Forgotten Friday Roundup!!

Thanks for checking out our Forgotten Fridays feature. This is a feature to review some older films that maybe you have forgotten about or maybe never got around to seeing that we just want to share. They may not be old, maybe not forgotten, but they are not new. Just fun to share.

Of course every week I get someone who reminds me how the film I am talking about isn’t really “forgotten” despite the description. but here are all the ones I could find in the archive.

Take a look at what we have featured in the past!

Former lawman Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and friend Doc Holliday settle in the town of Tombstone in order to lead a profitable and peaceful life but soon come into conflict with the Cowboys, a band of outlaws led by the Clanton brothers. This retelling of the Earp/Clanton feud also follows up the gunfight at the O.K. Corral with a look at the bloody consequences of the showdown

Highlight: Val Kilmer

On the Right Track
Lester is a homeless shoeshine boy living in a railway station. He’s got this funny knack for picking the winning horses’ names out of the paper while shining shoes. When word gets around, though, everyone wants a piece of the action.

Highlight: Gary Coleman

The Empire Strikes Back
The Rebellion has struck a critical blow against the Empire, but the war is not over with the destruction of the Death Star. The secret Rebel Base on Hoth is discovered and the Empire intends to squash this resistance. On the run the Rebellion tries to gather its forces while Luke Skywalker retreats to the swamp planet of Dagobah to begin his Jedi training, a group of Bounty Hunters are sent to capture Princess Leia and the crew of the Millenium Falcon.

Highlight: Star Wars!

Gangs of New York
Having seen his father killed in a major gang fight in New York, young Amsterdam Vallon is spirited away for his own safety. Some years later, he returns to the scene of his father’s death, the notorious Five Points district in New York. It’s 1863 and lower Manhattan is run by gangs, the most powerful of which is the Natives, headed by Bill “The Butcher” Cutting. He believes that America should belong to native-born Americans and opposes the waves of immigrants, mostly Irish, entering the city. It’s also the time of the Civil War and forced conscription leads to the worst riots in US history. Amid the violence and corruption, young Vallon tries to establish himself in the area and also seek revenge over his father’s death

Highlight: DiCaprio as always!

The Basketball Diaries
Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll’s epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim’s life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach (“Swifty”) who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin — all of these begin to encroach on young Jim’s dream of becoming a basketball star.

Highlight: DiCaprio as always!

No Retreat No Surrender
Jason Stillwell, a Bruce Lee fan, is beaten numerous times and trains from the ghost of Lee. Jason then must use his newly acquired skills to save Seattle from a crime syndicate, whose top martial artist is the deadly Ivan.

Highlight: Ghost Bruce Lee

Adam and Barbara are a normal couple, who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate the house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family are moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but ends up becoming the main attraction to the money making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in more in mind than the just helping.

Highlight: Day-Oh!

War Games
A young computer whiz kid accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing ?

Highlight: Broderick as always!

In the far future, man has destroyed the Earth in the “Seven Days of Fire”. Now, there are small pockets of humanity that survive. One pocket is the Valley of Wind where a princess named Nausicaä tries to understand, rather than destroy the Toxic Jungle.
Originally released as Warriors of the Wind in the US, this film is a lighter version of the grander story told in Hayao Miyazaki’s Manga, but still the uncut original release dubbed in English.

Highlight: Studio Ghibli’s best (my opinion)

A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends–one an older-brother figure, the other a girl with whom he is in love– fall for each other

Highlight: Corey Haim

A millionaire wants to turn a golf course into a new property development, but the president of the golf club doesn’t like the idea. This is the basic ‘plot’ which hides behind the many antics of the employees and players on the golf course.

Highlight: The Gopher!

Maax is a twisted cult leader out to steal the thrown of King Zed, but when Zed banishes Maax, he sends one of his three witches to steal Zed’s unborn son. Ripping him right out of his mother’s womb with magic and placing it a cow’s womb, she took him to die. But a brave hunter killed the witch and rescued the young boy. Naming him Dar, they find out at a young age that he possess the power to communicate with animals. But Maax sends his thugs called the horde to wipe out his peaceful village, thanks to a brave dog Dar survived again and makes plans on using his powers to kill Maax to avenge his people and his foster Father.

Highlight: The Ferrets!!

