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2012-05-11 02:21:25 AM

Mugato: 1982 had Wrath of Khan, the Thing, Poltergeist, Blade Runner, ET, Conan, First Blood, Tron, the Dark Crystal, 48 Hours and Porky's.


And Road Warrior as well.
 
2012-05-11 02:43:48 AM
Stir Crazy
Any Which Way You Can
American Gigolo
The Big Red One
The Jazz Singer
Ordinary People
Raging Bull
Superman II

Now 1980 is complete.
 
2012-05-11 03:04:58 AM

farkingismybusiness: Is The Avengers really that good? I've seen all the "prequels" except for the Hulk one and didn't think any of them were very good. All the hype just reminds me of Transformers.


It's terrible. You shouldn't see it. Simply awful

/also, don't move to Portland. Terrible city and it rains all the time
 
2012-05-11 03:19:28 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com
"Moons of Madness, Flash! I can't believe the homosexual who wrote this article of the movies of 1980 left us out!"
 
2012-05-11 03:20:51 AM
Okay, less snarky - I was 13 that summer and I saw every one of the movies listed in the theater except Fame, but including farking Xanadu. Xanadu was terrible and I might have snuck into something else after the first ten minutes but it already had a reputation as a train wreck so I might have stuck around just to watch the suckiness.

I remember The Shining being overrated and not scary. I had read the King book and was bitterly disappointed. This led me to realize that Kubrick was overrated. I stand by this today.

Urban Cowboy was boring. The Blue Lagoon was farking retarded. Airplane was hysterical and people may not realize it now but lines from that movie were being repeated literally as people left the theater. It went right into the nation's subconscious.

As did Caddyshack, which I though was funny but basically sucked as a movie.

Used Cars was fantastic but all my friends thought it was shiatty. Same with My Bodyguard which, had you asked me that summer, I would have said was the best damn film of the year.

Blues Brothers remains one of my all time favorite films - seriously, it's in my top ten.
 
2012-05-11 03:29:13 AM
FTFC: FRIDAY THE 13th (May 9): Summer begins with an axe to the forehead.

Technically, it began with a slit throat. When the first victim tilted her head back slightly and her neck opened up, you just knew you were in for a treat! "Friday the 13th" was the kind of slasher movie we had been looking for.
 
2012-05-11 03:32:27 AM
I saw three of those movies in the theater, Empire Strikes Back, Blue Lagoon and The Blues Brothers. I was 6.....
 
2012-05-11 03:44:48 AM
1981 held its own:

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Arthur
Chariots of Fire (a really good film if you ignore the out-of-place soundtrack)
Das Boot
Gallipoli
History of the World Part 1
 
2012-05-11 04:01:09 AM
1982

ET
Tootsie
An Officer and a Gentleman
Rocky 3
Porky's
Star Trek 2
48 Hours
Poltergeist
Gandhi
First Blood
Blade Runner
Conan the Barbarian
Creepshow
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
The Thing
Tron
 
2012-05-11 04:12:04 AM
1980 that was the summer I turned 14. I saw all those films in the theater first run.
 
2012-05-11 04:22:04 AM

wookiemonster: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x180]
"Moons of Madness, Flash! I can't believe the homosexual who wrote this article of the movies of 1980 left us out!"


Fark yeah THIS! And "The Fog"!
 
2012-05-11 05:37:18 AM
Also:

Altered States
American Gigolo
Any Which Way You Can
Atlantic City
Bronco Billy
Breaker Morant
Brubaker
Coal Miner's Daughter
Dressed To Kill

...and that's just through D...
 
2012-05-11 05:41:41 AM

I Like Bread: Is that Adam Baldwin in "My Bodyguard"? Does that son of a biatch ever age?


Yep and I am seeing him and John DeLancie this weekend, I think I will have to say to both of them I loved them in My Bodyguard and Days or our Lives respectively :)
 
2012-05-11 06:02:16 AM

Disabled List: For your consideration, 1988:

Big
The Great Outdoors
Red Heat
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Die Hard
Bull Durham
Coming to America
A Fish Called Wanda
Midnight Run


You forgot Willow.
 
2012-05-11 06:06:03 AM

GreenAdder: 1984 was good.

Ghostbusters
Breakin'
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Gremlins
Karate Kid
The Last Starfighter
Muppets Take Manhattan
Revenge of the Nerds
Purple Rain
Red Dawn
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
CHUD


The Neverending Story frowns at being excluded.
 
