Tuesday, June 5, 2012

THE 80 MOVIES I HAVEN'T SEEN FROM THE 80's

Tuck: "It's Friday and you know what that means? IT'S MOVIE NIGHT!"

I have many flaws. Kinks in my armor. This is something that Chris knew about me before he married me. Yet he still acts completely shocked when one of these flaws appears from time to time. Chris calls them "holes" in my knowledge. Knowledge of what you might ask? Of 80's movies. 

It's not like I was deprived as a kid. My family was just not big on movie watching. However, ask me about the the Celtics in the 80's, the curse of the Bambino, or the Hail Mary pass that Doug Flutie threw for BC to beat Miami with no time left on the clock and we are good to go. That and music. Chris calls me the human jukebox. I don't always know all the words, but with 80's music, it's not that hard to fake. The majority of the songs are the chorus. Time After Time, my True Colors come out. After all, I Love Rock-n-Roll.

Back to the point of this post. The hole in my library of 80's movies. Whenever my husband mentions one, for example, 'Lost Boys' and I say, "Never saw it.",
he gets this horrified look on his face. A look like I just told him that I slaughtered a baby deer out back.  Then he always asks me the same thing, 

"What? How have you not seen that? It's a classic (or cult classic)." 

I've scarred my husband too many times to count.'Terminator'. Nope. 'Scarface'. Nope. 'Rambo'. Nope. Stop looking at me like that! I decided I should probably start watching some of these movies to see what all the fuss is about. So Chris and I grabbed some popcorn, beer, and I put on my leg warmers as we watched this must see 'Lost Boys' one night. Chris said...again...

"I still can't believe you haven't seen this. I was a freshman in high school." 

At that moment it clicked with me. If he was a freshman, that means I was in the fifth grade (since there's almost four years between us).  And I'm sorry, but vampire Keifer would have scared 10 year-old-me out of my mind. That goes for all those disturbing 80's horror flicks like 'Nightmare on Elm Street'. For goodness sake,  I overheard a friend talking about Freddy on the bus in fourth grade and I didn't sleep IN my bed for a week for fear razor sharp claws would come through it. 



They are 80's movies after all, so there is some serious cheese in them. For example, 'Legend' with Tom Cruise. What a complete bust. I don't even know what they were trying to do there. But I do have to give my husband credit. Not all his introductions to these movies are bad. One of my favorite movies is now 'Die Hard', thanks to Chris. Like 'Jaws', it's a movie I can watch over and over and over again. There are some great one-liners that you can use in your everyday life. You know, like....


Yippee Ki Yay...well, you know the rest. 


If you'd like to suggest any classic 80's movies you
 think I must see, feel free to add them to the comments. 

Chris has a running list, but it could always use more...
because I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.

This post is linked up with Yeah Write #60

71 comments:

  1. These are movies I love from the 80s that so many people tell me they haven't seen.

    Making the Grade - comedy w Andrew Dice Clay & Judd Nelson

    Band of the Hand - underrated action movie in Miami

    Videodrome - great psycho thriller with James Woods and Debbie Harry

    To LIve and Die In LA - great action cop film

    Manhunter - precursor to Silence of the Lambs. Has a young William Peterson.

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    1. I'm making a list. Thanks for sharing your faves!

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    2. Manhunter made me appreciate Inna Gadda Da Vida- great scene with that song.

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  2. Ok I will add a few "chick" flicks: The Breakfast Club, Sweet Sixteen, St. Emo's Fire. Those will get you started on the mandatory "brat pack" movies of the era. Then I have to add Poltergeist and Silence of the Lambs(Lance mentioned it above). Finally I have to add The Godfather(might be 70's flick though?)with and whatever Star Wars film/s where done on the 80's(?Return of the Jedi).

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    1. I'm digging these suggestions. I could see us doing a whole "The Godfather" Summer Movie Marathon!

      Then we can head into some of those brat pack movies (ending with "Say Anything")

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    2. I definitely second any brat pack movies. The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles (I assume this is the movie you were talking about, Susan) and St. Elmo's Fire. Plus But don't forget the other classic that goes along with those ... Pretty in Pink.

      And Say Anything, while not technically of the brat pack genre, is awesome. Great music. Ask Chris to do the boom box thing for you.