Red Sonja
After her family is murdered a young woman named Red Sonja becomes a master of the sword and seeks revenge on the evil queen responsible for the mayhem that has befallen her. Also, it seems the queen has stolen a powerful, carefully guarded, glowing orb right before it was meant to be destroyed, one that has powers of its’ own, allowing for the possessor to control elemental forces and call down storms and earthquakes, if they so wish. Kalidor, one of the individuals in place to oversee the destruction of the orb, joins forces with Red Sonja, as their paths may differ, but they ultimately lead to the same place. An impudent, young prince named Tarn and his guard/manservant Falkon, whose kingdom was unceremoniously wiped out by Gerden as a test for her newfound powers, soon joins them.

Highlight: Bridgette Neilson

Two trains crash somewhere in Russia, one carrying a nuclear payload. A nuclear explosion follows the crash and the world is on alert… However, White House nuclear expert Dr. Julia Kelly doesn’t think it was an accident… Special Forces Intelligence Officer Colonel Thomas Devoe doesn’t think so either… Together they must unravel a conspiracy that goes from Europe to New York, to stop a terrorist who has no demands.

In Mel Brooks grand tradition of genre spoofs, this one takes on the space opera that pokes fun at other films of the genre, but is primarily poking at Star Wars.
When a Druish Princess (from the planet Druidia) is kidnapped and held ransom by the militant Spaceballs, King Roland hires rogue ruffian Lone Starr and his co-pilot Mog Barfolomew to rescue her. Lone Starr has troubles of his own from the infamous Pizza the Hutt, and therefore takes on the task in hopes of paying off his debts.

Highlight: Star Wars spoof without offending Fans!

Barney is a student/science lab nerd who obtains telekinetic powers after a lab accident. Along with his best friend Peyton Nichols (Willie Aames), a wealthy playboy with a dirty mind, Barney uses his new powers for no better reasons than beating up bullies, cheating at sports and stripping girls, particularly co-star Heather Thomas.

Highlight: Scott Baio, boobies.

Roger Cobb is a Vietnam vet. Whose career as a horror novelist has taken a turn for the worse when his son Jimmy mysteriously disappears while visiting his aunt’s house. Roger’s search for Jimmy destroys his marriage and his writing career. The sudden death of his aunt brings Roger back to the house where his nightmares began. The evil zombies in the house force Roger to endure a harrowing journey into his past.

Highlight: A comedy horror that was silly and creepy.

Friday the 13th
A classic horror film that features a group of camp counsellors preparing for the season, and partying it up until mysteriously one at a time they are disappearing. A masked killer is hunting and killing these rebellious young boys and girls for their indiscretions.

Highlight: Back when Slasher films were scary.

Pet Semetary
When the Creeds’ cat dies and they bury it in the Pet Semetary found near their new home, their cat comes back to life with a mean streak. Later when their boy Gage is run over by a transport, out of desperation they bury him in the Pet Semetary hoping to bring him back. He is brought back to life, but its not their son who comes back.

Highlight: Scariest kid EVER.

Johnny Dangerously
Johnny Dangerously is a New York City gangster who plays by a cleaner set of rules. Johnny hiding his true criminal occupation from his mother and brother until his little brother finally becomes the district attourney and announces his cruade against organized crime.

Highlight: Fraggin Bastidges and Iceholes!

Adventures in Babysitting
When Chris Parker is stood up on her date, she accepts the offer to babysit. What should be a routine night of babysitting turns into chaos as Chris’ friend attempts to “run away” and finds herself in the city at a bus station. Chris agrees to go get her but nothing is as easy as it sounds.

Highlight: Elizabeth Shue, Thor.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Janey loves to dance, and moves to Chicago where her favourite Dance TV show is recorded. She finds out that there are auditions to become cast members, and makes the final rounds. She has to hide her dance practices from her parents who do not approve.

Highlight: Very young Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt

Cool as Ice
In the category of “So bad its good” this involuntary comedy was supposed to be a teen romance flick featuring white rapper Vanilla Ice. Everytime they try to be cool, it ends up even more and more amusing. There might even be a story about a girl who’s family is under witness protection who gets discovered by the people they are hiding from.

Highlight: Drop the Zero and get with the Hero

The first truly comedic role for Sylvester Stallone that should have earned him an Oscar. Angelo “Snaps” Provalone is a gangster in the height of prohibition. On his father’s deathbed, Snaps promises to go straight. The chaos that ensues in the day of his legitimacy as a banker is hard to miss.

Highlight: Stallone is very funny. Everything in this movie is a highlight.

