Halloween is going to be here before you know it. Get set to be the hit of your party when you use our 2015 ’80s and Cult Movie Costume Guide! Packed with 45 creative suggestions, you’re bound to find something in there that says, “This’ll be the best Halloween yet!”
Watching Infini is better than running errands with your mother-in-law during rush hour, but not by much. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is a perfectly passable sci-fi horror B-movie, and if Dead Space ever crossed your path (either the game or animated feature), you’d understand the plot for Infini fairly well. Beyond that, Infini is set in a dystopian 23rd century, with the seemingly inevitable crushing poverty our destiny has in store, which motivates the denizens to undertake fatal work called Slipstreaming.
Slipstreaming is the process of digitizing people, blasting them across the galaxy and then rematerializing them at the destination. Taking a page from Tarantino, the movie starts in an out of place timeline that leaves us out of the loop as far as what is happening. Moving quickly we get up to “regular time” and through a series of Very Serious Events, we are shown the Slipstreaming process that lands our main character Whit Carmichael (played by Daniel MacPherson) at the furthest outpost in the galaxy, an extremely desolate and dangerous mining operation codenamed: Infini.
Up to this point I’ve been pretty bored. There’s some run of the mill “backstory” and a bit of forced drama going on with the whole angry (yet oddly supportive) project director and pregnant spouse angle. However once we’re actually at Infini, and the rest of the cast sent to rescue Carmichael arrives, the movie begins to take shape. The production budget is put to good use with the sets looking like a dirty, abused far-flung deep space facility. One glaring, jarring problem is the use of literal BASIC and Ascii as a programming language that controls the base.
The second act is a long misadventure of everyone at Infini discovering the secret of what’s causing the problem. The acting here takes a particular hit in my eyes because interactions between characters frequently comes across as a drunken campfire brawl. There are some predictable moments around the discovery of what is causing all the trouble, including the requisite “blood under the microscope” bit. Some more brawling ensues. What really sticks out to me however is how Infini generates power. I won’t spoil the surprise but I was seriously inspired to drink another beer to minimize the ridiculousness.
Coming to the final act, when everything is wrapped up and we get all the answers to questions we didn’t ask, what we’re left with is essentially a shallow – yet entertaining – piece of space-based sci-fi fluff that doesn’t really provide any scares or any thought-provoking questions. The acting is largely carried by MacPherson, and it left me wanting more. There was so much time spent on trivial hand-to-hand fighting, exploration of the true nature of Infini could have been better realized. Rating: 5 out of 10
Halloween’s coming up quick and everyone here at FIC is knuckling down on the triple-double-Bavarian Pretzel-daily-double-no-skin-touching-Denver-Omeletes, with absolutely none of the ol’ 1-2, 1-2-3, or the 1-2-3-4. Yup, we’re pretty much nose to the grindstone, hard at work on Found Item Clothing’s new for 2015 Movie Costume Guide!
But since the Guide’s not 100% ready yet, and we’re still putting the polish on some final touches, I wanted to show off one of our more popular costume groups this year, the Wet Hot American Summer collection! If anyone isn’t familiar with Wet Hot, it’s a cult classic film that was pretty much panned on release (as all good cult classics are) but has, over the years, developed into a red hot commodity.
Speaking of Wet Hot, have you seen the 2015 release, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp? I’ve been busy binge-watching the new prequel mini-series on Netflix. I don’t want to mention how old I am, but let’s just say I was able to get in to the original film without any troubles. The new series reprises a lot of the film’s ridiculously campy silliness, and if you liked the movie I think you’re going really enjoy First Day of Camp. The second episode has a coming-of-age skit that made me spit my bourbon out, so there are some solid out-loud laughs to be had. Anyway, let’s take a look at some of the classic Wet Hot costumes we’ve put together.
Short shorts are hawt! Get yourself one of our world-famous Clifton track tees, that old Casio calculator watch off eBay, red short shorts (white trim mandatory!), tube socks with red stripes, and navy blue Saucony running shoes.
