Watching The Muppets with my daughter was a weird experience because, although the movie was made in 2011, they still are incredibly entertaining for my 7 year old daughter. This just amazed me. How is it even possible that these characters, most of whom pre-date me by a good 15 years, are still entertaining to my daughter? That, to me, is absolutely amazing!
This morning as I was driving to work, I was listening to the 80s station on my satellite radio and they happened to play a montage of voiceovers from old television shows. One in particular caught my attention, because it was one of my favorite shows while I was growing up. Looking back, I’m sure I didn’t understand 50% of what was going on, but I liked it anyway. Regardless of how much I understood, Night Court was always something I enjoyed watching.
This morning at work the girls in my office and were discussing our new smart phones and how often we need to charge them. Of course this degenerated into a discussion of our old phones and eventually became one of those “remember when” talks. For context, I’m currently 31 and the youngest employee in my office (by about 10-15 years). However, that doesn’t mean I don’t fondly remember some of these same times from my childhood while the other girls remember them from high school or “when I first got married” scenarios.
You cannot look back on the 80’s decade, and not recall a variety of things you enjoyed – movies, music, hair styles, clothing styles, etc. For those of us who grew up in the 80’s, we may look back at photos of us during that time and say “What the hell?”. Yet, regardless of us wanting to hide some of those pictures, there is no way you can say that the 80’s did not present and offer up some of the best things of our time.
If I had to list out my top 20 favorite movies, there are quite a few movies released in the 80’s, that would make this list. Yet of those movies, one consistently stands out. The Labyrinth. This movie was released in 1986 and starred Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. A movie based on a young girl whose brother is taken captive by the Goblin King (David Bowie). She has to venture through the labyrinth, encounter a slew of creatures (mostly puppets), and try to find her brother before time runs out.
Okay…the general synopsis may sound silly, but it seriously has held a place in my movie favorites since I first saw this movie. David Bowie plays a fabulous goblin king – sporting his 80’s hair and tight leather pants. Jennifer Connelly is a typical teenage girl whose frustrations with her little brother end up sending her through a maze of creepy little characters determined to help or determined to hinder her journey.