If I had it my way, I’d be stuck in a movie version of one endless summer of a 1987’s Hollywood movie. Living in suburbs in a some major American city in a white house with white picket fence, with weird neighbours, an inventor friend / daddy, go to a beach party and throw some hoops. My posse of four kids would plot out against our enemies of a gang of juvenile punk rock badasses in our own secret tree hideout and my mixed-breed english shepherd dog would always follow me wherever I go, appearing every now even in the 3-minute music montage as we train together for that BMX competition.
You see, I love everything about 80s Hollywood cinema; that positive tone, over the edge action and characters, hand made animatronics and film color and its grain. There was such a good, organic vibe and faith in the future to be awesome that was lost some way along the way in the ever so boring and plasticky CGI nineties.
This blog is me watching every 80s movie I can find, in that matrix of 1987.
Ok ok, sounds good. But are you really watching all of them?
My aim is to watch all the Hollywood films of the 80s. I’ve watched (and still do watch) a ton of world cinema of the era, but they rarely tickle my fancy and are usually a completely different beast to the American films. I do make some exceptions for some english speaking movies from Canada, UK or Australia if they are somehow interesting enough, feature known American actors or just somehow masquerade themselves well enough to pass an American movie, and I do bend my own rules if something extra interesting comes along my way.
While it’s not an exact science, here’s roughly some of the films that will be excluded:
- Cartoons and family movies that don’t have any angle for grown ups
- Camcorder shot movies (as there is nobody in this world who has the time to watch every American home movie of the 80s)
- TV mini series and made-for-tv movies that span for over 3-4-5 hours
- Short movies (under 75 minutes)
- Porn and exploitation movies
Don’t worry. This still leaves me roughly a few thousand movies to watch.