The Rock-afire Explosion (2008)
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I'm a child of the 80s. I grew up playing Super Mario brothers and eating Fruity Pebbles, and I certainly spent an afternoon or two in Showbiz Pizza, playing games and watching The Rock-afire Explosion. That being said, I'm NOT one of those people who values retro things just because they're retro. The Power Glove sucked, the Ninja Turtles movie was pretty bad, and the pizza at Showbiz was mediocre at best. Long story short, I needed this movie to be more than just a flashback and it didn't disappoint. Don't get me wrong, there's certainly a nostalgic over-current running throughout the whole thing. Fact is, if you're in your late twenties/early thirties and visited Showbiz Pizza as a child, you're going to appreciate this movie on a different level. But that's not what makes it great. The people make it great. Aaron Fechter and Chris Thrash are like kindred spirits from a different generation, both clinging to the past - both grasping at that often indescribable, ever-evasive element of truth from their childhoods. Do they find it? Do any of us, ever? I'm not sure this is the point. It's the quest that takes center stage here; and the idea that simply having the will to be a kid - even as an adult - is enough to keep us young. It's not all fun and games, but that's part of why it matters. The filmmakers could have made a "Showbiz history" movie or a retro -flashback fest, but they instead chose to find the humanity in this seemingly mundane (and at times, silly) subject. The film succeeds on this level in so many ways, and, if you're like me, still offers the chance to step into your own childhood for a little while. It's a rare treat, destined to be a cult-classic. Highly recommended.
Yes I recall these from Showbiz Pizza. This doc was interesting and I would like to get these animatronics too.
One of the most bizarre documentaries I've seen. At the same time super sweet yet sadly pathetic, with a dose of nostalgia for any child of the 80's.
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