Remember That Song: 2/17/15

Can you name the artist and song:

Shake it up is all that we know
Using the bodies up as we go
I’m waking up to fantasy


Last Song: “Little Fighter” by White Lion from Big Game (1989)

Are you crying tonight?
Are you feeling all right?
I told the world that you were down on your luck

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Return to the ’80s Movies: Modern Problems (1981)

Starring
Chevy Chase
Patti D’Arbanville
Mary Kay Place
Brian Doyle-Murray
Nell Carter
Dabney Coleman

Rated PG

Runtime 89 minutes

Released December 25, 1981

Synopsis: Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses not only to win her back, but to gain a little revenge.imdb

Last time I had seen this? Never.

What I knew about this movie before watching it Almost nothing. I just remember the image of Chevy Chase with the white powder on his face and his hair sticking up all over the place.

Review/Summary: From the beginning of this Return to the ’80s Movies series, every movie I had watched was great – until now. Just after Caddyshack, and before National Lampoon’s Vacation, Chevy Chase starred in this movie as Max Fielder – a man whose life is slowly going down the drain. He is a nice guy, but his jealousy has driven his girlfriend, Darcy (Patti D’Arbanville), away. He still gets along with his ex-wife, Lorraine (Mary Kay Place).

Who wears short shorts? Chevy wears short shorts!

While out and about, with Max telling Lorraine about his problems, they run into Brian (Brian Doyle-Murray), an old friend of Max’s who hadn’t seen each other since high school. Brian became a paraplegic in the Vietnam War. Brian also had his caretaker, Dorita (Nell Carter) with him. While catching up, Brian runs a publishing company, and he is going to be having a press party for a very successful author named Mark Winslow, who writes self confidence books. Lorraine got excited because she loved his book, Get Behind Me and Stay There. So they accept the invitation to the party.

The party ends up being at a gay bar. Ha Ha!! Isn’t that freakin’ hilarious!?!? (if I knew how to do an eyeroll emoticon, I would have put one here). While Max heads to the bathroom (so he could go through the gauntlet of men HAHAHAHA!!!! oh brother), Lorraine and Brian hit it off. Max ends up running into Darcy, and an annoying suitor named Barry (Mitch Kreindel). Awkward!! Finally, Max and Lorraine meet Mark Winslow, played by the phenomenal Dabney Coleman. Max tells them how he just ran into Darcy and Barry. And we see Dabney Coleman at the top of his game, being a arrogant jerk. As Max is in the middle of excusing himself so he could talk to Lorraine alone, Mark dismisses him and walks away before Max could finish getting his sentence out. I was watching this by myself, and that part just made me bust out laughing out loud.

Max leaves as Lorraine stays to be with Brian. On the way home, Max gets stuck driving behind a nuclear waste truck. There is an open barrel with green nuclear waste goop pouring out of it and splashing Max’s car. It covers the car, and goes through the sunroof, also covering Max.

When Max wakes up the next day, he realizes that he has telekinetic powers. The rest of the movie is Max displaying his powers, and getting revenge on his rivals. There were some humorous parts, and Chevy Chase made awesome faces while using his powers. But overall, it was pretty predictable, so there was nothing too exciting.

The climax of the movie takes place at Brian’s summer beach house with Max, Darcy (who got rid of Barry), Brian, Lorainne, Dorita, and Mark. Dorita, who is really into voodoo, senses something wrong with Max. Max had been trying to tell Darcy about what was going on, but something had always happened which prevented him from doing it. Finally, at the big dinner scene, Mark antagonizes Max so much that he snaps, and shows off his powers to everybody all at once, using Mark as his example. Max then sees himself as a monster, and goes to his room.

Thinking that he is possessed, Dorita tries to do some kind of voodoo exorcism on him by spreading demon powder around his bed and doing some chants. This had no effect as Chevy Chase went all Original Saturday Night Live Cast, and snorted up all of the demon powder, and tossed Dorita around. Then we went go from The Exorcist to King Kong, as Max then heads up to the roof. Darcy followed him up to try to help. This was a dark comedy, but not that dark. Max did not have that tragic King Kong ending.

