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TRON Legacy: Why do we love the 80s?

December 20, 2010

With TRON: Legacy blasting the box office over it’s opening weekend (it earned $43,6 million) and with the year coming to a close, I have to wonder what has been with 2010 and it’s obvious 80s nostalgia. Let’s take a look at the film industry’s 80s remakes and general love of decade as a whole:

Clash of the Titans: A remake of the 1981 stop motion animation cult classic. I heard this movie was pretty awful, not to mention the lambasting it got for it’s hasty post-production 3D rendering.

The A-Team: Man I loved this show when I was little. “Don’t you put me on that plane, Hannibal.” Haaaaa. Alack, alas, I didn’t catch this one either.

The Karate Kid: Will Smith’s vehicle for son Jaden by his own company Overbrook (hollaa!) Productions. This was the surprise hit of the summer despite…not…actually…being about karate.

A Nightmare on Elm Street: Didn’t have Johnny Depp; doesn’t count.

-Though more sequels than remakes, 2010 also brought us another Predator movie as well as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Oh the irony of that one. I hear pre-production began just before the recession really hit, so bravo yee gods of timing.

-Pushed to 2011: Red Dawn, The Smurfs.

-2010 also brought us the 80s action-star-packed The Expendables as well as the silly Hot Tub Time Machine, starring none other than 80s darling John Cusack.

This is, no doubt the result of the Gen-Xers now hitting their mid 30s-40s and finding themselves in positions of power within studios and movie making machines. What does one do when they find themselves in such a position? Why, play with shit you loved as a kid, naturally. Being a Millennial myself I don’t have much of a nostalgic twinge for Clash or TRON, though perhaps in 10 years my show biz friends and I will be slaving away at an Empire Records remake. But with MP3s?? :/  Hm.

Or we could just ::gasp:: come up with new stories.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. January 7, 2011 1:24 am

    i like it

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