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End-of-Summer Cinema Binge: Crazy 80s Beach Movies!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, September 21, 2017 11:20pm | Post a Comment
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Summer is over, or is it? Well, it certainly doesn't have to be! For the last few weeks I've been mostly landlocked, cooped up and unable to make it to the beach or anywhere else due to some bad luck and doctor's orders, but that hasn't stopped me from chasing my stupidest end-of-Summer seaside shenanigan-filled dreams by couch-surfing a good ol' beach movie marathon. And not just any old sandy surf movies, but specifically those bitchin' beach features from the golden age of VHS rentals and late night Cable TV programming—the 1980s!

Listed below in no particular order are sixteen films that, for better or for worse, fit the bill; feel free to let me know if any crucial contenders have been omitted (I had to pull the plug before hitting the bottom of the barrel). As I mentioned in my previous Amusement Park movie binge post, a lot of these titles are likely to be found used in our stores, especially if you're seeking to own them on VHS or LaserDisc. Please check the links to our online store or give us a call to see if we've got what you're looking for and we'll do our darndest to make your crazy 80s beach movie/tangible format dreams come true the old fashioned way, dude.

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Where the Boys Are '84 (1984)

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

Posted by Kelly S. 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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12 Albums to Watch for this Summer

Posted by Amoebite, July 14, 2016 01:39pm | Post a Comment

12 Albums to Watch For This Summer

Summer is in full swing, and the weather is hot -- but these albums might be even hotter! Check out our twelve albums to watch for this summer to create the perfect soundtrack for pool parties, road trips, and lazy days at the beach.

Hole - Live Through This

Hole - Live Through This

Out July 29

Hole's second album is finally getting a vinyl reissue! Never before available on wax in the US, the LP features some of the band's most-loved songs, "Miss World," "Doll Parts" and "Violet." Check out Courtney Love & co's classic video for "Doll Parts" below.

Cheena - Spend the Night With...

Cheena - Spend the Night with...

Summer Jams: R. Stevie Moore's "I Like To Stay Home"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, August 10, 2013 04:05pm | Post a Comment
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Sometimes Summer jammin' isn't about where you go but where you hole up.

I've been on a heavy R. Stevie Moore bender of late and I reckon a good quarter slice of his massively prolific discography of eccentric DIY bedroom record-a-thons is fit for soundtracking the most sun-baked and faded of your high Summer adventures (especially if you find yourself going nowhere). We don't see a lot of previously played R. Stevie come in here at Amoeba, but I was lucky enough to cross paths recently with a used copy of Contact Risk on CD -- one of the many compilations that, what with its 21 tracks, decidedly employs a more-is-Moore approach to showcasing selected gems plucked from his cavernous catalog. But, get into this: Brooklyn based label Personal Injury has lately reissued a number of Moore's vinyl miscellany, notably Phonography (1978), Delicate Tension (1979) and Glad Music (1986), so if you're looking to go out by staying in with some old new music I can think of no better portal through which to channel your indoor summer exodus than this Glad Music banger right here: 

SPRiNG BREAKERS: Spring Break 4 Ever!!!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 29, 2013 01:02pm | Post a Comment
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Spring Breakers, the name says it all. For all intents and purposes it is the what, when, why, where, and who of Harmoy Korine's latest youth culture thesis -- a 94 minute non-stop Girls Gone Wild-esque Dubstep rager that prudently substitutes a copiousness of style for a seemingly decided lack of dramatic substance, inter-cut with super slo-mo beach bosoms and bottom biscuits jiggling at a hypnotizing rate of frames per second. it doesn't make a much sense, but whatever. It's summertime and this movie rules!

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It seems to me that the real juice of the Spring Breakers fruit has little to do with cautionary tales, innocence lost or questionable actions, but rather it has everything to do with James Franco's cornrows. That is, soaking up the the overall look of the film, which seems to be inspired if not full-on endorsed by Vice Magazine sponsored American Apparel type fad-mongering marketing strategies, is as good as this movie gets.
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It shouldn't go without mentioning, however, that that highly skilled costume designer Heidi Bivens'  hot-neon, day-glo accented beach wear, DTF sweatpants, and pink unicorn ski masks really transport viewers into the hyper-surreal world of Spring Breakers to the point of outmoding the efforts of the aforementioned houses of haute hipsterwares for the trending-now crowd. Indeed, the joint efforts of Bivens and Korine, not to mention the talents of cinematographer Benoît Debie, seem to signify an extremely creatively driven approach to fully realizing this project, but the commercial element Spring Breakers presents is most definitely a fashion force to be reckoned with, whether the message translates as what to buy or what not to buy. For me, I couldn't suppress the urge to indulge in a cinematic marathon of summer fashion features after practically gagging on Spring Breakers.

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