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You know what we haven't covered yet?  Cars.  1980s CARS.  There were lots of great movie cars.  Your Black Moon, your Automan car, your Buckaroo Banzai car... And of course the Lord of 80s Movie Cars, the DeLorean.  But we were graced with dozens of lost classics full of bizarre design, power, luxury, insane options and total effing swank

 

 

The Mercedes 1000SEL, which looks as if it was part automobile, part intergalactic starship and part Roger Moore sex-pad.

 

 

 

The 1980 Citroen Karin...  Which could probably achieve flight if you drove it fast enough.

 

 

 

The 1985 Glenfrome Facet...  A Transformers-rollerskate-range-rover-looking cough syrup dream of a car.

 

 

 

The, well, I don't know what this is but I'd still love one...

 

 

 

And here's a ridiculous one from the 70s.  The groovy, ship-portalled 1977 Ford Cruising Wagon.  Also one I would drive proudly exactly as you see here.  Especially to the Drive-In, booming "Baker Street" as loudly as posisble.

 

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Did anyone else read CARtoons magazine? I was never a car guy but I loved that stuff.

 

post #553 of 746
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Also, Ti West's 70s/80s retro-horror film HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (2009) is not my favorite movie by any stretch.  But it sure gets certain details right.  The opening credits with the snap-zooms and orange styrofoam earphone cups, the feathered hair, the The Cars-inspired opening track and Greg Kihn music ("The Breakup Song") and the pizza shop scene all work for me in a big way.  Jocelin Donahue and Greta Gerwig are great giving two solid performances in a film I wish I liked more.

 

 

 

 

On the whole, I'm really digging the new-school retro throwback film tribute thing.  MANBORG, THE GUEST, COLD IN JULY, IT FOLLOWS.  They all have their moments.

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Originally Posted by Hammerhead View Post

Did anyone else read CARtoons magazine? I was never a car guy but I loved that stuff.

 

 

I've seen a few issues.  My Dad was an Auto Repair Shop Owner, mechanic and NASCAR driver (up until '85) so I saw a lot of this sort of thing on weekends when we'd have our visits.

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Did anyone else read CARtoons magazine? I was never a car guy but I loved that stuff.

 

 

My brother used to get these and I'd read them when he was done with them.  Holy shit...forgot all about those.  Wow.

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Did anyone else read CARtoons magazine? I was never a car guy but I loved that stuff.

 

 

Don't know why this made me think of it, but I remember He-Man dolls action-figures used to come with little comics.  Always thought that was a cool touch.

 

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Also, Ti West's 70s/80s retro-horror film HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (2009) is not my favorite movie by any stretch.  But it sure gets certain details right.  The opening credits with the snap-zooms and orange styrofoam earphone cups, the feathered hair, the The Cars-inspired opening track and Greg Kihn music ("The Breakup Song") and the pizza shop scene all work for me in a big way.  Jocelin Donahue and Greta Gerwig are great giving two solid performances in a film I wish I liked more.

 

 

 

 

On the whole, I'm really digging the new-school retro throwback film tribute thing.  MANBORG, THE GUEST, COLD IN JULY, IT FOLLOWS.  They all have their moments.

 

I'm always kind of annoyed with the actor's hair in present day movies set in the 80's.  I mean, people had really bad hair back then.  I have yet to see any(or at least any that come to mind) throwback films that truly embraces how awful it made people look. Never forget!  That being said, I dig some of the movies you mentioned, so really only a minor complaint. 

post #557 of 746

The 80s was the era of the hot hatch in Britain. Great handling; relatively fuel efficient; fast off the lights and mid-gear, perfectly adapted to real world driving conditions in most of the country. More 21 year old likely lads came to a sticky end in one of these than anything else from about 1983 to 1989.

 

The Golf GTi Mk 2

 

 

the Peugeot 205 GTi

 

 

the Renault 5 GT Turbo

 

 

and the nippy Fords, the XR2i Fiesta and the XR3i Escort.

 

 

 

 

Not to mention the cars derived from the rally kings, the Lancia Delta HF Integrale and the Audi Quattro.