      Please tell me you saw Ferris Bueller. Otherwise, that whole Superbowl thing was probably lost on you.

      And what about Footloose? The Outsiders? Fatal Attraction? Better Off Dead? Raising Arizona? Dead Poets Society? Less Than Zero? Mr. Mom? The Princess Bride? Vacation? Some Kind of Wonderful? ET???

      SURELY, you've seen ET, Mel.

      Anyway, here's hoping I helped beef up your list. For the record, I've never seen any of The Godfathers either. A fact that has my father hang his head in shame every time he hears me say it.

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  3. I, too, haven't seen many of the "classics." I'll try to keep up with your list!

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    1. Cat, I think I'm going to publish the list in a post. :)

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  4. I haven't ever had any desire to see Rambo or the Freddy movies (have seen bits & pieces)...but I second SGP's recs and would like to add Pretty in Pink. I snuck into Silence of the Lambs when I was around 13 and it scared the shit out of me. It's still pretty scary! LOL

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    1. I don't think I could ever watch Silence of the Lambs either, Erin! Ahhhhh!

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  5. Silence of the Lambs- I didn't sleep for a month after I saw that movie.

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    1. ...and that is why I'll never watch it. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. The Breakfast Club. And Sixteen Candles. And Ferris Buehler. WHich I totally didn't spell right. But you should see them!

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  7. For me, movies are like chewing gum, once there're over, all the flavor is gone and I just spit them out and forget about them.

    (Kellie's World)

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  8. Oh gosh! This could be my list too and my husband is similarly scarred! :)

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    1. Thank goodness someone else said it. Let's start a club. :)

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  9. LOVED that Hail Mary from Flutie. I can remember it like it was yesterday. I agree with Lost Boys, St. Elmore's Fire, and Sixteen Candles.

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  10. I was a kid in the 80's too so I'm not much help but I did see the breakfast club and it was awesome in a weird kind of way...I also watched "Stand by me" which is a pretty dang good movie too. I'm sorry i'm not much help either...lol.

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    1. Stand by Me! Excellent suggestion!

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  11. Hahaha Boyfriend gets so upset with me because I haven't seen a TON of classic movies. I hear ya.

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  12. Love this post! Mostly because I am a child of the 80's, and I love all things 80's related. I have several posts on my blog (under the category "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner" of course!) about movies, and I pretty much talk exclusively about 80's movies.
    I hope you are catching up properly because really life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Quick, name that movie! ;)

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    1. I'm not sure if she has seen this mystery movie or not. We DO own it on DVD and, of course, I've seen it "nine times...nine times."

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  13. All John Hughes movies should be on your list.

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  14. Well, I certainly can't resist a chance to rattle off awesome movies to watch...even if the 80's is my least favorite era of movies. Still, I can give some super high points:

    - Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    - Say Anything
    - Gremlins
    - Real Genius (from my wife)

    Happy viewing!

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    1. Real Genius! Excellent suggestion! A young Val Kilmer would blow my wife's mind. Thank your wife.

      And thank you for the other suggestions. Great stuff. I'd love to watch Gremlins again to see if it held up to my love of it as a kid!

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  15. You know the worst thing about being married to an 80's flick connoisseur? They actually convince unwitting people like us to take part in their walk down movie memory lane. I saw what I needed to see of Hollywood in the 80's, thank-you-very-much. The Karate Kid and Goonies rocked.

    Thanks to my wife, I have now added these wastes of DVD space to my list: Masters of the Universe, Space Camp, and Real Genius. There have been more, I have just blocked them from memory.

    Now if she asks if I've seen an 80's movie, I just say, "Are you kidding? I used to LOVE that movie!"

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  16. It's the same thing with my boyfriend and me, though it's not specific to only the 80s. I now tell him to just assume that I haven't seen it and call it a day!

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  17. Even in my teens, I was never much on movies. I can remember a lot of the books I read though.

    Mayor Gia, I resent you calling 80's movies classics as much as I resent 80's music being considered oldies!

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  18. Once Upon a Time in America, Amadeus, Fanny and Alexander, Ghandi, The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, Die Hard (any), Indiana Jones (any), ET, Tootsie, Airplane!, The Last Emperor, The Big Chill, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Hannah and her Sisters, The Color Purple, When Harry Met Sally (my personal all time fave), My Left Foot, A Room with a View, Driving Miss Daisy, A Fish Called Wanda, Broadcast News, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Big, and Moonstruck

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  19. Say Anything. this might be 90's though and I'll show my age!

