We skip the lessons learned this week and instead discuss our individual top 5 defining childhood movies. Interestingly, at least to us, our lists only overlapped on one movie… and it was our #1 choice! Get ready for some fun ’80’s movie talk.
Sky’s #5: Return of the Living Dead (1985 – horror)
Dusty’s #5: Red Dawn (1984 – action)
Sky’s #4: The Last Starfighter (1984 – sci-fi)
Dusty’s #4: Predator (1987 – action)
Sky’s #3: The Transformers: The Movie (1986 – animated)
Dusty’s #3: Ghostbusters (1984 – comedy/sci-fi)
Sky’s #2: Spaceballs (1987 – comedy)
Dusty’s #2: Commando (1985 – action)
Sky & Dusty’s #1: The Goonies (1985 – action/adventure)
Let us know what you think of our list, and tell us your Top 5 Childhood defining movies. We’d love to hear them, especially if they’re non-1980’s movies. Just comment below or you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.
Dusty has chosen our #1 movie, The Goonies as the next movie we’ll learn from.
Weird Science isn’t exactly “weird”, but it’s a classic 80’s comedy we grew up with and still find super enjoyable. Kelly LeBrock is a mega babe and Anthony Michael Hall with Ilan Mitchell-Smith are great as the nerdy, girl-oggling, horny best friends.
We love the Terminator Franchise. T2 Judgment Day is the best of the bunch, with 1984’s The Terminator in 2nd place. The most recent Dark Fate was very enjoyable with the return of Linda Hamilton and some crazy scary terminators for Arnie and co to deal with.
SPOILER ALERT! Watch these movies before proceeding.
Sky: If a naked guy in the middle of the night approaches you, back away.
Don’t antagonize or threaten him. He knows more than you or at least he ain’t scared of you. Tim Allen wrote a great autobiography called “Don’t Stand Too Close To A Naked Guy.”
Dusty: Don’t peal out when you are trying to sneak away.
They do this all the time in movies and a couple times here. Loud tire screeching is the enemy of your stealthy escape.
Sky: This too shall pass.
All those little annoyances, like ice cream in your apron and spilling food on a dude, ain’t no thang. In a few days, maybe even a few hours, they won’t matter. And look on the bright side, you might have a fun story to tell from it.
Dusty: The only way to keep a secret is to tell no one.
Yep, loose lips sink ships and the more sets of lips that know, the more likely your secret will get out.
Bill & Ted Face the Music is a worthy follow-up that’s been 31 years in the making since part one in 1989. Our favorite bumbling, yet genius, best friends are back! Could you have ever escaped that mansion without remembering how?! That’s right, genius!!!
We loved this final installment of the B&T trilogy and highly recommend you watch it before you listen to our review below.
Life Lessons Learned from Bill & Ted Face the Music
Sky: If you want someone to succeed, give them all the info you can.
The Great Leader tells them that Preston and Logan will compose the song to unite all of reality. Sure, it adds suspense and doesn’t give everything away to the audience, but if you truly want Bill & Ted to succeed, then give them the song, the band members and tell them of their daughter’s role.
They’re still the fun-loving, music playing, earnest best friends we’ve always loved.
Dusty: Be excellent to each other.
This is a simple yet valuable idea that we can use more of nowadays.
Death returns… lovin’ it.
Sky: Be a role model to your kids.
Kids emulate what they see, and if you do it, they’ll do it. Pick up your dog’s poop, don’t cheat or lie, pay your taxes and work hard. If you lie, cheat, steal and beat your spouse, they’ll turn out the same way.
Dusty: Train a child in the way they should go and when they are older they will not depart from it.
This is taken from the Bible and fits right along with Sky’s life lesson above.
The Running Man is still a lot of fun. Campy at times, but good stalker killing action, Schwarzenegger and Maria Conchita Alonso and a dystopian future make for a great watch. Plus, without this movie we would’ve never gotten, “Here is Sub Zero. Now… PLAIN Zero”. Schwarzenegger one-liners for the win!
SPOILER ALERT! Watch the movie before proceeding.
Listen to our episode on The Running Man
Life Lessons Learned from The Running Man
Dusty: Use a stick and poke him in the eye.
Never get close to a bad guy laying on the ground. And Dusty does this same thing (like Homer Simpson) and pokes his shot deer in the eye.
The perfect prop to take away from The Running Man… Arnie’s Hawaiian duds!
Sky: Nobody likes a liar.
Everyone seemed to like Killian as the show host. He was up there telling everyone he loves them, smooching gilf’s and pretending to be a good guy giving convicts a fair chance. But, as soon as he was exposed as a fraud, everyone turned on him and enjoyed his death.
Iconic stalkers Fireball, Buzzsaw, Dynamo and Sky’s favorite, Subzero.
Sky: Being exasperating may help you get beyond authority.
