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2013-06-05 12:50:05 AM
I was ready to snark on the list, but River's Edge is one of my favorite movies of all time.
 
2013-06-05 12:51:38 AM
Trainspotting and Breakfast Club on the same Gen X list?
 
2013-06-05 12:52:27 AM
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2013-06-05 01:07:48 AM
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2013-06-05 01:13:01 AM
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2013-06-05 01:13:03 AM

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Yeah, that should be on the list in lieu of The Breakfast Club.  I'm not sure I'd classify Breakfast Club as a Gen-X movie.  I mean, I'd be willing to hear the arguments, but I think it could be equally compelling as a trailing edge Boomer generation movie, depending on if you go by when it debuted vs the age of the actors involved and which generation they're more likely to be indentified with.  Maybe it's just a tweener.
 
2013-06-05 01:15:13 AM
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Harry Dean Stanton in Repo Man belongs on the list.


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And a notable mention for Valley Girl because Deborah Foreman looks just as hot today.
 
2013-06-05 01:17:45 AM
I might agree with that.
 
2013-06-05 01:18:45 AM
the breakfast club was yet another attempt by john hughes to put his whiny baby boomer feeling ethos onto middle class white teens. I think it was mostly attempt to get some sweet molly ringworm loving, myself.

Pretty in Pink would have rung truer to the gen x ethos as andy got the girl and jon got to go cry into his hairspray. I know what he was singing too. He was singing 'do you really want to hurt me.' 'cause that's why I was singing too, man. that's what I was singing too.

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2013-06-05 01:19:05 AM
Breakfast Club, yeah, doesn't really have the feel of a Gen X movie - doesn't quite work.  Trainspotting isn't really, either.  Not zeitgeisty and I think is set in an earlier era.

A Gen X movie would be Heathers.  Or Pump Up The Volume.
 
2013-06-05 01:23:50 AM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Breakfast Club, yeah, doesn't really have the feel of a Gen X movie - doesn't quite work.  Trainspotting isn't really, either.  Not zeitgeisty and I think is set in an earlier era.

A Gen X movie would be Heathers.  Or Pump Up The Volume.


I could see Heathers.  Though I think Clerks or Ferris Bueller's Day Off would work as well.  An argument could even by made for Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, or Airheads.
 
2013-06-05 01:26:25 AM
Those movies, I could not care less about any one of them.

Repo Man, ok.
Heathers, maybe.
Buckaroo Banzai..., yes.
Stranger Than Paradise, gimme gimme.

/ b. 1969
 
2013-06-05 01:30:03 AM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Breakfast Club, yeah, doesn't really have the feel of a Gen X movie - doesn't quite work.  Trainspotting isn't really, either.  Not zeitgeisty and I think is set in an earlier era.

A Gen X movie would be Heathers.  Or Pump Up The Volume.


Agreed on all points.  Especially Heathers.
 
2013-06-05 01:33:55 AM
Fast Times at Ridgemont High instead of Breakfast Club.

Strongest movie on list was Boyz in the Hood.
 
2013-06-05 01:34:48 AM
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Reality Bites

...although both movies are pretty awful.

The underlying characteristic of Gen X is a disaffection and distrust of traditional familial and cultural structures, tending to find 'new families' with groups of friends and the like minded.  Distrust of commercial success, desire to find 'alternative' ways of doing things.  The sense that one's voice will never truly be heard.  Often this is paired somewhat ironically with nostalgia for previous era's cultural products, mostly of the arrested development variety (Gilligan's Island, cartoons) for a lost or incomplete childhood.

Added:
True Romance
Repo Man
Dazed and Confused
 
2013-06-05 01:34:58 AM
Better Off Dead
 
2013-06-05 01:50:36 AM
I was just listening to the soundtrack for Singles yesterday. Weird.

/agree that Repo Man needs to be added
 
2013-06-05 01:51:24 AM
Fight Club was good as a critique of the consumerist wankery gen Xers were starting to find themselves in. I'd add Office Space and High Fidelity to the list of movies on the generation coming to grips with working for a living.
 
2013-06-05 01:53:08 AM
Wow..people are really getting "Gen X" down to even a few months here.

