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Title: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 21, 2012, 09:01:32 PM
It begins!
http://www.youtube.com/v/_JUCfX1P1ik



EDIT: Note, release dates are the earliest regular theatrical release in any country (I don't include film festival premiers). If it's the USA, it's not specified, if it's a different country, that country is noted, and the USA release date is also given.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 21, 2012, 09:03:27 PM
50c. The Burbs
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/07/Burbsposter.jpg)
(29 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #9 Smoky)
Release date: February 17 1989

Directed by: Joe Dante

From IMDB: An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitaric neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.

My take:
Tom Hanks and his neighbors act like a extras from the Sandlot. Which would be charming, except they are commiting felonies against their new neighbors the Klopeks. Who are like if John Carpenter made The Munsters.
Remember kids, your creepy old neighbor who hoards weapons, acts like he's constantly has 'Nam flashbacks, and has a way-too-young-for-him trophy wife, is less dangerous than the quiet neighbors. Because their house is dirty.

What have we learned?
  Stoner dudes think the suburbs are fascinating.
  In the 80s, there was no "30 minutes or it's free" pizza delivery.
  It's okay to judge people based on their appearance and the appearance of their house. You'll turn out to be right in the end.
  Carrie Fisher always plays a horrible shrewish bitch.

http://www.youtube.com/v/kPBDu4mY9oo


And for those who hate rap (like me), here is some classic In Living Color:

http://www.youtube.com/v/a7Il6XEwkK8



Remake: I'm pretty sure Jackass is at least a remake of part of this.
  I'd like to see Edgar Wright do a remake set in England. Maybe have Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the star, and Michael Caine as Werner Klopek.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 21, 2012, 09:06:34 PM
50b. Hairspray
(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRwDDSVb9Mzvk0if6P4SKd1XO6X1qAAaydYJPZD2lnk84MZSFoju3b_q9j4fw)
(29 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #7 MerryWanna)
Release date: February 16 1988

Directed by: John Waters

From IMDB: A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

My take:
A chubby girl Tracy Turnblat gets hired as a plus-size model for the Hefty Hideaway clothing store owned by a guy named Mr. Pinky, and it's directed by John Waters. How the hell is this not something The Cinema Snob would review?
Somehow, it's directed by John Waters, has Divine in it, and yet the remake from 2007 is more disturbing because John Travolta is in fat suit drag.

What have we learned?
  Even trying to be mainstream, John Waters is weeeeeeeird.
  I don't care if she's a better person than the thin chicks, there aren't enough paper bags in the world for me to hit that.

http://www.youtube.com/v/LMe1dARnypk


Remake: No no no no no, GOD NO!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 21, 2012, 09:08:02 PM
50a. Fitzcarraldo
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/ae/Fitzcarraldo.jpg/220px-Fitzcarraldo.jpg)
(29 points, 2 lists of 24, highest ranking: #4 George Harrison)
Release date: West Germany, March 4 1982
              USA October 10 1982

Directed by: Werner Herzog

From IMDB: The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.

My take:
An inspiring tale of a guy who wants to bring an opera house to a small Peru village. Really? Opera, one of the most boring goddamn forms of entertainment ever made? I think these people would have gotten more interest and culture out of a Punch and Judy show.
But no, he gets the bright idea to PULL A STEAMERSHIP over land. I wonder how many poor workers died so some fat chick in a Viking helmet can belt out indecipherable singing.

What have we learned?
  Being a Rubber Baron is a real thing, not the setup for a porn parody.
  Portage is only funny when it's done by an old timey comedy group, or a small red robot.

Holy crap, somebody actually parodied Fitzcarraldo! Metalocalypse episode "Dethcarraldo":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmaV3xXiDZ0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmaV3xXiDZ0)


Remake: The trailer for Les Mis looks well done, so I would give that director, Tom Hooper a chance to do something epic and a period piece again.
  Maybe have it be about a movie theater instead of opera, and have James Franco star. Or if you want to go middle aged, Brendon Frasier.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 21, 2012, 09:09:42 PM
49d. When Harry Met Sally
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1c/WhenHarryMetSallyPoster.jpg)
(30 points, 2 lists of 24, highest ranking: #7 George Harrison)
Release date: July 12 1989

Directed by: Rob Reiner

From IMDB: Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

My take:
Meg Ryan faked an orgasm, and...umm...I'm sure other things happened too.
Oh, they met at the end on the Empire State building and there was something about lights in other buildings and it was romantic. But I only remember that because they parodied it in the Siskel & Ebert episode of The Critic.

What have we learned?
 Meg Ryan can fake her orgasm. That's it.

Since I can't post the parody video from RedTube without getting banned here, here's the Muppets:
http://www.youtube.com/v/sqfIHlap7G8

They parodied that on a children's show?


Remake: What if Harry were a vampire, and Sally was a teenage girl, and...no, no that'd be stupid.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 21, 2012, 09:10:27 PM
49c. The Last Unicorn
(http://content7.flixster.com/movie/25/08/250821_det.jpg)
(30 points, 2 lists of 24, highest ranking: #2 anais.butterfly)
Release date: November 19 1982

Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

From IMDB: A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.

My take:
The Rankin Bass guys, best known for heartwarming Holidays specials, went on a crazed energy drink binge. Out of this was born a story about genocide and xenophobia, aimed at impressionable young girls. It also has creepy trees with huge breats, so presumably Ruth Handler (creater of Barbie) stopped by for a while too.


Hey, it's been riffed! By RoninFox. It even made it on the Top iRiffs LoC:
37 b  Ronin Fox Trax - The Last Unicorn (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=23725.msg703657#msg703657)   -   BUY (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/ronin-fox-trax/ronin-fox-trax-last-unicorn)



What have we learned?
 The tragic backstory to a throwaway joke in Cabin In The Woods.

Um, okay, ths parody is seriously NSFW:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pdq_iUImCc&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pdq_iUImCc&feature=related)

Remake: The only person who could direct this and have it be remotely interesting would be Brad Bird. And since it is about unicorns, just have Tim Curry do one of the voices, I don't care which.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 21, 2012, 09:12:21 PM
49b. Sixteen Candles
(http://mommyunmuted.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/sixteen-candles-retro-revival.jpeg)
(30 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #10 Sicgirl)
Release date: May 4 1984

Directed by: John Hughes

From IMDB: A young girl's "sweet sixteenth" birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

My take:
Pretty White People Problems: The Movie. Also starring: a character actually called Long Duk Dong! The porn industry is confused.


What have we learned?
 Apparently being in high school and taking a "sex quiz" and letting that information getting out to classmates is a bad idea. Who knew?
 Also a bad idea: giving your underwear to a creep. I wonder how this movie played in Japan?
 Don't Google search Long Duk Dong. Just...don't.

I couldn't find the Family Guy episode, so here:
http://www.youtube.com/v/4E9zxxHCAPQ


Remake: You really want somebody to try to remake John Hughes? Besides, isn't Easy A already kind of a redo of a lot of these issues?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 21, 2012, 09:15:14 PM

49a. Beverly Hills Cop
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a2/Beverly_Hills_Cop.jpg/220px-Beverly_Hills_Cop.jpg)
(30 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #4 rifftraxnator)
Release date: December 1 1984

Directed by: Martin Brest, and is somehow not a porno

From IMDB: A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

My take:
This movie is like in Last Action Hero when Jack Slater comes into the real world. No wonder people are pissed off at Axel Foley's movie bullshit antics, he's a danger to himself and others. I know Judge Reinhold and his partner are kinda square, but does he really think these experienced city cops haven't dealt with dangerous criminals before?

What have we learned?
 A banana is an internal combustion engine's most deadly enemy.
 Property damage in the 80s was standard procedure in Detroit.
 Eddie Murphy is was awesome.
 Judge Reinhold's parents must have been very dissapointed in his career choice.

http://www.youtube.com/v/p223TqLBAys


Remake: If he was younger, definitely Chris Rock. But now I would like to see Mos Def try this. Probably have it directed by Ben Afleck.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 21, 2012, 09:19:00 PM
48c. Revenge of the Nerds
(http://www.movieposterdb.com/posters/08_06/1984/88000/l_88000_35a15fbb.jpg)
(31 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #9 Mrs. Dick Courier)
Release date: July 20 1984

Directed by: Jeff Kanew

From IMDB: At a big campus, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self respect.

My take:
Ah the 80s. When being a nerd was just considered abnormal. And while they were picked on, they were at least otherwise normal people. Not like the way nerds are protrayed today, as having crippling social inadequacies akin to mental patients. Also, felonies are funny!
And I still say the scene where she has sex with Lewis while he's wearing the mask is statutory rape. Seriously, that is fucked up.

What have we learned:
 You could show bush in the 80s and it wasn't considered gross.
 I learned I suddenly have a craving for pie.
 Yellow junpsuits and even wierder outfits than you normally wear will suddenly make you coordinated and cool.
 Even nerd rap is still shit.

http://www.youtube.com/v/k-JzQqj9HFY

Remake: I would love to see a gritty remake where the nerds get revenge on the jocks, killing them all in brutal ways. They get away with it because they are smart and there is no evidence pointing to them. At the last scene we see them decide to continue, and are going to target the mob.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 21, 2012, 09:20:54 PM
48b. Pretty in Pink
(http://www.movieposterdb.com/posters/10_08/1986/91790/l_91790_f97b544c.jpg)
(31 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #11 Zombie Monty)
Release date: February 28 1986

Directed by: Howard Deutch

From IMDB: A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.

My take:
 AHHH! The pink! It sears my eyes! It burns!
 Andie lives on the wrong side of the tracks, and she works at a store named TRAX. Is that a visual pun, like the head giving head in Re-Animator?

What have we learned?
 I had no idea Molly Ringwald was so omnipresent in the 80s. Next you'll be telling me she's in a Shakespeare adaptation.
 The term "brat pack" was intended to be complimentary. I had no idea.

Not Another Teen Movie is apparently partly a parody of Pretty In Pink, but seriously, fuck that Scary Movie shit and it's ilk.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=pretty%20in%20pink%20parody&source=web&cd=13&cad=rja&ved=0CDgQtwIwAjgK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.funnyordie.com%2Fvideos%2Fe1c541388d%2Fpretty-in-pink-from-bluegiraffesucks&ei=wvmqUPPjOJSB0AHNsoGADg&usg=AFQjCNE5Ei1oA5_bArtslDKEuNYQDtIo3w (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=pretty%20in%20pink%20parody&source=web&cd=13&cad=rja&ved=0CDgQtwIwAjgK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.funnyordie.com%2Fvideos%2Fe1c541388d%2Fpretty-in-pink-from-bluegiraffesucks&ei=wvmqUPPjOJSB0AHNsoGADg&usg=AFQjCNE5Ei1oA5_bArtslDKEuNYQDtIo3w)

Remake: Fuck it, let Rob Zombie direct it for all I care.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 21, 2012, 09:23:20 PM
48a. Paris, Texas
(http://www.moviegoods.com/Assets/product_images/1020/215285.1020.A.jpg)
(31 points, 2 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Charles Hussein Castle)
Release date: France, May 19 1984
              USA, November 2 1984

Directed by: Wim Wenders (possibly a pseudonym created for him by Chekov)

From IMDB: A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his wife and son four years before. As his memory returns, he makes contact with various people from his past.

My take:
 Um, hooboy, uh...Dean Stockwell is in this. So it sounds like either the most boring episode of Quantum Leap ever, or the guy writing the description forgot to mention the Lovcraftian monsters.
 If Muppets Take Manhattan has tought me anything, and it has, they should have just had a pig punch him, problem solved.


What have we learned?
 It would have been greatly improved if he had had explosive amnesia.

Since I'm pretty sure the N***AS IN PARIS is not a parody of this movie, I give you this:
http://www.youtube.com/v/7lSliucgygc


Remake: Wasn't Gerry (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0302674/) a remake of this?
 
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 21, 2012, 09:51:03 PM
Okay, that's it for tonight.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 21, 2012, 10:53:34 PM
Thanks man, were you angry at something when you wrote these though?



Remake: If he was younger, definitely Chris Rock. But now I would like to see Mos Def Yasiin Bey try this. Probably have it directed by Ben Afleck.


...although I'd chose Donald Glover personally

Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 22, 2012, 03:53:17 AM
Some great films to begin with...

And The Last Unicorn.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: MightyJack on November 22, 2012, 04:37:46 AM
Hmm, angry write-ups. That's harshing my buzz. But hey 2 of mine made it and that's boosted my thankful holiday spirit.

When Harry Met Sally is one of those I can watch again and again. A charming, spot on and funny rom com.

Fitzacarraldo is probably my favorite Herzog film, even more than Aguirre: Wrath of God. It's also worth seeing the doc about the film, "Burden of Dreams". Roger Ebert summed up the feature nicely when he wrote... "As a document of a quest and a dream, and as the record of man's audacity and foolish, visionary heroism, there has never been another movie like it."

Oh, and the guy who plays the ships engineer in Rifftrax "Bermuda Triangle", played the ships engineer here (as of course is in MSTS Puma Man). 

Very cool to see Wim Wenders make the list too... though I went with another film for my top 25. My respects to Charles Hussein Castle and the other who voted it in.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 22, 2012, 05:03:05 AM
Some great films to begin with...

And The Last Unicorn.

I'd be annoyed at someone slamming The Last Unicorn on my watch, but it didn't make the cut for my list, so who am I to argue.

Also, this thread is starting to bring down the wrath of the hotlinking gods.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 22, 2012, 05:45:42 AM
Yeah Photobucket or similar is your friend when it comes to images for LOC posts (and in general often).

Love Herzog, none of his film even occured to me while making a list of film from the '80s though.

Are all art films going to have the same sort of vitriol as Paris, Texas and Fitzcarraldo did?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 06:38:23 AM
Also, the rankings should go like this (I'm getting really bothered by missing the point of the tie-breaking tiers.  There is a point to the number of lists in the top rankings within those list, ya know.  It just starts to look messy when there are 4 ties when there really aren't)

78. Fitzcarraldo
77. The Burbs
76. Hairspray
75. When Harry Met Sally
74. The Last Unicorn
73. Sixteen Candles
72. Beverly Hills Cop
71. Paris, Texas
70. Pretty In Pink
69. Revenge of the Nerds

So all you got to do is switch some stuff around, number it correctly and change the title to Top 78 (that is how many you said there'd be, right?)

None of my picks yet, but I'm sure they'll come along.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 22, 2012, 06:52:48 AM
50c. The Burbs
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/07/Burbsposter.jpg)
(29 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #9 Smoky)

Great to see The 'Burbs make the list, and with a top-ten vote to boot! I had it at #18. I love this movie, and I've seen it more times than I can remember. Some great characters and several classic, quotable scenes.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: anais.butterfly on November 22, 2012, 07:52:21 AM
Hooray!!!

I was just watching my number 5 pick last night and I wish I had placed it higher. I shall write an intense review when it shows up on the list

My thoughts so far:
1) Darth, we get it, you hate fat chicks. Feel free to stop mentioning it
2) I will cut the man that be dissin Last Unicorn!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 22, 2012, 07:53:33 AM
Hooray!!!

I was just watching my number 5 pick last night and I wish I had placed it higher. I shall write an intense review when it shows up on the list

My thoughts so far:
1) Darth, we get it, you hate fat chicks. Feel free to stop mentioning it
2) I will cut the man that be dissin Last Unicorn!

It's a bad movie!  Come at me, bro sis!   :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 08:23:06 AM
The "vitriol" was just me trying to be funny based on the silly premise, since for some of these lower ranking movies I haven't seen them. No offense is intended.

And anais, also no offense meant. It's not like I have "no fat chicks" painted on the side of my van or anything.

It's wierd, the previews came up just fine when I posted the pictures last night.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 22, 2012, 08:25:59 AM
I thought DG was just trying out his new TGWTG character.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 08:29:27 AM
I thought DG was just trying out his new TGWTG character.
The Geekinator!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 22, 2012, 08:31:53 AM
It's wierd, the previews came up just fine when I posted the pictures last night.
Yeah that's often the way, I think due to the image being cached when you're viewing it.

Generally when I've done a LOC I host all of the images for it in a folder on my photobucket account, that way I'm not using anyone's bandwidth except mine/theirs and the chance of a pissy message being substituted is eliminated. :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 08:52:33 AM
It's wierd, the previews came up just fine when I posted the pictures last night.
Yeah that's often the way, I think due to the image being cached when you're viewing it.

Generally when I've done a LOC I host all of the images for it in a folder on my photobucket account, that way I'm not using anyone's bandwidth except mine/theirs and the chance of a pissy message being substituted is eliminated. :)
I think I'll try that for the others (and fix the few that are broken) tonight.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 09:15:40 AM
Trailers (because I love trailers)
The 'Burbs
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Fitzcarraldo
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Hairspray
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
When Harry Met Sally
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
The Last Unicorn
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
I was completely sold on this until "the music of America"
Sixteen Candles
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Beverly Hills Cop
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Paris, Texas
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Pretty in Pink
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Revenge of the Nerds
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Later today I'll put up some choice scenes from each movie.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Zombie Monty on November 22, 2012, 10:21:59 AM
Only complaint I have is that the parody trailer for Hairspray is actually a parody trailer of the remake and not the original film.

But other than that nit-pick, great job so far.

Had Pretty In Pink at 11 and Beverly Hills Cop at 23.  Re-watched Beverly Hills Cop recently and was surprised by how well the film holds up and how funny it still is.

Don't know if I agree with the ranking system that Darth Geek is using, but it is his list to run and the list master has ultimate say in how he wants to handle tie-breakers.  More films will make the final list and have entries this way, I guess.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Zombie Monty on November 22, 2012, 10:25:51 AM
Generally when I've done a LOC I host all of the images for it in a folder on my photobucket account, that way I'm not using anyone's bandwidth except mine/theirs and the chance of a pissy message being substituted is eliminated. :)

Me too.  Sometimes the pissy message is a NSFW image.  (Tub Girl comes to mind as one I have seen on this board when someone linked to an image that the owner didn't want linked to.)  Not fun, or funny.

(if you don't already know what Tub Girl is, don't try to find out, you don't want to know.)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 10:35:45 AM
Great movie clip #1

Fitzcarraldo

I really need to try this at a party sometime.
http://www.youtube.com/v/A55CqJaeYKc
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 11:11:21 AM
The 'Burbs

http://movieclips.com/e/6pw4N/0/198.38

I remember being really scared of that scene when I was a kid.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 11:33:56 AM
Hairspray

Who here is a checkerboard chick?
http://www.youtube.com/v/RIIo3jnkgr0

No one loves the outsider like Waters.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: RoninFox on November 22, 2012, 11:35:53 AM
Got a kick out of seeing Last Unicorn up there. That holds the distinction of being the one movie I riffed that I actually liked more after riffing than before. All other movies I either feel the exact same way about or I get sick of them after riffing, but watching that movie over and over really helped me appreciate the animation (and I normally hate Rankin/Bass hand drawn style). It also helped that I read the novel for the first time while working on it, and was pleasantly surprised at how good (and full of satire) it was.

Have a taco, everyone!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 11:45:08 AM
When Harry Met Sally

http://movieclips.com/e/KRAp/0/132.99
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 12:12:47 PM
The Last Unicorn

With music by America...

http://www.youtube.com/v/fEIXUNKA9NY
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Smoky on November 22, 2012, 12:31:02 PM
Cool! Thanks for the list. The burbs made it, yes! Never heard of that Fitscaraldo movie.

I agree with you on not breaking up the ties into arbitrarily different spots, by the way.

Oh, and did you know you can publically host images on sites like Photobucket, to avoid the hotlinking. :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 22, 2012, 12:35:52 PM
Even easier/quicker than Photobucket is imgur, too. If it's good enough for Reddit, it's good enough for us.

Meanwhile, I really should get around to watching The Burbs. It's been creeping it's way up my Netflix queue for over a year now, but never seems to gain any ground. It's like I keep going out of my way to avoid exploring Hanks' comedic side.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 12:42:23 PM
I agree with you on not breaking up the ties into arbitrarily different spots, by the way.


It's not arbitrary at all.  If anything it's very, very orderly.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 12:46:03 PM
http://movieclips.com/e/ViHAC/0/117.79
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 01:19:29 PM
Great movie clip #1

Fitzcarraldo

I really need to try this at a party sometime.
http://www.youtube.com/v/A55CqJaeYKc
I like to imagine that's a young Doc Brown, before he hit his head on the toilet seat.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 01:21:07 PM
Beverly Hills Cop

Proof that Eddie Murphy used to be amazing and brilliant.

http://movieclips.com/e/Nyt6Y/0/116.18
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 01:21:58 PM
Only complaint I have is that the parody trailer for Hairspray is actually a parody trailer of the remake and not the original film.

But other than that nit-pick, great job so far.

Thanks. Yeah, I suspected as much, but not having seen either of them wasn't sure. And pretty much everything I found was a parody of the new one.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 01:27:11 PM
Only complaint I have is that the parody trailer for Hairspray is actually a parody trailer of the remake and not the original film.

But other than that nit-pick, great job so far.

Thanks. Yeah, I suspected as much, but not having seen either of them wasn't sure. And pretty much everything I found was a parody of the new one.

I haven't seen the remake, but Hairspray is a really good movie.  Despite the grossout factors in a lot of his early movies, I think that John Waters loves his weird outcast characters and there is a joy for not only seeing Ricki Lake's character coming out on top, but also her loving parents supporting her throughout (if only Divine and Jerry Stiller were MY parents...)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 01:31:29 PM
Paris, Texas

I had an experienced not far removed from this recently.  Though I think I have more sympathy for the fictional crazy guy then the real one.

http://movieclips.com/e/HKi6/0/115.03
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 01:36:23 PM
Pretty in Pink

http://movieclips.com/e/s6UxP/0/52.92
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 22, 2012, 01:42:00 PM
Revenge of the Nerds

http://www.youtube.com/v/yoFJ9M1W4G0

And somewhere, Grandmaster Flash is having a spontaneous nosebleed.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 22, 2012, 05:05:53 PM
Pretty in Pink is the definition of life. That movie is why we are all here. To learn from it. Or some such shit.

Good movie though.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Compound on November 22, 2012, 08:32:58 PM
... and I just now remembered a film that I would have placed in the top 5 or so of my list.

Blast.

Oh well. Looking forward to seeing Turner and Hooch at #1.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 09:00:31 PM
47c. Time Bandits
(http://i2.listal.com/image/328482/600full-time-bandits-poster.jpg)
(33 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #8 CJones)
Release date: UK, July 13 1981
              USA, November 6 1981

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

From IMDB: A young boy accidently joins a band of dwarves as they jump from time-period to time-period looking for treasure to steal.

My take:
Back before Tim Burton made wierd so very marketable, Terry Gilliam was doing it much more creatively.
I'm pretty sure all of this was in Kevin's head and he just had wierd psychic powers that caused the fire and his parents' deaths.

What have we learned?
 Huge pink bad smelling trees are part of God's plans, and not just pot induced halucinations.
 It's easy to steal things from God.
 Satan has an English accent. I KNEW it!
 Given Terry Gilliam's track record at the box office, he really should have given that old Gypsy woman the loan.
 I'm pretty sure the black chunk in the microwave at the end was Michael Bay's heart.

http://www.youtube.com/v/AjAX3Ks9yOg



Remake: If Terence Malick could cut WAAAAAY down on the arty bullshit, he could make an interesting version of this.

Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 09:02:44 PM
47b. The Great Muppet Caper
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/95/The_poster_of_the_movie_The_Great_Muppet_Caper.jpg/215px-The_poster_of_the_movie_The_Great_Muppet_Caper.jpg)
(33 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #16 goflyblind)
Release date: June 26 1981

Directed by: Jim Henson

From IMDB: Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

My take:
 Easily the goofiest of the Jim Henson era muppet movies. While it can get a little too nuts near the end, since we aren't really threatened by the criminals, I just love it's balls to the wall fun and craziness. It is also very impressive in that it keeps the large Muppets cast, yet still gives all of them stuff to do.


What have we learned?
 "Sneak out in the middle of the night" is a perfectly acceptable method of payment in English hotels. Try it sometime, it works.
 They let Gonzo handle something as sophisticated as an old-timey bulb camera without incident (aside from minor temporary blindness).
 Rail-thin models make great thieves. Yet they don't show them using their talents of fitting between the bars.
 England and Great Britain are different places.
 The parental lineage of Fozzie and Kermit is FUCKED UP!

Contains one of my alltime favorite fun Muppet songs, Happiness Hotel:
http://www.youtube.com/v/K9825532HbI


Remake: SACRILAGE! Actually, it would be silly to simply remake this specific Muppet movie. But I wouldn't mind if the next movie were a little more zany like this one.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 09:04:19 PM
47a. Labyrinth
(http://www.myremoteradio.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/labyrinth-poster.jpg)
(33 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #14 Sicgirl)
Release date: June 27 1986

Directed by: Jim Henson

From IMDB: 15-year-old Sarah accidentally wishes her baby half-brother, Toby, away to the Goblin King Jareth who will keep Toby if Sarah does not complete his Labyrinth in 13 hours.

My take:
A young teenage girl wanders around confused, searching for an older man's package, to get a baby. For kids!


Hey it's been riffed! By Riff This!
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/labyrinth (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/labyrinth)

What have we learned?
 This movie has balls.
 His name is Hoggle.
 I'm pretty sure the Bog of Eternal Stench is just New Jersey.
 There is more abduction in this movie than in Abduction (http://quiptracks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=44&zenid=vt1jjohamviqlhvci1dt4jppe3).

The very funny Jewwario as Jareth:
http://www.youtube.com/v/VeRVKQN4v0E

And because I couldn't find a best of Jareth in Suburban Knights:
http://www.youtube.com/v/swWGMxLRKQM


Remake: This seems tailor made for Eddie Izzard (sans the singing, of course). Directed by Terry Gilliam.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 09:05:05 PM
46. Broadcast News
(http://www.moviegoods.com/Assets/product_images/1020/402246.1020.A.jpg)
(34 points, 2 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 ColeStratton)
Release date: December 16 1987

Directed by: James L Brooks

From IMDB: Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly.

My take:
I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO-*whisper* what? *whisper* Oh.
Uh...a professional news organization is a lot like high school.


What have we learned?
 This movie seems to have a plot tailor made for a porn spoof.
 Apparently Anchorman is a sequel to this. Or a remake maybe.

http://www.youtube.com/v/YtGSXMuWMR4



Remake: Why? We got Anchorman, and will get a sequel to that in not much longer.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 09:06:09 PM
45. Nightmare on Elm Street
(http://www.thebuzzmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/A-Nightmare-on-Elm-Street-Johnny-depp-fast-movie.jpg)
(35 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #13 ScottotD)
Release date: November 9 1984

Directed by: Wes Craven

From IMDB: In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.

