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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #315 on: November 28, 2012, 09:01:55 PM »

8. Die Hard

(143 points, 10 lists of 24, highest ranking: #3 anais.butterfly)
Release date: July 15 1988


Directed by: John McTiernan

From IMDB: John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save wife Holly Gennaro and several others, taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

My take:
One of the best Christmas movies ever made. THE definative action movie. As in, most action movies try to define themselves compared to this movie. Turned Bruce Willis into an action star. Just plain good American blood pumping fun.

What have we learned?
 Anyone who pitches a movie as "Die hard in a ____", just doesn't get it.
 Even Japanese companies hire smarmy American jackass executives.
 He has a machine gun, and three prostitutes.
 Bruce Willis is AWESOME!

Hey, it's been riffed!
By Riff Raff Theater:
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/riff-raff-theater/riff-raff-theater-die-hard

and Mathew J. Elliott:
http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax-presents/die-hard

Remake: Well, since every action movie made after this has tried to be a remake of this, it seems redundant. But I would go with Peter Berg. As long as he has a producer that won't let him go all Michael Bay-ish like he did in Battleship.
Recasting Bruce Willis is even harder. I say go with Josh Brolin.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #316 on: November 28, 2012, 09:03:12 PM »

7. Airplane!

(145 points, 10 lists of 24, highest ranking: #2 ColeStratton)
Release date: July 2 1980

Directed by: Jm Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker.

From IMDB: An airplane crew takes ill. Surely the only person capable of landing the plane is an ex-pilot afraid to fly. But don't call him Shirley.

My take:
A parody of the disaster type movies of the day. This movie is the model on which most modern rapidfire joke-a minute spoofs and comedies are based.

What have we learned?
 Spoof movie used to be funny.
 Don't call him Shirley.
 Don't eat the fish.

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

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/5Wd04UnO7ng" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/5Wd04UnO7ng</a>

Remake: There was a sequel, that was pretty much just a remake with a shuttle instead.
But if you were to try to remake this, I think the best choice would be Ben Stiller, as Tropic Thunder is one of the best genuinely funny spoofs to come around in a while. Just keep Friedberg and Seltzer far far away.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #317 on: November 28, 2012, 09:03:46 PM »

6. The Princess Bride

(146 points, 8 lists of 24, highest ranking: #3 Mrs. Dick Courier)
Release Date: September 25 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

From IMDB: A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).

My take:
The kinda girly movie it's still okay to like, because it's awesome. Highly quotable! Everyone gives a great performance here.

What have we learned?
 A romantic movie I actually like? Inconcievable!
 Many things are inconceivable.
 Mandy Patinkin is AWESOME!
 Inigo Montoya has family issues.


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/0vXXj15jvrI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/0vXXj15jvrI</a>



Remake: Gore Verbinski for director. Leonardo DiCaprio for Westley, Robbie Coltrane for Fezzik, James Franco for Inigo Montoya.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #318 on: November 28, 2012, 09:04:52 PM »

5. This Is Spinal Tap

(149 points, 9 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 George Harrison, D.B. Barnes)
Release Date: March 2, 1984

Directed by: Rob Reiner

From IMDB: Spinal Tap, the world's loudest band, is chronicled by hack documentarian Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

My take:
The mockumentary that dares to go to 11. And kill off many drummers.
A parody of music documentaries, this movie follows the sad remnants of a band that, wasn't ever really not sad in the first place. Great jokes throughout, but it's the performances from the main cast that make this movie.

What have we learned?
 How high it goes.
 Stadiums are complicated.
 Puppet Shows get marquee billing.
 " means inches, ' means feet.
 Apparently it's not "just a model".

Spinal Tap Vs. NBC Censor:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/k-ySFSu1VvU" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/k-ySFSu1VvU</a>

Remake: Oh, Christopher Guest, absolutely.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #319 on: November 28, 2012, 09:05:30 PM »

4. Back to the Future

(219 points, 13 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 goflyblind)
Release Date: July 3, 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

From IMDB: A teenager is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.

My take:
A sci-fi movie that isn't all about the sci-fi, it's about the incest. And the poop.
This movie is funny from beginning to end, but still concentrates itself on the characters and their story. A career defining performance by Christopher Lloyd, and proof that Michael J. Fox deserved his mega stardom.
The only reason people remember DeLoreans.


What have we learned?
 An LED letter Y can let you travel in time. Who knows what they would have been able to accomplish if they had the rest of the YMCA sign!
 Crazy scientists hanging around with teenage boys won't alert the authorities.
 Licence plates don't travel through time.
 I want a DeLorean!
 When your kid grows up to look EXACTLY like your wife's old high school fling, it won't cause family strife.

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

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/_Cvir4qbYAY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/_Cvir4qbYAY</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/CC73uxAVfVY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/CC73uxAVfVY</a>

Hey, it's been riffed! By Cinester Theater. And it even made it onto the Top 50 iRiffs List:
38a  Cinester Theater - Back To the Future   -   BUY

Remake: Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) for director. Anton Yelchin as Marty McFly, and Bruce Dern as Doc Brown.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #320 on: November 28, 2012, 09:06:09 PM »
3. Star Wars episode V: Empire Strikes Back

(221 points, 15 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Imrahil)
May 21, 1980


Directed by: Irvin Kershner

From IMDB: As Luke trains with Master Yoda to become a Jedi Knight, his friends evade the Imperial fleet under the command of Darth Vader who is obsessed with turning Skywalker to the Dark Side of the Force.

