Surfer ex-presidents robbing banks.

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Point Break is unmistakably one of the most defining action movies of the ’90s but, being a teenager when I saw it, those wouldn’t have been my words. This movie resonates a lot in my mind for many reasons.

Summer of 1991 and, I was a five years old kid watching The Lost Boys over and over again by the time Point Break hit the theaters. This is a very well accomplished action-packed story of cool surfers living big and defying the system while robbing it off in a mocking way using ex-president’s masks, an uncommon partnership between agents Utah and Pappas but unfortunately, was thrown away from the public’s attention by Titanic – I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

The characters

Anthony Kiedis as Tone

The bad guys in this film are no great villains like Hans Gruber nor do he have a Tommy Lee Jones’ US Marshall but, you cannot say that Bodhi, Utah or Pappas characters are dull ones. They even have Anthony Kiedis playing a small part as Tone and, he shoots his own foot off, ouch!

You get, instead, some easy to relate characters that make the whole package an outstanding movie. From one side, there is Utah, the young hot-head rookie that gets partnered with an old burned out agent Pappas, a funny couple that ends up playing along with nice chemistry between them and you have to admit that Gary Busey plays pretty well the role of an old mentor for Keanu Reeves after portraying the bad guy in 1987 Lethal Weapon.

Busey as Pappas & Reeves as Utah

The ex-presidents, a surfers brotherhood and their perfect zen-ish bad guy leader, Bodhi, who is all about the spiritual perspective of living and not falling into the grinder that life is, roaming free and not hurting anybody while doing so (up until the end). The modern savage, a real searcher.

Time to Rock & Roll

What about the action scenes?

Action thriller redefined. If there are memorable action moments in movies history, you have got to put the foot chase amongst them. This 4 minutes long scene between the blue-eyed zen criminal and the rookie Johnny Utah that we get to see from both chased and chasee perspectives, jumping over houses, throwing dogs as obstacles and, we cannot forget that old lady with her broom as a weapon, a classic. There is another scene, one of my favorites not only because of the movie but the feeling that it sends off, yeah, skydiving sir. To this day, I am still looking for a chance to jump off in a parachute and evolve to skydiving.

Skydiving scene

That scene felt so beautiful and calm, peaceful yet with so much adrenaline on the screen that you can’t avoid the need to try it, add to it the level of bonding that Utah and the boys had by that moment on film, amazing photograph.

One must recognize that this well earned critically-acclaimed film has that title not only because of their cast (Busey, Reeves, Swayze) but mostly because of the great work that Kathryn Bigalow accomplish with her direction. A not-at-all complicated plot plus Bigalow’s visualization of the screenplay and it’s artistic/dramatic aspects along with the powerful chemistry that all characters have with each other.

Let’s talk about that bromance.

This is the first bromance ever to be registered in the history of all things. It was, at first sight, it was deep and it was fast, so it is that Tyler, (Utah’s surfer girlfriend) gets left behind as soon as he and Bodhi bond after he teaches him to surf and the spirituality that comes with riding a wave.

Bromance

The more time that Utah spends in Bodhi and Tyler’s world, the more strong this bromance becomes and suddenly Utah realizes that his zen-happy-bro-surfer and his tribe is, in fact, the ghosts he has been looking chasing but, his love for Tyler and his bromance places him in a tight spot, he even has the chance to finish the job a few times but, who would shot those beautiful deep expressive eyes?

In a nutshell, this is one of if not the best ’90s action movie, with a plot that is easy to follow through, no evil plan to decipher, no ambiguous characters but, really easy to relate to actually and you just go with the flow, getting smacked in the face with a fist full of adrenaline. POW!

“Vaya con Dios”

The Lost Boys

This 80’s vampire movie was a part of a strange ritual I had with an uncle every time I visited my family when I was a little. Five years old was my age and, this particular ritual of mine consisted of two seats in front of a big tv screen (’80s big) grabbing a liter of milk and watching horror movies in the company of an adult (my teenage uncle).

Movies like It, Child’s play, Pet Sematary and more like those were my kind of movies but it was The Lost Boys the one that I fell for, sort of in a nerdy/cool way. I believe it was the combination of styles and characters what captured my eyes, badass leather wearing jacket Michael or nerdy not so nerdy looking frog brothers; the brotherhood between David and his gang and, the paradise of the life in Santa Carla.

Another thing I loved and got inside my head deeply was the music. Getting introduced to The Doors’ people are strange song as Michael, Sam and their mother arrive at that funky looking town combined with that same location at night with Gerard McMann’s Cry Little Sister turning the funky looking town around and giving it a somewhat of punk, gothic and sexy nightlife feeling.

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If that wasn’t enough, we also have that sax man that to me represented almost entirely what the ’80s were, that character may seem just there to fill in the scene, but do try to think about that moment without Timmy Capello (the sax man) or his iconic beat and dance moves, impossible.

Did I mention David’s gang? – Those guys were mental, going around with their cool vibes, eating surfers, tricking people into eating worms and drinking blood in their awesome man cave, bike racing through the beach to end up hanging below a speeding train, mental.

Let us not forget the nerd comics store owners/vampire hunters, the Frogg brothers and the sweet mommy’s boy Sam, who completes the group with some very good punch lines, but then this trio is taken to another level by one of the most awesome four-legged characters in an ’80s movie, Nanook. What about the cool grandpa? – window cleaning aftershave, dating Mrs. Johnson, beautiful ride, kills the head of vampires and tops it off with his ‘…all those damn vampires’ line, epic.

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We absolutely must thank the great Joel Schumacher for this iconic ’80s creation and, even though Batman & Robin sucked big time, we must not concentrate on one mistake (even though it was on a big-ass franchise) when we have St. Elmo’s Fire, Flatliners, some INXS videos and The Lost Boys.

A vampire movie as well achieved as this iconic creation is one that you must watch and appreciate in complete detail for as it marked my introduction to the ’80s culture growing up, I’m sure you will feel overwhelmed by its whole world if you grew up in the ’80s.

inadequate

Quote:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

These words belong to Marianne Deborah Williamson, and they are amazing. I heard them while watching a movie called Coach Carter (2005), actually a variant from the original words. Coach Carter is played by the fantastic Nick Fury (I know that’s not his real name) a wise basketball coach without the eye patch who wants to make a difference with a group of kids in high school, yet another enjoyable movie with Samuel L. Jackson, and I believe it is also a true story (?).

Anyhow, these words I believe are about how we auto sabotage ourselves in every aspect of life. Family, friends, co-workers and everyday situations; everything so that we can fit in a mold when we are our own shape and size.

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