Thursday, April 5, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #4

If there is one thing I love almost as much as books, it's movies. And when I logged on to Yahoo this morning, I saw that Bob Clark was killed in a car accident yesterday. For those of you that don't know, Bob Clark was a Hollywood director. His movies included the seasonal favorite A Christmas Story (one of the greatest Christmas movies....EVER!) and the Porky's movies. I was really sad to see this. But it started me thinking of movies....which led me to this week's Thursday Thirteen topic. As a child of the 80's, I watched lots of movies. These movies shaped me into who I am today. And yes, I know almost ever line of each and every one of the following:

Thirteen of the Best Teen Movies of the 80's!

1. Say Anything (1989) - You say, "AGAIN with the John Cusak??" Yep. This is my #1 favorite teen movie! The movie that made me fall in love. If Lloyd Dobler, the underachieving-kickboxer can end up with the beautiful valedictorian Diane Court, anything is possible!! "She's gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen."

2. The Breakfast Club (1985) - One Saturday detention, five unhappy teens, and their scramble to prove they're each something more than a brain , an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Could a person ask for anymore teen angst? "But face it. You're a neo maxi zoom dweebie, what would you be doing if you weren't out making yourself a better citizen?"

3. Heathers (1989) - Ok...this one is probably at the opposite end of the happy teen movie spectrum. It's the Anti-John Hughes teen movie! Can you picture Molly Ringwald spiking some's Tab with Drano? But if you ever had dreams about offing a classmate, this is one movie you should see! Christian Slater as J.D and Winona Ryder as Veronica are the coolest kids around. "Dear Diary, my teen-angst bullshit now has a body count."

4. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) - This movie tells you EXACTLY what it's like to be a teen in search of the ultimate: sex, drugs and rock-n-roll! And it launched the careers of so many actors, including Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nicholas Cage, and Forest Whittacre to name just a few. Besides, where would we be without this little tidbit of wisdom: "People on 'ludes should not drive!"

5. Ferris Buehller's Day Off (1986) - Talk about the ultimate slacker movie. This in another John Hughes movie....about a guy on a quest to take it easy and ditch school for the day. What's not to love about this movie? Anyone, Anyone?? The sites of Chicago, singing "Danke Schoen" in a parade and having fun with your best friends. " Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in The Beatles, I just believe in me." Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I'd still have to bum rides off people."

6. Better Off Dead (1985) - Yes...again with John Cusak. But come on, you have to admit this movie is hilarious! Lane Meyer's is dealing with a lot. His girlfriend dumped him. He didn't make the ski team. His family is nuts. And there is a homicidal paperboy after him! Face it. Lane can't even commit suicide correctly! This movie is filled with some of the best one-liners ever!! "Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that."

7. Risky Business (1983) - Now, I'm not a Tom Cruise all. I personally think the man is a loon. But this movie is Pre- Couch-hopping, Scientology-is-the-way craziness. This is good clean fun. clean as it can be when a high school kid opens a brothel in his house to make enough money to pay for the repairs to his Dad's Porsche that he dumped in Lake Michigan when his parents were out of town. OK....not exactly clean family-fun. But no one will ever forget Tom Cruise in his tidy-whities singing Old Time Rock-n-Roll!! "I don't believe this! I've got a trig midterm tomorrow, and I'm being chased by Guido the killer pimp. "

8. Sixteen Candles (1984) - Molly Ringwald, as Samantha Baker, is just too cute. Her parents forgot her sweet sixteenth, her sister is getting married to a Bo-hunk, her house is invaded with relatives, she gave a geek her undies, and the boy of her dreams doesn't knows she exists. Teenage life at it's worst!! "Donger's here for five hours, and he's got somebody. I live here my whole life, and I'm like a disease."

9. Pretty in Pink I was obsessed with John Hughes movies!! Sue me. The underdog always wins and the girl always gets the guy. Total fiction, but it can give you a little hope! Should Andie have chased after rich, repentant Blane, or stayed at the prom with poor, devoted Duckie?? She was in love with the Richie, and she got him. Poor Duckie. I still mist up though when they hold hands and walk into the prom together to face everyone! And wasn't James Spader just the greatest bad guy all dressed up in white?? "I know I'm old enough to be his mother, but when the Duck laid that kiss on me last night, I swear my thighs just went up in flames! He must practice on melons or something"

10. The Lost Boys (1987) - You can't have a list of 80's teen movies and not include at least one movie with the Corey's! I, personally, like bad boy Vampire David (Keifer Suterland). Great movie. Again...what's not to love? It's a teen Vampire movie. Hot teen Vamps. This must be where my obsession started!! "One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires."

