Posts by Nick Spacek

From the Stereo to Your Screen: Dan Aykroyd & Tom Hanks and Dragnet

“City of Crime,” by Dan Aykroyd & Tom Hanks, from Dragnet There’s a very short list of things I miss about the movies of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. For the most part, it was a pretty transitory period for the sort of movies I like. Even given the fact that I was a kid at the time, the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia can only do so much to influence my opinions on the actual quality of things like Best of the Best or Judgment Night.     Still, there was a wonderful trend at the time to include
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Films from the Void: Mafia vs. Ninja

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all. Mafia vs. Ninja In my movie collection, there are over 20 multi-DVD, multi-movie collections of underrated and terrible films. They all sport titles such as “American Horror Stories,” “ Devil Worship Collection,” “Gorehouse Greats,” and the like. My local video store
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Class of ’99 and The Faculty

“Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” by Class of ‘99 from The Faculty   When I re-watched The Faculty a few weeks back, I came to the conclusion that it’s basically the epitome of the late ‘90s: an angsty film which focuses on the underdog kids, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and featuring an alt rock soundtrack. It’s most similar to the likes of Disturbing Behavior, but could also fall in line with the likes of The Craft. It’s weird to revisit a movie like this, which is essentially one of those things that brings up memories for those who saw
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Films From The Void: THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all.   The 1982 horror film, The Beast Within, can be seen to be several different kinds of movies rolled into one, with each hiding within the other. It’s essentially the plot of Phillippe Mora’s film, hiding in plain sight. For instance,
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Phunk Junkeez and Tommy Boy

“I Love It Loud (Injected Mix),” by Phunk Junkeez from Tommy Boy   Every once in a while, trolling a family member can yield positive results. My uncle Brad is a huge KISS fan. Coffee mugs, t-shirts, toys, albums in every conceivable format — you name it, he probably has at least considered purchasing it. He’s probably got money socked away for a KISS Kasket. He married my aunt PJ on Halloween and he wore Gene Simmons facepaint. HUGE fan, right? So, he posts this the other day: It brought to mind the fact that, once upon a time, rap-rock
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Digital Underground and Nothing But Trouble

“Same Song” by Digital Underground, from Nothing But Trouble         Y’know what’s weird about this video? Digital Underground’s performance in Nothing But Trouble of “Same Song” is, essentially, a music video, and actually kind of better than the video itself. It’s certainly less racially problematic than the video itself, despite the fact that the members of Digital Underground are basically the only people of color in the film at all. That’s a lot to unload right at the top, isn’t it? Let’s backtrack: Nothing But Trouble is a 1991 movie starring John Candy, Chevy Chase, and Demi
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Digital Underground and Nothing But Trouble

“Same Song” by Digital Underground, from Nothing But Trouble         Y’know what’s weird about this video? Digital Underground’s performance in Nothing But Trouble of “Same Song” is, essentially, a music video, and actually kind of better than the video itself. It’s certainly less racially problematic than the video itself, despite the fact that the members of Digital Underground are basically the only people of color in the film at all. That’s a lot to unload right at the top, isn’t it? Let’s backtrack: Nothing But Trouble is a 1991 movie starring John Candy, Chevy Chase, and Demi
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Digital Underground and Nothing But Trouble

“Same Song” by Digital Underground, from Nothing But Trouble         Y’know what’s weird about this video? Digital Underground’s performance in Nothing But Trouble of “Same Song” is, essentially, a music video, and actually kind of better than the video itself. It’s certainly less racially problematic than the video itself, despite the fact that the members of Digital Underground are basically the only people of color in the film at all. That’s a lot to unload right at the top, isn’t it? Let’s backtrack: Nothing But Trouble is a 1991 movie starring John Candy, Chevy Chase, and Demi
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Digital Underground and Nothing But Trouble

“Same Song” by Digital Underground, from Nothing But Trouble         Y’know what’s weird about this video? Digital Underground’s performance in Nothing But Trouble of “Same Song” is, essentially, a music video, and actually kind of better than the video itself. It’s certainly less racially problematic than the video itself, despite the fact that the members of Digital Underground are basically the only people of color in the film at all. That’s a lot to unload right at the top, isn’t it? Let’s backtrack: Nothing But Trouble is a 1991 movie starring John Candy, Chevy Chase, and Demi
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: The Coupe De Villes and Big Trouble in Little China

“Big Trouble in Little China” by The Coupe De Villes from Big Trouble in Little China     I’m never putting the column’s selection up to a vote ever again. While I absolutely adore John Carpenter’s music, as well as Big Trouble In Little China as a film, this song is horrid. I’m pretty sure everyone either voted on this because of one of two things: They knew the movie, but had no idea about the song. They knew the song and wanted me to suffer. Knowing you people, I’m assuming the second, more than the first. This song’s rough.
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