Okay..Anything by John Hughes beween 1978 and 1993.
All the national lampoon movies. Buckroo Bonzi.
All weirdness 'computer' stuff from 1980--1990. Wired Science, Eletric Dreams..(not to be mentioned).
Johnny "Five" (whatever that movie was). War Games, anything with Molly Ringwald..(breakfast club for one)..and weirdness movies like "Heathers" and cult things like John Waters movies---Pink Flamingos, etc.

Tron..Warth of Khan..Escape from New York/LA., They LIVE..(with roddy pipper--bubble gum and kick ass).
Blade Runner, Empire Strikes back.

It was a pretty good time for movies.
 
2013-06-05 01:55:27 AM
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2013-06-05 02:00:20 AM
Suburbia, River's Edge, and Over the Edge(1979) were pretty awesome.  Those movies cover my pre-teen to late teen years pretty well.
 
2013-06-05 02:06:46 AM
oh yes. Over the Edge is a great movie with a kickass soundtrack. whenever anyone laments the state of the world and how horrible kids are today I just think about shooting cop cars with bb guns. and we could get away with it!
 
2013-06-05 02:11:43 AM
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2013-06-05 02:13:35 AM
The only one I really like on the list is Singles. Love the soundtrack too. It's about the only item on the list with a grain of optimism that isn't a "Brat pack" movie. Any jackass can and did make cynical doom and gloom shiat parades.

Not a fan of "brat pack" movies. None of them. The 80s sucked, and those movies helped it suck.
 
2013-06-05 02:19:38 AM
Gen x is from 90 to 2000 ish. Not a 20 or 30 year span like this article is trying to extend it out to. 80's cold war movies are not gen X. Boys in the hood. Not GenX. Reality bites, Slackers, Hackers. They are Gen X movies.
 
2013-06-05 02:23:18 AM
Not a fan of "bratpack movies. None of them. The 80's sucked, and those movies helped it suck.
 
2013-06-05 02:27:23 AM

kombi: Gen x is from 90 to 2000 ish. Not a 20 or 30 year span like this article is trying to extend it out to. 80's cold war movies are not gen X. Boys in the hood. Not GenX. Reality bites, Slackers, Hackers. They are Gen X movies.


I think you have a total misunderstanding, GenX was born after Baby Boomers, and ended in the 80s with GenY and now we have Millennials.
 
2013-06-05 02:30:38 AM
As a Gen X-er, I'd like to nominate "With Honors" as exemplifying our generation in one movie.
 
2013-06-05 02:32:56 AM
optikeye: 
Johnny "Five" (whatever that movie was).

Short Circuit.

I loved that movie when I was a kid.

/Number 5 is Alive
//Inpuuuut
///Re-assemble
 
2013-06-05 02:51:54 AM

OhioUGrad: kombi: Gen x is from 90 to 2000 ish. Not a 20 or 30 year span like this article is trying to extend it out to. 80's cold war movies are not gen X. Boys in the hood. Not GenX. Reality bites, Slackers, Hackers. They are Gen X movies.

I think you have a total misunderstanding, GenX was born after Baby Boomers, and ended in the 80s with GenY and now we have Millennials.


Kombi is more correct though. We're talking about movies. Certainly a movie made in 1965 wouldn't be a Gen X movie. You'd want movies made by someone from the generation, which makes 90s-2000 prime. Not sure about Boys in the Hood, the creator is the right age, but thematically?

Oh, and Kids sucks donkey balls
 
2013-06-05 02:53:20 AM
They mention Linklater and yet no:

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2013-06-05 02:57:35 AM

Confabulat: I was ready to snark on the list, but River's Edge is one of my favorite movies of all time.


I am watching it now on Encore.  I can still almost recite this movie verbatim.
 
2013-06-05 03:05:57 AM
Well on the Water Front was a prime example of a gen X movie. Come on. Brat pack are not gen X movies. Just like Twilight is a Gen X movie. I graduated in 94 and Im not really a Gen X'er.
 
2013-06-05 03:09:04 AM

kombi: Well on the Water Front was a prime example of a gen X movie. Come on. Brat pack are not gen X movies. Just like Twilight is a Gen X movie. I graduated in 94 and Im not really a Gen X'er.


I mean twilight is not a gen x movie. You want a good Gen X movie. Clerks. Maybe Chasing Amy. Then Reality Bites. Movies like that.
 
2013-06-05 03:12:33 AM
Oh and just my 2 cents. All copies of Twilight should be burned. Book,movie,audiobook. Dont care burn it.
 
