Category Archives: The ’80s

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 Wet Hot Costume Triple Play

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.

#1: McKinley


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.

#2: Gene


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!

#3: Gary


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.

Faster Times: Our Favorite 5 Cars From ’80s High School Movies

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

Risky Business

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

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

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

Ferris Bueller's Ferrari 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

Back to the Future 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!

Get your Back to the Future fix with these timeless tees!

Bonus: Wraith – Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor

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!

The Weapons of Scarface

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.

’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.

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.