Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Rocketeer

Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of my all time favorite movies, Joe Johnston's The Rocketeer. In my opinion it's the most faithful superhero adaptation of all time. It's remarkably like the comics. I remember seeing it in 70mm at the Glenwood Theatre in Overland Park, KS when it first came out.

I then later saw it at the Plaza Theatre in Kansas City, which dated back to the 1920's. It was fantastic seeing this gorgeous period piece there. I felt like I had gone back in time. Despite the promotional push of Disney, it didn't do very well in theaters but there were some cool promotional stuff like these toys and other various stuff.

Pizza Hut also had a cool promotion with cool drink containers and personal pan pizza boxes.

My favorite piece of Rocketeer memoribilia is this cool sweatshirt that Disney sent to video retailers when the movie came out on VHS later that fall. I wore it all the time in college. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit anymore. That would be a good excuse to go on a diet, so I could wear this beauty again.

I can't believe it's been 20 years. Hopefully Joe Johnston's next superhero period piece, Captain America The First Avenger, will be as good as The Rocketeer. If that's the case, I'll be one happy camper.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Magnificent Super 8

I went and saw Super 8 Friday night and I must tell you I was simply blown away. I felt like I was transported back to 1982. I even saw it in the same theater I saw a lot of movies at in 1982. Anyway, director JJ Abrams took the best of the movies he grew up with and meshed them into an exciting and touching tale of kids and monsters. There were so many influences I lost track. There was a little bit of Close Encounters, ET, Jaws, Goonies, Stand By Me, and many, many 1950's B science fiction movies. The acting was superb and the look and feel of the film was note perfect. I highly, highly recommend this film, especially if you grew up in the late 70's/early 80's like I did. A truly outstanding film!