2012-05-11 06:06:52 AM

GreenAdder: 1984 was good.

Ghostbusters
Breakin'
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Gremlins
Karate Kid
The Last Starfighter
Muppets Take Manhattan
Revenge of the Nerds
Purple Rain
Red Dawn
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
CHUD


And so does Amadeus
 
2012-05-11 06:23:23 AM

Thresher: Mugato: 1982 had Wrath of Khan, the Thing, Poltergeist, Blade Runner, ET, Conan, First Blood, Tron, the Dark Crystal, 48 Hours and Porky's.

Came here to say THIS. Alamo Drafthouse is doing a Summer of 82 fest - every movie shown on the day of its premier, 30 years later. God I love this town.


Yeah, that sounds like a fun place. I've heard others talking about it before.
 
2012-05-11 06:43:12 AM

Mr. Potatoass: I was 19 in 1980.

Saw in theaters that year:

The Shining, The Blues Brothers, Airplane, Used Cars, Caddyshack.

/Used Cars is underrated



Not by people born in 1961. Count me in.

Love that movie.
 
2012-05-11 06:49:06 AM
Graduated high school in 1980. Was fun to be that age then.

And Pat Benatar. Yum.

Saw her two years ago. Still fap-worthy.
 
2012-05-11 07:15:29 AM

bdub77: I liked 1985 (as a kid of course):

Brewster's Millions
Rambo First Blood Part II
View to a Kill
Fletch
Goonies
DARYL
Back to the Future
Mad max Beyond Thunderdome
European Vacation
Weird Science
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
Real Genius
Teen Wolf
Cocoon

Just sayin...


Ayup. ''89 was another good one, mostly cuz I started getting laid.
 
2012-05-11 07:50:39 AM
2006 destroyed America!

/I'll tell you what it is, its a stupid idea for a movie!
 
2012-05-11 07:58:00 AM

Dr.Zom: As did Caddyshack, which I thought was funny but basically sucked as a movie.


You said a lot of stupid sh*t in that post, but this was the clear winner.
 
2012-05-11 07:58:21 AM
For even more perspective, the top ten year end pop singles for 1980 according to trade magazine Cashbox:

1 ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST - Queen (Elektra)
2 CALL ME - Blondie (Chrysalis)
3 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (pt. 2) - Pink Floyd (Columbia)
4 UPSIDE DOWN - Diana Ross (Motown)
5 CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE - Queen (Elektra)
6 LADY - Kenny Rogers (Liberty)
7 IT'S STILL ROCK AND ROLL TO ME - Billy Joel (Columbia)
8 ROCK WITH YOU - Michael Jackson (Epic)
9 WOMAN IN LOVE - Barbra Streisand (Columbia)
10 FUNKYTOWN - Lipps, Inc. (Casablanca)
11 THE ROSE - Bette Midler (Atlantic)
 
2012-05-11 08:06:18 AM

Mr. Potatoass: /Used Cars is underrated


This.

/Test drive for Toby!
 
2012-05-11 08:06:26 AM
And 1987 had:

The Allnighter
Creepshow 2
River's Edge
Roxanne
Beverly Hills Cop 2
The Untouchables
Harry & The Hendersons
Spaceballs
Dragnet
Full Metal Jacket
Adventures in Babysitting
La Bamba
The Lost Boys
Can't Buy Me Love
Dirty Dancing
 
2012-05-11 08:07:33 AM

Jake Havechek: For even more perspective, the top ten year end pop singles for 1980 according to trade magazine Cashbox:

1 ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST - Queen (Elektra)
2 CALL ME - Blondie (Chrysalis)
3 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (pt. 2) - Pink Floyd (Columbia)
4 UPSIDE DOWN - Diana Ross (Motown)
5 CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE - Queen (Elektra)
6 LADY - Kenny Rogers (Liberty)
7 IT'S STILL ROCK AND ROLL TO ME - Billy Joel (Columbia)
8 ROCK WITH YOU - Michael Jackson (Epic)
9 WOMAN IN LOVE - Barbra Streisand (Columbia)
10 FUNKYTOWN - Lipps, Inc. (Casablanca)
11 THE ROSE - Bette Midler (Atlantic)


Your list goes to 11

/1984 ftw
 
2012-05-11 08:11:19 AM

Galileo's Daughter: And 1987 had:

The Allnighter
Creepshow 2
River's Edge
Roxanne
Beverly Hills Cop 2
The Untouchables
Harry & The Hendersons
Spaceballs
Dragnet
Full Metal Jacket
Adventures in Babysitting
La Bamba
The Lost Boys
Can't Buy Me Love
Dirty Dancing


You forgot RoboCop!
 
