My Top Ten Kelly Jo Minter Movies

Happy Birthday to Kelly Jo Minter, who turns 49 today! What’s that? Did I just hear a bunch of you say “Who?”.

Kelly Jo Minter! YES! She’s in two of my all-time favorite movies! She seemed to often play a hooker or “drug addict”… But she was a cutie & a perfectly good actress so I don’t know why she never made it big. Also, when you see these “Happy Birthday” Top Ten posts it usually means I was short on time so looked up actor birthdays for a quick, easy post. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I was excited to see that it was Kelly Jo Minter’s birthday today – she was in a lot of good movies! (Okay, in very small roles plus I really could do with re-watching the bottom four but, hey – I saw them so they count! lol!).

Here are My Top Ten Kelly Jo Minter Movies counting down to my very favorite:

10. Doc Hollywood

Kelly’s role: Mulready

Oh yeah, Doc Hollywood… This was totally the type of movie you’d catch on TV back in those days. I saw it once. Pretty sure I didn’t hate it. Don’t remember Kelly in it!

9. New Jack City

Kelly’s role: Recovering Addict

Saw part of this while at a party & don’t remember much other than Chris Rock smoking crack. Don’t remember Kelly! Good to see she was a “recovering” addict.

8. House Party

Kelly’s role: LaDonna

Saw this with a guy I made out with in college. God he was a loser. Or maybe that was House Party II? Either way, I don’t remember Kelly. At least her character had a name.

7. The People Under The Stairs

Kelly’s role: Ruby Williams

Oh yeah – I kind of remember Kelly in this now (after looking up pictures for it). At least it was a big enough role for me to find pictures of her! I should watch this again. (R.I.P. Wes Craven)

6. Popcorn

Kelly’s role: Cheryl

One I remember! Since I just watched it last year for my Horror Month last October… It was okay! Well, it was bad. But good! In that shitty old slasher kind of way. With a bigger budget, it would’ve done better. It had potential.

5. Miracle Mile

Kelly’s role: Charlotta

Another one I watched & reviewed recently! I was shocked to find that this film has quite a few blogger fans. Kelly has a very small role but it was cool seeing her in it. There were lots of familiar faces in this one.

4. Summer School

Kelly’s role: Denise Green

Oh yeah… Summer School! I remember really liking this at the time. I bet it’s one that hasn’t aged well, though. Maybe it’s one that I should leave in the past.

3. A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Kelly’s role: Yvonne

This has to be Kelly’s biggest role by far. When looking for pics of her, the majority are from horror conventions thanks to her being in this. I love every single Elm Street film – I don’t care what anyone says. (But it’s a shame she wasn’t in 1 or 3 since those are the really really good ones)

2. The Lost Boys

Kelly’s role: Maria

Hell, I have to say I don’t think I ever noticed her in this. Look! There she is talking to Alex Winter! Best vampire movie EVER, dammit.

1. Mask

Kelly’s role: Lorrie (aka “a hooker”)

I love Mask so much – it’s easily in my Top 10 Movies of all time (with about 15 other movies). It also tops My Top Ten Tearjerkers list – even though I’ve probably seen this a good 30 times, I can’t make it past the end without blubbering like an idiot. Anyway, it’s again a fairly small role for Kelly but not a bad one. She’s a very sweet hooker! It’s a nice moment in a severely underrated film.

I think this must be a fairly recent picture. According to IMDB, Kelly designs handbags now.

My Top Ten Happy Songs

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I didn’t realize I had so many songs that “make me happy” until I started putting this list together. I wouldn’t say that these are songs that cheer me up, exactly, as I tend to listen to angry heavy metal when I’m down. However, when I’m already in a good mood and the sun is actually shining (rare occasion in the UK), these are my favorite “happy songs” to listen to. A lot of these are pure cheese, I know… Don’t judge me! πŸ˜‰

Counting down from ten to my number one favorite, here are My Top Ten Happy Songs:

10. TIE: Slade – Run Runaway & Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride

9. Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag

8. Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out

7. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky

6. Kermit – The Rainbow Connection

5. Sweet – Love Is Like Oxygen

4. Hot Butter – Popcorn

3. The Cure – In Between Days

2. Supertramp – The Logical Song

1. The Clash – Train In Vain

Honorable Mentions:
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
R.E.M. – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Cat Stevens – If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
Sugar Ray – Every Morning
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
Kid Cudi – Pursuit Of Happiness
New Radicals – You Get What You Give
David Bowie – Magic Dance
Donovan – Sunshine Superman
New Order – Temptation

I had about a million honorable mentions – I really had to narrow it down! A special shout out to David Byrne as hearing his voice on any song always makes me happy as well.

