The 1980s were host to some of the most memorable sports movies of all-time, including Hoosiers, Bull Durham, Caddyshack, The Natural, The Karate Kid, Field of Dreams, and more. But the 1980s also saw the rise of popularity in extreme sports like skateboarding and BMX bike riding, and those sports were represented on the big screen too. However, most of them have only become cult favorites instead of Hollywood classics, and one of them never even got a proper home video release…until now.
RAD was released in 1986 at the height of the BMX bike craze. Directed by Hal Needham (Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Run) and starring Bill Allen, the movie focuses on a small town kid named Cru Jones who is determined to win a traveling BMX bike race on a dangerous, nearly impossible course called Helltrack. It’s cheesy to the max, and features some truly impressive (and weird) stunts done on bikes. The movie has only ever been available as a bootleg, but it’s finally coming to home video this summer. Read More »
Dreamland is the feature film debut of Robert Schwartzman, lead vocalist of the rock/pop band Rooney, who has appeared in The Virgin Suicides, directed and co-written by his cousin Sofia Coppola, as well as The Princess Diaries, and composer of Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto. Dreamland stars Johnny Simmons as part-time pianist Monty Fagan, who begins a May-December romance that upends his home life. The movie co-stars Amy Landecker, Jason Schwartzman (his brother), Frankie Shaw, Noël Wells, Beverly D’Angelo, and Talia Shire (his mother). The film’s soundtrack also features several original songs by Schwartzman’s band Rooney. Hit the jump to watch the Dreamland trailer.
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Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
As James Franco prepares to debut his latest directorial effort, Child of God, at Venice and Toronto, another of his movies is on its way to a Telluride premiere. Palo Alto wasn’t helmed by Franco, but it was based on his short story collection and stars Franco in a key role.
Instead, it’s Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis Ford and niece of Sofia and Roman) who directed this drama, which follows several interconnected plotlines in the suburban town of its title. Emma Roberts leads the cast as a teenager who gets romantically involved with her soccer coach (Franco), while Jack Kilmer (son of Val) and Nat Wolff play a pair of troubled kids. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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I can imagine a writer standing in the big office of a studio executive’s office. He pitches this idea for a comedy where Cavemen who yearns for more out of life than sticks, stones and raw meat. It could be a good movie, right? Wrong.
Homo Erectus is directed by Adam Rifkin and stars Adam Rifkin, Ali Larter, David Carradine, Talia Shire, Hayes MacArthur, Gary Busey, Tom Arnold, Giuseppe Anddrews, Miles Dougal, Ron Jeremy and Carol Alt.
Check out the trailer below: