Saturday, as I was waiting for the Mrs. to get ready so we could make a trip to the mall, I sat down and spent 20 thoroughly enjoyable minutes watching the classic 80s flick “Wargames.” Matthew Broderick. Ally Sheedy. A talking computer. Global Thermonuclear War. You know how it goes.
Anyway, it gave me a thought. There should be a channel that plays nothing but 80s movies. “Wargames,” “Caddyshack,” “Fast Times,” “Better Off Dead,” “Real Genius,” “Fletch,” “Sixteen Candles,” etc. Sure, I have a ton of these on tape or DVD, but when you decide to watch one of these movies, you’re making a commitment to watch the entire thing. I want to know on channel X, anytime I need to waste 15-20-25 minutes, Lane Meyer, Lazlo Hollyfeld, or Farmer Ted will be there to comfort me. If I’m watching a game, what better way to spend the 2:30 commercial breaks than teaching my daughter lines from “Pretty In Pink” or “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”? Forget the occasional flick that shows up on WGN, TNT, TBS, or Spike. I want an all 80s movies, all-the-time source. Surely there’s some internet billionaire out there who grew up watching the same stupid movies I did that can make this happen.