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Third 3G Poster unveiled! Nostalgia abounds!

Hey folks I just got an email from the folks at the 3G Art Show and they have released the third poster  for the event running September 3-22 in Los Angeles, CA.

For those who missed the last post on the show, the Autumn Society & Gallery is putting on an art gallery featuring art that was inspired by three iconic 80’s movies. Specifically, Ghostbusters, Gremlins and Goonies.

All three of these films captured the imagination of  audiences, young and old alike and still have a strong presence in Pop Culture to this day. Of course the thing that caught my eye was the Gremlins portion, however I have a soft spot in my hollowed-out shell of a heart that is reserved for Ghostbusters and Goonies. Growing up in the 80’s as Hulk Hogan reminded me to Say My Prayers and Eat My Vitamins, Gremlins and Ghostbusters for the most part were the two films that enamored me more than anything. They were movies that took the subject matter seriously, and played it straight while having humor intertwined with frightening or creepy scenes.  Goonies was never as huge of an influence on me personally, but it did have a special slot on my VHS shelf dedicated to that childhood dream of perilous adventure.

(more blogging and pictures and art and stuff past the break! Read more! Be enthralled!)

That’s what was always strange. I knew kids that could do the truffle shuffle, and ones that wanted to be (or wanted to be with) Corey Feldman, but I wanted to be Billy Peltzer, gremlin slayer supreme. The average guy who was a little bit dorky but had a good heart. To me, Gremlins was more believable than Goonies for some reason. Maybe it was the idea that for the most part Billy went the distance alone. I felt a kinship with the character as I never had a group of friends that went after one-eyed-willy’s treasure while being chased by the Fratellis. Ok not those Fratellis, but the one lead by Mama Fratelli whom I always associate with Billy Crystal immediately.

I mean seriously which is more frighteningly realistic to a young child?

A cantankerous grandmother figure with a revolver, or a demon-like spawn that is hellbent on destruction and partying like Raphael mixed with a psychotic lemur. (Cool but rude with pointy ears)

I don’t know about you folks, but growing up Stripe seemed a hell of a lot more real than Mama Fratelli, or Sloth for that matter.

That’s right. The fake creature that has no place in this universe seemed more real than a flesh and blood person. The same can be said for Gizmo for millions of people around the world. People genuinely thought that Gizmo was a some exotic creature trained exclusively for the film. Go figure.

Maybe it was the love and care that was put into the special effects in Gremlins and Ghostbusters that made them stick in our minds. The practical effects used to make them more tangible rather than animated figures. I won’t turn this rant into a discussion on the pros and cons of doing a CGI gremlins, as that horse has been beaten into glue time and time again. I will say that somehow the effects of the 80s seemed to have more substance than decades past and future. Why? Maybe it was the film quality of the era. No digital 4k super uber suplex off the top rope remastering in post-production to make it more “real”. Being filmed on FILM made them seem to come to life in a way that I don’t think we have seen often since. (disagree? Please let me know in the comments!)

Is that why these films captured the hearts and minds of millions in the 80s and even still invade pop culture today? Maybe. I can only speak for myself, but they allowed a sense of fantasy to my young mind without being too “out there”.  They stayed within the rules of our universe, kept the movies’ scales in check with a more personal story and allowed us to relate to what we were seeing in a very personal manner.

Today, I think films from the 80s are looked back upon as some of the best family fantasy flicks of all time. Look at the Indiana Jones trilogy, Batman, Aliens, Blade Runner, Back To The Future Trilogy, E.T, and see the common denominator. They appealed to a massive audience that was receptive to the fantastic adventure that awaited them. Most of these films had some level of star power, and certainly huge budgets for the special effects but they all were films that  were very personal to the viewer.

Looking at the films available lately, it is rare  to see that kind of movie. Possibly due to paranoia on studios parts. (Would you really want to be the studio blamed for a kid going face first into a tree while imitating Data’s Zip-line descent? ) Possibly due to changing audience tastes and movie dollars. More kids and families are playing video/computer games for their entertainment instead of seeing films in the theatre.

