* I'm in Dallas this week on business. Won't get much free time, as my days and evenings are already scheduled! I will catch up as best I can this week. Promise!
Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.
Okay, I know you're thinking, "But this is supposed to be stuff from the 80s you LIKED!" True, but I'm also listing stuff that seem significant, looking back at that strange decade.
I did not like 1987's Ishtar. At all I didn't watch this turd of a film until the middle 90s, as I wanted to see just how bad it is. And damn, it's one helluva bad movie. Why I'm including it in my A-Z posts is because it's the first big budget blockbuster I can recall that really set the standard for big time film busts. To me, Ishtar gave birth to the modern Hollywood FLOP.
If you were to take the film's losses and adjust it for modern inflation, the movie lost over $83 MILLION. Not as up there as 2011's Green Lantern, clocking in at a whopping $108MM loss, but Ishtar does beat out some big duds like Hudson Hawk and Osmosis Jones (yuck).
There had been some big budget "Titanics" prior to Ishtar, but this was the first big movie to get so much press about how awful it was. Expectations were lofty because you had two big-time actors starring in it: Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty.
I'm not going to talk about the plot of this stinker, as I feel I've probably already spent too much time writing about Ishtar. Regardless, it set the stage for other Hollywood stink bombs like John Carter, Battlefield Earth, The Postman, Waterworld, and The Adventure of Pluto Nash.
And seriously, I thought John Carter was fun. Not fantastic, but not a big hot stinky turd that many others believed.