For this week’s ponderings: What is your favorite ’80s Action/Adventure/Fantasy Movie?
(Broad categorization, yes. But necessary since there are so many wonderful ones!)
The Goonies – The quintessential adventure movie. Everyone fantacized about finding One Eyed Willies treasure after watching this one.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Duuude! Wyld Stallyns rules. So-crates, Mrs. Arc (Noah’s wife), and the infamous Mr. Abe “PARTY ON DUDES” Lincoln.
Labyrinth – The Bowie! The beautiful Jennifer Connoley! Jim Henson muppets rule, why don’t we make any more fantasy movies using these?
The Princess Bride – The Classic! The Dread Pirate Roberts, Buttercup, and those three little words that make your heart melt… “As you wish.”
The Dark Crystal – Another Henson masterpiece. The special edition dvd just came out, highly recommend anyone that isn’t familiar with this classic to at least give it a rental!
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome – Two men enter, one man leaves! Two men enter, one man leaves!
Back to the Future – Classic time travel romp with a kickass soundtrack.
Top Gun– Probably one of the saddest deaths in movie history. Goose! *cries* Also, the coolest call signs EVER. Iceman, Maverick, Jester…brilliant.
Commando – Now a cable movie staple, one of those movies that are so bad it’s good. So many production errors, it’s mind-bottlingly wonderful.
Terminator – Last Ahnold flick, I promise! No introduction needed.
Die Hard – As if John McClaine, Nakatomi Plaza, Hans Gruber and Argyle need ANY introduction. Yippie-ki-yay motherf…” you know how it goes.
The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi – Star Wars saga continues as Luke discovers his parentage and becomes a Jedi. Pure, unfiltered brilliance.
Aliens – Ellen Ripley pwns. Damn that last scene with the exosuit where Ellen faces down the Queen is freaking incredible.
Batman – The original! I may never have been completely sold on Michael Keaton as Batman *gasps* but this is a classic. Jack Nicholson’s Joker scares the crap outta me. “Ever dance with the devil by the pale moonlight?”
Star Trek movies – First off, I LOVE this picture of Khan! The Search for Spock had everyone in tears, and who can deny the excellence of “Thar be whales!”
Ghostbusters – Do….Ray…..Igon!! Crossing the streamers! Slimer! The freaky hermeaphrodite Gozer that looks like Michael Jackson! Both movies rock.