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A Multimedia Celebration of Real Genius

Released during August of ’85 Real Genius has come to mean different things to different people, and some feel the need to create something. This is great for fans of the movie, because if you drift just a little off the center line you’ll be rewarded with some interesting discoveries. We did just that and here are a few of things we found.

Poetry

Inspired by a shirtless Val Kilmer, penning some poetry was Anameroma’s way to express how she was feeling.


Real Genius

by Anameroma

There’s no fear in the place
I’m going to be in a few years,
In the time it takes to tune a piano,
In the decades of a dog’s wagging tail.
There’s nothing scary there.

When I’m as many years older
As there are seconds in a lightyear,
Or sound waves in wallpaper,
I’ll still be cock-a-doodle-doing perfectly
Dandy in a yellow-spotted bouncy way.

When I’ve said and written as many
Words as there are to say on an afternoon,
And when my heart’s as old and big
As orange and gold, as great as
A slide whistle going up, up, up, then,

I’ll see what I saw when I was
The size of a bright laugh:
That all the world, in its infantile grace,
(Even the places nearly shaded from sight)
Is bursting with unexplainable light.

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Demotivational Poster

Seeing it for the first time in 2011, CrescentMoonDemon was compelled to create a (de)motivational poster.


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Comic Strip

Foxfur leveraged their considerable artistic talent to illustrate one of their favorite quotes from the movie.


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Modern Art

Mind meltingly bright and in your face, hartter gives us a hint at how Kent might have been feeling during his connection with Jesus.


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Mighty Mugg Style

Had to look up what Mighty Muggs are (they’re a vinyl–plastic collectible toy series made by Hasbro. The toys resemble super deformed versions of characters from the following franchises: Star Wars, Marvel Comics, Indiana Jones, G.I. Joe, and Transformers), and after checking a few out we have to say Calcifer-Boheme created an awesome Chris Knight version.


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Hand Made Bunny Slippers

Violet–Gypsy fabricated their own pair of bunny slippers!



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Digital Art

DrZime shows some love to the tender-hearted Jordan Cochran and offers up this tribute.


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More 80’s Full Length Classics on Youtube

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We’re back with another round of full length 80’s movies you can watch free on Youtube! This time we’re including 5 movies, including the comedy/horror House and time-travel titillator The Final Countdown (not the song).


Heathers (1988)

The eponymous film that, when released in ’88, inspired our high school to use the phrase, “Greetings and salutations.” for like ever.


Evil Dead 2 (1987)

The 2nd installment of the Evil Dead series, book-ended by The Evil Dead and Army of Darkness. This is the one where Ash gets his chainsaw hand.


House (1986)

Almost criminally under-rated, this comedy/horror features great practical effects.


The Shaolin Temple (1982)

Appearing for the first time as Jet Li, Li Lianjie shows us how to kick ass and take names in this quintessential Hong Kong-Chinese martial arts thriller.


The Final Countdown (1980)

WWII Japanese are pwned by the time-traveling USN Nimitz aircraft carrier.

YouTube ’80s Movie Spotlight

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There’s a huge selection of full movies you can watch on YouTube. Check out these three awesome cult flicks you can watch in their entirety for free!

Akira (1988) HD full English dub

Jaw-dropping animation along with an incredible soundtrack, Akira has much to do with bringing the anime culture to the USA. This version is the full audio “good” English dub.


Better Off Dead (1985)

John Cusack and his bitchin’ Camaro!


Real Genius (1985)

One of the most beloved ’80s classics. Written by the same folks who penned Police Academy.

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Ferris Bueller’s Official Soundtrack Had 10,950 Days Off

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Finally after 30 years, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is getting an official soundtrack. John Hughes never released one, citing fears it would be unpopular. Diehard fans of the film, however, have been assembling their own mixed tape tracklists since the ’80s. Today’s kids will never know that joy: hunching over the radio tape deck, cassette loaded. The Record & Pause buttons already pressed. And then waiting, waiting for that one song to come on. Smart kids would at least call in to the radio station to make a request. The song would still take time, but at least they knew it was coming.