My take:
You know how people sometimes say "oh, at least he died peacefully in his sleep", well fuck that! Apparently when you die in your sleep you die for real in the Matrix or something.

Hey, it's been riffed! By RoninFox. It even made it on the Top iRiffs LoC:
49   Ronin Fox Trax - A Nightmare on Elm Street (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=23725.msg702669#msg702669)   -   BUY (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/ronin-fox-trax/ronin-fox-trax-a-nightmare-elm-street)


What have we learned?
 Vigilante justice carries no consequences for you, but it might backfire on your kids.
 A killer who only went after pre-pubescent children will come back from the dead to stalk kids in their late teens.

http://www.youtube.com/v/6el_drIwidQ


Remake: Sure, why not? Maybe hire that cool guy who played Rorschach, and-*whisper* WHAT?!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 09:07:15 PM
44b. Withnail and I
(http://www.joblo.com/posters/images/full/1987-withnail-and-i-poster1.jpg)
(37 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Tripe H. Redux)
Release date: June 19 1987

Directed by: Bruce Robinson

From IMDB: Two down-on-their-luck actors (Withnail and Marwood) find solace in drink and other substances. Seeking respite from their uneventful lives they escape up north to Penrith to Withnail's uncle's stone cottage. Faced with no modern conveniences, a bunch of oddball locals, and a surprise visit from an amorous "Uncle Monty", their wits are tested, along with their friendship.

My take:
This is a documentary about the Nine Inch Nails, right?
Watch two witless "artists" fail at life. It's a comedy!


What have we learned?
 Apparently this is not a documentary on the Nine Inch Nails.
 Apparently this is also not a zombie movie, despite the setup.
 Apparently this is ALSO not a prequel to Rent, although I am grateful for that.


http://www.youtube.com/v/x-QsHopbsSo



Remake: Have Edgar Wright direct it, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, make it about a zombie apoco- *whisper* I KNOW! I was just kidding.
Make it about the Nine Inch Nails.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 09:08:20 PM
44a. Crimes and Misdemeanors
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/64/Crimes_and_misdemeanors2.jpg)
(37 points, 2 lists of 24, highest ranking: #6 George Harrison)
Release date: October 13 1989

Directed by: Woody Allen

From IMDB: An opthamologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.

My take:
It's a Woody Allen film, so...I don't get it.
Martin Landau plays an orthedontist, and despite being 184 at the time of filming and looking like death incarnate, has qualms about killing someone. Oh, and apparently he's been getting some, so EWWWWWWW!

What have we learned?
 No amount of showers is enough after thinking about Martin Landau having sex.
 Blaming an innocent man for a murder you committed is okay, if he is a drifter.

Crimes, Misdemeaners, and Payback:
http://www.youtube.com/v/Ear6WEyeISc


Remake: Um...maybe Frank Oz? And Martin Landau is (somehow) still alive, so bring him back.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Charles Castle on November 22, 2012, 09:09:02 PM
The "vitriol" was just me trying to be funny based on the silly premise, since for some of these lower ranking movies I haven't seen them. No offense is intended.
I voted for both Fitzcarraldo and Paris, Texas and I didn't take any offense at all. I totally got a kick out of it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 09:10:18 PM
43c. The Elephant Man
(http://www.joblo.com/posters/images/full/1980-the-elephant-man-poster1.jpg)
(38 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #6 Johnny Unusual)
Release date: October 3 1980

Directed by: David Lynch

From IMDB: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

My take:
David Lynch posits an interesting question: What if Paris Hilton's inner and outer beauty were reversed?
This is based on a true account (of an actual person's afflictions, anyway), so the comparisons to Rondo Hatton and his plight in the movies is relevant.
But ultimately this is a movie all about what it means to be "a sideshow freak" of various different society levels.

What have we learned?
 A deformed man raised in a circus show will still have knowledge of sophisticated things
 A renewed appreciation for John Hurt as an actor.
 It is a man, not an animal, even though it doesn't look like any actual animal.

http://www.youtube.com/v/qKaYaDOyTP0


Remake: Oh this has Guillermo Del Toro written all over it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 09:12:47 PM
43b. Stand by Me
(http://mindreels.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/standbyme_poster.jpg)
(38 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #12 Smoky)
Release date: August 8 1986

Directed by: Rob Reiner

From IMDB: After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

My take:
It's a Stephen King adaptation, but it's good. Who knew, right?
A bunch of kids go out in search of a dead body, as one is often wont do.
Wackiness and emotional maturity ensues.

What have we learned?
 Whil Weaton IS capable of not being annoying for about ninety minutes.
 Surprisingly, none of these characters grow up to be Herbert West.


http://www.youtube.com/v/Brrc8zh-7B4

Remake: I still think nobody directs child actors as well as Joe Dante. Have Justin Beiber play the dead body.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 22, 2012, 09:14:53 PM
43a. Say Anything
(http://img.anyclip.com/posters/tmmQeTykP_200.jpg)
(38 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #10 mrbasehart)
Release date: April 15 1989

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

From IMDB: A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

My take:
Forever enshrining "lifting up your boombox while cheesy music blares" in the annals of 'supposedly romantic' history.
The setup for this sounds like that of The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies.


What have we learned?
 Ione Skye is an actual actress' name, and not a porn pseudonym. Still looking into if she is a Nazi from the moon.
 In the 80s, John Cusack could pretty much do no wrong.
 After some experimentation, this technique does NOT work with an iPod.

http://www.youtube.com/v/11wX2iKCouc

Remake: For crying out loud, they used this ending in Night at the Roxbury. It's dead.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 22, 2012, 09:17:44 PM
My favourite reuse of audio from Withnail and I (sadly the people at Fox have caused the first in the series, featuring Uncle Vader) to be blocked.  ::)
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/e3EVuoOo3kA
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/MsblDk2h3V4
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: MightyJack on November 22, 2012, 10:10:03 PM
Though it didn't make my list I liked Say Anything and thought it would rank higher.

Surprised and delighted that Crimes and Misdemeanors made it (though yeah, only made 2 lists so it's not a huge force of nature. lol). I find it brilliantly scripted and structured, and thought provoking. I've never made a top 10 for Allen flicks, but if I did this would slot easily in the top half of the list.

I have to watch Whithnail and I... It keeps popping up and getting mentioned in places I've visted around this web of late. I can't beleive that one has slipped past me all these years.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 23, 2012, 01:09:19 AM
I seem to be in the minority for thinking The Great Muppet Caper is the best of the Muppet films, but oh well. I enjoy them all, of course (even the really uneven Muppets From Space), but Caper seemed to be the absolute best mix of craziness and a tight story, with fantastic humor throughout.

Also, it gave the world Sam the Eagle's best moment (which is applicable just about anywhere in modern web life):
http://www.youtube.com/v/PB-wmOYelnM?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2012, 05:38:27 AM
Lots of great movies I haven't seen yet.  Really got to get around to Withnail and I.  Glad Labyrinth made it.  A lot of people say it doesn't hold up but rewatching it recently, I was surprised how well it does.  Better than Henson's other fantasy epic.  There's no denying that both films look amazing.  Despite the fact that I get sick of people complaining about the overuse of CGI, there no denying Henson's movies (along with a horror classic which I'm sure will be along shortly), make a strong case for the power of practical effects.  Personally, I just think that CGI needs to be used with more subtlety.  I could be wrong, but I think David Lynch uses some in the final episode of Twin Peaks to make Laura Palmer's mouth slightly bigger than normal and therefore more horrifying.

Speaking of Lynch, I also really love the Elephant Man.  Frankly, I'm surprised it made it as high as it did on my list, but I think it's because it had a lot of hauntingly beautiful moments and such an endearing and tragic main character.  Shame Dune scared Lynch off from continuing with more mainstream films (not that I dislike his other films, but I'll always wonder what it would be like if he were more prolific), though I guess he did do the Straight Story in 1999.

Also, because I found it funny, there was an episode of Louie in which Lynch trains Louie to be a talk show host.

http://www.youtube.com/v/gwUmXT3RJCM
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 23, 2012, 05:48:57 AM
I have to watch Whithnail and I... It keeps popping up and getting mentioned in places I've visted around this web of late. I can't beleive that one has slipped past me all these years.
Given your namesake, I'd say it would be something you'd definitely have to see. :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 23, 2012, 06:24:37 AM
Surprised and delighted that Crimes and Misdemeanors made it (though yeah, only made 2 lists so it's not a huge force of nature. lol). I find it brilliantly scripted and structured, and thought provoking. I've never made a top 10 for Allen flicks, but if I did this would slot easily in the top half of the list.

I had it at #9, and it's definitely on my top-ten list of his movies. This is the period where I think he was really hitting on all cylinders for a good stretch of films. I'm hoping to see my other Woody pick show up on this list somewhere, too.


46. Broadcast News

(34 points, 2 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 ColeStratton)

Had it at #17. I just think it's a great movie, and I don't even really like Hurt or Hunter all that much. The Albert Brooks meltdown scene alone is worth the price of admission.

What have we learned?
 This movie seems to have a plot title tailor made for a porn spoof.

Duh. Broadcast Nudes!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2012, 06:49:37 AM
Time Bandits

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The Great Muppet Caper
Ugh, for some reason there's no original trailer for this film.  Here's the home video one.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Labyrinth

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Broadcast News

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The Elephant Man

Spoiler (click to show/hide)


Say Anything

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Stand By Me

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2012, 07:09:15 AM
Some more great movie moments.

Time Bandits

http://www.youtube.com/v/167IhlXnN2Y
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2012, 07:25:17 AM
The Great Muppet Caper

http://www.youtube.com/v/6Ip4rfxii3U
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2012, 09:33:09 AM
Labyrinth

http://www.youtube.com/v/FmgmXgoBZFo

I would totally give up my virginity to Bowie.  That's what this is about, right?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2012, 10:13:10 AM
Broadcast News

I wish the internet had longer scenes from this movie.
http://www.youtube.com/v/tK-SY3KzUsY
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2012, 11:01:08 AM
A Nightmare on Elm Street

http://www.youtube.com/v/7UP1vv0wWp4
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2012, 03:10:33 PM
Crimes and Misdemeanors

http://www.youtube.com/v/PQ7_RrZPqv0
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2012, 03:33:45 PM
The Elephant Man

http://movieclips.com/e/6UwN/0/132.27
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2012, 04:32:13 PM
Say Anything

http://www.youtube.com/v/VEgu7jdc_fs
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2012, 06:21:56 PM
Stand By Me

http://movieclips.com/e/Mr2A/0/70.44
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 23, 2012, 06:35:34 PM
The Elephant Man is a great movie. Glad it made the list.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2012, 06:51:06 PM
Agreed.  I didn't expect it to rank so highly on my own list, but somehow it hung in there past fan favourites.  I saw it again about a year ago and it really stuck with me.  I love the complexity of Anthony Hopkins character as well and the fact that he is forced to question what he is to accomplish with John Merrick.  It's not a simple relationship and though it is one that is mostly good for John, the new celebrity of John Merrick might be a mixed blessing.  It's never damning, praising or judging, simply exploring.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 23, 2012, 07:38:54 PM
More Withnail stuff then, possibly spoilers lie within:

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/cAfMN1NNAaQ
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/f5GjRDx0C-o
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 23, 2012, 08:46:08 PM
Coincidentally I saw it at an outdoor cinema last week, looked amazing on a big screen.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 23, 2012, 09:01:27 PM
42. Some Kind of Wonderful
(http://www.moviegoods.com/Assets/product_images/1020/193104.1020.A.jpg)
(39 points, 2 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Zombie Monty)
Release date: February 27 1987

Directed by: Howard Deutch (hmmmm, this came out a year after Howard the Duck...)

From IMDB: A young tomboy, Watts, finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith, run deeper than just friendship when he gets a date with the most popular girl in school. Unfortunately, the girl's old boyfriend, who is from the rich section of town, is unable to let go of her, and plans to get back at Keith.

My take:
I don't care how much of a tomboy you are, a girl who calls herself Watts is destined to become a supervillain.
I can see why Leah Thompson was the most popular girl in school. But I don't care if Mary Stuart Masterson is wearing a diving suit and a welders mask, she's cute damnit.

What have we learned?
It's more teen angst, for crying out loud! All I learned (AGAIN) was the pretty people in the movies had a far more interesting time in high school than I did, actually going to high school in the 80s.
Just from the description on IMDB, if you substitute Watts for Shaun, I imagine this is how Cinester Theater was formed.

Dawson's Creek, Homecoming:
http://www.youtube.com/v/Mp1rJlSWsL0

Remake: Not sure how many people remember this one, actually. Do you have any idea how hard I looked for a parody video related to this movie?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 23, 2012, 09:03:01 PM
41c. The Neverending Story
(http://images.moviepostershop.com/the-neverending-story-movie-poster-1984-1020467879.jpg)
(40 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #6 Smoky)
Release date: West Germany, April 6 1984
              USA, July 20 1984

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

From IMDB: A troubled boy dives into a wonderous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.
(Sure captures the wonderment, doesn't it?)

My take:
Ah the wonderment. The confusing, oddly creative wonderment. A mishmash of creative creatures, yet we spend most of the time with the lamest main kids in a fantasy movie since...Neverending Story 2.
Okay, who thought up the lame Atreyu? And what pervert thought up the Sphinx with HUGE tits?
And it has a wierd ending that doesn't really make any sense. 80s fantasy movie staple acheived!

Hey, it's been riffed!
By Cinester Theater:
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/cinester-theater/cinester-theater-presents-neverending-story (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/cinester-theater/cinester-theater-presents-neverending-story)
and by I See You Studios:
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/i-see-you-studios/never-ending-story-ah-ah-ahh-ah-ah-ahh (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/i-see-you-studios/never-ending-story-ah-ah-ahh-ah-ah-ahh)


What have we learned?
 The title can be blantant LIE! This is Naked Lunch all over again.
 I learned what inspired Shyamalan to have the wind be the villain in The Happening.
 I did NOT learn what Sabastian's Mother's name was. Seriously, WTF?
 Old people are useless. Oh, wait I already knew that... ok, old turtles are useless.

http://www.youtube.com/v/KNxHe25RATE



Remake: I would go with Robert Zemeckis. I wouldn't mind it being CGI, because they could do the creative fantasy really well that way.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 23, 2012, 09:04:27 PM

41b. The Goonies
(http://cdn1.screenrant.com/wp-content/uploads/thegoonies1.jpg)
(40 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #9 CJones)
Release date: June 7 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

From IMDB: A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map.

My take:
A penis gets broken off of a statue, so a bunch of kids go off searching for a one-eyed willie's treasure. On the way they make friends with the giant mongoloid imbodiment of the mortal sin of laziness.
Damn they got away with a lot more in kids movies in the 80s!


What have we learned?
Feeding candy to a sloth will give you power.
You can adopt a full grown adult into your family.
Danny DeVito's mother had other, even wierder, kids.
No matter how ludicrous the device, if an Asian kid made it, it works.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Qf9KXYhobw0

Remake: Gore Verbinsky shows he can do epic and fun, and kids films (see Mousehunt). It's not just because it has pirates in it, but that does help.
Just make sure you cast unknown kids the right age, and not make them older teenagers. Oh, and Brad Garrett or Jason Segel for Sloth.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 23, 2012, 09:05:52 PM
41a. Mad Max 2: Road Warrior
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GPvoVFlp6E8/UGSD5u4b7wI/AAAAAAAALI8/M02zC4Rus_E/s1600/road.jpg)
(40 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #13 Tripe H. Redux)
Release date: Australia, December 24 1981
              USA, May 21 1982

Directed by: George Miller

From IMDB: In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

My take:
A movie that takes everything from the original, and amps it up to 11 (3 years before Spinal Tap). One of the definative action movies, and THE definative post-apocolyptic movie.

It has not been riffed yet, despite a Forum colaborative riffing project started a few years ago.

What have we learned?
In a future where fuel is a precious resource, fuel efficiency is not a priority.
Jason Vorhees learned leadership skills after the apocolypse.
Having a razorsharp boomerang may not be such a good idea.


http://www.youtube.com/v/hc5NDuQisw0

Remake: If he could keep the damn unnecessary swearing down a little, I think Quentin Tarantino would make an interesting version of this.
Keep the Australian heritage a bit, cast Hugh Jackman.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 23, 2012, 09:06:50 PM
40. Graves of the Fireflies
(http://www.pariscine.com/sites/default/files/posters/le_tombeau_des_lucioles_us.jpg)
(41 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #4 Charles Hussein Castle)
Release date: Japan, April 16 1988
              USA (Chicago festival) October 1994

Directed by: Isao Takahata

From IMDB: A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

My take:
 Prepare to cry. A LOT! And love every heartwrenching second of it.

What have we learned?
 The only movie endorsed by Kleenex.
 Being a little kid in a wartorn country sucked. I probably could have guessed as much.

 
http://www.youtube.com/v/xansF2SuEk8

Remake: Uh....I wrote it down on this piece of paper, and *sniff* now I can't read it, it's too smudged...
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 23, 2012, 09:10:16 PM
39b. Tron
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/17/Tron_poster.jpg)
(42 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #10 Zombie Monty)
Release date: July 9 1982

Directed by: Steven Lisberger

From IMDB: A hacker is literally abducted into the world of a computer and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

My take:
Yor had it right "Damn magic box!" Back in the 80s, we had no idea what went on in computers, they were just sorcery with logos on it. Unless you actually paid attention, or ripped one apart like I did. A month grounded, and no lightcycle, damnit!
Less mysterious was greedy corporations. But this movie dared to show how the two combined. In awesome, visually cool, but narratively silly ways. "Logic probe" indeed.


Hey, it's been riffed!
By Riff Raff Theater:
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/riff-raff-theater/riff-raff-theater-tron (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/riff-raff-theater/riff-raff-theater-tron)
and a Rifftrax Presents by Jonathan Coulton and Paul and Storm:
http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax-presents/tron (http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax-presents/tron)

What have we learned?
 The title character doesn't need to be the primary focus.
 Computer "nerds" in the 80s were FAR more photogenic, unless they are comic releif.
 Giving Godlike powers to a computer nerd will not immediately result in it raining Cheetos and huge breasted women.
 There is only 1 female computer programer.
 I WANT A LIGHTCYCLE! *Dude, it was thirty years ago* I STILL WANT A LIGHTCYCLE!

http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/xkrk4d

Remake: Another project where Robert Zemekis' motion capture actually would be a plus. And now that we have so much more technology of different types, and we know more about what goes on inside of computers, the clever creativity here is really crucial.
As for cast, now that Seth Rogan lost all that weight for Green Hornet, he'd be good as Flynn. Maybe James Franco as Alan.
Oh, and hire Daft Punk to do the soundtrack.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 23, 2012, 09:11:33 PM
39a. Little Shop of Horrors
(http://www.webdesignmash.com/trial/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/awesome-80s-movie-posters-56.jpg)
(42 points, 2 lists of 24, highest ranking: #3 Smoky)
Release date: December 19 1986

Directed by: Frank Oz

From IMDB: A nerdish florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

My take:
A big budget studio movie based on an off Broadway play based on a cheapie Roger Corman movie. Not really sure how The Undead became this movie, but whatever.
Similar to The Snow Creature, we see how the power of BOTANY can change people's lives!
Hey, what do you know, a musical I actually like! Whodathunkit?

What have we learned?
 Rick Moranis is AWESOME! Ok, I already knew that, but still.
 Dentists are evil.
 Mother Brain from Captain N used to be a plant.
 Seymour needs earplugs, because Audrey's speaking voice is really annoying. Singing voice is great, though.

OMG you guys, I found this awesome parody ending! And it has really great production values for a fanmade project too:
http://www.youtube.com/v/eSPsyCYaIW4

*whisper* Wait, it WHAT?!

Remake: Danny DeVito for director, and he would make a good Mushnik. For Seymour, I would go with Simon Helberg.
And keep the original ending from the play!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 23, 2012, 09:12:54 PM
38c. The Fly
(http://www.tysto.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/379pxFly_poster1.jpg)
(43 points, 2 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 gojikranz)
Release date: August 15 1986

Directed by: David Cronenberg

From IMDB: A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

My take:
One of only two movies to ever show that a remake can be better than the original. I think the other one is Barbed Wire, I'm not sure.
Done on a bet with David Lynch. I don't know who lost, but we won!
This movie is a deep existential treatise on what it means to be a man and what it means to be an insect. Apparently it means being an egotistical asshole and breaking other insect's arms.

What have we learned?
 This entire movie was produced as a promotion for Zap-To-It! bug zappers.
 Jeff Goldblum can play an eccentric scientist. Huh, you learn something new everyday.
 Flies vomit on their food before eating it. EWWWWWW!

Since I'm pretty sure "Pretty Fly For A White Guy" is not a parody of this, here's this:
http://www.youtube.com/v/8eosfXtuGS8


Remake: In order to not sound like a broken record by suggesting Guillermo Del Toro AGAIN, I would say go with Darren Aronofsky.
As for Brundlefly himself, I would LOVE to see Kevin Bacon do it, but if you want to go younger, I say Giovanni Ribisi.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 23, 2012, 09:15:09 PM
38b. Ran
(http://movieposters.2038.net/p/Ran_1.jpg)
(43 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #8 George Harrison)
Release date: Japan, June 1 1985
              USA September 27 1985

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

From IMDB: An elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him.

My take:
This is made by Akira Kurusowa, one of the most respected directors ever.
Unfortunately, this means that if I make any snarky comments about yellling "Kaneda!" or organs found in jars, I will be drawn and quartered. I can't make any jokes about cheesy Flock Of Seagulls songs, or I will be castrated. And I can't make any "Hey, he ripped this off from King Lear" jokes because...wait, why can't I make those again?


What have we learned?
 I know nothing about this movie.
 I should watch this movie.

http://www.youtube.com/v/CD-cXrcLHDQ

Remake: Isn't this already a remake of The Running Man? *various horrible stabbing sounds* (Darth Geek is never seen again.)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 23, 2012, 09:16:47 PM
38a. Beetlejuice
(http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/beetlejuice-poster.jpg)
(43 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #4 Smoky)
Release date: March 29 1988

Directed by: Tim Burton

From IMDB: A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

My take:
  What to say about Beetlejuice. This movie is just fun and creative, all mixed up in one cyclone of a performance by Michael Keaton. Everyone is good here, particularly Jeffrey Jones and Glenn Shadix, but this is the kind of movie that is intended to be dominated by the central title performance.
  This is the reason that I wish Tim Burton would work with Keaton again, and not just beat the same old quirky performance out of Johnny Depp again and again.
  Before Hot Topic was invented, Goth kids had it rough. They couldn't say "Bloody Mary" three times, that was too mainstream, the regular kids were all saying it. And the huge house their wealthy parents just moved into is SOOO lame. So call out "Beetlejuice" three times!  And out pops... what happened when the Joker fucked the Genie from Disney's Aladdin and their kid was a referee.
  Oh, and the first person to mention that guy who hangs around with Howard Stern gets a sandworm to the face.

What have we learned?
 Stripes are slimming. Even on your head.
 The afterlife was designed by that asshole middle management executive in the Lexus who cut you off in traffic the other day.
 Michael Keaton is AWESOME!
 I would watch an entire movie about Otho.
 Winona Ryder stole my heart even before she bacame a kleptomaniac.
 Goth kids were really into astronomy.

Because it is legally required by Internet law now that My Little Ponies enter every aspect of web life (including this list):
http://www.youtube.com/v/vYiuFkENQSA

And because I didn't want it to be just ponies:
http://www.youtube.com/v/gNbS1DyOh8g

Remake: Michael Keaton would definitely have to be Beetlejuice again, but I think Alfonso Cuarón could direct a really interesting take on this.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 23, 2012, 09:17:43 PM
And that's it for another night.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: MightyJack on November 23, 2012, 10:07:06 PM
Holy cow, Graves of the Fireflies made it. Cool beans! It is one one of the most painful/sad movies I've ever seen, but powerful... moving. Oh, but one correction, Kleenex also endorses the works of Vivid Films.

Though they didn't make my final cut, the Fly and Road Warrior are two of my favorites. Happy to see 'em here. Beetlejuice was fun.

and finally...

Kurosawa is God. Bow before him Darth Geek ;)


Interesting and varied list so far, more eclectic than I thought it would be. An early thanks for hosting this DG
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 23, 2012, 10:28:07 PM
Loving this list so far!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: gojikranz on November 23, 2012, 10:38:11 PM
phew was getting a bit worried the fly wouldnt make it fora  second there.  I wasn't doing too good but then fly and ran two in a row enjoying list.

the fly is my all time favorite movie just a heartbreaking beautiful disgusting tragic love story with fly vomiting in it.  I wrote a big paper on it back in my scholarly days and so i have watched it many times and it hasn't lost a bit of its impact for me.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 24, 2012, 01:24:25 AM
Oops, I forgot to put up a clip from Withnail and I.  And a Trailer for that matter.  Thanks for picking up my slack, tripe.

None from my list today, though the Fly was VERY close to making it (it was in my top 35), so I'm glad to see it made it, despite the lack of Cronenberg on my list proper.

So is that Little Shop of Horrors alternate ending that the plants win, or is it just really long.  I could live in a world ruled by Levi Stubbs.  Until he eats me anyway.

Forgot about Road Warrior, but while it's good, I don't think it would have made my list.

Really need to see Ran and Grave of the Fireflies.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 24, 2012, 06:00:38 AM
Man, I got completely shut out yesterday. I need a comeback! Wait, DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK!!! Or do, your choice.

Beetlejuice, The Fly, and The Road Warrior made it pretty far before getting cut, but I had to hack them in the end.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 24, 2012, 06:03:16 AM
I don't remember my 25, but I approve of this list so far. 
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 24, 2012, 07:02:22 AM
TRON, MOTHAFUCKAS!!!

Some Kind of Wonderful is alright, but Pretty in Pink is better.

Really need to see Ran and Grave of the Fireflies.

