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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.

The Summer of the Colon: Blockbuster Movie Roundup

This summer it’s all about the colon, and thankfully we don’t mean that colon. There must have been a memo in Hollywood because the hottest movies released during the year’s hottest months all have that two dot punctuation mark. Check out our top picks of 2015’s Summer Blockbusters!

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Domestic total as of July 27th: $465,612,712.

Written and directed by Joss “The Hits Keep On Comin’” Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron continues to rake in box office receipts. Released May 1st, you can still go and see this witty actioner in the theaters. Check your listings because there’s an Avengers double feature in many cities! Style check: our Avengers tees will add 150 street cred points.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Domestic total as of July 27th: $151,622,298.

George Miller said in an interview that 90% of the action in Fury Road was practical effects, so not much CGI. This is a common trait in a lot of the top movies of 2015, and one that will hopefully continue! Audiences are eating up these technical, dangerous stunts, and Mad Max has them in spades. Released May 15th this movie is killing it overseas, too. We predict the Furiousa to have her own movie in 2017.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Release date: July 31st.

Can you believe it’s been almost 20 years since the first Mission: Impossible movie?! Tom Cruise is still kickin’ ass as Ethan Hunt, and keeping things fresh by performing his own stunts (that scene in Rogue Nation where he’s hanging on to the outside of the plane? Yup, he’s really there, strapped to the side as the plane climbs to 5000 feet). Early reviews are coming back more tepid than we expected, seemingly centered on a forgettable plot. We don’t care! We’ll be waiting in line on Friday, ready to catch this sure-fire summer blockbuster!

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Release date: September 18th.

The first Maze Runner movie introduced many of us evil grownups to teen/young-adult scifi action writer T.S. Nowlin. This next installment (certainly leading into a third movie) moves the plot along as the group of kid-captives are presented with their next task, unironically risking their pretty faces to save the world… all while being misled by adults with ulterior motives.

Terminator: Genisys

Domestic total as of July 27th: $85,683,524.

Who could have predicted that “I’ll be back” and “come with me if you want to live” would be worth a 5-movie franchise and a TV spinoff? We predict this will be the final Terminator movie that stars Arnold (we know, we know… Terminator Salvation didn’t star Arnold, but it did have his likeness CGI’d into it), with possible future releases introducing new characters. Genisys is doing well in the international markets, which is probably going to be its saving grace. The TV show was well received, and it starred Summer Glau as a Terminator. Joss Whedon not at the helm of that show, surprising given that the premise is right up his alley and the work history he and Summer share. Style check: our Tech Noir tee is inspired from the first Terminator movie, and is a subtle nod to the franchise.

’80s Movies That Wouldn’t Be Made Today

The ’80s was a golden era for cinema. So many things that we take for granted today, from memes to favorite movie quotes, originated between 1980 and 1989. It was a beautiful time: political correctness was just a rumor and everything was fair game. The Internet hadn’t yet carved us out into our own little opinion islands, and you could get away with endangering kids and calling them inappropriate things to their face. Here’s our favorite movies that wouldn’t be made today.

Heathers

Sweet jumping jacks, there’s no way this movie would get made today. Murder of high school students by high school students is what’s on the menu from this ‘80s cult classic. The film’s opening salvo involves Christian Slater pulling a handgun (while on school grounds) and firing blanks at two bullies… with no repercussions. Shifting gears, we watch as pretty young people step up to murder-by-poison, attempts at suicide, crushing humiliations, homophobia and finally a school bombing plot.

The Monster Squad

There’s so much inappropriate material in this movie, it’d make people start an online petition to ban it if it was released today. For starters, to bring an end to the monsters, the squad needs to open a portal but to do so requires a virgin. The first choice (Lisa Fuller, cast as “Patrick’s sister”) doesn’t work out, so the next best option is Phoebe, a 5 year old girl?! If that wasn’t bad enough, later on Dracula looks Phoebe in the eyes… and calls her a bitch. There’s blackmail using nudie pics, kids with guns, kids using profanity, kids smoking, kids using sexual innuendo, the list goes on.

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Stand by Me

Imagine a movie released today whose plot revolves around a group of preteen boys simply marching off into the countryside, sans any form of adult supervision, for a couple days in search of a corpse of a kid that was killed when he was hit by a train.

Airplane!

Airplane! is a non-stop flight of insensitivity the likes we haven’t seen before or since. This classic flick serves up stereotypes like they’re going out of style. Add to that some jive talking, some child endangerment & molestation jokes, religious jabs, and a negative view towards women – focusing on violence and objectification. And who can forget the basketball tribe scene!

