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The ten "80-est" movies of all time

August 18, 2003

The ten "80-est" movies of all time,

Media pundits argue back and forth over whether art affects or reflects society. The classic argument, of course, is, 'Did the systematic breakdown of Soviet communism inspire Rocky IV, or did Rocky IV itself cause the fall of communism?' Obviously, this is a flawed question since Rocky can do anything, but it illustrates the difficulty in judging how '80s a movie is by its cultural influence. You see, Valley Girl, might have changed the way stupid girls talked for years, and could thus be considered an important period piece by bimbo historians. However, it's still just a movie about speaking airhead dialect in a mall. That movie gets made every year. A true '80s movie is not about gagging people with spoons, Cabbage Patch Kids or A Flock of Seagulls. It's about how incredibly insane you would look if you tried to remake it today.

Posted by Jonah at August 18, 2003 11:56 AM