Same. Hell, I still need to see all of Seven Samurai and Rashomon.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on November 24, 2012, 10:55:15 AM
Good list so far, never even heard of Withnail and I, have to check it out

Love Little Shop of Horrors, had to cut it, quite painfully in fact, from my list

Realized last night I forgot to add The Naked Gun!  Shame....
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 24, 2012, 02:49:14 PM
Some Kind of Wonderful

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The Neverending Story

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The Goonies

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The Road Warrior

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Grave of the Fireflies

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Tron

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Little Shop of Horrors

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The Fly

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Ran

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Beetlejuice

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Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 24, 2012, 02:59:32 PM
Good list so far, never even heard of Withnail and I, have to check it out
You really do, everyone does. It's a funny film but there are touches of melancholy and sweetness that make it stand out. :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 24, 2012, 03:05:06 PM
Some Kind of Wonderful

http://movieclips.com/e/XMKFB/0/59.42

And THAT'S how you come to the rescue
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 24, 2012, 06:52:04 PM
The Neverending Story

http://movieclips.com/e/cCLZ/0/135.77

Am I the only one who found Falkor's scales kind of gross.  Like he was covered in parasite eggs or something?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 24, 2012, 07:18:19 PM
Goonies

http://movieclips.com/e/i5BJH/0/42.09
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 24, 2012, 07:29:13 PM
The Road Warrior

http://movieclips.com/e/wD8oz/0/196.12
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2012, 09:01:38 PM
37. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
(http://i3.sinaimg.cn/IT/e/2010-09-06/1283707955_Fmcegv.jpg)
(44 points, 2 lists of 24, highest ranking: #4 Johnny Unusual, D.B. Barnes)
Release date: November 25 1987

Directed by: John Hughes

From IMDB: A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.

My take:
Just watched this for the first time a few days ago, and it was very good.
John Candy plays the guy everyone has had to sit next to on a plane at one time or another. Except he's John Candy, so he's lovable.
Remember how you had that nightmare trip years ago and you said "one day we'll look back at this and laugh", even though you didn't really beleive it at the time? John Hughes filmed it.

What have we learned:
 Shower ring companies have travelling salesmen.
 Steve Martin used to be funny. Okay, we all knew that, but it's nice to have a reminder now and then.
 A car entirely destroyed by fire will still run.
 Those aren't pillows.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Zo9ArH30LBw

Remake: Have it star Ryan Reynolds and Wayne Knight. Directed by Bobcat Golthwait.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2012, 09:03:05 PM
36b. Platoon
(http://posters.avatar-bg.org/3dd34791ede4bfcc3ca7a9fabb3fec656233c936.jpg)
(45 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #6 anais.butterfly)
Release date: December 19 1986

Directed by: Oliver Stone

From IMDB: A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

My take:
 (One of) the war movie to end all war movies. Charlie Sheen proves that having tiger blood has side effects, and that he learrned nothing fighting the Russians.

What have we learned?
 A platoon is a military unit of 26-50 soldiers...wait, wrong wiki...
 War is Hell, and it can turn people into demons.

http://www.youtube.com/v/X8lR2G4fHVY

Remake: Well, some parts of Tropic Thunder were based on this (and other war movies). But if you had to do it, I'd like to see Paul Thomas Anderson try it. As for casting...anybody but Taylor Lautner.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2012, 09:04:28 PM
36a. Excalibur
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/grregorrian/o-nou/oo-nou/excalibur_ver2.jpg)
(45 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #7 Tripe H. Redux)
Release date: April 10 1981

Directed by: John Boorman

From IMDB: A spirited accounting of one of the most obscure periods of the world's history.

My take:
The epic tale of the life of King Arthur and his court. Their loves, drama, and the creation of Camelot. Oh, and titties.

What have we learned?
 Merlin is really a manipulative bastard.
 Some lady in a lake had an extra sword, so she gives it away, probably not thinking much of it. And the humans around it go batshit.
 

http://www.youtube.com/v/AGvxoWytMig

Remake: Have Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones direct it together. And make it a comedy.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2012, 09:05:53 PM

35. A Fish Called Wanda
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4f/A_Fish_Called_Wanda_DVD.jpg)
(46 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #5 Compound)
Release date: July 7 1988

Directed by: Charles Crichton, and possibly an uncredited John Cleese

From IMDB: In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

My take:
Jamie Lee Curtis' extreme sexiness screws up the lives of all the men around her. Much humor and pet destruction abounds.


What have we learned?
 Jamie Lee Curtis' body is a weapon of mass destruction.
 It takes some seriously major actors (and actresses) to get me to give a shit about these people. THis movie has that in spades.
 They triiiiied to kill him with a steamroller.
 Kevin Kline is only part toon.

Not a parody, but funnier than any of them (NSFW):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

How do you make fun of a comedy? Have the star do it:
http://www.youtube.com/v/XmPUJkJj3gI

Remake: I would say Frank Oz for director. Cast is a lot harder, though. Jason Segel (Archie), Emma Stone (Wanda), Russell Brand (Otto), Michael Cera (Ken)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2012, 09:07:57 PM
34c. The Lost Boys
(http://crashlanden.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/lost_boys.jpg?w=450&h=658)
(47 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #7 Mrs. Dick Courier)
Release date: July 31 1987

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

From IMDB: After moving to a new town, two brothers are convinced that the area is frequented by vampires.

My take:
The Incredibly Cool Teenagers Who Stopped Living and Became Badass Vampires.
Corey Haim and Corey Feldman are in the same movie. The seems of 80s reality begin to split, and Keifer Sutherland was allowed to fully enter our reality.

What have we learned?
 At one point in time, it seemed like a good idea for Joel Schumacher to direct a Batman movie.
 All you need to become a vampire hunter is to have read about them in comic books, and a reckless disregard of having a badass name.
 The crazy old man with creepy hobbies knows a lot more than he lets on. But he doesn't tell anybody, because he is a dick.

Surprisingly difficult to find anything parodying this movie
http://www.youtube.com/v/zztvc-lTSr4


Remake: As long as he did NOT write it, Eli Roth. As for who could replace, Sutherland...I am actually inclined to say Robert Pattinson. Let him show he can do badass non-sparkly vampire. He has plenty of pent up rage he can use to his advantage in a role like this.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2012, 09:09:28 PM
34b. Predator
(http://www.webdesignmash.com/trial/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/awesome-80s-movie-posters-99.jpg)
(47 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #13 CJones, D.B. Barnes)
Release date: June 12 1987

Directed by: John McTiernan

From IMDB: A team of commandos, on a mission in a Central American jungle, find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.

My take:
Commando meets...Boba Fett if he were a bug-mouthed rastafarian alien. Co-starring some of the most badass motherfuckers to ever get killed off because you know Arnold Schwarzennegger was going to be the final guy anyway. They came here to chew protein bars and kick ass, and they finished all the protein bars.

What have we learned?
 The choppah must be gotten to.
 An alien with a strict honor code carries a wristmounted nuke.
 Unloading thousands of rounds of ammunition at a forest when you have no way of getting more is a good idea.
 Military commandos each carry several dozen knives on them.
 Military commandos learned some of their trap making techniques from Ewoks.

http://www.youtube.com/v/vACtvTsvcyg
http://www.youtube.com/v/8a9LJWV8VVs

Remake: Pete Travis (director of Dredd) for director. I never would have expected to say this a few years ago, but have it star Stallone. Side characters: Dwayne Johnson, Wesley Snipes, Bill Goldberg (a mostly SILENT role), LL Cool J (I actually like him when he's acting, not so much rapping). NO Taylor Lautner!

EDIT: It has been riffed!
By Rifftrax (a Mike solo track):
http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/predator (http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/predator)
and an iRiff by Speedway Squad:
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/predator-speedway-squad (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/predator-speedway-squad)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2012, 09:11:17 PM
34a. Caddyshack
(http://presidiosports.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/caddyshack_poster.jpg)
(47 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #11 anais.butterfly)
Release date: July 25 1980

Directed by: Harold Ramis

From IMDB: An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

My take:
How do you make golf funny? Or interesting? Or relevant? You cram it so full of A-list adult talent, you forget this was supposed to be about the golf caddie kids in the first place. And yet with all that A-list talent, it's still stolen by a gopher sock puppet with an awesome Kenny Loggins song.

What have we learned?
 Why Rodney Dangerfield gets no respect. I think it's his pants.
 Rich people are snooty. Seriously, I had no idea!
 Gambling is fun, and harmless.
 Gophers are cute, and have good taste in music.
 Insane, rambling, pervy gardeners with lots of explosives are lovable.

http://www.youtube.com/v/5kxgXA2vp9Q

Remake: Adam McKay as Director. His usual actors as cast: Will Farrell, Stephen Colbert, etc.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 24, 2012, 09:12:34 PM
Aw man, I forgot Lost Boys and Predator.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2012, 09:13:00 PM
33d. UHF
(http://img.zamunda.net/bitbucket/UHF.1989.jpg)
(49 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #2 Pak-Man)
Release date: July 21 1989

Directed by: Jay Levey

From IMDB: A local public station gets a new owner. The station becomes a hit, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor.

My take:
Weird Al at his weirdest and Aliest. I cannot beleive this bombed on initial release! I understand the doubts some people might have had about a musician (even a comedy one) transitioning over to movies. But this is the decade where a bodybuilder who barely speaks English can become the biggest star in the world! We should be complaining that UHF 4 wasn't nearly as funny as the first one.

What have we learned?
 A plot that is only there to sparingly string along the comedic setpieces can still have memorable characters that we care about. Are you paying attention, Friedberg and Seltzer?!
 Not to drink from the fire hose.
 Abuse and death of pets is funny, as long as we don't see the pile of poodle corpses.
 Turtles are nature's suction cups. I wonder if Splinter knows this?

http://www.youtube.com/v/pA28lPhK9Iw

Remake: Aside from the fact that the title was already starting to become irrelevant by the time the original came out, this movie is a Weird Al showcase. So he would have to still be the star. Maybe make it so he is put in charge of a STARS! or HBO Channel knockoff.
I think by now Weird Al could direct himself, but otherwise get James Bobin (The Muppets).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2012, 09:13:53 PM
And that's it for another night.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: MerryWanna on November 24, 2012, 11:24:35 PM
A lot more of my list is making it than I thought it would.

Withnail and I was Tripe's #1 and was also on my list--and it was on three lists.  Wonder who the third person was...
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 25, 2012, 01:45:40 AM
A lot more of my list is making it than I thought it would.

Withnail and I was Tripe's #1 and was also on my list--and it was on three lists.  Wonder who the third person was...

Me
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 02:19:39 AM
A lot more of my list is making it than I thought it would.

Withnail and I was Tripe's #1 and was also on my list--and it was on three lists.  Wonder who the third person was...

Me

(http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/9369/hmffwoodycookszj6.jpg)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: goflyblind on November 25, 2012, 05:19:49 AM
aww, uhf should've been higher, you heathens.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 05:41:23 AM
Edited the Predator writeup to show it's been reffied by Mike, as well as an iRiff by Speedway Squad.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 25, 2012, 06:57:01 AM
aww, uhf should've been higher, you heathens.

Ehn, it's about as funny as Weird Al.  As in, not very.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 25, 2012, 07:01:41 AM
He sort of reminds me of a third Chuckle Brother really.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 11:23:52 AM
Yeah, I like UHF but it's not really a great movie.  I mean it's the best movie ever when you're 10 and you are living in the 1980's, but it's only slightly better than Johnny Dangerously and about as good as Spaceballs.  Fun, yes, but certainly not great.

EDIT:  What I am shocked about is the low number of people voting for Trains, Planes and Automobiles.  Only 2 people out of 24 voted for that?  I think both leads give performances that are funny and emotionally powerful and it's one of my all time favourite movies.  I also think it's John Hughes' best movie and it certainly feels personal (I can imagine that  it taps into the same  feelings that caused him to go into semi-retirement in the first place) and mature (and not just because it focuses on an adult cast).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 25, 2012, 11:48:06 AM
EDIT:  What I am shocked about is the low number of people voting for Trains, Planes and Automobiles.  Only 2 people out of 24 voted for that?  I think both leads give performances that are funny and emotionally powerful and it's one of my all time favourite movies.  I also think it's John Hughes' best movie and it certainly feels personal (I can imagine that  it taps into the same  feelings that caused him to go into semi-retirement in the first place) and mature (and not just because it focuses on an adult cast).

Total surprise. I'm also surprised about Predator and Caddyshack. These are absolutely iconic eighties films! Only four lists each! I had a lot of movies that I remember my friends and I constantly quoting; maybe that's why I'm attaching more significance to some of these.

It's interesting the way this thing is playing out, and I'll be very curious to see what lands in the top ten.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 12:10:29 PM
Trailers

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Platoon

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Excalibur

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

A Fish Called Wanda

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The Lost Boys

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Predator

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Caddyshack

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Sad that Mr Gopher never went onto anything else.

UHF

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 25, 2012, 12:13:50 PM
36a. Excalibur
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/grregorrian/o-nou/oo-nou/excalibur_ver2.jpg)
(45 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #7 Tripe H. Redux)
Without which, my bachelor's thesis would have been without a title (and a subject really, though partly I chose that to big up one of my ancestors' plays as well).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 12:18:12 PM
EDIT:  What I am shocked about is the low number of people voting for Trains, Planes and Automobiles.  Only 2 people out of 24 voted for that?  I think both leads give performances that are funny and emotionally powerful and it's one of my all time favourite movies.  I also think it's John Hughes' best movie and it certainly feels personal (I can imagine that  it taps into the same  feelings that caused him to go into semi-retirement in the first place) and mature (and not just because it focuses on an adult cast).

Total surprise. I'm also surprised about Predator and Caddyshack. These are absolutely iconic eighties films! Only four lists each! I had a lot of movies that I remember my friends and I constantly quoting; maybe that's why I'm attaching more significance to some of these.

It's interesting the way this thing is playing out, and I'll be very curious to see what lands in the top ten.

Well personally, I think Predator is good, but it certainly didn't even get consideration on my list.  Just a dumb, fun action flick.  As for Caddyshack, I haven't seen it.  There will be a movie coming up, I'm certain, that I didn't vote for, mostly because it slipped my mind.  It probably would have made my top ten if I remembered, so I apologize in advance.

36a. Excalibur
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/grregorrian/o-nou/oo-nou/excalibur_ver2.jpg)
(45 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #7 Tripe H. Redux)
Without which, my bachelor's thesis would have been without a title (and a subject really, though partly I chose that to big up one of my ancestors' plays as well).

 Excalibur... I'm surprised it made it as high as it did.  No one really talks about it, but it's REALLY good and cool.  It's also interesting in that while it's not exactly a radical departure, it's true enough to the source material that it has a really odd structure to it.  If you haven't seen it, I recommend it.  Miles away better than Legend (though I will concede that Legend had the better villain).

BTW, how friggin' incredible is that poster!  I love the way the armour gleams (in the film too).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 25, 2012, 12:29:04 PM
As for Caddyshack, I haven't seen it.

The fuck? How does that even happen?!?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 12:31:58 PM

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/grregorrian/o-nou/oo-nou/excalibur_ver2.jpg)

BTW, how friggin' incredible is that poster!  I love the way the armour gleams (in the film too).

D'oh! Based on that poster alone, I should have had J.J. Abrams as the director for the remake.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 12:32:29 PM
As for Caddyshack, I haven't seen it.

The fuck? How does that even happen?!?

You're gonna love this though: I've seen Caddyshack 2 about 5 times!  And I liked it!  NOT A JOKE!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 25, 2012, 12:34:25 PM
D'oh! Based on that poster alone, I should have had J.J. Abrams as the director for the remake.
No, because there's a visible source for the flares, that's generally not the case with Bad Robot.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 25, 2012, 12:37:03 PM
As for Caddyshack, I haven't seen it.

The fuck? How does that even happen?!?

You're gonna love this though: I've seen Caddyshack 2 about 5 times!  And I liked it!  NOT A JOKE!

(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_maojs7DBEh1rzbvsto1_250.gif)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 12:37:58 PM
Hey, it wasn't until a few days ago that I saw Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and the timing had nothing to do with this list). And there are definitely several on this list already that I haven't seen but should.

Yes, RAN is on my Netflix que.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 12:40:32 PM
Grave of the Fireflies

Back to great movie clips

http://www.youtube.com/v/V8cFbhtfBdA
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 12:43:26 PM
As for Caddyshack, I haven't seen it.

The fuck? How does that even happen?!?

You're gonna love this though: I've seen Caddyshack 2 about 5 times!  And I liked it!  NOT A JOKE!

(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_maojs7DBEh1rzbvsto1_250.gif)

To be fair liked is past tense.  I haven't seen it in the present but I would probably hate it.  See, back when I was ages 6-8, MITV (the Maritime Network), seemed to show it every other weekend.  And children ages 6-8 will watch just about anything.  Local Canadian channels are cruel (the Police Academy movies also popped up a lot).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 01:11:27 PM
Tron

http://movieclips.com/e/3LBHM/0/45.18
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 01:40:51 PM
The Little Shop of Horrors

The second best musical number in the movie... or third.  I can't decide!

http://www.youtube.com/v/v_VU1q7czkE
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 02:17:53 PM
The Fly

The very last scene, so if you haven't seen it, don't watch it yet.

http://www.youtube.com/v/NH-8L1iZq20
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 02:31:12 PM
The Fly

The very last scene, so if you haven't seen it, don't watch it yet.

Spoiler:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 25, 2012, 02:42:48 PM
Just now catching up, some great entries here. Glad that The Fly represented, since there's nothing better than some quality body horror (which, hopefully, is also a sign of things to come later down the list). The Road Warrior is one of those movies that I keep forgetting how much I enjoy, and how much of an amazing action movie it is. Because seriously, that final car chase is aces.

Caddyshack is Murray at his near-best, Planes... is Candy at his best, and Predator is Arnie at his best. I realize this is all common knowledge, but I just wanted to get it down in writing. As to why they weren't represented on more lists, I'd wager to bet that it's because the decade is so crowded with films people love (especially people on this board), that those slipped through the cracks into the "I love it, but I'm sure everyone else will list it, so I don't need to stress over cutting it" category. Which is basically the unintentional category for what I was doing on my list.

Also, I've just gotta say that, compared to most Ghibli films, Grave of the Fireflies didn't actually affect me that much emotionally. Maybe it was because I'd read about the thing so much before In finally watched it that I had already been numbed to the pain, or maybe it's because I'm a little dead inside. Hard to say. Good film all the same, but not the immediate tearjerker it keeps getting made out to be.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 03:03:00 PM
Ran

http://www.youtube.com/v/itwriT7tE1A
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 04:44:37 PM
Beetlejuice

http://movieclips.com/e/hNQef/0/85.47

With savings like that, you'd be crazy not to.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 25, 2012, 04:45:57 PM
Yeah, UHF is fun but not a great movie. Hell, on an average 80s movie list, I doubt that it would even make it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 04:59:24 PM
Trains, Planes and Automobiles

http://movieclips.com/e/f2us7/0/117.84

This isn't my favourite scene, but it is very, very good and I tend to forget not only how many visual gags there are but how rapid fire they are in this scene.  There's about 4 or 5 great visual gags in that scene and that's not really what Hughes is known for (at least until Home Alone.  Ugh).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 25, 2012, 05:18:59 PM
Pleasantly surprised with the list so far, I've seen and liked everything on it besides Excalibur (which I've seen but didn't like) at this stage.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 05:37:24 PM
Platoon

Never did see Platoon.  Or any Oliver Stone film for that matter.

http://movieclips.com/e/LvsbV/0/89.99
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 25, 2012, 05:57:27 PM
Never did see Platoon.  Or any Oliver Stone film for that matter.

I'm not a fan of his at all but I'd suggest you check out Platoon and JFK.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 06:20:48 PM
Excalibur

http://movieclips.com/e/TxQAP/0/199.67

Excalibur is a fantastic movie.  While it's not exactly obscure, it's not really mentioned often in the pantheon of great fantasy epics.  But it is a damn fine looking movie.  The way all the armour gleams, the verdant forests and backdrops and the overall grandeur of it really took me by surprise.

I really need to watch more Boorman movies.  You might give him crap for the balls to the wall craziness of Zardoz, but give me crazy over dully safe anyday.  And no, I still haven't seen Deliverance.  Read the book though.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 25, 2012, 06:33:30 PM
Yeah I haven't seen Platoon either, but it's been on my to do list for a while. Oliver Stone movies can be hit (Wall Street, JFK) or miss (Natural Born Killers, The Doors) for me, but I have faith in that one. Born on the Fourth of July is one that I really need to see too.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 07:08:45 PM
A Fish Called Wanda

http://movieclips.com/e/7sieY/0/150.94

Man, I need to watch this movie again.  I love a good farce and I love a good heist movie, so this really comes together nicely.  Also, I didn't realize this was by the same guy who did the Lavender Hill Mob.  What's really cool is that it was the director's first film in over 20 years, done when he was 77.  Nice stuff.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 07:29:13 PM
The Lost Boys

http://movieclips.com/e/znJW7/0/175.61

We'll I wasn't going to drink your evil wine, but then you started chanting my name...
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 07:53:51 PM
Predator

Apologies for the poor quality.

http://www.youtube.com/v/XUuZ-bA_TEs
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 08:05:47 PM
Caddyshack

http://www.youtube.com/v/zbQTXFJL8lo
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 25, 2012, 08:13:36 PM
Yeah I haven't seen Platoon either, but it's been on my to do list for a while. Oliver Stone movies can be hit (Wall Street, JFK) or miss (Natural Born Killers, The Doors) for me, but I have faith in that one. Born on the Fourth of July is one that I really need to see too.

I'm with you on Stone movies... I saw Platoon again a few years back and I didn't think it aged particularly well... For lack of a better word, it gets a bit hokey by the end. It's a worthy watch, but probably won't change your opinion on Oliver Stone.

I didn't make a list for this one... started to poke around and research but I think I got distracted by photoshopping chocolate covered bananas and never recovered. Either way, I probably would have totally missed Planes, Trains and Automobiles... a great movie that I was pretty sure had been released in the early/mid 90s until seeing it here.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2012, 08:27:24 PM
UHF

http://movieclips.com/e/BvLc/0/93.63

There.  Caught up.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 09:03:16 PM
33c. Top Secret!
(http://montrealracing.com/forums/images/dto_garage/users/74136/7930.jpg)
(49 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #4 Compound)
Release date: June 8 1984

Directed by: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

From IMDB: Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.

My take:
Never send a musician to do a 007's job.

What have we learned?
 Coolness supercedes the laws of physics.
 The fourth wall is broken so much, all the king's horses and all the king's men can't put Linkara back together again.
 It's really hard to find parody videos of a movie like this.

http://www.youtube.com/v/vGAHPhe2Ulo

Remake: Anybody except Friedberg and Seltzer. If they did it, they'd probably have it star Justin Beiber. :P
Ok, ok. I think it should star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, directed by John Gulager (but he can't write it).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 09:05:20 PM
33b. They Live
(http://cinema-tv.corriere.it/multimedia/cinema/2007/22/116/locandina.jpg)
(49 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #2 gojikranz)
Release date: November 4 1988


Directed by: John Carpenter

From IMDB: A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

My take:
A sharp satire of American social classes and consumerism. Now available on BluRay for $22.45!http://www.amazon.com/They-Live-Collectors-Edition-Blu-ray/dp/B008VF0Y0M (http://www.amazon.com/They-Live-Collectors-Edition-Blu-ray/dp/B008VF0Y0M)

What have we learned?
 To put on the glasses.
 I'm pretty sure Roddy Piper never actually has any bubblegum, and just uses it as an excuse for random bouts of violence.
 Rich people are job creato- I mean aliens.
 Aliens (http://quiptracks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=4) are (http://quiptracks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=6) controlling (http://quiptracks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=13) us (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/hor-riff-ic-productions/hor-riff-ic-gremlins) through (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/cinester-theater/cinester-theater-presents-march-penguins) subliminal (http://quiptracks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=27) messages (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/ronin-fox-trax/ronin-fox-trax-wizard-oz)

 

(Unfortuantely I couldn't find a version without shitty music added)

http://www.youtube.com/v/cWk6RgQbPVc


Remake: I'd like to see John Favreau direct and star in this.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 09:06:52 PM
33a. American Werewolf in London
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e5/An_American_Werewolf_in_London_poster.jpg/220px-An_American_Werewolf_in_London_poster.jpg)
(49 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Darth Geek)
Release date: August 21 1981


Directed by: John Landis

From IMDB: Two American tourists in Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

My take:
One of the definative werewolf movies, and THE definative werewolf transformation scenes. Seriously, it still hasn't been topped in 30 years! It says a lot about how much I love this movie that a) it is #1 on my list, and b) I like it so much better than even a Joe Dante movie!


What have we learned?
 The Slaughtered Lamb is not a tourist attraction for some reason.
 Sigourney Weaver's character in Abduction got her idea for camaflauge from this movie.
 Rick Baker is AWESOME!
 English nurses are VERY accomodating.
 Nazi werewolves. Just...Nazi werewolves.
 Talking to dead people is boring.

http://youtu.be/vVNhSepP6rg (http://youtu.be/vVNhSepP6rg)

http://www.youtube.com/v/oH3WWZT7MzE


Remake: I think it would HAVE to be Edgar Wright. Anton Yelchin as David, and Jonah Hill as Jack.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 09:09:18 PM
32b. Pee-wee's Big Adventure
(http://tweaktoday.com/images/submissions/7844/medium_pee_wees_big_adventure.jpg)
(51 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Smoky)
Release date: July 26 1985


Directed by: Tim Burton

From IMDB: Eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman embarks on the big adventure of his life across the US mainland, as he sets out to find his beloved bike, when it is stolen in broad daylight.

My take:
Woody Woodpecker possesses a life sized ventriloquist doll, and goes around the country scaring people.

What have we learned?
 For some reason, Hot Topic doesn't carry a lot of Pee Wee merchandise.
 Bikes before broads.
 Large Marge is apparently an alien who helped Wierd Al buy a TV station.

http://www.youtube.com/v/kHFnc_eV4Lg

Remake: Ironically, I think Tim Burton has swung around back into somewhat normalcy that he could do this again.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 25, 2012, 09:11:41 PM
Obligatory.

http://www.youtube.com/v/zcvgst8qQfI?version=3&hl=en_US

Dat fist.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 09:13:36 PM
32a. Heathers
(http://static.tvfanatic.com/files/heathers-poster_398x589.jpg)
(51 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Sicgirl)
Release date: March 31 1989


Directed by: Michael Lehmann

From IMDB: A girl who half-heartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics.

My take:
Before she moved and got help from the ghost with the most, Winona Ryder was really messed up. She is attracted to boys with guns and terrorist tendancies. And she has to deal with the bitchy chicks at school who all have the same name. I think it's Marklar.

What have we learned?
 There was no such thing as too many high school drama comedies in the 80s.
 Comedies were a bit different before the Columbine massacre.
 Kids are dumb enough to beleive that there were "nonfatal" bullets in WORLD WAR 2!

http://www.youtube.com/v/XIKhIl4pTQA

Remake: Make it High School Musical 4, and have Jason actually blow up the whole school.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 09:15:16 PM
31. Clue
(http://filmaholics.net/uploads/clue.gif)
(53 points, 5 lists of 24, highest ranking: #2 Sicgirl)
Release date: December 13 1985


Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

From IMDB: Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery.

My take:
Holy shit, somebody actually made an adaptation of a board game, and it's GOOD?! Not just good, but great! And funny. I don't think even the Ouija board could have predicted that.

