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Summer-centric Cinema List: Amusement Parks in the Movies!

Posted by Kelly Sweeney Osato, July 1, 2017 11:17pm | Post a Comment
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Greetings thrill-seekers and family fun-loving Amoeblog readers! Summer's officially here for half the planet which means it's amusement park season. Whether you get your kicks at a globally branded monolith of a theme park or bravely risk those rickety rides at your local fairgrounds, I heartily recommend everyone indulge an amusement park interlude before Summer's end. If you can't make it happen, don't let the dog days get you down—let the movies take you there! Here's a fat list* of fifteen flicks featuring amusement park themes and scenes for your Summer-centric movie marathon consideration. Feel free to let me know if you think I missed anything essential and keep in mind that some of these titles may be found in used condition in our stores, perhaps in VHS format for all you tapeheads out there. Check the links to our online store or give us a call to see if we have what you're looking for and we'll do our best to hook you up. Now, hold on to your butts and enjoy ride!

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Rollercoaster (1977)

With a story that plays out like proto-Die Hard script with somewhat made-for-TV production values, Rollercoaster is a "disaster movie" era thriller that may have fallen through the cracks of time (which is completely understandable given that, box office-wise, it had the likes of Star Wars and Smokey and the Bandit to contend with), but is nevertheless worth watching for the quality and quantity of its amusement park footage. Filmed extensively at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA), King's Dominion (Doswell, VA), and the now defunct Ocean View Park (Norfolk, VA), it's arguable that shot-for-shot this flick packs more visual theme park punches than any other film. What's more, the band Sparks makes a cameo appearance near the end of the movie that lasts long enough to include two songs ("Big Boy" and "Fill-er-up" off Big Beat (1976). Apparently Sparks agreed to appear after KISS turned down the gig, however, fun fact: KISS went on to film KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain a year later (#choices). Anyway, if you've been to these parks and long for days of yore, or if you fancy suspenseful depictions of thrill ride terrorist acts, and/or Sparks, Rollercoaster is the movie for you!

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Happy Birthday, Tim Cappello (The Original Sexy Sax Man)

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 3, 2011 01:05pm | Post a Comment

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Tim (or Timmy) Cappello is heavily-muscled, oiled and pelvis-thrusting American saxophonist, whose saxual stylings can be heard on the Tina Turner tracks "We Don't Need Another Hero" and "One of the Living" from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, as well as his cover of "I Still Believe" from The Lost Boys.

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Cappello was born May 3, 1955 in Silver Lake, New York (as with LA's neighborhood of the same name, properly spelled with two words). Cappello not only plays the saxophone, but also the harmonica, guitar, keyboards and drums. His professional career began working with comedian/Oscar host Billy Crystal, providing musical accompaniment for Crystal's comedy stylings. 

In addition to playing in Tina Turner's band from 1984 to 1999, he recorded with Robert Kraft & Ivory Coast, The Flirts, Carly Simon, Eric Carmen, Peter Gabriel, Karen Carpenter and Ringo Starr. After appearing in the video for "We Don't Need Another Hero," Cappello embarked on an acting career, appearing in Miami Vice (1987), The Equalizer (1987), Hearts of Fire (1987), Tap (1989), and What's Love Got to Do With It (1993), but no role was as memorable as his cameo in The Lost Boys (1987). The scene of him covering a song by The Call on the beach was, to my mind, the most frightening part of the film.

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