2013-06-05 03:13:51 AM
I like how the author says that Singles was an homage to grunge culture. It wasn't - CROWE WAS MAKING FUN OF IT, as it should be. I'm certain he facepalmed when Grunge became popular.

/gen-xer
//f'ing *HATED* the Grunge/90s music scene (and the mid-late 80s as well)
 
2013-06-05 03:19:18 AM

neilbradley: f'ing *HATED* the Grunge/90s music scene (and the mid-late 80s as well)


What instrument do you play?
 
2013-06-05 03:24:28 AM

JohnnyRebel88: Confabulat: I was ready to snark on the list, but River's Edge is one of my favorite movies of all time.

I am watching it now on Encore.  I can still almost recite this movie verbatim.


I can too. So many great lines in that movie.

"My leg was right out in the middle of the street. I remember lying in the gutter and bleeding and shiat, staring at my leg, right next to a beer can. And I remember thinking, that's my leg, wonder if there's any beer in that can."

"ugh, it's warm even"
 
2013-06-05 03:34:12 AM

neilbradley: /gen-xer
//f'ing *HATED* the Grunge/90s music scene (and the mid-late 80s as well)


Baby Boomer. Don't know about "the scene" but there was some good music coming out of there.
 
2013-06-05 04:24:56 AM

Frederick: neilbradley: f'ing *HATED* the Grunge/90s music scene (and the mid-late 80s as well)

What instrument do you play?


;-) Drums. I resented most of the culture. It's like all of the effort was let out of the decade, and hygine was optional.
 
2013-06-05 04:45:14 AM

kombi: Gen x is from 90 to 2000 ish. Not a 20 or 30 year span like this article is trying to extend it out to. 80's cold war movies are not gen X. Boys in the hood. Not GenX. Reality bites, Slackers, Hackers. They are Gen X movies.


you have no clue what you are talking about.
 
2013-06-05 04:56:17 AM

tinsguy: kombi: Gen x is from 90 to 2000 ish. Not a 20 or 30 year span like this article is trying to extend it out to. 80's cold war movies are not gen X. Boys in the hood. Not GenX. Reality bites, Slackers, Hackers. They are Gen X movies.

you have no clue what you are talking about.


Gen X would be the people that graduated high school in the 80s, became young adults in the 90s, and are still Gen X today. It's not a time frame, it's referring to a set of people. So Breakfast Club is just as much a part of that group as Trainspotting.
 
2013-06-05 05:07:30 AM

Confabulat: tinsguy: kombi: Gen x is from 90 to 2000 ish. Not a 20 or 30 year span like this article is trying to extend it out to. 80's cold war movies are not gen X. Boys in the hood. Not GenX. Reality bites, Slackers, Hackers. They are Gen X movies.

you have no clue what you are talking about.

Gen X would be the people that graduated high school in the 80s, became young adults in the 90s, and are still Gen X today. It's not a time frame, it's referring to a set of people. So Breakfast Club is just as much a part of that group as Trainspotting.


From what I understand generations are defined by the time frame in which one is born.  This article attempts to categorize the movies as those created by genxers, which leaves more to interpretation.
 
2013-06-05 05:18:21 AM

Frederick: This article attempts to categorize the movies as those created by genxers, which leaves more to interpretation.


No it doesn't. Why would John Hughes be on there? Same as River's Edge.
 
2013-06-05 05:20:21 AM
Cameron Crowe is also far from being "Gen X."

This is a list about Gen X movies, not a list of movies by Gen X'ers. I don't even think Linklater counts in that regard.
 
2013-06-05 05:22:15 AM
Richard Linklater was born in 1960. He was 20 when Reagan was elected. NOT Gen X.
 
2013-06-05 05:24:01 AM
Now if you made a list of movies BY Gen Xers, that would look a lot different. Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams come to mind.
 
2013-06-05 05:46:05 AM

Confabulat: Frederick: This article attempts to categorize the movies as those created by genxers, which leaves more to interpretation.

No it doesn't. Why would John Hughes be on there? Same as River's Edge.


...created for GenXers.  Got it.

For that matter, wouldnt 'The Bad News Bears' be on that list?
 
2013-06-05 06:28:33 AM
Singles. That is all.
 
2013-06-05 06:53:56 AM
Billy Idol's first band was named Generation X. Billy is 57 now....
 
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