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Day 1 of the Kurt Russell Blog-a-Thon

Kurt Russell week has arrived! This blog-a-thon, hosted by Realweegiemidget Reviews and myself, has had some totally awesome submissions. And we are thrilled to share them with you. And if you would still like to submit something to us, it is not too late. You can check out the information and rules HERE. And if you would like to see a list of who’s doing what, you can check out that list HERE.

If you have not submitted the article, you can have a blast reading and listening to these great submissions. And you can feel free to give some feedback and follow these people.

Now, let’s get this Blog-a-Thon underway!

First up, is Blog-a-thon co-host Gill, with her take on Escape From New York (1981)

 

 


Next up it’s a podcast from Movies and Tea on Kurt in Soldier (1998)

 

 

 


Quiggy from The Midnite Drive In shares a triple bill of Kurt Russell as Dexter Riley in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), Now You see Him, Now You Don’t (1972) and The Strongest Man in the World (1975).


And there’s more here’s Dubsism with a unique post on Sports Analogies behind the Miracle (2004) movie

 

 


Chris from Angelman’s Place tells us more on Silkwood (1983).

 

 

 


Movie Rob adds the first of three posts on Used Cars (1980).

 

 

 


And Return here again for Days 2 and 3 for more great Kurt Russell movies!

Quotes of the Day: Tango & Cash

Gabriel Cash: You wanna cut my throat, go ahead. You wanna cut my fuckin’ head off and use it for a fuckin’ basketball? You can *bowl* with the motherfucker for all I care! Just don’t let HIM do it! I don’t wanna get killed by this limey, immigrant JERKOFF! I wanna get killed by an AMERICAN jerkoff!

Requin: [English accent] You fucking wanker!

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The Mean Season


Here is my contribution to this week’s Kurt Russell Blog-a-thon, hosted by RealWeegieMidget and me. I decided to cover a movie I had never heard of before, let alone see. This movie is The Mean Season, which was released on February 15, 1985.

Starring
Kurt Russell
Mariel Hemingway
Richard Jordan
Richard Masur
Richard Bradford
Joe Pantoliano
Andy Garcia

Rated R

Run Time 1 hour 43 minutes

Summary/Review
Kurt Russell plays Malcolm Anderson, a burnt out reporter of the Miami Journal. Having just returned from a vacation in Colorado, he felt like it was time to move somewhere more quiet, instead of covering grisly murders that take place in Miami. In the meantime, he covers the murder of a teenage girl. You can understand how he is burned out by seeing him go to the crime scene, along with photographer Andy Porter, played by Joe Pantoliano (The Goonies, The Fugitive), and going to the murder victim’s house to interview the mother. Malcolm goes back to the newsroom to write his story, with his boss, Bill Nolan (played by character actor Richard Masur, who you would recognize from many movies and television shows), hanging over his shoulder. An interesting fact about this newsroom, is that it was filmed in the actual newsroom of the Miami Herald, and not a sound stage. Actual reporters were consultants on the film, and even played some of the extras.

Malcolm’s girlfriend, Christine (Mariel Hemingway) is a school teacher. He visits her at work and promises to quit the paper, so they can move to Colorado. Of course, if he actually was able to quit right away, this would have been a very short movie.

While at the newsroom, Malcolm receives a phone call from a strange dude who said he killed the girl from the story that Malcolm had just written about. The killer says that he will kill again, and wants Malcolm to cover the story. He gave a clue about the murder to prove that he was telling the truth. So Malcolm went to see his friend Ray (Andy Garcia), who is a cop, and Ray’s partner, Phil (Richard Bradford), who Malcolm butts heads with throughout the whole movie. Ray confirmed that the killer’s clue was true, so they knew that this was indeed the real killer who was contacting Malcolm.

And sure enough, there is another grisly murder. Malcolm is torn. He doesn’t want to cover the murders because it could encourage the killer. On the other hand, he could try to help figure out who the killer is, and put a stop to it. Then it turns out that Malcolm doesn’t have a choice but to write about the killings because he was starting to get calls at home from the psycho.

