The first time I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen on the TV screen. I’d love to say I saw it in theatres, but the film came out in 1981, and I was a mere baby. However, I wore that VHS tape out (although it could have been Betamax. My parent’s were early adopters, I guess.) The Karate Kid, E.T., The Goonies, Back to the Future, Flight of the Navigator… They were all, and still are burned into my brain like a pleasant family memory. The 80’s marked, in my opinion, the greatest era for film so far. I understand part of that is nostalgia, but I really do believe it was a better time to be at the movies. The stories didn’t revolve around the biggest and best special effects (although there were major break-throughs in that department.) No, at the core of all these films was a great story.
But where have these movies gone? It was hard to put my finger on it, but I think one of the biggest issues is lack of a great story. I also think movies fail to put kids in any kind of danger anymore. It’s all so whitewashed and boring. Where is the adventure?! Do you think Stand By Me would have been an effective film if Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern weren’t smoking, packing some heat and almost getting run over by a train?
Enough with the good ol’ days soap box. The point is, I love 80s films, and even people like Spielberg have gotten away from the magic that made the 80s so fun to visit the drive-in. That’s why I’m posting this. Patrick Prejusa is a personal friend of mine and indie film maker. I’ve known him for over a decade, and even worked my first job with him (at a movie theatre no less.) He’s written a screenplay called Bobby’s Closet, which is set to start filming soon (which he will also be directing.) I want you to check out this video blog (or “Vlog” for the interweb savvy.) I think it looks really promising, and it also plans to help fight something bigger than just missed 80s nostalgia. Patrick has also committed a portion of any and all profits from the film to cancer research. I think we can all get behind that.
Check it out:
Be sure to check out bobbysclosetmovie.com for updates on the production.