PING PONG SUMMER – back to 1985 :)

Rad Miracle (Marcello Conte) and Teddy Fryy (Myles Massey) - pic: Stockholm Filmfestival

Fly! Real bad (… that means good). It’s 1985 and it’s a PING PONG SUMMER for Rad Miracle (Marcello Conte), a boy who loves hip-hop and ping-pong, who has a goth sister and a Scottish dad (John Hannah), and who’s got to beat the rich kid (Joseph McCaughtry) at ping-pong in order to get the girl. Good thing that the weird Karate-Kid-trainer-type-ex-ping-pong-champion-woman (Susan Sarandon) lives next door. Freeze-frames! Split-frames! Horrible overacting! GASP! T-shirts in abominable colours! ping-pong-summer-poster_imdbPING PONG SUMMER written and directed by Michael Tully is a feel-good-movie if I ever saw one – thank you, Stockholm Filmfestival, for showing this on my birthday! Now I feel 25 (… make that 15 …) again! Hell, Tully filmed this on 16mm for the real feel …  grabbing my 80s-cassettes and my boom-box – and I’l love the way the cassette deck opens and closes so smoothly with that new hydraulic effect – FRESH! Maybe I’ll apply some pink eye-shadow and a blue eye-liner.

Joseph McCaughtry (pic: imdb)
Joseph McCaughtry (pic: imdb)

Oh! And I’ll be watching you, Marcello Conte, Myles Massey and Joseph McCaughtry!

About Elisabeth Schabus 477 Articles
I see, I like, I write ... mostly about cinema and actors, but also about politics or economy. In English, auf Deutsch, på svenska. This ORF trained news journalist (TV, radio), who has also worked in corporate publishing for international brands and written/edited tons of magazines, has become a blogger out of passion.

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