It's one of my favorite weeks of the year at F This Movie: the week leading up to our annual F This Movie Fest, in which we celebrate the movies of a single year. This year it's 1983, which was all over the place in terms of movies but which makes for a good marathon for that very reason. Enjoy the variety, and enjoy 1983 week!
10 am - All the Right Moves (dir. Michael Chapman)
1983 was the year Tom Cruise became a movie star between this, Losin' It, The Outsiders, and Risky Business. Given the fact that he's now coming off 2022's Top Gun: Maverick, one of the biggest hits of the last 20 years, and still one of the biggest and most bankable movie stars in the world 40 years later, I thought it was worth celebrating as we kick off our marathon. This might be my least favorite of Cruise's three '83 offerings (I haven't seen it in a long time), but I still like it plenty because I like teen movies and I like coming of age stories and I like football movies and this checks all those boxes. Plus, as Erika will tell you from years of experience at sleepovers, if you pause it at just the right moment you can see Tom Cruise's penis, which is also called Maverick.
11:45 am - Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (dir. Charles Band)Spacehunter and I just rewatched that one to see if it would play during FTMFest (it wouldn't). The two movies have a lot in common. This one is shorter.
1:15 pm - Blue Thunder (dir. John Badham)
3:15 pm - My Tutor (dir. George Bowers)
5 pm - Something Wicked This Way Comes (dir. Jack Clayton)
6:45 - Twilight Zone: The Movie (dir. John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, George Miller)
8:45 pm - Christine (dir. John Carpenter)Firestarter. The years have been very good to this one, which has gone from "another King adaptation" to "Carpenter's most underrated" to "legit classic" over the last 40 years. Friend of the podcast Joe Maddrey once referred to this as Carpenter's Nicholas Ray movie and I've been unable to see it as anything else ever since.
10:45 pm - Curtains (dir. Richard Ciupka)
12:15 am - The Deadly Spawn (dir. Douglas McKeown)
2 am - Sweet Sixteen (dir. Jim Sotos)
3:30 am - Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (dir. William Asher)
In the absence of some wacky Italian horror, this is as insane as our marathon is going to get. Luckily, it's plenty insane. Susan Tyrell goes for broke as a murderous woman who probably wants to fuck the nephew she's raised since he was a kid. Bo Svenson plays a homophobic cop. Bill Paxton shows up. It's all a kind of magical madness that has only in recent years gotten its due. Programming it here is kind of a cheat; it was originally released in 1982 but reissued in '83 under the title Night Warning, which is why I'm including it in this lineup.
5:15 am - Strange Brew (dir. Rick Moranis & Dave Thomas)
7:15 am - Sahara (dir. Andrew McLaglen)
9:15 am - National Lampoon's Vacation (dir. Harold Ramis)