Reviews and Blog Posts: The 80s

Ready player one : a novel

by Ernest Cline

Reviewer Rating:
4

Growing up in a poverty and famine-ridden near future, Wade Watts, like most of humanity, spends the majority of his waking hours plugged in to a virtual reality simulator to escape the horror of his daily existence. Wade becomes obsessed with a contest within this virtual utopia that involves solving...

Films of my Youth

Harry and the Hendersons

Working with the DVD collection here at the library has reacquainted me with some of my favorite movies from childhood. My early years were firmly planted in the 80s which means most of these films are known more for their nostalgia-inducement and less for artistic merit, but at that point in my life, all I wanted was to be entertained and these fit the bill perfectly.

  • Pee-Wee's Big Adventure - This was a classic in my house (although trying to incessantly laugh like Pee-Wee became strongly discouraged). I can still recite way too much of this movie. Until recently, I had no idea it was directed by Tim Burton.

ThunderCats, Ho!

They say you can never go back, but I guess you can reboot. Two of my favorite childhood TV shows return to the big and small screens this summer. In addition to The Smurfs film, Cartoon Network has relaunched ThunderCats! While the beloved Rankin & Bass animation has changed, many improvements have been made to the storyline and plot.

I must admit, I tried re-watching the original series a few years ago and was shocked that I could ever have enjoyed such a melodramatic, strange series. I thought that even as a child, my preferences were witty and urbane, emotionally complex, even. Re-watching the original series left me feeling old, disillusioned, and newly aware of just how golden memories of times gone by can really be. The updated series, based on the pilot alone, is a significant improvement and was delightful to watch.

Vintage 1985

Madonna

The year is 1985. Dukes of Hazzard goes off the air. The first ever WrestleMania is held in Madison Square Garden. The first Back to the Future film premieres. Super Mario Brothers is released for Nintendo. These albums all hit #1 that year.

Which album was your favorite?

24 hour party people

Reviewer Rating:
3

If you're a fan of the music of 1980s England, you should watch this movie. This drama, done in documentary style, follows the story of Factory Records and the Manchester bands that made it big in Europe -- bands like New Order and Joy Division. I picked this movie up...

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