An 80s Movie Sampler: C

Welcome to the next installment of An 80s Movie Sampler. Moving along alphabetically, we now come to the letter C. The letter C starts words like cool and crazy, and indeed, you'll find many movies that are cool, as well as a few that are crazy. Let's put it this way: This article will contain both a Best Picture Oscar winner and a winner of the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture.


We begin with Caddyshack, the classic 1980 snobs-versus-slobs comedy with a cast of comedic heavy-hitters, including Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight, serving as the backdrop for a young caddy (Michael O'Keefe) and his coming-of-age experiences at the Bushwood Country Club.





The late, great Harold Ramis famously spoke of the difficulties that directing and writing Caddyshack entailed, and to the end of his life, he still felt he could've done better with the movie, but it's a testament to Ramis' innate skills that Caddyshack has made the impact it has. More than four decades after its' release, Caddyshack is still picking up new fans and generating laughs in new generations.





My first exposure to Caddyshack came when I rented the movie during the video store deal my parents and I concocted in the fourth grade. I was too young to pick up on a lot of the verbal jokes, but I picked up on the slapstick energy of the visuals, from Bill Murray's Carl Spackler fantasizing about golf victories and gopher defeats to Rodney Dangerfield's Al Czervik and his caddies boogying their way across the greens at Bushwood. I would revisit Caddyshack in the summers between 11th and 12th grade, and I would find myself now picking up on more of the jokes and still laughing as hard.


Caddyshack is a stone classic of comedy, while the next movie on our list is a classic of a different kind, and that's camp. It's Can't Stop The Music, the 1980 pseudobiography of The Village People, and the aforementioned winner of the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture...The inaugural winner, in fact.





You're probably wondering, "Why on earth is Johnny Caps recommending a movie many consider to be one of the worst films of all time?". I'll tell you why. I've seen Can't Stop The Music, and while the movie certainly isn't an all-time great, I don't think it's an all-time dud, either. For me, The Village People and their music are the film's saving graces. I've always admired The Village People for the way they helped open people's minds to alternate ways of approaching love and life, and while Can't Stop The Music didn't necessarily do the best job of telling their story, the music is what carries it through.





I particularly like the title track, which closes the movie in an epic manner. Music is an unstoppable force. No matter what the genre, whether it's disco, rock, rap, country or classical, music has the power to make your life better, if only for the length of a song. Music can give you ideas or give you an emotional lift. Music can speak to your deepest emotions or your most shallow needs. While disco may be the music in question that can't be stopped in The Village People's song, it could really go for any music in general. That's how applicable the song is.