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I´ll be the first to admit I´m a nostalgic bastard.
I rarely watch current TV series or films (only the ones that really catch my eye) and instead stick to stuff from the 80s and 90s, including music and literature.

You could say this is due to my being born in the 80s and that I´m simply trying to recapture the freshness of my youth, and I would agree, although I don´t think it´s just that.
When I watch those old films I can see the 80s (and to a lesser extent, the 90s) were a more innocent time.  People had high hopes for the future, moral values were stronger, Christianity was present and the family unit was a given.  Plus, there was no political correctness.
Life also seemed a lot simpler and more fun and there was a lot more real social interaction because of the absence of the internet, social media and smartphones, and people were more genuine.

I also remember there was this sense of magic and adventure, and that you could go on a night out, meet complete strangers, perhaps even the love of your life and that anything could happen!
A trip to another city or country would be something completely out of the ordinary and people would be curious to meet someone different.

When I compare the 80s and 90s to our time, it seems like a real drag.
Yep, technology made a lot of things easier, but life seems so boring and predictable nowadays.
People are closed off, less interesting, less authentic and less intelligent.
The sense of adventure or spontaneity in life has all but disappeared.
It seems the only thing people care about nowadays is money, money, money and materialistic pursuits like fame.

Do you guys feel the same or am I just an old fart?
People in every era think romantically about previous eras. Just recently radio, then TV, then PC, now social networks are a "gamechanger". It is nicely captured in a movie Midnight in Paris (2011).




If you looked at objective data regarding world conflict, literacy, famine, murder rate, life expectancy...it's all getting better.

Wonderful thread idea.  I am a child of the mid 70s (1975 to be exact), but I do remember the 80s fondly.  Let's start with the TV shows : 

A Team!
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One of the best series of the 80s.  No one ever died, but the characters complimented each other perfectly and the storylines were brilliant.  Unashamedly masculine too.

Knight Rider: 


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The Hoffmeister at his best.  Fantastic storylines again and you get a warm inside at the relationship between Michael and KITT.  Michael never actually shagged the brainy hot researcher either, though there was obvious sexual tension.
Airwolf: 


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My personal favourite of the 80s TV shows.  Airwolf looks cool now even in 2019!  Look at it.
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Also, I can make the iconic Airwolf cruising noise (if you used to watch it, you will know what I mean) by rolling my tongue and blowing air through pursed lips. There are advantages to having a giant natural gap between your 2 front teeth.  Used to be one of my party tricks, alongside tensing stomach muscles and asking larger boys to whack me in the stomach as hard as they could..Whilst smiling at them.And climbing up lamp posts using 80% grip strength and not using legs.
Magnum PI
Probably my 2nd favourite behind Airwolf.  Relationship between Magnum and Higgins was great. A great Selleck movie to watch : An Innocent Man. 
Movies :
The Terminator 
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One of THE defining movies of the 80s.  In my view this is by FAR the best of any Terminator movie - none of the rest even come close.  T2 is not a patch on the original.  In this movie Arnie is genuinely terrifying - it's the only film in which you feel scared to watch him onscreen.  Definitely the best portrayal of a relentless killing machine.  Jason Patrick in T2 doesn't come close.
Aliens
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Bloody brilliant movie, but still not as good as the original 70s movie Alien.  Sigourney at her best, and note despite the fact she's female it doesn't feel forced to have her as the hero.    Suspense, special effects and excellent casting.
9/10 but the original was a masterpiece 10/10.
The Thing
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For me, this just edges out Aliens.  John Carpenter is a stone cold genius.  They really don't make movies much like this anymore.  Thrashes the remake in the 2000s (I believe).
The Shining
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If you haven't seen this movie, shame on you.  One of the absolute all time classics.  Kubrick never really put a foot wrong, but in my view this ranks amongst the best of his work.  I read the Stephen King book and it's also very good, but King always hated the movie adaption.  The follow up book Doctor Sleep lacks the pervasive creepiness, claustrophobia and incipient disaster waiting to happen of the original shining book.
As for the follow up movie Doctor Sleep : forget about it.  Will not be a patch on the original movie.
Goodfellas (1990 but you get the point)
What can you say? Scorceses best movie!
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Nightmare on Elm Street
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Another classic horror. I clearly remember parents banning children from watching this movie, so we sneaked a VCR copy one day and all watched it together with the curtains shut.  We were all shit scared.  It's still creepy even now and far superior to the later versions. 
Which reminds me...One of my favourite TV Series  of the 80s (V) featured Robert Englund 
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Goddam I loved this TV Series.  Looking back over what I have posted there were many more great TV series in the 80s too.  As good as Game Of Thrones? Sure!  Even better in a different way.
I was too young to be out chasing women - that came in the 90s, but I remember the 80s fondly.  Clearly remember my dad playing Dire Straits , Queen, Fleetwood Mac - bands I still love to this day.  I didn't discover Pink Floyd until the 90s.
What do you guys remember about it?
(11-01-2019, 03:23 PM)Andrew Wrote: [ -> ]People in every era think romantically about previous eras. Just recently radio, then TV, then PC, now social networks are a "gamechanger". It is nicely captured in a movie Midnight in Paris (2011).




