hundred dollars and more on Ebay. Musical highlights include performances by Josie Cotton ("Johnny Are You Queer?", "He Could Be the One") and The Plimsouls ("A Million Miles Away").
Frank Zappa's "Valley Girl", while a fun and essential slice of eighties history, actually has nothing to do with the film.
For me the thing that really stood out were all the stripes. Somehow I had forgotten (or blocked out) all the striped clothing from my college years, especially the rugby shirts. They are everywhere in this movie and for the most part they look pretty ridiculous.
If you need an eighties flashback, head over to Netflix and add this one to the queue, this is a good movie to get your fix.
Speaking of Adventure Gear packaging. These are the package backs used for the desert, jungle, spy, ocean and winter gear.
Back in the 1970's GIJoe had themes based on the Land Adventurer, Sea Adventurer and Air Adventurer. I liked that and in trying to bring back the "feel" of that era, created similar themes. Daryl Williams did a brilliant job helping me bring the vision to life.
This is the first web appearance of the package designs.
I'm behind on posting, so I thought I'd put up an oldie.
This piece of art was for some Adventure Gear packaging way back in 1998 0r so. For those that came in late, many AG items were packaged to be sold at conventions and such. If you have one of those packaged sets you have a fairly rare animal. As best I can remember, this sketch never appeared on the web.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, before you start calling yourself the greatest team ever, you need to actually win. The Indianapolis Colts, who were having a great time proclaiming themselves a shoo-in to beat the Dolphins record of 17-0, went out with a whimper losing three out of four and failing to win a single playoff game.
In Chicago, the Panthers scored half as many points as the previous eight opponents had scored on the Bears. It's a lot of fun to be in a city during a successful NFL playoff run. I'm looking forward to the next week in Charlotte and possibly the two after that.
One more comment. If the NFL was like the NCAA, the Colts already would have been placed in the Super Bowl. This is why you PLAY the games and why the bowl system is pointless. Who cares if it's number one and number two playing? In a playoff, when does this happen? Almost never. The truth is, winning the regular season means nothing when you get to the playoffs. When the NCAA gets smart and dumps the bowl championship series and goes to a playoff like they do in Division 1-AA (Go Mountaineers!) then I'll start paying attention again.
This is one of the first images Dan ever sent me. I love it, because in all the Adventure Team comics from the seventies, the guys with the fuzzy hair are constantly capturing and harrasing endangered animals, or digging up priceless artifacts.
Photo and captions by Dan DiBiase, reformatted by Tom.
'til Mike Power, The Atomic Man, is arrested for nuclear terrorism
Lots of interesting things happening at Macworld this week. Most of them were expected, like the updates to iLife and the new Mactel computers.
But when you are on the bleeding edge of technology, along with all the interesting announcements, there are some odd ones also.
In case you don't have enough gadgets and Gizmos for your iPod. How about iPod Jeans? Despite the assurances from the article, I don't see how you can wash these things? And is this something we really need?
'til Steve Jobs gets a pair of iPod jeans in black
In 1997 I was asked by Hasbro to serve as an advisor when they introduced "The Adventures of GI Joe" line. These were the first 12" adventure GI Joe sets to be sold at retail since The Adventure Team was discontinued more than twenty years earlier.
It was quite an honor and a pretty unique experience. I was able to contribute ideas for sets, story lines and was privy to quite a bit of inside info including promotional campaigns and efforts to beat the competing toy companies.
Alas it ended all too soon. Barbara "Barb" Kelly, Hasbro's Marketing Director, left the company and went to work for Holly Farms. When Barb left, much of the belief in my ideas left the company also and before long the door was closed in my face.
Despite that it was fun to watch sets we had conceived continue to show up at retail over the next few years. Same set names, same story lines and pretty much the concepts as they were laid out under Barb.
Digging around through my Joe stuff today I rediscovered the emails, memos, concepts and photos from those years.
One of those days I'll write up the entire experience. I think it's still too fresh now ...
And that original White Tiger? He's here, safe and happy.
Clockwise - "Challenge of Hawk River", "Save the Tiger", Prototype Logo , Barbara "Barb" Kelly.