Monday, November 22, 2010

Top 10 Underrated 80s Films

Being a child of the 80s I sometimes long for those nostalgic moments produced by the decade of excess (The 80s had the BEST Saturday morning cartoons, but that's another topic). Here's a list of my childhood movies that never received their just rewards.

10) Iron Eagle (1986)

A film featuring at the time modern aerial combat, Iron Eagle was overshadowed by Top Gun. While it isn't of the production quality of Top Gun it has three distinct advantages: Louis Gossett Jr., a rocking soundtrack and it doesn't have that creepy, overt homoerotic feeling that Top Gun has.

9) Runaway (1984)

Written and directed by Michael Crichton, Runaway features Magnum P.I. matching wits with robots and a makeup free Gene Simmons. It even has Kirstie Alley when she was still hot, you know before she unhinged her lower jaw and swallowed half of southern California. Unfortunately, these attributes weren't enough to top another man vs robot film from the same year - The Terminator.

8) The Last Starfighter (1984)

It's the age old tale of boy from trailer park is recruited via arcade game to fight in an intergalactic war. OK, it's not the most thought provoking story, but it kicks ass and it's creators didn't feel the need to continuously rape it's memory for money. (I'm pointing at you, George Lucas.)

7) Blind Date (1987)

This movie is hysterical! Bruce Willis and John Larroquette should be in a movie together at least every two years. On top of being funny as hell, Blind Date features Stanley Jordan in the studio laying down a killer guitar track. It has nothing to do with the story, but it's great.

6) The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

Buckaroo Bonzai is proof that people were still doing good drugs in the 80s. If you ever try to explain the plot of this movie to someone who has never seen it they will look at you like you just chopped up your family with a plastic butter knife and stored the bodies in a Coleman roll around cooler. The sign of any great film.

5) Spies Like Us (1985)

This a bittersweet film for me. It's one of the last times Chevy Chase was funny and it features the last good song Paul McCartney wrote.

4) Heavy Metal (1981)

Long before Pixar was the darling of the movie going public and 3d was all the rage, animated films had to be drawn by hand by real people. Heavy Metal is one of the finest examples. Featuring a legendary voice cast, drug sniffing aliens and a shitload of animated boobies this should be required watching for all would be animators.

3) Monster Squad (1987)

The progenitor of the timeless quote "Wolfman's got nards!" Monster Squad is like Baby's First Horror Movie.

2) Harlem Nights (1989)

This movie not being highly acclaimed is criminal. The fact that three of the funniest comedians to ever walk the earth are in the cast should be enough to warrant accolades. And remember folks, this is pre hanging out with transvestite hookers and making crappy kids movies Eddie Murphy.

1) Clue (1985)

If you had HBO in the 80s you've seen this movie roughly 2,954 times and it keeps getting funnier. It's hard to make a board game into a full length movie and even harder to do it well. Featuring a top notch comedic cast, quick witted writing and Lee Ving from Fear, Clue is the epitome of what a media crossover film should be. Maybe you should watch this a few times before you make another shitty video game movie, Uwe Boll.

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