What have we learned?
 I miss Madeline Kahn.
 Tim Curry is AWESOME!
 For some reason, the dogshit on Wadworth's shoe didn't become a plotpoint like I thought it would.
 Everyone is guilty. Best to nuke the house from orbit, only way to be sure.

http://www.youtube.com/v/4FNf2OICHqE

Remake: Have Jay Chandrasekhar (of Broken Lizard) direct. Have it star a few of the Broken Lizard people, and a few of Adam McKay's group.

Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 09:17:26 PM
30. The Terminator
(http://images.wikia.com/terminator/images/c/ca/Terminator_poster.jpg)
(54 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #4 Tyrant)
Release date: October 26 1984


Directed by: James Cameron

From IMDB: A cyborg is sent back in time, by the sinister computer network Skynet, to murder a woman who will one day give birth to the leader of the militia destined to end the coming robo-apocalypse.

My take:
Even before they invited us to bite their shiny metal ass, robots were cool. And none more cool that the coldhearted killer of box-office, James Cameron. Until he went underwater and his circuits shorted out.
A time travel breeding experiment, possibly suggested by Doc Brown.

What have we learned?
 We haven't learned why people cry, yet.
 A killing machine designed for infiltration will be made to look like a giant Austrian moviestar. You know, that guy from Jingle All The Way.
 A killing machine will not be designed with guns as part of it's endoskeleton.
 The time machine was invented by a pervert.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Qnq7N6X4x84


Remake: I would have Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) direct. Starring Tom Hardy as the Terminator, and Jennifer Garner as Sarah Conner.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 09:19:38 PM
29. E.T.
(http://www.moviepostercollectors.com/MPC_Authentication_ET_Unreleased_OS_files/2004-07-16%20(41).jpg)
(55 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #5 Mrs. Dick Courier, Johnny Unusual)
Release date: June 11 1982


Directed by: Steven Spielberg

From IMDB: A meek and alienated little boy finds a stranded extraterrestrial. He has to find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet.

My take:
The most heartwarming tale of a young boy and his hideous wrinkled old friend that gets him drunk, high, fingers him, takes him out into the woods at all hours of the night, and nearly kills him.

What have we learned?
 In the 80s you could like both football AND Star Wars.
 In the 80s, you could be a skinny kids with hillbilly teeth and still be on the football team.
 The FBI uses astronaut spacesuits to enter homes on earth.
 How to fake being sick to get out of school. Thanks Speilberg!
 Drunkenness is funny, even by a ten year old.
 Alcoholism is transmissable through telepathy.
 Advanced alien civilization will have evolved to have their vital organs light up when predators are around.

Hey, it's been riffed! By Cinester Theater:
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/cinester-theater/cinester-theater-presents-et-extraterrestrial (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/cinester-theater/cinester-theater-presents-et-extraterrestrial)


http://www.youtube.com/v/Pj5uD8nFguU


Remake: Make it a TV show. Have him living with the family, it'll be hilarious. Maybe give it a bit of an edge, make him like to eat cats or something.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 09:21:40 PM
28b. The Breakfast Club
(http://www.traileraddict.com/content/universal-pictures/breakfastclub.jpg)
(58 points, 5 lists of 24, highest ranking: #7 Zombie Monty)
Release date: February 7 1985


Directed by: John Hughes

From IMDB: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

My take:
This is what happens when a bunch of cliche teenagers are put together and there is no booze or psycho maniac to kill them in cool creative ways. Yawn.

What have we learned?
 Teenagers are all the same. They just don't know it.
 Despite there being a character named Bender, this is not funny animated sci-fi. I am pretty sure Molly Ringwald is a robot, though.
 Despite the one room setup, this is not based on a play.

http://youtu.be/pGCbF0YvOlY (http://youtu.be/pGCbF0YvOlY)

Remake: Make it a horror movie, set in a cabin, with Jason Vorhees.
And then get Hor-Riff-ic Productions to riff it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 25, 2012, 09:23:20 PM
Aw man, I missed Pee-wee's Big Adventure, They Live, Heathers and Top Secret! too! *grumble grumble*

Nice work everyone!  ;D
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 25, 2012, 09:26:28 PM
28a. Spaceballs
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/essential-movies/456-1.jpg)
(58 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #2 goflyblind)
Release date: June 24 1987


Directed by: Mel Brooks

From IMDB: Planet Spaceball's President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal Planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

My take:
You know the phrase "the Devil has the best lines"? This is no more true than here. While this movie is funny from start to end, it's the villain stuff that easily gets the biggest laughs. This is truly one of Rick Moranis' best showcases. The stuff with Lonestar pales in comparison, which is odd because you have the incompareable John Candy (sandly saddled with an unwieldy costume and a not very funny main joke), and Pill Pullman is more than capable here too. Hell, even the normally gratingly annoying Joan Rivers is good here. But see it for the Spaceballs themselves, it's worth it.

What have we learned?
 Rick Moranis is AWESOME!
 My luggage combination.
 Holy crap, Joan Rivers can actually be funny! Ok, sometimes, but still...who knew?!
 What they brake for.

Hey, check it out, somebody spoofed the ending of Spaceballs! And with that guy from Ten Commandments, too:
http://www.youtube.com/v/gPfcim_p38w


http://www.youtube.com/v/Eu5ujK4A704

Remake: Rather than a remake, I'd like to see Mel Brooks make a Spaceballs 0.5 that does a similar spoofing of the prequels.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 25, 2012, 09:30:18 PM
32a. Heathers
(http://static.tvfanatic.com/files/heathers-poster_398x589.jpg)
(51 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Sicgirl)

Fuck yeah! Had it at #15. I dig Heathers.

http://www.youtube.com/v/NMroWnWIqs0?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 25, 2012, 09:53:54 PM
Why aren't The Terminator, ET and The Breakfast Club higher up on the list?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 25, 2012, 09:59:35 PM
Why aren't The Terminator, ET and The Breakfast Club higher up on the list?

Tastes may vary?  I don't like ET at all and I'm fairly indifferent to Breakfast Club,  Terminator was one of my last cuts though.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Pak-Man on November 25, 2012, 10:14:58 PM
Yeah the '80s were full of so many iconic movies, that even the bottom of my list was all pretty much iconic must-list '80s movies. I have a couple suspicions, but I wouldn't place money on what the number one is going to be for this one. Too many wild cards.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 26, 2012, 02:30:07 AM
Spaceballs sucks!

The rest? Ehn on Peewee, Breakfast Club, and Clue.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: goflyblind on November 26, 2012, 02:32:48 AM
no uhf and no spaceballs? you and i are done professionally, base. :angry:
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 26, 2012, 02:41:56 AM
no uhf and no spaceballs? you and i are done professionally, base. :angry:

Sorry, I just prefer my comedies to be funny.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 26, 2012, 03:47:12 AM
Madeline Kahn is sexy in Clue though.

I wouldn't have minded if every member of the breakfast club had gone to the same school as Christian Slater in Heathers, on one of his more successful days.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 06:34:43 AM
Madeline Kahn is sexy in Clue though.

It's twu, it's twu.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2012, 07:16:00 AM
My thoughts a little later.  Here are the trailers.  I love trailers

Top Secret

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

They Live

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

An American Werewolf in London

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Pee Wee's Big Adventure

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Lethal Attraction.... Wait, what?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Clue

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The Terminator

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The Breakfast Club

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Spaceballs

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 26, 2012, 07:24:41 AM
I saw Pee Wee's Big Adventure when I was 6. The Large Marge scene scared the shit out of me. I actually skipped to the next chapter on the DVD (I'm glad we decided to rent the DVD for that one).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: anais.butterfly on November 26, 2012, 07:36:55 AM
I hate ET
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 26, 2012, 07:50:36 AM
I don't think Spaceballs is terribly strong overall, but when it hits the marks... it's really great.... in this case that usually means anything involving Rick Moranis. From the funny factor, it reminds me of a lot of MST3K episodes... where you can go 20 minutes with nothing more than light chuckles, only to be bowled over by a hilarious 90 second run of brilliance.

Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 26, 2012, 07:52:10 AM
Well, DG's write-ups don't seem quite so negative now...
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: anais.butterfly on November 26, 2012, 08:02:50 AM
I hate ET

Yeah, that Mary Hart is such a bitch.

She DROVE John Tesh away with her bitchery
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 26, 2012, 08:10:45 AM
I hate ET

Yeah, that Mary Hart is such a bitch.

She DROVE John Tesh away with her bitchery

The sound of her voice gave Kramer seizures!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: anais.butterfly on November 26, 2012, 08:26:40 AM
My thoughts a little later.  Here are the trailers.  I love trailers

Top Secret

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

They Live

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

An American Werewolf in London

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Pee Wee's Big Adventure

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Lethal Attraction.... Wait, what?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Clue

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The Terminator

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The Breakfast Club

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Spaceballs

http://www.youtube.com/v/_rWZ9u717xw


Trailers were a lot different in the 80s
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 08:28:56 AM
Well, DG's write-ups don't seem quite so negative now...
Wait till tonight...

I have been trying to keep my own feelings out of some of these in the cases where I haven't seen or don't like the movie, but, yeah...
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2012, 08:57:22 AM
Since Barnes already shared a scene from Top Secret and I don't really have much of an opinion beyond sporadically funny, I'll move ahead.

They Live

http://www.youtube.com/v/7Lwlx3GnLGs

Bet you thought I was going to show the fight didn't you.  It's a fun scene, but to me, this is the heart of the movie.  Though this movie didn't make it anywhere near my list, I really enjoy this movie.  It's kind of a ballsy poke at Reagan's materialistic America and it still works today.  If you see it as an action movie, you might be disappointed because it really takes a while to get to that, but if you're looking for fun (though not subtle) sci-fi satire, you are in the right place.  Though he never really had any big hits in the era, the 80's were a great time creatively for Carpenter, though I think we'll be getting to more of that soon.

EDIT: Oh, and though it is rather different, I also recommend the short story it was based on, 8 AM in the Morning.  I'd like to see it made into a movie again.  I think because of the nature of the story, there's a ton of different ways to tell it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Space version 2.0 on November 26, 2012, 09:18:44 AM
I don't think Spaceballs is terribly strong overall, but when it hits the marks... it's really great.... in this case that usually means anything involving Rick Moranis. From the funny factor, it reminds me of a lot of MST3K episodes... where you can go 20 minutes with nothing more than light chuckles, only to be bowled over by a hilarious 90 second run of brilliance.
For all the hate Spaceballs seems to get it also seems to be the most quoted Mel Brooks movie.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2012, 09:19:43 AM
An American Werewolf in London

http://movieclips.com/e/9yipX/0/72.47

This was a part of my top 35 but ended up not quite making it (a lot of horror movies on that list that I really wanted to, but I knew honestly that I didn't connect as strongly to them as the other films on my list.  If you haven't seen it, I feel that it is the best werewolf movie of all time.  Sorry the Howling, you have some great scenes and an amazing finale, but I don't care for you as a whole.  It captures all the tropes and cliches in a way that makes them feel classic, but also has a great sense of humour (the scene in the porno theatre towards the end is comic gold) and has by far the best transformation effects of any werewolf movie (again, sorry, The Howling).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 09:26:24 AM
I totally agree with you on The Howling. I understand the debate, but even as much of a Joe Dante fan as I am, AWIL is far better throughout.
And as good of a werewolf transformation and design as Howling had,
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 26, 2012, 09:27:26 AM
For all the hate Spaceballs seems to get it also seems to be the most quoted Mel Brooks movie.

"WE AIN'T FOUND SHIT!!!"
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2012, 09:30:33 AM
Pee Wee's Big Adventure

http://movieclips.com/e/sJDda/0/214.38

Just a fun movie.  Shame that Tim Burton's sense of fun feels completely phoned in for the past 15 years (though I hear Frankenweenie is a return to form).  I'm also glad that Paul Rueben's career came full circle to bring Pee Wee back.  That said, while I like the movie, it didn't make the list for me, though I completely understand why it would for others.  After all, what kid didn't want to live in Pee Wee's world in the 80's.  Also, Phil Hartman co-wrote the script.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2012, 09:45:48 AM
Heathers already got a clip from Barnes and I haven't seen it.  Moving on.

Clue

http://movieclips.com/e/HgEUD/0/132.41

Another movie that I think is a lot of fun, but really isn't all that great.  All the actors are doing great work (especially Kahn) and the film has a great look and there are a lot of great gags, but somehow, it doesn't quite become better than the some of it's parts.  But what works, works quite well.  What I think works best though is how incredibly frantic the whole cast is to give it a consistant mood of "look over there!", "come over here" and "look at this" to give the impression that the audience is taking part in the investigation, even if the actual mystery is a bit limp.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 26, 2012, 09:48:47 AM
EDIT: Oh, and though it is rather different, I also recommend the short story it was based on, 8 AM in the Morning.  I'd like to see it made into a movie again.  I think because of the nature of the story, there's a ton of different ways to tell it.
Yes it provides a lot of room to adapt in various directions. I like that one of the Fascinators is called Mr. Coney, change that spelling a bit and you can bring internet phenomena into play in another adaptation. ;)

Another movie that I think is a lot of fun, but really isn't all that great.  All the actors are doing great work (especially Kahn)
Have I mentioned how sexy I find her in that role, not sure if I've done that.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ColeStratton on November 26, 2012, 10:01:02 AM
no uhf and no spaceballs? you and i are done professionally, base. :angry:

Sorry, I just prefer my comedies to be funny.

As someone who makes a living off of Comedy, I can assure you that both UHF and Spaceballs are funny, if you have any joy in your heart. Also, Weird Al was just on my podcast and he is amazing. THE END.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 26, 2012, 10:04:53 AM
*nervous collar pull*
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 26, 2012, 10:08:11 AM
As someone who makes a living off of Comedy, I can assure you that both UHF and Spaceballs are funny, if you have any joy in your heart.
That's fine, Mrba and I are British; we have tea in place of joy. :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2012, 10:53:58 AM
The Terminator

http://movieclips.com/e/o4bV3/0/131.95

Don't really have much to say about the Terminator.  Good fun action thriller.  Didn't make my list.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2012, 11:03:09 AM
E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial

http://movieclips.com/e/iJCpQ/0/108.85

A really great movie.  I watched it about a year ago (sadly, the special edition, which even Speilberg regretted) and it still really holds up.  I don't know about you, though, but when ET first shows up, it scared the crap out of me.  But even as an easily scared kid it won me over and has only gotten better with time.  And unlike the works of George Lucas, we have the original back!  Guns and penisbreath, hooray!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2012, 11:14:19 AM
The Breakfast Club

http://movieclips.com/e/ymfdr/0/177.54

While I do like this movie and think it is good, it never really struck a chord with me like a lot of people my age who've seen it.  I just thought it was a good dramedy.  I guess someone who found it much more effecting will have to pick up the slack on this one.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2012, 11:27:42 AM
Spaceballs

http://movieclips.com/e/M2qP/0/110.28

Spaceballs has some very funny moments (like the scene we just watched), but a lot of it has aged rather badly.  And I think Blazing Saddles is far more quotable.

"Alright faggots!"
"Mongo just pawn in game of life."
"Hey, where the white women at?"
"You said rape twice" "I like rape"

But I certainly do have a softspot for Spaceballs.  But I'm afraid I'm going to fall on the side of people who say that it really doesn't belong in the 80's canon.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 26, 2012, 11:29:29 AM
Weird Al is great guy, and his songs can be funny...once or twice, but UHF isn't a great movie.  It certainly shouldn't be anywhere near this list.  Spaceballs isn't even Mel Brooks fourth best film, let alone top in the 80s.

And I work in the movie industry, so I should know! :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 26, 2012, 11:37:30 AM
When I think of Weird Al, it's not his albums... but his videos on MTV. While I owned a bunch of his early stuff on cassette, they were never really listened to all that much... I just never found him nearly as amusing when his visuals are stripped away. UHF does have some great bits in it though... I could see it potentially sneaking into my top 25 if the list was strictly 80s comedies.

Breakfast Club... It was something my group of friends and I knew inside and out, but I was just a little too young for it to really sink in at the time... I think I was only in sixth grade when it made it's first run on HBO. I guess it all must have seemed very sophisticated at the time... Even though we were all lower middle class / poor kids... I guess we were all enamored with how things work for mostly 'well to do' high school kids. My wife bought it on DVD as some sort of "Brat Pack Three Pack" or something... and after seeing it again, I think it's held up remarkably well. All the teenager roles were great... and Paul Gleason could do no wrong back in the day. His turns in Breakfast Club and Die Hard are simply the shit.

I've purposely avoided E.T... beyond seeing it once back when it first hit VHS in the early 90s or whenever it was... I'm waiting for my kids to get a bit older. I saw it in theaters when I was eight and my sister was five... and we both cried like crazy when we thought E.T. was dead. Curious to see how my kids react to it when they reach similar ages.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 26, 2012, 12:07:39 PM
I didn't really start to watch John Hughes movies until after he died, believe it or not. They'd just never come up until then, but the following year there was a seven movie marathon at the Castro, so I took the opportunity to play some catch up. I actually rather liked them, teen soap operaness and all. There's a mark of solid sincerity about them, especially in Sixteen Candles and Some Kind of Wonderful (my favorite of his teen movies), and I think they work even past the shmaltz. Also, Breakfast Club is one of the few movies that can get me from laughing to tears and back to laughing in a single five minute span (The indisputable Anthony Michal Hall's confession), so points to it for that. For all their now-apparent flaws (and the fact that they're all upper class WASPs, except when they're not), all the kids have a good, real feeling to them that makes it all sink in better. All that said, I do admit I prefer his adult stuff best, so that's Vacation and PTaA (and Uncle Buck! We must never forget Uncle Buck, for it is amazing).

Meanwhile, I will also admit that Blazing Saddles is the more quotable of Brooks' films (well, not always in polite company, at least), but I still love Spaceballs. Loved it when I was young, loved it now. It's more lowbrow humor, but a lot of it really works. Especially the little things, like John Hurt's exasperated reaction to getting chestbursted again.

Clue was a random Blockbuster rental when I was a kid, back when I was more amazed that such a movie existed and before I would've been suspect about such a thing. Luckily the movie turned out to be hysterical, and I love it to this day. I will say that, considering the caliber of the talent involved, it probably could've stood to be better, but as even Johnny pointed out, they've got such a wonderfully manic energy going that I can't help but laugh. Also, the singing telegram bit is aces. Always has been, always will be, if you think otherwise there's something wrong with you.

Finally, I need to plant myself firmly in the "Full respect" camp for They Live. It was restricted by its budget in the third act, and spends a bit too much time trying to be a cheesy action movie, but the ideas its throwing around are quite fascinating and always relevant. That the latter is true is somewhat depressing all these decades later, but what are you gonna do (shotgun killing sprees aside).

Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 26, 2012, 01:39:33 PM
Well, DG's write-ups don't seem quite so negative now...
Wait till tonight...

I have been trying to keep my own feelings out of some of these in the cases where I haven't seen or don't like the movie, but, yeah...

Cool, I appreciate the hard work but I've been skipping them since the first batch to be honest.

The Weird Al 'debate' with opinions as facts has been very entertaining though.

Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ColeStratton on November 26, 2012, 02:07:33 PM
Weird Al is great guy, and his songs can be funny...once or twice, but UHF isn't a great movie.  It certainly shouldn't be anywhere near this list.  Spaceballs isn't even Mel Brooks fourth best film, let alone top in the 80s.

And I work in the movie industry, so I should know! :)

A lot of people voted for films that they love, not necessarily the "best" or "greatest" films of the 80s. The Last Emperor, for example, wouldn't be in my top 100 movies of the 80s, but I recognize that it's a technically "better" film than things like Spaceballs and UHF. I saw it once, thought it was good, don't feel like revisiting it.

UHF is a movie a lot of us watched a ton and still enjoy. It's just as worthy as MANY of the films on this list.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 26, 2012, 02:13:09 PM
Are, are you crying?!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 26, 2012, 02:14:01 PM
Weird Al is great guy, and his songs can be funny...once or twice, but UHF isn't a great movie.  It certainly shouldn't be anywhere near this list.  Spaceballs isn't even Mel Brooks fourth best film, let alone top in the 80s.

And I work in the movie industry, so I should know! :)

A lot of people voted for films that they love, not necessarily the "best" or "greatest" films of the 80s. The Last Emperor, for example, wouldn't be in my top 100 movies of the 80s, but I recognize that it's a technically "better" film than things like Spaceballs and UHF. I saw it once, thought it was good, don't feel like revisiting it.

UHF is a movie a lot of us watched a ton and still enjoy. It's just as worthy as MANY of the films on this list.


I understand.  I'm using the exact same criteria as, I expect, everyone else.  My problem with the films we've been talking about isn't that they're "great" films it's that they're not very good.  Completely subjective, I know, but there we go.  :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 26, 2012, 03:03:13 PM
The Last Emperor's an absolute snooze; I wouldn't include it on a LOC of Top 50 Films Made By Occidentals About Asia let alone this one.

Barracking about the countdown  is part of the fun of this thing, and of course it's all subjective, it's also not overly consequential.  :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: goflyblind on November 26, 2012, 03:05:55 PM
Yeah, I don't give a shit about "objective quality." I saw UHF, and aside from the supplies closet joke, there wasn't anything funny in it.  You obviously disagree.

this is the internet, we're not allowed to disagree. never mind a summer's day, i'd be legally required to compare thee to hitler. :(
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 26, 2012, 03:33:40 PM
Our patron saint.
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Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ColeStratton on November 26, 2012, 04:23:17 PM
Yeah, I don't give a shit about "objective quality." I saw UHF, and aside from the supplies closet joke, there wasn't anything funny in it.  You obviously disagree.

Have you revisited the Blind-guy-solving-a-Rubik's-Cube gag? 'Cuz that thing kills me every time...
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Smoky on November 26, 2012, 05:30:28 PM
My God, Clue beat Pee-Wee? Oh, well, at least it made the list.

I never really enjoyed E.T., except the cool score.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 26, 2012, 06:23:23 PM
John Hughes was a fucking genius.

I'm not very familiar with Mel Brooks though. I've seen parts of Spaceballs and Young Frankenstein (Puttin' on the Ritz!) and I saw the remake of The Producers and that's it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2012, 06:26:17 PM
Blazing Saddles is well worth your time.  I've never seen it, but I've also heard that the original Producers is one of the all time great comedies.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 26, 2012, 07:10:03 PM
Blazing Saddles, History of the World, Spaceballs are my favorites. That's only because they were the three that I grew up watching on HBO.. must have watched History of the World like 25 times when I was eight or ten years old. Hmmm... that's a bit unsettling in hindsight.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 09:00:48 PM
27b. Dirty Dancing
(http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/30530053/dirty+dancing+soundtrack+DirtyDancingPosterC10315512.jpg)
(59 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #4 Sicgirl, Mrs. Dick Courier)
Release date: May 12 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

From IMDB: Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor Johnny Castle.

My take:
UGH! That's right, that's my take, a big old Norman-esque "UGH!" Fuck this movie.

What have we learned?
 Babies don't belong in corners.
 Rich adults are prejudiced, but their coddled and spoiled kids are not.
 
Hey, it's been riffed! Oh thank GOD!
http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax-presents/dirty-dancing (http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax-presents/dirty-dancing)

http://www.youtube.com/v/7tsW27aD5xA

Remake: You can't replace Patrick Swayze. I think the closest would be James Franco. As for Baby...uh...I dunno...Emma Watson?
Director, Rob Marshall (Chicago).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 09:02:34 PM

27a. Blue Velvet
(http://img.gewara.cn/userfiles/image/201203/s_6b9fe064_13628de994e__7de8.jpg)
(59 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #2 Charles Hussein Castle)
Release date: September 19 1986

Directed by: David Lynch

From IMDB: After finding a severed human ear in a field, a young man soon discovers a sinister underworld lying just beneath his idyllic suburban home town.

My take:
I have never seen this movie, but the descriptions I get make it seem like Fifty Shades of Grey, if that was actually done well and not a shitty Twilight fanfic.


What have we learned?
 I think this is somehow related to how Walter got the finger in The Big Lebowski.
 
http://www.ifc.com/greg-the-bunny/videos/greg-the-bunny-blue-velveteen (http://www.ifc.com/greg-the-bunny/videos/greg-the-bunny-blue-velveteen)


Remake: How do you remake a David Lynch movie without David Lynch? I have no idea. But I think Paul Thomas Anderson could be a step in the right direction.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 09:03:24 PM
26. The Blues Brothers
(http://www.thethirdcity.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/BluesBrothersPoster.jpg)
(64 points, 4 lists of 24, highest ranking: #6 Imrahil, goflyblind)
Release date: June 16 1980

Directed by: John Landis

From IMDB: Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

My take:
Effortlessly Cool: The Movie.
Wearing sunglasses at night has never been so cool, and fortunately Corey Hart free.
Technically this is a SNL movie, and yet it is still good. Nay, awesome in fact!
Holy crap, another musical I actually like!

What have we learned?
 Chicago USED to let you film damn near anything within city limits.
 Dressing like the squarest guys possible can make you cool.
 Bazookas are minor inconveniences.
 If you are cool enough, suits will clean themselves while you are wearing them.
 Cab Calloway is AWESOME!

http://www.youtube.com/v/L5VM77oBjvA

Remake: Oh HELL no!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 09:04:05 PM
25. Transformers: The Movie
(http://blogs.peru21.pe/comics21/transformers_the_movie.jpg)
(65 points, 3 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Tyrant)
Release date: August 8 1986

Directed by: Nelson Shin

From IMDB: The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who is after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.

My take:
My Childhood: The Movie.
This movie is the epitomy of 80s goofy commercial fun. At the hieght of it's initial popularity, the silly cartoon designed to sell toys tried selling us movie tickets.
I'm not going to ignore or deny the commercial point of the show and it's movie. But they did manage to make memorable charaters that are still beloved, have kickass battles that had actual consequences and emotional throughlines, and there was character growth in Rodimus. They didn't have to do all of that, but they did, amidst all the red and blue lasers.

What have we learned?
 Most alien civilizations in the universe are machine based, not organic.
 A movie designed just to sell toys could actually have interesting characters, character arcs, emotion, as well as awesome action you could actually follow.
 Even in this movie, the story stops dead every time we spend time with the humans.
 80s rock is FUN! It may be cheesy as all hell, but it's fun.
 It is not physicaly possible for me get the huge grin off my face when "The Touch" is playing.
 I actually think Michael bay did in fact watch this movie. Because I think he heard "Dare to be Stupid" and took it as a personal challenge.

http://www.youtube.com/v/eYAAbbuEpnw

http://www.youtube.com/v/bq1_6D9QS9Y


Remake: Joe Dante directs, main characters are the robots, NO KIDS.
        Bruce Willis as the Army captain who's squad first encounters the Transformers and is the primary human character.
        Bruce Campbell plays the President of the United States, and Timothy Balme is the embassador from New Zealand.

Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 09:05:18 PM
24. Evil Dead 2
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/395030_467069676677169_1836755300_n.jpg)
(66 points, 6 lists of 24, highest ranking: #9 gojikranz)
Release date: March 13 1987

Directed by: Sam Raimi

From IMDB: Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

My take:
 One of the definative horror comedies. Ash (short for Ashley, he is one of the manliest men with a girl's name ever) must match wits and muscle against demons. With only his chin, a chainsaw, and a shotgun.
 As to wether this is a sequel or remake...does it really matter? It's just an excuse to have more fun watching Bruce Campbell get blood thrown on him and laugh hysterically all the while.

What have we learned?
 You will beleive a demon possessed man can cry.
 Bruce Campbell is AWESOME!
 It's not a good idea to read from a book with a FACE ON IT.

http://www.youtube.com/v/AgNGWb4_QPc


Remake: They are working on a remake of the first one right now. I am aprehensive, but it has the active production of Sam Raimi, Rob Tappert and Bruce Campbell. If it ever had any chance of being good, it does with that kind of backing.
And even if they did a sequel to it, I doubt they would go the similar horror comedy route.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 09:06:52 PM
23. Dark Crystal
(http://dietrichthrall.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/darkcrystalpostersplash.jpg)
(67 points, 5 lists of 24, highest ranking: #6 CJones)
Release date: December 17 1982

Directed by: Jim Henson, Frank Oz

From IMDB: On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

My take:
This is the Henson workshop really given over to pure creativity, and WTFness. A movie, for good or ill, that you just have to accept of not going in.

What have we learned?
 Vulture things and sloth hippies are both part of the same being.
 Crystals can just have small pieces of them fall off that can be just inserted back in.
 A person's essence can be sucked out by being forced to watch this movie.


http://www.youtube.com/v/s9I9wJsRFOk

Remake: They were working on a (I think) sequel, but that never left Developement Hell. I think with newer technology (but NO CGI) the Henson workshop could do even more interesting things. I'd like to see a different story told, though.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 09:07:14 PM
22. Raising Arizona
(http://img427.yukle.tc/images/48231.jpg)
(68 points, 6 lists of 24, highest ranking: #2 Smoky)
Release date: March 13 1987

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

From IMDB: When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.

My take:
 Kidnapping has never been so funny! Nicholas Cage proves once again that you wish he were in more movies.

What have we learned?
 Raising a baby is hard. I had no idea!


http://www.youtube.com/v/tV4hAxHhjzs

Remake: Who could replace Nicholas Cage? Not really anybody. But I wouldn't mind seeing a version of this with Crispin Glover and Charlize Theron. Directed by Terry Jones.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 09:07:52 PM

21. Star Wars episode VI: Return of the Jedi
(http://www.wildsoundmovies.com/images/return_of_the_jedi_movie_poster.jpg)
(69 points, 5 lists of 24, highest ranking: #4 Pak-Man)
Release date: May 25 1983

Directed by: Richard Marquand

From IMDB: After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels attempt to destroy the Second Death Star, while Luke Skywalker tries to bring his father back to the Light Side of the Force.

My take:
The conclusion of the epic Star Wars trilogy. And a signal that not all was paradise in George Lucasland anymore. The most uneven of the original three movies, but what it gets good, it gets very good. And say what you will about the Ewoks, they were at least new, whereas we got another Death Star.

What have we learned?
 Care Bears can beat weekend warriors in platic armor.
 If you build it again, they will just blow it up again.
 Maintain better emotional control over your 6'5" asthmatic henchmen.
 Bottomless pits may look like a cool design motif, but it may backfire on you.
 Disgusting slug creatures that wear no clothes have great taste in clothing for their slaves.
 We learned where Audrey II came from.

http://www.youtube.com/v/5KBEEJQEW3o
http://www.youtube.com/v/d5mK7dzyUkM

Remake: Of course you wouldn't remake this without having already done the previous two.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 09:09:50 PM
20. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
(http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/5415/35988770.jpg)
(70 points, 6 lists of 24, highest ranking: #5 Sicgirl, ScottotD)
Release date: June 11 1986

Directed by: John Hughes

From IMDB: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that.

My take:
This movie rides on the star's shoulders like few others. There is no wonder that Mathew Broderick is still riding off of this movie's popularity to fuel his career. He has an effortless charm here that just can't be beat. And while I understand the criticisms of the shallow character, this is just a movie you either accept and enjoy, or not. And the movie clearly knows it.

What have we learned?
 Some kids can just get away with damned near everything. I am okay with that, just don't elect them to office.
 Faking being comatose will let you see Mia Sara naked. Totally worth it!
 Principals of public schools are their own probation officers.


Not a parody, but a review, and a damn funny one:
http://www.youtube.com/v/lsDQGxTEaJ8

http://www.youtube.com/v/1sTnu85SBfo

Remake: I know I've mentioned him several times already for various things, but I could definitely see James Franco starring in a remake of this. Have it directed by Judd Apatow.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2012, 09:10:26 PM

19. The Little Mermaid
(http://th09.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2011/099/9/f/banned_little_mermaid_poster_by_diamond_tearz-d345n7c.jpg)
(74 points, 5 lists of 24, highest ranking: #5 Smoky)
Release date: November 15 1989

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

From IMDB: A mermaid princess makes a faustian bargain with an unscrupulous seahag in order to meet a human prince on land.

My take:
Part of the Disney "renaissance", this movie showed that Disney coulld tell different stories than it had before, but still be relevent. And entertaining. Also entertaining: fish cooking treated like a Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel.

What have we learned?
 It is better down where it's wetter. Insert pervy joke here.
 I feel like a dirty old man when I see her in her clamshell bra thing.
 Clearly evil people are evil.
 Octopussy really hit the skids after she and Bond broke up.

http://www.youtube.com/v/aRlA4sh2ZUU

http://www.youtube.com/v/05FGfh9ntkU

Remake: I would say Henry Selick for director, as he seems to "get" female protagonists better than a lot of others. As for the voice of Ariel, go with a voice-over actress, not a star.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Compound on November 26, 2012, 09:32:49 PM
No Young Frankenstein? That's easily his best.

1974 though, so not a good choice for the list.

And Jedi? Really? I'm a huge Star Wars fan, but even I wouldn't put it on a top 25 list.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: MightyJack on November 26, 2012, 09:43:37 PM
Little Mermaid.... yes, finally something from my list (I've been getting skunked of late). This is my favorite of the modern era Disney flicks (yes even more than BatB). I enjoyed the Music so much I bought the CD.

As for Mel Brooks, my all time favorites are the Producers and Young Frankenstein.

 

 
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 27, 2012, 04:40:49 AM
No Young Frankenstein? That's easily his best.

1974 though, so not a good choice for the list.

And Jedi? Really? I'm a huge Star Wars fan, but even I wouldn't put it on a top 25 list.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Jedi is my favorite of the original trilogy (although I will say I recognize the other two as better films). Always has been, mostly thanks to Jabba's Palace, the final space battle, and Luke's struggles on the Death Star. It's a solid conclusion to the trilogy, even if people always are too busy being hung up by the Ewoks.

Also, Dirty Dancing is a remarkably good movie. I didn't believe it either, and maybe I was influenced by the crowd I watched it with (who swooned over Swayze at every opportunity), but it really did come out as quite enjoyable.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 27, 2012, 05:34:58 AM
I feel the same way about Jedi... sort of.  I'll go into more detail later, but when I was a kid it was the one I watched the least (because it didn't show up on TV enough) and the one I liked the most (for the Jabba's Palace stuff).  It didn't make my list though.  If I hadn't been soured by the prequels and the special editions, it might have made it.  I know it's not fair to hold that against it, as I don't actually mind all the Ewok stuff everyone else thinks is dumb (after Jar Jar, it doesn't seem so bad, does it?), but I just have a hard time staying interested.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 27, 2012, 05:55:02 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/28A9Jgo92GQ?version=3&hl=en_US

(http://i.imgur.com/ClBu1.jpg)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 27, 2012, 06:03:13 AM
I feel the same way about Jedi... sort of.  I'll go into more detail later, but when I was a kid it was the one I watched the least (because it didn't show up on TV enough) and the one I liked the most (for the Jabba's Palace stuff).  It didn't make my list though.  If I hadn't been soured by the prequels and the special editions, it might have made it.  I know it's not fair to hold that against it, as I don't actually mind all the Ewok stuff everyone else thinks is dumb (after Jar Jar, it doesn't seem so bad, does it?), but I just have a hard time staying interested.

True, Jedi was a double whammy injury when it comes to SE damage (first whatever the hell is going on with the song, and then that "No..."). I want to say Empire is the one that really came out unscathed, but people around here always bring up some moment of Vader calling for his shuttle that got cut, something I seriously don't recall ever seeing (but then, my first instance of ever seeing the trilogy was when the SE's first came out back in the day). Ultimately though, yeah, not the movie's fault there. And I honestly never thought the Ewok stuff was that bad. Got a little too cutesy for its own good, but really, the worst moment was likely the brother/sister thing. But then, that revelation led to this video, so it's okay in the end:
http://www.youtube.com/v/Y60yzbhRX7w?version=3&hl=en_US

And also, in relation to the Ewoks>Jar-jar thing:
http://www.youtube.com/v/bUQfHRfX2o8?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 27, 2012, 06:33:23 AM
Dirty Dancing

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Blue Velvet

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The Blues Brother

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Transformers: The Movie

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Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

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The Dark Crystal

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Raising Arizona

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The Return of the Jedi

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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The Little Mermaid

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Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 27, 2012, 06:43:45 AM
Dirty Dancing got it's seen in, so...

Blue Velvet

http://movieclips.com/e/uZ7X/0/138.08

...and that concludes our investigation.

Still haven't seen it, but it's on my "must see" list.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 27, 2012, 06:53:10 AM
The Blues Brothers

http://movieclips.com/e/W2Qh/0/164.96

I am SO VERY, VERY SORRY!  I completely forgot about this and it would have made it into my top ten easy.  I saw it for the first time about a year ago and I feel in love with it.  Fun musical numbers, great jokes and just such an insanely fun energy, the whole film is like someone filmed joy!  Also, John Candy is great in it.  I love the fact that his character who seems to realize that he's a character in a silly movie who's destined to lose and sort of goes through the motions in certain ways, yet seems to be having a great time.

"Hold on!  We haven't seen these guys play yet!"

Sorry, I should have helped push this up almost 20 more points.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 27, 2012, 07:00:03 AM
Transformers: The Movie

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZKqzghNW49M

It was my negligence that let this happen.  I apologize.  Though there are a few quotable lines in this one.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 27, 2012, 07:14:29 AM
Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn

http://movieclips.com/e/VTx8M/0/128.759

Didn't quite make it on my list, but this is an amazing combination of comedy and horror.  Granted, you can see past the set walls and goofs, but the film is has such a great energy and is so inventive (especially Sam Riami's hyperkinetic directing style) and fun that it more than makes up for it's very superficial flaws.  People have been saying things like "yes, this film has problems, but I think it's great" and I think that's fair (though I don't get your taste) and this is a case of that.  I don't think you have to be flawless to be a great movie, you just need to know how to make your strengths better than your weaknesses and the films sense of devilish fun blows it's bugdetary constraint-based weaknesses out of the water.

 Did you know that in this point in their career, Sam Raimi and the Coens knew each other?  I was just thinking how great it would be if they wrote scripts for each other, just to see how that would turn out.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 27, 2012, 07:25:04 AM
No Young Frankenstein? That's easily his best.

The thing is that Young Frankenstein wasn't in heavy HBO rotation when I was a kid... So it doesn't have that beaten into my head nostalgia advantage. I've seen it a few times and thought it was great...  just not something that will likely ever be at the top of my head when I think of Brooks.

Blues Brothers is a great movie... even if the conclusion gets a little sloppy... with 75 cop cars crashing into each other for seemingly no reason other then to burn through some unused budget.

I wouldn't have put RotJ on my top 25 list, but I think it works just fine. Even as a kid I thought the Luke/Leia sibling thing was a reach, but the Ewoks never bothered me and as others have said, the Jabba and final space battle stuff are two great set pieces.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 27, 2012, 07:37:15 AM
  I've said it before and I'll say it again, the primary problem with the Ewoks wasn't really that they were disgustingly cute and marketable. It's the inherant bullshit premise of primatives vs. technology. It kind of hurts the point when they are fighting alongside the rebels who have to use lightsabers, blasters, and fucking SPACESHIPS to do the rest of the battle. And even the majority of actual damage the Ewoks do is when they commandeer an AT-ST! Hell, they actually WORSHIP the first robot they see.
  Say what you will about the Gunguns, but they had technology and their fighters seems actually capable. They held their own against the robot army for a while. It was only Jar Jar himself that was a fuckup.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 27, 2012, 07:46:45 AM
Return of the Jedi is a perfectly decent Sci-Fi film, but it wasn't in my top 25 (it probably wouldn't be in my top 100, to be honest).  It's about as good as Star Wars, I think.

Blue Velvet is amazing. 
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: jasimon1 on November 27, 2012, 07:54:26 AM
I'm really not sure how Blue Velvet was cut from my list.  11 down from my list and I'm guessing at most, only 5 more will show up.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 27, 2012, 07:55:52 AM
  I've said it before and I'll say it again, the primary problem with the Ewoks wasn't really that they were disgustingly cute and marketable. It's the inherant bullshit premise of primatives vs. technology. It kind of hurts the point when they are fighting alongside the rebels who have to use lightsabers, blasters, and fucking SPACESHIPS to do the rest of the battle. And even the majority of actual damage the Ewoks do is when they commandeer an AT-ST! Hell, they actually WORSHIP the first robot they see.
  Say what you will about the Gunguns, but they had technology and their fighters seems actually capable. They held their own against the robot army for a while. It was only Jar Jar himself that was a fuckup.

I don't know why that premise is inherently bullshit or if it's really what the film was looking to do. The Ewoks don't 'win' and aren't really shown defeating the mighty technology. I would say the entire premise of the Ewok battle was arrogance (Empire) vs tactics (Rebels). The element of surprise can be powerful and possibly deal a decisive early blow... That's not quite how it worked out, but that's how I always view that battle.  The Ewoks have a momentary upper hand by drawing the Empire into their goofy log/rock based traps, then the tide turns and they get their asses handed to them, then Chewie steals the AT-ST and saves the day. All the whizbang sci-fi technology is great... but if you get caught flat footed and can't implement it in the proper manner, a less advanced foe with sticks and bows and arrows might not win the war, but they can fuck you up at any given battle. See the American westward expansion.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 27, 2012, 08:00:59 AM
  I've said it before and I'll say it again, the primary problem with the Ewoks wasn't really that they were disgustingly cute and marketable. It's the inherant bullshit premise of primatives vs. technology. It kind of hurts the point when they are fighting alongside the rebels who have to use lightsabers, blasters, and fucking SPACESHIPS to do the rest of the battle. And even the majority of actual damage the Ewoks do is when they commandeer an AT-ST! Hell, they actually WORSHIP the first robot they see.
  Say what you will about the Gunguns, but they had technology and their fighters seems actually capable. They held their own against the robot army for a while. It was only Jar Jar himself that was a fuckup.

I don't know why that premise is inherently bullshit or if it's really what the film was looking to do. The Ewoks don't 'win' and aren't really shown defeating the mighty technology. I would say the entire premise of the Ewok battle was arrogance (Empire) vs tactics (Rebels). The element of surprise can be powerful and possibly deal a decisive early blow... That's not quite how it worked out, but that's how I always view that battle.  The Ewoks have a momentary upper hand by drawing the Empire into their goofy log/rock based traps, then the tide turns and they get their asses handed to them, then Chewie steals the AT-ST and saves the day. All the whizbang sci-fi technology is great... but if you get caught flat footed and can't implement it in the proper manner, a less advanced foe with sticks and bows and arrows might not win the war, but they can fuck you up at any given battle. See the American westward expansion.

Or it's a metaphor for Vietnam. 

...

You're welcome.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 27, 2012, 08:03:32 AM
shit... Oliver Stone was a ghostwriter... wasn't he?!?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 27, 2012, 08:05:17 AM
One of my American Studies profs was always going on about the Ewok-VC connection, mind you he also turns up at the Fortean Times UNConvention every year to talk about black helicopters so make of it what you will...
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 27, 2012, 09:09:17 AM
The Dark Crystal

http://www.youtube.com/v/57vaKllPg7k

Story wise, the Dark Crystal is disappointing, but MAN does it look good.  Some of the best set designs ever and a world that feels really organic and true.  Eat it, Avatar.

Also, Fizzgig scared the shit out of me when I was a kid, about as much as the Skeksis.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 27, 2012, 09:30:20 AM
Story wise, the Dark Crystal is disappointing, but MAN does it look good.  Some of the best set designs ever and a world that feels really organic and true.  Eat it, Avatar.

Dark Crystal didn't leave much of an impression when I saw it as a kid... and I thought it was dull and morose when seeing it years later on DVD. Obviously a lot of hard work and talent went into how everything looked, if only the same could have been said about the script.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 27, 2012, 09:49:43 AM
The Dark Crystal

http://www.youtube.com/v/57vaKllPg7k

Story wise, the Dark Crystal is disappointing, but MAN does it look good.  Some of the best set designs ever and a world that feels really organic and true.  Eat it, Avatar.

Also, Fizzgig scared the shit out of me when I was a kid, about as much as the Skeksis.

My dog is basically Fizzgig. Except he's 35 pounds.

And five rows of teeth.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 27, 2012, 09:55:12 AM
Raising Arizona

http://www.youtube.com/v/_GIyTFl4Cb4

This was on TV recently and I just had to sit down and watch it all.  It's not the Coens' best, but it really holds up.  And I love the ending.  Seriously, it makes me tear up everytime I see it.  I think it's because we don't know if this is really what's going to happen or not, it's about hope.  Is it a prophecy or just wishful thinking?  Not knowing makes it somehow more beautiful and melancholy.  Come to think of it, as much as I love the Coens, this is the only film that makes me tear up.  Not even the beautiful finale from True Grit did that.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 27, 2012, 10:00:16 AM
It's also probably the only Coen film that's so truly, hopefully upbeat at the end. Usually those guys are as cynical and dark as they come, or at least end on a more neutral note. With Raising Arizona, it's just good feelings all around.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 27, 2012, 10:07:11 AM
It's also probably the only Coen film that's so truly, hopefully upbeat at the end. Usually those guys are as cynical and dark as they come, or at least end on a more neutral note. With Raising Arizona, it's just good feelings all around.

But there's something about the ending where it's just not the "mega-happy-ending" from Wayne's World.  I would say more than upbeat, it's incredibly hopeful.  The character basically ends his story by giving up his own happiness for the good of the child and this dream, whether it comes true or not, is his reward.  A dream so sweet and beautiful (notice how his friends go back to jail of their own accord but the only character who gets a comeuppance in it is his deservedly hated brother-in-law, although a rather gentle comeuppance).  Not everything will be instantly better when he gets up the next day, but I think his dream is going to give him something to keep him going.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 27, 2012, 10:10:34 AM
The Return of the Jedi

Special Edition clip.  Sorry.

http://www.youtube.com/v/UvUtXFg65Cs
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 27, 2012, 10:18:13 AM
I got to go to work, but luckily I don't really have much to say about the last 2 clips.  Good movies, but neither meant enough to me to include them.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

http://movieclips.com/e/XTiue/0/26.37

The Little Mermaid

http://www.youtube.com/v/8oU85k7oOCo
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 27, 2012, 10:25:19 AM
It's also probably the only Coen film that's so truly, hopefully upbeat at the end. Usually those guys are as cynical and dark as they come, or at least end on a more neutral note. With Raising Arizona, it's just good feelings all around.

But there's something about the ending where it's just not the "mega-happy-ending" from Wayne's World.  I would say more than upbeat, it's incredibly hopeful.  The character basically ends his story by giving up his own happiness for the good of the child and this dream, whether it comes true or not, is his reward.  A dream so sweet and beautiful (notice how his friends go back to jail of their own accord but the only character who gets a comeuppance in it is his deservedly hated brother-in-law, although a rather gentle comeuppance).  Not everything will be instantly better when he gets up the next day, but I think his dream is going to give him something to keep him going.

Quite right, and that's actually the sort of happy ending I prefer to the "mega-happy-ending" kind. All the feels, none of the sap.

It's also probably the only Coen film that's so truly, hopefully upbeat at the end. Usually those guys are as cynical and dark as they come, or at least end on a more neutral note. With Raising Arizona, it's just good feelings all around.

I feel like Hudsucker ends well.

Yes it does, that's sort of another anomaly for them (and also a terribly underappreciated film). And I suppose one could count O Brother in the same boat as well. Thing is, when I think Coens, I think more melancholy affairs like... like, well, pretty much all their other movies. Even Lebowski goes out on a more "live with it" note.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 27, 2012, 12:37:55 PM
Blue Velvet is a bizzare, fucked up, brilliant movie. If I had made a list, it would have been on there.

Honestly, it's been a while since I've seen Jedi so I won't comment on it. As for the whole special edition thing, I plan on getting the original trilogy on Laserdisc soon so fuck you Lucas!! :angry:

I never was into Raising Arizona. When I saw it, I was just like "meh".

Ferris Buller has some problems but it's a very enjoyable movie. Ferris' sister annoys me though.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on November 27, 2012, 03:25:01 PM
God I miss Patrick Swayze.

Glad to see The Little Mermaid made the cut, one of the best Disney movies.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 27, 2012, 08:27:22 PM
You know, I'm thinking I should have a Patrick Swayze Christmas this year.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 27, 2012, 09:00:13 PM

18b. The Naked Gun
(http://yesterdaysmovies.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/tt0095705-largecover.jpg)
(82 points, 6 lists of 24, highest ranking: #5 gojikranz)
Release date: December 2 1988

Directed by: David Zucker

From IMDB: Incompetent cop Frank Drebin has to foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

My take:
The first of three movies, the combines length of which is almost more than the few Police Squad episodes that it's based off of. I haven't seen it in a really long time, but I remember liking it.

What have we learned?
 Well, eventually we forgot that Leslie neilson was originally hired for these spoofs because he isn't a comedian and is a straight actor.
 There was a time when we could laugh innocently at O. J. Simpson.

http://www.youtube.com/v/LrHmGEOTagg

Remake: Have him be from England to give it kind of a Bond vibe, and star a physical comedian like maybe Rowan Atkinson.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 27, 2012, 09:01:30 PM

18a. Big Trouble in Little China
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rPKHYBJ0mB4/TpZ1OBdf5PI/AAAAAAAABYw/DabrjrM8VT8/s1600/%5B10.12.11%5D+Drew+Struzan+-+01.jpg)
(82 points, 5 lists of 24, highest ranking: #5 Relaxing Dragon)
Release date: July 2 1986

Directed by: John Carpenter

From IMDB: An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.

My take:
Delightfully looney. This movie plays out like one big comic book or cartoon, in the best way possible. Kurt Russell's great comedic skills come into play here with his natural charisma as an action star perfectly. Everyone else here is very good too (yes, including Kim Cattrall).

What have we learned?
 Kurt Russell is AWESOME!
 Every cliche you've heard about Asians is true, and they will fucking kill you with them!
 
http://www.youtube.com/v/4y5gn4qWeLM

Remake: This seems like it'd be right up Stephen Chow's alley. He directed Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, which have a similar action/comedic sensibilities (although maybe taken a little less seriously). As for who could fill Kurt Russell's tank top...Chris Hemsworth.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 27, 2012, 09:01:53 PM
17. The Shining
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51dIvkXfehL._SL500_SS500_.jpg)
(89 points, 7 lists of 24, highest ranking: #2 D.B. Barnes)
Release date: May 23 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

From IMDB: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

My take:
One of the definative proofs that slavish adaptation is secondary to having a visionary director. This movie is also the rather significant exception to the rules about Stephen King adaptations sucking. Connection...okay, not necessarily. But Stephen King himself (director of magnum opus Maximum Overdrive) has said he doesn't like how much it diverts from his novel. Which kind of makes it stand on it's own. You don't have to have read the novel to love the movie.
Stylish and iconic, this movie imfluenced so much of the horror genre after it.

What have we learned?
 Jack Nicholson can act crazy. Who knew, right?
 Johny is here.
 Isolated spooky old hotels in the dead of winter may not be very good family bonding time.
 He's got cabin fever! I think the muppets had a song about that...
 Blood is polite enough to take the elevator.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqprgBY70qM&feature=share&list=PLC56E72C7F64C197C (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqprgBY70qM&feature=share&list=PLC56E72C7F64C197C)

http://www.youtube.com/v/Os6raCCmAFk


Remake: They already did one in 1997 as a TV mini-series with that guy from Wings (no, not Sandman, the other guy). It had a few things from the book that weren't in the original. I hear it wasn't great. I think if you were going to do a full on big budget theatrical one, go for darker. James Watkins (The Woman in Black)for director, and have it star Jackie Earle Haley.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 27, 2012, 09:02:54 PM

18a. Big Trouble in Little China
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rPKHYBJ0mB4/TpZ1OBdf5PI/AAAAAAAABYw/DabrjrM8VT8/s1600/%5B10.12.11%5D+Drew+Struzan+-+01.jpg)
(82 points, 5 lists of 24, highest ranking: #5 Relaxing Dragon)

 :highfive:
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 27, 2012, 09:03:55 PM

16. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
(http://dannysfilmer.blogg.se/images/2011/bill-ted-1_154672573.jpg)
(99 points, 7 lists of 24, highest ranking: #4 goflyblind)
Release date: February 17 1989

Directed by: Stephen Herek

From IMDB: Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

My take: Wait...seemingly?
Anyway, this movie is the kind of goofy high concept fun that the 80s did so well. It also epitomizes the slacker dumb highschool kid that were in a lot of 80s and early 90s comedies.
The very presence of an enclosed phone booth just screams 80s. This is another movie like Ferris Bueller that depends completely on the leads performance and likeability. It's also amazing that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were cast seperately, and were not actually friends before this movie.

What have we learned?
 The future has perfected college pranks like fitting many people in a phone booths. We didn't get to see it, but Rufus could eat 17 goldfish.
 Apparently, leaders in the future will just emulate their entire culture on anyone who shows up.
 Historic figures are perfectly fine with phone booths and TIME MACHINES, but got nuts at the sight of sports equipement and water.
 Leaders of entire countries are fine with doing the bidding of strange idiot teenagers they just met.
 In the 80s, cell phones were so big you had to climb inside them, and had wierd rotating buttons.

