Ultimate 80s Blogathon Conclusion

This time its for real! Ultimate 80s Blogathon comes to a close! It was a fantastic run! You’ll get me and Drew’s thank you and final words for this blogathon!
Before you head over, we figured we might as well throw it out there. We’ve been suggested to have 90s Blogathon. Its not going to be at least a few months, IF we do put it together. You know scheduling and life and all that lovely stuff. But we would like to throw it out there whether anyone would like a 90s Blogathon or any other decade at that. Drop a comment on this reblog post or over at Drew’s. We’ll see if we can make it happen 🙂
Please do head over to see all the posts and our final conclusion and thoughts on Ultimate 80s Blogathon!

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Hey there, dear readers!

Here we are at last, the end of our cinematic journey through the 1980s.  My lovely co-host, Kim, and I didn’t know what kind of participation to expect when we were organizing this blogathon.  The number of bloggers who joined in was astounding and blew away our expectations. In case you missed any of the entries, here they all are in one convenient location:

Serendipitous AnachronismsPretty in Pink

Movie Movie Blog BlogBeetlejuice

Wolffians Classics Movie DigestSplash

Michelle, Books and Movies AddictPretty in Pink

Steve Says…Stand By Me

Tranquil Dreams – The Breakfast Club (Kickoff)

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Top Gun (Kickoff)

Prime Six Blogs80s War Film Series

Movie Reviews 101Child’s Play

Confessions of a Geek MindTrading Places

That Moment InKrull

Ramblings of a CinephileMad Max…

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Ultimate 80s Blogathon Encore: Ten 1980s Faves by Film and TV 101

If you saw Drew’s conclusion earlier today, I’m sorry but we’re not done yet.  Its come to our attention that technical difficulties has fallen on our Ultimate 80s blogathon and now that we’ve found out and fixed it, we don’t turn away any of your hard work so its time for an encore.  Our encore is brought to you in the form of a  Top Ten list by Kira over at Film and TV 101.   Her piece was just too awesome to pass up!

Let’s pass it over to Kira to give us an encore to Ultimate 80s Blogathon! 🙂


So, to tie in with Tranquil Dreams and Drew’s Ultimate 80s Blogathon, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite films from the 80s. There’s a fair old mix, but I believe they capture some of the best the era had to offer.

The Killing Fields (1984)

The Killing Fields relives the account of a photographer who got trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot’s ‘Year Zero’ cleansing campaign; the struggles he overcame to get out of the country and the friends he made along the way. It’s one of those films that serves as a real eye-opener to the events that took place during the brutal regime the Cambodian tyrant led, and is one that will be difficult to forget for anyone who takes the time to watch it due to transparency with which it was made.

The Untouchables (1987)

In Brian De Palma’s crime drama where Kevin Costner’s FBI Agent Ness goes after Robert De Niro’s Al Capone, thrills are a-plenty. The Untouchables was a film I convinced my parents to let me watch years ago as I told them that it would help me with my history lessons, and I was very glad my little bit of cunning trickery went a long way. It’s a very slick piece of work with an all-star cast which really captured the struggles the Law had with bringing down the original Scarface during the Prohibition Era.

The Blues Brothers (1980)

Just qualifying for my list is The Blues Brothers – the action-packed crime-comedy that as confirmed itself as a cult classic. In it, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi make an excellent comedy pairing as the title characters as they set off on a mission from God to save the Catholic orphanage they were raised in. It’s another all-star ensemble that’s backed up by music royalty, meaning that it’s worth watching just for the music (which, by the way, is fabulous).

The Shining (1980)

Here’s Johnny! Also just scraping in is The Shining – Stanley Kubrick’s tremendous adaptation of Stephen King’s novel where a family suffers at the hands of a spiritual presence during their winter holiday. Jack Nicholson absolutely kicks ass in this one, and who can forget him beating his way through those door panels into the bathroom where his terrified wife stood, screaming hysterically, with nothing but a kitchen knife in her hand? It was proof again of Kubrick’s directorial talent, and of how well King’s novels translate into film.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Well, if you want a good laugh, look no further than Eddie Murphy’s freewheeling Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop. I’d love to know how many tears have been shed throughout all three films, but I’d have a guess and say that at least half of them resulted from this one. It’s the original, and in my eyes, it’s the best, and showed the world how the field of police work is flooded with comedic material.

