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Summer of ’89

1989 was an intense year for me. I was at the age where I was just starting to get a bit more freedom as I transitioned from middle to high school. My best friend Jon and myself did everything from ride skateboards to hang out at the mall together. And that was also the time that I’d just started to become interested in movies as something more than just entertainment.

pet_sematary_poster_01Most importantly 1989 was the year that my parent’s marriage was in the final stages of disintegrating. Halfway through ’89 my family, minus dad, would end up moving to a different city that before I’d only been an occasional visitor to.

It felt like my life was burning down around me as I faced the prospect of a new school without my friend Jon at my side.

Even in all that uncertainty and strife, or maybe it was because of the uncertainty and strife, the movies I saw a quarter century ago in ’89 stick with me more vividly than just about anything cinematically since.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Jon and I saw this at Quimby Village which was the only movie I ever saw there. The one thing I do remember about Bill & Ted was that Jon and I were at the age where we’d latch onto phrases we thought were funny — we spent loads of time calling each other “hoser” and quoting lines from Strange Brew around that time — and after seeing Bill & Ted we worked lots of their lexicon into our speech. Bogus!

batmanPet Semetary: Another movie I saw with Jon, this time along with his dad, was Pet Semetary at Holiday Theaters. I remember being seriously freaked out by this one — they kill off a little kid at the start of the movie! Plus there’s the scene in Pet Semetary when the creepy disabled older sister jumps out of bed to deliver a scare that gave me a serious case of heebie-jeebies.

Batman: Seeing the original Batman in the theater opening weekend has always been a golden memory for me. It’s hard to describe just how big Batman was that summer and how everyone on the planet wanted to see that movie. To the point where people would literally stand in line for hours waiting for the next showing at the theater. Back then Jon and I used to go to the mall every Saturday afternoon with his dad. And it was at the mall that Jon’s dad with his then girlfriend said that they’d gotten tickets to Batman and hey, did I want to go with them? I can still remember getting to the theater after the showing had already started and being guided to whatever seats were still available by the ushers with flashlights. Batman is one of my favorite movie going experiences and is still one of my favorite movies as well.

ghostbusters_ii_ver3_xlgGhostbusters 2: My uncle and his family took my brother and myself to this one shortly after we’d moved and were still settling into our new accommodations. We saw this at Southtown Mall which back then was still a nice place to shop and see a movie.

Lethal Weapon 2: When we were still trying to figure out how our lives would be post-split my brother and myself would spend weekends with dad first at our old house, then his apartment. He wasn’t really sure what to do with us so one of the first weekends we stayed with him we were dropped off at Holiday Theaters to see Lethal Weapon 2 along with a cousin who was lending moral support that weekend. I remember it was just the three of us in the old cavernous Holiday 1 or 2 theater and Lethal Weapon 2 isn’t a half bad movie, especially if you’re 14.

After my family moved I went from knowing lots of kids my age to literally knowing three people at my new school. And since where we moved to was quite a distance from any movie theaters and because mom’s disposable income was now nonexistent, I went from seeing a handful of movies in the theater each year to just just a few.

It would be almost a decade before I’d see nearly as many movies in the theater as I did in 1989 but honestly, non have stuck with me as much as the movies of ’89 have. Visit me online at