A Scottish man in 1518 discovers that he is immortal and belongs to a secret group of immortals who throughout history have been hunting and killing each other (only way is to cut off the immortal’s head) Finally in modern day the number of immortals is down to few, and there can only be one.

Highlight: Queen Soundtrack - There should only be one.

My Cousin Vinnie
When two young college kids take a road trip to head to school they are mistaken for someone who commited a murder in a similar vehicle. During a misunderstanding over a confession over stealing a can of tuna, they find themselves facing trial for murder. Without legal council, one of the boys calls on his unorthodox Brooklyn ruffian cousin who recently passed the bar.

Highlight: Everything Joe Pesci says.

John Hughes
This week I decided to feature a number of John Hughes films as he died days before. We feature Uncle Buck, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, Weird Science, Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Vacation, Mr. Mom,

Highlight: John Hughes

St Trinian’s
A school for girls continues to represent to unacceptable face of education as chaos rules the school. While the education minister decides to clean up their act, it is discovered that the school owes a great deal of money and its owner wants to sell. The girls mount an adventure to steal a priceless painting to save the school.

Highlight: Gemma Arterton’s first feature film.

A medieval tale of magic and honour. A young theif finds himself in the employ of a former Knight who is out for revenge against the evil Bishop who has cursed him to transform into a wolf at night while his lover transforms into a Hawk during the day.

Highlight: Matthew Broderick’s chats with God.

First Knight
The story of the Knights of the Round Table in Camelot as they meet Lancelot for the first time. Lancelot catches the eye of King Arthur as a bold and brave fighter but also tempts Lady Guinevere who is engaged to become Queen.

Highlight: Sean Connery is King.

American Flyers
An emotional story of two brothers who decide to bond while competing in a gruelling cycling race, only to find that one of them has a life threatening disease.

Highlight: Sports and an emotional story

Noises Off!
A hillarious behind the scenes look at the chaos and conflict that ensues while a rag tag bunch of flawed personalities attempt to put on a stage production.

Highlight: Ensemble Cast - Carol Burnett: I can’t see that far with this leg!

Back when rollerskating was at its height of popularity, this post apocalyptic adventure has a group of skateball players escaping a militaristic orphanage to follow the mysterious orb.

Highlight: A very young Adrian Pasadar and Jami Gertz

The Fifth Element
Every five thousand years, the ultimate evil returns to devour all life on earth, but the ancients have the ultimate weapon against evil. The Fifth Element. But can they assemble the weapon before the ultimate evil arrives?

Highlight: Enjoying Chris Tucker

The Power of One
The story follows the life of PK, a young english boy raised in South Africa during aparthied. His strong moral upbringing makes him an involuntary symbol of hope against racism.

Highlight: The Setting, Morgan Freeman - great story.

Galaxy Quest
Tim Allen stars in this light spoof of Star Trek fandom, and the cast of a fan favourite scifi show are recruited by aliens who mistake their program for real events, and enlist them to save their race from a merciless warrior dictator.

Highlight: Spoofing Star Trek

The Santa Clause Trilogy
A divorcee startles Santa Claus and inadvertantly triggers his demise. When he puts on the hat and coat he discovers he has qualified the clause and becomes Santa himself!

Highlight: I love Tim Allen family films and Elizabeth Mitchell

Clash of the Titans
An adaptation of the Greek myths set against the cutting edge technology of claymation. Follow Perseus as he sets out on a quest to save Andromeda from the Kracken!

Highlight: Stop motion animation integrated with Live Action

Dream a Little Dream
A teenager and old man switch bodies when the rebellious youth interupts a new age mediation ritual, trapping the old man in the highschooler’s body, and the teen in the old man’s dream world.

Highlight: Two Coreys, Hot girl, Dance number!

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5 Responses to “Forgotten Friday Roundup!!”
  1. Matt Keith

    Would you ever review Gojira, The Rock, or Carpenter’s The Thing? Just some throwing out some suggestions. Anyway, I love this feature.

  2. matty

    This feature is awesome for when I go to the DVD store and am looking for 4 weeklies but can only think of three to pick.

    A lifetime of awkwardness averted.

  3. Dan

    You should put “The Wizard” on here, that is one hell of a forgotten movie.

  4. DAVE

    Let’s see a Teen Wolf review!

  5. 420BAND

    Hummaniods from the deep
    The Thing
    Loverboy(x-tra anchoives!)
    Just one of the guys
    Porkys (???)
    Last american virgin
    Red Rock West
    Blood Simple
    Hudsucker Proxy

    just sayin’

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