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.

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.

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Major League (1989)

Major League Quote: “Jobu… I go to you. I stick up for you. And you no help me now… I say fuck you Jobu. I do it myself.” – Pedro Cerrano

Major League takes us back to a time when baseball was hot, actresses were sex objects, and Charlie Sheen was likable. And despite some racist overtones and plot holes, this 1989 comedy still holds up.

Bob Uecker is still the best play-by-play on film. James Gammon is still the most believable baseball manager in Hollywood. And a shockingly young Wesley Snipes still dazzles in every scene.

Rog loved it. Gene Shat on it, and Dick knows far too much about baseball. Check it out! Continue reading Major League (1989)

Raising Arizona (1987)

Raising Arizona Quote: “He explained to us that Edwina’s insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase” – H.I.

“Raising Arizona” introduced the world the Coen brothers, Holly Hunter and Tempe, AZ. It also empowered John Goodman to truly display his abilities. But most of all, it showed us how funny Nicholas Cage could be.

Infinitely quotable and impressively shot by Barry Connenfeld, “Raising Arizona” is a 1987 time capsule that hasn’t aged a bit. It’s every bit as funny now as it was when we were kids.

Gene wrote this and isn’t at all biased by his 25 years as an Arizona resident. Continue reading Raising Arizona (1987)