I am publishing this most embarrassing list today for a reason.
I grew up as a child of the 80s just like many of you, watching classic sitcoms & cartoons, playing with toys, reading comics, etc. The one gaping hole in my 80s childhood was movies. I’m not sure if my parents deliberately sheltered me, and I tend to think that is not the case since they’d let me watch shows like Married With Children and The Golden Girls with them as a pre-teen, and Blanche’s lines alone caused many an uncomfortable silence. Regardless, my folks were not theater people, so I rarely got to the movies.
Whatever the case, I missed out on a lot of classic movies from the time period. Granted, I’ve missed my share of blockbusters as an adult as well, but the reason this list is embarrassing is that I run a geek-children of the 80s-pop culture website and participate on a podcast, all the while harboring this enormous void of necessary knowledge and experience.
Many of these movies are on Fogs’ Movie Reviews’ Movies That Everyone Should See. I consider myself part of ‘everyone’, and I do realize I should see these, but where do I start?
This weekend, I will have a rare block of uninterrupted free time, and I ask you this: which one of these movies should I see first? Of the list below, which is the most egregious transgression against the gods of pop culture that I should rectify immediately?
Keep in mind, I’m not saying all of these are the best movies out there, but as a “child of the 80s/geek” they should all be seen.
The Top 10 Movies I’ve Never Seen:
- The Karate Kid
- The Godfather
- Silence of the Lambs
- Top Gun
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- Reservoir Dogs
- Stand By Me
I know, I said it was embarrassing. Let’s not judge, just try to help me at this point. Guide me- hit the comments!
UPDATE: Since publication of this list, I have seen Stand By Me and Karate Kid, and both were fantastic. Each film totally lived up to the decades of praise. Saw Top Gun too. Guess I needed to see it 28 years ago when everyone else did.