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2018-03-02 04:23:00 AM  
Up in Smoke... having grown up lower middle class with siblings who used copious amounts of drugs, this was practically a documentary.  Still hilarious, today.  I especially like the girl Chong was stuck with who talked pretty much constantly.  The pain on his face was palpable.
 
2018-03-02 06:48:15 AM  
Fark off subby, Convoy is a goddamn national treasure. Beats the shiat out of every other movie on that list.

EVERY. OTHER. MOVIE.

/Quack.
 
2018-03-02 06:55:36 AM  

PainInTheASP: Fark off subby, Convoy is a goddamn national treasure. Beats the shiat out of every other movie on that list.

EVERY. OTHER. MOVIE.

/Quack.


Don't you talk that way about Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
 
2018-03-02 06:56:18 AM  
I keep running into Grease when I channel surf.  Still a crowd-pleaser.  It was a great time for Travolta, with a hit TV show, and just a few months after Saturday Night Fever.  His future was looking pretty damn bright (and then the 1980's happened).  Olivia Newton-John looking and sounding great, and an all-star cast.

Still love this song
Grease- You're the one that I want [HQ+lyrics]
Youtube 7oKPYe53h78

And while Sgt. Pepper did a lot of damage to the musical genre, Xanadu and Can't Stop the Music sure didn't help things much.
 
2018-03-02 07:07:12 AM  
Hooper

an under valued movie in American cinema.
 
2018-03-02 07:44:25 AM  

Demetrius: Don't you talk that way about Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!


I have that song in my head now, thanks.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2018-03-02 08:07:10 AM  
I think I'll steal my comment in a recent thread about Moonraker: Hooper was fun to watch as a 12 year old, but I'd probably find it kind of stupid now. I loved stunt movies at the time. If you like that era, check out Hal Needham's autobiography Stuntman!

P.S. That exclamation mark is in the title, my recommendation doesn't come with one.
 
2018-03-02 08:13:17 AM  
I don't know how anyone could forget Corvette Summer, the smash hit that saved Mark Hamill's career from being tanked by that sci-fi flop he'd unwisely been in the year before.
 
2018-03-02 08:15:17 AM  

Devolving_Spud: I keep running into Grease when I channel surf.  Still a crowd-pleaser.  It was a great time for Travolta, with a hit TV show, and just a few months after Saturday Night Fever.  His future was looking pretty damn bright (and then the 1980's happened).  Olivia Newton-John looking and sounding great, and an all-star cast.

Still love this song
[YouTube video: Grease- You're the one that I want [HQ+lyrics]]
And while Sgt. Pepper did a lot of damage to the musical genre, Xanadu and Can't Stop the Music sure didn't help things much.


Grease: the musical that teaches it's better to be a slut than a "good girl". Sadly, a message lost on today's youth.
 
2018-03-02 08:16:48 AM  
I first saw attack of the killer tomatoes at a drive in theater in southern California.  It was the second movie in a double-feature (The first being a comedy as well).  It was late and I was really young.  Despite how hard my parents tried, I could not wrap my head around the movie being a comedy.  A combination of being a tired little kid and seeing the tomatoes on screen killing people, then falling asleep in the car to have tomato-induced nightmares solidified a fear of eating tomatoes for a few years as a kid.
 
2018-03-02 08:30:12 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Devolving_Spud: I keep running into Grease when I channel surf.  Still a crowd-pleaser.  It was a great time for Travolta, with a hit TV show, and just a few months after Saturday Night Fever.  His future was looking pretty damn bright (and then the 1980's happened).  Olivia Newton-John looking and sounding great, and an all-star cast.

Still love this song
[YouTube video: Grease- You're the one that I want [HQ+lyrics]]
And while Sgt. Pepper did a lot of damage to the musical genre, Xanadu and Can't Stop the Music sure didn't help things much.

Grease: the musical that teaches it's better to be a slut than a "good girl". Sadly, a message lost on today's youth.


Or to quote one of my favorite webcomics, the message of Grease is "If you want a man to love you, you must dress like a two dollar whore."
 
2018-03-02 08:30:55 AM  

freddyV: Hooper

an under valued movie in American cinema.


There was a time when I could quote that movie beginning to end.I was a lonely child.
 
2018-03-02 08:32:31 AM  
Sorry to see The End didn't make the list. I don't think critics thought too highly of it, but it was hysterical. Might be Burt Reynolds' and Dom Deluise's very best in show.
 