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Robin Williams had us in stitches as the unorthodox and irreverent DJ who shakes things up when he’s assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam. The film, which was largely improvised by Williams, also has hints of a winning buddy movie as Forest Whitaker co-stars as the serviceman given the job of showing Williams’ Adrian Cronauer the ropes. Good Morning, Vietnam takes a slightly lighter look at the war America would rather forget about, and I think that’s why audiences loved it so much.

The Evil Dead (1981)

The thought of watching this one terrified me, but over the summer I finally got the guts to see it. I really enjoyed The Evil Dead, which told the story of five friends who travel to a cabin in the woods for a few days where they unwittingly release flesh-possessing demons. It’s a film that was ahead of its time when it came to make-up and special effects and whilst it might be a bit of a fright-fest, it’s also a wonderful bit of fun.

Lethal Weapon (1987)

There’s not a fat lot not to like about the first instalment of the smash-hit franchise starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as the mismatched detectives we all know and love by now. Lethal Weapon was the original buddy movie that set the standard that a lot of films have since tried (and many failed) to meet. It’s a hard one not to love and it’s probably an epitome of the 80s; Gibson’s mullet, Maverick cops and major political incorrectness.

Scarface (1983)

Sooner or later, I was always going to crow-bar a bit of Al Pacino onto this list and , of course, it had to be with Scarface that I did this. It’s near-on three hours long and full of raucous fun and endlessly quotable lines that I absolutely love, and whilst Pacino’s Tony Montana isn’t a character with the highest morals, you can’t help but feel slightly sorrowful when he meets his end and the credits start rolling. You’ll be hooked, you’ll laugh, but most importantly, you won’t be able to stop saying that line (and let’s face it, you’re doing it right now).

Die Hard (1988)

As we reach number one, I admit to you that there was never going to be anything else other than Die Hard that was going to be in the top spot. However, Bruce Willis’ tour-de-force is there not only because it is a great film and one of my all-time favourites, but because it’s probably the reason I love film so much. Plus, it broke new ground in the action genre and is full of witty lines that, again, you’ll be saying for weeks after watching. Yippee ki-yay!

There you have it – my ten best 80s films. There’s certainly a bit of variety there, but the general gist of things suggest that, for me, film in the 80s was all about action and quick-witted lines. What about you? Do you agree with any of the films on my list? Or would you stick something else on there?

Ultimate 80s Blogathon Wrap-Up: Airplane! (1980)

We’re at the last review post for the Ultimate 80s Blogathon! Drew wraps up in style with his review on Airplane! Head on over and check it out! 🙂

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I have had such a blast hosting the Ultimate 80s Blogathon with Kim.  Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.  Earlier today, Kim wrote her blogathon wrap-up and now it is my turn.  For my wrap-up of the blogathon, I am reviewing what is hands down one of the best comedies of all time: Airplane!.

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Ted Striker (Robert Hays) boards an airplane hoping to convince his girlfriend, Elaine (Julie Hagerty), to not leave him. While in the air, many of the passengers and crew get sick and it falls to Striker, an ex-fighter pilot who has become afraid of flying, to land the airplane safely.

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Ultimate 80s Blogathon Wrap-Up: 80s Dance Movies Triple Feature

We’re on our last post.  Today, Drew and I will be closing out with another of our reviews on 80s flicks.

Seeing as no one picked any dance movies and I wanted to end this in a grand way to wrap this blogathon up, I decided to do a quick triple feature on three dance flicks of 1980s: Flashdance, Footloose and Dirty Dancing. I’ve done full reviews for both Footloose and Dirty Dancing here before and you can seek it out if you want to read more in detail on how I feel for those movies.  Its obvious that I love a whole lot. Dance movies have always had a draw to me and its quite sad that its only in the recent years that I’ve really seen Dirty Dancing and Footloose in entirety but there is no doubt that they trump any modern dance movies quite a bit.

