As a card-carrying member of Generation X, I cut my teeth on the cinema of the 1980s, but choosing a favorite Eighties movie is the Gen X equivalent of Sophie’s choice, especially since most of us love cultural touchstones as much or more than our families.  Would you choose ‘Ghostbusters’?  ‘Back To The Future’? ‘The Lost Boys’?  ‘Fame’?  The choices are damn near endless!  I might be interested in living in the 2005 future of ‘Transformers: The Movie’, provided that I wasn’t human or one of the doomed 1984 toy line, leading us to today’s old-school query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”)  is torn between ‘The Breakfast Club’ or ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, depending on whether or not I had to be Ed Rooney, asking: If you had to live FOREVER in an Eighties movie, which past flick would you choose?


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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! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Who framed Roger Rabbit?
    I’d get to hang out in toon town and start a business in toon PR. Just have to watch out for weasels.

  2. Since original Miami Vice was never a movie and I assume its me, regular human and not a Transformer, I’ll go with Back To the Future.

  3. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

    Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure! I want to live in his Rube Goldberg house with Speck!! And visit that magic shoppe…

  4. Initially, I thought of Breakfast Club, as it is definitely in my top 3 favorite 80s movies (yep, I had a huge crush on Judd Nelson). But, to live perpetually in Shermer, IL in detention? Nah. So, I would have to go with Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade and live forever with one of the best father/son duos in cinema exploring history.

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