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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #285 on: November 28, 2012, 06:47:56 AM »
The Naked Gun

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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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #286 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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #287 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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #288 on: November 28, 2012, 06:56:21 AM »
Blade Runner, Raiders, Empire Strikes Back.  I expect that'll be the top three. 


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #289 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.
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #290 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. :)


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #291 on: November 28, 2012, 07:04:04 AM »
Big Trouble in Little China

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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


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #292 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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #293 on: November 28, 2012, 07:11:08 AM »
The Shining

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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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #294 on: November 28, 2012, 07:19:26 AM »
kudos to all of you that submitted entries. top notch list here!

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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #295 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.
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #296 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
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #297 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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #298 on: November 28, 2012, 09:21:30 AM »
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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Hmm... this is a good one, I guess.  Personally, I think the sequel is better... and far more nuts.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #299 on: November 28, 2012, 09:37:00 AM »
Robocop

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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.