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZP1flgrfRQU

http://www.youtube.com/v/LLRu--619F0

Remake: There is actual plans for a third movie, so I doubt they would do a remake anytime soon.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 27, 2012, 09:04:31 PM
15. Robocop
(http://thr3.pgmcdn.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_post_349_width/2012/04/robocop_poster_art_a-p.jpg)
(105 points, 7 lists of 24, highest ranking: #6 Darth Geek)
Release date: July 17 1987

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

From IMDB: In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally-wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him.

My take:
The 80s brought us many iconic action heroes, and few were more marketable and practically made to be a toy than RoboCop. So of course the movie is a dark satire of corporate business culture or corruption and greed.
It's also a study on how many squibs can be attached to an actor until he tips over before you can yell "action!"

What have we learned?
 A highly sophisticated robot with a human reasoning brain can't figure out how to recalibrate it's aim with practice.
 Robots eat babyfood.
 One slow moving cop robot could terrify an entire city's criminals.
 Just bulldozing Detroit and starting new...somehow will make OmniCorp money?
 In the future, kids will still be watching stupid TV shows.
 The monopoly guy became a pervert in his old age, and lost most of his money (but not his sleazy women). So he can only pay for things in singles.

Hey, it's been riffed! By Cinester Theater.
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/cinester-theater/cinester-theater-presents-robocop (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/cinester-theater/cinester-theater-presents-robocop)

At 1:00 mark:
http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/151568/no-grandma (http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/151568/no-grandma)

http://www.youtube.com/v/kD8AHoMsCeE


Remake: NO! No no no no, FUCKING NO!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 27, 2012, 09:06:10 PM
14b. Gremlins
(http://pixelatedgeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Gremlins-poster-1984.jpg)
(109 points, 8 lists of 24, highest ranking: #3 Darth Geek)
Release date: June 8 1984

Directed by: JOE DANTE!

From IMDB: A boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

My take:
Oh boy. You all knew this was coming. Darth Geek gets to talk about GREMLINS! Woohooo!
Actually, I think Gremlins kind of speaks for itself. This is pure unaduterated 80s puppet mayhem. Sprinkled with an aggresively cute marketing tool and topped by a child-scarringly horrifying story about Christmas death.


What have we learned?
 I obsess over this movie and Joe Dante WAAAAY too much.
 The average airspeed velocity of an unladen old lady in a chair.
 Why Kate hates Christmas.
 

Hey, it's been riffed! By Hor-Riff-ic Productions:
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/hor-riff-ic-productions/hor-riff-ic-gremlins (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/hor-riff-ic-productions/hor-riff-ic-gremlins)


http://www.youtube.com/v/zh0bXxr7bu0

http://www.youtube.com/v/tfVUVUXrIg0

http://www.youtube.com/v/iA1iQm413No

Remake: Well, as much as I would like to have Joe Dante do it, I don't think he wants to dip into that well again. Considering that it's still what defines him all these 28 years later, I don't really blame him.
So I would LOVE to see Peter Jackson get back into his old Dead Alive, Meet the Feebles and The Frighteners mode and do this. NO CGI GREMLINS! What I would like to see is a lot of puppets filmed on greenscreen with multiple puppeteers and composited into shot to get the kinds of things they couldn't accomplish in camera the other times.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 27, 2012, 09:06:43 PM
14a. Brazil
(http://lyriccinemacafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/brazil-poster.jpg)
(109 points, 8 lists of 24, highest ranking: #2 George Harrison)
Release date: France, February 20 1985
              USA, December 18 1985

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

From IMDB: A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.

My take:
I have to admit, I watched this once many years ago and didn't really get it. I should revisit it though, because it seems like it'd be right up my alley.

What have we learned?
 Despite the poster, this is not a sequel to Scanners.
 Strangely prophetic of Dilbert, whcih would start 4 years later.

http://www.youtube.com/v/7hZlFTF4300

Remake: I would like to see Zack Snyder take a shot at this. As long as he didn't write it, and had a good producer to reign him in.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 27, 2012, 09:07:17 PM
13. The Thing
(http://s3.amazonaws.com/dostuff-production/photos/3172197/movie-poster-the-thing.jpeg)
(110 points, 6 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Relaxing Dragon)
Release date: June 25 1982

Directed by: John Carpenter

From IMDB: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.

My take:
This movie is one of the best of the best in every aspect it is in. A great claustrophobic tense horror movie, gore and practical effects at their absolute peak, and excellent acting by everyone. Kurt Russell of course is the standout, but with a diverse cast, everyone gets something to do and is interesting. Something that can't be said for a lot of movies, particularly this effects heavy.


What have we learned?
 We could have gotten a sequel where Wilford Brimley is flying around in a tiny spaceship strafing cities with lasers, but noooooo, they had to blow him up.
 Kurt Russell is AWESOME!
 Kurt Russell with a flamethrower is even more AWESOME!

Hey, it's been riffed! By One Man Band. It even made it onto the Top iRiffs List:
42 e  One Man Band - The Thing (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=23725.msg703470#msg703470)   -   BUY (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/one-man-band/thing-one-man-band)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMuEWh4lcoI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMuEWh4lcoI)

http://www.youtube.com/v/xFgXi_0rGyo


Remake: Have you ever really wondered what actually happened at the Norwegian base before the events of this movie? Me neither.

Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 27, 2012, 09:07:52 PM
12. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
(http://pics.filmaffinity.com/Who_Framed_Roger_Rabbit-517198921-large.jpg)
(115 points, 8 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Pak-Man)
Release date: June 21 1988

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

From IMDB: A toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

My take:
A premise that shouldn't by all accounts work, we are expected to care about the lives and concerns of goofy toons, some of whom are often very annoying. But damnit, work it does! Great performances ground this wierd reality where toons co-exist with humans. A marvel of technical acheivement, but everything serves the story.
Holy crap, a film noir movie I actually like!

What have we learned?
 She's drawn that way.
 Toons can break physics, but only if it's funny.
 You can die laughing.

http://www.youtube.com/v/aD9xm467pFQ

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZN8tjZb0Er8

Remake: John Favreau for director. Charles Fleischer is still around, so he should do Roger's voice. Danny DeVito would be good as Eddie Valiant.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 27, 2012, 09:08:28 PM
11. Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn
(http://nonamemovieblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/khan-poster.jpg)
(120 points, 8 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 anais.butterfly)
Release date: June 4 1982

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

From IMDB: With the aide of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using his son's life-generating device, the Genesis Device, as the ultimate weapon.

My take:
Easily the best of the Star Trek movies, mostly because of the interesting villainous turn by Ricardo Montalban.

What have we learned?
 Kahn never finished reading Moby Dick.
 Thinking 3 dimensionally isn't basic spaceship captain training.
 Kirk yells the villain's name.
 
Spoiler (click to show/hide)


Hey, it's been riffed! By Rifftrax:
http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/star-trek-ii-wrath-khan (http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/star-trek-ii-wrath-khan)

http://www.youtube.com/v/QZ7z2oXxiPU

http://www.youtube.com/v/YZJmVj0pveA


Remake: They are already making a sequel to the Star Trek reboot, and it is unlikely they would follow this movie explicitly.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 27, 2012, 09:08:40 PM
I'm loving this list! :-D
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 27, 2012, 09:09:56 PM
And that's it for another night. Tune in tomorow, same 80s time, same 80s channel to learn the TOP 10!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 27, 2012, 09:32:29 PM
I've actually never seen Big Trouble in Little China! :o
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: gojikranz on November 28, 2012, 12:02:14 AM
lots of goodies this round lots from my list too!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: MightyJack on November 28, 2012, 12:29:49 AM
Gremlins -- never cared for it. Gave me a headache (sorry). But hey, it has Phoebe Cates in it, who I had a crush on...which reminds me of a movie I forgot. D'oh! 

The Thing and Big Trouble were on my honorable mentions. I also enjoyed Naked Gun and Wrath of Khan.

Of course I think Robo-Cop and Brazil are brilliant.

The Coens? I haven't seen Raising Arizona in ages, but I do remember liking it... though I dig Blood Simple more. (never cared much for the one everyone else slobbers on about, Big Lebowski)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 28, 2012, 03:41:28 AM
I enjoy The Big Lebowski, but it's overrated as hell.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 03:51:42 AM
Quote
Remake: This seems like it'd be right up Stephen Chow's alley. He directed Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, which have a similar action/comedic sensibilities (although maybe taken a little less seriously). As for who could fill Kurt Russell's tank top...Chris Hemsworth.
Probably the best remake recipe thus far. :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 28, 2012, 05:20:19 AM
Alright, Carpenter's two best (and, by extension, the best the 80s had to offer) have made it on. Good show all around, although 12 would've been a more fitting number for The Thing. Just sayin'

Robocop is a film that (much like Total Recall and Starship Troopers after it) is a very strange film, in the sense that it has no business working as well as it does. For real, it's a perfect blend of action, comedy/satire, and effects (save maybe the long arms on the final window drop). It's as smart as it is goofy, and I'm glad it's still rightly regarded as a bona-fide classic.

And while I enjoy Gremlins, I didn't quite feel the need to put it on my list. That said, had the sequel come out one year earlier (thus qualifying for the list), it would've made my list in a heartbeat.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 05:22:25 AM
And while I enjoy Gremlins, I didn't quite feel the need to put it on my list.
There were a number of films that I left off because I knew they'd not need my vote to get on the final countdown.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 28, 2012, 05:24:49 AM
And while I enjoy Gremlins, I didn't quite feel the need to put it on my list.
There were a number of films that I left off because I knew they'd not need my vote to get on the final countdown.

As I mentioned before, the entire makeup of (most) of my list was based around this idea. That said, even if I hadn't been gaming things, I still don't think Gremlins would've made it. For whatever reason, the first one doesn't grab me as much as it does for other folks. Probably because New Batch is where it's at.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 28, 2012, 05:27:16 AM
Choose your own forum (for those who seem to think it's their forum exclusively)

a) Still seen everything listed so far but having a lot of fun with the countdown, so many of my list is already in I'm really interested to see what's to come.


b) Dismissive take on the opinions of others because my taste is obviously the correct one.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 05:30:20 AM
Yeah, I love Gremlins 2: New Batch too. Never understood the hate for it. I appreciate that it is different from the original, and I think that's a good thing.


And feel free to speculate what's in the Top 10.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 28, 2012, 05:43:54 AM
10. Road House
9. Krull
8. They Call Me Bruce?
7. Driving Miss Daisy
6. Surf Nazis Must Die
5. Basket Case
4. Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie
3. Gymkata
2. Samarai Cop
1. The Big Chill

Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 28, 2012, 06:20:08 AM
#1 will be The Empire Strikes Back

I liked Gremlins 2 as well.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 06:25:29 AM
#1 will be The Empire Strikes Back
That would be my guess, top three at the very least.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 28, 2012, 06:32:24 AM
#1 will be The Empire Strikes Back
That would be my guess, top three at the very least.

If not empire, then Raiders. I'm sure there's a third super-lock, but for whatever reason it's not coming to mind.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 28, 2012, 06:38:45 AM
Ishtar

In retrospect, I should've put this one on my list for the sake of it. Near the bottom, but there all the same.

Because it actually is a pretty funny movie.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2012, 06:40:33 AM
Trailers

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Big Trouble in Little China

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The Shining

(one of my all time favourite trailers)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

RoboCop

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Gremlins

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Brazil

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The Thing

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 06:45:08 AM
#1 will be The Empire Strikes Back
That would be my guess, top three at the very least.

If not empire, then Raiders. I'm sure there's a third super-lock, but for whatever reason it's not coming to mind.
Baby Boom or Spies Like Us, without a doubt!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2012, 06:47:56 AM
The Naked Gun

http://movieclips.com/e/Jf4y/0/68.46

My liking of this has waned over the years.  It's strongest when Neilson plays it straight, weakest when he's mugging.  And I think it's partially ZAZ's fault for putting him in so many slapsticky moments in the first place.  Lots of great jokes, but not enough to make my list.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2012, 06:53:40 AM
And while I enjoy Gremlins, I didn't quite feel the need to put it on my list.
There were a number of films that I left off because I knew they'd not need my vote to get on the final countdown.

I just don't care for that kind of voting.  Don't get me wrong, you can do whatever you want, but I mean for myself.  There are lots of great movies I left off of my list because I wanted to be honest about what I truly felt were my favourite movies of that decade.  I think if people keep trying to vote based on speculation rather than what they truly like, then it becomes a misrepresentation.  Besides, I'd rather run the risk of voting for something only I think I'd vote for, and then be happy to find a kindred spirit or someone else who likes a rather obscure movie than trying to assume knowledge of the top 50 and try to raise or lower certain votes.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 28, 2012, 06:55:09 AM
And while I enjoy Gremlins, I didn't quite feel the need to put it on my list.
There were a number of films that I left off because I knew they'd not need my vote to get on the final countdown.

I just don't care for that kind of voting.  Don't get me wrong, you can do whatever you want, but I mean for myself.  There are lots of great movies I left off of my list because I wanted to be honest about what I truly felt were my favourite movies of that decade.  I think if people keep trying to vote based on speculation rather than what they truly like, then it becomes a misrepresentation.  Besides, I'd rather run the risk of voting for something only I think I'd vote for, and then be happy to find a kindred spirit or someone else who likes a rather obscure movie than trying to assume knowledge of the top 50 and try to raise or lower certain votes.

Quite true! Happily there were enough movies I love to pieces in that decade to cut out some and still be left with a list I could easily call My Favorites.

Plus, if a single other person had my #2 on their list, they'd be my new best friend forever.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 28, 2012, 06:56:21 AM
Blade Runner, Raiders, Empire Strikes Back.  I expect that'll be the top three. 
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 28, 2012, 07:00:27 AM
And while I enjoy Gremlins, I didn't quite feel the need to put it on my list.
There were a number of films that I left off because I knew they'd not need my vote to get on the final countdown.

I just don't care for that kind of voting.  Don't get me wrong, you can do whatever you want, but I mean for myself.  There are lots of great movies I left off of my list because I wanted to be honest about what I truly felt were my favourite movies of that decade.  I think if people keep trying to vote based on speculation rather than what they truly like, then it becomes a misrepresentation.  Besides, I'd rather run the risk of voting for something only I think I'd vote for, and then be happy to find a kindred spirit or someone else who likes a rather obscure movie than trying to assume knowledge of the top 50 and try to raise or lower certain votes.

A lot of this is the reason I think we should have voted for a top 50 for this list.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 07:03:01 AM
And while I enjoy Gremlins, I didn't quite feel the need to put it on my list.
There were a number of films that I left off because I knew they'd not need my vote to get on the final countdown.

I just don't care for that kind of voting.  Don't get me wrong, you can do whatever you want, but I mean for myself.  There are lots of great movies I left off of my list because I wanted to be honest about what I truly felt were my favourite movies of that decade.  I think if people keep trying to vote based on speculation rather than what they truly like, then it becomes a misrepresentation.  Besides, I'd rather run the risk of voting for something only I think I'd vote for, and then be happy to find a kindred spirit or someone else who likes a rather obscure movie than trying to assume knowledge of the top 50 and try to raise or lower certain votes.

That was why I did it, I was free to include films that I personally liked more because I knew the big ones would be showing up, not including a bunch of them on my list freed it up for personal favourites.

And I don't think it's especially speculative to assume that certain films will show up on a list of movies from the 80s on a forum of a website devoted to riffing movies which is itself a descendant of MST3K, some things are pretty much a given, they didn't really require any thought to work out if they'd show up. :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2012, 07:04:04 AM
Big Trouble in Little China

http://www.youtube.com/v/u4BvCC28SaU

I don't know if this was mentioned, but this was intended to be the Buckaroo Banzai sequel, then got seriously retooled.  I love that the protagonist is really the protagonist only because he's white but in the end he's almost more of a hanger-on.  Russell plays the part great and he's a lovable character, but he doesn't do to much in the movie.  He's a big dumb he-man, but he's really closer to the audience identification character than a real hero.  I like that kind of switcheroo.

Also, here's the script for the never made sequel, co-written by Peter David

http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/Big_Trouble_in_Little_China_II.pdf
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2012, 07:04:38 AM
Then we are in agreement then...

...and that's why we all voted for Cool as Ice as our favourite movie.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2012, 07:11:08 AM
The Shining

http://movieclips.com/e/DcYB/0/50.62

DAVID LETTERMAN!  The Shining is a pretty incredible horror film.  Just beautifully shot and incredibly complex.  If you get the chance see the documentary Room 237, a film about all the theories of "hidden messages" in the film.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 28, 2012, 07:19:26 AM
kudos to all of you that submitted entries. top notch list here!

 :highfive:
 :clap: ;D :D :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: goflyblind on November 28, 2012, 08:01:40 AM
back to the future better be top five, or else i've lost all faith in humanity.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: anais.butterfly on November 28, 2012, 08:41:22 AM
I am madly in love with Star Trek II. What I found so interesting when I compiled my list is that of my top 5 chpices, my number 1 choice was the only film that I didn't watch in the 80s (or 90s for that matter). I didn't watch the original star trek movies for the first time until right before I moved to Denver or right after it, but I instantly fell in love with Star Trek II. Being a huge literary nerd and fan of both Moby Dick and A Tale of Two Cities certainly helped, but that scene at the end with Spock and Kirk. Spock's reasoning for sacrificing himself, the tension leading up to that finale....the entire things works on an entertainment level, and the trifecta of Spock, Bones, and Kirk has always worked for me on philosophical level.

I love this movie so much
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 28, 2012, 08:45:42 AM
I agree... Wrath of Khan is the shit... Not only does it work on all the levels that anais mentioned.. It featured glorious Shatner and Montalban scenery chewing, which I say only as a compliment.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2012, 09:21:30 AM
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

http://movieclips.com/e/cgPzC/0/76.94

Hmm... this is a good one, I guess.  Personally, I think the sequel is better... and far more nuts.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2012, 09:37:00 AM
Robocop

http://movieclips.com/e/RWva/0/109.12

Paul Verhoven is really an unsung auteur.  Yeah, he's made some bad movies, but when he does sci-fi action it's a brilliant mix of stupid and... brilliant.  By stupid I mean there's a lot of hard action and nudity and stuff that really does appeal to the LCD crowd, but at the same time, some of his films have really clever satire and black humour that makes them worth a second look.  Total Recall might all be a simulation, which is why that big dumb hollywood action movie looks like a big dumb Hollywood action movie.  Starship Troopers is essentially propaganda from the future (and the "would you like to know more" bit really predicted modern internet culture).  And RoboCop is a mix of dumb 80's action (and I mean that in the best possible way.  Even the name is ridiculous and belongs in a Charles Band film) and fun corporate/media satire.  It's funny that Frank Miller wrote 2 godawful sequels (whether he's partially or fully responsible of the badness of them is up for debate) since it really feels like someone took the best of his style (before he went nuts) and adapted it to screen.  Despite Darth Geek's protests, I think there is potential for a good remake or update.  All the stuff it touches upon is still relevant, but it could also mock technology fetishes and obsessions with the next big thing (I think that the next RoboCop should look like a lethal Apple product).  The just need to get someone who can actually do satire.  Maybe Paul Verhoven again.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2012, 09:57:11 AM
Gremlins

http://movieclips.com/e/jNhU/0/115.21

I got to confess my bias here... this is just a fun monster movie.  Humour, scares, microwave murders, cute creatures (don't remind me that's Howie Mandell, it ruins it for me) and so on.  It took me a long time to get into horror (I was an easily scared child) but even at that age, I thought Gremlins was way cool.  I think it had to do with the fact that the Gremlins aren't evil... they are lethal but above all they are mischevous.  Also Gizmo.  That helped a lot too.  And Hoyt Axton makes up for his work on Mitchell.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 10:07:22 AM
I think that possibly saved the world from the cataclysmic clash of bombastic acting styles that would have resulted. Nicholas Meyer is an unsung hero.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2012, 10:32:35 AM
Brazil

http://movieclips.com/e/tjRi/0/105.62

Fantastic film.  When I was in high school, I decided to read 1984 after watching an episode of SCTV that spoofed it.  It is a book that is simultaneously brilliant and dull.  When I say dull, I mean Orwell did a perfect job creating a nightmare society with no imagination and a sense of blandness and paranoia.  Even though he isn't the most compelling protagonist, you need to root for Winston Smith since he feels like the only real human left, and even then, just barely.  It was an amazing satire, but it wasn't a comedy.  Terry Gilliam making it a comedy was a bold and brilliant stroke and the flights of fancy do an amazing job giving not just the hero hope, but also the audience.  We keep moving between a comically yet terrifyingly uptight beurocratic nightmare of paperwork and red tape to a poetic epic adventure.  The two dovetail into one in the amazing finale that (unless you see the goddamned studio mandated version) stick packs a heck of a gut punch (though in a way, though I wouldn't call it hopeful, I think it's sort of ambiguous whether you can call it a happy ending or not.  I suppose it depends on how you define "trapped" or "escape").  Absolutely beautiful.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2012, 10:41:38 AM
The Thing

http://movieclips.com/e/LzRGy/0/127.89

By far, my all time favourite monster movie and horror movie.  Recently there was a short story called "the Things" that tells the tale from the monsters point of you that won some accolades.  Looking forward to reading it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on November 28, 2012, 11:32:29 AM
Can't believe I forgot Big Trouble in Little China.  Me.  The Kurt Russell fan of all Kurt Russell fans.  Also forgot the Naked Gun.

Heard recently there may be a Bill and Ted 3.  Interesting.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: anais.butterfly on November 28, 2012, 12:41:54 PM
I just realized there is a distinct lack of Steve Guternberg on this list.



Think about it
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 12:42:59 PM
I'm not a Stonecutter, it doesn't bother me in the slightest.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Smoky on November 28, 2012, 02:09:57 PM
I just realized there is a distinct lack of Steve Guternberg on this list.

Think about it

I thought about voting for Cocoon but it didn't quite make it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on November 28, 2012, 02:12:19 PM
Same here, good movie, didn't make the final cut.

Also enjoy Police Academy, watched it again recently, holds up well.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: anais.butterfly on November 28, 2012, 02:49:46 PM
Men dressed differently in the 80s and 90s and were still considered "manly"



Society is weird
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Pak-Man on November 28, 2012, 03:29:30 PM
I know, right?

(http://bottega.avalonceltic.com/rep_immagini/prod/tunica456.jpg)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 08:56:04 PM
I know, right?

(http://bottega.avalonceltic.com/rep_immagini/prod/tunica456.jpg)
Totally. He doesn't have handprints on that robe! How tacky.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 08:58:25 PM
Okay, finished the writeups for the Top 10 just a little while ago, and realized i had completely forgotten about Most 80s of the 80s movies supplemental. So I will have to write something up for that tomorow, sorry.

And now on to the Top 10!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 08:59:42 PM
10. Aliens
(http://www.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/aliens_1986_movie_poster_01-396x600.jpg)
(127 points, 9 lists of 24, highest ranking: #2 Compound)
Release date: July 18 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

From IMDB: The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?

My take:
  A film so ubiquitous in American culture, it's the first thing to pop up on a Google search for "aliens". Even before that big headed conspiracy guy, and the stuffed animal that eats cats.
  This movie turns what was a "haunted house in space" horror movie into basically a war movie. Iiiin spaaaaace. Not only making the best group of interesting badass military grunts since Predator, but also introducing new elements to the already interesting biology of the Alien.
  This movie also cements Ripley into the all too small catagory of female badasses.

What have we learned?
 Sigourney Weaver is AWESOME!
 It's a bug hunt.
 It's game over.
 Sigourney Weaver is very insistant that the Queen Alien is a female dog. Not sure how that works actually.
 In the future, forklifts are much better at killing things.

BGC-19:
http://www.youtube.com/v/P1KQw08zbAU

http://www.youtube.com/v/7N0jaxb94Fc

Remake: Obviously, this being a sequel, they wouldn't remake this without remaking the first one. But if I had to choose, I'd go with Neill Blomkamp. District 9 had some similarities with this movie anyway.
As for who could be Ripley...just no Milla Jovovich, please.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 09:00:42 PM

9. Blade Runner
(http://filmtoast.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/blade-runner-poster.jpg)
(136 points, 7 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 mrbasehart)
Release date: June 25 1982

Directed by: Ridley Scott

From IMDB: Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker.

My take:
Film noir meets a HUUUGE special effects budget. And good acting.
This is one of the most mature and serious of "serious" science fiction movies. So of course it didn't do vary well when it was released. But this has become quite renown and respected since then.
This is truly film noir. You need to at least have an appreciation for that genre (which I don't) to enjoy this film.

What have we learned?
 Even when covered in cool effects, I hate film noir.
 Voiceovers don't necessarily improve your movie.
 Not whether Deckard
Spoiler (click to show/hide)


http://www.youtube.com/v/LtGv6Zq8Cvg

Remake: Another one where most people would cry BLASPHEMY! Understandable. But if you are going to go film noir and dark, I would say Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men).
As for who could fill Harrison Ford's shoes? Now THAT's blasphemy.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 09:01:55 PM

8. Die Hard
(http://snarkerati.com/movie-news/files/2009/12/die-hard-poster.jpg)
(143 points, 10 lists of 24, highest ranking: #3 anais.butterfly)
Release date: July 15 1988


Directed by: John McTiernan

From IMDB: John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save wife Holly Gennaro and several others, taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

My take:
One of the best Christmas movies ever made. THE definative action movie. As in, most action movies try to define themselves compared to this movie. Turned Bruce Willis into an action star. Just plain good American blood pumping fun.

What have we learned?
 Anyone who pitches a movie as "Die hard in a ____", just doesn't get it.
 Even Japanese companies hire smarmy American jackass executives.
 He has a machine gun, and three prostitutes.
 Bruce Willis is AWESOME!

Hey, it's been riffed!
By Riff Raff Theater:
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/riff-raff-theater/riff-raff-theater-die-hard (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/riff-raff-theater/riff-raff-theater-die-hard)

and Mathew J. Elliott:
http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax-presents/die-hard (http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax-presents/die-hard)

Remake: Well, since every action movie made after this has tried to be a remake of this, it seems redundant. But I would go with Peter Berg. As long as he has a producer that won't let him go all Michael Bay-ish like he did in Battleship.
Recasting Bruce Willis is even harder. I say go with Josh Brolin.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 09:03:12 PM

7. Airplane!
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4tcbxdzpp1r7kdduo1_500.jpg)
(145 points, 10 lists of 24, highest ranking: #2 ColeStratton)
Release date: July 2 1980

Directed by: Jm Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker.

From IMDB: An airplane crew takes ill. Surely the only person capable of landing the plane is an ex-pilot afraid to fly. But don't call him Shirley.

My take:
A parody of the disaster type movies of the day. This movie is the model on which most modern rapidfire joke-a minute spoofs and comedies are based.

