Molly Ringwald and her 10-year-old watch The Breakfast Club

NewImageMolly Ringwald's ten-year-old daughter wanted to watch The Breakfast Club (1985) with her mom; This American Life sent them a tape recorder and the resulting story is funny, nostalgic, and quite touching.

Fake CGI always looked cooler than the real thing

Neil Emmett writes about fake computer graphics, as so often found in 1980s sci-fi movies and TV productions that were as inexpensive as they were ahead of their time.
Primitive digital imagery has had something of a resurgence across the past decade or so, to the point where pastiches of 8-bit pixel graphics have found their way into mainstream productions such as Wreck-It Ralph. Perhaps it is time that the animators and digital artists of today rediscovered the lesser-known cousin of this aesthetic: the strange world of pseudo-CGI.

Power Glove's Tumblr of 1980s vidgame/tech/action movies/etc.

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Musical group Power Glove have a fun Tumblr of ads and images that would be right at home decorating a teenage boy's school locker in 1984 or so. Power Glove Tumblr

Behold the grim future of a 1980s boombox ad

The city of the future is imprisoned by feathered mullets, dry ice, and the synthesized orchestral hits that result when anyone opens their eyes. [↚ @joeljohnson]

Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Shusei Nagaoka (NSFW '70s sci-fi illustration)

View larger size here. Lovingly scanned and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader v. valenti. Art by Japanese illustrator Shusei Nagaoka, whose sci-fi illustrations were popular during the 1970s and '80s, and graced album covers by ELO, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Deep Purple. There's an awesome little archive of his work here.

Fame (1980): Leroy Johnson's "audition"

From the original, and still brilliant, 1980 film Fame, the late Gene Anthony Ray's "audition" as Leroy Johnson. Wicked. His partner Shirley Mulholland, played by Carol Massenburg? A disaster. That's ok, she didn't want to spend four fucking years in that ass-licking school anyway.

The tune is Linda Clifford's "Red Light," available on the movie soundtrack.

Chuck E. Cheese gets a crappy makeover

Like his eighties brethren Alvin and The Chipmunks, Chuck E. Cheese has been redesigned in a manner that removes all remaining crumbs of original loveable kitsch. What was once a heart-warming pastiche of "scary clown" meets "stoned furry" is now just another soul-less CGI belch. Is nothing sacred?

Bonus in this AP article: a bungled reference to Nolan Bushnell as the man who "co-founded Atari and Pong." Pong, of course, was an arcade game created by Allan Alcorn and manufactured by Atari, the video game and home computer company Bushnell co-founded.