If acting the crazy part is more your thing, Gene is the character for you. Start with adding a blue bandanna on your gorgeous dome, add goatee, apply scissors to a blue tee cropping high on the waist, cutting off the sleeves, and accentuating a deep V-neck cut. Top off with blue denim jeans, boots, and a filthy white chef’s apron. Must have accessory: a can of mixed vegetables!
Remember when we said short shorts were back? We ain’t lying! Closing the circle on our trio of Wet Hot American Summer costumes, we look to Gary. Nailing Gary (the look, gosh!) takes the right hair so if it’s not naturally the proper length try a wig, add the requisite aviator glasses, a Betty Jane Tavern tee, some yellow shortie shorts, white tube socks, and some older running shoes.
We talk a lot about the ‘80s here at Found Item, it’s hard not to! Even though we were young and dumb, stuck in high school and clueless about what life is about, movies helped us make sense of it (even if just a little bit). Probably more so than any other medium, movies about high school shaped how we dressed, how we talked, how we behaved. It was a cinematic golden age for coming of age… but we wouldn’t figure that out until it was too late.
In our worldly, complex and nuanced adolescent minds, the better movies had to have two things: boobs or cars. The best movies had both, even if the former was glimpsed briefly from worn out spots on a VHS tape. Today FIC is going to list our top 5 favorite cars from ‘80s high school movies! Sorry, we’re a family-friendly outfit here, no bare chests will be shown.
#5: Risky Business – 1979 Porsche 928
Tom Cruise dancing in his undies? Yeah, well… if that’s your thing okay, but we’re waaaay more into the ’79 Porsche 928. A bastion of reliability you can still find serviceable examples for sale. Stylishly designed, with a handy hatchback, the Porsche 928 inspired us freshmen to put pen to paper and draw our own versions.
#4: My Science Project – 1968 Pontiac GTO
How a high school kid got the scratch to outfit a GTO to this degree is lost on us, but we don’t care! When the time comes to really save the day, the words “Hit the blower!” never sounded so good.
#3: Better Off Dead – 1967 Chevy Camaro SS
Using the least practical – yet coolest – car for running to the ski resort, Lane Meyer (Cusack) gets his racing revenge in his kick-ass ’67 Camaro SS.
#2: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California
Both an original GT California and replicas were used during the filming of Ferris. The original was used for the tight, upclose scenes while the replicas were thrashed about town. According to John Hughes it was either going to be the California or a Porsche Turbo. At the time of the film’s release, the original Ferrari sold for $350,000. In 2015 it sold for $16,830,000. Even Bueller would be nonplussed! Be cool when skipping school with these classic Ferris tshirts!
#1 Back to the Future – DMC-12 DeLorean
Pretty much the iconic “80s movie” car, the DeLorean from Back to the Future to this day holds our imagination. Jaws dropped like flies when this bad boy rolled out the back of the trailer. There are a couple original movie cars still in existence, and you can even purchase a “BTTF” retro-kit to install on your own DeLorean!
Bonus: Wraith – Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor
Charlie Sheen was so young in this supernatural thriller, it might as well have been a high school movie. No spoilers here, though. You’ll just have to watch to discover the secrets of the Wraith!
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It’s summertime, which means warm nights, summer romance, and of course movies in the park. What qualifies a movie for prime park viewing? There are no hard and fast rules, but certain movies have an appeal that can be broadly appreciated in an outdoor setting. Loud audience participation makes some movies better suited for outdoor viewing. Movies that take place outside or during the summer months are also contenders. We’ve gathered a handful of very popular “Movies in the Park” films that you shouldn’t miss.
Baseball, summer vacation, childhood, romance, and s’mores. What’s not to love? The Sandlot is an iconic film and is almost better seen while laying in the grass. Whether you slide into home base or just recline in your lawn chair, this movie is one that should be on your regular summer rotation.
The Sound of Music
This film makes our list due to the built-in audience participation. During the sing-along scene set in the enchanting Austrian Alps, most viewers take it upon themselves to sing Do-Re-Mi along with Maria and the Von Trapps. If you’re a little hesitant or embarrassed by your pipes, fear not. No one will be able to hear you over their own off-key renditions.