Before I get ahead of myself, let’s check out these three features! 🙂



Director: Adrian Lyne

Cast: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.-IMDB

Flashdance might not be the best out of the three dance movies that I have here from the 80s, but it was the first out of the pack.  If you didn’t know what leg warmers were, this movie was the right place to start.  Its something of a fashion statement of a movie more than it was a great movie of its sort.  I’m going to be honest that I don’t prefer the story here but Flashdance was full of 80s charm from the music and the dancing to the style.  It embodied that time really well.


I’m a late mid-80s baby.  To say I know a lot about this era is hard to say but some of the best dance films are done in this decade (excluding Grease).  While Flashdance failed mostly because I didn’t enjoy the character herself, I did like the dance and the music and the style of it.  The story of Flashdance is also one that first gives some sort of giving a purpose to inspire its audience to stay motivated for what matters.



Director: Herbert Ross

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Chris Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Laughlin

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.-IMDB

Footloose is  a step up from Flashdance.  It dials it back down to a small town scenario with a big town boy.  Kevin Bacon is one of my favorite actors (even more after I saw him in his recent Cop Car).  The young Kevin Bacon as Ren fighting on behalf of his fellow classmates for prom and the freedom to dance is really a great story.  Its about fighting teenage stereotypes, being responsible, and fighting authority.  Footloose is a fun and serious movie.

The thing with Footloose is that its not a whole lot about dancing.  There’s scenes here and there and some of the most memorable parts of the movie is the choreography that becomes rather expressive and fun.  But, Footloose gets one thing on point and that’s delivering us some cheesy scenes and dialogue.  In the true heart of the 80s, how can we not point it out? 😉


Dirty Dancing

Director: Emile Ardolino

Cast: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston, Jane Brucker

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.-IMDB

I’m not going to lie! Dirty Dancing is my favorite dance movie of all time.  One reason has to be that Patrick Swayze is so handsome.  He was the 80s man with a crazy filmography that framed the style so well from his hair to his daring nature.  He embodies Johnny so well.  This is a love story, pure and true, even if its finding and chasing what you want.  Its about stereotypes yet again with different social groups and dividing the rich and the poor.

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Its set in one location essentially but its able to speak very well as to the themes they want to cover.  Dirty Dancing becomes a little more daring.  Its takes the sexy dance choreography in Flashdance and the uptight/breaking free/stereotypes sort of story in Footloose and combines it to get to another level. Its able to use the plot to drive us to fall in love with the cast and their chemistry.  Iconic dance choreography, memorable quotes, touching and inspiring story: its hard not to fall in love and have the time of your life over and over again watching Dirty Dancing.


Three movies, very similar angles with different back stories but all related to dance and dreams and fighting for whats right.  While the latter two are much more iconic and great to me than Flashdance, all of them have their mark in 80s cinema.  Who can forget Flashdance and the sexy opening scene? Or Baby seducing Johnny along to “Love is Strange” and imitating Mickey and Sylvia? How about Ren teaching a very awkward Willard how to dance with the Walkman down the school corridor?

The 80s brought us a lot.  Between John Hughes and his teenage drama/comedy, and the cheesy action flicks, some over the top romantic comedies that we couldn’t help but love, its good to know that there’s also some feel-good inspiring pieces in the form of dance movies.  I just love them! If you haven’t seen these, you should! 😉

Have you seen any (or all) of these movies? Do you  like dance flicks? 

Remember to keep your eyes out for Drew’s wrap-up review a little later today! 🙂

Return to Oz by Cinema Schminema – Ultimate 80s Blogathon

Our last guest to join us for the Ultimate 80s Blogathon is none other that the lovely Misty from Cinema Schminema.  Misty is possibly one of my earliest blogging friends after I started jumping into the movie reviews world.  She posts creative and fun reviews on a lot of low budget movies and a lot of B-horror.  I’d be lying if she didn’t introduce me to what Asylum is and found the joy and tolerance in watching some of those features. Remember to head on over and check her site out. 🙂

Let’s pass it over to her with her choice, Return to Oz!

Return to Oz (1985)

Return to Oz

The year was 1987 and I was but a wee slip of a thing who had a thing for dark fantasy films (at least those in the kids’ section of the video store – do you guys remember video stores??). I was also obsessed with Oz. It obviously started with The Wizard of Oz but I went on to read several more of the books (Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz – book 4 – being my 2nd favorite). Imagine my delight when I discovered the movie called RETURN TO OZ (and imagine my mother’s dismay when I made her rent that and LABYRINTH, every single week – why she didn’t just buy the damn things, I’ll never know).

