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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #105 on: November 24, 2012, 09:03:05 PM »
36b. Platoon

(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.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/X8lR2G4fHVY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/X8lR2G4fHVY</a>

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.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #106 on: November 24, 2012, 09:04:28 PM »
36a. Excalibur

(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.
 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/AGvxoWytMig" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/AGvxoWytMig</a>

Remake: Have Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones direct it together. And make it a comedy.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #107 on: November 24, 2012, 09:05:53 PM »

35. A Fish Called Wanda

(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:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/XmPUJkJj3gI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/XmPUJkJj3gI</a>

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)



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #108 on: November 24, 2012, 09:07:57 PM »
34c. The Lost Boys

(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
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/zztvc-lTSr4" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/zztvc-lTSr4</a>


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.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #109 on: November 24, 2012, 09:09:28 PM »
34b. Predator

(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.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/vACtvTsvcyg" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/vACtvTsvcyg</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/8a9LJWV8VVs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/8a9LJWV8VVs</a>

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
and an iRiff by Speedway Squad:
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/predator-speedway-squad
« Last Edit: November 25, 2012, 05:40:10 AM by Darth Geek »



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #110 on: November 24, 2012, 09:11:17 PM »
34a. Caddyshack

(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.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/5kxgXA2vp9Q" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/5kxgXA2vp9Q</a>

Remake: Adam McKay as Director. His usual actors as cast: Will Farrell, Stephen Colbert, etc.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #111 on: November 24, 2012, 09:12:34 PM »
Aw man, I forgot Lost Boys and Predator.
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #112 on: November 24, 2012, 09:13:00 PM »
33d. UHF

(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?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/pA28lPhK9Iw" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/pA28lPhK9Iw</a>

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).



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #113 on: November 24, 2012, 09:13:53 PM »
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #114 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...
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #115 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...

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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #116 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...

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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #117 on: November 25, 2012, 05:19:49 AM »
aww, uhf should've been higher, you heathens.
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #118 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.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #119 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.