Hello world and happy Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day yesterday and got some good lovin’. In honor of the big holiday, I thought we could kick the weekend off with a classic 80’s love song. I don’t know about you but I can’t help turning the radio up and singing along when I hear this little gem. And, it’s from one of the best movies of all time – Back To The Future. Nothing says “I love you” like Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power of Love”!
This weekend I finally got around to watching the new Footloose movie. I’ve been saying I wanted to see it since it came out last year, but being the original 1984 Footloose lover that I am, I was extremely hesitant. I just knew this remake would be a letdown. And although it definitely wasn’t as good as the original, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. If you’re a fan of the original Footloose like me or just a dance movie lover, I would definitely recommend this movie.
The movie follows high school senior Ren (played by Kenny Wormald), who transfers to the small Georgia town of “Bomont” (I thought the original took place in Texas, but I could have just imagined that) from Boston when he comes to live with his aunt and uncle after losing his mother to Leukemia. He meets and instantly is attracted to the local “wild child” and preacher’s daughter, Ariel (Julianne Hough), and also befriends the lovable Willard (Miles Teller), who is a big source of comedic relief in the film. Ren is taken aback by the town’s strict laws for teenagers which include a nightly curfew of 10:00 pm, a ban on dancing and on listening to rock and roll or loud music. These laws are the result of a car accident that took the lives of several high school seniors (including Ariel’s only brother) after a party three years earlier. The town elders blame the party’s dancing and music for the deaths of the teens, hence the ban on all things fun to teenagers in Bomont. But of course the teenagers rebel against the laws and always find a way to sneak in a dance montage at the local diner or blast some music out in the Georgia countryside.
Part of the reason I liked the remake was because (almost) everything was exactly like the original. I even wondered at one point if the movie was line for line the same. They kept all of the good songs from the original like “Holding Out For A Hero”, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”, “Almost Paradise”, “Dancing In The Sheets” and of course the title track “Footloose”. Most of the songs were remade by modern artists but they found a way to mix almost all of the old songs in at some point throughout the movie. Also, I was floored when I saw that the wardrobe for the final Prom scene was identical to what the characters wore in the 1984 version. Ariel in her light pink, ruffly, chiffon dress and Ren in his cute maroon with black trim blazer. Classic!
The film did have some differences from the original, though, like the focus on the relationship between Ren and his deceased mother, which I don’t remember being in the original. Also, Ren had a major Boston accent in the remake (Kenny Wormald is actually from Boston) and Kevin Bacon sure didn’t talk like that in the original. The dancing was of course more modern which means there was way more grinding on the dance floor in this one than in the original (kids these days). But the biggest disappointment for me was the infamous scene where Ren dances in the warehouse to relieve all of his pent-up stress and anger. You know which one I’m talking about, ladies. Here is the original scene in all of its Totally Awesome 80’s glory.
Does it get any better than that? I just don’t think so. So that I don’t spoil the ending for anyone who hasn’t yet seen the movie (has anyone really NOT seen Footloose??) I will only say it was exactly like the original, which is pretty much the best part of the movie. Overall, the movie was enjoyable but if you haven’t seen either movie, watch the original.
Now if you will excuse me, I’m going to go turn on some Kenny Loggins and shout “LET’S DANCE”!
As a child growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, I had some crazy ideas about what I wanted to be when I grew up. At one point, I wanted to be a marine biologist so I could “swim with the sharks”. I am completely, absolutely, just peed my pants a little bit even thinking about it, terrified of the ocean. So I am still not sure where this career idea came from. Although I suspect it came from my obsession with the movie Free Willy, and that the downfall of this dream came after watching movies like Jaws and Titanic where all the people get eaten by sharks or drown. But there were other dream jobs that didn’t involve living on the edge by being in an underwater cage so I could study a Great White up close and personal. Normal jobs like a veterinarian, a teacher or a librarian. No matter what I wanted to be, I always knew I’d have some sort of office and was really excited by the idea of having a space dedicated to my professionalism with a desk and fun little office supplies to make me feel fancy.
Now that I’m grown up and have my own office (okay so it’s a cubicle but a girl can dream) I still enjoy the idea of my little professional space and like to keep things tidy on my desktop. One of my guilty pleasures are office supplies and anything that will give my desk a little more personality and reflect my style. I like to browse office supply stores for cute items that help make work feel less like work and more like fun.
