Way Back Wednesday-My Fave 80’s Movies

Happy Hump Day!  It’s time again to go back…back in time!   We all have our favorite movies, especially those from back in the day.  Today’s post will remind you of some great (IMHO) movies that I can watch everyday.

First, the movie that is partly responsible for my attending an HBCU, “School Daze“.  When I tell you guys I LOVE this movie!!!  This film featured some future heavy hitters like Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell, and even a cameo by Samuel L. Jackson.  Spike Lee’s depiction of life on a historically black college campus has not been captured on film until 20 years after the movie was made with “Stomp the Yard”.  But even that is such a small portion of what life is like.  I don’t always believe in sequels, but it would be interesting to see a current look of what college students are experiencing now-politics, friends, relationships, money issues, etc.  Of course “Good and Bad Hair” is my favorite song from the movie.  And some of classmates said I was a Gamma Ray my freshman year at FAMU.  I don’t know how I feel about that…

Next up, “Breaking 2: Electric Boogaloo”.  This movie highlighted the popular dance craze from the 80’s break dancing.  Now, I’m no break dancer, but I enjoyed watching the performances.  Now, I’m sure this movie had a plot, but does it matter??? I think not.

“Heathers” is the perfect 80’s movie.  It has all the characteristics of a real life high school-the bullies, the popular clique, the jocks, and a fad.  Sadly, the fad turns out to be suicide.  But it’s amazing how this was turned into a satire.  While this is a work of fiction, it shows just how vicious kids can be.  And it’s amazing to see Winona Ryer, bad boy Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty in their early days. 

There are tons more movies I could have named, like “Lean of Me” (Free Mr. Clark!), “Coming to America” (I am very happy to be here!), “The Princess Bride” (“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”), and one of my favorite fairy tales, “Willow”.  What are some of your favorite movies from the 80’s (or from your childhood if you’re not an 80’s baby)?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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