80's Movies That Will Always Be Relevant
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80's Movies That Will Always Be Relevant

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1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

We all wish we were Ferris Bueller. Confident, well-liked... and extremely lucky. Somehow his whole day off in Chicago wasn't found out by his parents. If I even attempted something like that when I was in high school, my parents would have whooped my ass into the next century. But hey, if you got it, you got it. No matter how old you are, no matter what decade you were a high-schooler in, you're bound to love this 80s classic.

2. Gremlins

Is it a Christmas movie or a thriller? Maybe a Christmas-thriller? Either way, this movie is definitely a must-watch and highly entertaining. A creative storyline, good plot and characters, filled with suspense... what's not to like? Now all you have to figure out is whether to show this on Halloween or on Christmas... maybe both?

3. E.T.

This one is truly a classic. If you haven't seen E.T., what are you even doing with your life? If you want a feel-good, heartwarming movie, add this to your movie night playlist.

4. The Shining

"You put a horror movie on this list? Really, Amanda?" I know, this movie won't be for everyone, but it is certainly worth mentioning, especially since the 1980s were undoubtedly the best decade for horror movies.

Based on the popular novel by Stephen King (who is a literary genius, BTW), this movie isn't scary for its gore or its random pop-outs... but mostly for its suspense and chilling plot in and of itself. Plus, it also stars Jack Nicholson in his prime. If you're a fan of the horror genre (or even if you're not) you should definitely check this one out.

5. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Yes, I added a Christmas movie to this list. But honestly, I would watch this movie any time of the year just because of how hilarious it is. It's classic humor that will never get old and is perfect for the entire family. So, judge me all you want for watching this in July, but it's just that good.

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Ranking The Best Throwback Disney Channel Movies

This is what dreams are made of.

In honor of Disney Channel finally getting their shit together and playing a marathon of every beloved DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie) there ever was, here is a list of the best of the best--but only true childhood throwbacks (sorry, no HSM).

10. Life-Size (2000)
Pre-ANTM Tyra! Pre-crack Lindsay! Shine bright, shine far, you're a star! Thinking about this movie makes me so nostalgic I could shed a tear.

9. Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003)
The big cooking contest the same day as the big game. The Bobby Flay appearance. The bullying from teammates and his overbearing father. It all adds up to make a truly great DCOM (Sidenote: Eddie apparently works at Jimmy John's now, so there's that).

8. Cadet Kelley (2002)
Seeing Lizzie McGuire go to military school was almost as great as seeing her sing "Hey Now" with Pablo. Wait, that wasn't the same character? Same difference.

7. The Color of Friendship (2000)
A true classic. We've really gotta hand it to Disney Channel, for probably the first time in the network's history, they tried to confront and portray racial issues. Looking back, the final scenes may have been inaccurate (and very cheesy), but the movie was so heartwarming and inspiring that it will always be considered a DCOM classic.

6. Brink! (1998)
Oh my god was Andy, or "Brink," hot. You may not have had a childhood if this wasn't your first DCOM favorite or if Brink wasn't your first crush. I have to wonder, though, what compelled Disney to pick competitive roller-blading of all things as the subject for this movie.

5. Johnny Tsunami (1999)
The surfing scenes, the tension between skiers and snowboarders, the heartbreaking move, and the lessons in friendship make you almost forget about the crazy plotline.

4. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)
Zenon is the epitome of '90s-kid coolness. How could you not envy her space station home, amazing fashion, best friend (Raven Symone), and even her pop-star crush? She's a Disney icon and a forever Supernova Girl.

3. The Halloweentown series (1998, 2001)
It wasn't really Halloween until you watched at least one of the installments of Halloweentown--even though it scared the shit out of you (only the first two movies were included because they are true throwbacks and the best).

2. Luck of the Irish (2001)
Because only Disney Channel could take a story about a boy turning into a Leprechaun and turn it into a staple for millennials. Fun fact: the main guy (with the spiky bleached hair) turned into a bad guy on Pretty Little Liars.