The Hawaii-bound ticketing agent let Richards and Amber through because he was holding up the line. Sky got out of a speeding ticket once because the cop was frustrated that he couldn’t produce his registration which was trapped in an unforgiving glove box.
Dusty: Don’t be a hypocrite and a jerk like Killian.
Another example: the cancelled tyrant named DeGeneres.
I blame his jerk-ass parents. What do you expect your kid to turn into when you name him Damon Killian?!
Commando is Schwarzenegger at his action ’80’s best! He’s a killing machine as works his way through mercenaries and an entire army in an effort to save his daughter. He also prevents an evil military coup in the process. We love it!
You gotta protect yourself, especially if you’ve developed loads of enemies like being the hero of a revolution.
The early father-daughter montage really showed Matrix’s love for Jenny (Alyssa Milano).
Sky: Let sleeping dogs lie.
Matrix is the best of the best, so why the heck are you getting him involved?! He would’ve never defeated the army and prevented the military coup if they didn’t kidnap his daughter. Dumbass ’80’s villain.
Rae Dawn Chong as Cindy was great in this movie. Shooting rockets, flying plains and comedic moments?! Give me more RDC!
Dusty: Never quit.
Matrix would stop at nothing to save his daughter Jenny. And even Jenny decided to try and escape when she stopped feeling sorry for herself.
A dad-bod doesn’t make for a worthy Schwarzenegger adversary.
Three Amigos! is a childhood favorite, now our children love it as well. It’s an LOL riot as Lucky Day, Ned Nederlander and Dusty Bottoms attempt to save the town of Santo Poco from El Guapo and his gang of Mexican cowboys. There’s no better display of the comedic genius of Martin, Short and Chase.
SPOILER ALERT! Watch the movie before proceeding.
Life Lessons Learned from Three Amigos
Listen to our episode on Three Amigos
Dusty: Don’t get a big head about yourself.
You might think you’re hot stuff, but if someone has control of your career, don’t try to put pressure on your boss when you don’t actually have the clout you need. Lucky Day screwed up by negotiating from a position of no-power.
Sunset on the mesa.
Sky: Follow directions.
Directions are there to help you avoid mistakes (furniture, Legos and recipes), so improve your chance of success by following them. Fire your gun in the air, Dusty Bottoms!
El Guapo and Jefe are wonderful baddies.
Sky: Don’t stand too close to a gun fight.
For one, you might get shot. For another, where do you look? You don’t want to miss the action, so get a wider view and step back.
RocketMan was a laugh-out-loud riot of a movie! Neither of us remembered how good it was and Dusty actually gave it an A+! What a grade! Harland Williams is in top from as Fred Randall, and his supporting cast does a great job allowing him free reign.
Lessons Learned from RocketMan
Sky: Don’t kick off your shoes in the house.
You’re gonna break something, and potentially tick-off your wife something fierce.
Dusty: Being and acting weird makes others uncomfortable.
Try to pay attention to social cues and know when they aren’t picking-up what you’re putting down.
Sky: If you’re running out of time, skip the sleep.
If it’s important to get done, sleep can wait until you’re dead.
Dusty: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.
Just ’cause Fred’s a bit weird, doesn’t mean he’s an idiot. This guy’s the smartest in the room, but you’d never know it if you didn’t give him a chance.
Harland Williams – 2006 interview with Conan O’Brien
Sky: Learn your lesson the first time.
Put the chimp to sleep first!
Dusty: Don’t assume you are the smartest person in the room.
Yeah, go ahead and assume they’re smarter than you until they prove their idiocy.
Bonus Lesson from Dusty: Always blame Julie.
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The Karate Kid holds up and is maybe even more enjoyable now than when we were kids. Dusty’s seen it 4x with his kids and Sky loved it again. Great life lessons from Mr. Miyagi, bullies getting what’s coming to them and Daniel-san winning the tournament. What’s not to love? And don’t forget, Elisabeth Shue!!!
SPOILER ALERT! Watch the movie before proceeding.
Life Lessons Learned from The Karate Kid
Listen to our episode on The Karate Kid
Sky: Listen to those with experience.
Kids nowadays don’t listen to their elders (have they ever?). Your elders have “been around the block a few times” and experienced more, so they’ve got more insight. If a Mr. Miyagi comes around and tries to impart knowledge, you’d best listen.
Everyone needs a mentor like Mr. Miyagi.
Dusty: Don’t turn away a girl when you are hurt.
Just like in Back to the Future (Lorraine taking care of injured George/Marty), women love taking care of you. Let Ali dote over you, Daniel-san!
Kreese and Johnny are unforgettable baddies.
Sky: Balance is key.
Not just physical balance, but also balance between all of our roles in life.
Dusty: Never wear a towel around your neck and under your jacket.
You look like a tool (Ali’s dad coming back from the club). Also, avoid popped collars and scarfs when NOT in season.
The final moment! Love that balance and the Crane Kick to the face.