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Remembering better days at the cinema : Films opening April 1990

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Remembering better days at the cinema : Films opening April 1990

Remembering better days at the cinema : Films opening April 1990

Transport yourself back 30 years!

Thirty years ago, there was no Coronavirus, no widespread theater closures and no streaming platforms. There was the theater, with it’s fresh, buttery popcorn, cushy seats, and immense screen, and boy, did we take it for granted.

Just for a moment, let’s pretend to be back in April of 1990 – looking forward to seeing some of the films hitting theaters that month.

I remember all the girls were soaked with anticipation for the release of “Cry Baby”, because it featured new It-Boy Johnny Depp (the star of TV’s “21 Jump Street”). Alec Baldwin, who was already atop of the charts with “The Hunt for Red October”, had another cool looking flick coming out (“Miami Blues”), and Steven Seagal had another surefit hit (“Marked for Death”) coming up.

I worked at a drive-in theater when “Wild Orchid” hit screens at the end of April. The saucy offering – known for it’s non-simulated sex scenes between Mickey Rourke and Care Otis – was garbage of the slickest kind but it sure did get teens’ blood racing. Can’t say it did much for Rourke or Otis’s careers though.

Probably the best offering of April, 1990 was the comedy “I Love You to Death”, a very funny Kevin Kline-vehicle from Lawrence Kasdan about a womanizer who gets his comeuppance. Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix were among those who had supporting tuns in the laffer.

What are you guys going to get a ticket for?

 

CLASS OF 1999

Opens : April 1, 1990

Likely to be heard upon exiting the theater : “Not as good as the one with Alex P.Keaton in it..”

 

 

CRY BABY

Opens : April 6, 1990

Likely to be heard upon exiting the theater : “Oh that Johnny is just soooo dreamy!”

 

 

I LOVE YOU TO DEATH

Opens : April 6, 1990

Likely to be heard upon exiting the theater : “Kevin Kline will get another Oscar!”

 

THE FIRST POWER

Opens : April 6, 1990

Likely to be heard upon exiting the theater : “I need to get a new change of underwear.. quick!”

 

CRAZY PEOPLE

Opens : April 11, 1990

Likely to be heard upon exiting the theater : “Well, it was better than Arthur 2, I guess?”

 

 

THE GOD’S MUST BE CRAZY II

Opens : April 13, 1990

Likely to be heard upon exiting the theater : “I doubt there will be a third one…”

 

VITAL SIGNS

Opens : April 13, 1990

Likely to be heard upon exiting the theater : “One day, films like that will probably just go straight to VHS”

 

MARKED FOR DEATH

Opens : April 18, 1990

Likely to be heard upon exiting the theater : “Steven Seagal is the new Clint Eastwood. He can do no wrong!”

 

MIAMI BLUES

Opens : April 20, 1990

Likely to be heard upon exiting the theater : “He’ll never lose his good looks that guy!”

 

THE GUARDIAN

Opens : April 27, 1990

Likely to be heard upon exiting the theater : “WTF!? the same guy directed THE EXORCIST!?”

 

Q&A

Opens : April 27, 1990

Likely to be heard upon exiting the theater : “Probably Dad would like that one..”

 

 

WILD ORCHID

Opens : April 27, 1990

Likely to be heard upon exiting the theater : “I think there were Nine-and-a-half minutes of good film in there..”

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