Category Archives: 1980’s Best Movies

When you think of the ’80s, a few images come to mind: shoulder pads, big hair, and all-cheesy-everything. However, the decade had more to contribute to pop culture than being known as the New Jersey of the 20th century. It was also an era for incredible classic movies, ones that shifted the film industry as we know it. From John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club to Steven Spielberg’s E.T., the movies of the 1980’s not only shaped its generation, but inspired subsequent generations in every way imaginable.

Batman (1989)

Batman Quote: “I now do what other people only dream. I make art until someone dies. See? I am the world’s first fully functioning homicidal artist. ” – Joker

Sometimes, a podcast episode comes along and ruins your entire childhood. This recap of Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” is that episode. Give us an hour, and we’ll convince you Michael Keaton was a ridiculous Dark Knight, Jack Nicholson was an unoriginal Joker, and journalists really aren’t bad. On the bright side, Prince did put together a stellar soundtrack, and Kim Basinger is undeniably at the top of her game. Continue reading Batman (1989)

Aliens (1986)

Aliens Quote: “Maybe we can build a fire, sing a couple of songs!” – Carter Burke

“Aliens” How did James Cameron make a move this good in 1986? Like, seriously, it’s impossibly good. Sigourney Weaver is the perfect warrior woman when such a thing didn’t exist in film. The story makes sense. The space Marines are badass. Even Bill Paxton’s overacting is endearing. On the eve of “Alien: Covenant,” let’s bow at the altar of the greatest Installment of the Alien franchise. Continue reading Aliens (1986)

Willow (1988)

Willow Quote: “Ooh, I’m really scared. No! Don’t! There’s a- a peck here with an acorn pointed at me!” – Madmartigan

“Willow” might be the saddest movie of all time, because what’s sadder than wasted potential? How do you combine George Lucas, Ron Howard, Val Kilmer, a fantasy universe and a massive budget to create absolute crap?

Start with casting actors strictly based on their height. Next, add recycled plot lines from “Star Wars.” And finally, sprinkle the top with talking animals, absurd accents, nonsensical action scenes and the cheesiest villains in movie history.

This is all Gene’s fault.

The Wilhelm Scream Explained: https://youtu.be/SzITADosISk

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Quote: ” The problem is I got a fifty year old lust and a three year old dinky.” – Baby Herman

“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” sets the bar for 80s movie effects. It boasts inventive techniques, tons of heart and neurotic attention to detail. Shocked? So we’re we. But Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd and the Disney-Warner Brothers crossover made believers of three grown men.

Also, Rog did way too much research for this one.

Video: Breaking down the brilliant ways Roger Rabbit was animated  Continue reading Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)