In case you’re not familiar, RETURN TO OZ is based off books 2 and 3 of the Oz series (The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz), though be it a bit loosely with Dorothy being the sole protagonist and Tip being erased entirely. It picks up approximately 6 months after the events of the first book. Auntie Em and Uncle Henry are rebuilding their house after the destruction of the tornado and Dorothy (played by Fairuza Balk, so yeah, just freaking imagine the girl from THE CRAFT as Dorothy Gale, y’all. Just picture that in your head, I’ll wait) is feeling a bit lost and melancholy. And who wouldn’t be? Sure, Oz was a little f*cked but it was a hell of a lot more exciting than Kansas. Unfortunately, Auntie Em and Uncle H are a bit worried about her, so much so that they decide to cart her off to the scariest freaking “doctor’s office” on earth for some really nice old-fashioned electroshock therapy (which was, at this point in time, not at all old-fashioned, but very newly IN fashion). Auntie Em has the f*cking nerve to LEAVE her there all alone on a dark and stormy night, with some creeper of a nurse lurking around (a really tall and terrifying woman who is CLEARLY up to no good). Dorothy is TWO seconds away from getting her first “treatment” (literally, she’s on the table) when the lights go out. She’s left alone (strapped down on a table on a dark and stormy night in the dark in a scary building with creepy adults who want to shock her brain, just sayin’) and a mysterious little girl appears and tells Dorothy that they must run for it! Thank god for that girl. Except creeper nurse sees them and chases them down to the river where Dorothy falls in and gets separated from the mystery girl. And when she wakes up? You guessed it – she’s back in Oz!

Return to Oz

Welcome to Oz, bitches!

But this time, things are WAYYYYYY more f*cked up than before. Oh, and her chicken from her farm is with her – Billina (not sure what kind of name that is really) – and the chicken can talk (in Oz, not in Kansas) and the chicken is kinda sassy. So. In THE WIZARD OF OZ, there was a scary Wicked Witch, right? Two, technically if you count the one the house fell on. And those flying monkeys were pretty scary. Wanna know what’s scary in RETURN TO OZ?

  1. The Deadly Desert – This surrounds Oz and anyone who touches it immediately crumbles into sand themselves. As evidenced when 6 Wheelers run into it chasing Dorothy. Bye-bye, Wheelers!
  2. Wheelers -People who have wheels in place of their hands and feet. Move around on all fours but are tall as if on stilts. Scream a lot. Pretty much like being on a bad acid trip and if you’re a child, the most terrifying thing in the effing world. (I LOVED IT).Return to Oz
  3. Mombi – Most terrifying till you get to Mombi, that is. I mean screaming wheely people are one thing but a witch who turns people to stone so she can steal their heads, that’s something else entirely. Sure, it doesn’t really SOUND scary when you put it that way. But then you have that scene where her room of 30 heads in cases get woken up by Dorothy and all start screaming “Dorothy Gale!!!!” at once, which in turn awakens Mombi’s headless body that runs around trying to find a head so she can catch Dorothy. Do you know how traumatizing that is for a child? NO idea what these filmmakers were thinking…

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  4. The Nome King – He’s a LITTLE less scary – mostly more creepy. Something about faces moving around in rock walls with human looking eyeballs is just…*shudders* Although he IS allergic to eggs, so that’s pretty damn funny.
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Right…okay…maybe he’s a little scary too…

You also get to see the Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man looking not only incredibly different from the original (and kinda lame looking) but completely turned to stone (then ornaments); some light S&M; a guy made out of limbs and a giant pumpkin (also kind of creepy) and a sofa attached to a moosehead that flies and talks. Seriously, this is one of the best f*cking movies EVER.

Return to Oz

This (and LABYRINTH) fueled my imagination and love of fantasy like nothing else. And possibly my love for the macabre because this is a REALLY dark movie. Like, no child ever should have watched this thing (and my parents wonder why I started reading Poe the next year, writing crazy stories involving pumpkins and strange lands a few years later, and grew up to love the strangest, most off-kilter movies I could find). This movie wasn’t what you’d call “well-loved” when it came out but it quickly became a cult classic (and with good reason).