1. Smart House (1999)
The house-woman-thing still gives me nightmares, I still want to throw a party as great as the one in the movie, and I still plan on fulfilling my childhood dream of buying that house one day. When you think DCOMs, you think Smart House. It's the classic of all classics, the craziest plot-line of all crazy plot-lines, and the best of the best.

Honorable Mentions: Don't Look Under the Bed, The Thirteenth Year, My Date With the President's Daughter, Model Behavior, High School Musical, The Cheetah Girls, Motorcrossed, Double Teamed, Phantom of the Megaplex, The Ultimate Christmas Present, The Other Me

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Why I Hate Horror Movies

Because they're fucking scary, for one.

Let me state before I go on my tirade about the horror genre that I have tried to watch horror movies and play horror games. I have at least given it a shot. And I greatly dislike the genre with nearly every fiber of my being.

I scare really easily. Jump scares are the bane of my existence because there is no warning. I suppose if I had some warning then I might be OK, but the stupid, loud, high pitched notes you hear when something shows up the screen doesn't help at all. I found this out when I was watching videos of Five Nights at Freddy's (I hate that damn game so much. I even tried to find a GIF to put here, but I couldn't deal with the jump scares).

Now, I understand that some people actually enjoy being scared. They enjoy the thrill of the adrenaline going through their bodies and the survival experience. It's just not my cup of tea. At all. I get my thrills on roller coasters and other outlets where I feel like my life isn't in any serious danger. Now, I know my life isn't in danger when watching scary shit, but it's really hard for an imaginative person to let it go after the movie is over.

It will take me MONTHS to forget about a scary movie, and all the while, I am dealing with bad sleeping patterns and frequent nightmares. I have no desire to do that to myself because I like sleep and I like having nice dreams. There are times I'm curious about a video or something similar, but I think to myself that it really isn't worth the struggles of the next few nights for a two hour movie.

For those of you that enjoy watching horror movies, I applaud you, because you couldn't pay me to do it. I'll just continue to avoid the horror genre altogether because who knows what will pop up next.

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Jackie Chan Is Back With "The Foreigner"

My man is old, but hasn't lost a touch.

Jackie Chan. A man who no one on the face of this damn earth hates even a little bit. He is an angel, and one of the few American sweethearts not born in this country (get to the choppa!).

Personally, I loved all of the Rush Hour movies and thought they were masterpieces. Way ahead of their time. (P.S. Last time I saw anything of Chris Tucker was while rewatching Kanye's finest moment.)

My childhood was also improved greatly with the cartoon show Jackie Chan Adventures. Again, Jackie Chan makes my life better.

I thought the most recent Karate Kid movie would be trash. I was really stern on this, thinking no one could replace Mr. Miyagi. The Jaden Smith addition had me shook, not gonna lie, but Jackie Chan restored my hope.

Aside from the Karate Kid, Jackie Chan has mostly done action comedies of some sort, at least from my memory. But this new trailer... WHOA.

There are some action stars who can't adapt well to the new ages of movie action, but this human treasure of a man did it. And boy, did he do it so well. From action comedy to action thriller, this trailer got me so hype.

I love so very much that the storyline to get him to spring into action is not forced at all. The transition over time from secret agent to caring father works seamlessly. If you weren't already on Jackie Chan's side, the role of a father, whose daughter just died at the hands of a tragedy, who is looking for justice... come on, bruhhh, I need to see this happy ending.

Some people are calling this the Asian John Wick, and need I say "take my money" again? The comparison comes from the similar revenge and justice plot, but the action looks impeccable, and certainly can live up to the critically-loved John Wick movies.

Despite the fact that the director's work includes The Legend of Zorro and the last Green Lantern movie, we have no reason to be worried. It actually comes out in October later this year, and will be here in no time.

Although years have passed and Jackie Chan has gotten older, one fact has remained the same: criminals and Jackie Chan in a room with furniture are a bad combo.

Yu Mo Gui Gwai Fai Di Zao, my friends.

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The Main 3 Problems I Have With The New Death Note Trailer

This probably won't end well.

I've been a fan of anime and manga since sixth grade, when I saw a friend reading Fruits Basket during homeroom. Since then, I've read and watched things both popular and more obscure.

