BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
The second installment in the G.I. Joe franchise came out yesterday and in the spirit of nostalgia, we’re recalling some of our fave 80s and 90s toys-turned-movies. These retro toys are making a comeback and are even being flipped into movies to appeal to the twenty- and thirty-something audience who are craving a dose of the good ol’ days. Whether you played with those little green army men or not, this movie has action, explosions and Channing Tatum–a little something for everyone.
This is truly one of my favourite board games. I don’t care how boring and tedious and repetitive it can get, I love a good case of the “whodunit”. The movie, however, not so much. While there are (unconfirmed) rumours circulating that there’s going to be another remake of this classic flick, the original 80s version was super cheesy and I can’t help but think the case should be closed for good.
“You sunk my battleship!” Words to live by, and I’m sure we’ve even said them more than a time or two. Then would you believe me if I said that line doesn’t appear once in the movie? What gives?! While there is some variation of the line (still not the same, if you ask me), the concept of a fleet of ships battling some unknown alien army isn’t new to us and totally brought back fond memories of yelling those magical words at your friend.
3) Real Steel
Remember Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots? Of course you do. They were freaking amazing. This flick is loosely based on those toys, bringing our old after school playthings to life in an world where oversized robots are forced to fight in underground gambling rings. Hugh Jackman plays an ex-hotshot robot fighter that has just had a bad run of it, but decides it’s time for the underdogs to win again. The movie wasn’t bad, and there are even rumours of a sequel coming out in the future.
What to say about this movie? How about it was awesome? Between the memorable scene with Megan Fox leaning over the car catching the guys’ attention and grown-up (and yummy looking) Shia LaBeouf saving the world catching the gals’ attention, this movie was an instant hit. Oh yeah, and there were phenomenally-designed larger-than-life-sized Transformers in the movie too. They were cool.
1) Toy Story
This movie made pretty much everyone question what really happens with our toys when we leave the room (and if you didn’t, well, I just don’t think you understood the movie and should probably go watch it again). Chalk full of all of our favourite toys, as well as some new ones that have since become classics, this movie taught all of us rugrats a thing or two about friendship, and above all how to properly take care of our toys. Or else.
Ashley Kowalewski is an editorial assistant and freelance writer based in Toronto. She has enough nail polish to last a lifetime, reads too much for her own good, and is hopelessly in love with Matt Damon (and his bad movies, too). Follow her @AshKowalewski.