Top Ten Lists:

I’ve had a list for ages now of just under 100 different top ten lists I’d like to do but just never seem to get around to putting the posts together. Does anyone like these top ten lists? Should I keep doing them? I was thinking of aiming to post them on Thursdays (when I have the time). They’re mostly movie-related but there are quite a few music ones as well. Sometimes it’ll just be a simple list like this one but other times I’ll explain myself (like I did with last week’s list of My Top Ten Band Names). Let me know what you think. I can’t guarantee every Thursday but I’d do my best. πŸ™‚

Popcorn (1991) Review

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Popcorn (1991)

Directed by Mark Herrier
Alan Ormsby (uncredited)

Starring:
Jill Schoelen
Tom Villard
Dee Wallace
Tony Roberts
Ray Walston
Derek Rydall

Running time: 97 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
A group of teenagers preparing an old horror movie show in an abandoned theatre discover a recording made by an actual murderer who died long ago. Very soon a shadowy figure resembling the killer starts stalking them one by one…

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My Opinion:

First of all, this thing may have come out in 1991 but it’s SO 80’s. Second of all, I watched this a good few months ago and have had to read about it online to refresh my memory. So… Apparently it’s not very memorable! Or I’m just senile. Which is also likely.

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I’ve mentioned this a few times but there are certain horror movies from the 80’s (and very early 90’s) that I’ve meant to watch for years JUST because I vividly remember their VHS covers in my local video rental store. I never got around to renting some of them (probably because I kept re-renting April Fool’s Day & the Nightmare On Elm Streets). One of them is Return To Horror High. Another is Curtains. Another is Dead Alive (Braindead – which I’ve seen part of). And, yes – another one of those was that glorious Popcorn poster at the top of this post. So I finally get to tick one more of these cheesy old horror movies off my list!

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I was thinking I had to remain totally spoiler free but, duh, the poster kind of gives the “wearing other people’s faces” thing away. As will my images. Screw it! I doubt anyone will rush out to watch this after my compelling review anyway. Let’s just do this as a “what’s good & what’s bad about it” review. What’s bad is the horrible quality of the version I watched. I was happy to see this was showing on TV but I swear that channel must just have a bunch of old pre-watched videotapes lying around. Maybe there’s a cleaned up version of this available (I don’t care enough to look) but I do wish I’d been able to see it all a little more clearly. Also what’s “bad” is that it’s totally cheesy & 80’s. Which most of you will see as a bad thing but is kind of more of a “good” thing in my book… πŸ˜‰

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So what’s actually good about this cheesy old low-budget-looking thing? First of all, the story in that above plot synopsis isn’t too bad but most of all I loved the SETTING of the story. A cinema!!! (Or movie theater to Americans). I’ve always thought that more movies should be set in movie theaters. I wanted to see more of the movie theater at the beginning of Night Of The Comet (I just had to mention that one again). It’s also a big part of the reason I love Cinema Paradiso so much, which is all about love of film. Shit – am I comparing Popcorn to Cinema Paradiso?! Well, Popcorn is certainly no Cinema Paradiso but I appreciate the setting.

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In this story, university film students put on an all-night horror film festival. Three movies are shown and they’re actually a lot of fun to see bits and pieces of while, behind the scenes, a psychotic killer is stalking and killing the film students. Actually, the fake 50’s B-movie style films within the film were probably the best bits. The story of the killer who’s stalking the students is a pretty basic 80’s-type of slasher plot but it’s not too bad – I’ve certainly seen worse. But, hey – Ray Walston & Dee Wallace are in this! Who doesn’t love a bit of Dee Wallace?? And… Umm… That’s it. I have nothing more to say so I’ll skip my usual “summary”. There’s nothing too original here as far as the “slasher” film is concerned but the setting makes the movie a bit more fun. It’s not going to change your life if you watch it but it’s not going to ruin it either.

My Rating: 6/10

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