What '80s movie marathon do you want next?
Christmas is over. More importantly, most of the Christmas movie marathons are over. And as I much as I love Scrooged, Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story -- hell, even Santa Claus: The Movie -- it's time for our cable channels to return to normal programming.
Or is it?
Which '80s movies are most worthy of the 24-hour movie marathon treatment? That's today's big question. For the purposes of this question, let's assume we'd have to watch the network-friendly version of the movie. (Sorry, Last American Virgin and Porky's fans.) The best candidates should be highly quotable, feature classic characters and contain timeless comedy.
I definitely want your nominations, but here are five that come to my mind:
TOP GUN: You don't want to see 24 hours of Goose, Iceman and Maverick? "Negative, Ghostrider, the pattern is full."
MEATBALLS: Especially since temperatures are plunging around the country (yes, even in Florida), wouldn't a movie about the summer to the trick? So what if it's from 1979. "It just doesn't matter! It just doesn't matter!"
FLETCH: Chevy Chase's best work, plain and simple. You disagree, Three Amigos fans? "I'm afraid I'm gonna have to pull rank on you. I didn't want to have to do this. I'm with the Mattress Police. There are no tags on these mattresses."
STRANGE BREW: Bob and Doug McKenzie don't make for the easiest movie to sit through from start to finish, but brilliant when viewed 15 minutes at a time over the course of the day. "My brother and I used to say that drownin' in beer was like heaven, eh? Now he's not here, and I've got two soakers... this isn't heaven, this sucks."
THIS IS ... SPINAL TAP: "May I start by saying how thrilled we are to have you here. We are such fans of your music and all of your records. I'm not speaking of yours personally, but the whole genre of the rock and roll."