Lately I’ve been thinking about my childhood hopes and dreams for my future career (and how far I am from them now), and tried to imagine what I thought my office would be like when I was younger. Not very surprisingly, everything that I was in to then, I am still in to now and want for my current office. Here are a few things I found that are on my office supply wish list.
Do you think my co-workers would think it were weird if every one of my pencils had a troll on top of it?
With a Kermit phone, every call is an important call.
I would keep all of my important documents in my Lisa Frank folder.
My lunch breaks would be spent with none other than She-Ra, Princess of Power.
Pretty pony paperclips!
Pac-Man Stapler. Need I say more?
A Rainbow Brite mouse pad is so much better than a boring blue one.
And a Hello Kitty mouse to go on it!
I’d write sweet notes on this Sanrio Twin Stars note pad.
Super Mario Bros Push Pins.
80’s Movie Villains Magnets. Totally awesome.
I really think I need to buy some of these items for my office. What are some of your favorite office supplies that you have found? Leave me a link below so I can check them out! I may add them to my wish list!
It’s been a while since my last “Totally Awesome 80’s Moments” post, so I think it’s time for another one! A little extra 80’s nostalgia is never a bad thing, right?
Anyone who knows me well knows that Say Anything is my all-time favorite movie. What is it about this movie that makes it my favorite? There are so many wonderful things: Cameron Crowe’s beautiful writing and witty dialouge, the loveable and quirky characters, the groovy 80’s mood of the movie that just gives me that childhood feeling, etc, etc. These are all contenders for what makes Say Anything so wonderful, but what really makes this movie my favorite is Lloyd Dobler.
Sigh. Oh, Lloyd.
Here are some of the reasons why I love him so much:
- In a world full of guys, he’s a man. In Say Anything, Lloyd Dobler isn’t afraid to go after what he wants (Diane Court) and doesn’t really care what people think of him. He stands up for his friends (that crazy girl Corey who is unhealthily obsessed with her jerk ex-boyfriend) and knows what he wants (and doesn’t want) out of life. I love the scene of the movie where he is having dinner with Diane, her father and her father’s upscale friends and he tells them about his career aspirations:
“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.” ~Lloyd Dobler
- His amazing fashion. Lloyd Dobbler brought new purpose to the trench coat. No longer was it only worn on rainy, cold days. After Lloyd sported it with a t-shirt and baggy pants, the trench coat became a staple for any super cool, yet sensitive dude. That, and a nice pair of high top sneakers. And how cute is he in a skinny tie?
- His taste in music. For starters, he blasts the amazing “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel for the love of his life outside her window. I mean, really. Does it get any better than that? He can also be seen in Fishbone and Clash t-shirts throughout the movie.
- He is a hopeless romantic. As if the boombox scene wasn’t the most romantic thing we’ve ever seen a guy do for a girl in a film, there’s more. Telling Diane that he loves her is a huge deal to Lloyd, and he cries in the rain when she breaks up with him afterwards, saying “I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen”. He also writes and sends her a letter telling her he’ll “always be there” for her after they make love the first time. Are you swooning yet, ladies?!
I could seriously go on and on about Say Anything. I love this movie! I hope you have all seen it and if you haven’t, go watch it right now. I promise you will be head over heels for the quirky, lovable Lloyd.
Who are some of your favorite male characters from 80’s movies?
The movie Teen Witch is one of my all-time favorite 80’s movies. Growing up, my sister and I would sit glued to the television watching it every chance we got. It didn’t even bother me that the creepy little lady from Poltergeist was in it. There are so many totally awesome 80’s moments in this movie, but the one that takes the cake has got to be…the “Top That” rap-off.
First of all, if you’ve never seen this movie
what the heck is wrong with you here is a quick plot summary. Louise is a normal, slightly nerdy teenage girl who finds out she is descended from Salem witches and inherits magical powers on her 16th birthday. So she uses her new powers for what any girl would: (1) makes herself super pretty, (2) makes herself the most popular girl in school, (3) gets revenge on the cheerleaders who made fun of her, (4) makes the captain of the football team and hottest guy in school fall in love with her, and (5) gives her BFF the hippest rap skills ever and the courage to face her crush and his posse in a rap-off. Because I would totally do that for my bestie if I had magical powers.
As you can see, this is truly one of the greatest moments of 80’s film. I will never get over the way Polly says “Look at how funky he is”!
What are some of your favorite 80’s movie moments?
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