When I Was A Lad…

Fair warning: this is a post that deals with my opinions, reflections and influences from growing up in the 80s. You may consider these the ramblings of a crazy old man if you like.

It’s also going to be picture-heavy, since I’m a bit strapped for time.


I grew up in the 80s. I was in my formative years during the Regean administration, the height of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, the tail end of the arcade’s heyday and the final years of the Cold War. I think it’s safe to say that, even from a young age, my tastes in entertainment verged towards escapism, especially speculative fiction in the form of movies. I watched a lot of movies.

Some of the movies I grew up loving and watching repeatedly to catch nuances and relive key moments have not, as they say, aged well. Some still hold up as entire moviegoing experiences while others look or feel a bit dated. I think there’s fertile ground for discussion in these films, especially if younger generations fail to understand why I consider them so influential. I don’t expect everybody to fall in love with these films the way I did. In fact, if I were to watch a couple of these films again I’m not sure my feelings about them would be as strong now as they were then. However, I think it’s safe to say that, for most of them, they can be considered classics in one regard or another.

I’d like to go in-depth on a few of these “nerd classics” another time, but for now, here’s some of the films that helped shape me as a movie geek and storyteller which some of you young whipper-snappers don’t respect, appreciate or even know about.


Wrath of Khan



The Empire Strikes Back

The Princess Bride

The Last Starfighter

Blade Runner



Feel free to discuss a bit here and now, and expect more from me on these in the future.


  1. The Last Starfighter is a fantastic movie. I demand that you write a 5 part series with the Last Starfighter + Transformers the Movie!

  2. Legend, Labrynth, Princess Bride, and Willow were all big for me. I watched those movies a ton of times. And of course Star Wars.

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