What have we learned?
 Spoof movie used to be funny.
 Don't call him Shirley.
 Don't eat the fish.

http://www.youtube.com/v/vhAR_TYsbuM

http://www.youtube.com/v/5Wd04UnO7ng

Remake: There was a sequel, that was pretty much just a remake with a shuttle instead.
But if you were to try to remake this, I think the best choice would be Ben Stiller, as Tropic Thunder is one of the best genuinely funny spoofs to come around in a while. Just keep Friedberg and Seltzer far far away.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 09:03:46 PM

6. The Princess Bride
(http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u665/poster.jpg)
(146 points, 8 lists of 24, highest ranking: #3 Mrs. Dick Courier)
Release Date: September 25 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

From IMDB: A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).

My take:
The kinda girly movie it's still okay to like, because it's awesome. Highly quotable! Everyone gives a great performance here.

What have we learned?
 A romantic movie I actually like? Inconcievable!
 Many things are inconceivable.
 Mandy Patinkin is AWESOME!
 Inigo Montoya has family issues.


http://www.youtube.com/v/0vXXj15jvrI



Remake: Gore Verbinski for director. Leonardo DiCaprio for Westley, Robbie Coltrane for Fezzik, James Franco for Inigo Montoya.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 09:04:52 PM

5. This Is Spinal Tap
(http://www.crankycritic.com/archive00/posters/spinaltap.jpg)
(149 points, 9 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 George Harrison, D.B. Barnes)
Release Date: March 2, 1984

Directed by: Rob Reiner

From IMDB: Spinal Tap, the world's loudest band, is chronicled by hack documentarian Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

My take:
The mockumentary that dares to go to 11. And kill off many drummers.
A parody of music documentaries, this movie follows the sad remnants of a band that, wasn't ever really not sad in the first place. Great jokes throughout, but it's the performances from the main cast that make this movie.

What have we learned?
 How high it goes.
 Stadiums are complicated.
 Puppet Shows get marquee billing.
 " means inches, ' means feet.
 Apparently it's not "just a model".

Spinal Tap Vs. NBC Censor:
http://www.youtube.com/v/k-ySFSu1VvU

Remake: Oh, Christopher Guest, absolutely.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 09:05:30 PM

4. Back to the Future
(http://kinoveshalka.ru/uploads/posts/2010-07/1280095335_back_to_the_future_poster_01.jpg)
(219 points, 13 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 goflyblind)
Release Date: July 3, 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

From IMDB: A teenager is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.

My take:
A sci-fi movie that isn't all about the sci-fi, it's about the incest. And the poop.
This movie is funny from beginning to end, but still concentrates itself on the characters and their story. A career defining performance by Christopher Lloyd, and proof that Michael J. Fox deserved his mega stardom.
The only reason people remember DeLoreans.


What have we learned?
 An LED letter Y can let you travel in time. Who knows what they would have been able to accomplish if they had the rest of the YMCA sign!
 Crazy scientists hanging around with teenage boys won't alert the authorities.
 Licence plates don't travel through time.
 I want a DeLorean!
 When your kid grows up to look EXACTLY like your wife's old high school fling, it won't cause family strife.

http://www.youtube.com/v/cMJtzmWdHNc

http://www.youtube.com/v/_Cvir4qbYAY

http://www.youtube.com/v/CC73uxAVfVY

Hey, it's been riffed! By Cinester Theater. And it even made it onto the Top 50 iRiffs List:
38a  Cinester Theater - Back To the Future (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=23725.msg703655#msg703655)   -   BUY (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/cinester-theater/cinester-theater-presents-back-future)

Remake: Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) for director. Anton Yelchin as Marty McFly, and Bruce Dern as Doc Brown.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 09:06:09 PM
3. Star Wars episode V: Empire Strikes Back
(http://cinemailoveyou.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/movie-poster-star-wars-5-the-empire-strikes-back.jpg)
(221 points, 15 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Imrahil)
May 21, 1980


Directed by: Irvin Kershner

From IMDB: As Luke trains with Master Yoda to become a Jedi Knight, his friends evade the Imperial fleet under the command of Darth Vader who is obsessed with turning Skywalker to the Dark Side of the Force.

My take:
The best of the Star Wars movies. It's where all the interesting stuff happens. New puppets are met, monsters, epic snow battles, new cool machines, characters develope, twists are revealed, and it all sets up for us to be kinda dissapointed in the third movie.

What have we learned?
 Yoda likes to just mess with people he first meets by acting like an idiot.
 Puppets are better than CGI.
 
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Standing on your head and lifting rocks is ESSENTIAL battle technique.
 Saying "I know" when someone prefesses their love to you is romantic. Try it sometime.
 Tauntauns smell worse on the inside.

Hey, it's been riffed! By Rifftrax:
http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/star-wars-episode-v-empire-strikes-back (http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/star-wars-episode-v-empire-strikes-back)

http://www.youtube.com/v/3F1d3QWsyk0


http://www.youtube.com/v/0X9NFknjTRE

Remake: Yeah, yeah, not without the other ones. But I am going to go out on a limb and say Neill Blomkamp.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 09:06:48 PM
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
(http://www.gamesgb.com/vb/uploaded/10869_11211319600.jpg)
(229 points, 12 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Mrs. Dick Courier, Johnny Unusual, CJones, Compound)
Release Date: June 12, 1981


Directed by: Steven Spielberg

From IMDB: Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

My take:
Easily one of the greatest action adventure movies ever made. An iconic performance by Harrison Ford. Steven Spielberg at his most fun.

What have we learned?
 Nazis are evil.
 The Ten Commandments tablets contained demons.
 It's not the age, it's the milage.
 Being a world class drunk makes you awesome, and not just sad.
 It is important to know how to speak Hovitos.
 Fedoras never fall off.

Hey, it's been riffed! By Rifftrax:
http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/raiders-lost-ark (http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/raiders-lost-ark)

http://www.youtube.com/v/AHec0SO_u5g

http://www.youtube.com/v/GUPDuQq9GsM


Remake: Brad Bird as Director. And per geek law, I must suggest Nathan Fillion.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 09:10:33 PM
And number 1 with a bullet, a huuuge jump in votes and on over half the lists...


Sing it with me everybody:

http://www.youtube.com/v/U796BNXlYg4

Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 28, 2012, 09:11:02 PM
1. Ghostbusters
(http://www.centerstage.org/portals/22/ghostbusters_poster.jpg)
(315 points, 16 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 ScottotD)
Release Date: June 8, 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

From IMDB: Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

My take:
The most fun apocalypse ever! From the leads' great performances as iconic and creer defining characters, to the story that is not afraid to go from normal everyday to bugfuck wierd and make it all seem reasonable.


What have we learned?
 Bill Murray is AWESOME!
 Dan Ackroyd is AWESOME!
 Harold Ramis is AWESOME! And my favorite Ghostbuster.
 Ernie Hudson is AWESOME!
 I want a Proton Pack!
 The size of Egon's Twinkie.

Hey, it's been riffed! By Ketchup Pharoah Productions:
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/ketchup-pharaoh-productions/ketchup-pharaoh-productions-presents-ghostbusters (http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/ketchup-pharaoh-productions/ketchup-pharaoh-productions-presents-ghostbusters)

http://www.youtube.com/v/VYxjvwdSa0s

http://www.youtube.com/v/kAboGO9MDsQ

http://www.youtube.com/v/uCCXqKpBvPU

Remake: I know, I know, blesphemy. But if they were going to do it, I'd like to see it go really dark. Let Guillermo Del Toro make his At The Mountains Of Madness movie, and then have this be the sequel when all the monsters get to New York City.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 28, 2012, 09:14:42 PM
I wasn't expecting it to make number one, but I was curious why no one even mentioned it in the number 2 spot, let alone at all.  Looking forward to talking about these tomorrow.  Great work on the list, Geek.  Looking forward to when we get around to top films of the 70's!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 28, 2012, 10:02:54 PM
Thanks Darth!

Are we waiting until the supplemental lists before posting our own lists?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 29, 2012, 01:22:49 AM
Nice, bit of a surprise for number 1. I definitely expected it for Top 10, but all the way at the top, not so much. Going by the lists it was on, it looks like it moved up on shear numbers.

Grand list overall, for sure. Will post my full thoughts and list later, but well done DG (although you might want to check the photo for Empire).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 29, 2012, 01:27:19 AM
Did you movie you were worried about get in RD?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: goflyblind on November 29, 2012, 03:52:52 AM
hrm. i guess four is good enough, but you're on thin ice, humanity!

01. Back to the Future
02. Spaceballs
03. Airplane!
04. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
05. Blade Runner
06. The Blues Brothers
07. Scrooged
08. Brazil
09. The Jerk
10. The Shining
11. Naked Gun
12. UHF
13. The Princess Bride
14. The Dark Crystal
15. Short Circuit
16. The Great Muppet Caper
17. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
18. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
19. Empire Strikes Back
20. Stand By Me
21. Beverly Hills Cop
22. Dragnet
23. Return of the Jedi
24. Die Hard
25. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 04:22:08 AM
I would have voted for the Jerk... if it had come out in the 80's.  The film came out in 1979.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Pak-Man on November 29, 2012, 05:17:49 AM
Psst. Wrong poster on Empire Strikes Back.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 05:53:44 AM
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. Ghostbusters
3. The Princess Bride
4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
6. The Elephant Man
7. Raising Arizona
8. The Empire Strikes Back

9. Local Hero
10. Back to the Future
11. The Thing
12. Brazil
13. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
14. The Shining
15. This is Spinal Tap
16. Excalibur
17. Die Hard
18. Labyrinth
19. Do the Right Thing
20. Gremlins
21. A Fish Called Wanda

22. Babette's Feast
23. Full Metal Jacket
24. Airplane
25. Aliens


Local Hero is a pretty sweet film and I highly recommend it.  It is almost entirely without any real conflict, yet there's a real heart to it that makes it worth your time.  I really need to watch it again.  It's about a business man set to offer a small town a lot of money to by up the whole thing.  The town is actually all for it, except for an old man living on a beach.  As the businessman tries to get the deal done he falls in deep love with the town that the rest of the people are so eager to sell.

http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/346780/Local-Hero-Original-Trailer-.html

Did anyone else vote for Do the Right Thing?  It's easily Spike Lee's best movie and is definitely worth your time if you haven't seen it.  It's a film that takes place on an swelteringly hot day in Brooklyn that begins like any other but slowly builds to a tragedy as tensions (racial tensions especially) increase.  It's a movie where sometimes even good people don't do the right thing.

http://movieclips.com/e/RPmw/0/129.59

http://movieclips.com/e/Gfd9n/0/75.1

Didn't expect any other votes for Babette's Feast, but I highly recommend it.  It's a gentle tale of a strictly religious Danish community that loses a member, and in her will she insists that a certain chef prepare them a meal.  The community is happy with their
bland existence of no luxury and try to get the chef to prepare their usual meals of boiled fish of alcohol soaked bread, but the talented French chef is all like "fuck that noise" and brings in outrageous ingredients for an incredible, sumptuous meal for the night that everyone gets together to remember their lost friend.  The film is really about the process of making a meal and how it opens up the hearts of the participants.  If you are one of those people who sometimes get stuck on the Food Network, this is a movie for you!

Here's a ridiculously austere trailer.
http://movieclips.com/e/co5MU/0/84.6
http://movieclips.com/e/CzVqY/0/129.13
"We are going to eat the fuck out of that turtle."

http://movieclips.com/e/PBDK/0/85.93

And Full Metal Jacket was on my list too.  Don't really have much to say about that.

http://movieclips.com/e/GgHo/0/84.92

Here are the films that didn't make my list:

Evil Dead 2
The King of Comedy
RoboCop
An American Werewolf in London
The Dead Zone
The Fly
Ordinary People
Poltergeist
Videodrome
Roxanne
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 29, 2012, 06:14:57 AM
1   Withnail and I
2   Young Sherlock Holmes
3   Ghostbusters
4   The Quiet Earth
5   Cat People
6   Big Trouble in Little China
7   Excalibur
8   Raiders of the Lost Ark
9   Grave of the Fireflies
10   Top Secret!

11   This Is Spinal Tap
12   The Last Dragon
13   Mad Max II
14   Das Boot
15   The Company of Wolves
16   Jesus of Montreal
17   Henry V
18   Earth Girls Are Easy
19   First Blood
20   Any Which Way You Can
21   Angel Heart
22   Educating Rita
23   The Dead
24   Dragnet
25   Supergirl

I think I bolded all the ones that made the list, right?

I'm pleased Ghostbusters was #1 (was pretty confident it would be in the top 10 but didn't know it would be that popular), and that I called Empire being in the top three at least, no love for Helen Slater and Peter Cook? Or Julie Brown? For shame! ;)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 06:18:04 AM
Or Julie Brown? For shame! ;)

Only when I'm downtown.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 29, 2012, 06:20:09 AM
Or Julie Brown? For shame! ;)
Only when I'm downtown.

Yeah, not that one. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEU_5lVjRFQ)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 29, 2012, 06:20:39 AM
D'oh! Not sure how I missed that Empire poster being wrong (really obviously wrong). It's fixed now.


Okay, I am accepting suggestions for the next LoC for December so I can put up a poll in a few days.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 06:48:05 AM
Now for trailers

Aliens

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Blade Runner

http://www.movie-list.com/trailers.php?id=bladerunner

(you can try youtube but they take out the sound)

Die Hard

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

"Who said we were terrorists?"
"The narrator, just now!"

Airplane!

OK, WTF Paramount?  You are taking the sound off of your ADVERTISEMENT FOR YOUR MOVIE!  Luckily it's here.
http://www.220.ro/trailer/Airplane-Trailer-1980/2rWrZ8Ti6T/

The Princess Bride

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

This is Spinal Tap

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Back to the Future

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The Empire Strikes Back

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Why does it sound like John Candy doing an SCTV sketch?

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Ghostbusters

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 07:02:35 AM
Aliens

Sorry, all the movie clips have their sound stolen because WTF?

This was low on my list but it's pretty damned good.  James Cameron's weaknesses as a writer (re: dialogue and one-dimensional villains) weren't as obvious yet and they aren't annoying here like they are in Avatar.  But most importantly, it has the balls to change the genre of a franchise without ruining it.  It's still scary, but now it's an action movie and instead of one unstoppable killing machine, IT'S A PLANET OF THEM.  Great, great stuff.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: jasimon1 on November 29, 2012, 07:07:21 AM
Here is mine:

1   Heathers (1989)
2   Clue (1985)

3   Real Genius (1985)
4   Dirty Dancing (1987)
5   Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

6   Less Than Zero (1987)
7   The Princess Bride (1987)
8   The Breakfast Club (1985)

9   Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
10   Sixteen Candles (1984)
11   Big (1988)
12   Annie (1982)
13   Ghostbusters (1984)
14   Labyrinth (1986)
15   Pretty in Pink (1986)
16   Platoon (1986)

17   Overboard (1987)
18   The Lost Boys (1987)
19   Steel Magnolias (1989)
20   Hairspray (1988)
21   Scarface (1983)
22   Poltergeist (1982)
23   The Shining (1980)
24   Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

25   Friday the 13th (1980)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 29, 2012, 07:18:02 AM
Good list overall. I'm surprised that Ghostbusters is #1.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Pak-Man on November 29, 2012, 07:42:00 AM
My top 50:

1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
2. UHF
3. Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
4. Ghostbusters
5. The Naked Gun
6. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
7. Back to the Future
8. Gremlins
9. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

10. Back to the Future II
11. The Little Mermaid
12. The Muppets Take Manhattan
13. Tron
14. Pee Wee's Big Adventure

15. Ghostbusters II
16. The Great Muppet Caper
17. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
18. Ferris Beuller's Day Off
19. Raiders of the Lost Ark

20. The Black Cauldron
21. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
22. The Secret of NIMH
23. The Neverending Story
24. Short Circuit
25. Flight of the Navigator

Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 29, 2012, 08:03:58 AM
A pretty great list of movies here... The only glaring omission I see is Fletch... I haven't double checked the entire thread quite yet, but I don't recall seeing it. I wasn't expecting to make the top 10, but no Fletch?!?

some more honorable mentions, as in things that would have made my top 25 but didn't make the cut here:

Vacation and/or Christmas Vacation (to complete the proper levels of Chevy Chase respect)
Raging Bull
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Batman
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Christmas Story (I know, it takes a knock due to modern day overexposure)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 29, 2012, 08:14:44 AM
Three Amigos was the 80s as well?!? Damn... thought that was early 90s. Guess I got into too much bad peyote during the college years... Glad I didn't submit the half-assedly researched list that I started, I would have been kicking myself!

oh hell... and Major League sneaks in as well with a 1989 release...

I guess I'm glad I didn't, as I was a kid in the 80s and about all I watched was comedy/sci-fi back then, so my list would have been waaayy slanted anyways.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: anais.butterfly on November 29, 2012, 08:47:04 AM
1) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
2) The Last Unicorn (1982)
3) Die Hard (1988)
4) Ghostbusters (1984)
5) Back to the Future (1985)
6) Platoon (1986)
7) Rocky III (1982)
8)The Princess Bride (1987)
9) Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
10) The Little Mermaid (1989)
11) Caddyshack (1980)
12) Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
13) Say Anything... (1989)
14) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
15) Labyrinth (1986)
13) Say Anything... (1989)
17) Willow (1988)
18) Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
19) Red Dawn (1984)
20) Batman (1989)
21) The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
22) Better Off Dead (1985)
23) They Live (1988)
24) Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
25) This Is Spinal Tap (1984)


Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: anais.butterfly on November 29, 2012, 09:14:01 AM

4. Back to the Future
(http://kinoveshalka.ru/uploads/posts/2010-07/1280095335_back_to_the_future_poster_01.jpg)
(219 points, 13 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 goflyblind)
Release Date: July 3, 1985

I had this as number 5 on my list, but, after re-watching it with my mom over Thanksgiving, I realize that it should have been my number 2. Everything about this movie is perfect. Even after almost 30 years, the movie is as enjoyable to watch as when I first saw it. The build up to the scene with Marty going back in time is just amazing! Even though I know Marty will make it back, I still get goosebumps as he steps on the gas, closes his eyes, and Doc zip lines down the cables just in time. The tension! The Triumph! BEST. SCENE. EVER (that doesn't involve Kirk's BFF sacrificing himself for the greater good).

There are so many great little touches in the movie too. I won't list them all here, but, in retrospect, BttF is the second best film of the 80s!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 09:53:03 AM
Blade Runner

http://movieclips.com/e/qprMh/0/132.64

I've only seen this twice, but it is a great thriller, but for whatever reason, I didn't have enough passion for the film to put it on my list.  Still, very influential and great looking movie with a Hell of an opening scene.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 29, 2012, 09:54:14 AM
I've only seen this twice
Which version(s)?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 09:59:20 AM
I've only seen this twice
Which version(s)?

The Final Cut and I don't know I was 13.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 10:03:12 AM
Die Hard

A great and understandably influential action movie.  Sadly, the franchise forgot what made the first so cool, but going to bigger and implying McClane is unstoppable when the film is about a single non-super-guy against impossible odds.

Again, for some reason studios are taking the sound off of the Die Hard scenes, because they suck and are dumb.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 10:10:28 AM
Airplane!

http://movieclips.com/e/jCY6e/0/77.92

I might not be a big fan of their work since, but ZAZ sure did a hell of a job with this one.  There's the perfect density of jokes and with that many they don't all have to land because you are seconds (at most) away from another one.  But as has been mentioned before, what makes it so great is everyone playing it straight, which is the failing of the imitators in years since (and decades later, it's just a series of stupid references).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 29, 2012, 10:17:46 AM
I actually don't find Airplane all that funny. Maybe it's because I hadn't seen it until I was older, or that so many of the jokes have been reused and the clips referenced ad nauseum. I do agree that it helps immensely when the actors take it seriously.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 10:22:25 AM
The Princess Bride

http://movieclips.com/e/jNhLi/0/186.26

This might be my all time favourite movie, despite the fact that it wasn't number 1.  I guess I call it my favourite because it's one I can just sit down and watch anytime and it's always as much fun.  Maybe by favourite, I mean favourite comfort food movie.  I think what I love most about it is the way it plays with conventions.  The main character dies about half way through (he gets better), we are told that "no one kills the villain" before the finale, and most important it feels simultaneously mocking of the ideas of old fairy tales that love conquers all and completely embraces them without feeling contradictory.  It's almost saying "yes, it's ridiculous to say that true love conquers all, but it's beautiful too, isn't it?  We know it's just a fantasy, but this is a fantasy!  So let's enjoy it!"
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 10:31:37 AM
This is Spinal Tap

http://movieclips.com/e/qKQY2/0/117.38

(I love that he doesn't have time to talk because he has to wait for a limo.  Not catch a limo, but wait for it.  I don't even know if that's intended as a joke, but it speaks much of the characters relation to each other)

Brilliant comedy that blazed many trails: the mockumentary, the improvised comedy feature, unexplained jokes (the sudden appearance of mouth sores)...  but I also like that despite the fact that Spinal Tap are kind of a joke and are sexist idiots, you kind of root for them because their a bunch of dummies who had their dreams come true and are fighting to keep doing what they love, even if it is misguided and most people could care less.

ROCK & ROLL!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 29, 2012, 10:36:55 AM
I have six submissions for December LoC List ideas. I will wait untill tomorow Noon (EST) before I put up the poll.

Anybody who wants to host a list, PM me your suggestions.  They don't have to be seasonal, winter or Christmas related, although we do tend to do something like that this time of year.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 10:38:52 AM
Almost forgot

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Dammit Youtube, leave movie scenes with sound!  Anyway, watched this again recently.  Perfect mix of cartoons and noir and a brilliant reimagining of the place of minorities in Hollywood circa 1940's.

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan

http://movieclips.com/e/vteqx/0/132.5

Haven't seen it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 10:45:40 AM
Back to the Future

http://movieclips.com/e/We8f/0/175.84

Such a fun adventure comedy.  Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd are in top form and the whole film is incredibly watchable.  And such a great soundtrack.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 10:53:19 AM
The Empire Strikes Back

http://www.youtube.com/v/C-DeI3ohVbY

Such a great movie.  Rumour has it Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinsberg might be doing Star Wars spin-off movies.  I don't really know how to feel about that.  I like the idea of them being involved again but... OK, your doing new movies and SPIN OFFS?  Suddenly 3 Hobbit movies doesn't look so bad.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 29, 2012, 11:00:50 AM
unexplained jokes (the sudden appearance of mouth sores)

I think the explanation was part of a deleted scene / subplot ... at least I think remembering that from the DVD commentary.

Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 11:01:49 AM
Raiders of the Lost Ark

http://movieclips.com/e/vKmz/0/31.07

The ultimate adventure movie.  What's get about this is it's essentially if those old movie serials and pulp novels completely lived up to their expectations and exceeded them.  We will never see a combination as potent as Spielberg and Lucas and Ford again, even if they're involved.  Every inch of this movie is joy, excitement, terror, romance, etc.  There isn't a wasted second, and yet it never feels like it's too much or get overwhelming.  It's like everyone sat down and said "what movie would you most want to exist" and this is it (same could be said for Star Wars, but I think pound for pound, Raiders is better.)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 11:02:15 AM
unexplained jokes (the sudden appearance of mouth sores)

I think the explanation was part of a deleted scene / subplot ... at least I think remembering that from the DVD commentary.



True, but somehow it's funnier without knowing.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 11:24:28 AM
Ghostbusters

http://movieclips.com/e/y2Rq5/0/132.22

Big budget comedies are usually a bad idea.  This was not such a case.  I've gone on and on how Bill Murray makes this movie a step above, but even without him, there's a great script, good directing, lots of great comedic performances, good special effects, and Dan Akroyd's bizarre obsession with the supernatural serves him well in making a great strange adventure.  But without Bill Murray, this film might only be really good.  The whole cast has a strong chemistry but Peter Venkman will go down as one of the all time great film characters.  He speaks almost entirely in sarcastic jokes and yet you root for him and the team.  Now, don't make another one (although part of me is curious was Jason Rietman could do with it).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 29, 2012, 11:45:36 AM
Did you movie you were worried about get in RD?

Sadly, no. The film I remembered after submission was The Blob, which I feel bad about because that's a fantastic horror film with fantastic effects, and it seems to need more love.

Aliens

Sorry, all the movie clips have their sound stolen because WTF?

This was low on my list but it's pretty damned good.  James Cameron's weaknesses as a writer (re: dialogue and one-dimensional villains) weren't as obvious yet and they aren't annoying here like they are in Avatar.  But most importantly, it has the balls to change the genre of a franchise without ruining it.  It's still scary, but now it's an action movie and instead of one unstoppable killing machine, IT'S A PLANET OF THEM.  Great, great stuff.

It's an interesting thing about Cameron, in that he actually totally, 100% understands how to make an entertaining movie. He fills things like this with movie characters spouting movie dialogue while doing movie action sequences, and the result is one of the finest sci-fi/action films ever created. He may just be mucking about in on dimension, but he works with that dimension so well (in relation to his awesome abilities with effects and scope) that it just works.

I had this as number 5 on my list, but, after re-watching it with my mom over Thanksgiving, I realize that it should have been my number 2. Everything about this movie is perfect. Even after almost 30 years, the movie is as enjoyable to watch as when I first saw it. The build up to the scene with Marty going back in time is just amazing! Even though I know Marty will make it back, I still get goosebumps as he steps on the gas, closes his eyes, and Doc zip lines down the cables just in time. The tension! The Triumph! BEST. SCENE. EVER (that doesn't involve Kirk's BFF sacrificing himself for the greater good).

There are so many great little touches in the movie too. I won't list them all here, but, in retrospect, BttF is the second best film of the 80s!

For sure. This movie is structured so well it hurts. And is also endlessly amusing, touching, and spirit-lifting, no matter how fast and loose it plays with time travel rules (not a bad thing!). And that's without getting into the layers of it all (a buddy of mine actually did a long essay/book on this film. There's a lot to be found, apparently (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1844572935?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1844572935&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2)).

Anywho, here's my list:

1. The Thing (1982)
2. Meet the Feebles (1989)
3. The Shining (1980)
4. Aliens (1988)
5. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

6. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eight Dimension (1984)
7. Prince of Darkness (1987)
8. The Fly (1986)
9. They Live (1988)

10. The Abyss (1989)
11. Day of the Dead (1985)
12. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
13. For All Mankind (1989)
14. Spaceballs (1987)
15. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
16. The Road Warrior (1981)
17. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
18. Clue (1985)

19. Night of the Creeps (1986)
20. Airplane! (1980)
21. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989)
22. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
23. Evil Dead II (1987)
24. Better Off Dead (1985)
25. Uncle Buck (1989)

Not my best showing, but then, considering what I did, that was to be expected. Still, the omissions of Baron Munchausen (there's always room for more Gilliam!) and Day of the Dead mystify me a bit.

