Hockey Masks, High Schools, and Popcorn reviewed listby Mike-533-836534 | created - 20 Nov 2012 | updated - 07 Oct 2013 | Public
Long-time friends (mike and shawn) exchange lively nostalgic and current views on iconic (and not so iconic!) 80's movies. A podcast for anyone who remembers the 80's as the best damn decade of movies ever.
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1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Votes: 313,758 | Gross: $435.11M
Our very first movie review! We both gave this high nostalgic reviews which stood up on our current review segment
2. The Karate Kid (1984)
PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family
A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.
Votes: 145,232 | Gross: $90.82M
Mike gave this the highest nostalgic rating possible of a 5.0, but dropped a little bit on his current review to a 4.50 due mostly to how absurd the tournament is when viewed thru cynical old man glasses.
3. Ghostbusters (1984)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
Votes: 302,603 | Gross: $238.63M
This movie helped Shawn relieve his childhood as a ghostbuster in training in his backyard. Which also explains many, many things about why Shawn is, well, Shawn.
4. Airplane! (1980)
PG | 88 min | Comedy
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.
Votes: 178,289 | Gross: $83.40M
Our fourth show and we really hit our groove on this one! A great movie and an enjoyable podcast.
5. The Breakfast Club (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Votes: 292,091 | Gross: $45.88M
Being a sophomore in High School in 1985 this movie had plenty of nostalgic memories that still resonated with us as adults.
6. Nine to Five (1980)
PG | 109 min | Comedy
Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.
Votes: 22,476 | Gross: $103.29M
In a small tribute to Shawn's mom who recently passed we watched this movie (one of her all time favorites) and enjoyed a good conversation on mothers and feminism in the 80's.
7. Poltergeist (1982)
PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.
Votes: 119,340 | Gross: $76.61M
The classic horror movie that ensured not a single child in the 80's every fell asleep with their TV on again.
8. Red Dawn (1984)
PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Drama
It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.
Votes: 44,930 | Gross: $38.38M
Patrick Swayze at his Swayz-est best. Watch this (and listen to our podcast) before you even THINK of seeing the reboot!
9. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 843,589 | Gross: $210.61M
Almost 20 years after this movies release going "back in time" seemed to take a whole new meaning!
10. Big (1988)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.
Votes: 167,414 | Gross: $114.97M
Tom Hanks big (ha, the pun!) movie scored well with us on our nostalgic and current reviews.
11. Friday the 13th (1980)
R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.
Votes: 95,594 | Gross: $39.75M
This is the "Hockey Masks" in our podcast title of Hockey Masks, High Schools, and Popcorn. Our nostalgic reviews on this were very high but the years were not kind to Jason and a current watching and review were not great.
12. Scarface (1983)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Votes: 608,349 | Gross: $45.60M
Timeless gangster movie that held up well if you can look past the hot pants and big hair.
13. The Goonies (1985)
PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.
Votes: 199,600 | Gross: $61.50M
You can't be a child of the 1980's if you haven't watched and enjoyed this movie. The "truffle shuffle' will live forever!
14. The Last Starfighter (1984)
PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.
Votes: 32,267 | Gross: $28.73M
This is the movie that every kid in the arcade wished would happen to them.
15. Top Gun (1986)
PG | 110 min | Action, Drama, Romance
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
Votes: 242,450 | Gross: $179.80M
With a great soundtrack and lots of action this was one of our highly rated nostalgic movies. A current review however left the "danger zone" and walked over to the "slightly hazardous zone".
16. Field of Dreams (1989)
PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.
Votes: 93,974 | Gross: $64.43M
One of the few movies that will make almost any man or boy tear up at the end. Still good for that all these years later.
17. Sixteen Candles (1984)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.
Votes: 84,803 | Gross: $23.69M
A great nostalgic memory of this movie but upon watching thru the cynical old man glasses it seems a bit to racist and rapey for Mike.
18. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 554,754 | Gross: $85.16M
Not sure how you turn a movie about chest exploding, acid blooded, alien killers into something with heart and humor but they did it.
19. Batman (1989)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.
Votes: 295,083 | Gross: $251.19M
Easily the best of the original Batman movies, Jack Nicholson is just simply fun to watch and Keaton holds his own. Still plays well as an adult, if a bit campy compared to Nolan's current movies.
20. Fatal Attraction (1987)
R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller
A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.
Votes: 61,993 | Gross: $156.65M
If your vows and the love of your family wasn't enough to keep you from having an affair you should have watched this movie.
21. The Princess Bride (1987)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.
Votes: 329,675 | Gross: $30.86M
One of Mikes' favorite movies of all time. Listen as Shawn explains why he has no heart and didn't enjoy this one!
22. Platoon (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, War
A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Votes: 325,332 | Gross: $138.53M
A war movie with an impact that hold up across the years and is well worth watching.
23. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
R | 91 min | Horror
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.