If you somehow HAVEN’T seen this (then we’re no longer friends), I highly suggest you go rent this from your local Hollywood Video, like, ASAP. Dark, acid trippy af, like Dorothy really WILL need therapy after this adventure (not the electroshock kind though, tyvm) TOTES, it’s a must see classic of a decade where Hollywood could get away with putting pretty much anything in kids’ movies. Seriously though.

When Harry Met Sally by Life of This City Girl – Ultimate 80s Blogathon

We’re almost at the end of the Ultimate 80s Blogathon with just one more guest contribution tomorrow. Today’s fantastic choice is by Natasha from Life of This City Girl.
Head over and check out her review on When Harry Met Sally! 🙂

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Welcome to the penultimate review from our guests for the Ultimate 80s Blogathon! Today, Natasha from Life of This City Girl takes a look at the romantic comedy classic When Harry Met Sally.  Natasha writes reviews for all kinds of movies and TV series, as well as participates in the blindspot series and 100 Happy Days, plus much more. There is a lot going on at her site so go give it a look if you don’t follow her already.  But for now, let’s look at her thoughts on When Harry Met Sally.

HarrySallycover2Plot: Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship

Rating: 8.5/10

Goodness! I am so happy that Kim and Drew got this idea – it made me actually sit down and watch this movie, something that I’ve been meaning to…

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Meg and Michelle 80s Double Feature by Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg Movies – Ultimate 80s Blogathon

We’re in the 4th and final week of Ultimate 80s Blogathon! Time just flies when you’re having a great time. Next up to kick off the final week is Paul S over at Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg Movies. I’ve never met anyone quite as knowledgeable as him when it comes to Meg Ryan and Michelle Pfeiffer.  These two ladies happen to be also two of my favorite actresses.  Its no surprise it is through one of the reviews of possibly a Meg movie that met Paul and knew about his fantastic site. If you want to read about movies and roles and performances of these two outstanding actresses, you can’t go wrong with heading over to Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg Movies. Paul will be hosting the Meg and Michelle’s March Blogathon.  You can find the details HERE.

The 1980s. The carefree days of my youth and a decade that spawned so many classic films, from Raging Bull and Raiders of the Lost Ark, to The Fabulous Baker Boys and When Harry Met Sally…. I’ve spent the last few days scouring my DVD collection, trying in vain to select a favourite from the decade, ultimately finding I couldn’t choose between Innerspace and Tequila Sunrise.


​Innerspace (1987)

Innerspace is often compared to 1966’s Fantastic Voyage for obvious reasons, but Innerspace is no run-of-the-mill remake. Whereas Voyage featured the simple narrative of a team of doctors treating a patient from the inside, Innerspace is more of an absurd, over-plotted movie, but it is endlessly entertaining. A convoluted comedy of errors in a Silicon Valley setting.


The story follows Jack Putter (Martin Short), a hypochondriac who works at a supermarket. His mundane life is turned upside down when a man in a lab coat appears out of nowhere, jabs a hypodermic needle into his posterior, before promptly dying. What Jack doesn’t know is that the doctor was part of a top-secret project in which a willing subject, Lieutenant Tuck Pendleton (Dennis Quaid) is sealed in a submersible and miniaturized, in order to study a rabbit from the inside. Instead, he’s been placed inside Jack, to prevent a gang of corporate thieves from getting their hands on the miniaturization chip.

Tuck knows his freedom depends on Jack breaking out of his malaise, and so he becomes a new voice inside Jack’s head, one that tells him to take risks instead of wallowing in worry. Complications ensue, most of them involving Tuck’s beautiful, estranged girlfriend Lydia, played by a gun toting Meg Ryan. She sparks an odd, amiably original love triangle, when Jack inevitably falls for her, even though he knows Tuck is eavesdropping on every move he makes.


​In the sweet-and-sultry-blonde sweepstakes of the late 1980s, Meg was emerging as Michelle Pfeiffer’s only rival, and here she elevates a character who could have been as much of a MacGuffin in the story as the microchips. She’s utterly cute and tenacious, so it’s no wonder Lydia becomes a bone of contention between Jack and Tuck, as the latter begins to truly realise how much she means to him.

