Culture,  Personal

Why haven’t I seen these 80s movies?


Let me just start this post off by admitting that, really, I’m just not that into movies.

It’s not that I have anything AGAINST them, it’s just that, say for instance, I find myself at a loose end on a Saturday night – no plans, no desire to make any – chances are almost zero that I’d spend the evening devouring back-to-back screenings of the latest blockbusters to grace the DVD shop’s shelves.

In fact, given the choice between reading a book and watching some randomly selected film, I would always choose the book.

Given the choice between browsing Pinterest with a glass (or two… okay, let’s make it a bottle) of wine at hand and watching a film I’m not particularly interested in, 90% of the time I’d choose the former.

Given the choice between just pottering around my flat, listening to music and rearranging… stuff and watching a movie, I would almost certainly potter.

I’m not too sure *why* exactly this is the case – it could have something to do with the fact that I don’t have a TV and my laptop is super tiny, which, let’s face it, isn’t the best for watching stuff on.

Or that I never remember my account name/number at the DVD shop and it’s kind of embarrassing.

Or maybe it’s because I really hate feeling like I wasted two-to-three hours of my precious time on something that left me underwhelmed (I’m looking at you, Moonrise Kingdom), devastated to the point of curling into the foetal position forever (ahem… Requiem for a Dream), fearing what might happen if I wake up at 3am (Gothika, you bastard!!) or with a substantial drop in brain cell activity (I’d really rather not say).

Whatever the case may be, the point is I’m rather picky when it comes to films.

So, when I came across this article on Huffington Post about the 10 ’80s movies writer, Alison Tate, would want her kids to watch and learn from, I felt strangely cheated… but also excited.

One whole half of the list consists of amazing-looking movies – films that I know will fit right into my firm favourites list – that I haven’t seen yet!

I couldn’t believe it.

So, here they are – the five ’80s movies I’m actually going to make time to see. Better open a new Red Sofa account!

The Breakfast Club 

breakfast club

Say anything


Pretty in Pink

pretty in pink



Princess Bride

princess bride

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