Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Iconic 80s Movies



A few weeks ago I was browsing around BuzzFeed, as one does, and I took a quiz, as one does, about how many iconic 80s films I had seen. Now I could debate whether all of the 170 movies on this list are truly iconic or not (I'm going to go with not). I also could debate about the movies they left off the list that clearly should have been included, but since they included a disclaimer at the bottom that they couldn't include every iconic 80s film, I'll also let that go.

So I took the quiz and I had seen 141 movies on the list, leaving 29 to go. The ones I had not yet seen:

  1. Conan the Barbarian 
  2. Porky's
  3. Teen Witch
  4. Troop Beverly Hills
  5. Raging Bull
  6. Spaceballs
  7. The Transformers: the movie
  8. The outsiders
  9. Oliver & Company
  10. The Secret of NIMH
  11. Return to Oz
  12. Explorers
  13. 48 Hrs.
  14. This is Spinal Tap
  15. Full Metal Jacket
  16. Rambo: First Blood
  17. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  18. Rocky III
  19. Out of Africa
  20. La Bamba
  21. Hannah and Her Sisters
  22. "Crocodile" Dundee
  23. Harry and the Hendersons
  24. The Great Muppet Caper
  25. The Muppets Take Manhattan
  26. Drugstore Cowboy
  27. Back to School
  28. Hoosiers
  29. Empire of the Sun
There were several movies I had seen bits and pieces of, but not all of (Out of Africa, Spinal Tap, Back to School, Spaceballs). There were movies I actually think are iconic and deserve theirs spot on the list and that I should see (Raging Bull, Drugstore Cowboy, Hannah and Her Sisters). And there were movies I didn't feel the need to see in the 80s and don't really feel the need to see now (Rocky III, "Crocodile" Dundee, Porky's). But I like a good challenge, even if it means sitting through all of Teen Witch, and so I vowed, on Facebook to an audience of about three people, to watch the movies I hadn't yet seen by the end of the year.

As luck would have it, I was actually already watching Wrath of Kahn with Mr. H. so in short order I got to cross one off my list, which is why I crossed it off above.

Here's the as-short-as-I-can-make-it story about why I was watching the Wrath of Kahn: Most nights, before going to sleep, Mr. H. and I watch a bit (about 20 min) of some movie (this was a compromise because I like to watch TV in bed and he does not) before going to sleep. We usually watch movies we have seen that are in our collection. However, we had just come off watching all of the James Bond films in order, so we moved to watching all of the Star Trek movies (of which I have seen none) in order. When I took this quiz, we were on the Wrath of Kahn.

I'm not a huge fan of Star Trek. I'm a Star Wars fan myself. It's not that I don't think they can't exist in the same universe except that they don't. Anyway, I've hardly watched any of the shows and none of the movies. So by the time we had made it to Kahn, I more fully understood the jokes about the. way. Shatner. talks. as well as the whole every other movie sucks thing. Kahn was interesting because I got to see Ricardo Montalban's chest - which I seriously doubted was his real chest at the beginning, so bizarre did it look to me. I also got to see Kirstie Alley in her first film role, and Merritt Butrick, which made me sad and look up if I could stream episodes of Square Pegs on Amazon Prime (no, but you can buy them for 2 bucks a piece). My only other takeaways from this (and the other Star Trek movies) are: why would anyone have paid to see these, they're like really long episodes rather than fully fleshed out movies; and why does Starfleet continue to rebuild the Enterprise?

So, what's next on the list? Not sure what I'm in the mood for. Maybe The Great Muppet Caper - wonder if Amazon Prime has that.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Enterprise is Starfleet's flagship, a gleaming symbol of the Federation's ideals of peace, cooperation, and betterment for all through technological innovation. These values, though frequently challenged and often besieged by the powers of darkness and tyranny, can never be destroyed. Similarly, the Enterprise, despite being blown up, smashed, crashed, decommissioned and auto-destructed, can never truly know obliteration. The Enterprise serves as a representation of humanity's best and most enduring characteristics. It is a reflection of our innermost hopes for who we want to become.

James Tiberius Kirk.

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