 

 

 

 

 

Then, of course, there was this beauty. The last truly gorgeous Aston - the 1980s V8 Vantage.

 

 

And finally, the two cars everyone in the playground assumed they would get when they grew up...

 

 

post #558 of 746

ah yes, the Lambourghini Countach.  I was obsessed with that car.  I made 3 models of them and owned both of the Transformers who were Countaches (Sideswipe and Sunstreaker).  Add in a few posters as well.

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Oh yeah, I was obsessed with the Countach as well.  I had a framed poster of one in my room.  Fucking framed!

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ah yes, the Lambourghini Countach.  I was obsessed with that car.  I made 3 models of them and owned both of the Transformers who were Countaches (Sideswipe and Sunstreaker).  Add in a few posters as well.


Same, although these two beauties were also on my wall

 

 

Warning...probably NSFW

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

post #561 of 746
Had a girlfriend that had this sweet Pontiac Fiero as her ride:



Sadly, she sold it after hearing that they stopped making them due to them exploding on certain rear end collisions. The thing was pretty much all plastic or fiberglass though, and seemed destined to crack apart at even the slightest fender bender.
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Man, I knew so many people with Fieros. And I swear they must've only made them in black. I'm not surprised they were faulty, either.

I had this-- although not actually until 1990 when I got my drivers permit--

Behold the 1982 Datsun 200 SX:



5 speed standard. V6. Automatic everything. Mine was even that same two-tone blue. I really didn't appreciate it at the time, and now I kinda wish I still had it.
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I had at one point a 1986 Olds Cutlass Ciera...

 

 

The downside?  I owned it in 1997.

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On the whole, I'm really digging the new-school retro throwback film tribute thing.  MANBORG, THE GUEST, COLD IN JULY, IT FOLLOWS.  They all have their moments.

Not a film, but do you watch The Americans? Besides being maybe the best drama on TV right now, often some very authentic feeling 80sness going on in that show. Clothing, hair, cars, music, technology, cultural references, etc. Great attention to period detail without making a big gimmicky deal out of it. I think I fell in love with the props person when I saw a box of Banana Frosted Flakes on their kitchen counter (nice memories of these from trips to the States as a kid)

Another good example in a recent episode was the use of an old school Big Mac box. Wasn't just product placement either, it actually tied in with the main theme of the episode in a brilliant way.
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Just came here to say cars are boring and "Baker Street" is a terrible song that never ends.

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Same, although these two beauties were also on my wall

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Is that a Pantera?

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Also, Ti West's 70s/80s retro-horror film HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (2009) is not my favorite movie by any stretch.  But it sure gets certain details right.  The opening credits with the snap-zooms and orange styrofoam earphone cups, the feathered hair, the The Cars-inspired opening track and Greg Kihn music ("The Breakup Song") and the pizza shop scene all work for me in a big way.  Jocelin Donahue and Greta Gerwig are great giving two solid performances in a film I wish I liked more.

 

On the DVD, Gerwig has a great deleted scene.

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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
 

Also, Ti West's 70s/80s retro-horror film HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (2009) is not my favorite movie by any stretch.  But it sure gets certain details right.  The opening credits with the snap-zooms and orange styrofoam earphone cups, the feathered hair, the The Cars-inspired opening track and Greg Kihn music ("The Breakup Song") and the pizza shop scene all work for me in a big way.  Jocelin Donahue and Greta Gerwig are great giving two solid performances in a film I wish I liked more.

 

 

 

 

On the whole, I'm really digging the new-school retro throwback film tribute thing.  MANBORG, THE GUEST, COLD IN JULY, IT FOLLOWS.  They all have their moments.

 

House of the Devil is a good slow burn horror flick that doesn't quite stick the landing.

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Don't know why this made me think of it, but I remember He-Man dolls action-figures used to come with little comics.  Always thought that was a cool touch.

 

 

I'm always kind of annoyed with the actor's hair in present day movies set in the 80's.  I mean, people had really bad hair back then.  I have yet to see any(or at least any that come to mind) throwback films that truly embraces how awful it made people look. Never forget!  That being said, I dig some of the movies you mentioned, so really only a minor complaint. 

