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July 20, 2009: "1988" 
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Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:43 pm
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1988. Year of my birth. I can't believe July (my birth month) was so stacked with good movies.


Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:01 pm
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I love that Beetlejuice (one of my childhood favorites) inspired a six-hour discussion. :lol:


Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:06 pm
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Fergie260 wrote:
1988. Year of my birth. I can't believe July (my birth month) was so stacked with good movies.


I was born in 1988 as well! Thank you for sharing this with us James. I'm sure it was hard.


Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:23 pm
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I liked Young Guns...when I was 15...and coming down from a fever...and I realized it was incoherent camp. But it was fun incoherent camp.


Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:13 pm
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Nice to see one of my favorites, Midnight Run, mentioned.
how many stars would you give it, James?


Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:21 pm
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Just my thoughts from that summer..

I remember seeing Die Hard and Midnight Run back to back back in late July of 88. One of the finest movie going experiences ive ever had.

I liked Willow a whole lot more than James did.

Never cared much for Big. I actually liked Chevy Chases's Funny farm better that summer.

Coppolas Tucker is an overlooked flop from that summer.

Rambo III is better than it was ever given credit for.

Didnt like Roger Rabbit all that much when i first saw it. Ive grown to love it.

Cocktail and Coming to America will always be guilty pleasures of mine. I must have saw CTA 3 or 4 times in theaters.

Never saw Wanda in theaters, but wish i had. Its a classic.


Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:29 pm
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I saw Tucker in high school. It was pretty good.


Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:36 pm
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hey James:

I know it was 21 years ago, but thanks for sharing with us about Tracie. I'm sure it was hard and I'm sorry you had to go through that tragedy.

Enjoy your stuff. Keep up the good work.

Matt
Denver


Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:52 pm
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I could tell that "1988" was from the heart. Losses like that are tough. It's so refreshing to read your take on her "gift" which turned out to be a gift for all of us here.

Always enojoying your work,

Dean


Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:01 pm
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Patrick wrote:
I liked Young Guns...when I was 15...and coming down from a fever...and I realized it was incoherent camp. But it was fun incoherent camp.


My favorite part of the whole movie was the shootout at the end. First, why did he get into the chest just to be thrown out a window? Secondly, aside from being filmed in slow motion, how did all the important characters escape despite being outnumbered and surrounded? They literally just ran out the front door. Great stuff.


Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:50 pm
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rblount27 wrote:
Patrick wrote:
I liked Young Guns...when I was 15...and coming down from a fever...and I realized it was incoherent camp. But it was fun incoherent camp.


My favorite part of the whole movie was the shootout at the end. First, why did he get into the chest just to be thrown out a window? Secondly, aside from being filmed in slow motion, how did all the important characters escape despite being outnumbered and surrounded? They literally just ran out the front door. Great stuff.


Because it was awesome! That's why!


Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:00 pm
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I love hearing about the 80s, i've always wondered what it was like to live back then, and it's fascinating to hear about, real sorry about Tracie though :( I know all too well what's like to lose a loved one in a drunk driving accident, my cousin died in one, only she was drinking and no one else was hit, so I know it's not the same thing, but it was still painful thing to experience.


Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:22 am
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In the article you say that you didn't care for Nightmare on Elm Street 4. But in a different reelthought article I'm pretty sure I remember you saying that you thought it was enjoyable.

I guess you feel differently about it now?


Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:55 am
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Ever since I watched that bit in King of Kong, when the "antagonist" said something to the effect that his having all his good luck must cosmologically translate to some poor schmuck losing out on everything and anything, I've been vacillating as to whom I know is inflicted with a disease or knows someone who knows someone who was inflicted with a disease, or who was killed in a car accident, or who has brother dead in Iraq, because I've been lucky to live a relatively fortunate life. Nothing turned up for a month. Then this. I wasn't expecting it, in part due to my pathetic subservience to that intelligence of yours. I am incapable to express the full extent of my bereavement. Suffice it to say that I am sorry.


Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:40 am
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I lived in Lockerbie in 1988. Can't even express that in words. :(

I've long since moved away, but my parents still live nearby in a town called Dumfries.

Great column, James. Thank you.


Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:57 am
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That was very moving James and like the others i say thank you for sharing that with us.

On the subject of double bills last year i saw American Psycho on a saturday afternoon then The Dark Knight in a packed cinema (both 1st time viewings) which was a pretty good day as i'd put both in my top 20.


Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:27 am
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ilovemovies wrote:
In the article you say that you didn't care for Nightmare on Elm Street 4. But in a different reelthought article I'm pretty sure I remember you saying that you thought it was enjoyable.

I guess you feel differently about it now?



heh. Nightmare on Elm street 4. The movie that unleashed Renny Harlin onto the world.


Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:51 am
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After "1987" I was looking forward to "1988". Quite shocked after reading that!

Thank you James, perhaps that was liberating to write? I thank you like the other readers for that insight into your back ground.

Dangerous Liaisons is almost a classic, but, what was Frears thinking giving Keanu Reeves that role? Glenn Close's performance is incredible; almost scary she's so precise. The best of her career IMO. The scene where she encourages Uma to have sex is hilarious.

The first hour of Midnight Run is good fun and well written but it's final act is a real let down. Still, watching Grodin finally break De Niro and make him laugh on the bus was great stuff.


Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:37 am
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The first hour of Midnight Run is good fun and well written but it's final act is a real let down


why was it a let down?


Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:09 pm
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