FOR LITTLE ONES (7 and under):

1. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Universal Pictures

Why it’s still good: It teaches valuable lessons about empathy while also being really fun and exciting.
Be aware: Any kid with a heart will cry buckets the first time they see this, but it’s worth it.
Notable performance: Drew Barrymore when she was a teeny-tiny kiddo!

2. The Little Mermaid (1989)

Walt Disney Pictures

Why it’s still good: The music is probably the best of any Disney movie, and will lead to spontaneous singalongs for the rest of your life.
Be aware: Like most Disney “princess” movies, it’s kind of a bummer if examined with too close of a feminism lens. But the songs are so good!
Notable performance: Um, Prince Eric.

3. Flight Of The Navigator (1986)

Walt Disney Pictures

Why it’s still good: It’s like E.T. with more robots.
Be aware: There are some dated cultural references, but the adventure holds up.
Notable performance: Pee-Wee Herman lends his voice to Max.

4. An American Tail (1986)

Universal Pictures / Amblin Entertainment

Why it’s still good: Adorable mice singing heartbreaking songs? OK!
Be aware: Might inspire a lifelong fear of cats.
Notable performance: The legendary Christopher Plummer (Captain Von Trapp!) is the voice of Henri.

5. The Fox and the Hound (1981)

Walt Disney Productions

Why it’s still good: It will make you and the kid weep a hundred million tears.
Be aware: It will make you and the kid weep a hundred million tears.
Notable performance: Tod and Copper are voiced by Mickey Rooney and Kurt Russell. MICKEY ROONEY and KURT RUSSELL.

6. The Land Before Time (1988)

Amblin Entertainment

Why it’s still good: Because until you see this movie, you don’t know how CUTE dinosaurs can be.
Be aware: Thought you didn’t have any tears left after The Fox And The Hound? Wrong!
Notable performance: Diana Ross voiced the balladeer, but was uncredited.

FOR KIDS (8+):

7. The Princess Bride (1987)

20th Century Fox

Why it’s still good: Because it’s one of the funniest, most quotable movies of all time. Duh.
Be aware: Once you introduce this movie to kids, they’ll want to watch it all the time and they’ll quote it senselessly for the rest of their lives.
Notable performance: Cary Elwes at peak foxiness.

8. WarGames (1983)


Why it’s still good: The themes of technology, video games, government creepiness, and war are even more relevant now than they were when it came out!
Be aware: It’s sort of intense, especially scary if you’re a libertarian family.
Notable performance: The overwhelmingly sweet romantic tension between Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy!

9. BeatStreet (1984)

Orion Pictures

Why it’s still good: The dancing and music is better than all of the Step Up movies combined!
Be aware: They say the f-word about four times, even though it’s rated PG.
Notable performance: Gorgeous Rae Dawn Chong, who’s played the love interest of both Arnold Schwarzenegger AND Susan Sarandon over the course of her career.

10. Beetlejuice (1988)

Warner Brothers

Why it’s still good: It is PERFECT for a Halloween sleepover. Not too scary, but just creepy enough.
Be aware: The teen character is depressed and suicidal—but all is resolved by the end.
Notable performance: Winona Ryder, setting the bar for goth teens 4ever.

11. Gremlins (1984)

Why it’s still good: It’s super fun and funny, but with a worthwhile secret message about how consumerism is a bummer.
Be aware: They talk about how there’s no Santa.
Notable performance: The mogwais when they’re still cute!

12. Ghostbusters (1984)

Columbia Pictures

Why it’s still good: The silly special effects don’t even matter because the real point of this movie is the humor and charm, and that is totally timeless.
Be aware: Be prepared for lots of “who you gonna call?” jokes every time you pick up the phone. Oh: and there’s implied oral sex, but it’ll fly over the head of younger kids anyway.
Notable performance: I could never choose just one.

13. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Touchstone PIctures

Why it’s still good: One of those ideas that doesn’t seem like it should work at all, but it somehow magically does.
Be aware: Jessica Rabbit might inspire complicated feelings. Also, there’s a lot of (super cartoonish) violence.
Notable performance: Jessica Rabbit was voiced by the legendary Kathleen Turner, who is amazing. Obviously.

14. Girls Just Want To Have Fun (1985)

New World Pictures

Why it’s still good: It’s a gentle, fun introduction into teenagedom that is perfect for a 12 year old who’s fascinated by high school.
Be aware: Girls will just want to have fun after they watch this.
Notable performance: Shannen Doherty as Maggie Malene, def.

15. The Goonies (1985)

Warner Brothers Entertainment

Why it’s still good: It’s fast-paced and rollicking enough not to be boring for even the shortest of attention spans.
Be aware: Swear words or whatever. But no one will notice because you’ll be having such a great time!
Notable performance: Sean Astin AKA Samwise Gamgee was the cutest kid ever.

FOR TEENS (13+):

16. The Breakfast Club

Universal Pictures

Why it’s still good: Because what you’ll find out is that each one of us is a brain and an athlete and a basket case, princess and a criminal.
Be aware: There’s pot and depression. But we’re talking about teenagers, and the lessons are wonderful.
Notable performance: Choosing just one would be antithetical to the heart of this movie.

17. Adventures In Babysitting (1987)

Touchstone Pictures

Why it’s still good: This movie just has some kind of kid magic—guarantee, they will think it’s the funniest thing they’ve ever seen.
Be aware: Younger kids will also love this movie if you allow it, but there’s a Playboy magazine and sexual themes.
Notable performance: Vincent D’Onofrio is lookin’ super fine (and nuts) in this movie as “Thor” (Mr. Dawson).

18. Back To The Future (1985)

Universal Pictures

Why it’s still good: It’s still really funny.
Be aware: His mom tries to make out with him and it’s the most awkward thing ever. Also, more profane than you might have remembered!
Notable castmember: Crispin Glover! Steals every scene he’s in.

19. The Outsiders (1983)

Warner Brothers

Why it’s still good: Kids will love this movie. It’s just gritty enough to be interesting, and it’s a great intro into more adult films.
Be aware: Someone dies.
Notable performance: Hard to choose just one, but Patrick Swayze as Darrel Curtis is pretty spectacular.

20. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Universal Pictures

Why it’s still good: Written by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) and directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless)—where could it possibly go wrong?
Be aware: Only for people who aren’t concerned with their kids seeing sex, drugs, and other themes. But although Fast Times is ostensibly a comedy, it teaches some really valuable lessons about all of the above.
Notable performance: Phoebe Cates!!!!!!!

21. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Paramount Pictures

Why it’s still good: Because Ferris is the best friend you always wanted and Sloane is the coolest girl and Cameron is all of us inside our heart of hearts. Also fun to watch it again with Fight Club in the back of your mind. Just think about it.
Be aware: I don’t know, this movie is awesome. Enjoy it!
Notable performance: The most underrated part of this film is Jennifer Grey as Jeanie Bueller, especially in her scene with then-hot Charlie Sheen.

22. The Lost Boys (1987)

Warner Brothers

Why it’s still good: It’s the best teen vampire movie ever made.
Be aware: It is scary and there are maggots.
Notable performance: BOTH Coreys are in this movie!

23. Lean On Me (1989)

Warner Brothers

Why it’s still good: It’s based on a true story and it will inspire lots of interesting discussion about education, how adults should talk to kids, and how to handle “at-risk youth”
Be aware: Lots of language and racial epithets—there to serve the story, though.
Notable performance: Morgan Freeman is amazing.

24. Shag (1989)


Why it’s still good: Because every girl needs a Myrtle Beach weekend.
Be aware: Even though this movie is rated PG, there’s a lot of adult (aka sexy) themes. The messages are great for teenagers, but not appropriate for younger kids.
Notable performance: Annabeth Gish as Pudge, the most relatable character that ever was.

25. Say Anything (1989)

20th Century Fox

Why it’s still good: The boombox! Lili Taylor! John Cusack’s tiny perfect face! EVERYTHING.
Be aware: The love lessons are actually kind of questionable?
Notable performance: John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler, spoiling men for the rest of your goddamn life.

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Title: Archie Comics: The Hottest Publisher in the Industry
Date: Friday, 10/12/2012
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: 1A06

Description: The Era of Archie continues! After another year of dominating the headlines with groundbreaking storylines, innovative storytelling and the best comics on the market, the Archie Comics team converges on New York to reveal what’s next! The panel includes Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater, President Mike Pellerito, Editor-in-chief Victor Gorelick, writer/artist Dan Parent (Kevin Keller), writer Michael Uslan (Archie: Will You Marry Me?), and a handful of major, newsworthy surprises! Archie Comics continues to keep fans on their toes, shaking things up in Riverdale from one storyline (“Reversedale”) to the next (“Archie Meets GLEE”). Archie and friends have never been more relevant, and that makes this a can’t-miss panel! Plus, all attendees will receive a FREE ARCHIE GIFT BAG. Be there!

