Recently, during a workday where I was in charge of the office television, I happened on a showing of ‘Red Dawn’, which none of my older colleagues had seen.  When the other forty-something and I tried to explain that it’s the greatest cinematic achievement of Charlie Sheen and perhaps the greatest film of the year 1984, we were met with skepticism.  But it’s true on both counts, with only his dramatic moment getting shot down by Brian Keith in an outhouse comparing for Charlie, and bringing up the question of what other cinematic wonders were available in the Eighties, leading to today’s totally tubular query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) dodged a bullet, as ‘The Black Hole’ came out in 1979, and The New Warriors #1 in 1990, avoiding a blue-screen-of-death moment in my brain, asking: What’s your favorite pop-culture moment from the decade of The Eighties?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. June 18, 2017 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    K.I.T.T. Turbo Boost. You know how hard its to convince your parents to let you watch TV at 8PM when you’re 4? Totally worth it.

  2. Jerry
    June 18, 2017 at 12:43 pm — Reply

    Seeing the Ninja Turtles come to life by Jim Henson.

  3. June 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    Tough one. Having been born in 1979, the 80’s was my childhood, so it is REALLY hard to choose one favorite when so many, many things stuck out and stuck with me. But off the top of my head, I’ll go with “Ghostbusters” and the moment when the destroyer of the world is revealed to be the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Even as a child who didn’t fully grasp what was going on, that was just too funny to me and it is still one of my all-time favorite movie moments.

  4. Rob
    June 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm — Reply

    “In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune.

    Today, still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them….maybe you can hire The A-Team.”

  5. Daniel Langsdale
    June 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm — Reply

    Culturally, I don’t know if anything can top the communal experience of trying to go see Return of the Jedi A.S.A.P. upon its release.

    We made it in on day 6, buying tickets in the early a.m., and the earliest showing we could get had us then wait six hours before showtime. Taking it in shifts to sit in line for seat choice, running around the mall & being obnoxious adolescents.

    Everyone in that theater was there because they wanted to be there, had been anticipating the movie for years. That audience experience alone raised the film up several notches in enjoyment.

  6. Sean Bryant
    June 19, 2017 at 3:01 am — Reply

    Roy Batty’s soliloquy at the end of Bladerunner. Still one of the most powerful and touching speeches in cinema.

  7. Frank
    June 19, 2017 at 7:37 am — Reply

    Once upon a time, you could go to a movie with out leaks and spoilers. I saw Ghostbusters, Raiders and the Lost Starfighter knowing next to nothing about them. That makes the experience a bit more special.

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