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A Few of My Favorite 80’s Movies

Oh the 80’s. It was the decade that came and left just before I was born and bestowed us with vibrant clothes, pop music, and Reagan’s regressive policies. It’s the time that my mom refers to mysteriously and with an air of disdain, telling a curious story from her past and concluding with a sigh, “well it was the 80’s.” And when I watch popular American 80’s movies, I think I catch her drift. Below are five of my favorite off-beat, magical, bizarre, and hilarious movies that are quintessentially of the 80’s. What are a few of yours? Raising Arizona (dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 1987) Raising Arizona is my favorite Coen brother’s film (followed closely by The Big Lebowski) and a Nic Cage favorite as well. Raising Arizona is charming, hilarious, well written, and perfectly cast and performed. The film’s very particular production design, cinematography, and soundtrack also adds to its magic. And as an Arizonan, I seem to have a warm place in my heart for any movie that takes place there.   The Breakfast Club (dir. John Hughes, 1985) Like …

30 Years of The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club opened on February 15th, 1985, making it 30 years old today. Written, directed, and produced by John Hughes and starring Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy, The Breakfast Club remains one of the greatest high school films of all time. I first saw John Hughes’ classic when I was in high school, either my freshman or sophomore year, and discovering it felt like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. I had something to turn to. High school certainly wasn’t my favorite time; I was neither uncool, nor popular, and in retrospect I understand how difficult those years of self-discovery truly were. The Breakfast Club made it easier. I could see a piece of myself in each character, and it was a relief to know that everything was going to be okay. What were the most important lessons I learned from The Breakfast Club? We’re all human – we’re all misunderstood – and we all just want to be heard.