How a Throwaway 80s Teen Comedy Launched Tom Cruise’s Career [Rewind]

Would you believe that there’s a Tom Cruise film in existence that only made $1.2 million. Doesn’t it seem like this guy has always been a movie star? Given that Mission: Impossible – Fallout brought in nearly $800 million, it would be easy to write off Cruise’s fourth film (his first would be in Endless […]

How a Tale of at Risk Youth Became the Edgiest Teen Film of the 80s [Rewind]

Director Mark L. Lester is known for many things. Roller Boogie, Pterodactyl and Showdown in Little Tokyo are one side of this iconoclastic coin. The other side includes movies like Firestarter, Armed and Dangerous and the legendary Commando. Yes, for all that Mr. Lester has given the world of cinema, he helmed this Arnold Schwarzenegger […]

When a Beastie Boy Starred in the Best Youth Culture Film of the Late 80s [Rewind]

When I heard that Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys) was going to be starring in a movie, even though I wasn’t the biggest Beasties fan, this was a film I had to see. So my brother and I went to the one movie theater in Orange County, Ca where Lost Angels was […]