Got YA (formerly Old People Writing For Teens) is hosting a new event called Flashback Friday. This week we’re talking about the most influential movies of our generation.
I’m sure most people will gush about John Hughes and his movies, but when I was a kid I was not into that stuff at all. I wanted ACTION! And ALIENS! And SWORDS! So here are a few of the movies from the 80s and 90s that shaped my generation of nerds:
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Crazy mad scientists! Time travel! 1950s costumes! Weren’t we all, just a little bit, in love with Marty McFly? He played the guitar, drove a car with flip up doors, wore a goofy orange vest, and saved his parents’ love life. How can you not love this guy?
Indiana Jones convinced everyone that archaeology was a cool subject to major in. Then people learned you don’t actually get to run around with a whip, saving ancient relics, and fighting Nazis (unless you’re Lara Croft).
The Terminator series is one big family drama complicated by time travel and the robot apocalypse. If nothing else this movie taught us the dangers of making robots smarter than we are and giving them guns. Not that the Japanese are listening. When all the ASIMO robots revolt don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Love it or hate it, you cannot deny that the original Star Wars trilogy influenced more movies, books, songs, tv shows, internet parodies, and Comic Con costumes than everything else on this list put together. I STILL want to grow up and be a Jedi.
After Star Wars I would put this as the 2nd most influential sci-fi movie of my generation. Not only did it invent new movie technology, it made us all want to walk around in tight leather and talk about the nature of reality. Or maybe that was just me.
Looking at the above list, here are a few things I notice:
1) All of these movies have a sci-fi, fantasy, or paranormal element that is integral to the storyline or the setting.
2) All of these movies have characters that you can root for. You remember these characters long after the movie is over and want to dress up as them for Halloween.
3) All of these movies have humor and memorable dialogue. They make you think, they make you feel, they have important themes – and they still make you laugh.
4) All of these movies have male heroes. Yes, there are some pretty bad ass side kicks (Sarah Connor, Princess Leia, Trinity) but none of them are the main hero of the story. It is high time for some female ass kickers!
As such, I’m adding one more to the list:
Do not mess with Ripley. She will kill you and your alien babies too.