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Movie Details

Title:   Class of 1984
Director:   Mark Lester
Year:   1982
Genre:   Reprobate
Times Seen:   2
Last Seen:   09.26.10

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Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
09.26.10Alamo South LamarThis Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2010
So Alamo Zack finished his book of Punks on film and to commemorate the event he got to show Class of 1984. I figured I had to go for a few reasons: 1) I'm always up for supporting Zack and really wanted a copy of his book, and 2) I wasn't sure if I'd seen this or not.

I pretty quickly realized that I had. Tim Van Patten, now acclaimed TV director, giving nerdy Michael J Fox a really hard time. I liked it ok. It really reminded me more of movies I saw around that time that I have weird disconnected memories of seeing on cable but it's a good movie I think and really showcased evil punks quite well. Poor nerdy kids, man... so bullied!

Before the movie, Everything is Terrible made a montage of punk footage that was pretty epic and amazing. Mostly I'm happy for Zack and his book. I've spent a little time with it at this point and am really impressed not only with the thoroughness of the content but also the layout and design. It's a pretty slick book and I'm really glad I got a copy.
02.21.06Netflix I'd never seen this before. It seems like I've seen most other high school movies (especially the "dark future" running into post-apocalyptic ones) but for some reason never this one. I've seen the sort-of sequel, Class of 1999, tons of times though, and always loved the evil robots in it (especially Patrick Kilpatrick). I guess it's sort of like never seeing Rock 'n Roll High School but seeing the Corey Feldman sequel tons of times...need to get my priorities straight I guess... but you can't blame me for being born 5-7 years too late.

I don't really know why but I love high school movies. This one's no exception. At first I thought it was just another update of Blackboard Jungle but then one of the kids got his arm cut off with a tablesaw and I officially started loving this movie. Hence the era of The Substitute and 187 is born. Man, doing a quick inventory in my mind... there were just tons and tons of high school movies in the 80s and early 90s weren't there. I blame the coreys.

Early Michael J. Fox appearance aside, it was interesting for me to see Tim Van Patten as the main heavy and think of him directing all those HBO original shows now like Sopranos and Deadwood. Damn if he doesn't look a hell of a lot like Chris Meloni.
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