Totally 80’s!

Totally_80s_banner_3.pngIntroduction: Totally 80’s! 

Flashy, shiny, commercial, and money-driven, the 1980’s in America is now viewed through a powerful nostalgic lens by generations who either lived in, were born in, or now look wistfully back at this decade as a representation of…

blockbusters_header_2Totally 80’s: Blockbusters!

As stated in the introduction to this series, if 1980’s Hollywood perfected anything, it was marketing: demographic research, adherence to the four-quadrant model (males under 25; females under 25; males over 25; females over 25), high concept movies, and chasing the ultimate, the “Blockbuster”…

Totally 80’s: Villains!

What would a movie be without an antagonist? The counterpoint to our hero, villains exist in fiction to provide urgency to our main character’s quest and largely sets the plot in motion. After all, where would Daniel-son be without Cobra Kai and Johnny to fight? Or Schwarzenegger’s Dutch…

Totally 80’s: Teen Movies!

 One of the most enduring products of 1980s cinema, the “teen movie” genre was reinvented with 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Although there have been plenty of movies about teenagers since the beginning of filmmaking, and the 1950’s and 60’s had plenty “teen movies,” but none seemed to capture…

cartoons_banner_1Totally 80’s: Cartoons!

I spent the first half of my childhood in the 1980s, from 0 to 8, living the Totally 80’s lifestyle in the best way possible: with tons of toys and tons of television. Not that my parents plopped me in front of the TV and forgot about me but they saw that I liked it…

 

T_80s_Kids_Movies_BannerTotally 80’s: Kid’s Movies!

My folks took my sisters and I to the movies frequently when I was a kid, and I was lucky enough to see some great films in the theaters as a result, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman, and Back to the Future, Part II. Besides this, since…

Sitcoms_BannerTotally 80’s: Sitcoms!

Ahh, 1980’s sitcoms. One of the more comforting pop culture artifacts to a nostalgic mind, there were never cozier worlds built in fiction than the ½ hour laugh track-driven situation comedies of that decade. Featuring near-perfect families who lived in gigantic houses and got into weekly shenanigans…

 

80s_films_that_suck10 Beloved 80’s Films That Suck

Film culture from the 1980’s is now known for perfecting the blockbuster, creating the teen movie, and churning out tons of (somewhat inappropriate) films for kids. And a lot of movies from this decade have gone on to become true classics: Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ghostbusters, and many more. But not…

garbage_shows_80s_banner_110 Garbage TV Shows From The 80’s

Listen: television is a cesspool. You know, I know it, hell even TV knows it. Instead of the respect, promotion, and (especially) money that gets pumped into creating films, television has traditionally been the ghetto of visual entertainment. Even paintings–images that don’t even move, for cripes sake–get entire buildings in major cities dedicated to them,…

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