OK this is the 70's, but I finally watched Argo a couple of weeks ago and my God where the 70s a bad time for moustaches.

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Speaking of throwback movies, how about Turbo Kid?

 

post #570 of 746
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I still need to see that, actually.  I once nearly ordered the blu deluxe set but the price was a little high for me for a blind buy.

 

And everybody knows KUNG FURY, right?  I like it but the for me best stuff is in the first five minutes.

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OK this is the 70's, but I finally watched Argo a couple of weeks ago and my God where the 70s a bad time for moustaches.

 

If by "bad time" you mean "GOLDEN AGE" I completely agree. 

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Speaking of throwback movies, how about Turbo Kid?

 

 

 

Oh, Turbo Kid is a ridiculous amount of fun....one might say Micheal Ironside is slumming, but Ironside knows exactly the film he's in and is absolutely knocking it out of the park as the villain. 

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Yes, it's the best 80s movie it can be.

 

That may be why I couldn't get through Kung Fury. Some more natural, analog territory between the "bad videotape" artifacts and the CG stunts might have served it better.

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Is that a Pantera?


Yarp. Pretty much the epitome of Italian macho car to me. Somehow more brutal and hairy chested than even the Countach. Doesn't look like it corners well, but a real man doesn't care about these things...roar.

 

The one I had on my wall was white. Pick your poison.

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Wow, looks like I'll have to stream TURBO KID.  Amazon and eBay all have the blu-rays at whoppingly high prices (between $44 and $189).  The 3-disc collector's edition only came out in January 2016, fer cryin' out loud.  

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Speaking of throwback movies, how about Turbo Kid?

 


Thanks to my free trial run of Netflix, I can finally see this.

post #577 of 746

Speaking of 80s throw backs, I highly recommend The Final Girls.

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Just came here to say cars are boring and "Baker Street" is a terrible song that never ends.
https://youtu.be/WrjwaqZfjIY
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My God, that's awesome.  

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Also, I've posted this image blog before but... I so love the song that plays when you open the page.  (Link below the gif.)

 

 

http://daysofparadise.tumblr.com/

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Speaking of throwback movies, how about Turbo Kid?

 

This made our Saturday afternoon. So completely awesome. My whole crowd thanks you.

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We brought up DREAMSCAPE several pages ago and I've been itching to see it again ever since.  However...I'm afraid that it doesn't hold up.  I have fond memories of it and I'm tempted to let those fond memories remain vs risk tarnishing them with a film that simply doesn't measure up anymore.

 

Can anyone comment on it?

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For some reason I always confuse Dreamscape with Altered States (now THATS a fucking wild and weird flick). I have no idea why since I've only seen one of the two. I should remedy that. I gotta write Dreamscape in on my to watch list so I don't keep forgetting about it..
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ALTERED STATES holds up. I can vouch for that.
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It seems so much like a Cronenberg movie that I have to remind myself that it's not. Kinda like The Addams Family movie. I forget sometimes that it is, in fact, NOT a Tim Burton film..
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Did we forget the Lotus Turbo Esprit? First time I saw one was in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. What a cool looking sports car!

 

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The Lotus is without a doubt THE most late 70s/early 80s looking vehicle there ever was..
post #589 of 746

Dreamscape has some neat bits, a great cast, unusual FX, and a great ending. The soft photography and wardrobe work against it today. Also, Maurice Jarre's tinny keyboard score is a big whiff.


Edited by Hammerhead - 4/23/17 at 12:47pm
post #590 of 746

This whole new Retrowave movement is great but sometimes you gotta go old school:

 

post #591 of 746

It wouldn't be an eighties thread without a Jane Fonda workout video. 

 

 

The era of Spandex begins here.

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Solid Gold was probably the most "80s" thing on TV back then. It ran from 1980 to 1988 and featured cheesy, lip-syncing "performances" by many of the big stars of the decade (even Ozzy!). But the best thing about the show was of course the Solid Gold Dancers!
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Thinking about hobbies and collections over a lifetime and how they change, mine have pretty much stayed the same.  And mostly, they're still steeped in the 1980s...