Aside from a dubious plot point where Tuck is transported back and forth between bodies by the mechanism of a romantic kiss, director Joe Dante effortlessly guides the film from science fiction to action to comedy to romance, assisted by Sam Cooke’s wonderful Cupid and the undeniable chemistry of the cast. Remarkable when one of them isn’t in the same room for most of the film.

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Tequila Sunrise (1988)

Directed by Robert Towne, of Chinatown fame, Tequila Sunrise also features an all-star late-80s cast. Semi-retired drug dealer Mac (Mel Gibson) and his old friend, policeman Nick (Kurt Russell) go back a long way, and share a healthy dose of rivalry, brought to the fore when they cross paths with the stunning form of Jo Ann Valenari (Michelle Pfeiffer).  

Tequila Sunrise provides plenty of twists and turns, audacious supporting performances from J.T. Walsh and Raul Julia, and some gorgeous silhouetted sunset shots. As with Innerspace, the plot is convoluted, but that only reinforces the prominence of its photogenic stars, as they deliver endlessly quotable dialogue and share some epic, drenched 80’s kissing scenes. Besamé Mucho!

tequila sunrise

The Pfeiffer-Russell kiss happens first, on a rainy night in a dingy wine cellar. Restaurateur Pfeiffer is trying to move a barrel from beneath a leaking roof and tells Russell she doesn’t need his help as he might get dirty. Russell ignores her warning and starts to move the barrel himself, but the pressure from the leak builds up and unleashes a torrent, completely soaking him. Cue the saxophone music as Russell grabs Pfeiffer and they passionately kiss. The scene fades out.

Later in the film Gibson’s Mac and Pfeiffer’s Jo Ann have their “moment.” During small talk Pfeiffer makes a comment and Gibson takes offense, so Michelle apologises. Now it’s Gibson’s turn to be embarrassed, so he proceeds to gently kiss Pfeiffer and before you know it the soft-rock music swells again and they’re destined for the hot-tub.

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As white sheets billow in the background, the camera slowly, voyeuristically works its way back to where the conversation was taking place. Suddenly, Mel and Michelle explode from the water in slow-motion, locked in a lustful embrace. They’re like a drowning man tasting air for the first time in days. Were they having a contest to see who could hold their breath longest? Or did they get lost in the hidden depths of the hot-tub?  I still wonder!

We watch the liaison reflected in the water, their silhouetted figures masked by steam. Gibson stands and lifts Pfeiffer from the ground before pulling the white sheets down over their soaked bodies. It’s bizarre, but par for the course, given the decade.

Afterwards, Michelle spoon-feeds Gibson with yoghurt. (No, honestly.)

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​In true 1980’s style, the film ends with a freeze-frame. Once again Gibson and Pfeiffer are locked in a passionate clinch, and of course, they’re both soaking wet. Kurt Russell looks on as the odd man out, frozen in a moment when Michelle Pfeiffer lips were never more alluring, Mel Gibson’s eyes were never bluer, and those California sunsets were never hotter. It doesn’t get more 80s than this.

The Hunger (1983) by Carly Hearts Movies – Ultimate 80s Blogathon

Next up we have Carly over at Carly Hearts Movies joining us for the Ultimate 80s Blogathon! She takes a look at The Hunger. Head on over and check it out! 🙂

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TheHunger1983, Directed by Tony Scott

Written by Ivan Davis and Michael Thomas (screenplay); Whitley Strieber (novel)

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon

The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don’t age… until Miriam has enough of them. Unfortunately that’s currently the case with John, so his life expectancy is below 24 hours. Desperately he seeks help from the famous Dr. Sarah Roberts. She doesn’t really believe his story, but becomes curious and contacts Miriam … and gets caught in her ban, too.

The entertainment world suffered a tremendous loss with the recent passing of David Bowie, and should you be reading my review of one of his seedier, lesser-known 80s exploits as a way to honor the late rocker?