Votes: 169,921 | Gross: $25.50M
If you really want to get a feeling for how long ago 1984 was, watch this movie and very young Johnny Depp will blow you away.
24. 48 Hrs. (1982)
R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.
Votes: 58,680 | Gross: $78.87M
Eddie Murphy gets to be Eddie again in his first breakout role. Gives the movie a great nostalgic feel as it's been a long time since we got to see this Eddie in a movie!
25. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant.
Votes: 46,175 | Gross: $21.72M
A slightly better sequel to the original, still, the years have been unkind to poor Jason.
26. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
R | 93 min | Comedy
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.
Votes: 102,131 | Gross: $49.53M
An oft forgotten holiday movie this is Steve Martin and John Candy doing what they always have done the best... make you laugh then bring a little tear to your eye.
27. WarGames (1983)
PG | 114 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.
Votes: 78,198 | Gross: $79.57M
While the movie held up okay, anyone familiar with how computers actually work might find this one a bit lacking!
28. The Terminator (1984)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.
Votes: 674,317 | Gross: $38.40M
Amazingly the special effects in this one were still pretty solid. Shawn hated the makeup effects, but loved the shiny lasers.
29. Gremlins (1984)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Votes: 163,161 | Gross: $148.17M
Shawn loved this movie back in the day and it still held up for him after all these years. Mike on the other hand rated this one below average and found his nostalgic memory destroyed.
30. Scrooged (1988)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.
Votes: 71,605 | Gross: $60.33M
A good nostalgic movie that just didn't carry over for either of us. Our current ratings dropped from our high nostalgic ones. Just doesn't play well to the cynical hard-bitten adults we have become.... but still get a bit misty when the little boy speaks at the end.
31. The Fly (1986)
R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
Votes: 133,618 | Gross: $40.46M
A remake of the 1958 classic cult movie, got high nostalgic reviews from both of us but on a current review it just didn't hold up. To much time has passed and the horror genre has matured to much for this movie to play well.
32. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
Votes: 743,357 | Gross: $248.16M
If adventure movies have a "formula" then this movie is the inventor of it! A classic movie we rated high for nostalgic and again on a curernt review. You just can't go wrong with this one no matter what year you watch it.
33. Spaceballs (1987)
PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.
Votes: 149,757 | Gross: $38.12M
Both of us had good nostalgic memories of this movie, sadly, we had to then ruin them by watching this again. The corny jokes and out dated references just seem silly now and the chuckles are few and far between. Still, the desert scene made us both laugh.
34. Rain Man (1988)
R | 133 min | Drama
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Votes: 416,876 | Gross: $172.83M
An odd look at mental health in 1988... We both had high nostalgic marks but on a current watch Mike dropped his and Shawn raised his.
35. Weird Science (1985)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Two high school nerds attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that.
Votes: 66,964 | Gross: $23.83M
Two geeks, hot girl and a young Robert Downey Jr.. A fond memory of our 80's youth but on a current viewing it just doesn't hold up. Leave this one in your memory banks!
36. Wall Street (1987)
R | 126 min | Crime, Drama
A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.
Votes: 128,414 | Gross: $43.85M
37. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.
Votes: 156,867 | Gross: $156.45M
Wow, an 80's classic that truly does not handle age well at all. I think Pixar may have ruined every previous animated movie made.
38. The Untouchables (1987)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.
Votes: 239,088 | Gross: $76.27M
A great crime drama with perfect performances by De Niro and Connery. And while we have bashed Costners' "acting" abilities in the past, this movie is made for him.
39. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller
Having revived from his wound, Jason Voorhees takes refuge at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds arrive for their vacation, Jason continues his killing spree.
Votes: 37,326 | Gross: $36.69M
The first Jason movie in 3D... it didn't help. Once again our nostalgic memory of this classic horror franchise doesn't hold up on a current review. "Walking Dead" is a TV show and is 10x scarier than this thing.
40. Bloodsport (1988)
R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur.
Votes: 64,950 | Gross: $11.81M
A terrific nostalgic movie that harkens back to the good ol' days of 80's martial arts movies. Sadly, the movie just doesn't hold up on a current review. Bad acting, worse dialog.. but on the plus side you get to say Jean Claude do the splits almost a half dozen times.
41. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
R | 124 min | Drama, Romance
A young man must complete his work at a Navy Officer Candidate School to become an aviator, with the help of a tough Gunnery Sergeant and his new girlfriend.
Votes: 41,529 | Gross: $129.80M
Richard Gere at his best, and an outstanding performance as DI by Louis Gossett JR.. whats not to like?
42. Stand by Me (1986)
R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Votes: 307,763 | Gross: $52.29M
A great nostalgic film loved by both Shawn and myself. We rated this one highly nostalgicly and on a current watch, it holds up nicely. A nice slice of 1959 Americana in handy 89 minute package. Can't go wrong here.
