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I need your help!

As many of you probably know, somehow I grew up in a cultural vacuum: I didn’t see Braveheart until last week. I’ve never seen ET. Many of the songs my peers grew up on, I wouldn’t recognize as a generationally important tune. I decided that the ridiculing must end! I need to watch those movies I have missed out on, so that I can finally understand all the references that people make.

Help me extend the following list by making suggestions in your comment. Try to think of movies that you grew up watching, movies that you hear or make references to all the time, movies that are ALWAYS on TV. For the songs, try to think of songs that remind you of the 90s, songs that were important for our generation, songs that defined a time period. Think of particular artists and particular songs that I should experience.

I will cross things off of these lists once I have seen the movie or listened to the song on repeat for a week. :)

Movies I Need to See:

  1. Braveheart
  2. ET
  3. Godfather
  4. Godfather: Part II
  5. Godfather: Part III
  6. Rocky
  7. Spice World
  8. Care Bear movies
  9. The Goonies
  10. Pretty Woman (Julia Roberts is my favorite actress, so I’ve seen this one a bunch!)
  11. Steel Magnolias (Own it: I <3 Julia Roberts!)
  12. Dirty Dancing (I’ve seen it once, but I think I need to watch it a few more times in order to really qualify–I barely remember the story line.)
  13. Ghost
  14. Nightmare on Elm Street
  15. Friday the 13th
  16. Halloween
  17. Ghostbusters (seen it but don’t remember)
  18. Beetlejuice (seen it but don’t remember)
  19. Robin Hood Prince in Tights
  20. Wayne’s World
  21. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  22. Empire Records (I watched this with you, I think, Morgan, when we were roommates, but again, I barely remember it)
  23. A League of Their Own
  24. Field of Dreams
  25. Driving Miss Daisy (seen it but don’t remember)
  26. Fried Green Tomatoes
  27. Willow
  28. Labyrinth (Beth forced me to watch it when I was 10 or 11, but I got too scared and stopped watching)
  29. The Neverending Story
  30. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Saw it in college after being seriously ridiculed for not having seen it)
  31. The Breakfast Club
  32. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Not a 80s/90s movie, but still a requirement)
  33. Casablanca
  34. Sabrina (original and remake)
  35. Roman Holiday
  36. Charade
  37. Funny Face
  38. Rear Window
  39. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  40. An Affair to Remember
  41. Clockwork Orange
  42. The Shining
  43. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  44. To Kill a Mockingbird
  45. Edward Scissorhands (another fave actore here: I <3>
  46. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  47. Clueless (seen it but don’t remember)
  48. Blazing Saddles
  49. Bridges of Madison County
  50. Monty Python’s Meaning of Life
  51. Lonesome Dove
  52. Legends of the Fall

Songs I Need to Listen To:

  1. New Kids on the Block: what’s an important song? Apparently ALL of them! :) (I remember when they were popular but I never listened to them.)
  2. Ace of Base “Lucky Love”
  3. Kriss Kross
  4. early All Garth Brooks (any song title suggestions? I could sing “I’ve Got Friends in Low Places” word-for-word at one point, although I am blushing to admit it! Didn’t he sing “The Thunder Rolls”? Maybe I can cross him off….) Specifically, check out the album Double Live
  5. U2 (Thanks, Morgan! I knew I was missing something really important!)
  6. MC Hammer (“STOP! Hammer time!” And I remember Hammer pants. But that’s all. :P) Any song recommendations?

** edit ** Now, Ace of Base is a group I did listen to, although I need to check out “Lucky Love.” I’ve jammed out to Salt ‘n Pepa–I downloaded all their albums a few months ago for ol’ time’s sake: “What’s my weakness? MEN!” And the one year (4th grade) I took dance lessons, our grand finale was to “Everybody Dance Now,” so I’ve got that one covered too. Kriss Kross I’ve never heard of… Lisa Loeb I have, but I wouldn’t recognize her.

I knew I was forgetting an important movie! The Goonies is one that everyone my age seems to know/make references to, but I’ve never seen!

I was planning on starting my very own babysitters club when I turned 13 and get CPR certified–the whole biz. But it wasn’t cool by then. :) I never could get into Sweet Valley High–I think I read one or two–but I’ll pick up a few. What about Goosebumps? I remember those being HUGE in junior high!

Sweet, you guys, this is awesome! Keep thinkin’ about this and if you ever come up with anything else you think I should be embarrassed to say, “Nope, never seen it!” come back and post it here! :D

One thought on “I need your help!

  1. nickandmorgan

    08 Jan on 2007 at 15:42

    Ummm… I hope I’m doing this right. First of all, you are a maniac. There is no ONE important New Kid’s song. THEY ARE ALL IMPORTANT! I have the CD if you want to copy it. Have you seen Pretty Woman, Wayne’s World, Empire Records or Dirty Dancing??? I have no idea what I’m working with here. Are you as bad as Nick? I didn’t know you were so out of it in the 90’s… I mean… seriously… you didn’t listen to The New Kids???? YIKES!!!