2012-05-11 08:11:43 AM
Dirty Mind by Prince
 
2012-05-11 08:14:45 AM

Persnickety: Jake Havechek: For even more perspective, the top ten year end pop singles for 1980 according to trade magazine Cashbox:

1 ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST - Queen (Elektra)
2 CALL ME - Blondie (Chrysalis)
3 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (pt. 2) - Pink Floyd (Columbia)
4 UPSIDE DOWN - Diana Ross (Motown)
5 CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE - Queen (Elektra)
6 LADY - Kenny Rogers (Liberty)
7 IT'S STILL ROCK AND ROLL TO ME - Billy Joel (Columbia)
8 ROCK WITH YOU - Michael Jackson (Epic)
9 WOMAN IN LOVE - Barbra Streisand (Columbia)
10 FUNKYTOWN - Lipps, Inc. (Casablanca)
11 THE ROSE - Bette Midler (Atlantic)

Your list goes to 11

/1984 ftw


Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.
 
2012-05-11 08:23:36 AM

Znuh: Which is why us who lived through it biatch about the shiat movies of today.

Michael Bay? Transformers? REALLY?

Which is why we need to celebrate when things like Cabin in the Woods comes out and squashes asshole Eli Roth, or the Avengers, which really just kicks Watchmen in the big blue junk.

OH poopcorn poopcorn poopcorn films YOU DON'T GET IT EJWIEJWIOMDIW

STFU NOOB. We had awesome. We DEMAND FUTURE AWESOME. Even the schlock we had back then is better than the stuttercam half-bored jerkoff movies we get now.

/Prometheus
//Lucas died in '89


I was born in 87 and still complain about the shiat movies today.

/looking forward to Prometheus though
 
2012-05-11 08:34:25 AM
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Summer of 69!

/also wins best title for a porno
 
2012-05-11 08:34:53 AM

9beers: 1982

ET
Tootsie
An Officer and a Gentleman
Rocky 3
Porky's
Star Trek 2
48 Hours
Poltergeist
Gandhi
First Blood
Blade Runner
Conan the Barbarian
Creepshow
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
The Thing
Tron


Came for 1982.

/don't forget The Road Warrior
//true, it was made 1981 in Mad Max 2
///but released in `982 in the US as The Road Warrior
 
2012-05-11 08:36:57 AM
gizmodo.com


The Government of Canada would like to apologize for the above trolly post. As you know, we have apologized for Bryan Adams on numerous occasions.
 
2012-05-11 08:43:47 AM

gunga galunga: Gandhi


Best. Summer. Movie. EVAR

I remember being 10 years old and waiting and waiting and waiting: "When is Gandhi finally coming out?" I would whine nightly to the poster of Ben Kingsley that hung over my bed.

And then, my dreams came true. After waiting in line for 45 seconds outside the movie theater with an enthusiastic crowd of 8, I finally got to see it.

3 and a half hours later -- I was blown away. I must have gone back 5 times to see it.

And the toys and action figures that came out! I sold my mint Gandhi Mcdonald's happy meal boxes and toys on ebay decades later -- it paid for college.

Sure -- 1982 had Wrath of Khan, ET, and Conan, but for me, it will always be The Summer of Gandhi.
 
2012-05-11 08:45:50 AM

Tax Boy: Gandhi Mcdonald's happy meal


Glorious.
 
2012-05-11 08:55:47 AM
I see your 1980 and raise you 1976:

Alice, Sweet Alice
All the President's Men
The Bad News Bears
Bound for Glory
Cannonball
Carrie
The Enforcer
Futureworld
King Kong
Lipstick
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
Logan's Run
Marathon Man
Midway
Mother, Jugs & Speed
Murder by Death
Ode to Billy Joe
The Omen
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Rocky
Silent Movie
Silver Streak
A Star is Born
Taxi Driver

Plus, Jaws was still held over from the previous year in damn near every theater everywhere.

Best year for movies evar.
 
