Monday, June 17, 2013

Revenge of the 80's!

As children of the 80s (which all of us regular blog contributors are) it's sometimes hard to find love for the films of our birth decade because no decade in film is more reviled than the 1980's. It's the epilogue to every narrative of 1970's filmmaking. It's viewed as the decade when all of the auteurs were put in their place for getting too indulgent and the money-men took over and started churning out empty prestige films, gory slasher flicks, fascist action pics and sequels upon sequels.

While at first blush this might seem to be an accurate description of the decade in question, it ignores the fact that filmmakers like David Lynch, Spike Lee, The Coen Brothers and Jim Jarmusch were all coming into their own during this decade. It also ignores the great World Cinema being made around the globe. And lastly it ignores the fact that a fair number of those slasher pics and teen flicks are pretty damn fulfilling and enjoyable.

So in the interest of kicking against the picks, we're doing yet another one of our polls! All you need to do to participate is to send us a list of your personal Top-10 favorite films released in the 1980s. You can leave it as a comment on this post, you can message us on our Facebook or you can e-mail us at The deadline is 10pm PST on Sunday, July 7th and the results will be announced the on Wednesday the 10th . Can't wait to see what you all come up with!


  1. This is tough. Trying to strike a balance between favorites and good films.

  2. This was incredibly difficult and distressing! Ha. But I did my best, so in no particular order:

    Little Shop of Horrors
    Blue Velvet
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    Dirty Dancing
    Pretty in Pink
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Shock Treatment
    Grease 2

  3. In no particular order:

    The Princess Bride
    Say Anything...
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    Star Wars, Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi
    Stand By Me
    Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
    The Goonies

    A side note: This gave me an idea for my own blog, which is to explain why I like the movies that I have chosen for this poll and to provide a link back here as the inspiration for such a list and explanation.

  4. In no order...

    -Raging Bull (1980)
    -Aliens (1986)
    -Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
    -Blood Simple (1984)
    -The Shining (1980)
    -Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    -Blade Runner (1982)
    -The Evil Dead (1981)
    -Batman (1989)
    -Die Hard (1988)