WGJ [TotalFark]
2018-03-02 08:37:50 AM  
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Right turn Clyde
 
2018-03-02 08:38:16 AM  

PainInTheASP: Fark off subby, Convoy is a goddamn national treasure. Beats the shiat out of every other movie on that list.

EVERY. OTHER. MOVIE.

/Quack.


I would disagree, but it's 3rd or 4th.
 
2018-03-02 08:39:56 AM  
Wow, that year really sucked in movies.
 
2018-03-02 08:41:43 AM  

Demetrius: PainInTheASP: Fark off subby, Convoy is a goddamn national treasure. Beats the shiat out of every other movie on that list.

EVERY. OTHER. MOVIE.

/Quack.

Don't you talk that way about Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!


Came here to say that.

First time I saw AotKT, it was in a classic cinema club in high school.  Loved it so much we named our intramural bowling team after it.  Second time I saw the movie was the day after we won the league championship.

True story, bro.
 
2018-03-02 08:46:24 AM  

Crewmannumber6: freddyV: Hooper

an under valued movie in American cinema.

There was a time when I could quote that movie beginning to end.I was a lonely child.


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I still love that movie.  And in the end when they're racing through the explosions and crashes?  The scene where they baaaaarely pass under a falling brick tower fascinated and scared the crap out of me as a kid.
 
2018-03-02 08:55:39 AM  
Every which way but loose - ma vs black widows
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Maybe next time they'll stay off her lawn.

(NSFW language)
 
2018-03-02 08:57:17 AM  
Movies from 1978, and they leave out the two best? Fail list is fail.
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2018-03-02 08:57:18 AM  
Happy birthday!!!

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2018-03-02 09:09:32 AM  
I pretty much knew I'd feel old looking at that list - and I did.
 
2018-03-02 09:14:04 AM  

rummonkey: Happy birthday!!!

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I was entirely too young to see that first run in the theatre but did anyway. So I still have my pod waiting for me to fall asleep in my sleep now and then, which is nice.
 
2018-03-02 09:16:06 AM  
Haven't thought about Attack of the Killer Tomatoes in a long long time. Saw it when I was like 6, or was it the sequel... Shiat, was there a sequel? I remember there being an animated series that was the lull in the Saturday morning cartoon block. I found the whole thing oddly fascinating.
 
2018-03-02 09:19:01 AM  

phenn: Sorry to see The End didn't make the list. I don't think critics thought too highly of it, but it was hysterical. Might be Burt Reynolds' and Dom Deluise's very best in show.


I looooved this movie.
 
2018-03-02 09:19:11 AM  

ZAZ: I think I'll steal my comment in a recent thread about Moonraker: Hooper was fun to watch as a 12 year old, but I'd probably find it kind of stupid now. I loved stunt movies at the time. If you like that era, check out Hal Needham's autobiography Stuntman!

P.S. That exclamation mark is in the title, my recommendation doesn't come with one.


Moneymaker starts with the "Shuttle Main Engines can't start without fuel!!!" opening. If you can get by that, enjoy a fun Roger Moore Bond film.
 
2018-03-02 09:19:25 AM  
Um... The Last Waltz, anyone?

/also The Wild Geese!
 
2018-03-02 09:20:42 AM  

Gordon Bennett: I don't know how anyone could forget Corvette Summer, the smash hit that saved Mark Hamill's career from being tanked by that sci-fi flop he'd unwisely been in the year before.


Obligatory comment that Young Sheldon has to get Hamill to play MeeMaw's old flame....
 
2018-03-02 09:22:30 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: ZAZ: I think I'll steal my comment in a recent thread about Moonraker: Hooper was fun to watch as a 12 year old, but I'd probably find it kind of stupid now. I loved stunt movies at the time. If you like that era, check out Hal Needham's autobiography Stuntman!

P.S. That exclamation mark is in the title, my recommendation doesn't come with one.

Moneymaker starts with the "Shuttle Main Engines can't start without fuel!!!" opening. If you can get by that, enjoy a fun Roger Moore Bond film.


"Moneymaker"???
 
2018-03-02 09:38:27 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Grease: the musical that teaches it's better to be a slut than a "good girl". Sadly, a message lost on today's youth.


Luneward: Or to quote one of my favorite webcomics, the message of Grease is "If you want a man to love you, you must dress like a two dollar whore."


It's light entertainment, not a how-to or a documentary.  It's a thin plot to link the musical numbers.  The flying car should have tipped you off.
 