2012-05-11 09:10:11 AM

Mugato: Galileo's Daughter: And 1987 had:

The Allnighter
Creepshow 2
River's Edge
Roxanne
Beverly Hills Cop 2
The Untouchables
Harry & The Hendersons
Spaceballs
Dragnet
Full Metal Jacket
Adventures in Babysitting
La Bamba
The Lost Boys
Can't Buy Me Love
Dirty Dancing

You forgot RoboCop!


I am filled with shame.
 
2012-05-11 09:39:23 AM
1967 has quite a roster of movies as well (not all released in summer, though).

The Graduate
Bonnie and Clyde
Cool Hand Luke
The Dirty Dozen
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
The Jungle Book
In The Heat of The Night
Valley of the Dolls
You Only Live Twice
Casino Royale
In Cold Blood
Barefoot in The Park
Wait Until Dark
 
2012-05-11 09:40:01 AM

Balchinian: I see your 1980 and raise you 1976:

Alice, Sweet Alice
All the President's Men
The Bad News Bears
Bound for Glory
Cannonball
Carrie
The Enforcer
Futureworld
King Kong
Lipstick
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
Logan's Run
Marathon Man
Midway
Mother, Jugs & Speed
Murder by Death
Ode to Billy Joe
The Omen
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Rocky
Silent Movie
Silver Streak
A Star is Born
Taxi Driver

Plus, Jaws was still held over from the previous year in damn near every theater everywhere.

Best year for movies evar.


Marathon Man scared the crap out of me for weeks... probably because I had a dentist appointment the next morning after I saw it

//Is it safe?
 
2012-05-11 09:40:13 AM

Mugato: 1982 had Wrath of Khan, the Thing, Poltergeist, Blade Runner, ET, Conan, First Blood, Tron, the Dark Crystal, 48 Hours and Porky's.


Another vote for this.
 
2012-05-11 09:58:44 AM

wookiemonster: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x180]

"Moons of Madness, Flash! I can't believe the homosexual who wrote this article of the movies of 1980 left us out!"


Yet included Xanadu!


/ Can of 'Dew . . .
 
2012-05-11 10:00:38 AM

maxx2112: Yet included Xanadu!


Xanadu had great music, and Olivia. How could it not be included?

Though leaving Flash out was a crime.
 
2012-05-11 10:11:16 AM

Mugato: 1982 had Wrath of Khan, the Thing, Poltergeist, Blade Runner, ET, Conan, First Blood, Tron, the Dark Crystal, 48 Hours and Porky's.


Came here for this!
 
2012-05-11 10:12:21 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
1991, baby.
 
2012-05-11 10:14:26 AM

I Like Bread: Is that Adam Baldwin in "My Bodyguard"? Does that son of a biatch ever age?


I had to look it up on IMDB after seeing that picture. It is him. That guy hasn't changed in 30 years.
 
2012-05-11 10:21:15 AM

Tax Boy: gunga galunga: Gandhi

Best. Summer. Movie. EVAR

I remember being 10 years old and waiting and waiting and waiting: "When is Gandhi finally coming out?" I would whine nightly to the poster of Ben Kingsley that hung over my bed.

And then, my dreams came true. After waiting in line for 45 seconds outside the movie theater with an enthusiastic crowd of 8, I finally got to see it.

3 and a half hours later -- I was blown away. I must have gone back 5 times to see it.

And the toys and action figures that came out! I sold my mint Gandhi Mcdonald's happy meal boxes and toys on ebay decades later -- it paid for college.

Sure -- 1982 had Wrath of Khan, ET, and Conan, but for me, it will always be The Summer of Gandhi.

The trailer for gandhi ii really got me stoked. I dreamed about it for months
 
2012-05-11 10:21:47 AM

Wadded Beef: Mugato: 1982 had Wrath of Khan, the Thing, Poltergeist, Blade Runner, ET, Conan, First Blood, Tron, the Dark Crystal, 48 Hours and Porky's.

Came here for this!


Well Porky's was the punchline but it actually was an influential film in the realm of screwball teen comedies.

As a 6 year old I was more into The Thing than ET. I actually kind of loathed ET, not sure why.
 
2012-05-11 10:26:29 AM
I'll always remember 1980 as the summer of Oh Heavenly Dog
 
2012-05-11 10:42:52 AM
I thought My Bodyguard was one of those after school specials.
 
2012-05-11 10:48:29 AM

FROGSTOMPER: I thought My Bodyguard was one of those after school specials.


That kid was the one low point in the otherwise brilliant, Meatballs.
 
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