The closest I have seen in recent years would be the Harry Potter series, (which has many Gremlins connections in the crew, go figure) maybe even Lord Of The Rings or the new Star Wars Trilogy but for the most part they are all a different monster than the batch of 80s films that still pervade our culture today. Do we really think that the Harry Potter films will stand the test of time in 20 years? Sure they are quality family films, but after having 8 films & books shoved down our throats and related merchandising, will anyone have the stomach to watch with that nostalgia? I don’t think so. They aren’t based in our universe, same with Lord Of The Rings.

Most family fare has become animated or so fantastical due to the advent of high-quality CGI that it loses the connection to its viewers that many films had in the 80s. Even the newest Indiana Jones alienated its viewers by trying to do so much in one film among other issues people had. Transformers was another example of a film that was too big for its mechanical britches.  The only film in recent memory to really capture that essence of imagination that many films of the 80s did for me is Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. It spoke to me on a level that few movies have. Sadly the film didn’t do well at all at the box office, but everyone I saw it with the three times I have seen it loved it to death and left with a smile. That isn’t something found very often anymore. People coming out of a movie feeling genuinely good. Most of the time it is just a movie and the first thing on your mind is “Let’s get something to eat.”

I really find it exciting to know there are people out there, (especially those that are artistically-inclined compared to myself who’s “art” would make a stick figure commit stick-icide.) who still hold a brightly burning torch for these films that touched them over 25 years ago.

Many of us wish daily for a new Gremlins film, but we have to ask ourselves if it is worth revisiting those memories and risk damaging them with a new product. A large number of filmgoers despise the new Star Wars Trilogy (Eps 1 through 3) and it hurts them to know that to them these films tarnished the name of their favorite franchise.  The same goes for Ghostbusters and Goonies of course. Maybe that’s why we haven’t seen a proper film in 20+ years, and why all reports come back muddled.

I think the people in charge of these films and their legacy realize to make tons of money on further ventures in this territory it has to be done right. They need to bring that sense of wonder and excitement to a whole new generation and hook them so in 20 years they can be flying around on their pink hoverboards by Mattel, saying “Man, Remember that Gremlins movie in 2010, that was AWESOME!” as they zoom across the street to check out what the special is at the Xx`YRQA’S Diner this week. (since obviously aliens are commonplace in 2030…duh…read your history books…from the future.)

So if you are still among us that find a deep connection to any of these movies and are in the Los Angeles area, hit up  Gallery 1988 7020 Melrose Avenue sometime between September 3 and the 22nd. Be sure to RSVP via their facebook page so they have an idea of who is coming. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119663014750239&ref=mf

For more information visit http://www.theautumnsociety.com/search/label/3G%20show
http://www.nineteeneightyeight.com/

Data on the zipline was done by Pat Kinsella http://www.theautumnsociety.com/search/label/Pat%20Kinsella

Slimer being busted was done by  Matt Luxich
http://www.theautumnsociety.com/search/label/Matt%20Luxich

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7 responses to “Third 3G Poster unveiled! Nostalgia abounds!

  1. GremlinNagi September 4, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    One of the 2 info things I found out
    about Gremlins 3 and according to this,
    It’s going to be a remake of
    the first movie.

    • Gizmolover September 5, 2010 at 9:47 am

      sorry to say but other “movies the same guy posted about were lies. we dont even know if its true. they cant just hide it and say ” whats gremlins? were making a movie called gremlins, but no other gremlin movie existed!” they cant just act like the first 2 never happened. thats just wrong

    • JP Cupertino September 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

      It is a very interesting video, but it has nothing to do with anything of any official Gremlins film. It seems to be a fan’s list of actors and actresses that they hope to see in a future movie, portrayed as fact.

      I only mention this to make sure this doesn’t become another huge rumor like so many before.

  2. gizmolover September 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    25 years… Please, get it right, its been 26 years.

  3. Kelan Wood August 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    even though I was not born in teh 80s or before then I love the movies of that decade and this was a heart warming tribut to child hood as well. I am sure I will keep my child hood and if I don’t I am doomed LOL child hood lasts forever and when im older I hope to be still a kid inside. Thank you so much for posting this. Im gonna share it on digg

  4. Chogrin August 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    JOE DANTE comments on the Autumn Society & Gallery 1988’s 3G show!!!! http://www.theautumnsociety.com/2010/08/joe-dante-comments-on-3g-show.html

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