Wayne’s World

Earlier this week, my youngest’s daughter said something and I responded, “Excellent!” like I do most of the time and she asked where that comes from and I said, “Wayne’s World. You know, party time, excellent!.” She did not know.

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So, tonight was the night to rent it and watch it with her and her boyfriend and I think they enjoyed it. I had not seen it in many years. I might have watched it one additional time after seeing it in the theater back in 1992.

I came into it not remembering much about it (The Shandi Effect) but all of the familiar parts were there, of course, and it was a fun movie with good writing and great performances. I just looked it up and it even made Gene Siskel’s list of best movies for 1992.

Wayne’s World was such a huge part of early 1990’s culture and the early 90’s are well-documented by Rob Lowe’s wardrobe and apartment!

I do remember seeing the sequel and I believe it is horrible but I’m sure I’ll get around to seeing it again at some point just to make sure.

Until then, “Wayne’s World! Wayne’s World! Party Time! Excellent!”

Fun with Dick and Jane

Here’s another movie from 1977 and this one stars Jane Fonda, George Segal and, as the bad guy(!), Ed McMahon!

Long story short – Dick gets laid off and has a lot of bills so Dick and Jane team up on a crime wave that escalates to the final big score.

There are several politically incorrect moments that land quite flat but probably strongly appealed to the “Archie Bunker is not such a bad guy” demographic.

The most interesting thing to me about this movie is Ed McMahon playing the bad guy and he does it quite well!

The rest of the movie is just so-so with some funny moments here and there but overall it’s just another movie that reminds me of how depressing the 70’s were!

The Late Show

No, not the one with Stephen Colbert. I just watched the movie from 1977 starring Art Carney (playing the tired old guy at the age of 59), Lily Tomlin and Bill Macy (who was also starring in Maude at the time).

This Late Show doesn’t feature extremely pointed comedy about Republicans. This one is a movie about a private eye in the later years of his career who gets involved in solving the case that cost the life of his ex-partner, the search for Lily Tomlin’s cat. At least that’s what I think was happening.

A lot happens and I split up my viewing of the movie over several days so it was tough to keep track of it all. I enjoyed it and was surprised to discover that the movie was nominated for an Oscar for Original Screenplay. I thought that the actors were great but the vague idea of romance between Art Carney and Lily Tomlin’s characters seemed cringey even for 1977.