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Valley

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You have a new friend that is 80's without and she has asked you to help her understand your passion for the 80's.

If you could choose five (or ten because several people will struggle with five) movies that represent your thoughts on the 80's.. what would they be?

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1. Valley Girl
Do you remember that feeling you got when you first met someone that you really connected or linked with emotionally? .. Valley Girl represents that 80's teenager deep yearning feeling like no other. Add in the wicked tunes, the fashion, and those beach scenes.. so 80's awesome!

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2. The Lost Boys
Our current decade is almost vampire obsessed, but I'll still take "The Lost Boys" if I want an entertaining vampire flick that feels so 80's.

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3. The Empire Strikes Back
Okay it was a long time ago in a far away galaxy, but the second movie in the orginal Star Wars trilogy is still 80's iconic and considered by many to be the best Star Wars film ever.

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4. Modern Girls
No film represents the 80's night life better than this movie.. add in 80's fashion statements, amazing tunes, a romance that could start a fire that only Bruno X could extinguish, and you begin to wonder if you really need to go out ever again.

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5. Night of the Comet
80's comet zombies, Tempest, a shopping mall excursion, an 80's chic radio station, in search of DMK, and DJ Samantha Belmont.

what are on your five? I'm saving my next five for later...

[ 15. July 2010, 09:19: Message edited by: Valley ]

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Valley this comes up for me alot actually as I have friends that are young at work. Do you notice most people would choose the "Hughes" films because they were the mainstream. I might need some time to think about it......off the bat I know i'd choose Valley Girl also

1. Valley Girl.......like Valley said the music the clothes.....so 80's but also told a great love story 80's style.

2. E.T.
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I think it started this whole genre of family films with creatures for me....so 80's style but still great to watch now.

3. Working Girl
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It's one of my favorites. Shows the 80's woman in the 80's corporate "yuppie" network. Oh man Joan Cusack haha But such a great 80's flick.

I'll get back to you on some more [Smile]

Cool topic!

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hmmm...so many possibilities for this topic. So I guess I'm just gonna have to choose 5 at random.

1. Short Curcuit - This film pretty much sums up what High Tech/Computer Geeky/Warm fuzzy Family friendly films were like in the 80's in one nice little NOVA Robotic super secret shipment crate package thingy.

2. RAD - If you were a pre-teen boy in the 80's, and you didn't own a BMX...you were pretty much alien then. Therefore it was mandatory for you to own this film too. I didn't have a single BMX buddy growing up that didn't have this movie and hail this movie as the end all be all of Radical flicks.

3. Back to the Future - Come on!..Who's gonna argue that this isn't an essential 80's flick?

4. The Lost Boys - Where would the film industry today be without this movie? You'd have no Twilight, no Queen of the Damned, no Interview with a vampire...ect. Though Sutherland was pretty much the only real believeable vampire of the bunch in my eyes. The 80's fashion victims still needed this strange brew of a vampire flick.

5. Valley Girl - Yes, I'll throw Valley Girl on my list too..Just because it's still funny to see a young Nick Cage doing that kinda stuff.

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In no order:

Wargames

Fast Times

Valley Girl

E.T.

Back to the Future

Tootsie

Goonies

Terminator

Airplane

16 Candles

Ten. Admittedly they could change from week to week, but still...

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d'oh!...i'm such a nerdturd...How could I exclude The Goonies from my list:\
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I would totally put Back to the Future on my list.....maybe not so much Goonies because so many people classify it a kids movie......you know?

You know I need a "switch a roo" movie on there it's so hard to choose there are so many....Vice Versa....18 Again....Like Father Like Son.....hmmmm?

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Muffy.. I would suggest "Just One of the Guys" or "Willy/Milly" instead of the switcheroos you just mentioned. Still switcheroos to a point and even better movies.
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well then yes I totally agree!!!

my #5: Just One of the Guys!

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My picks are....

