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Patreon sneak peek: PUMP UP THE VOLUME

Here’s a little behind the scenes thing you probly wouldn’t guess: I have close to 30 reviews I’ve written in the past few years that I’m not ready to post yet. There’s nothing I love more than doing a good themed review series, but I always start working and then get sidetracked on the current reviews or a seasonal series and then I end up starting another series that I don’t finish and then another one. I have several of them in progress and I really need to figure out how to focus and get them off my ledger. The one with the topic I’m most excited about I started writing in 2018 (jesus christ, Vern!), so I’ve been trying to wrap that one up. And then I started writing a franchise series that’s kind of a prequel to that. Sorry.

Anyway, I decided it would be cool to take one that’s not gonna see the light of day any time soon and have it as Patreon exclusive for now. So if you are currently pledging to the Patreon you can read my review of the 1990 teen rebellion pirate radio joint PUMP UP THE VOLUME. And then some day in the next 1 to 25 years you may see it posted here in the context of some other similarly-themed movies.


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7 Responses to “Patreon sneak peek: PUMP UP THE VOLUME”

  1. I am genuinely moved by the fact that Vern – who has posted 3-4 1,500+ word reviews per week steadily since like 2002 – not only has found time to amass a significant backlog of unpublished pieces that are more or less ready to go, but reveals their existence to us in a post about his despair at his own laziness.

  2. A fun fact about PUMP UP THE VOLUME is that it has almost the excact same story as the Norwegian movie PIRATENE (THE PIRATES in English), which was made i 1983. PIRATENE has two guys starting up an illegal radio station, and they are more into talking about unemployment and taking down local politicians, but other than that the two have a pretty identical story and build up. It can be found on youtube.

  3. Good tip, Pegsman. I hadn’t heard of that one.

  4. Most personally exciting Patreon exclusive yet!!!

    Always have fond memories of how this movie introduced me to Leonard Cohen’s music.

  5. Thanks for this review. I love this oddball movie. As a 40-year old, this seemed like a taboo, very-adult movie back in 1990. One “bad” kid in my class had the ad for this movie cut out and pasted to the cover of his Trapper Keeper. The soundtrack is great and it’s still nuts to think the fucking Descendents were featured in a decent budget Hollywood movie that got a theatrical release?! Just as much as the movie taking place in like three locations before the final chase scene. It’s mainly people talking into microphones or phones for 90 minutes.

  6. This movie has perhaps the most excellent of all Pablo Ferro titles, sorry Dr. Strangelove you scrub.

  7. Pump Up the Volume

    Disillusionment and crude angst flood through the American suburbs in Pablo Ferro's Day-Glo opening titles to Pump Up The Volume.

    Hopefully this link will work, I am really lousy with HTML, if it posts as gibberish please delete.

    Also, “HI DAD, I’M IN JAIL! I LIKE IT HERE!” – shit me and my awesome old roommate used to say all the time and terrible fake-ass Jack Nicholson voices, for that reason alone Pump Up The Volume rules always.

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