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Ask LJ - 80's movie nights. 
24th-May-2010 08:50 am
Justin-goat
If you were to host an "80's Movie Night," what kind would you host? Action-Adventure? Comedy? Kids? Dance? And what would be your top offerings, or your preferred line-up? Would you put any Disney or cartoon flicks (Heavy Metal) in there?

For example, if I were to host an Action movie night, I would put out Die Hard, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Terminator, Lethal Weapon. For an 80's Kids night, I would put out Karate Kid, Goonies, Neverending Story, Labyrinth. Dance night would be Fame, Flashdance, Dirty Dancing, Footloose. Somewhere in there I'd have to have Action/Comedy for Romancing the Stone and Airplane! I'm not sure where I'd put Top Gun or Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but they would have to be in there somewhere.

Pick a theme, and tell me your movies! Comments are open.


Here are some memory joggers:
The Breakfast Club
Ghostbusters
Good Morning, Vietnam
Spaceballs
Beverly Hills Cop
Highlander
St. Elmo's Fire
Sixteen Candles
Pretty in Pink
Back to the Future
Better off Dead
Weird Science
E.T.
Mannequin
Stand by Me
The Lost Boys
The Princess Bride
Real Genius
Beetlejuice
Heathers
Blues Brothers
Crocodile Dundee
Road Warrior
Gremlins
The Great Muppet Caper
Secret of NIMH
The Dark Crystal
Land before Time
Willow

On the more serious side:
An Officer and a Gentleman
Dead Poets Society
Pink Floyd: The Wall
Rain Man
Comments 
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25th-May-2010 01:52 am (UTC)
I like The Pirate Movie!
24th-May-2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Better Off Dead and Ferris Bueller's Day Off would head-line any '80s Comedy night here. Followed by Private Eyes and Princess Bride. The last manages to cover almost all the genres in my book except horror and cartoon. And I still have a vivid memory of Dad howling with laughter over Don Knotts and Tim Conway trying to solve a mystery.
25th-May-2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Hrm. I wonder if Spies Like Us or Top Secret should go in that?
25th-May-2010 03:12 pm (UTC) - *facepalm*
I can't believe I left Real Genius off my list. Aggh! Consider me totally appalled and adding it instantly.
25th-May-2010 12:42 am (UTC)
I tend to lean towards sci-fi, Fantasy, anime, comedy side of things:

Fun(ny)Sci-fi/B movie night -- Spaceballs, Krull, Time Bandits, Ice Pirates, Last Star Fighter.

Arrrrnold night: the set list can vary here, as there are somany arnold movies... from campy fantasy fun (Conan the Barbarian, Conan The Destroyer, Red Sonja) to Sci-fi (Terminator, Predator, The Running Man) to bad comedy: Twins anyone?

Sci-Fi Horor night: The Fly, Aliens, Predator, Gremlins

Post-Apocalypse night: The Terminator, The Road Warrior, Dune

Anime night! Akira, Castle in the Sky, Bubblegum Crisis, Project A-ko, Tortoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Fun Movie night: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Back to the Furture, Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers

Sequel night: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, Aliens

Dark Comedy Night: Heathers, BeetleJuice, Better off Dead, Airplane! (really want Pump up the Volume in here too, but it came out in '90)

Computer Movie Night: Tron, WarGames, Blade Runner

there are so many more themes....

25th-May-2010 01:54 am (UTC)
I like your Dark Comedy night, but isn't Airplane! a tad slapstick for that? And yes, Pump up the Volume would be a great addition. Can you substitute in Real Genius, or is it too light to carry that kind of angst?
25th-May-2010 02:53 am (UTC)
julesk asked the same thing :) Personally, I don't think that the slapstick comedy takes away from the fact that it is a movie about a plane crash, and has such fabulously morbid and hilarious joke sequences as a nun singing and periodically pulling the life-saving IV out of the arm of a transplant patient due to the swinging of her guitar... or the woman who goes hysterical and every passenger on the plane lines up to slap her silly with an ever increasing severity of weapons....so yes, slap stick, but totally dark comedy :)

as for real genius... fabulous movie, but not sure if it really fits the dark nature of the others.... Trying to think of another one though....will need to ponder...
25th-May-2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
These are some of the movies that people are always shocked that I haven't seen:

The Breakfast Club
Sixteen Candles
Pretty in Pink
The Princess Bride
Officer and a Gentleman
25th-May-2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah..and there was this movie about this older guy and this younger male that was a computer game that turned into real life and then back again? I remember some sort of spy murder mystery component to it, and the older gentleman in my memory is in a long khaki duster type jacket and a hat. The kid reminds me of the kid in Karate Kid. I've never been able to figure out what that movie was, I just remember it being on while I was in daycare.
25th-May-2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
---ducks any flying objects at reference to daycare in the 80's---
25th-May-2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
Um... No, sorry, I don't know it from that description. Max Headroom is the first thing that comes to mind when you talk about going in and out of video, but that wasn't a game.
25th-May-2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
Ah! I think it might be cloak and dagger?? A friend just messaged me. That's got to be it. I'll have to see if I can get it and watch it and see if it's what I think it is.
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