Friday, October 12, 2007

Friday Five

Good heavens, is it Friday again? Already?

I spent a lot of time laying on the couch at the beginning of the week, and I spent quite a bit of time with the television. It reminded me a lot of when I was a kid and I'd be home sick from school, wrapped in blankets with the TV on. So, today's Friday Five is sort of inspired by that.

Five 80s Movies I Love

Okay, and I'm not talking about Chariots of Fire, or Gandhi or even Amadeus. Those are Oscar winning beauties, cinematic works of art. I'm talking about fluffy, cheesy movies that make you smile and cringe all at the same time. That kind of 80's movie.

1. Top Gun

It's the only movie I ever liked Tom Cruise in, and really, I liked Anthony Edwards in this more. Great action movie, nice eye candy, you could root for the good guys and feel okay about it. Goose dies, so there's some good crying, and there's a really steamy sex scene. Well, it was steamy to a twelve year old. And I still get shivers every time I hear "Take My Breath Away".

2. Pretty in Pink

This was one of the films I got to watch during my recovery. It's always been one of my favourite "brat pack" films. I was so in love with Ducky, and I could never understand how Andie liked Blaine better. He was so bland, and so easily influenced by his loser, rich friends. Ducky had character, and really great hair. And he loved Andie so much. Who wouldn't want to be loved that way? Annie Potts was also in this film, and her ever changing wardrobe was awesome.

3. Short Circuit

Steve Guttenberg was just everywhere in the 80's wasn't he? I, like millions of other girls, swooned over his everyman-ness. This was a great 80's film because it had it all: moderately hot girl (Ally Sheedy), cute nerdy science guy (Steve Guttenberg), bad racial stereotype ramped up for comedy (Fisher Stevens as an Indian???), and a talking machine. It was 80's bliss. It even spawned a catchy tune, which I had on cassette.

4. Johnny Dangerously

This film is on here because it was the first AA/A-14 film I ever got into without my parents. And I was only twelve. In Canada, Adult Accompaniment, meant that if you were under fourteen, they wouldn't let you in without a parent. Like PG-13 here in the states, but a little stricter. This would-be gangster movie is full of tasteless penis jokes and risque humour. Perfect for a twelve year old who thought she was pulling the wool over the establishment's eyes. It also features Michael Keaton, before he was Beetlejuice or Batman. The great Peter Boyle is in here as well.

5. The Breakfast Club

King of all Brat Pack films, directed by John Hughes, it's filled with enough teen angst to sink the Titanic, but still has a happy ending. Again, one of those perfect 80's films, covering every high school stereotype, to make sure that no matter who you were you could identify with someone. I wanted to Molly Ringwald, but I was more a cross between Ally Sheedy's character and Anthony Michael Hall.

Okay, so that's my five. If you weren't a child of the 1980's, feel free to substitute your decade of choice. But there are no serious films allowed here. Only good-time, fluffy, films.

As my friend Mya said last Friday, have a Bon Weekend, Y'all!


auntie barbie said...

Five "fluffy" movies? OK

1. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
2. Risky Business
3. Big Trouble in Little China
4. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
5. Beverly Hills Cop

Strange but I can't think of any movies from the 80's that are not kind of "fluffy" said...

My 80's five are:
1. The Sure Thng
2. The Princess Bride
3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
4. The Naked Gun
5. A Fish Called Wanda

Glad you're up and about.

Robot Lord of Tokyo said...

To spice it up: my 5 "non-fluff" 80s flicks:

1. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
2. Back To The Future
3. Ghostbusters
4. The Terminator
5. The Transformers: The Movie

CableGirl said...

You may be one of the only other people in the world I've met who not only knows but loves Johnny Dangerously.

Wacha making ma?
Beer, with noodles.
Great idea!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Love this post Jen.
Here's my list...

1. Teenwolf
2. ET
3. Breakfast Club
4. Dirty Dancing
5. Goonies

Tres fluffy.

Bon nuit

my two cents said...

Oh, this is like a memory test and I think I am going to fail...

I can't even tell you if these are from the 80s, but I'll give it a shot.

I second:
Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Beverly Hills Cop

Then my five would be:
The Natural
Nine to Five
Breaking Away

Glad you are feeling well again. Have a restful weekend!

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Not sure of the fluff level, but...
1. The Princess Bride
2. Dirty Dancing
3. Back to the Future
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. When Harry Met Sally

Of all of these, I have to give extra points to Back to the Future and Raiders for being absolutely perfect films structurally. Every single thing added up. That said...I'll take Dirty Dancing.

Joy T. said...

I LOVED Short Circuit. And yes I cried at the end of the movie. Everyone here has listed some great movies that brought back some great memories. Keep getting better.

laurie said...

aw, i loved the breakfast club, too.

i also loved auntie barbie's top choice; sean penn in 'fast times at ridgemont high' was hialrious. i loved when he ordered pizza delivererd to his classroom.

Jillian said...

Hey Jen - glad you're back in the land of the living - or at least making the attempt!

My 5 favourites:

1) It was actually done in 1975, but I first watched it in the 80's. Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail. I'm sorry all, but it's one of my absolute favourites. It's not one of those 'squishy' movies that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, but it's hilarious as hell. I'll add an extra to my list to compensate.

2) The Private Eyes - with Tim Conway and Don Knots. Great, funny movie.

3) Dirty Dancing - NOBODY puts Baby in a corner.

4) The Princess Bride - As You Wish

5) ET - Classic, CLASSIC 80s movie.

6) American Werewolf in London - FREAKED THE CRAP OUT OF ME WHEN I WATCHED IT! (I just added that one 'cause it's close to Halloween, y'all)

7) Clue. - with Tim Curry as the Butler. So freaking funny.

PixelPi said...

RC took my secret list before I got my comment in!

Obviously she is either psychic or sat behind me in How to Use the Library 101 (Required before graduation) and I just don't remember all those notes we passed.

Wait. That was another decade. The one that I've erased from my memory completely.

But she still stole my list!