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

Loosely structured as a series of comic sketches about the various stages of life, The Meaning of Life has some scenes that would definitely not make it past the cutting room if it was shot today. In fact, Ireland outright banned the film on release. Aside from the gratuitous boob scenes, the mocking of religions, the fat man skit (“Better get me a bucket…”), there’s the one scene when the rest of the Python troupe (portraying students attending a sex ed class at a public school) watch in boredom as Cleese and Patricia Quinn physically demonstrate sexual positions.

Jurassic World Movie Shirts

After an opening weekend like that, you can bet we’ll be seeing a lot more of Chris Pratt and dinosaurs! The new movie is pretty sweet but sometimes you want to get back to your roots. And to help with that here’s our favorite Jurassic Park tshirts. You know, from the ’90s.

Turn It Off

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Immortalizing one of the dumbest things you can do when you’re trapped in an SUV at night with a T-Rex nearby, Turn It Off sends a clear signal that your taste in ridiculous movie tropes has no equal. Hit the switch, Lex!

Classic Jurassic

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This return to old school cool is just the thing to wear to that new-fangled Jurassic World movie (get it? Fangled? Okay, we’ll stop). We’re still not sure why the movie folks went with a skeleton of a dinosaur, rather than something that’s still alive, you know, like what’s roaming around the park.

Danger 10,000 Volts

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We had this tiny kitchen with an old fridge in it. If you touched the fridge and grabbed the sink, somehow you’d ground out and the 110v current would course through your body. Stupid us would have a few beers and see who could hold on the longest. Nope, we’re not the brightest bunch but we know damn well not to touch a 10,000 volt electric fence. Dinosaurs would however! 40 tons and the brains of a house cat.

The Goonies 30th Anniversary

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Just the other day our beloved film The Goonies turned 30 years old. Some of us here at It Goes to 11 are old enough to remember seeing the film in the theater (get off my lawn!). This cult classic movie takes us on a ride with a group of tweens and teens searching for lost pirate treasure in their hometown of Astoria, Oregon and the troubles they get themselves into. Using incredible set pieces and beautiful cinematography, Goonies is one of those timeless movies that just don’t age.

To celebrate let’s take a look at where The Goonies are now…

Sean (Mikey) Astin

Sean Astin as Michael “Mikey” Walsh

The Goonies was Sean’s first film credit. Possibly more famous than his role as Mikey, Sean went on to play Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Currently Astin provides the voice of Shazam in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. He’s also married to Miss Indiana Teen USA 1984, Christine Harrell, and is a father of three.

Corey (Mouth) Feldman

Corey Feldman as Clark “Mouth” Devereaux

Corey was an experienced actor before he landed the role of Mouth. At the time, Feldman was in a string of high earning, often number-one films including Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985), Stand By Me (1986), and The Lost Boys (1987). With dozens of films under his belt, Feldman currently heads up the ska band Truth Movement.

Jonathan (Data) Quan

Jonathan Ke Huy Quan as Richard “Data” Wang

Many folks will recognize Jonathan from his role as Short Round, performing alongside Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw in Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. After The Goonies, Quan added Breathing Fire, Encino Man, and Second Time Around to his filmography list. He went on to choreograph stunt work and dabbled in film editing. Today Jonathan lives quietly in Australia, retired from the acting spotlight.

Josh (Brand) Brolin

Josh Brolin as Brandon “Brand” Walsh

The Goonies was Brolin’s first film. Appearing in a wide range of films, his latest work includes Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron (cast in both movies as super-villain Thanos). He’s engaged to model Kathryn Boyd (she is also Josh’s assistant).

Jeff (Chunk) Cohen

Jeff Cohen as Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen

The Goonies was Jeff’s second film after Little Shots (1983). He added a couple more movies to his filmography, as well as a string of appearances on ‘80s kids TV shows. Currently he’s an attorney in Beverly Hills, CA.

Kerri (Andy) Green

Kerri Green as Andrea “Andy” Carmichael

Another actor whose first film was The Goonies, Kerri continued to work through the ‘80s and then again in 2010 for the film Complacent. She had a string of appearances on TV, including ER and Mad About You. In the late ‘90s she co-founded a movie production company, Independent Women Artists. Currently there’s not much on the Internet about any projects she’s working on…

Martha (Stef) Plimpton

Martha Plimpton as Stephanie “Stef” Steinbrenner

The daughter of actors Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton, Martha started her career as a model. After appearing in a few movies she landed the role of Stef in The Goonies, her breakthrough performance. Plimpton’s extensive repertoire includes Broadway theatre, television, and an extensive filmography, including Academy Award nominations. Today she’s active in politics and continues to grace the theatrical stage as well as roles on television.

