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Menshevik

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Unstable Molecule

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Subj: Re: For your consideration
Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 at 11:34:40 am CDT (Viewed 735 times)
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Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 at 04:21:44 pm CDT (Viewed 729 times)



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    Of the list below, I think the ones that have aged the best (so they would compare favorably to modern movies) are:



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    Airplane!
    Blade Runner
    Ghandi


Nitpicking note: it's "Gandhi", not "Ghandi". One of my orthographic pet peeves (along with people misspelling "Phoenix" as "Pheonix", "wiener" as "weiner" and "Rogue" as "Rouge" (or vice versa \:\-\) ).


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    Amadeus
    Platoon
    This is Spinal Tap
    Princess Bride
    Dead Poet's Society
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
    The Little Mermaid
    When Harry Met Sally



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    Not to say that there aren't great movies on that list - but if Top Gun or even Aliens were released this year, they would probably be panned for having acting and dialogue that's ridiculously over the top. Which is partly what made the 80's great, but it wouldn't necessarily fly with today's more sophisticated audience.


Well, tastes have changed since the 1980s, although I would say the most noticeable difference is not what style of acting is deemed "acceptable" (and some of the films I listed would clearly not work as well in a more "restrained" style - just try to imagine a subdued "Blues Brothers" or "Henry V"), but things like the reduced attention span of modern audiences (largely brought on by the influence of commercials and pop videos). For instance, I listed "Turtle Diary" and "Wings of Desire"; these are late examples of the "slowness" you got in quite a few great movies of the 1970s and late 1960s (two notable examples: "2001" and "Once Upon a Time in the West") or even the way older movies would take time in long sequences in which apparently nothing happens (such as the slow lead-up to the scene with the crop-duster plane in "North by Northwest" (1959)). These days you probably would not produce films like that anymore. But I would not see changing tastes as indicative of greater sophistication.


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      1980
      Airplane!
      The Blues Brothers (a worldwide cult classic)
      1981
      An American Werewolf in London
      The Great Muppet Caper
      The Gods Must Be Crazy
      Gregory's Girl
      Time Bandits (at least for Terry Gilliam's admirers)
      Taxi Driver
      1982
      Blade Runner (extremely iconic, even if rooted in "Metropolis" to an extent)
      Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
      The Draughtsman's Contract (for Peter Greenaway's fans)
      E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial
      First Blood (again very iconic, if a niche product)
      Gandhi
      Tootsie
      Victor/Victoria
      1983
      Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
      Trading Places
      Zelig
      1984
      Amadeus
      Beverly Hills Cops (yes, very much an 80s film, but that's not a bad thing)
      Ghostbusters (started another successful franchise)
      Gremlins
      The Muppets Take Manhattan
      The Natural (Charlie Brown's favourite movie)
      A Passage to India
      Romancing the Stone (followed by The Jewel of the Nile and The War of the Roses)
      1985
      Back to the Future (and Part II in 1989)
      Brazil
      Cocoon
      Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
      Turtle Diary (a personal fave of mine)
      1986
      Aliens
      Crocodile Dundee
      Hannah and Her Sisters
      Highlander
      Labyrinth (still has quite a fandom)
      Little Shop of Horrors (another cult classic)
      The Mission (classic Morricone score)
      Platoon
      Ruthless People
      The Terminator
      This is Spinal Tap
      1987
      Full Metal Jacket
      Good Morning Vietnam
      Hamburger Hill
      The Last Emperor
      Moonstruck (which I love)
      The Princess Bride
      Wall Street
      1988
      Beetlejuice
      Big
      Big Business (a personal fave)
      Bull Durham
      Dangerous Liaisons
      Die Hard (another franchise-starter)
      A Fish Called Wanda
      Hairspray (cult classic)
      Rain Man
      Spaceballs
      Who Framed Roger Rabbit
      1989
      Dead Poets Society
      Driving Miss Daisy
      Glory
      Henry V (which kicked off Kenneth Branagh's series of Shakespeare adaptations)
      The Little Mermaid
      Major League (a guilty pleasure)
      When Harry Met Sally...