 

Movies  (Theatrical, VHS, LaserDisc, DVD, blu-ray, streaming)

Music  (CDs, LPs and mp3s of all kinds but mostly film soundtracks, synthwave, jazz and blues)

Comics  (Used to be almost everything back then but now basically just Old Man Logan, The Dark Knight III and IDW's Ghostbusters and Back to the Future)

Audio and Home Theater Equipment  (Various monitors, amps, graphic equalizers, turntables, CD, VHS, DVD and blu players)

Video Games  (Some Steam and circa-2000 PC games, but mostly retro-classic stuff on Atari 2600, ColecoVision and Nintendo 64)

Creating Video and Film  (I once was a cable-access TV writer/producer, then went into Film School.  Now I try to write when I can, since it's the cheapest part of the process.)

Photography (I still have my old heavy duty 35mm Minolta SR-1 but these days I'm mostly using my cellphone.)

Television  (I watched waaaay too much TV as a kid growing up from 1980-1990.  I've gone the other way now and haven't had cable since 1997.)

 

At least I can now add reading fiction and non-fiction, cooking and bicycling to the list.

 

How about you?  Are you still in touch with the hobbies and collections you had back then?  And those of you who are younger, how have the 80s effected your lifestyles?

 

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One of my favorite videos from back in the day...

 

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Solid Gold was probably the most "80s" thing on TV back then. It ran from 1980 to 1988 and featured cheesy, lip-syncing "performances" by many of the big stars of the decade (even Ozzy!). But the best thing about the show was of course the Solid Gold Dancers!



I see you went with the Rick Dees version of Solid Gold but for me the best part was always Marilyn McCoo
post #596 of 746

Ha!  I had a green one. Same year. Owned it in 1990.

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I had at one point a 1986 Olds Cutlass Ciera...

 

 

The downside?  I owned it in 1997.

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How about you?  Are you still in touch with the hobbies and collections you had back then?  And those of you who are younger, how have the 80s effected your lifestyles?

 

Well, back in the 80s, I bought (collected?) vinyl LPs. I didn't make the leap to CDs until 1990.

 

And I was never much of a collector.

 

However....a LOT of the 80s were spent playing D&D, something I quit during college...and then picked up again in the early aughts. Still playing, and I use both first edition (what was in use for most of the 80s) and the latest fifth edition.

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I find it really interesting that none of Prince, Madonna or MJ have come up so far in people's reminiscences about the 80s. I guess we're focusing more on ephemera, but those three pretty much represented the core music tastes of most of my peer group from 83/84 onwards. Thriller, We are the WorldBad1999 through BatmanLike a Virgin, True Blue, Like a Prayer. I mean, for sure there was a lot of other genres rising and falling through the decade, but those three artists to all intents and purposes were the holy trinity of 80s pop. 

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They were big, no doubt.  I liked Thriller, Like a Virgin and some Prince stuff.  Though, granted, I was more about Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Genesis and Huey Lewis & the News at the time.  (Insert your American Psycho jokes here.)

 

The 80s were when I fell in love with the movie soundtrack.  Thinking about the ones I played the most back in the day...

 

GHOSTBUSTERS

BACK TO THE FUTURE

the STAR WARS trilogy

the INDIANA JONES trilogy

basically everything by JOHN WILLIAMS

A VIEW TO A KILL and THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

THE UNTOUCHABLES

THE BLUES BROTHERS

the JOHN HUGHES series

ALIENS

BEVERLY HILLS COP 1 & 2

LETHAL WEAPON

THEY LIVE

POLTERGEIST

INNERSPACE

FLETCH

AMERICAN ANTHEM

THE LOST BOYS

TOP GUN

COCKTAIL

BATMAN

BEETLEJUICE

COBRA

THE TERMINATOR

the first three MAD MAX films

all that MIAMI VICE music

 

Was a huge fiend for soundtracks.  And now that mnay of these are finally being re-released with ALL the music, I still very much am.

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I was personally getting into Led Zep, Rush, Queen, and Yes during the 80s.  Most of the poppier stuff wasn't my bag (but it certainly was everyone else's).

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