Now, 3 decades later, that gap in your record collection will finally be filled. According to Salon, Paramount and La-La Land Records have struck a deal for an official soundtrack to be released later this year. There’s no word yet on the final list of songs, but there will be interviews in the liner notes from Hughes’s son, James, music supervisor Tarquin Gotch, composer Ira Newborn, and film editor Paul Hirsch.

There are some real musical gems to rediscover. We’ll list our favorites here, and if you grew up in the ’80s there’s probably at least one song below that will make you cry. You can find a complete track listing over on IMDB. Call in sick, put on your favorite Ferris tee, plug in the headphones, and get your music on!

Bad (Big Audio Dynamite)

Beat City (The Flowerpot Men)

Danke Schoen (Wayne Newton)

The Bridge (Cactus World News)

The Edge Of Forever (The Dream Academy)

Children of the Revolution (Violent Femmes)

Love Missile F1-11 extended version (Sigue Sigue Sputnik)

March Of The Swivelheads (The Beat)

Oh Yeah (Yellow)

Radio People (Zapp)

Twist And Shout (The Beatles)

Megaplex: 80 minutes of ’80s Awesomeness from Smash TV

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Over one and a half years in the making, Megaplex, a super supercut, is almost beyond description. Jam-packing thousands of snippets from almost 100 movies, paired with an incredibly timed soundtrack, the entertainment factor is completely off the charts.

Coined a double-feature by the creators, Turbo (or Side A, the first half of the supercut) will have you jonesing for those late nights during a sleepover when you and your friends would binge on Jolt cola and watch whatever crazy movies channel 3 had on from 10pm to 6am. Cuts from long-forgotten kung fu, action, anime, fighting movie favorites… they’re all here, in rapid fire succession.

After a brief intermission dubbed Coming Attractions (which covers different vignettes exploring various themes and genres), Beyond (aka Side B) begins. A cacophony of spasm-inducing lights, colors, and sounds, Side B pieces together at a machine gun clip, “choice cuts from a strange time in the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres…” Sometimes epileptic seizure inducing, sometimes freaky and/or gory, the imagery flashes by relentlessly while the music seems almost tailor-made.

Reverend Tre’s Cult Film Revival: Saddentine’s Day

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Yeah yeah, Valentine’s Day is for lovers and significant others and all that jazz. What about the rest of us… those of us with unrequited love or a giant black lump of coal for a heart because of a bad breakup? Perhaps your sense of humanity was shredded due to heartbreak. Whatever the reason, between you and me, Valentine’s Day is a day for suckers (not the lusty kind, you dirty-minded hound dog). Love is for the birds, for the weak-kneed, for the starry eyed wishful thinkers. Besides, having your heart ripped out is good for you. It teaches self-sufficiency and makes you okay with being alone. It also teaches us humanity and empathy, once the pain fades… even if just a little bit.

All this romantic pain and suffering got me to thinking: what’s some of the worst, most horrible cinematic examples of heartbreak that’s out there? Scenes that are just waiting to be watched and embraced like ice cold water poured on an exposed tummy. Let’s watch and be moved to tears on this darkest of holidays.

Grave of the Fireflies

From famed animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli, Grave of the Fireflies is a war story involving two young people trying to survive post-WW2 Japan. To say the movie is heart-wrenching is putting it mildly. I cannot watch it again.

Lost in Translation

Simply put, Lost in Translation is about love that could have been. Despite the ridiculous age difference between Johansson and Murray, you do end up with this pit in your stomach because we’ve all been there.

A Love Story

A slow burn, A Love Story is the quintessential sad tale of boy meets girl, love blossoms, girl dies. Oh and this movie is the source for that insipid quote, “love means never having to say you’re sorry”.

My Girl

Watch Macaulay Culkin die from bees. Get your hankies handy, this one is A++ brutal. Not for the faint of heart

Up

Up isn’t best known for its animation style or its story; it’s known for its 4 minute intro that ruined moviegoers. People didn’t have a heads up! They came in to watch a fun Pixar flick and ended up with tears streaming down their faces and snot running from their noses. Just a brutal way to start a film: left hook your audience with an iron fist.

The Notebook

Another slow burn, The Notebook takes us on an emotional rollercoaster culminating with realization that none of us are ever going to know the love that they felt.

Mine

Not a movie but a documentary, Mine is almost unwatchable if you love dogs. What keeps you going are the happy scenes when the pets are reunited.