2018-03-02 09:40:30 AM  
Why the fark does the author keep saying "the 80s".  Last time I checked these movies came out in 1978.
That is not the motherfarkin' 80s, I know, I WAS THERE!!
 
2018-03-02 09:45:17 AM  
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2018-03-02 09:49:44 AM  
And Dawn of the Dead overlooked as well.

/name dropping Five Deadly Venoms as well
 
2018-03-02 10:19:05 AM  

Subtonic: Haven't thought about Attack of the Killer Tomatoes in a long long time. Saw it when I was like 6, or was it the sequel... Shiat, was there a sequel? I remember there being an animated series that was the lull in the Saturday morning cartoon block. I found the whole thing oddly fascinating.


There were THREE sequels. I recommend Killer Tomatoes #2. It has the always brilliant John Astin, George Clooney before he was famous and the absolutely gorgeous Karen Mistal. And a fuzzy tomato. And it's amusing kitsch.

Return of the Killer Tomatoes - Trailer
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Numbers three and four can be missed despite also having John Astin in unless you really want to know what happened to Skippy off Family Ties.
 
2018-03-02 10:19:41 AM  

fngoofy: Why the fark does the author keep saying "the 80s".  Last time I checked these movies came out in 1978.
That is not the motherfarkin' 80s, I know, I WAS THERE!!


If, like, you can remember it, man.... where you really there?...
 
2018-03-02 10:25:01 AM  

fngoofy: Why the fark does the author keep saying "the 80s".  Last time I checked these movies came out in 1978.
That is not the motherfarkin' 80s, I know, I WAS THERE!!


"
Normally Stuck in the '80s concentrates on flicks released between Jan. 1, 1980 and Dec. 31, 1989. But in reality, many of us in '80s Nation were first exposed to movies from the late '70s on HBO or home video during our beloved decade.
To us, movies like Grease or Animal House feel like they're '80s flicks, whether the calendar says so or not.
So today on Stuck in the '80s, we take note of 18 movies turning 40 in 2018. Some of these flicks deserve the full balloons-and-party-horns anniversary experience. Others might deserve a shallow grave. (We're looking at you, Sgt. Pepper - if that is your real rank!)"
 
2018-03-02 10:35:37 AM  

Crewmannumber6: freddyV: Hooper

an under valued movie in American cinema.

There was a time when I could quote that movie beginning to end.I was a lonely child.


I got 50 cents in that jukebox, and all I can hear is your big mouth!
 
2018-03-02 10:40:42 AM  

olapbill: fngoofy: Why the fark does the author keep saying "the 80s".  Last time I checked these movies came out in 1978.
That is not the motherfarkin' 80s, I know, I WAS THERE!!

"
Normally Stuck in the '80s concentrates on flicks released between Jan. 1, 1980 and Dec. 31, 1989. But in reality, many of us in '80s Nation were first exposed to movies from the late '70s on HBO or home video during our beloved decade.
To us, movies like Grease or Animal House feel like they're '80s flicks, whether the calendar says so or not.
So today on Stuck in the '80s, we take note of 18 movies turning 40 in 2018. Some of these flicks deserve the full balloons-and-party-horns anniversary experience. Others might deserve a shallow grave. (We're looking at you, Sgt. Pepper - if that is your real rank!)"


Yeah...I first saw Casablanca in 1993 so it seem like a 90s movie to me whether the calendar says so or not.

/sarcasm
 
2018-03-02 10:42:27 AM  

wellreadneck: [static.independent.co.uk image 620x356]
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Say your pwayers, wabbit!
 
2018-03-02 10:44:48 AM  

Gordon Bennett: I don't know how anyone could forget Corvette Summer, the smash hit that saved Mark Hamill's career from being tanked by that sci-fi flop he'd unwisely been in the year before.


I love Corvette Summer if only because it opened up something for Annie Potts. Every scene she's in is great.
 
2018-03-02 10:47:37 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Subtonic: Haven't thought about Attack of the Killer Tomatoes in a long long time. Saw it when I was like 6, or was it the sequel... Shiat, was there a sequel? I remember there being an animated series that was the lull in the Saturday morning cartoon block. I found the whole thing oddly fascinating.

There were THREE sequels. I recommend Killer Tomatoes #2. It has the always brilliant John Astin, George Clooney before he was famous and the absolutely gorgeous Karen Mistal. And a fuzzy tomato. And it's amusing kitsch.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/2aIXhmyg​h3A]
Numbers three and four can be missed despite also having John Astin in unless you really want to know what happened to Skippy off Family Ties.


