Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Awesomeness of the Movies from the 1980s

You know how there are things (like Star Wars, or Elvis, or the Beatles) that just become cultural and you MUST know about them because they appear everywhere and otherwise you miss stuff? Well, 80’s movies are in this category.

I was watching
Easy A again a few weeks ago – this is the recent movie starring Emma Stone as a high school girl who accidentally starts a rumour of her promiscuity (as an aside, Emma Stone is awesome and if you haven’t seen it yet, borrow one of our copies already!) There is this one point where Emma Stone’s character goes, “just once I want my life to be like an 80s movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason.” I thought the ending was a bit random and lame, but turns out Easy A alludes to heaps of 80s movies and the ending is an awesome reference to Can’t Buy Me Love, a film from 1987.

And then I saw Pitch Perfect at the movies, which was the one about the university a-capella group – we don’t have it on DVD yet, but we do have the
soundtrack. Again, an 80s movie, Breakfast Club, is central to the plot and to the ending.

I wasn’t even born in the 80s so all of these movies are way before my time, but turns out they made some awesome movies back then AND you can get your hands on most of them through Auckland Libraries. So, here are a few of my picks of classic 80s movies you need to see:
The Breakfast Club: A nerd, popular girl, rebel, misfit and jock get stuck in detention together for a whole day. Referenced in Easy A and Pitch Perfect AND the phrase “eat my shorts” was actually in Breakfast Club before Bart Simpson made it popular.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Ferris cuts school with his best friend and his girlfriend and goes on a day of adventures and mishaps in Chicago. Inspiration for the musical number in Easy A AND features a really young Charlie Sheen!
Sixteen Candles: It’s Sam’s 16th birthday but no-one remembers. Teenage angst and 80s awesomeness (although the racism will make you cringe). I’ve now got a crush on the heart-throb, although in real life the actor is older than my dad O.o
Dirty Dancing: A girl at a holiday resort with her family falls for her dance instructor. “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” Enough said.
Back to the Future: Starring a really young Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a guy who gets sent back to the 50s in a home-made time machine. 1980s special effects! Plus, in the 2nd movie he goes to 2015 – see what they thought the future would be like in 1989.

Honorable mentions:
E.T. the extra terrestrial, The Princess Bride and Ghostbusters.

~ Anna D, Botany.

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