Is It a Classic?

I was on the phone with my sister the other day, (I know, big shocker there, lol.) and the subject of movies came up and I don’t know why, but I ended up scrolling through the Turner Classic Movies options on HBO Max. I’m minding my own business just scrolling and chatting when I noticed something bizarre to me…the choice of movies they consider “classic”. Sitting there next to great black and white movies and huge blockbusters from days gone by were certain titles that I thought had no business being there. Movies I watched in the 80’s were there…really?!?!?!

Look, I understand that a lot of people have a hard time leaving their youth behind and they don’t want to believe time is marching on. I may have a bit of a Peter Pan complex and I might always want to be a Toys R Us kid, but I realize and accept the fact that I am over 50 (slightly) and things change. But when did things change so much that 80’s movies are not considered classics?

This led to a long conversation with my sister. I actually went down the list with her, asking her to choose if the titles were classic or not. We disagreed on some movies and of course, we looked up what made a movie a classic. They say 25 years, which means that any movie made before 1997 can be considered a classic if it’s a good movie that can stand the test of time. Wait…what? 1997!!!! Wow..I am starting to feel a little dizzy. I guess I never thought about it.

Like I said, I know time marches on and the 80’s was a long time ago, but it does feel like it was just yesterday that I was sitting in the front row of the theater the night “Ferris Bueller” premiered. I guess not though, because it was really 36 years ago. “Dirty Dancing” is also considered a classic. I argued this point with my sister. She said yes and I said no. I said it was iconic, as were many of the movies in my teen years, but really a classic? Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I am old, I mean I knew I was, I can deal with my age, but it was more than that. My prom theme came from “Dirty Dancing”. How can it be a classic? The year I graduated high school the biggest song everyone wanted for the prom was “I’ve Had the Time of my Life”, and now it is just a song in some old movie that kids watch on cable.

But, then again, the movies I consider classics were once out in the theaters and new. I wonder if back in 1986 while I was watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” if someone wasn’t sitting around like I am now saying that “It can’t be a classic, I saw it in the theater in 1961.” But it is, as I guess my teenage movies are now.

So, I will continue to watch the movies of my youth and probably never get over the fact that they are the classics now. Just like I will always wear my chuck taylor high tops and sport a backwards baseball hat with a million different bracelets on my arm. You may ask if I might be a little too old for such things…my answer is no…I am just being myself….a classic.

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

14 thoughts on “Is It a Classic?

    1. LOL! I’m now at the point where I think, “I wonder what her sister’s gonna say”. You never disappoint 😂😂😂

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