Often, more often than you’d think, someone will reference a movie or something from pop culture before the 90s and I have literally no idea what they are talking about. Stuff that I should probably know about. But I grew up homeschooled by parents who are not into pop culture, even from their own time. This means I was not introduced to pretty much anything from the 60s, 70s, or even from the 80s. I didn’t listen to any mainstream music basically until Britney sang Hit Me Baby One More Time. With the exception of a few Hootie songs before that :)
I didn’t watch a lot of movies that most people my age watched as a kid, however I happened to catch at least a few amazing ones. This is my review of the ones I remember, and I’m going to do it all from memory so it’s going to be super precise and very, very accurate!! These were my some of my favorites (or just ones that I was allowed to watch!)…from memory!
The Labyrinth. This one tops most of them because, duh, it’s The Labyrinth for crying out loud. Jim Henson was the shiznit back then. Favorite thing: Jennifer Connolly, I thought she was the most beautiful girl in the world. Moment that scarred me for life: the part where she goes into that room in the midst of the dump and it looks EXACTLY like her bedroom. Just the stuff of nightmares are made of. WTF moment: David Bowie. I had no idea who he was, so I wondered why his hair was so weird and why he was singing like that.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This was a weird movie. I basically remember only two things about it, except for the fact that I think Dick Van Dyke was in it (?) and I always wanted him to be my grandpa. Favorite thing: no clue. Possibly that the car flew? Did it fly? Not sure. Moment that scarred me for life: the scary ice cream truck guy. WTF moment: the scary ice cream truck guy.
Anne of Green Gables. Also one of my FAVORITES and I was in LOVE with Megan Follows as Anne. Oh and I was in love with Gilbert too, because he was a major dreamboat. Favorite thing: everything. Anne and Diana, Anne’s romance with Gilbert, Anne’s puffy sleeves and puffy red hair. #childhoodgoals Moment that scarred me for life: when Matthew dies. Just sobbing great big tears. WTF moment: when Anne turns Gilbert down after he proposes to her. I mean COME ON we all know you’re gonna end up together…you’re really gonna drag this out for a few more hours??
Fuzzbucket. I know what you’re saying…”what-the-wha-ket?!?!” This was one of the lesser known 1980s Disney movie about something that was human and also very fuzzy. Favorite thing: how insanely dorky and cheesy the whole movie was, it was HILARIOUS because it was sooooo bad. Moment that scarred me for life: probably the whole thing, really, because I actually could have been watching a real movie. WTF moment: the moment I discovered there was an actual full length live action movie named “Fuzzbucket”.
Gremlins. I know right??? I wasn’t allowed to watch ANYTHING but I was over at my parents friends house and they were watching it. So somehow, this horror snuck in. Favorite thing: how scary it was and how fun it was to watch. Moment that scarred me for life: when those cute cuddly things get really big sharp teeth and aren’t cuddly anymore. WTF moment: the fact that I actually ever watched this movie.
Star Wars. Of course, this was the best. I watched this one so many times that my friends and I actually started turning the sound off and talking for it. I actually feel like some of our plot lines were better. Especially the one where Darth Vadar has misplaced his hat, and he becomes so enraged that he goes on a rampage and tries to destroy the ones who he thinks have stolen it. Favorite thing: Princess Leia and Han Solo. #childhoodcouplegoals Moment that scarred me for life: when Han Solo gets encased in carbonite. Weeping ensued. WTF moment: Luke’s face when he realizes Darth Vadar is his father. Woodchuck face is what I called it as a child…it was hard not to laugh. #sorryluke
I did watch some others…I loved The Dark Crystal (thanks again Jim Henson!), Back to The Future (another all time favorite), and wasn’t a big fan of things like The Sound of Music because the ending was so sad. And of course, Disney animated movies were also my favorites. But for reals, when someone references things from before the 90s, I’m just lost for the most part. I have tried to educate myself on some of it, but as you know, if you didn’t experience it the first time around, it’s just painfully cheesy if you try and watch it now. So I guess I will just have to be the person who has the blank stare when people talk about The New Kids on the Block, The Godfather, Charlie’s Angels (the one without Cameron Diaz!), or anything else that seems significant to the times. But hey, quiz me on Britney songs all day long and I’ll pass with flying colors!
At least this lack of information didn’t translate to clothing! I ABSOLUTELY adore the clothing from these time periods that I know nothing about! When people tell me I dress like Stevie Nicks, I may not know much about her, but I sure do love her clothes!!!
I am SUCH a sucker for a kimono. And if you haven’t looked at photos from the latest Gucci runway shows, DO IT IMMEDIATELY and you’ll see there’s a lot of kimono and robe dressing mixed with bohemian elements like fur or fringe…add to that a classic ladylike twist with brooches and scarves and you’ll see what I’m talking about! It’s madness, but it’s absolutely amazing! What I love about the Gucci stuff is that it’s all VERY easy to recreate at thrift stores or at less expensive prices. Things like shirts and dresses with ruffles, kimonos, robes, vintage slips, scarves, brooches…it’s all very Gucci at the moment. Hmmm…maybe I’ll need to do a blog post recreating these looks from the runway from the thrift stores!!! This vintage kimono/robe does the trick! Minnetonka makes the BEST most affordable fringe boots that you will wear constantly. This Native America breatstplate I found on Etsy for a steal!
Okay…coming soon will be a Gucci/thrift store mash up recreation for you! I mean, heck, I want to do it for me, so I’ll share the results with you!