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I guess I just like liking things

airplaneEvery time I cull the lists for these farther-back years, it cracks me up more and more. I know it’s not amusing in the sense that it’s funny to anyone else, but it is amusing to me and now I must keep going. There’s sure to be a year that I have seen no movies from, and I’m curious to see what year that is.

It turns out that I have only seen nine movies from 1980, and it’s hard to call most of them “favorites.” So instead of having a 3- or 4-item list, I’m just going to go ahead and rank all of them.

9. Popeye – There’s a lot of weird things about this movie, but the fact that it’s a musical might be the weirdest.

8. Somewhere in Time – The movie is meh, but it has absolutely my favorite all-time method of time travel: taking a nap.

7. Friday the 13th – Jason’s mom has got it going on, but the “it” in question is “lots of killing” in this instance.

6. The Blues Brothers – I didn’t see this movie until I was in my late 30s, and I had no idea before watching it that Carrie Fisher was in it. She was my favorite part. Extra bit of trivia: my favorite thing I’ve ever seen John Belushi in was that Little Chocolate Donuts commercial he did on SNL.

5. Caddyshack – I know I’m supposed to love this movie, but I just don’t. Sorry. Bill Murray’s the best part of it, certainly.

4. The Shining – I like this movie, but not in the sense of ever needing to watch it again.

3. Superman II – The best of the bad lot of the original quadrilogy, but still not great.

2. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – As of this date, still the best Star Wars movie ever made.

1. Airplane! – Yep, I liked this movie more than Empire Strikes Back.

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