Nostalgia. It hit me like a sandbag in tenth grade and I have never recovered.
I could pontificate and try to explore my mental recess for why nostalgia impacts me, but the simple answer: it just does.
Every year, I like to look back ten years or sometimes twenty to see to what movies were playing, which were popular, which were bombs and have a marathon or re-watch of the movies of the past decades. I find it consuming and alluring the power nostalgia hold over me.
So why 1984?
For a simple reason; last November, I discovered that it was the 30th anniversary of both Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Both properties mean more to me then I could ever articulate.
Ghostbusters was the first movie I have a memory of watching and it gave me a reason not to be afraid of ghosts. When I watched Disney’s Mr. Boogedy, and I was shaking and couldn’t sleep, I knew the Ghostbusters would take that stupid ghost out of it’s cornfield and kick some ass. It gave me comfort and a lifelong fascination with ghosts that exists to this day. Ghostbusters is not only my favourite movie, I can honestly say it profoundly shaped my childhood and life.
What can you say about the Ninja Turtles? This was my cartoon. You had four anthropomorphic turtles created by Mutagen, their sensei and surrogate father was a rat (And the only rat I will ever love and not be terrified of) and they were ninjas. It had everything i loved; animals, mutants, ninjas, adventures and surrealness.
Because of these two influences, I felt I needed to do something special. I envisioned a birthday party where these two themes could be celebrated and people would indulge it because it, “Hey my birthday!”
Then I discovered that this was also the 30th anniversary of AirWolf and Bucky O’Hare. I used to watch Airwolf with my dad as a child and Bucky O’Hare, to this day still has the coolest, kick ass theme for a cartoon. Actually AirWolf and Bucky both do, but I digress.
Curious, I started digging and that’s when I had this I entered a free lottery euphoria where I discovered that 1984 had a ton of shit that came out this year. That decides It, as a nostalgia and pop culture junkie, I need to do something.
The 1984 Project was born!
I’m going to be blogging, podcasting, critiquing, bemusing and ranting of everything 1984 from movies, tv series, songs, comics, video games and trends that occurred in that decade. For the rest of the year, I’m going to be discussing everything 1984.
As I love movies, I’m going to begin with them. We have the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, The NeverEnding Story, Terminator, Beverly Hills Cop, Police Academy, Gremlins, Karate Kid, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Nightmare on Elm Street, Footloose, Splash, Romancing the Stone, Dune, This is Spinal Tap and more.
I don’t know if there will be any interest other then myself but I’m quite excited for this!
If any one has comments or questions let me know. I would love to know what people think.
What makes you nostalgic?