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1982:
Porky's
Cat People
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Tron
The World According to Garp
Zapped!
Night Shift
Tempest
The Beastmaster
Pink Floyd - The Wall
My Favorite Year
Q
The Last Unicorn
Timerider



1983:
Blue Thunder
Christine
D.C. Cab
The Dead Zone
Doctor Detroit
Easy Money
Krull
Nightmares
Octopussy
Trading Places
WarGames

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Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:04 am
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Any fans of the podcast '80s all over? Scott Weinberg and Drew McWeeny review every major film of the decade (with an American release, at least) one month at a time. They've just started covering 1983.
https://www.80sallover.com/podcast/

Also, my favorite movie podcast of all time, Pure Cinema Podcast, have just released a major two part episode covering (and pairing) all feature films by John Carpenter. Just saying.
http://thepinksmoke.com/purecinemapodcast.html


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Junkfood Cinema is another good '80s movie podcast. They cover all decades, but most of their episodes cover movies from that decade.
It's just two dudes from Austin (well, one of them is C. Robert Cargill, who wrote Doctor Strange and the Sinister movies) geeking out and sharing trivia. That's all you need.

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Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:17 am
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There are a lot of good and great movies in the 80s, but when I think of "80s" movies and the 80s aesthetic, I think of Spielbergian silliness, the bright, upbeat lighting and sharp, clear images, big dialogue, the colors, the soundtracks, montages, everything ends happy. I mean, we get from The French Connection to Lethal Weapon (a fun movie but bright, big, loud, lots of explosions, corny dialogue, totally over-the-top action) pretty damn fast, from McCabe and Mrs. Miller to Young Guns (ugh), from Annie Hall to When Harry Met Sally, from Vampire Circus, Salem's Lot, Thirst to The Lost Boys, and I don't know how the hell we got to The Goonies and Stand By Me, but fuck did things go downhill.
The latter, in all those cases, are how I think of 80s movies. There are great exceptions like Thief, The Thing (to include the two guys y'all were just talking about), My Dinner With Andre, After Hours, Fast Times, Amadeus, but we also get so much Top Gun and Big and The Lost Boys.
It feels like the 80s are two decades in film, 1980-1984 and 1985-1989. The latter half being what people think of when they deride the 80s as vacuous and cultureless.
I think of Alien to Aliens or, to keep it firmly within the same decade, First Blood to Rambo and then Rambo III. I mean, First Blood is a pretty gritty movie about a Vietnam veteran who suffers from PTSD and is experiencing the kind of shunning from society that we hear so much about with those guys and he finally gets pushed to far and snaps. Rambo is just Reagan-era, shiny, exploding, steroid-enahnced, silly action and Rambo III is that taken up another notch.
And I don't think you can lump Thief and The Thing and The Shining and Raging Bull and The Terminator and Blade Runner in with Rambo and Top Gun and The Lost Boys and The Goonies and Young Guns. Not to mention, Mannequin.
Ya know what I mean?


I think all of this is true as well. Obviously, it's impossible to lump all the films of an era into a single neat bow, but I see all of those points you bring as also very 80's. I'm usually fascinated by anything about eras and time periods (rise and fall of silent film, Golden Age of Cinema, Big Studios, Indie period, etc.) so one of the things I can see about 80's films is a refinement of the 70's exploitation films that came after the elimination of the Hays' Code. Films with high levels of nudity/sex, violence, and gore where made in both eras, but where the 70's exploitation films were more niche-oriented, in the 80's, it was made mainstream.

So the 80's feature a lot of teen comedies with lots of gratuitous nudity/sex or related topics (Porky's, Revenge of the Nerds, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), ultra-violent films with flawless heroes AND gratuitous nudity (almost every Sly or Arnie film), and the peak of the slasher genre, also with gratuitous nudity (Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween). On the lighter side, a lot of kid adventures with/or without creatures (E.T., Gremlins, Stand By Me, Goonies) with crossovers to horror genre (Critters, Munchies, Ghoulies)... or the more gritty, 80's crime films like Thief, Manhunter, Scarface, At Close Range, etc. There will always be differences, but I don't know if it was me growing at the time, I always see a common thread between 80's films. To me, it's almost impossible to mistake an 80's film for another era.

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I'm not really in the mood for making lists right now BUT I'll recommend the documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films for a good look at the studio that brought you some of the 80's-iest 80's films that ever 80-ed.

and to Wooley, don't forget the jump from Rocky to Rocky IV and Saturday Night Fever to Staying Alive. some darn good whiplash in there.

