I love watching classic movies. I don’t mean Gone with the Wind or North to Alaska either. Although I’ve seen both and enjoyed North to Alaska, those are a little beyond my childhood. I mean movies from the 80’s. Timeless classics like Top Gun, Terminator, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, Back to the Future, Aliens, Full Metal Jacket, Die Hard, etc.
Well I thought they were good back in the 80’s. I’ve discovered that not every movie I loved in the 80’s is still lovable today. Movies like The Never Ending Story, The Breakfast Club and Tron all left a bad taste in my mouth after watching them recently in the last few years. I even bought DVD’s of two of those movies with the “Oh man! I remember this movie. It was awesome.” Key word being “was.” Now that their opened I can’t return them either, now just something else that will collect dust till my next garage sale.
Well this holiday weekend I treated myself to two movies I loved in the 80’s. You might have heard of them: Robocop and Night of the Comet.
Well, Robocop lived up to the timeless classic I thought it would be. They didn’t try to push the envelope with graphics which turned out to be a good plan to make this movie still watchable in 2011. There are some cheesy special effects, but it was the 80’s and there are giant robots fighting. All in all, I watched it with my brother-in-law (much younger than me) who hadn’t seen it and he loved it. If you haven’t seen it and you enjoy sci-fi, futuristic movies then definitely try to watch it once, it’s streamed on Netflix.
The Night of the Comet on the other hand went the other way in a dramatically painful way. I finished watching it again out of pure nostalgia after watching it at least ten times in the 80’s. After it was done I found myself wondering how ridiculously easy I was to entertain back then.
If you’ve seen any old movies recently that you had fond memories of and then watched them again after many years then share them with me. It doesn’t matter if it’s the timeless good ones or the ones that should fade away from existence.