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MMYIF Science Fiction Double Feature: Flight Of The Navigator / The Transformers: The Movie

My Misspent Youth In Films... Flight Of The Navigator Directed by: Randal Kleiser Starring: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Cliff De Young Released: August 1, 1986 In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship. The Transformers: The Movie Directed by: Nelson Shin Starring: Orson Welles, Robert Stack, Leonard Nimoy Released: August 8, 1986 The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons. What I Thought Then These were two of my absolute favorite childhood movies that I watched again and again and they came out a week apart! Flight Of The Navigator  was dark and just a little bit scary, but ultimately a lot of fun. The Transformers: The Movie  was one of the most talked about films of my elementary school playground. It was a cartoon--that had a dirty word in it! As well as non-

MMYIF: Labyrinth

My Misspent Youth In Films... Labyrinth Directed by: Jim Henson Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud Released: June 27, 1986 Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth. What I Thought Then This was another frequent rental. I didn't see it until I was maybe ten and I remember finding the whole thing weird and magical and also I was having some very confusing feelings about this Jennifer Connelly person. A lot of details have stuck with me, like Dance Magic Dance  and the doors where one of the guards always tells the truth and one always lies. What I Think Now The last time I saw this movie was about ten years ago and I did not like it at all . For one thing, it's campy, and I have a very low tolerance for camp. As I mentioned in my post for The Muppets Take Manhattan , while Jim Henson was a talented visual artist, he wasn't a

MMYIF The Sequel Was Better Double Feature: The Care Bears Movie II / The Karate Kid Part II

My Misspent Youth In Films... The Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation Directed by: Dale Schott Starring: Maxine Miller, Pam Hyatt, Hadley Kay Released: March 21, 1986 The Care Bears try to help a young girl at summer camp who, in an effort to revamp her dorky social status to agility and skill, enters into a sinister bargain with a shape-shifting demon posing as a young boy. The Karate Kid Part II Directed by: John G. Avildsen Starring: Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio, Pat E. Johnson Released: June 20, 1986 Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, to Miyagi's childhood home in Okinawa. Miyagi visits his dying father and confronts his old rival, while Daniel falls in love and inadvertently makes a new rival of his own. What I Thought Then We didn't own a copy of Care Bears II , but it was a frequent rental. I remember thinking it was very intense with the evil shapeshifting cloud that was haunting a summer camp, and while we watched the first Care Bears  movie as well, this is the