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  20. I was not huge on the 80s movies either - and I watched Lost Boys in the 90s and vampire Kiefer still scared the crap out of me!

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  21. Die Hard is definitely a movie I can watch countless times. I was born in the 80s, but Pretty in Pink is one of my favorites, and the TV show Psych is constantly making 80s pop culture references.

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  22. I second Robbie K---all John Waters movies are a must. Add John Hughes in there too. And the Beverly Hills Cop movies---at least the first 2 are pretty badass. Great, fun piece. Erin

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  23. I missed most of these 80s movies too and, like you, am now catching up as an adult. It always cracks me up, the way people react when I say something like 'I've never seen Star Wars.' People get so upset!

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  24. I was a senior in college when Silence of the Lambs came out. I took a date to see it.

    There was a point midway through the movie where I realized that not only was my date holding my hand but so was the woman sitting on the other side of me.

    Come to think of it Silence of the Lambs came out in the early 90s, not that it matters.

    Die Hard never gets old, but quite a few of these movies have special meaning to me. I am 43 and the 80s movies covered parts of junior high, high school & the beginning of college.

    Ghostbusters, Fast Times at Ridgemont High,Some Kind of Wonderful...

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    1. Oh, that is awesome. I had a child who was not mine come over to snuggle in with me once during Beauty and the Beast. :)

      Great suggestions, Jack!

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  25. Oh my gosh. Girl we should talk. 80's basketball. Larry Bird, Magic Johnson. And watched the Hail Mary to beat Bernie Kosar. And 80's music too. But I did see DieHard.

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  26. Don't feel bad. There are whole years of movies I missed because I was abroad or in law school (almost the same). I find that when I see something that everyone else has seen just by chance, I enjoy it more.

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  27. Not 80's really, but Harold and Maude. MUST. The original cougar.

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  28. Oh Mags, I watched Nightmare on Elm Street at a grade 5 sleepover, and I must have been the most sleep deprived 10 year old in existence for the next 6 months. I. was. terrified. I've never watched it again.

    I agree that you need to see all the John Hughes and Brat Pack movies if you're looking to catch up :)

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  29. I have some major holes in my movie watching too, and I love movies which makes it worse. I love 80s slasher movies, but didn't watch them until I was in my 20s. People mentioned a lot of good stuff. My husband can't believe I still haven't seen The Godfather or Animal House.

    I recommend Night Shift and Seems Like Old Times for some hilarious movies in a silly way.

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  30. My wife has some major holes in her movie watching and even more in her music knowledge. I'm often in shock when she doesn't know something that is so obvious to me.

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    1. I should add that I'm the youngest kid and she's the oldest, so we had different influences.

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  31. Some Kind of Wonderful, Heathers, She- Devil, The Shining (I still cant watch this all the way through), Back to the future, Ghostbusters, Fatal Attraction, 3 0'clock high, The Abyss, Bill and teds Excellent Adventure, the boy who could fly, Can't buy me love, the dark crystal, Disorderlies (such a funny movie), footloose, for keeps (all molly ringwald movies), girls just want to have fun, Labynth (David Bowie was hot), the money pit, the monster squad, romancing the stone, strange brew, weird science. there is so much more.

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  32. I can only think of the cheesy 80's horror movies, like "Class of Nuke 'em High", "The Toxic Avenger" or other Troma films

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  33. WEll, I am right with and as ignorant of 80s movies as can be. And k-ster continues to be shocked and amazed when I say I didn't see any of the Star Wars movies, none of those movies like Fast TImes at Ridgemont High, and definitely not the Lost Boys which is his favorite. I don't really have an excuse. I was busy watching things like Grease and the original Parent Trap and the Sound of Music. None of those other movies interested me. PLus, I dont' like the movie theater, so it just never occurred to me to want to go. Some, like Rambo, I've seen by accident when they are on and k-ster is watching them and I have to say, I'm pretty sure we didn't miss much!!

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  34. Those were BOYS' 80s movies,though. Ask him if he has seen Adventures in Babysitting! (Thanks for being a part of Name That Job!)

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