It turns out that the killer was reproducing murders that he had done in another state. He was angry that he didn’t get credit for the murders. So, he was hoping to get attention in Miami. However, instead of the killer getting the attention, Malcolm began getting the attention for covering the murders. So, the line was blurred between Malcolm covering the story, and being part of the story. And as you can imagine, this does not go over too well with the killer. The movie then turns into your classic suspense film.

I really enjoyed this movie. I can safely say that I still haven’t seen a Kurt Russell movie that I didn’t like. Kurt Russell was as likable as you would expect Kurt Russell to be. He really stood out among a great cast. Mariel Hemingway was OK. She really didn’t have much to work with. Her character was a typical 80s female romantic partner/nag/woman in peril. She did as well as anybody could do with that role. The killer was creepy, which was cool. He kind of reminded me of a Dirty Harry villain.

I did really enjoy how the movie made a solid social commentary statement, and at the same time, was a sold suspense story. The movie title refers to the late summer months in Florida, where they get nasty storms every day at the same time.

Does the movie stand the test of time?
Story-wise I feel it does stand the test of time, between the theme and the suspense. However, there is a lot of outdated material, such as the newspaper itself. The phones are very old school as well. As much as I despise remakes, I think this is one instance where an updated version wouldn’t be too bad of an idea. It seems that a lot more people are looking for attention these days. Malcolm could be an online reporter or a blogger.

Worth the Return?
I would definitely recommend this movie. Especially, if you are a Kurt Russell fan. The cast and story are great.

Rating
4 stalker/killer phone calls

Kurt Russell Blog-a-Thon Update

Last Call for the Kurt Russell Blog-a-Thon!!!

Hey all you bloggers, podcasters, and Kurt Russell enthusiasts! Next week, Monday May 21, 2018, the Kurt Russell Blog-a-Thon will begin. This special event hosted by RealWeegieMidget Reviews and yours truly, will feature Kurt Russell articles and podcasts from our friends around the globe. There are already a lot of awesome participants, and we would love to have even more. To learn more about this event, visit – https://rtt80s.com/2018/04/05/announcing-the-kurt-russell-blog-a-thon/.
You can also see who’s doing what, here.

Please let us know if you’d like to participate.

Quote of the Day: St. Elmo’s Fire

Wendy: Yea… ya wanna know what’s great? Last night I woke up in the middle of the night to make myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich… and ya know, it was my kitchen, it was my refrigerator, it was my apartment… and it was the BEST peanut butter and jelly sandwich that I have had in my entire life.

Happy 59th birthday to Mare Winningham!!!

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Quote of the Day: Superman II


Ursa: What an undemanding male this Superman must be.

Lois Lane: Yeah, and you could use a tuck here and there yourself, sister.

R.I.P. Margot Kidder (October 17, 1948 – May 13, 2018)

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Quote of the Day: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Frank: Wilma, I promise you; whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute until he’s behind bars. Now, let’s grab a bite to eat.

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Quote of the Day: Annie


Annie: I guess they’re dead. I guess I’ve known that deep down for a long time.

Daddy Warbucks: I’m not giving up. Don’t you give up.

Annie: I didn’t want to be just another orphan, Mr. Warbucks. I wanted to believe I was special.

Daddy Warbucks: You *are* special! *Never* stop believing that!

Happy 82nd birthday to Albert Finney!!!

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Quote of the Day: Fast Times At Ridgemont High

[after Spicoli wrecks Jefferson’s car]

Jefferson’s Brother: My brother’s gonna kill us! He’s gonna kill us! He’s gonna kill you and he’s gonna kill me, he’s gonna kill us!

Jeff Spicoli: Hey man, just be glad I had fast reflexes!

Jefferson’s Brother: My brother’s gonna shit!

Jeff Spicoli: Make up your mind, dude, is he gonna shit or is he gonna kill us?

Jefferson’s Brother: First he’s gonna shit, then he’s gonna kill us!

Jeff Spicoli: Relax, all right? My old man is a television repairman, he’s got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it.

Happy 64th birthday to Amy Heckerling!!!

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Quote of the Day: Just One of the Guys

[Terry kisses Rick in front of everybody at the prom]

Rick: [Rick pushes Terry off him and responds] It’s okay, everybody. It’s all right. He has tits.

Just One of the Guys was released 33 years ago today – April 26, 2018

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