Very true.
And agreed on Electric Boogaloo, also.


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It feels like the 80s are two decades in film, 1980-1984 and 1985-1989.

Agree 100% and I would say the same applies to the music scene.

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Agree 100% and I would say the same applies to the music scene.

Yes, absolutely, I meant to say that! I was listening to Roxy Music last night and it's so damn good and then you get into the late 80s and it's like Taylor Dane and shit.


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There's also the whiplash from Yes's Drama to Big Generator and Genesis's Duke to Invisible Touch. I'm starting to understand Patrick Bateman's Phil Collins speech from American Psycho.

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I was listening to Roxy Music last night and it's so damn good and then you get into the late 80s and it's like Taylor Dane and shit.


Whitesnake 1982:

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Whitesnake 1987:

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Whitesnake 1982:

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Whitesnake 1987:

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They look like they just forgot how to button their shirts.

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They look like they just forgot how to button their shirts.
Do those shirts even have buttons?

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Do those shirts even have buttons?

You know, I'm squinting and I actually don't see any. Unless the undershirt the guy one is wearing has some around the back (I guess it's one of those fancy dress undershirts).

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You know, I'm squinting and I actually don't see any. Unless the undershirt the guy one is wearing has some around the back (I guess it's one of those fancy dress undershirts).

Buttons are for ugly short-haired guys.

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i think we can all agree that those are technically blouses, though, right?

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I dunno, no buttons, that's practically cape territory.

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Whitesnake 1982:

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Whitesnake 1987:

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Right?


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My own, fairly boring year-by-year 80's list, missing certain essential movies because there's a lot of essentials I still need to see:

'80: Raging Bull Honorable Mention: The Empire Strikes Back
'81: Raiders Of The Lost Ark HM: The Road Warrior/Thief
'82: Gandhi HM: The Thing
'83: Scarface HM: Return Of The Jedi
'84: Once Upon A Time In America HM: Blood Simple
'85: Return Of The Living Dead HM: Back To The Future
'86: Aliens HM: Platoon
'87: Evil Dead II HM: The Untouchables
'88 (the year I was born!): Die Hard HM: The Naked Gun
'89: The Killer HM: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

Also, this thread reminds me of this nice video essay Lindsay Ellis posted recently about waves of nostalgia that run through pop culture in approximate 30-year cycles, and the recent boon of 80's nostalgia that's currently dominating our current shows/films:


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I've always imagined Gremlins as the mascot of '80s films.


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Whitesnake 1987:

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On behalf of the state of New Jersey I'd like to officially apologize for "mall hair".

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Might be missing some that I don't have on my records, but...

1980: The Empire Strikes Back
1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982: The Thing
1983: National Lampoon's Vacation
1984: The Terminator
1985: Back to the Future
1986: Aliens
1987: Full Metal Jacket
1988: Die Hard
1989: When Harry Met Sally...


That's an all-time Top 10 right there.

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Yes, absolutely, I meant to say that! I was listening to Roxy Music last night and it's so damn good and then you get into the late 80s and it's like Taylor Dane and shit.


I like you, but your opinion on Ms. Dayne made me sad.


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I like you, but your opinion on Ms. Dayne made me sad.

Honestly, I pulled her name out of a hat. "Tell It To My Heart" is the only song of hers I've ever heard.


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1984:
Bachelor Party
CHUD
Dreamscape
The Natural
The Philadelphia Experiment
Repo Man
Runaway
Stranger Than Paradise
Streets of Fire
Teachers
Terror in the Aisles


1985:
Better Off Dead
Commando
Fletch
The Goonies
Ladyhawke
Legend
The Legend of Billie Jean
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Real Genius
Remo Williams
Silver Bullet
Volunteers
Weird Science

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Honestly, I pulled her name out of a hat. "Tell It To My Heart" is the only song of hers I've ever heard.


Don't doubt yourself. She's a fine example of bland, soulless shit.


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Don't doubt yourself. She's a fine example of bland, soulless shit.

I bet her cassettes still sell well at flea markets though.


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The Octoblum d'Or

1. The Fly
2. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
3. The Right Stuff
4. Into The Night
5. Earth Girls Are Easy
6. Threshold
7. Silverado
8. Beyond Therapy
9. The Tall Guy
10. The Big Chill
11. Transylvania 6-5000
12. Vibes


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eri nitta wrote:
82 Heart, Beating in the Dark
85 Typhoon Club
88 Noisy Requiem

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86 The Green Ray
89 A City of Sadness

I haven't seen these yet.

