I think there is a cycle to cinema. There seems to be years when classic movie after classic movie is filling the theaters, and other years when you can’t find a good film to save your life. An example of the former would be 1984. Goonies, Gremlins, Karate Kid, Temple of Doom, Beverly Hills Cop, Police Academy, Night of the Comet, Electric Dreams, Terminator, Romancing the Stone, and tons of others. The Retroist even mentioned this in the Revenge of the Nerds podcast.
An example of the latter would be the early 90s. Man, were there a ton of really bad films in those years. Not only did these films seem to have lost the heart of the mid-80s movies, but they all had bizarre plots and a really weird look, almost like they were shot on video. Here’s a couple notable examples:
I probably wouldn’t remember these movies at all except for the fact that I had seen them in the theater. Sad, I know, but I had just gotten a car and a job at this time and was seeing just about everything that was out. Even sadder is that I still have a fondness for these movies for the simple fact that I saw them in movies. I have a fondness for this time, too, even though it just seems odd and dead in comparison with the mid-80s. You can’t have the good without the bad, and I guess that in turn makes the bad kind of good, these movies included.
Most of us know Topps for their baseball and football cards. Okay, maybe most of us here at Retroist.com know them for Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages, but we know them. Recently, I discovered some Topps cards that are right up our retro alley: Topps American Pie Cards.
The American Pie Cards cover the past couple decades of American life. There are 200 base cards showing the people and events of these decades. These base cards start with the end of WWII and end with Hurricane Irene. There are 50 Hollywood Walk of Fame cards with images of Fred Astair, Errol Flynn, and the like, and 38 autograph cards featuring the signatures of such luminaries as Don McClean, Tia Carrere and Tom Arnold. And most interestingly of all, there are 30 Fads and Fashions cards. This last category covers these crazes of the past several years:
Rickie Tickie Stickers
Baby On Board
Tickle Me Elmo
Texas Hold ’em
The Atkins Diet
Kilroy Was Here
Telephone Booth Stuffing
Not only do these Fads and Fashions cards cover some great territory, but they have a great design as well:
To be honest, I haven’t collected cards since middle school, but if I did, I’d collect these. Okay, I’d collect Garbage Pail Kids, but these would be next!