43. The Evil Dead (1981)
NC-17 | 85 min | Horror
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
Votes: 158,076 | Gross: $2.40M
One of Shawns all time favorite horror movies, I was less impressed. I remember this as scary movie for a young kid in the 80's but on a current watch I found it to be more humorus than scary. The one brightspot is Bruce Campbell in his signature role as "Ash". Worth watching just for that.
44. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.
Votes: 139,385 | Gross: $234.76M
One of the best comedies of the 80's and a good chance to revist what made Eddie Murphy the hottest thing in Hollywood. Overall just a good movie.
45. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.
Votes: 270,754 | Gross: $70.14M
Whats not to like here? An iconic movie that even today holds up and probably still today speaks to the school skipper in every teen.
46. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 116 min | Drama, War
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Votes: 554,262 | Gross: $46.36M
A great movie and what we both think is probably the training video used when training new Drill Seargents!
47. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 665,399 | Gross: $83.01M
A bit silly on a current watch, but still a good action movie with lots of Bruce Willis doing what he does best.
48. Beetlejuice (1988)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy
When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.
Votes: 213,107 | Gross: $73.71M
We loved this movie as kids in the 80's, but on a current watch the graphics just couldn't hold up and it took away some of the enjoyment. Michael Keaton however still rocked it.
49. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.
Votes: 120,016 | Gross: $130.72M
Our 50th podcast episode movie, and we brought in our kids to watch with us. They really enjoyed it, but as adults this movie just doesn't hold up.
50. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
PG | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.
Votes: 99,471 | Gross: $78.91M
The best of the original Star Trek movies. Loved everything in this movie except the special effects.. but for 1982 what can you do?
51. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake.
Votes: 34,581 | Gross: $32.98M
The best part of this movie could have been if it was the last one of the series... sadly it was not. What started out as a good premise and plot is now just a live action cartoon. Still, it is Jason so there is that.
52. Risky Business (1983)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.
Votes: 68,088 | Gross: $63.50M
A great movie and a good example of why Tom Cruise is probably the best actor of his generation. Even after 30+ years, this one still holds up and is a fun watch!
53. Tuff Turf (1985)
R | 112 min | Action, Drama
The new kid in school must battle a gang of street toughs after stealing the gang leader's girl.
Votes: 3,149 | Gross: $9.40M
The winner of our "Review and Win" contest convinced us to watch this movie. I loved it.. it was basically a nostalgic romp thru the 80's condensed into two hours. if you have a soft spot for 80's movies you will love it.
54. Trading Places (1983)
R | 116 min | Comedy
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Votes: 115,021 | Gross: $90.40M
Blackface on a train. What else?
55. Conan the Barbarian (1982)
R | 129 min | Adventure, Fantasy
A barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his parents and his tribe whom were slain by an evil sorcerer and his henchmen when he was a boy.
Votes: 121,903 | Gross: $39.57M
I had a fond nostalgic memory of this movie and on a current watch this one holds up. its a big man with a sword just killing stuff and looking cool doing it. Don't expect anything more and you will have a good time watching this one again.
56. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.
Votes: 178,547 | Gross: $47.00M
Our first venture into the 70's decade of movies. It didn't go well for Mike, but Shawn loved this movie.
57. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 825,699 | Gross: $46.84M
Our first jump into the 90's was a great pick! Well acted, well directed, and well written. Just an overall great movie top to bottom.
58. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 567,880 | Gross: $27.00M
Cult classic with a many layered and nuanced..blah..blah..blah. A long boring movie that I wouldn't bother to watch or hear about again. The best part of this move was Decker and Roy, and they never actually appeared on the screen at the same time!
59. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.
Votes: 104,474 | Gross: $11.10M
A movie that knows how to just enjoy being a movie. This is popcorn fun at its best. Sit back and let ol' Jack Burton show you how's it's done.
60. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 702,818 | Gross: $44.02M
A classic horror tale and probably one of the best Stephen King book to movies. However, curren't review just didn't hold up! Compared to today's horrors this movie was sloooowww and didn't quite have the scares it used to.
61. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.
Votes: 388,371 | Gross: $118.50M
Shawn loved the time traveling in this movie, Mike just didn't like this movie on a current review.
62. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.
Votes: 468,287 | Gross: $260.00M
Whats not to love? Come see the movie that changed how we view beaches, sharks, and girzzled ol' sea captains! Every bit as good today as it was in 1975
63. The Lost Boys (1987)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.
Votes: 102,946 | Gross: $32.22M
One of the first movies to ever make being a vampire cool. Shame what "Twilight" has done since...
64. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.
Votes: 26,137 | Gross: $21.93M
First movie we have rated to score below a 1. Thank goodnes Corey Feldman decided to do "Goonies" instead of this crappy thing. Although if they had let him be the killer it might have actually been a decent movie.