In 1982, Disney's EPCOT opened, Yassar Arafat was elected President of the Palestinian National Council, the Weather Channel aired on cable television for the first time, and Time's "Man of the Year" was...the Computer. In music, Michael Jackson released "Thriller", Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" was a hit, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder joined forces for "Ebony and Ivory", and Graceland opened to the public. And if you were home watching television, you were probably enjoying Tom Selleck's 'stache in Magnum, P.I.
1982 was also a great year for movies and kick started a wave of defining movies of the decade, many of which continue to be some of my all-time faves. Not all of them could make this list. Here are some of the movies that narrowly missed the cut: 48 Hours, Diner, Tron, Annie, The Secret of NIMH, Gandhi, An Officer and a Gentleman, Creepshow, and Sophie's Choice, And here are your Essentials: