Five great post-'80s soundtracks featuring '80s music:
POINTE BLANK (1997)
Totally awesome: "Blister in the Sun" (Violent Femmes), "Rudie Can't Fail" (The Clash), "Under Pressure" (David Bowie and Queen)
Gag me: "Live & Let Die" (Guns N' Roses)
Cool factor: Any movie with John Cusack is cool by definition. "I'll see you at the 'I've peaked and I'm kidding myself' party."
THE WEDDING SINGER (1998)
Totally awesome: "Everyday I Write the Book" (Elvis Costello), "White Wedding" (Billy Idol), "Video Killed the Radio Star" (President of the United States of America)
Gag me: "Pass The Dutchie" (Musical Youth)
Cool factor: Adam Sandler loves the '80s as much as I do. But not everyone loves Adam. "Now let's cut the stupid cake because I know the fat guy's gonna have a heart attack if we don't eat again soon."
200 CIGARETTES (1999)
Totally awesome: "Our Lips are Sealed" (Go-Go's), "Just What I Needed" (The Cars)
Gag me: "Ladies' Night" (Kool & The Gang)
Cool factor: A Blondie medley is a plus, but Dire Straits isn't. "Throwing a party it's like... it's like an invitation for abuse. It's like the last desperate act of someone who hasn't had a lasting relationship since Junior High."
DONNIE DARKO (2001)
Totally awesome: "The Killing Moon" (Echo & The Bunnymen), "Under the Milky Way" (The Church), "Stay" (Oingo Boingo)
Gag me: "Notorious" (Duran Duran)
Cool factor: It has Boingo. It's plenty cool. " 'No duh' is a product of fear."
Totally awesome: "Sex and Violence" (The Exploited), Kiss My Deadly (Generation X), "Kill The Poor" (Dead Kennedys)
Gag me: "Hot for the Teacher" (Van Halen)
Cool factor: A soundtrack with bands like the Kennedys and Camper Van Beethoven -- fantastiche! "I didn't sell out, Son, I bought in. Keep that in mind."