Of course not. You should watch Labyrinth or The Prestige or The Last Temptation of Christ or listen to

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) by Back to the Viewer – Ultimate 80s Blogathon

Yesterday, James at Back to the Viewer joined us and shared his Ultimate 80s blogathon choice. Its the tremendously awesome Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Head on over and check it out! 🙂

I know I’m a little late. Excuses aside, I just spaced out and forgot. Some days it just happens. Thanks so much to James for joining us! 🙂

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Happy Middle-of-the-Week, everybody! James from Back to the Viewer stops by the Ultimate 80s Blogathon today to review the John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. James reviews a wide range of films so go check his site out. Now, let’s get to the reason you are here, his review!

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This review was written for Drew and Kim‘s ‘Ultimate 80s Blogathon’ follow all the action by following the links to their blogs, “party on Wayne!”

Firstly, why Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Why not, Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, The Terminator, Ghostbusters, or Die Hard?

The 80s was such a significant decade for film. Pushing the boundaries of modern film making left a lasting legacy on how we consume, analyse, and reference film in the present day. For example the majority of readers would have little, to no difficulty dropping a quote…

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80s Film Double Feature by Flick Chicks Blog -Ultimate 80s Blogathon

Next up, we have one of the lovely ladies over at Flick Chicks Blog joining us.  I present to you Allie, who has joined in with two of her 80s favorites, diving into her childhood.  Flick Chicks Blog is an awesome movie blog! They dabble in the Blindspot series and the Thursday Movie Picks.  There are reviews on lots of movies and even a segment called Trivia Round-up and much more! Head on over and give them a look!

Let’s me hand it over to Allie for her Ultimate 80s choice! 🙂

The wonderful Kim at Tranquil Dreams and Drew at Drew’s Movie Reviews have teamed up for this amazing Blothathon all about our favourite movies from the 80’s! Thanks for hosting, guys!

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I myself was born in the 80’s, but just about, and as a result, I’ve never felt I’ve belonged to a certain decade.  My mind likes to think I was more of a 90’s girl, but in terms of movies, all of my childhood favourites are from the 80’s. That’s my saving grace. That said, I love to talk to death about my childhood favourites, so if Kim and Drew will allow it, I want to pick 2 movies for this post.

Since starting a movie blog, I’ve deliberately gone back through the years and watched ‘classics’ and ‘must watch movies’ recommended by friends, family, and other bloggers. Because of this, I have a slew of new favourite 80’s movies! So what I’d like to do is write about my favourite childhood 80’s movie, and my favourite more recently watched 80’s movie.

National Lampoon's Vacation

Childhood Favourite: National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

Funnily enough, last year on a Bank Holiday my family all got together and re-watched National Lampoon’s Vacation. When we did, we were a little horrified that I was allowed to watch it as such a small child! Behind all the rude jokes though, is a hilarious movie about a family’s vacation that anyone can relate to.

Long car-rides, fighting siblings, grumpy grandparents, wrong turns, and family members you just love to hate, these are all essential ingredients to a trip away. This is also the time when Chevy Chase was in his prime, he is hilarious in this, as the hard working Dad who will do anything to make sure his family has a good time.

The jokes are also timeless. Over 30 years later, anyone who has ever rented a car will have had a situation similar to the Griswolds. Who knew there was so much difference between a Citroen Xsara and a Citroen Xsara Picasso? A lot, we found out on a family vacation of our own!

The Empire Strikes Back

Recent Favourite: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Last year, just a few weeks before the release of The Force Awakens, I started the mammoth journey of watching all of the previous Star Wars movies. Not re-watching, literally watching for the first time. I’d managed to avoid Star Wars all my life, but the whole world was excited for Episode VII and I wanted to know what was going on.

I watched them in Episode order (which I’ve been told countless times was wrong) and by the time I got to the originals, my Dad asked if he could join in on my quest, too. His favourite movie of all time Is Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, and well, being told that gave me such high expectations!

Safe to say it lived up to every one of them. There’s no one out there anymore who doesn’t know that Darth Vader is Luke’s father (NoooOOOoooO!), and trust me, if time travel was a thing, going back to watch this moment un-spoilt would be the first thing I would do. Despite that, it’s still the most iconic scene in the movie, perhaps the entire series. It’ll also stand out from all the other movies for me as by the end, it feels like the bad guys actually won. Of course, that just made Return of the Jedi that much more awesome!