11. The Outsiders (1983) - I loved this book!! I loved this movie. Talk about throwing every hot teen star in Hollywood in one film! It was the Greasers Vs. The Socs. Poor little abandoned Johnny gets attacked one night and ends up killing a drunk Socs. He heads out of town with Ponyboy...and they end up being heros. The lines between good and evil are really blurred in this one. Stars just about everyone including Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze and Ralph Macchio. "We gotta win that fight tonight. We gotta get even with those Socs! Let's do it for Johnny, man. We'll do it for Johnny!"

12. Can't Buy Me Love (1987) - this one is kind of cheezy. What can I say? That's who I am!! Long before he became Dr. McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey played in this cute movie about a geek trying to fit in with the Popular kids. He tried a new approach. He tried to BUY his way in!! I actually went to see this one with my Grandma. It will always hold a soft spot in my heart because of that. "Nerds, jocks. My side, your side. It's all bullshit. Its hard enough just trying to be yourself. "

13. Adventures in Babysitting (1897) - I saw this when I actually WAS babysitting! Who ever said babysitting was easy never saw this movie!! When Chris Parker takes the kids she is babysitting into Downtown Chicago to find a friend at the bus station, she knew she could get into some trouble. Never in a million years could she guess the kind of trouble it would be!! Fun movie. Nothing more, nothing less. " Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues."

Well....that's it till next time!! Later!
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Julia said...

I saw all the movies you listed here and I agree! I love them all. The 80's was those crazy time for me. I still listen to some 80's musics, and that killed my family LOL ! Great list of movies!

Happy T13 - hope you have great day!

Becka said...

I. Love. Your. List. :D Wanna come over for movie night?? LOL

Ah, a walk down memory lane. There were many other John Hughes films that live on in my heart. :P But I loved all the ones you mentioned here. :D


Toni said...

What a nice trip back in time! Great list!

Pen said...

Wow, that's like looking at my teenage years all over again! I love Better Off Dead and that line you have from it is the BEST! :)

FRIGGA said...

You just wrote my wishlist of movies from the 80's I either need to buy or already own. My TT13 is up at

Virginia said...

What a fun list! :) Believe it or not, I didn't see Say Anything or Fast Times until THIS year!! Crazy, I know!

Here from TT!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Oh, man. I am SO with you on this list. What a fun group of memories.

(btw, Molly Ringwald's in town this week. She's in Sweet Charity. I'm tempted to go see her.)

Happy TT!

Beth said...

I love your list. I love the Lost Boys. It's still one of my favorite movies.

Kuanyin said...

Oh, the 80's were so good. I miss em! Won't you come by Who's Yo Mama blog and wish her a Happy Birthday---she turns 300 posts old today! Happy TT and Happy Easter!

Amy said...

Too funny! I love The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles. I can quote them pretty well too.

Btw...I nominated you for The Thinking Blogger Award

Shelly Kneupper Tucker said...

I didn't see all the movies, but then I don't get to see many movies at all. And, I think I'm a wee tad older than you are. If you folks have a movie night, I may have to join you so I know what I've missed! But, don't feel bad about mentioning John Cusak at ANY time. Or about showing his picture.

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Great movies! Love them!

Kailana said...
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Kailana said...

Okay, let's try this again:

Did you hear about the book called "Don't you forget about me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes"? I plan to get it one of these days.

Literary Feline said...

Stephanie - What a great list of movies! You sure brought back memories. :-)

scooper said...

I've seen most of the movies on the list. Lost Boys is a good movie still.

Andi said...

Love love love that list! I think The Breakfast Club is my very favorite.

raidergirl3 said...

Wow, that took me back. Great list and long live John Hughes movies. The only movie that I remember loving not on your list is Grease, but it was from 1978, so it doesn't fit, but that's the first movie I remember seeing multiple times at the theatre.
Christmas Story = best Christmas movie ever

kookiejar said...

Ha, I came to say exactly what RaiderGirl3 did, 'Christmas Story' is not ONE of the greatest Christmas movies is THE greatest.

I love your list. I'm ashamed to say I've never seen 'Say Anything' (must rectify that). My favorite John Cusak movie from the 80's is 'The Sure Thing'.

I also love 'Heathers'. It is dark and hilarious.