One of my all-time favorites is Death Note, a manga and anime that tells the story of Light Yagami, a high school student who finds the notebook of a shinigami (death god) that allows him to kill anyone by writing their name in the notebook.

It was a fascinating story, full of unexpected twists and turns and a bittersweet ending. It's no surprise that Death Note became so popular.

With its popularity came many adaptions. There's been a live-action TV show, a musical and at least four live-action movies. Those adaptations aren't what this article is about. This article is about the trailer for the Netflix adaptation.

The newly released trailer offers us our first glimpse of the Netflix adaptation starring Nat Wolff. I, like many other fans, am not very impressed. I have a three main issues with it, which you can check out below:

1. Whitewashing
Death Note takes place in Japan. While there were a few characters in the anime who were American, the rest of the characters were Japanese. The actors seen in the trailer are not Japanese, and while L is played by Keith Stanfield, who is black, that still doesn't excuse the whitewashing that's evident from this trailer alone.

The setting has been changed to American, and a quick glance at the cast list on IMDb shows that some of the names have been changed and Americanized, such as Misa's name being changed to "Mia." It's the little things like this that irk me and make we wonder if this could cause another controversy like Ghost in the Shell's.

2. Misa/Mia
Aside from changing Misa's name, it seems as though her role in this movie has changed. In the anime, Light uses Misa mostly as a pawn in his plans, while in the trailer it seems as though she's his sidekick/partner, and, more surprising than that, he seems to genuinely care for her, which really isn't true to the source material at all. While this change might make Light seem less like a heartless manipulator, it'll also change some other elements of the plot, so it'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

3. The Action
I'm talking about the ferris wheel from the trailer. This trailer seems to show off a lot of action that really wasn't there in the anime or manga. While yes, there were some car chases, fights, hostage situations and, of course, ton of death, a lot of the anime involved cautious moves, consideration and planning. A notable scene from the anime involves Light eating a potato chip.

It's because of the occasional slow pace of the anime and manga that really make me wonder where all of this daring, dangerous action comes from. Clearly, it's to draw in viewers with drama and danger.

Despite my issues with the trailer, I'll still give the movie a chance when it comes out. Maybe it'll surprise me by being a different, yet still interesting adaptation of one of my favorite series. If not, it'll probably give me something to laugh at.

You can check out the trailer for yourself below. The movie will be available on Netflix on August 25.

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Four Cult Classic Movies to Watch this Summer

Lunch has been cancelled due to lack of hustle.

The best cult classic movies pull you in, with a storyline that's either weird af or so unrealistic it's almost charming, and many, many quotable lines, a surefire mark of a cult classic flick. And let's face it, if you haven't seen the big ones, ie our list, you will be left out when it comes to a movie-quoting contest. Which will happen, trust us.

Heavy Weights

If you're one of those people who love to see the underdog prevail and show their nemesis up, this is movie is for you. A group of overweight kids get tricked into enrolling in a fat camp that advertises super fast weight lost and an amazingly good time, and it would if it hadn't gotten taken over by crazy fitness instructor. He cuts them off from anything enjoyable (including food), driving them to extreme and overcoming lengths.

EuroTrip
Two friends and two twins go on a trip to Europe, seems simple right? What kind of movie would it be without some chaos? There's a fight with a mime (though he is a little creepy), an accidental brother-sister make out session, and one very dominatrix scene. If this doesn't make you want to explore Europe, then I don't know what will.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Don't let the fact that it's a musical scare you away, there's wayyy more than just music. There's a mansion owned by a transvestite (who's also an alien), multiple seduction scenes, and a beefy muscular guy named Rocky. Enjoy.

The Princess Bride
This is for all those who love romance and fantasy and comedy all at the same time. Here a beautiful girl and her true love go to extreme lengths to be reunited with each other. Westley tries to rescue his princess from the horrid Prince Humperdinck. This movie has kidnapping bandits, Andre the giant, and a six-fingered swordsman. This movie will fulfill all romantic, sci-fi, and comedy cravings.