Does the movie stand the test of time? Sort of. I can’t see a truck with “Nuclear Waste” literally labelled on a truck, with green goop pouring out of it. And if that did happen, I can’t see it giving somebody telekinetic powers if it landed on them. If this movie was made today, there would be some other explanation of how the person got their ability. And I think the gay bar scene would cause all kind of outrage and protests these days.
The special effects weren’t too bad – especially for 1981. The green glow that was shown around Max in a couple of scenes didn’t look that great. But, the telekinesis scenes looked pretty good – even by today’s standards.

Worth the Return? If you can watch it for free, it is worth it. It wouldn’t be a total waste of time – especially with Dabney Coleman in it. If you want to see a good Chevy Chase movie, there are better ones to watch. But, you could do worse.

Rating 3 lines of Demon Powder (If not for Dabney Coleman, it would have been 2)

Let me know if you have seen this movie before and what were your thoughts?

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Remember That Song: 2/13/15

Hair’s to Friday!!!

Can you name the artist and song:

Are you crying tonight?
Are you feeling all right?
I told the world that you were down on your luck


Last Song: “On My Own” by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald from Patti LaBelle’s album Winner in You (1986)

So many promises
Never should be spoken
Now I know what loving you cost

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Quote of the Day: Coming to America

Telegraph Lady: You actually want to send this?

Semmi: Why? What is wrong? Read it to me.

Telegraph Lady: To His Majesty, King Jaffe Joffer, The Royal Palace, Zamunda. Sire, Akeem and I have depleted our funds. Kindly send 300, 000 American dollars immediately, as we are in dire straits. Your humble servant, Semi.

Semmi: Semmi

Telegraph Lady: Semmi

Semmi: Should I make it 400,000?

Telegraph Lady: You think that’d be enough?

Semmi: You are right. 500,000.

Telegraph Lady: As long as you’re asking, why not go for a cool million?

Semmi: You do not think that would be too much?

Telegraph Lady: Naah.

Happy 59th birthday to Arsenio Hall!! Roo, Roo, Roo!!!

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Remember That Song: 2/12/15

Can you name the artist and song:

So many promises
Never should be spoken
Now I know what loving you cost


Last Song: “Will You Still Love Me?” by Chicago from Chicago 18 (1986)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish) and Andy (@andytorah)!!!

It was you and you for me
Every road leads to your door
Every step I take forever more

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Quote of the Day: Leslie Nielsen

Today would have been Leslie Nielsen’s 89th birthday. He died on November 28, 2010. But, let’s take a look at some fun quotes:

Airplane!

Surely you cant be serious - Airplane

Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?

Ted Striker: Surely you can’t be serious.

Rumack: I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.


The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Nice beaver!

Thank you. I just had it stuffed.


Airplane!

Rumack: You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.

Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it?

Rumack: It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.

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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Mayor: Drebin, I don’t want anymore trouble like you had last year on the South Side. Understand? That’s my policy.

Frank: Yes. Well, when I see 5 weirdos dressed in togas stabbing a guy in the middle of the park in full view of 100 people, I shoot the bastards. That’s *my* policy.

Mayor: That was a Shakespeare-In-The-Park production of “Julius Caesar”, you moron! You killed 5 actors! Good ones.

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Remember That Song: 2/11/15

Can you name the artist and song:

It was you and you for me
Every road leads to your door
Every step I take forever more


Last Song: “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love” by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack from Born to Love (1983)

Tonight no one’s gonna find us
We’ll leave the world behind us
When I make love to you

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Remember That Song: 2/10/15

Can you name the artist and song:

Tonight no one’s gonna find us
We’ll leave the world behind us
When I make love to you


Last Song: “Shoot To Thrill” by AC/DC from Back in Black (1980)

I could not resist. Sunday night I settled down on the couch with my laptop so I could get Monday’s articles ready. The Grammys come on, and I had not watched them in years. And who is it that starts off the show? AC/DC, baby! And they did not one, but two songs! I believe the first one was their new song, “Rock or Bust,” and then they did “Highway to Hell.” They rocked it!

I’m like evil, I get under your skin
Just like a bomb that’s ready to blow
‘Cause I’m illegal, I got everything
That all you women might need to know

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