Surprising Facts About 5 Stoner Movies

Greetings Friends! As you bake and bake this fine day, we should take a look back at how far weed has come. We are currently in the golden age of marijuana, if you look at when some stoner movies came out and how potent weed was at the time, it really changes how you understand the movies.

Cannabis Over The Years

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The classics are still classics, but we should look at these films a little closer. We’ll start with the classics, present the facts and then go get something to eat.

Half Baked 

Half Baked is about 3 stoners who steal a research lab’s weed and sell it to raise money to break their friend out of jail. They decide to call the weed “Mr. Nice Guy” and it is apparently the dankest thing money can buy.

This is a very silly movie. Just silly.

1. There is no weed that can make you fly! Not even Tahoe OG Kush. Much to our chagrin. We’re not sure about dogs.

This is what it sounds like when dogs fly...

This is what it sounds like, when dogs fly…

2. Any research lab in the US using marijuana at that time would source it from a little known research department at the University of Mississippi that has grown weed for the government since 1968. In the year that Thurgood and his friends were being entrepreneurial (1998), the best average imported weed one could get in New York was of 4.91% THC concentration. The best the government could do at the time was not higher than 4%. So all the smokers that raved about “Mr. Nice Guy” weren’t getting that high

3. Sir Smokes-A-Lot is clearly smoking something aside from weed. “Mr. Nice Guy” doesn’t make anyone that manic and aggressive.

Thanks Obama

Thanks Obama

Harold & Kumar go to White Castle

Harold & Kumar is a fantastic tale of two guys who get the munchies and set out on an adventure to find White Castle burgers. It has something possessed by all great movies:

Cheetahs.

"I don't even know you're there, but if I did I'd ignore you."

“I don’t even know you’re there, but if I did, I’d ignore you.”

But…

Imagine you are the fastest land animal in earth. Everything you see is motion. Your heart beats 160 times a minute compared to most humans’ 80. Two strange primates smoke you out and you get shockingly high in fractions of a second. You have a stupendous lung capacity, in a few seconds you’re off your cheetah face. You are higher than any large feline predator has ever been in the history of earth. You look down at your paws and they look more alive and vivid than anything you’ve ever seen.

So now you are one faded cheetah. Let’s examine some of your options:

(A) Lie down and think of a word for how blasted you are.

(B) Rub things

(C) Eat the two humans because you’re a cheetah and have the munchies

(D) Give the two humans a ride on your back because you’re a convenient plot device

Also cheetahs don’t have any thumbs! So these two humans would have to place a joint in your mouth like you’re a little baby and not the most badass animal they’ll ever see.

“Like why do I run so fast? It’s the journey not the destination”

“Like why do I run so fast? It’s the journey not the destination”

How High

Silas & Jamal smoked weed grown from the remains of their former friend. The ghost of their friend is able to help the two ace the “Test for Higher Credentials.”  Totally plausible, happens all the time.

But this raises a crucial question: Why they don’t see the ghosts of dinosaurs or other dead people when they smoke weed that grows on the remains of other stuff? But hey, maybe they do see them and they just assume it’s just part of how high they are.

"Hey Silas, how high are we man?

“Hey Silas, how high are we man?

 

Pineapple Express

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There are no inconsistencies in Pineapple Express and it’s based on a true story.

Friday

Friday is about learning.

The main character Craig wakes up in the morning and it seems kinda odd. No barking from the dog, no smog, but Craig wakes up with no job. Smokey comes in, and they smoke out. They learn they have a $200 debt they have to dig out.

When something happens in South Central Los Angeles, nothing happens unless its Smokey on PCP. Smokey tells Craig that smoking marijuana laced with PCP caused him to run through the street in his underwear. In all likelihood, Smokey experienced a panic attack. A PCP high takes about 5 minutes to manifest & Smokey felt it in seconds.

Pure PCP is much closer to being an incapacitating type of high, not a “running through the street in underwear” type of high. The problem was not the PCP, the problem was Smokey as we all suspected. But at least he learned an important lesson: Know your dealer.

Know your dealer!

Happy 4/20!!!

Have a happy 4/20 and stay hydrated!