The Karate Kid
A cult classic, The Karate Kid is just more fun to watch outside. Surrounded by like-minded wannabe karate kids, you’ll have room to practice your crane kick. Watching the Karate Kid in the park every summer has become a tradition across the country for those who once saw it on the big screen. Grab a t-shirt, and a mentor and head to a park near you! And if someone blocks your view, just sweep the leg, Johnny.
Labyrinth is a fun-for-the-whole-family type of movie. We chose it for our list because it also has a flair of audience participation. During the Bog of eternal stench, fans will often pull out their whoopee cushions. Since you’re outside, you dont have to lower your voice as you scream every time the Goblin King’s balls come on screen. The movie is full of opportunities to use props and yell obscurities at the screen. It’s HOGGLE.
The Princess Bride
A pure cinematic legend, The Princess Bride is simply magical and unquestionably suited for watching in a park. Full of fantasy, sword fights, giants and pirates, this movie is also king of quotes. No one will begrudge you as you yell “Inconceivable!”, or as you introduce yourself as Inigo Montoya. Just be sure to wear one of our shirts to the showing!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show We’ve chosen this classic as a part of our park viewing collection for a few reasons. The songs, the dancing, the liveliness….and the toast! I’m sure we’ve all seen a live-action or midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show…fans get involved. Doing the Time Warp if easier to do in a park than a movie theater, and throwing dry toast outside just means more food for the birds.
The Big Lebowski
Possibly one of the most famous cult classics of all time, this made the list simply because there is nothing greater than relaxing and reclining on a warm night, surrounded by The Dude and his friends. Extra points if you wear our Kaoru Betto shirt!
Now a classic mob film, Scarface wasn’t always as well-received. There was criticism around nearly every aspect of the film that made it great: graphic hard drug use, over the top violence, the portrayal of Cubans, and coarse foul language all made a bitter pill for many people to swallow. But we survived through the chainsawing, the cocaine facials, and more profanity than the Big Lebowski. And what about the guns! So many great guns were used in this film. In fact there’s even one gun with an extra part bolted on that was put to work in another famous movie. More on that in a bit, but for now here’s our top 5 favorite guns wielded in Scarface.
No. 5: MAC-10
If an ‘80s movie had guns in it, one of them was bound to have been an Ingram MAC-10. You can see two versions in Scarface: the standard non-silenced model and the iconic suppressor-equipped version. Turns out the suppressor was so good the US government restricted its sale. Since the suppressor was the MAC-10’s main selling point, this restriction led to a spate of cancelled orders… and the company’s eventual bankruptcy.
No. 4: Remington 870
The Remington 870 has been around for over 60 years. Introduced in 1951 this budget-priced workhorse has sold more units than any other shotgun in history.
No. 3: Valmet M82A
With only a fleeting appearance in Tony’s gun case, the Valmet M82A is a bullpup configuration combat rifle with a production run that fared little better. Only 2000 units were manufactured between 1978-1986. On top of that, the coolness factor belied poor performance: weight distribution made for an unbalanced gun, and the rear sights would hit paratroopers in the face during landings. Regardless it would have been sweet to have seen Tony put this unusual gun to work on some goons!
No. 2: FN-FAL
With a production and useage history completely opposite of the Valmet M82, the Fabrique Nationale Fusil Automatique Leger was prototyped in the late 1940s and has been in continuous use since 1951. Over 90 countries have used this battle rifle, with over 2 million produced, and variations are still being manufactured today. It packs a heavy punch with the 7.62 NATO round, and the killers sent to hunt Tony would’ve had an easy time of it… if they didn’t meet the final gun on our list.
No. 1: Colt AR-15 with M203 Grenade Launcher
“Say hello to my little friend!”
Something about the over/under combination of the AR-15 (the civilian version of the M16) and the grenade launcher captivated audiences everywhere. Having that extra heavy duty punch really tickled movie goers, but what really made the weapon stand out on screen were the massive muzzle flashes. These were caught by cinematographer John Alonzo after he worked out a way to time the AR-15’s firing sequence with the Arriflex cameras. A pioneering achievement, this captured spectacular jets of flame that are normally lost between frames.
There’s one a neat piece of trivia about this gun setup: the exact same grenade launcher used by Tony Montana in Scarface was put to work in the Arnold Schwarzenegger hit, Predator.