Talk about Nostalgia, here’s your cults, classics and indie films that were released in the month of August for an “On This Date.” movie blog.
The Iron Giant: Release Date August 6th, 1999
Grew up to this movie. Was the first cartoon movie I actually loved and enjoyed watching. As I got older I came to realize that this movie is actually amazingly done and for all it’s worth. The concept and meaning is beautiful in itself and seeing it now it still holds up, I don’t think you can say that about too many movies from childhood to now. As far as childhood goes this is probably the best cartoon animated movie I’ve ever seen. Cuhhlasic.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension: Release Date August 10th, 1984
A very unique and epic adventure and you either get it or you don’t. Saw it as a kid, and have only seen it maybe one time since then, I guess it’s a movie to see when you want your mind completely off things. A cult for sure.
Grind: Release Date August 15th, 2003
This movie has all the makings for a cult, and just plain dumb comedy. But altogether watching it through the years puts a ton of nostalgia in my mind. The boards, the baggy pants, the skater lingo. Those were the days! If you didn’t skate and do gnarly kickflips over a set of five steps you couldn’t kick it with the skate crew. I hardly ever skate but once in a while I’ll whip out my deck and go for a cruise.
The Fly: Release Date August 15th, 1986
Director David Cronenberg made this disgusting and down right disturbing, but it was amazing at the same time. The only director I know who can do that. This remake is by far better than original. I’m grossed out each and every time I watch it. Nowadays you’d see an absurd amount of CGI and computerated bull shit that will have altered everything in this movie. Still a masterpiece.
The Usual Suspects: Release Date: August 16th, 1995
This movie is a classic and sure fire gem, an all star caliber amount of actors. Funny bits to action and some drama, it has all the makes for a great movie.
Garden State: Release Date: August 20th, 2004
What an underrated movie this is, it holds sentimental value watching it and it is at such a simple context. An almost blank canvas but with so much depth behind it, it makes you delve so far into a character watching this. Zack Braff’s character feels as dull as ever. You realize how his surroundings by the people he is with especially Natalie Portman, he is much more down to earth and revealing. So reasonably like real life.
Stand By Me: Release Date August 22nd, 1986
Probably one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King story ever. Brilliant and well acted, the late River Phoenix’s acting was the most touching, and heartfelt. The adaptation of setting, and loose cut feel made it so enjoyable and comfortable. Instant classic without a doubt. This is one of those movies where you can effortlessly fall in love with the characters and have them break your heart at the end, well done.
It’s Such a Beautiful Day: Release Date August 24th, 2012
One of the best animated movies I may have ever seen. So original, and really thought provoking, give it a chance, and hopefully it becomes a classic for years to come.
Natural Born Killers: Release Date August 26th, 1994
Oliver Stone directed a bat shit crazy movie that brought instant chemistry between Woody Harrelson (Mickey Knox) and Juliette Lewis (Mallory Knox). It’s all on it’s own, and really veers off into such bizarre places but it’s good, it’s of it’s time. It’s a movie that stretches far into imagination but carries well with good acting and good action of intense violence. The movie never dulls out that’s for sure.
Napoleon Dynamite: Release Date August 27th, 2004
Officially time to add Napoleon Dynamite into the cult classics after almost 11 years of being released. It’s ironic, it’s poignant, and some may even say idiotic and dull, but you still hear the quotes and some may even have the vivid pictures in their head of Napoleon dancing in moon boots at the talent show, if not here you go..