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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #195 on: November 26, 2012, 10:53:58 AM »
The Terminator

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Don't really have much to say about the Terminator.  Good fun action thriller.  Didn't make my list.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #196 on: November 26, 2012, 11:03:09 AM »
E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial

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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!


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #197 on: November 26, 2012, 11:14:19 AM »
The Breakfast Club

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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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #198 on: November 26, 2012, 11:27:42 AM »
Spaceballs

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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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #199 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! :)


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« Reply #200 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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #201 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).



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #202 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.

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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #203 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.
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #204 on: November 26, 2012, 02:13:09 PM »
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #205 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.  :)


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #206 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.  :)
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #207 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.

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« Reply #208 on: November 26, 2012, 03:33:40 PM »
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« Reply #209 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...
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