If you looked at objective data regarding world conflict, literacy, famine, murder rate, life expectancy...it's all getting better.


Who gives a fuck about world hunger? See my reply to the thread - look how many great TV Series and movies came out in the 80s!!
Well, part of the original post was this: "I can see the 80s (and to a lesser extent, the 90s) were a more innocent time.  People had high hopes for the future, moral values were stronger, Christianity was present and the family unit was a given. 
Life also seemed a lot simpler and more fun and there was a lot more real social interaction because of the absence of the internet, social media and smartphones, and people were more genuine." Which is just our selective memory and youth playing tricks on us. 
 I myself recommended some 80's and 90's movies in the movie thread...and we watched Knightrider after school when I was about 7 years old. Terminator, Commando, Rocky, Rambo, Alien or Demolition Man are favorites of my father so I also have nice memories with those movies.
I discovered The Shining randomly on my own but it was amazing.

That said, often when you rediscover let's say a video game you loved...it now sucks...the mechanics are dated...pretty unplayable...you only remember the fun part...with movies, it applies to some extent as well...the tricks of first Terminator or Indiana Jones for example. Or the difference between old "stupid" TV series and current complex plots. In terms of TV series, the best time is NOW. For movies, I agree current studios play it safe and the movies are of worse quality or just a rehash of old series and ideas. But it's also not fair to pick top 10 movies of 80's, or one a year, as comparison to just 2018/2019.
Well, the films, series, music and pop culture of the 80s didn´t exist in a bubble. It affected society as a whole, of course.
The way people acted and related was very different from what we have today. It´s like the world was not only a friendlier place, but more alive and colourful as well.
I don´t think it´s a coincidence that society feels so shitty and boring nowadays, and the quality of the movies and culture has fallen off a cliff.
My place in the 80's was grey communist utopia with two flavors of yoghurt, oranges only at Christmas, destroyed useless industry, destroyed nature and morally broken people who had to shut the fuck up to survive and not fuck up their kids lives. 
Today, Steve would probably sell his left nut to live here and in fact lives in the region, so... Big Grin
GI Joe cartoons need to be mentioned. A world war happened where Cobra took over, and the Joes that slept through it found out that seven of their GI Joe counterparts died in the world war. That's 3D chess shit right there.
For the most part, I am happy with having vs not having the advancements since that time. In no particular order:

- Movies: I cannot watch SD video anymore; 4K HDR is where it's at.  After seeing sports in 60P, and anything less is near painful to watch.  There are some irreplaceably sexy actors like Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie that the current generation can't match.

- "life seems so boring and predictable"
I suppose there is less spontaneity because we have smartphones always with us whereas before, we'd say meet at X at Y time and often end up with an adventure getting there and looking for each other. However, transportation tech is better now and flights have become more affordable.

