Thursday, February 28, 2008

How I heart eighties movies

I watched Some kind of wonderful the other day. I had not seen it since it came out in the eighties, and I have to say, it was still a great movie. Of course it looked a little dated, but unlike some movies, it really stood the test of time.

Some kind of wonderful, for those of you who do not have a Watts obsession, is a John Hughes high school flick, in which an unpopular boy tries to win the heart of the most popular girl in school, but finds out who he really loves is his best friend Watts.

Watts of course is the gayest non-gay character in a movie ever. When I first saw this movie I did not know yet I was a lesbian, but I knew Watts was the coolest chick ever (she played the drums and she wore boxers!). I wanted to look just like her. I wanted to be her. I have to say, twenty years on, she is still cute.

Other great eighties high school movies by John Hughes include the Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and Ferris Bueller’s day off. All these are movies I really enjoyed growing up, and I still do to this day. Apart from the Breakfast Club, these movies are a little silly and boring, but I still watch them whenever they come on TV.

Another one of my favourite eighties movies is St. Elmo’s Fire. I own this movie on DVD and watch it at least once a year. It’s about how hard life is as a young adult, just finishing college and entering into the real world. In other words, it is all about self-created drama. It stars pretty much the whole Brat Pack, including: Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, and a very young Demi Moore. Some say it is dated, but I still love it as much as I did the first time I ever saw it.
There is just something about these movies. It’s hard to explain. I am never sure if these movies are so great because they are just quality movies, or because I first saw them when I was a teenager and they just made an impression on me.


the deviant tart said...

god i totally know what you mean about the whole Watts thing...i was the same way! it is nice seeing someone put how i felt into words better than i ever could. ^_^

unikyu said...

You are not alone Natazz, I heart 80’s movies too… a bit of nostalgia perhaps, but I also think the 80's were a very special time in history and the movies in themselves were light and fun and it was all the angst of life but also happy feelings all around. Loved your selections, loved all Molly Ringwald flicks that I saw… mebbe it’s cause the 80’s liked to showcase cute and sassy… and independent.

And I see it came out in 1980, but Jody Foster in 'Foxes' was one of my all time favourite movie performances. Loved that film!

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

'Watts is the gayest non-gay character in a movie ever' got that right!