In the "Carefree
80s", it can be stated that perhaps one of the
greatest forms of expression used was the silver screen.
and self-proclaimed "movie critic"
Scanlan was cool enough
to give us the...
Of the movies that
Hollywood offered up in the 1980's, one thing can be
said: Most of them were shit. The 1980's are
years which Hollywood
learned three basic formulas and stuck religiously to
them. They were: War
Movies, Teenage Movies, and Working Movies. While this
seems like a
sweeping over-generalization, think about it. A film
Salvador dealt with basically the same issues
a movie like
Working Girl did. So with this in mind, here are
the ten (or so)
movies that truly personify the decade we call the 80's.
And the winners are:
- Wall Street. The lines "...greed
is good, because greed works." -- Need I say more?
- War Games. Matthew Broderick
averts nuclear disaster. First great 80's war movie.
Also noticeable, the now-archaic computer systems.
Gun. Continuing from War Games,
in the idea of "clean" war. So clichéd, it's not even
- Platoon. Oliver Stone's gritty,
"real" portrayal of war, and sexy William Dafoe to
boot, alone make this movie great. Reminded
Americans that "War is Hell".
- Revenge of the Nerds. Robots,
jocks, cheerleaders, and nerds. All of the stereotypes
in only 1/2 the time! Wow! The best part? The nerds win
in the end.
Times at Ridgemont High/The
Breakfast Club. The Brat Pack. All others,
from Weird Science to Ferris Bueller,
are only pale imitations of these great classics.
- Mr. Mom/Baby Boom.
Same story, two nice angles. The corporate rat race
and how mundane things like children get in the way.
Rain. The last great musical Hollywood has
made. Oh, and Vanity...
Other key films include: Gung-Ho, Broadcast News,
Real Genius, E.T.,
of the Lost Ark, Blade
Runner, Brazil, and The Wall.
aspires to be the next Marlon Brando.
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