Speaker list:
Dan Parent
Jon Goldwater
Michael Uslan
Mike Pellerito
Paul Kaminski
Victor Gorelick

Title: Archie Action Hour: Sonic, Mega Man and Red Circle Comics
Date: Sunday, 10/14/2012
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: 1A08

Description: Plug in, suit up and prepare for adventure! First, two video game icons collide in the I-can’t-believe-it’s-actually-happening Sonic/Mega Man comic book crossover event. You’d be crazier than Doctors Eggman and Wily combined to miss this follow up discussion where we dive right into it. The editorial mastermind behind both books, Paul Kaminski, is joined by Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito and writer Ian Flynn with more info about the biggest comic book event of the year as well as what’s on tap for Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe, and Mega Man. See exclusive artwork, learn about upcoming story lines and get your questions answered by the team behind the two most popular video game comic series. Then, get all the details on the future of superhero comics—The New Crusaders! The digital-first series has made its way to print, and the Red Circle team are pumped to give you the rundown on where the series is headed, along with info about the upcoming Lost Crusade mini-series, in this action-packed panel. Those in attendance will receive a FREE SONIC/MEGA MAN/RED CIRCLE GIFT BAG, so don’t even think about missing it!

Speaker list:
Mike Pellerito
Paul Kaminski
Ian Flynn

If you aren’t lucky enough to get into the panels this year, or just don’t feel like diving into the fray of animalistic fans to grab your bag, Archie is also doing 20% OFF discount code available at the Archie Booth (#1720).

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says 235 million people are playing games on Facebook each month — proving the platform is a new home for gamers.

Zuckerberg made the remarks at TechCrunch Disrupt Tuesday afternoon, during a live interview with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington.

Zuckerberg made his point about gaming after talking about what things he was excited about on the Facebook platform. He mentioned that Zynga, who has been struggling lately with falling stock prices and departing executives, was losing market share on the platform, but that other game companies had risen to take its place.

In particular, Zuckerberg mentioned two rising stars by name — Kixeye and

By comparison, Microsoft’s Xbox Live has about 40 million monthly active users as of the beginning of this year.

As developers move aggressively into social and mobile gaming spaces, Zuckerberg’s statement is a good indication on how seriously they should take Facebook as a platform.

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The Shirk Report – Volume 238


Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find the 25 funniest images, 10 most interesting articles, and 5 most viral videos from the previous week of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles typically originate from Twitter, RSS and email; videos come from a variety of sources. Any suggestions? Send a note to!

*for email subscribers: If you visit the direct link to the shirk report in your web browser (by clicking the blue, underlined title), the videos will play properly and images will appear immediately under the text rather than opening in a new window!


– Some costumes from last night: here | here | here | here
That’s the guy!
Baby loves to be balanced
Thieves have figured out how to circumvent door alarms
Crabbing: It’s how you land in extreme crosswinds
Google Maps view of a church at Highland & 2nd Ave in Dixon, Illionois | Hydrant being flushed | Link to Google Maps
Kid at the zoo dropped his Nintendo DS into the Gorilla cage. Then this happened
Grapes to raisins
Sweet snake costume (note the ‘3rd hand’)
Clever bird
The ‘sex scandal’ look transcends species
Who knew moray eels could be so cuddly?
Hang time
Ping Pong Cat
You know it’s windy when


Why I Quit Major League Baseball
Why Do Leaves Turn Different Colors?
Path to Success for One Palestinian Hacker: Publicly Owning Mark Zuckerberg
Man buys $27 of bitcoin, forgets about them, finds they’re now worth $886k
Watch 15 Vintage MS-DOS Viruses in Action
6 Ridiculous Science Myths You Learned in Kindergarten
Debunking flu vaccine myths
Are We Still Evolving?
The Tragic Tale of a Legendary Concert Taper
Lean On Me: Emoji Death Threats and Instagram’s Codeine Kingpin


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