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.

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)

Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner Quote: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” – Roy Batty

“Blade Runner” should be a classic sci-fi masterpiece. Should be. Ridley Scott directed it. Philip K. Dick wrote it. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah and Edward James Olmos brought it to life.

“Blade Runner” brought dystopian aesthetics to life for American audiences in a way we’d never seen before. And it totally sucked.

Before you cancel your Shat The Movies subscription in disgust, hear us out for an hour. If you could stay awake through “Blade Runner,” you can sit through this.. Continue reading Blade Runner (1982)

Highlander (1986)

Highlander Quote: “I don’t like boats and I don’t like water. I’m a man, not a fish!” – Connor MacLeod

Is “Highlander” the worst ’80s movie? Perhaps. Is it the worst movie Shat The Movies has reviewed? Definitely.

Christopher Lambert can’t act. Sean Connery isn’t Egyptian or Spanish. We still don’t understand why “there can be only one.” The movie starts on a high note with Freddie Mercury belting out Queen’s “Princes of The Universe,” and two very long hours later ends up in the toilet. Continue reading Highlander (1986)