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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #300 on: November 28, 2012, 09:57:11 AM »
Gremlins

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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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #301 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.


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« Reply #302 on: November 28, 2012, 10:32:35 AM »
Brazil

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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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #303 on: November 28, 2012, 10:41:38 AM »
The Thing

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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.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #304 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.
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #305 on: November 28, 2012, 12:41:54 PM »
I just realized there is a distinct lack of Steve Guternberg on this list.



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« Reply #306 on: November 28, 2012, 12:42:59 PM »
I'm not a Stonecutter, it doesn't bother me in the slightest.


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #307 on: November 28, 2012, 02:09:57 PM »
I just realized there is a distinct lack of Steve Guternberg on this list.

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I thought about voting for Cocoon but it didn't quite make it.
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« Reply #308 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.
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #309 on: November 28, 2012, 02:49:46 PM »
Men dressed differently in the 80s and 90s and were still considered "manly"



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« Reply #310 on: November 28, 2012, 03:29:30 PM »
I know, right?



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« Reply #311 on: November 28, 2012, 08:56:04 PM »
I know, right?


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #312 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!



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #313 on: November 28, 2012, 08:59:42 PM »
10. Aliens

(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.

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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.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #314 on: November 28, 2012, 09:00:42 PM »

9. Blade Runner

(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
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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 CuarĂ³n (Children of Men).
As for who could fill Harrison Ford's shoes? Now THAT's blasphemy.