Monday, July 17, 2006

Scenes I Love: '80s Teens

To bring things up to date a little (well I’m still 20 years behind) here are two of my fav bits from two rad ‘80s classics.
In the wake of the Los Angeles Olympics, Molly Ringwald played Sam in Sixteen Candles (1984), a movie that was the era in a nutshell: crude, raunchy, poignant with cool clothes, and inappropriate grandparents feeling you up. In this clip, Samantha’s turmoil about turning 16 sans fanfare is exacerbated by her vehicular troubles. Psych!

The iconic Say Anything…(1989) seems to have slipped under the radar of ‘80s nostalgia and it has more brains than all the rest combined (not saying much). Sure Lloyd Dobler doesn’t have Ferris Bueller’s sauve ways with parade floats or Emilio Estevez’s brutal jock angst, but there is something exceedingly real and earnest about John Cusak as Lloyd. My favourite line in the film comes from this clip, the second line Cusak speaks. Another reason to include this is for the genius that is Lili Taylor; she sings, she acts, she chews up the scenery. Also, every good movie has to have a great party scene (All About Eve, Breakfast at Tiffanys). Take it away Cameron…


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