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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #225 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.

 

 


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #226 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.


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« Reply #227 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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #228 on: November 27, 2012, 05:55:02 AM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/28A9Jgo92GQ?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/28A9Jgo92GQ?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US</a>

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« Reply #229 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:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Y60yzbhRX7w?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Y60yzbhRX7w?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US</a>

And also, in relation to the Ewoks>Jar-jar thing:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/bUQfHRfX2o8?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/bUQfHRfX2o8?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US</a>


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #230 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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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #231 on: November 27, 2012, 06:43:45 AM »
Dirty Dancing got it's seen in, so...

Blue Velvet

<a href="http://movieclips.com/e/uZ7X/0/138.08" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://movieclips.com/e/uZ7X/0/138.08</a>

...and that concludes our investigation.

Still haven't seen it, but it's on my "must see" list.


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« Reply #232 on: November 27, 2012, 06:53:10 AM »
The Blues Brothers

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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.


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« Reply #233 on: November 27, 2012, 07:00:03 AM »
Transformers: The Movie

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZKqzghNW49M" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/ZKqzghNW49M</a>

It was my negligence that let this happen.  I apologize.  Though there are a few quotable lines in this one.


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« Reply #234 on: November 27, 2012, 07:14:29 AM »
Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn

<a href="http://movieclips.com/e/VTx8M/0/128.759" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://movieclips.com/e/VTx8M/0/128.759</a>

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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #235 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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #236 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.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #237 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. 


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« Reply #238 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.


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« Reply #239 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.