A good chunk of the main list that I didn't include would've made my list as well, had I had more room for them. Luckily they still made it on, and me choosing my love worked out. That said, I genuinely forgot Spinal Tap, and would've put it on mine had I remembered (my favorite scene forever shall be the band getting lost back stage. Rock and roll indeed).
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ColeStratton on November 29, 2012, 12:30:22 PM
Here's my list -- my original Top 50 list! And yes, its chock full of personal favorites that I watched over and over when I was a kid...

1.   Broadcast News
2.   Airplane!
3.   Who Framed Roger Rabbit

4.   The Sure Thing
5.   This is Spinal Tap
6.   Silverado
7.   Die Hard
8.   Big Trouble In Little China

9.   My Favorite Year
10.   Back to the Future
11.   The Princess Bride
12.   Ghostbusters
13.   Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

14.   Better Off Dead
15.   The Last Starfighter
16.   Cloak & Dagger
17.   Seems Like Old Times
18.   The Goonies
19.   Clue
20.   Stand By Me
21.   Three Amigos!
22.   Roxanne
23.   Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
24.   Major League
25.   Adventures in Babysitting


26.   Say Anything…
27.   Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
28.   Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
29.   Girls Just Want to Have Fun
30.   Hiding Out
31.   Innerspace
32.   Mr. Mom
33.   The Monster Squad
34.   Summer School
35.   Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
36.   The Lost Boys
37.   Heathers
38.   Hoosiers
39.   A Fish Called Wanda
40.   Pretty in Pink
41.   Labyrinth
42.   Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
43.   UHF
44.   Midnight Madness
45.   Murphy’s Romance
46.   Running On Empty
47.   The Abyss
48.   The Last Unicorn
49.   Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
50.   A Christmas Story
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: anais.butterfly on November 29, 2012, 01:31:40 PM
I have concluded that Steve Gutenberg's career was clearly the result of massive cocaine consumption
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 29, 2012, 01:40:43 PM
I have concluded that Steve Gutenberg's career was clearly the result of massive cocaine consumption

(http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/fiction/fraternities/stonecutter.jpg)
Good...good
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Smoky on November 29, 2012, 02:14:49 PM
Thanks for the countdown, Darth Geek!

Ghostbusters made it to number 1, eh? That was my first thought, but then I thought it would be either a Star Wars movie or Raiders. My final guess was 3. Star Wars (some movie), 2. Ghostbusters, 1. Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Well, here was my list. I forgot some and of course couldn't include everything, but I got a lot of my favorites.

25. Aliens
24. Labyrinth
23. Ferris Beuler's Day Off
22. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
21. Ernest Saves Christmas
20. Back To The Future
19. Big
18. The Last Temptation of Christ
17. The Breakfast Club
16. Willow
15. Ghostbusters
14. Harry and The Hendersons
13. An American Tail
12. Stand By Me
11. Dirty Dancing
10. The Lost Boys
9. The 'Burbs
8. Flight of The Navigator
7. Peggy Sue Got Married
6. The Neverending Story
5. The Little Mermaid
4. Beetle Juice
3. Little Shop of Horrors
2. Raising Arizona
1. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

Yes, I voted for Ernest Saves Christmas. You gotta problem with that?
Ok, I'm not even really sure why I put it there but I guess I was just feeling sentimental for it. Know whuddamean?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on November 29, 2012, 02:45:09 PM
Yes, I voted for Ernest Saves Christmas. You gotta problem with that?
Ok, I'm not even really sure why I put it there but I guess I was just feeling sentimental for it. Know whuddamean?

As someone who's list included both Better Off Dead and Buckaroo Banzai, I understand.

...no, wait, those are two great movies. What am I saying here?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Pak-Man on November 29, 2012, 03:09:49 PM
If I'd remembered the Ernest movies, I probably would have slipped Ernest Saves Christmas onto my list. I completely spaced out on Christmas movies in general, actually.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 29, 2012, 04:07:09 PM
1. Ghostbusters
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
3. The Thing
4. Die Hard
5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
6. An American Werewolf in London
7. Robocop
8. Blade Runner
9. Airplane!
10. Big Trouble in Little China
11.The Blues Brothers
12. The Princess Bride
13. A Nightmare on Elm Street
14. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
15. Evil Dead 2
16. Gremlins
17. Say Anything...
18. Goonies
19. Brazil
20. Blue Velvet

21. Purple Rain
22. The Killer
23. Raising Arizona
24. Withnail & I

25. Das Boot

Surprised how many of mine made it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Pak-Man on November 29, 2012, 04:13:05 PM
As someone who just stood up to defend the Ernest movies I have no leg on which to stand, but Purple Rain?  Really? :^)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 29, 2012, 04:15:22 PM
50 Reasons We Love Gremlins:
http://www.totalfilm.com/features/50-reasons-we-love-gremlins (http://www.totalfilm.com/features/50-reasons-we-love-gremlins)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Smoky on November 29, 2012, 05:15:07 PM
If I'd remembered the Ernest movies, I probably would have slipped Ernest Saves Christmas onto my list. I completely spaced out on Christmas movies in general, actually.

Yeah, I forgot about Scrooged, which is a great one.

Relaxing Dragon, I did *think* of Better Off Dead, and Summer School which I got an urge to see again. So many cool crazy 80's movies.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 29, 2012, 05:23:03 PM
As someone who just stood up to defend the Ernest movies I have no leg on which to stand, but Purple Rain?  Really? :^)

Yep! it's great.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 29, 2012, 07:25:06 PM
Purple Rain totally should have made the list. :P

Anyways, since I didn't get a list in, here's a list of the movies that made it that I haven't seen (its embarrassing to admit that I haven't seen some of these movies).

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 29, 2012, 07:30:07 PM
I've been meaning to check it out for a while (many of these films that I haven't seen are like this for me) so I'll have to check it out. I've heard all about Bowie's piece though.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 29, 2012, 07:36:45 PM
Supplemental list: Most 80s of the 80s movies.

  I think the 80s can be best summed up in one word: FUN. Whether it was the joy that disco had been taken out behind the toolshed and "sent to a farm to run and play", or that Reagan was in the White House, or that cocain was almost as prevelant as credit cards, I don't know. But this was definitely a generation of kids who were happy, or at least who wanted to be happy. And wanted to watch it in the theaters. The majority of memorable movies from the 80s, judging by this list, are ones that are celebatory in one way or another. Whether it is the prolific John Hughes, or the ubiquitous dance movies (Flashdance, Footloose), kids on adventure (The Goonies). Or simply the pure joy of a 'roided up dude yelling and abliterating other dudes. Come to think of it, where the hell was Space Mutiny on any of these lists?
  Woody Allen kept chugging along.
  Coinciding with that sense of celebration, the one thing celebrated in the 80s more than being a cool or awkward teenager was MANLINESS! The 80s was the prime time for the muclebound action star. Most notable was Arnold Scwarzenegger. So iconic in fact, I even spelled his name correctly. He poster boy for a whole host of hulking action men, like Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lungren, and the rest of the cast of The Expendables (except for Stathom). The country celebrated the mindless shooting of heavy weaponry and explosions.
  And Woody Allen kept chugging along.
  Seemingly in response to the other genres becaming more fun loving, some horror movies (not all, of course), became more serious. Or at least serious about shocking the hell out of you. Interesting directors like David Cronenberg and David Lynch were able to do even more messed up stuff in front of the camera rather than just in the shadows. And even the movies that weren't necessarily straight horror were still not afraid to put their characters, even kids, in peril.
  And Woody Allen kept chugging along.
  Directors that had started in the 70s really came into their peak, like Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, John Landis, etc. And those that were able to, like Steven Speilberg, decided to support some of the influx of new younger directors (Joe Dante, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron, many others). A generation notable for having been young children raised in a time when film cameras had become cheap enough for average middle class families to have them in their homes. Thus allowing these kids interested in films to make their own and learn. What also helped them was the then new VHS and Betamax home videotape market. This allowed those interested in the minutia and technique of film to watch and rewatch their favorite films made by experienced filmmakers in their homes, not just once or twice in the theater. This way they could learn editing, figure out special effects, and better understand screenwriting structure.
  And Woody Allen kept chugging along.
  With the creation of ILM for Star Wars in the late 70s, there was suddenly a whole burgeoning wave of special effects studios. Full of young talent eager to prove themselves. Like the directors, these were guys who grew up teaching themselves special effects techniques as kids, and were now given the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects never thought possible. This led to a golden age of practical special effects (sadly kneecapped at the first sight of CGI). This allowed these new directors to try things and push their imaginations.
  And Woody Allen kept chugging along.
  Also notable is lower budget movie producers like Roger Corman and Lloyd Kaufman, among others. As well as the ever growing TV movie market. These avenues of lower budget, higher freedom, very fastpaced and budget conscious studios were a veritable director college for many young talents. Learning what to do, and what NOT to do, on a day to day basis. Plenty of the talent both in front of and behind the camera paid their dues here. While I may not like that Roger Corman got an Oscar for other people's accomplishments after they stopped working for him, I do understand his place in the industry.
  And Woody Allen kept chugging along.
  Coincedantally mentioning TV, during the Reagan era loosening of corporate sponsership, cartoons and stuff sold to kids became even more of a mmarketing tool. Most notably in things like Transformers, My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc. So the one major movie genre to come out of this decade was movies based on cartoons. Transformers, Care Bears, He-Man, hell even the trading cards Garbage Pail Kids became a movie.
  And Woody Allen kept...okay, enough of that. On to the list itself. Only a few people submitted supplemental lists, and all of them were very short. So there's not a lot of points to spread around here.



Movie                                      Points

Commando                                13
Valley Girl                                  10
Breakin'                                      9
Breakfast Club                             9
Girls Just Want to Have Fun          8
BMX Bandits                                6
The Goonies                                6
Rocky IV                                     5
The Big Chill                                5
Porky's                                       4
Revenge of the Nerds                   4
The Blue Lagoon                          4
Footloose                                    4
Crocodile Dundee                        4
Rambo III                                   3
High School USA                          3
Flash Gordon                               3
Adventures in Babysitting             3
Road House                                 2
Faces of Death                             2
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure  2
Xanadu                                       1
Rad                                             1
Earth Girls Are Easy                      1
The Brother from Another Planet    1
Flashdance                                   1
Pretty in Pink                               2
The Karate Kid                             1
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 29, 2012, 07:57:32 PM
My most 80's movies:
5) The Brother from Another Planet
4) Faces of Death
3) Flash Gordon
2) The Blue Lagoon
1) The Big Chill (movie that made me hate baby boomers as a kid)


hell even the trading cards Garbage Pail Kids became a movie.

Disappointed I didn't think about Garbage Pail kids when people were nerd-raging about Battleship.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on November 29, 2012, 07:58:12 PM
Aaand WHEW! Finally done with the list. That was fun, but definitely very time consuming. I would like to thank everyone who contributed.
And a special thank you to those of you who complained when I was going to double the length of the list. I don't know what I  was thinking, but you saved me several more days of really really late frustrated nights.  :-*


Here is my list:


1. American Werewolf in London
2. Ghostbusters
3. Gremlins
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. The Thing
6. Robocop
7. Dark Crystal
8. Star Wars episode V: Empire Strikes Back
9. Transformers: The Movie
10. Aliens
11. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
12. Evil Dead 2
13. Pumpkinhead
14. Clue
15. Beetlejuice
16. Private Eyes
17. The Blues Brothers
18. The Gate
19. Fright Night
20. Die Hard
21. Monster Squad
22. The Burbs
23. Reanimator
24. UHF
25. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

I think this is the best showing I've had yet for the ones I've submitted to.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 29, 2012, 08:00:40 PM
Pumpkinhead?  Really?  Huh.  I mean, I like Pumpkinhead.  Nice cycle of revenge monster movie.  But... Well, different strokes I guess.  Also, there can't be a meaning behind that expression that doesn't confound me.  It's either nautical, dirty or medically worrysome.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 29, 2012, 08:04:13 PM
Thanks Darth, appreciate the hard work.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 29, 2012, 08:59:23 PM
You seem to like music, so you might like Labyrinth. I thought it was awful, but I didn't have child-based nostalgia in effect when I saw it. Mostly I saw puppets and Bowie-batch.  Not even Connolly can save it, as she's so young as to be jailbait.

Yea... I didn't think Labyrinth was awful.. at least it had a sense of fun that Dark Crystal was lacking... but that's about as far as I can go with the praise. At the risk of offending some folks, I think those two get a decent sized free pass because of general 'Jim Henson died too young' fawning. The guy could do no wrong with Muppets and Fraggles... but man... I just don't get the adoration for either Dark Crystal or Labyrinth outside of child-based nostalgia... and even that couldn't save either one for me.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 29, 2012, 09:10:02 PM
Well, I love Henson and Bowie so that helps.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on November 29, 2012, 09:13:35 PM
I would say that Valley Girl is the most 80s movie. The Breakfast Club being 2nd. That list is a good one too.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: MightyJack on November 29, 2012, 09:41:50 PM
I didn't fare thee well, but I didn't expect to. There are many traditional 80s favorites that I simply don't care for or are luke warm to. Still, it was fun building a list and reading what others came up with.

The Best of the 80s - Harrison version
1.   This Is Spinal Tap
2.   Brazil

3.   Wings of Desire
4.   Fitzcarraldo
5.   Blood Simple
6.   Crimes and Misdemeanors
7.   When Harry Met Sally
8.   Ran

9.   Ordinary People
10.   The Accidental Tourist
11.   sex, lies, and videotape
12.   Robo-Cop
13.   Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown - Does no one here like Almodovar? (he even got skunked in the directors LOC, which saddens me)
14.   The Little Mermaid
15.   Atlantic City
16.   Dangerous Liaisons
17.   Mona Lisa
18.   My Neighbor Totoro - Surprised this didn't make it
19.   Das Boot
20.   Amadeus
21.   Glory
22.   Videodrome - The more I think about it, I should have put Hope and Glory or one of Woody Allen's pictures here.
23.   The King of Comedy
24.   Graves of the Fireflies
25.   Once Upon a Time in America

Just missing the cut (and hating that I had to leave them off):
Hope and Glory
Coal Miners Daughter
Monsieur Hire
Allen's Hanna and Her Sisters, Radio Days and Purple Rose of Cairo
Cronenberg's The Fly and The Dead Zone
Carpenter's The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Come and See
The Road Warrior
Kagemusha
Drugstore Cowboy
Vagabond
Airplane!
Raging Bull
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on November 29, 2012, 09:57:21 PM
I had Blood Simple, Dangerous Liaisons, My Neighbor Totoro and King of Comedy on my 50 list.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 30, 2012, 04:07:51 AM
Yeah, nice work DG.  Any chance you could send me my list? I don't seem to have kept it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 30, 2012, 05:55:01 AM
1. Blade Runner
2. Field of Dreams
3. Bull Durham
4. This is Spinal Tap
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
6. My Neighbour Totoro
7. Back to the Future
8. The Last Temptation of Christ
9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
10. Say Anything
11. Tender Mercies
12. Aliens
13. Blue Velvet
14. Stand by Me
15. When Harry Met Sally
16. Cinema Paradiso
17. King of Comedy
18. Terminator
19. Big Trouble in Little China
20. Paris, Texas
21. Roxanne
22. 84 Charing Cross Road
23. Return of the Living Dead
24. Dead Calm
25. The Empire Strikes Back
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 30, 2012, 06:04:02 AM
Roxanne? Really?

Sure.  It's better than Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, at least.  ;)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on November 30, 2012, 06:06:49 AM
8. The Last Temptation of Christ
Good film, the book's much better (one of my favourite books actually, love Kazantzakis). :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 30, 2012, 06:17:16 AM
Roxanne? Really?

Sure.  It's better than Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, at least.  ;)

How do you figure? Dead Men nailed the feel of the noir genre and had great supporting cast (not just in the archival stuff) with huge dollops of absurdity, played completely straight.  Not to mention having Rozsa do a fantastic score and bringing back '40s era cinematographers and costumers to recreate the look (at least one of them for the last time). 

I love Steve Martin, but Roxanne has always felt pretty by-the-numbers, and Daryl Hannah as an astrophysicist is about as believable as Denise Richards in The World is Not Enough.  Martin's role could've been played by anybody really.   Plus, it has a lame-ass light-rock saxophone soundtrack.

I actually do like DMDWP, but Roxanne is a film I saw as a kid and has stayed with me since.  It has heart, charm, and is genuinely funny.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on November 30, 2012, 06:27:27 AM
More people really need to see My Neighbour Totoro.  It's a beautiful and strange little film.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 30, 2012, 07:50:54 AM
1. This Is Spinal Tap
2. The Shining
3. Airplane!
4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

5. Modern Romance
6. Hannah and Her Sisters
7. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
8. Lost in America
9. Crimes and Misdemeanors
10. Stripes
11. Evil Dead II 
12. Brazil
13. Predator
14. Platoon
15. Heathers
16. Caddyshack
17. Broadcast News 
18. The 'Burbs 
19. The Breakfast Club

20. Wargames
21. Vacation
22. Full Metal Jacket
23. The Empire Strikes Back
24. Raising Arizona 
25. Raiders of the Lost Ark


Kinda surprised Meaning of Life and Stripes didn't make it. I totally spaced on Top Secret.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 30, 2012, 09:55:46 AM
Roxanne? Really?

Sure.  It's better than Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, at least.  ;)

How do you figure? Dead Men nailed the feel of the noir genre and had great supporting cast (not just in the archival stuff) with huge dollops of absurdity, played completely straight.  Not to mention having Rozsa do a fantastic score and bringing back '40s era cinematographers and costumers to recreate the look (at least one of them for the last time). 

I love Steve Martin, but Roxanne has always felt pretty by-the-numbers, and Daryl Hannah as an astrophysicist is about as believable as Denise Richards in The World is Not Enough.  Martin's role could've been played by anybody really.   Plus, it has a lame-ass light-rock saxophone soundtrack.

I actually do like DMDWP, but Roxanne is a film I saw as a kid and has stayed with me since.  It has heart, charm, and is genuinely funny.

I'm with Basehart on this one.  Roxanne is a great romantic comedy and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is a funny comedy but one that doesn't quite make the best use out of it's clever premise.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 30, 2012, 11:27:44 AM
You only say that because you know I shove live moles into my mouth.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Charles Castle on November 30, 2012, 10:05:53 PM
1. Paris, Texas
2. Blue Velvet

3. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
4. Grave of the Fireflies
5. The Princess Bride
6. The Empire Strikes Back

7. Fanny and Alexander
8. Sans Soleil
9. Do the Right Thing
10. Body Double
11. Jean de Florette
12. Blade Runner
13. Raiders of the Lost Ark
14. The Naked Gun
15. Ran

16. Blow Out
17. This is Spinal Tap
18. Time Bandits
19. Fitzcarraldo
20. Back to the Future

21. Road House
22. After Hours
23. Hollywood Shuffle
24. Return of the Living Dead
25. The Shining


I think I meant to put The Adventures of Baron Munchausen in there at the end, but forgot. I had tons of leftovers, though, so no use worrying about what's at 25.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on December 01, 2012, 10:50:29 AM
I too, love Roxanne, didn't make the cut though

Didnt save a copy of my list, meant to, but did pretty good

Did get number one on the supplemental list
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ColeStratton on December 01, 2012, 11:09:45 PM
(http://i46.tinypic.com/2j2ev0j.jpg)

Am I the only one who put The Sure Thing on their list? If you haven't seen it, you should. It's such a great teen comedy -- smart and funny, with great performances by John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga. Plus Anthony Edwards -- and Tim Robbins playing a guy named Gary Cooper ("But not the Gary Cooper that's dead!"). And Rob Reiner directed it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 02, 2012, 02:15:30 AM
I got to admit, I don't know if I've even heard of it, though I was relistening to the Keith Coogan of the podcast where it comes up.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: MightyJack on December 02, 2012, 12:17:47 PM
Didn't make my list but I like the Sure Thing a lot, not as much as When Harry Met Sally or Spinal Tap... but still a favorite. Add in Princess Bride and Stand By Me to those and Rob Reiner was on fire in the 80s.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on December 02, 2012, 02:03:06 PM
The Sure Thing's really good.  It's kind of a pastiche of the 30s screwball comedies, just with updated sensibilities.  I think it suffered in my own opinion because I saw Say Anything long before it, and that film has a lot more to say about being a teenager and growing up.  The Sure Thing's just a lot of fun.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on December 02, 2012, 06:07:21 PM
How the fuck didn't Do the Right Thing make the list? Ok well I can understand why, Spike Lee is odd, but it's still a great movie.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on December 02, 2012, 06:09:49 PM
I thought it was made in the 90s
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on December 02, 2012, 06:11:42 PM
Niiine-teen Eighty Nine!.

I like Lee's films but not enough for one to be on my top 25.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 02, 2012, 06:29:20 PM
Niiine-teen Eighty Nine!.

Come see, come see, remember me!

Wait, what are we singing?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Zombie Monty on December 02, 2012, 06:30:35 PM
Here is my list...


1. Some Kind Of Wonderful
2. Ghostbusters
3. The Empire Strikes Back

4. Back To The Future
5. Die Hard
6. A Fish Called Wanda
7. The Breakfast Club
8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
9. Empire Of The Sun
10. Tron
11. Pretty In Pink
12. Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan
13. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
14. First Blood
15. Top Secret
16. A Nightmare On Elm Street
17. Superman II
18. Poltergeist
19. Time Bandits
20. The Naked Gun
21. They Live
22. Return Of The Jedi
23. Beverly Hills Cop
24. Flashdance
25. Breakin'

Obviously forgot a lot of cool films.  Like the way the list turned out overall.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on December 02, 2012, 06:31:16 PM
Niiine-teen Eighty Nine!.

Come see, come see, remember me!

Wait, what are we singing?
If it's something by Elvis I'd not have a clue, he never meant shit to me.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 02, 2012, 06:42:33 PM
Niiine-teen Eighty Nine!.

Come see, come see, remember me!

Wait, what are we singing?
If it's something by Elvis I'd not have a clue, he never meant shit to me.

Actually I was thinking Bowie.
http://www.youtube.com/v/KByxC7B9WH0
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on December 02, 2012, 06:45:55 PM
I was thinking the song that begins Do The Right Thing...

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/dyDWNT0TnZE
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 02, 2012, 06:56:51 PM
The opening to the Cosby Show is different than I remember.

Yeah, I think it's a shame that it didn't make the list.  I think it's Spike's best movie (although I read Summer of Sam is pretty good and I do like the 25th Hour) and it has a great final act.  Nice to know I'm not alone in voting for it (or rather, wishing they had).  Now, am I the only person to vote for Local Hero or Babette's Feast?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Charles Castle on December 02, 2012, 09:46:55 PM
Now, am I the only person to vote for Local Hero or Babette's Feast?
They were both in the pool I chose from. Local Hero was one of my last ten or so cuts.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ColeStratton on December 03, 2012, 12:31:50 AM
Now, am I the only person to vote for Local Hero or Babette's Feast?
They were both in the pool I chose from. Local Hero was one of my last ten or so cuts.

I heart Local Hero a lot. I've always been a big Burt Lancaster fan, and Peter Reigert is amazing. Such a sweet, whimsical little film.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: MerryWanna on December 03, 2012, 09:25:55 AM
My list:


1. Repo Man
2. Koyaanisqatsi
3. Bagdad Cafe
4. Heavy Metal
5. Cheech And Chong's Next Movie
6. Pink Floyd - The Wall
7. Hairspray
8. Scanners
9. Back To The Future
10. Sid And Nancy
11. Airplane!
12. Earth Girls Are Easy
13. Nine To Five
14. Spaceballs
15. The Elephant Man
16. Withnail and I
17. Full Metal Jacket
18. Nice Dreams
19. Evil Dead
20. Evil Dead 2
21. The Dark Crystal
22. The Lost Boys
23. Platoon
24. Something Wild
25. Brazil


I was surprised how many of them made it.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 03, 2012, 09:34:16 AM
Pretty good list, but Evil Dead over Evil Dead 2?  I just don't get you man.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Tripe on December 03, 2012, 09:35:52 AM
12. Earth Girls Are Easy
That's my girl. :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: MerryWanna on December 04, 2012, 10:19:07 AM
Pretty good list, but Evil Dead over Evil Dead 2?  I just don't get you man.

I was writing my list fast to get it under the door, and except for the top five or so, I was just jotting them down as fast as I could recall them. And not all of them were on my list for being 'good' movies, it had a lot to do with how they affected my life at the time.

I agree, Evil Dead II should have been higher up on the list now that I think about it...
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Pak-Man on December 04, 2012, 10:22:35 AM
Pro Tip: Write your list without any numbers first and number them afterward. It makes it easier to juggle entries via cut and paste.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on December 04, 2012, 03:00:34 PM
Thanks to Darth for sending me copy of my list

1.   Raiders of the Lost Ark
2.   Back to the Future
3.   The Princess Bride
4.   Dirty Dancing
5.   E.T
6.   Die Hard
7.   The Lost Boys
8.   Ghostbusters
9.   Revenge of the Nerds
10.   Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
11.   Heathers
12.   Some Kind of Wonderful
13.   Footloose
14.   Risky Business
15.   16 Candles
16.   Raising Arizona
17.   Maximum Overdrive
18.   Beetlejuice
19.   The Goonies
20.   Airplane
21.   Pretty in Pink
22.   Hairspray
23.   Tootsie
24.   Clue   
25.   The Empire Strikes Back


A lot of mine ended up on the final list, good showing for Mrs Dick!
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on December 05, 2012, 03:53:11 AM
I actually like the first Evil Dead more than the second
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: ScottotD on December 05, 2012, 03:58:48 AM
I actually like the first Evil Dead more than the second

Really?  I don't hear that very often, can you explain why?
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: mrbasehart on December 05, 2012, 07:18:04 AM
I actually like the first Evil Dead more than the second

Don't worry, you're still young.  :)
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on December 21, 2012, 12:28:23 PM
We can probably have this thread unstickied.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Starman! on December 22, 2012, 07:37:49 AM
I actually like the first Evil Dead more than the second

Really?  I don't hear that very often, can you explain why?

I guess since the first one is straight terror, unlike the second one with comedy aspects, I enjoy it more. Plus those flashback clips bug me with the different actors. And I feel like the first one had more of a plot in a way. Not to say that I don't like the second one, because I do.
Title: Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
Post by: Darth Geek on June 29, 2013, 03:35:54 PM
11. Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn


Remake: They are already making a sequel to the Star Trek reboot, and it is unlikely they would follow this movie explicitly.

Happened to be reading through this list again, and now that Star Trek Into Darkness is out, this is VERY funny.