September 11, 2008

A Cult Classic

We watch a lot of movies at our house.  I enjoy a wide variety of genres.  One genre I'm particulally fond of is 80's movies.  The movie at the top of my 80's movie list has to be "Rad."  
Don't fret if you haven't seen it.  It came out in 1986 and hasn't been released onto DVD yet.  Some type of copyright issue.  So, chances are if you haven't seen it on VHS or downloaded it off the internet you haven't seen it.  
Rad is a BMX movie, which wasn't quite mainstream yet in the mid-80's.  Watching all the tricks that could be done was amazing to my youthful eyes.  In the movie Cru Jones does a backflip with his bike and it was such a big deal.  In another scene, two of the main characters crash their school dance with their BMXs putting on some type of bike trick dance show for the crowd.  It's cheesy 80's movie euphoria!  
When I was younger this movie inspired me to become my own bike trickster on my yellow schwinn.  I still remember the first time I was able to pop my back tire.  That was big for me (I was only 8).  Unfortunately, I didn't get much better then that.  It turns out being able to perform tricks on your bike actually takes some athleticism.  I was, uh, husky to say the least.
Now days, I'm not into the X Games you see on ESPN but every now and then I catch myself watching BMXers perform on a halfpipe.  I know that goes back to watching Rad as a kid.  

A couple years ago I downloaded the movie off the internet and burned to a cd.  I found it again the other day.  I'm so excited to watch it again!  

So, if you love 80's movies and have a slight interest in bicycles you might want to see it.  
Oh yeah, and it has Lori Laughlin in know...John Stamos' wife from Full House.  


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