Okay, then the second one was definitely the one I saw.  Clooney was in it? I'll be damned. Have a smart.
 
2018-03-02 11:06:10 AM  
California Suite makes the list instead of Foul Play?
Jaws 2 instead of Omen 2?

No Dawn of the Dead?

The Last Waltz?

Lord of the Rings?

La Cage aux Folles?

Drunken Master?

What was the criteria for assembling this list? The author describes himself as a 'teen of the 80s' but he thinks of Ice Castles but not Lord of the Rings?
 
2018-03-02 11:16:25 AM  
Oh god. Sgt Peppers. The Beatles but disco. They actually thought this movie was going to be the Casablanca of the 70's. I can't imagine the amount of cocaine they were snorting. However, they did manage to cobble together two of the best Beatles covers that have ever been recorded.



Earth, Wind & Fire - Got to Get You Into My Life (Audio)
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and Aerosmith's super grimy cover of Come Together (linked since Fark won't let me embed two videos)
 
2018-03-02 11:18:08 AM  
If we're talking about which of those films would stand up and hold their own best TODAY, then I'd say:
1) Halloween: it's a horror movie, and does the job as perfectly well today as it did 40 years ago, no real cultural references to expire, or topics/issues that are no longer relevant.
2) Grease: the musical genre is old-school and outdated by nature, so a 70's film set in the 50's looks old but that's OK because the audience expects musicals to feel old, and the old-timey setting helps too.  Rent feels more out of date today than Grease does.
3) Animal House: the funny parts are still funny, Belushi is still an amusing clown, and honestly it's become an interesting historical fiction film at this point, showing what life might have been like at that time. The anti-authority and counter-culture protest aspects of the film are always relevant, though the modern audience doesn't have the same courage to fight authority like the 1970's one did.
 
2018-03-02 11:24:14 AM  
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Leonard Maltin gave it 2 1/2 stars!
 
2018-03-02 11:24:26 AM  
My favorite movie from 1978 is I Wanna Hold Your Hand. Back when Bob Zameckis made personal movies. We went to the flick and had the theater to ourselves. (4 of us) It was very odd. We loved the movie, but when the house lights came up, we were startled to discover about half a row of little kids stand up. Only 2 rows in front of us. They were so young and so small that their heads hadn't reached above the seat backs. They hadn't fidgeted or talked or made any other sound that we'd heard. There were no adults with them and no adults in the lobby waiting for them. I've no idea what happened. (Memory says there were 6 or 7 kids.) The strangeness of the incident has maybe lent a buzz to the flick.

One of the best heavy metal sound tracks ever is from 1978. Blue Collar. It's opening credit song -- Hard Working Man -- has a drill press as part of the rhythm section.
 
2018-03-02 11:31:15 AM  

Tedlick: California Suite makes the list instead of Foul Play?


Good call. As hard as it is to imagine Chevy Chase making a romance work ("Fletch" is a classic *despite* the romance subplot, not *because* of it), he nailed it twice with "Fowl Play" and "Seems Like Old Times."

/three times, if you count "Under the Rainbow."
//The pearl is in the river.
 
2018-03-02 11:56:56 AM  

Hawk24: olapbill: fngoofy: Why the fark does the author keep saying "the 80s". Last time I checked these movies came out in 1978.
That is not the motherfarkin' 80s, I know, I WAS THERE!!

"
Normally Stuck in the '80s concentrates on flicks released between Jan. 1, 1980 and Dec. 31, 1989. But in reality, many of us in '80s Nation were first exposed to movies from the late '70s on HBO or home video during our beloved decade.
To us, movies like Grease or Animal House feel like they're '80s flicks, whether the calendar says so or not.
So today on Stuck in the '80s, we take note of 18 movies turning 40 in 2018. Some of these flicks deserve the full balloons-and-party-horns anniversary experience. Others might deserve a Shallow Grave. (We're looking at you, Sgt. Pepper - if that is your real rank!)"

Yeah...I first saw Casablanca in 1993 so it seem like a 90s movie to me whether the calendar says so or not.

/sarcasm


Eras matter.  Both of those films have the whimsy of an 80s film.  The 70s were serious times, with serious films
 
2018-03-02 12:00:03 PM  
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2018-03-02 12:16:10 PM  
HALLOWEEN (Oct. 17): If you're not a fan of slasher movies, then this is the movie can blame for the entire genre.

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