80’s movie night

It was a chilly December evening when a group of fellow journeyers gathered to watch a movie that would teach them something about themselves … and wonder how it was ever shown in Matt’s ninth grade biology class. That’s right, The Night has returned. While it may not be every week, it was this week, and very well could be next. So let’s start the list once again …

Date Movie Year
2007-07-15 Taps 1981
2007-07-01 The Natural 1984
2007-06-24 The Burbs 1989
2006-12-10 Crossroads 1986

The History


My former roommate (Pete Von Tobel) and I have entertained some of the finest of individuals that live in one of the finest cities of this country. They have been treated to a virtual and actual cornucopia of classic films and food. The feature films have brought us closer together and made us better people. (Almost) Every Sunday night we met to study history – a history in which we have lived. We may have forgotten much of this history. We may have never seen this history. We learned much about ourselves. Personally, I learned that I must have been a very troubled youth to enjoy Howard the Duck.

A Eulogy of Sorts


It was the best of times (Midnight Madness). It was the worst of times (Howard the Duck). A big thanks goes out to all of you who made 80’s Movie Night such a great tradition. But like all great traditions, except death and taxes, this too must fade away to make way for something new. Consider this the fall season that will break way to a peaceful winter that will break way to a spring … of new tradition. Not too unlike the actual fall season that leads to winter that is promptly followed by spring. Summer is next for all of you who are wondering. To quote the Byrds,



To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)

There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)

And a time for every purpose, under Heaven

Well, this season has come to an end. Feel free to read through these annals of history, remembering the good times.

Good night and farewell.

The list you see here is the wheel on which the clay of our friendship and community was molded. In other (much less cheesy) words, these are the movies we watched:

Date Movie Year
2004-09-26 Superman II 1980
2004-08-22 Driving Miss Daisy 1989
2004-08-15 Say Anything 1989
2004-07-25 Raiders of the lost Ark 1981
2004-07-11 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 1987
2004-06-06 Major League 1989
2004-05-16 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990
2004-05-02 Gung Ho 1986
2004-04-25 Muppets Take Manhatten 1984
2004-04-18 Raising Arizona 1987
2004-04-04 E.T. 1982
2004-03-21 Rain Man 1988
2004-03-14 The Money Pit 1986
2004-03-07 Casablanca 1942
2004-02-08 BREAK: IRELAND
2004-02-01 BREAK: Super Bowl
2004-01-25 IRELAND: When Harry Met Sally 1989
2004-01-18 A Mighty Wind 2003
2004-01-11 Shadowlands 1993
2004-01-04 Toy Story 1995
2004-01-04 The Warriors (First 20 Minutes) 1979
2003-12-21 White Christmas 1954
2003-12-14 The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992
2003-12-07 It’s a Wonderful Life 1946
2003-11-30 Christmas Vacation 1989
2003-11-23 The Jerk 1979
2003-11-16 Splash 1984
2003-11-09 Weird Science 1985
2003-11-02 The Mosquito Coast 1986
2003-10-26 Short Circuit 1986
2003-09-07 Field of Dreams 1989
2003-08-31 LABOR DAY BREAK
2003-08-24 Lucas 1986
2003-08-17 St. Elmo’s Fire 1985
2003-08-10 Three Amigos! 1986
2003-08-03 The Man with Two Brains 1983
2003-07-27 Adventures in Babysitting 1987
2003-07-20 Dirty Dancing 1987
2003-07-13 Rad 1986
2003-07-06 Top Gun 1987
2003-06-29 BREAK
2003-06-22 Good Morning Vietnam 1987
2003-06-15 Big 1988
2003-06-08 Back to the Future 1985
2003-06-01 Caddyshack 1980
2003-05-25 Mannequin 1987
2003-05-18 Big Trouble in Little China 1986
2003-05-11 BREAK
2003-05-04 Sixteen Candles 1984
2003-04-27 The Karate Kid 1984
2003-04-20 Frantic 1988
2003-04-13 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1986
2003-04-06 Footloose 1984
2003-03-30 Breakfast Club 1985
2003-03-23 SPRING BREAK
2003-03-16 Fletch 1985
2003-03-09 Hollywood Shuffle 1987
2003-03-02 Chariots of Fire 1981
2003-02-23 One Crazy Summer 1986
2003-02-16 Real Genius 1985
2003-02-09 The Outsiders 1983
2003-02-02 Midnight Madness 1980
2003-01-26 BREAK
2003-01-19 Hoosiers 1986
2003-01-12 Spaceballs 1987
2003-01-05 Better Off Dead 1985
2002-12-29 BREAK
2002-12-22 UHF 1989
2002-12-15 LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001
2002-12-08 Ghost Busters 1984
2002-12-01 BREAK
2002-11-24 On Golden Pond 1981
2002-11-17 Blues Brothers 1980
2002-11-10 Princess Bride 1987
2002-11-03 Spies Like Us 1985
2002-10-27 Red Dawn 1984
2002-10-20 BREAK
2002-10-13 Howard the Duck 1986
2002-10-06 Goonies 1985
2002-09-29 I’m Gonna Git You Sucka 1988
2002-09-22 Jewel of the Nile 1985
2002-09-15 Stand by Me 1986
2002-09-09 WarGames 1983

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