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COMMENTERS: WHY DID GOOSE HAVE TO DIEEE!?!?!? Wait… no. That’s not the question. Top Gun is a movie that nearly perfectly encapsulates the 80’s. How we talked, how we dressed, the kinds of jets we flew… it’s all there. Which movies do you think can define, or at least explain each decade to someone that didn’t live through them? For the late 90’s, the only correct answer is Hackers.
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Bruceski · 91 weeks agoI think to explain the 80s you just have someone watch a sunset while playing Everybody Wants to Rule the World.Awesome. I really look forward to the new comics. The change in story lines has been really great! The characters seems a lot more real now, for some reason.A fairly recent entry, but I’d submit The Social Network for the 2000’s (00s? What are we calling that decade?)A fairly recent entry, but I’d submit The Social Network for the 2000’s (00s? What are we calling that decade?)You’re spot on. I think it encapsulates exactly what it was like just before social tech changed essentially everything about how we interacted with the world and the people in it.No you are all wrong!!! For shame!!! The movie for the 90’s is of course. Swingers. That movie is MONEY BABY!I dont know if I can get on board with this. Swingers captured a type of behavior that I have never seen an actual human exhibit. It might be a good movie from the 90’s but is it a great movie ABOUT the 90’s? I’d counter with “Singles” and “Reality Bites.”
HikingViking · 91 weeks agoIt’s interesting – now that I live in Seattle, I could totally see Singles being a staple movie of the 90’s. Actually, the Seattle-impression from that movie was what attracted me to move up here in the first place. But growing up in Southern California, I can vouch that many, many people acted EXACTLY like the characters in Swingers.
That_guy · 91 weeks agoEmpire Records
It’s a bunch of emo teens saving a record store run by a guy who would have had to accomplish something to be washed up.
Also, I still like it.Surely Clerks for the 90s? Whiny, narcissistic, unsure where to go or what the future holds. Dante Hicks is the human race in one perfectly encapsulated arsehole.
80s, I’d go with Big Trouble in Little China (mainly because I still don’t know what that movie is about and I have similar feelings about the 80s in general); early 00s I’d go with Suckerpunch, because we all got taken to mental wards/brothels and then fantasised about killing steampunk Nazis with Gatling guns… obviously.See if you can follow me on this line of logic (since Im not sure that it makes sense), but to me Clerks in a quintessential 90’s movie not because it was INFORMED BY 90’s culture, but because of it’s own influence on the way we spoke, dressed, and the affect it had on movies to follow. In that respect, I would not say it’s very representative of what living through the 90’s was actually like.I see where you’re coming from and maybe it is a case of hindsight but to be so spot on, surely it must be informed of current culture (at the time) otherwise it wouldn’t have hit home in quite the same way. I absolutely agree with you that it affected cinema since its release but as a definition of 90s, the zeitgeist, the angst and apathy (although this could be a regional thing) then I think it’s spot on.
Personally, I love Clerks and Dante always reminds me of myself and how I felt after leaving university.
Aetheling · 91 weeks agoI think the Matrix sums up the late nineties and early two thousands (I hate the term noughties). The whole thing about rebellion against a system certainly influenced me and my friends. That, and all the cool clothes. (to an extent, I’ve always thought of the Matrix as a tipping point when people really started to ask questions about government in the modern age and it’s been steadily fermenting from 1999 onwards.)You and Wil Wheaton need to team up to make some of that BroBrauI dont think he would like it, since it’s cheap mexican beer with a fake german name.
Dave · 91 weeks agoFor the past few comics, I have noticed that the radio button to reveal the hover text is gone. Now I can’t see the hover text when I am using my iPad to access the site. That makes me a sad Mac.
DuckAmuck · 91 weeks agoI kinda think the best movie to sum up the ’80s is actually “Hot Tub Time Machine.”
Complete with a whiny John Cusack. And sex, drugs and booze. And skiing. And “violent” preppies.
Steve · 91 weeks agoBecause if Goose didn’t die, we wouldn’t get Deadmeat jokes for Hot Shots. Not to mention Washout. Goose died for better humor.
90percentgeek · 91 weeks agoI think you can define decades by their horror movies (but then I am currently involved in watching a horror movie marathon). So 80s the Friday the 13th saga, 90s the Scream saga, 00s The Ring. I can’t wait to see what this decades defining horror movie will be.