A look back at most of my articles for Pop Geeks, as well as my previous writing base of RetroJunk, will show you that I’m not really a 90s fan. I’ve often discussed all the pain and turmoil that I went through in the 90s, everything from my dad’s death in 1995 to extensive school bullying to time spent in a mental hospital to the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome to multiple school transfers, and how I retreated into the pop culture of the 80s as both a form of escape and a coping mechanism for my troubles back then. There was some 90s pop culture that I liked, though, and so I wanted to do something a little different with my newest editorial.
Back in my RetroJunk days, many of my articles were list articles, and many of those lists pertained to the pop culture of the 1980s. As a lot of these articles were written in the 00s, they were part of the first wave of 80s nostalgia, probably best exemplified by VH1’s I Love The 80s trilogy. There were three installments, those being 2002’s original I Love The 80s, 2003’s I Love The 80s Strikes Back and 2005’s I Love The 80s 3-D. I was puzzled as to why they called it I Love The 80s when so many of the commentators were snarky and sarcastic about it, lacking the love of the title, but I watched all three installments anyway because of the topics covered. You can preface this article’s title with the words 10 Big Ones because these were big movies not covered on VH1’s I Love The 80s. Surprisingly, there were a lot of movies they never got around to, movies that spring readily to mind when you think of the decade. Whether it was clearance issues or just the fact that each episode was only an hour long, with an episode for each year in all three series making for three hours on that year, there was a lot they could’ve and should’ve covered. Prepare to be surprised.