Tag Archive | Karen Allen

The Birthday Series: The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

Droids-Birthday-Series-1984There’s nothing worse than trying to write a review about a dull, average, boring film. A bad film gives you plenty of topics to talk about, and a review can often be therapeutic as it allows you to clarify in your own mind why you didn’t like it. Good films are easy as well, but tend to be less complex than bad reviews. The reasons for its success are usually simpler. The film is fun, entertaining, emotionally satisfying, challenging or whatever other base reason gives you the jumping off point to create a review that encapsulates your positive attitude towards the film.

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THE WANDERERS

The 1970’s saw an explosion in gang movies and I mean those outside of ones about the Mafia because those are really their own genre. The 70’s saw a rise in movies about other types of gangs like street gangs, black, white and brown (The Warriors, Lords of Flatbush, Slaughter). Bikersploitation was a big in the grindhouse world (The Hard Ride, Chrome and Hot Leather). Southern Dixie “mafia” and bootlegger flicks were all the rage (White Lightning, Walking Tall) but there is one excellent and consistently overlooked film from that era and that is the 1979 classic coming of age movie, The Wanderers. Why is it overlooked? Probably because it came out just after The Warriors. Read More…