80's Movies


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Karate Kid Johnny in new Buffalo Wild Wings commercial spot

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Flashdance inspired dancers to live their ballet dreams

Flashdance (1983)
Flashdance is a timeless movie that captures the essence of living a dream. This 80's dance movie is loosely based on a true story of a real woman who worked in a steel mill during the day and took on a exotic dancing job at night to live her ballet dream. It's these types of movies that inspire people to dream. We're confident many young women who watched Flashdance found inspiration in ballet dancing.

Feel-good moments, underdog storylines, movies based on true stories, and American dreams all wrapped up in an electrifying package, gave Flashdance the platform it desired to redefine the 80's. Flashdance touched on many current issues such as health care, working multiple jobs, getting stuck at jobs, all odds against dream seekers, sexual harassment, employee-boss romance, older man and young girl relationships, and who-you-know will land you an interview elements, which were intertwined into this tightly woven screenplay to become a box office smash hit and timeless classic.

Flashdance continues to live on since this movie debuted in movie theaters back in 1983. It is one of the all-time favorites on many movie lists. The moviegoing public enjoy watching people who remind them of themselves. They root for these characters to succeed. Flashdance is a dream tale movie fans find warmth in, the journey through recurring challenges and obstacles to that ultimate moment a dream is realized. Flashdance contains these themes, especially the essence of living life to appreciate the simple pleasures we take for granted.

80's fashion trends of leg warmers and one-shoulder sweatshirt pay tribute to Jennifer Beals. Flashdance garnered instant credibility for accidentally inspiring these 80's fashion trends. Perhaps, modern day dancers take a page out of the Flashdance book to inspire their fashions.

How many young women watched Flashdance and got inspired to become dancers? If the content of this Rated-R movie toned down the exotic dancing, vulgar language, and sexual material, younger moviegoers could have watched Flashdance. For the most part, Flashdance is tame to today's film rating standards. Watch classic 80's movie Flashdance, a feel-good journey to reach a dream.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Classic Karate movies of the 80's

Some of the best 80's movies are classic karate movies. These karate movies were inspiring to watch. I remember performing karate moves on my younger brothers, imagining the crowd chanting my name and cheering for me to win. Karate movies of the 80's delivered that knockout blow. These cult classic movies are timeless; they bring back the nostalgia of the 80s.

What are some of your favorite classic 80s movies with martial art themes?

A popular list of 80's karate movies with martial art themes follow below:
  1. The Karate Kid
  2. The Karate Kid II
  3. The Karate Kid III
  4. American Ninja
  5. Best of the Best
  6. No Retreat, No Surrender
  7. The Last Dragon
  8. Above the Law
  9. Code of Silence
  10. Kickboxer

Friday, July 11, 2014

30th Anniversary of The Karate Kid on AMC

The Karate Kid (1984)
AMC is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Karate Kid on Friday. The Karate Kid (1984) is airing tomorrow night, and then The Karate Kid Part II will follow three hours later.

The Karate Kid is one of those feel-good movies. You root for Daniel to defeat Johnny in the end. In Act 1, all odds are stacked up against up Daniel. He is the weakling who is bullied and laughed at.

Mr. Miyagi rescues Daniel from an excruciating beating and trains him through unconventional methods. Daniel learns to be strong-minded. His discipline is unmatched, giving him an advantage at the karate tournament. Finally, viewers are treated to one of the best movie endings ever.

The Karate Kid is a classic 80's movie that brings back the nostalgic allure of the 80s. Watch The Karate Kid tomorrow night on AMC to revisit the 80's and see how a bullied teenage defies the impossible to become a winner. We will always remember Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi.

Happy 30th Anniversary The Karate Kid

Rest in Peace Pat Morita 1932-2005

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Where is Michael Shoeffling now, aka Jake Ryan?

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Michael Shoeffling turned many female heads playing the handsome high schooler Jake Ryan in the classic 80's movie Sixteen Candles. Jake Ryan will forever be known as the ideal young man who made his female fans tongue-tied. His striking good looks made women swoon over his every move. To this very day, grown up female movie fans and stars reminisce about their crush on Jake Ryan.

Modern day movie fans today are still wondering about Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles. AMC and other cable channels are feeding the demand, as these networks are showing Sixteen Candles repeatedly to remind female fans about Jake Ryan. As good as Hollywood can be at the height of a movie career, it can also deflate the fame bubble that once made an actor in high demand. Female movie fans are dying to know where Michael Shoeffling is today.

