Poison Ivy

So you couldn’t see Meatballs. Maybe you just didn’t have the cash for the theater ticket, or maybe Mom was leary of Bill Murray. Whatever the reason, NBC had you covered. In 1985, they brought us the Meatballs-esque Poison Ivy.

Poison Ivy featured NBC stars Michael J. Fox and Nancy McKeon as summer camp counselors. At least I think that’s what they were. To tell you the truth, I can’t remember much about the movie except that Fox and McKeon were in it. I also remember that one of the campers was so in love with McKeon that he took off his clothes and rolled in poison ivy so he would get infected and she would have to treat him (maybe that means she was the nurse?). As a guy who is terminally allergic to poison ivy, it is a scene that gives me the chills every time I think of it (which is usually every time I’m in nature). It really was a step too far for me. Hey, I loved Jo Polniaczek as much as the next guy, but I think I love my skin a little more. Lastly, I remember I loved this film because it was indeed my Meatballs.

(Apparently the film jumped to ABC at some point. I can’t explain that one.)

If you’re like me and just barely remember this film, you’re in luck. The entire thing is up on YouTube. Refresh your memory, and don’t forget the calamine lotion!

Michael J. Fox Joins The Back To The Future Game!

TellTale Games last episode of their excellent Back To The Future PC and Mac (Soon to be on the ipad and the Playstation Network) DLC game series is set to debut on June 23rd. This episode brings along the voice of a familiar actor from the Back to the Future films in a role that co-writer of the original trilogy and co-producer, Bob Gale, says Marty has met in his film adventures.

A huge thanks to 1-Up.com for the heads up on this video!

Who could Michael J. Fox be playing? I’m not really sure to be honest.

Teen Wolf on Blu-Ray

Teen Wolf is an odd film that when compared to its star’s big film that was released shortly before it, seems rather low tech. That is because this borderline screwball comedy was actually made before the more well received Back to the Future. It was released after that film and brilliantly rode the heat of Michael J. Fox’s rising stardom and succeeded largely because of that. That does not mean that the film is not without its charms. On the contrary, Teen Wolf, might be silly and sometimes poorly scripted, but it has moments of real heart and it is well grounded by its charismatic star and supporting cast. The same cannot be said for its oddly compelling sequel, but that should be discussed in another post.

I have been a fan of Teen Wolf since I saw it in the theater and I was very happy to pick it up on Blu-Ray last week and take it for a spin. I had watched the film on DVD in October and was looking forward to watching it for the first time in HD. I was not disappointed. The film gets a nice upgrade from DVD, but still manages to retain some of its film quality and graininess. Something I tend to look for when I am looking at retro Blu-ray releases. I want as close to the cinematic presentation when possible and do not want a digitized computer enhanced mess. So I guess you can say I am not too picky and certainly some will be turned off by scratches, splotches and artifacts.

I am no audiophile, so I cannot comment on the quality of the audio. It sounded fine on my standard TV setup though.

Not a ton of extras on the disc, this is obviously a budget release (the price is right) But you do get the original theatrical trailer and a sneak peek at the upcoming MTV series Teen Wolf (no comment).

I am a Teen Wolf fan and I am glad that they got Fox on the way up in his career. If the film had been made after Back to the Future I am pretty sure he might have opted out with his new-found star power. Lucky for us that is not the case and as a consequence we get a fun 80 teen comedy, starring a werewolf, that is much better than it has the right to be. So pick up your copy of Teen Wolf on Blu-Ray today.

Retroist Back to the Future Podcast

Retroist Back to the Future Podcast

Welcome to the Retroist Back to the Future Podcast. On today’s show I talk all about the 1980s mega hit movie, Back to the Future. I talk about the pre-production, the stars, casting issues, production and much much more. This is one of the most important films to be released in the eighties. I almost feel like you could have a 12 part podcast just on this film.

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Teen Wolf

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It has been at least a year since I watched Teen Wolf last. Last time I watched it I meant to comment on how this is one of the only films that really makes MJ Fox unlikable. Even before he gets his super powers, he is “okay”, but is kind of a self absorbed jerk and even by the end of the film I am not sure that this self absorption is fully over. Sure he goes through a transformation (back to human), but during the game could he be more full of himself? I know the other guys kind of deserves to be put down, but you would think a lifetime of being an average guy would make Scott (Fox) just a little humble. That humility would have only amplified the effect of that game.

Oh and about that game. It is a good thing the Beavers played that well, because it seems that Scott’s need to celebrate EVERY point in the game by jumping on his fellow players and pumping his fist in slow motion only seems to give the other team more opportunities to score. You know, I am not even sure they played well, because if you watch the montage enough, I rewound it 3 times, it become obvious that their is NO WAY the Beaver could beat the Dragons. The Dragons are aggressively driving the ball every time, while the Beaver are leaping around like a bunch of 5 year olds who just got their first bicycle. It is so aggravating and distracting!! Playing this way I cannot see how they would ever…Win in the end…

Despite these things, I still somehow walk away loving this movie.