This summer was a challenging one and movies were welcome mood-boosters, especially while I was stuck indoors recovering from surgery. I never set out to watch only 1980s films, but it just sort of… happened and I was transported to a pretty rad decade. It was a fun journey and I enjoyed re-watching movies I hadn’t seen in years, as well as discovering others I hadn’t seen before. Of course, I would be remiss if I failed to mention Netflix’s brilliant ’80s-set Stranger Things (I’ve been hooked on it), but I’ll save a full post on that for another day.
Here are some of the ’80s flicks I watched this summer:
Weird Science (1985, dir. John Hughes)
Weird Science is a film I’d heard about all my life but never watched until this summer. After viewing, I can say it’s not my favorite John Hughes film by far, but its humor is so over the top that it just works. In the film, two nerdy teenage boys harness computer technology to create the “perfect” girlfriend of their fantasies. Although some aspects of the film could be viewed as sexist in today’s climate, actress Kelly Le Brock shines in her role as Lisa and adds depth and nuance to the character beyond the arm candy the boys intended her to be.