My take:
The best of the Star Wars movies. It's where all the interesting stuff happens. New puppets are met, monsters, epic snow battles, new cool machines, characters develope, twists are revealed, and it all sets up for us to be kinda dissapointed in the third movie.

What have we learned?
 Yoda likes to just mess with people he first meets by acting like an idiot.
 Puppets are better than CGI.
 
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Standing on your head and lifting rocks is ESSENTIAL battle technique.
 Saying "I know" when someone prefesses their love to you is romantic. Try it sometime.
 Tauntauns smell worse on the inside.

Hey, it's been riffed! By Rifftrax:
http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/star-wars-episode-v-empire-strikes-back

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/3F1d3QWsyk0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/3F1d3QWsyk0</a>


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/0X9NFknjTRE" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/0X9NFknjTRE</a>

Remake: Yeah, yeah, not without the other ones. But I am going to go out on a limb and say Neill Blomkamp.
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #321 on: November 28, 2012, 09:06:48 PM »
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark

(229 points, 12 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 Mrs. Dick Courier, Johnny Unusual, CJones, Compound)
Release Date: June 12, 1981


Directed by: Steven Spielberg

From IMDB: Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

My take:
Easily one of the greatest action adventure movies ever made. An iconic performance by Harrison Ford. Steven Spielberg at his most fun.

What have we learned?
 Nazis are evil.
 The Ten Commandments tablets contained demons.
 It's not the age, it's the milage.
 Being a world class drunk makes you awesome, and not just sad.
 It is important to know how to speak Hovitos.
 Fedoras never fall off.

Hey, it's been riffed! By Rifftrax:
http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/raiders-lost-ark

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/AHec0SO_u5g" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/AHec0SO_u5g</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/GUPDuQq9GsM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/GUPDuQq9GsM</a>


Remake: Brad Bird as Director. And per geek law, I must suggest Nathan Fillion.



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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #322 on: November 28, 2012, 09:10:33 PM »
And number 1 with a bullet, a huuuge jump in votes and on over half the lists...


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #323 on: November 28, 2012, 09:11:02 PM »
1. Ghostbusters

(315 points, 16 lists of 24, highest ranking: #1 ScottotD)
Release Date: June 8, 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

From IMDB: Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

My take:
The most fun apocalypse ever! From the leads' great performances as iconic and creer defining characters, to the story that is not afraid to go from normal everyday to bugfuck wierd and make it all seem reasonable.


What have we learned?
 Bill Murray is AWESOME!
 Dan Ackroyd is AWESOME!
 Harold Ramis is AWESOME! And my favorite Ghostbuster.
 Ernie Hudson is AWESOME!
 I want a Proton Pack!
 The size of Egon's Twinkie.

Hey, it's been riffed! By Ketchup Pharoah Productions:
http://www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/ketchup-pharaoh-productions/ketchup-pharaoh-productions-presents-ghostbusters

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/VYxjvwdSa0s" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/VYxjvwdSa0s</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/kAboGO9MDsQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/kAboGO9MDsQ</a>

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

Remake: I know, I know, blesphemy. But if they were going to do it, I'd like to see it go really dark. Let Guillermo Del Toro make his At The Mountains Of Madness movie, and then have this be the sequel when all the monsters get to New York City.
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #324 on: November 28, 2012, 09:14:42 PM »
I wasn't expecting it to make number one, but I was curious why no one even mentioned it in the number 2 spot, let alone at all.  Looking forward to talking about these tomorrow.  Great work on the list, Geek.  Looking forward to when we get around to top films of the 70's!


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #325 on: November 28, 2012, 10:02:54 PM »
Thanks Darth!

Are we waiting until the supplemental lists before posting our own lists?
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #326 on: November 29, 2012, 01:22:49 AM »
Nice, bit of a surprise for number 1. I definitely expected it for Top 10, but all the way at the top, not so much. Going by the lists it was on, it looks like it moved up on shear numbers.

Grand list overall, for sure. Will post my full thoughts and list later, but well done DG (although you might want to check the photo for Empire).


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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #327 on: November 29, 2012, 01:27:19 AM »
Did you movie you were worried about get in RD?
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #328 on: November 29, 2012, 03:52:52 AM »
hrm. i guess four is good enough, but you're on thin ice, humanity!

01. Back to the Future
02. Spaceballs
03. Airplane!
04. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
05. Blade Runner
06. The Blues Brothers
07. Scrooged
08. Brazil
09. The Jerk
10. The Shining
11. Naked Gun
12. UHF
13. The Princess Bride
14. The Dark Crystal
15. Short Circuit
16. The Great Muppet Caper
17. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
18. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
19. Empire Strikes Back
20. Stand By Me
21. Beverly Hills Cop
22. Dragnet
23. Return of the Jedi
24. Die Hard
25. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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Re: LoC 66 Top 50 80s Movies
« Reply #329 on: November 29, 2012, 04:22:08 AM »
I would have voted for the Jerk... if it had come out in the 80's.  The film came out in 1979.