Thrashin’ (1986)
1986 Film Fest , Movies / 22nd April 2018

Title: Thrashin’ Summary: Two skateboarding gangs “battle” each other for supremacy and it’s complicated by romance. That’s basically it. Someone on the internet actually likened this to “West Side Story on skateboards”. I don’t think so. Tagline: Hot! Reckless! Totally Insane! (I find it hilarious anyone would find this film ‘hot’.) Note: I watched this for the first time probably somewhere around 2009? So I have a general memory of it. Initial Thoughts: Skateboarding was still a huge thing when I was a child, mostly because it was starting to be taken seriously and tricks/stunts were getting a lot more complicated. So Hollywood attempted to cash in on it by making a movie about it. A lot of the “extreme” (read: for the time) sports/activities in the 1980s had films made about them: BMX bikes, there’s probably a dirt bike movie I don’t know about, break dancing, flash dancing, dirty dancing… Wait, Dirty Dancing is set in the 60s, right? (No, I have never actually seen it.) (YOU CAN’T MAKE ME.) Originally Johnny Depp was set to play Cory, since he was conveniently dating Sherilyn Fenn at the time, but because he was Johnny Depp and on 21 Jump Street…

Crazy Moon (1986)
1986 Film Fest , Movies / 14th February 2018

Title: Crazy Moon (1986) Summary: No website can agree on an “official” synopsis of this film. Let’s just say it’s a “rom-com” before that was a thing, and it’s really… strange. Tagline: Sometimes acting crazy is the only way to stay together. Note: I found this on YouTube. I believe it is still there; this is a hard film to find, except maybe on VHS tape. So, what I’m watching isn’t the best in picture quality, but I’ll live. Initial Thoughts: Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! It’s kind of fitting that I ended up aiming to post this recap on the one day of the year that we’re all pressured to be romantic and shunned if we don’t have a partner. Crazy Moon is one of those “super quirky in an obvious way!” kind of films that I don’t think intended to be a “super quirky in an obvious way!” kind of films. ‘Weird’ is the adjective I keep using to describe this film to everyone I know. It’s a hot mess and needed a better director, writer, and editor. I see so much I want to fix. It’s painful how much I want to fix it. Because of its age…