- Valley Girl. For all of the obvious reasons!
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- Real Genius. All of the montages set to new wave music just scream 80's, among other things.
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- Fast Times @ Ridgemont High. Needs no explanation.
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-Nightmare on Elm Street part 3. Perfect example of one of the most popular genres of the 80's, the slasher flick!
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- Pretty in Pink. What other decade could that prom dress be used?? I mean, really.
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Veronica.. that prom dress couldn't have been used in the 80's either. I realize they wanted to make it look like she made a sentimental dress herself, but it just didn't work for me.
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quote:
You know I need a "switch a roo" movie on there it's so hard to choose there are so many....Vice Versa....18 Again....Like Father Like Son.....hmmmm?
BIG!

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Veronica.. that prom dress couldn't have been used in the 80's either. I realize they wanted to make it look like she made a sentimental dress herself, but it just didn't work for me.
I realise I'm out in the cold on this, but I didn't mind her dress at all. It was pink and she looked pretty, I expected no more. But then I'm not that fussed over those things in real life either.

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my #5: Just One of the Guys!

- Real Genius. All of the montages set to new wave music just scream 80's, among other things.

Both solid choices.
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Since you cannot put more than 8 pictures in one post, here are my 10 movies, split into two posts.

Night Of The Comet (1984)
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Scenes From The Goldmine (1987)
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Mischief (1985)
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The Apple (1980)
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Nightflyers (1987)
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World Gone Wild (1988)
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Nighthawks (1981)
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The Last Starfighter (1984)
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Dudes (1987)
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Weekend At Bernie's (1989)
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Attractive choices SA. Very attractive choices.

I could be wrong, but I thought I noticed a theme?

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They are all pictures of Catherine Mary Stewart from films that she is in.
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quote:
Originally posted by Lovers with Cassie:
They are all pictures of Catherine Mary Stewart from films that she is in.

[Big Grin] Nicely done.

On PIP: The dress worked on a personal level because Andie was doing her own thing. She knew she would never be accepted into the Soc clique and nor did she want to be. And though her dress may've prompted laughs and derision, had it not been dress, it would've been something else.

Andie was out to prove a point, prove they didn't break her...lucky she wasn't up against Ivan Drago.

1. GHOSTBUSTERS
2. TOP GUN
3. THE BREAKFAST CLUB
4. FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
5. THE KARATE KID

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The Karate Kid
The Breakfast Club
Ghostbusters
Back To The Future
Gremlins
Goonies
Poltergeist
Purple Rain
The Legend Of Billie Jean
Weird Science

* Any body ever hear of these ones??? I'm so mainstream sometimes it sickens me...but these are my favs as a kid and still are today!

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Even reducing it to ten it's an impossible task. There are so many more that prove that the 80's are magic and unique:

1. GOONIES
2. GHOSTBUSTERS
3. BACK TO THE FUTURE
4. GREMLINS
5. THE KARATE KID
6. BREAKFAST CLUB
7. NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
8. SECRET ADMIRER
9. BIG
10. TERMINATOR

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And what about...

DIRTY DANCING
FLASHDANCE
FOOTLOOSE
E.T.
SECRET OF MY SUCCESS
TRON
MONEY PIT
STAND BY ME
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

Oh, God I can't stop!

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passion for the 80s huh?? ok, heres a go at it...

1. Goonies - kids on own in an adventure like all kids love, we cant seem to do this anymore, theres just too many weirdos around. Them were the days.
2. Karate Kid - Just about all kids started a martial arts class in the 80s.
3. RAD - BMX - need i say more here really??
4 Thrashin - skateboarding took off in the 80s.
5. War games - computers took off too!!! hmmm pattern here.
6. the breakfast club - a whole heap of actors in one place plus a defining song
7. BTTF - ahhh come on need i explain why??
8. The Terminator - introducing Arnie and a line which became world famous - ill be back...and he was
9. Ghostbusters - Look how far cgi has come...so raw in this film.
10.Empire strikes back - How good is this film alone. phew.

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quote:
* Any body ever hear of these ones??? I'm so mainstream sometimes it sickens me...but these are my favs as a kid and still are today!
They're classics for a reason. Don't feel too bad.

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They are all pictures of Catherine Mary Stewart from films that she is in.
No. You're wrong. The only connection is they're 80's movies.
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You know, now that you guys bring her up, Catherine Mary Stewart has a facebook page. You should check it out.
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She does? I had no clue you guys???
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