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83 Baby It’s You

First John Sayles sighting! (Alligator, eh, notwithstanding)


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Here are some very good movies per year that aren't discussed that often:

1980: Inside Moves (Richard Donner)
1981: Atlantic City (technically a 1980 movie, but it was released theatrically in the U.S. this year) (Louis Malle)
1984: The Company of Wolves (Neil Jordan)
1985: The Falcon and the Snowman (John Schlesinger)

These definitely deserve more attention than they get.

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1987: Family Viewing (Atom Egoyan)

Still haven't seen his first 80s films.


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I wouldn't change a thing in that list, maybe Jesus can pull a trick and make 11 10 for a day

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I didn't like ET when I was a kid because I thought it was too cutesy and silly. Explorers was evidently neither of those things because I watched it enough times to have it memorized. Don't ask me to explain the mind of a tween.

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Another one that I watched to the point of memorization.

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12. Vibes


I have a friend that would feel very vindicated, and would positively glow, that anyone on earth put this movie on a list of any repute at all.


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Another one that I watched to the point of memorization.


This was one of my favourite movies when I was about 7 years old. I happened upon it by mistake about ten years ago on television. Holy fuck, what was wrong with me?


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I wouldn't change a thing in that list, maybe Jesus can pull a trick and make 11 10 for a day

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It is accomplished.

(This and Boris Poledouris were the two I cut for room.)


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I have a friend that would feel very vindicated, and would positively glow, that anyone on earth put this movie on a list of any repute at all.

Managing to be worse than Transylvania 6-5000 is no mean feat.


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Managing to be worse than Transylvania 6-5000 is no mean feat.


Just having someone on earth remember it enough to put it on any list at all will make him happy.


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Don't doubt yourself. She's a fine example of bland, soulless shit.


To be honest, I'd rather have Dayne over Tiffany or Debbie Gibson.

Don't sell I'll Be Your Shelter short, either.

But if you can't stand her, to each your own. :up:


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Managing to be worse than Transylvania 6-5000 is no mean feat.


I wanna throw in Loose Cannons, but that's 1990 unfortunately.

Trying to argue which is worse between Vibes and Transylvania would take the patience and wisdom of Solomon to decide.

EDIT: Rethinking it, I think Vibes does have an endearing goofiness that made it superior to Pure Luck. Transylvania 6-5000 was just bad.


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As for my pick of worst films of the 1980s, I'd have to lean towards Leonard Part 6.

It was so bad that Bill Cosby was badmouthing it. And he WROTE and PRODUCED it.

Oh, and worst song? Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.


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1980: Airplane!
1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark/Mad Max 2
1982: Blade Runner/The Thing/Conan the Barbarian
1983: Scarface
1984: Once Upon A Time In America
1985: Weird Science
1986: Aliens/Blue Velvet
1987: Three O'Clock High/The Last Emperor
1988: Die Hard
1989: Lady Terminator

Top 10 of all time


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As for my pick of worst films of the 1980s, I'd have to lean towards...

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As for my pick of worst films of the 1980s, I'd have to lean towards...

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Hadn't seen it, but I'd be honest. Part of me wants to chance it.

I blame Olivia Newton-John. :D


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1989: Lady Terminator

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Oh, and worst song? Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.




Aw, I like that song.

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Hadn't seen it, but I'd be honest. Part of me wants to chance it.

I blame Olivia Newton-John. :D


It's a completely crappy movie. Don't chance it. You'll be incredibly bored.


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This was one of my favourite movies when I was about 7 years old. I happened upon it by mistake about ten years ago on television. Holy fuck, what was wrong with me?

One of my life's goals is to avoid any future contact with The Pirate Movie. We had our fling, but it's best that we not see each other any more.

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Hadn't seen it, but I'd be honest. Part of me wants to chance it.

I blame Olivia Newton-John. :D

I can't even pretend to be snobby about Xanadu. Yeah it's a terrible movie but it's prime-time Olivia. Not gonna lie--I occasionally listen to songs from the soundtrack. I was thrilled when my rock-drummer friend recently confessed that he has the album. He gets it. I secretly fantasize about an alternate reality where ONJ permanently joined ELO. I've probably only sat through the entire movie once, though. You might want to start with watching clips on YT before you commit to the full hour and a half. It's equal parts cheezy fun and dreadful tedium.

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Same here.

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One of my life's goals is to avoid any future contact with The Pirate Movie. We had our fling, but it's best that we not see each other any more.


Sorry. Saw it once, and I just don't get it. Thought it was fairly bad.


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