Curious what the teen magazines were saying about summer movie releases in 1985? Me neither. But, it's fun to look, for sheer nostalgia's sake. For instance, I'd forgotten all about Mare Winningham...... then again, I think I'd forgotten about her the minute I saw her. what a cast of 80s teen icons in St. Elmo's Fire.... and then there's Mare.
The last I saw C. Thomas Howell was in The Hillside Strangler (2003) and, holy lord, he looked absolutely horrible. I don't know if it was for the role (i.e. Charlese Thereon in Monster), or he's really let himself go.
I was never a big fan of Cocoon; maybe I just have the attention span of a goldfish, but it was insufferably boring to me. BTW did you know Wilfred Brimley was only in his forties when the movie was filmed? Yet he looked every bit as old as his octogenarian costars.
I'll also give a shout out to one of my favorite podcasts, We Hate Movies, which has saved me from many a boring car ride and insufferable airport terminal wait. They recently covered Cocoon and had me in stitches.
My vision of hell: I arrive in a small dark room with only a single fold out chair and an antique television with VCR. I turn on the TV and get only static, then notice a couple of dusty VHS tapes sitting on top. One is The Bride and the other is Emerald Forest. I clench my hands in fists of rage, raise them to the heavens and yell, "NOOOOOOOO!"
Stockwell was "the man" for a brief time in the eighties (he was Cougar in Top Gun, and starred in Christine, Losin' It, North and South, Radioactive Dreams, and My Science Project). It looks like he's done some directing since and wrote the script for Breast Men (!)
Never saw Fair is Fair, but Helen Slater was definitely an object of lust for her role in Supergirl. Am I right, fellas? (crickets chirping)
Return to Oz is one of the scariest movies ever made. This movie is like a fever dream. Remember the Hall of Heads and the Headless Queen? (shivers)
Fact: Noah Hathaway (Atreu in The Neverending Story) currently operates a tattoo parlor in LA. Cool.
I'll reserve my comments on Gotcha, American Flyers, Real Genius, and Streetwise because I'm anxious to publish this and see your comments on the films listed in this post.