It’s happening. The big 3-0. Not for a while though

2014 holds one big event for me. And, well, countless other people born in 1984.

This year I’ll be turning 30.

It’s just a number, right? It’s how I’m approaching the whole turning a year older situation.

As well as being vaguely boring about turning 30, I thought it would be a good opportunity for some vaguely linked set of blog posts.

So this year I’m going to take a look at some other films that are also turning 30 this year.

Turns out, 1984 was an AWESOME year for films. With the likes of Ghostbusters, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, Terminator and This Is Spinal Tap, I feel a little spoilt for choice.

Initially I was going to do a 30 for 30 sort of thing. But 30 films is a bit of a steep target. Even over the course of a year. How about 10? 10 feels like a nice easy number. Roughly one a month. Yeah. I can do 10.

Here are the 10 films from 1984 I’m going to get covered before 2014 is done. More that I haven’t seen than I have. I bumped Splash for Broadway Danny Rose. Hope it’ll be worth it.

The Terminator
The Terminator
There’s no way I couldn’t not include this in my little project. The Terminator terrified me as a child. Combination of being ridiculously unexposed to film violence and the idea of being hunted down with no remorse from the hunter.

Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
This will never not be a favourite of mine. Never fails to make me laugh and have never got bored with it.

Once Upon a Time in America
Once Upon a Time in America
Bit of a blind pick. I know the title, the actors and it’s got a decent rating. Yep, going on the list.

Gremlins
Gremlins
This is up there with Ghostbusters for me. Except this one probably gave me one or two more nightmares.

Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop
Probably didn’t see this one until after I saw the second one. Solid 80s action film.

This is Spinal Tap
This is Spinal Tap
Yes, yes yes… I still haven’t seen this film. What better time than now to watch this film?

NausicaΓ€ of the Valley of the Wind
Nausicaa-of-the-Valley-of-the-Wind
A Hayao Miyazaki film? Yes please. I definitely rate his earlier films more than his more recent ones. Lucked out by having one released in 1984.

Amadeus
Amadeus
A blind pick. Decent enough ratings all around and it feels like a film I ought to have seen. It’s won a ton of Oscars!

Broadway Danny Rose
Broadway Danny Rose
I haven’t seen all that much Woody Allen. A few of his more recent films, but they haven’t done much for me. Been informed that his earlier films are much better. So, let’s give this one a shot.

The Killing Fields
The Killing Fields
Again, another one of those films I feel like I should have seen. Subject matter looks just… peachy!

(I reserve the right to swap out any of these films if I suddenly can’t find it on Netflix or wherever the hell I’m looking.)

I’ll start with my first film, this weekend. Next week. Sometime in the not too distant future. But I haven’t decided which one I’ll watch. I’ll keep you guessing.