Anyone growing up in the 80's will acknowledge that actor Corey Haim was a true talent. He was sort of a Robert Pattinson of the MTV era kids. He was even in a vampire movie all his own...Lost Boys. But his role in "Lucas" was the film that won me over. Adorable geek tries to win the love of a popular girl. This movie came out in 1986- march and touched upon all the classic themes of popular vs geek, superficiality and underdog, and soon became a cult classic teen movie. It features a super young Winona Ryder (her first major role), Jeremy Piven, Charlie Sheen, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Kerri Green as "the girl". watch the trailer HERE if you've never seen this before.
I normally wouldn't blog about his passing, but this past year has really been a whirlwind of teen nostalgia vanishing. I realized this when Michael Jackson and director John Hughes passed away, that I was also mourning the loss of that time period in my life as well. With their passing, they reminded me of my old dance routines in the driveway, the introduction of the VCR and boys coming over to watch movies in the basement, and the "neighborhood" I lived in pre-parent Divorce where no one locked doors. Their deaths brought back a sudden realization that things were no longer as simple as they were back in the 80's. I know this is a silly realization, Duh Kime! But truly I sometimes think about what an impact some of these movies,performers and film makers had on us as teens. Way before everyone was so connected by social network sites and cell phones, we actually had to try to connect with something or someone. I kind of liked it way better. There is no way now to go back to the way it was, busy signals (emergency breakthroughs), actually going into a library to check out books to write a school paper. Ahhhh. It's official I am turning into a grown up. I'm going to be like my father and cherish the "good old days" the 80's will be like my dad's 60's. I suppose I will choose to recall Corey Haim as a gawky teen collecting bugs or fighting vampires.