- Health: more prevalent use of moushwash and electric toothbrushes nowadays. More importantly, better medical care and higher life expectancy.

- "money and materialistic pursuits"
This is true. I got sucked up in the game. Like any other lifestyle, you get used to it and find faults with alternatives. Lots of people have hacked this system, such as the FIRE community (financial independence, retire early).

- "People are closed off, less interesting, less authentic and less intelligent."
People in public on their phones all the time or with earbuds are definitely more closed off.  But you can also meet people online (I know Steve bashed online dating but that's another topic; online also includes hobby meetups) in just minutes of effort.

I think it's mainly a case of adapting.  It's actually been the case for all of nature from the beginning of time, adapting to a changing environment. Change is the only constant.
Hahah Steave! Thame from Airwolf - this is A KILLER!
I often play it out loud in work and yangsters don't fucking know what will hit them in second Big GrinDD

I will just add to this nostalgia topic, that I looooveee 90's classical Hip Hop, RnB and SoulMusic, and realy cant stand those vocoder Traps now a days.
I was involved in udergound sceen as most as a vocal in metal hardcore bands, but we always have respect and love other genres of music. So often we end up afterpartying on some hip hop or techno events. I love this eclecitc colaborations like for e.g. OST from Judgment Night.

Now I see 14 - 18 years old runnig in numbers on paries like RussianPOP or Hardbass - all dressup in "pseudo" 90's style. And I literaly see in the faces of those pretty young girls the sadnes and desperation and resignation when they interact with boys in their age... Boys are like tottaly numb, not intrested, scared.

But I dont resent on this. Somehow I know ther is a better place and time for humanity in future. But as for now, as you all guys konow, putting yourself outside is the best way of dealing with it.
(11-01-2019, 04:45 PM)Andrew Wrote: [ -> ]My place in the 80's was grey communist utopia with two flavors of yoghurt, oranges only at Christmas, destroyed useless industry, destroyed nature and morally broken people who had to shut the fuck up to survive and not fuck up their kids lives. 
Today, Steve would probably sell his left nut to live here and in fact lives in the region, so... Big Grin

So was mine - but we had Arnold and Rambo to show us the way to the bright future! There is nothing like that nowadays. 

Most people in the West have no idea how important was the 80s movie culture to people in communist countries. I watched interviews with Serbian mobsters who openly said that The Godfather had made them stop believing in communism and start believing in the values of mafia. In the Balkan wars of the 1990s, whoever had curly hair grew it, pumped up some biceps and put a strap around his forehead. It took Mirko Cro Cop only one move by Jean Claud van Damme to quite track and field and sign up for kickboxing. Me, I use to live for renting a new movie in a videoteka, as we use to call it. Total Recall, Commando, Running Man.. that was my whole world back then. I don't think kids nowadays have anything similar. 

Btw, the most underrated movie of that era, IMHO: The Blood of Heroes.
I was born in 1990 but fucking loved Rocky 4 and Rocky’s barebones training approach against “Soviet” Dolph Lundgren using high-tech machines. Western movies in general were something else of course, even when there was a delay in availability they were miles ahead and there were long queues in front of cinemas for the likes of Indiana Jones. Plus most local movies were war propaganda documents like “Battle of Kursk” etc.
Similar age to you JabbaJaws and i loved the 80's and 90's. Spent the 90's DJ'ing and raving and not having people ring me on my mobile phone that didnt exist yet. I was able to fuck hot women al lthe time due to everything being localised and i was one of the prime guys in the local area. No Tinder or any of that bullshit and women screening men out if they arent 6'7 and have a 10 inch cock with a picture of it.

He-Man, Automan, Black Beauty, Wurzel Gummage, The A-Team, Blue Thunder etc etc.

Also if anyone is interested im looking to take on a pump queen.
I would also mention those two movies:

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I think there much more, but can't remember now. Anyway movies from 80' and 90' are really great.


And also I watched this when was a small kid:

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Can you remember that ?
I think Predator is one of the all time favourites of men my age and perhaps 10 years younger.  They never matched the original.

Running man was pretty solid too!
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