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February 7, 2009: "The 1980s - An Introduction" 
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Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:16 pm
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This looks like it will be amazing.


Although I mostly consider the 80's a blight upon most things artistic (especially mainstream), nostalgia is always interesting because of the cherry-hued gauze memories can create, so this should be compelling.


Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:43 pm
Post Re: February 7, 2009: "The 1980s - An Introduction"
I cannot wait. Quite a few titles in there that I am very interested in hearing what you have to say about.


Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:45 pm
Post Re: February 7, 2009: "The 1980s - An Introduction"
This may be the second most awesome project you have embarked upon behind the Top 100 movies


Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:19 pm
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See what you did now....you've got me reminiscing. My dad would record movies off of the TV and I would watch them over and over again. Some of my favorites growing up:

The Beastmaster
Clash of the Titans
Conan The Barbarian
Conan The Destroyer
Red Sonja
Flight of the Navigator
Cloak and Dagger
The Neverending Story


I really miss those movies...those times...


Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:20 pm
Post Re: February 7, 2009: "The 1980s - An Introduction"
Yes! The "Back to the Future" review is finally coming! My life is now complete.


Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:33 pm
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Ryan wrote:
Yes! The "Back to the Future" review is finally coming! My life is now complete.

I Hope James takes on the trilogy rather than the first film
Interesting project
Rob


Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:36 pm
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Post Re: February 7, 2009: "The 1980s - An Introduction"
ram1312 wrote:
See what you did now....you've got me reminiscing. My dad would record movies off of the TV and I would watch them over and over again. Some of my favorites growing up:

The Beastmaster
Clash of the Titans
Conan The Barbarian
Conan The Destroyer
Red Sonja
Flight of the Navigator
Cloak and Dagger
The Neverending Story


I really miss those movies...those times...


Time to tease: One of those movies will get a review.

Note: I have aleady reviewed Conan the Barbarian


Sun Feb 08, 2009 8:01 pm
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James

You're going to be busy covering this lot :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980s_in_film

i also really like this site as they cover stuff in real depth. This si the decade section

http://www.filmsite.org/filmh.html

I'm looking forward to this - Good luck!

Rob


Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:20 pm
Post Re: February 7, 2009: "The 1980s - An Introduction"
Contrary to what many think, there were many many fine movies in this decade. Many changed the face for the next 20 years. Was truly the start of the blockbusters.

some favs of mine from that era:

Platoon, ET, Starwars V, (looking at my library list now, so this is why they are Alpha from here on out: Aliens, Amadeus, Au Revoir Les enfants, Blade Runner, Blue Velvet, Das Boot, Dead Poets, Driving Ms. Daisy, Empire of the Sun, Full Metal Jacket, Glory, Hoosiers, Killing Fields, Last Emperor, Predator, Raging Bull, Sophies Choice, The Thing, Terminator, Untouchables, and I have yet to still pick up Cinema Paradiso,

Wow, I see that I have just a few films from that decade in my library...........

Looking forward to your thoughts James,


Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:26 am
Post Re: February 7, 2009: "The 1980s - An Introduction"
James Berardinelli wrote:
Time to tease: One of those movies will get a review.

Note: I have aleady reviewed Conan the Barbarian

That means it's gonna be Clash of the Titans.


Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:52 am
Post Re: February 7, 2009: "The 1980s - An Introduction"
James Berardinelli wrote:
ram1312 wrote:
See what you did now....you've got me reminiscing. My dad would record movies off of the TV and I would watch them over and over again. Some of my favorites growing up:

The Beastmaster
Clash of the Titans
Conan The Barbarian
Conan The Destroyer
Red Sonja
Flight of the Navigator
Cloak and Dagger
The Neverending Story


I really miss those movies...those times...


Time to tease: One of those movies will get a review.

Note: I have aleady reviewed Conan the Barbarian



Who wants to place bets on 'The Neverending Story'?


Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:19 am
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Evenflow8112 wrote:
James Berardinelli wrote:
ram1312 wrote:
See what you did now....you've got me reminiscing. My dad would record movies off of the TV and I would watch them over and over again. Some of my favorites growing up:

The Beastmaster
Clash of the Titans
Conan The Barbarian
Conan The Destroyer
Red Sonja
Flight of the Navigator
Cloak and Dagger
The Neverending Story


I really miss those movies...those times...


Time to tease: One of those movies will get a review.

Note: I have aleady reviewed Conan the Barbarian



Who wants to place bets on 'The Neverending Story'?

Yeah, that was my pick.


Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:48 am
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me too - Neverending Review Job

Rob


Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:41 am
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how about those patrick dempsey films, hehe.

i used to love the neverending story!!!

goonies?


Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:41 pm
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Commodorefirst wrote:
Platoon, ET, Starwars V, (looking at my library list now, so this is why they are Alpha from here on out: Aliens, Amadeus, Au Revoir Les enfants, Blade Runner, Blue Velvet, Das Boot, Dead Poets, Driving Ms. Daisy, Empire of the Sun, Full Metal Jacket, Glory, Hoosiers, Killing Fields, Last Emperor, Predator, Raging Bull, Sophies Choice, The Thing, Terminator, Untouchables, and I have yet to still pick up Cinema Paradiso,


great list! i thought dead poets society was a 90s film (carpe diem! love love love this movie!)


Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:44 pm
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Technically, it's from 1989. I really like that movie, too. However, I remember Alexander Payne had some sort of beef with the ending of the film that I sort of agreed with.

"I remember feeling so cheated by that ending of Dead Poets Society when they all stand up on their desks. Please. It's saying, 'Really in their hearts, people aren't conformists,' when quite the opposite is true.

"If I had directed Dead Poets Society, it wouldn't have made half the money it made," Payne continues. "Because at the end, he should go in, they all look at him, they feel guilty for what they've done, you want one of them to stand on their desk, none of them does, and he leaves, and you're left with a more chilling feeling.

"That, to me, says the same idea, that we should be nonconformists. The way it's done, you like it and you forget about it. I think it's a little more important to make movies that are challenging at the end. You've got to think about it more and come up with your own response."

There's legitimacy to his opinion, but I like the current ending at the same time.


Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:24 pm
Post Re: February 7, 2009: "The 1980s - An Introduction"
What James is NOT telling us!

Did anyone notice that James said he'd chosen the eighties and preselected all the films. Did you observe how the first films seemed so high brow containing work by Kubrick no less.

I am now convinced that he's hiding a secret plan to revisit his youth and go on a cultural journey, reviewing a series 80's masterpieces from
George Lucas (fresh from Star Wars),
Michael J. Fox (forget Back To The Future),
Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis (Who needs The Fly)
Dan Aykroyd (you thought it might be Ghostbusters)
Nick Cassavetes (the wrong one)
Rene Auberjonois, et al.

Cultural landmarks all available on DVD :-)

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I can't wait to relive all these wonderful cinematic moments :-)

Rob


Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:08 pm
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Post Re: February 7, 2009: "The 1980s - An Introduction"
Robert Holloway wrote:
What James is NOT telling us!

Did anyone notice that James said he'd chosen the eighties and preselected all the films. Did you observe how the first films seemed so high brow containing work by Kubrick no less.

I am now convinced that he's hiding a secret plan to revisit his youth and go on a cultural journey, reviewing a series 80's masterpieces


Who sent you a copy of my list?? Was it my wife? :)

Seriously, though: Friday the 13th - "high brow"???


Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:16 pm
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:o
:D

Hmmmmm


Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:17 pm
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