Trying to track down the whereabouts of this once famous actor, Michael Shoeffling, is like searching for Aliens in the New Mexico desert. Michael Shoeffling should be given an Academy Academy for Best Actor for his disappearance. Unlike most Hollywood stars, there are no current pictures of this former teenage heartthrob anywhere on the web. Michael Shoeffling (Jake Ryan) has done a great job leaving Hollywood behind and never looking back.

If you perform an Internet search of Michael Shoeffling, you will come across many websites featuring articles on this 80's star. There are accounts that Michael lives in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, where he is currently a furniture maker. For the most part, no person has snapped a current picture of Michael Shoeffling.

According to several websites, Michael Shoeffling married a former model named Valerie and had a son and a daughter. His kids are all grown up, where his daughter is now a model like her mother. Michael's daughter (23-years-old) is almost the same age as he was when he starred in Sixteen Candles. As another decade passes up by, the search for modern Jake Ryan will continue on.

Given the fact that Michael Shoeffling struggled to find movie roles after his Hollywood flame died out, it makes us ponder over how average actors without any talent are running the movie industry. We kid you not that Michael Shoeffling got robbed from making movies. This actor probably got typecast as Jake Ryan and could never land the roles he coveted most. Once his movie flame failed to materialize, this may have influenced his decision to leave Hollywood cold-turkey.

Will a current picture of this wildly popular 80's actor ever surface? Sixteen Candles female movie fans can only watch Jake Ryan in his classic 80's role. They can dream about Jake Ryan as being the perfect man. Where is Michael Shoeffling now?

Friday, June 6, 2014

Winnie Goodwin: The Witch in Free Spirit 80's show

Free Spirit lasted only 14 episodes. This short lived 80s show featured Corrine Bohrer as Winnie Goodwin, a hot blonde witch working as a normal housekeeper. It made Sunday night a treat for many male viewers.

We can't forget about sexy Corrine. Her portrayal of Winnie Goodwin excited us. In one Halloween episode, she wore a sexy witch costume that revealed her sexy legs. Corrine is a hot, sexy blonde.

Want to relive the Free Spirit experience again? Share your reaction when you first watched Corrine Bohrer as Winnie Goodwin. We couldn't stop thinking about this sexy blonde witch. 

80s night on ABC Family channel brings back these nostalgic times

80's auteur director John Hughes portrayed the 80s as a unique decade we continue to celebrate. We remember the memorable moments of the 80s because it is a time far less stressful than it is now. The 80s were original in its style such as bright color palettes, outlandish clothing, wild hair and makeup, cool cars, great movies and awesome music. Nevertheless, moviegoers are given another chance to travel down memory lane once again and reminisce on the simplicity of life before the Information Age.

80s movies and music feature that nostalgic flare we don't see that often in current movies unless Hollywood releases an 80s remake or reboots a franchise. Tonight, ABC Family screened Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club back-to-back.

In 80s movies such as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, the scenes are carefully constructed to capture the essence of the 80s: the clothes, snarkiness, rebellious attitudes of teens and young crushes. John Hughes was a master at making his 80s teen movies intriguing. These movies never get old. 

After watching these 80s movies again, the nostalgia kicks in and there is a sense of originality we see lacking in recent movies. Teen movies are fun to watch. The 80s confront the pressure of teenage life where high school focused on living in the moment and not so far in the distant future.

Current high school students and college graduates must worry whether something bad will happen to them. If it is not some insane student attempting to unleash their hate, then it's trying to find a job to pay back student loans and build a foundation that is consistent and hopefully permanent. 

The 80s are a decade that make people remember missed opportunities and good, memorable times. We remember seeing cars align the downtown streets, where cruising was commonplace on Friday nights. On 80s videos, people leave comments to reflect on a past crush they can never forget. This genuinely miss the 80s. Relationships, friendships and family life were more meaningful than now. 

Plan an 80s movie night to return back to a time that gave us the best music and movies. With the 80s, we rejoice together to reflect on a decade that makes us both happy and sad. It is a memorable time, the beginning of MTV craze that revolutionized music as we known it. Even if you didn't grow up in the 80s, watching 80s movies and listening the best songs of the 80s can introduce you to this exciting era.