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on: May 27, 2005, 05:00:08 PM
List naysayers beware!

I'm interested in hearing what Xixaxers consider to be the best films of the 1980's.  Although many consider it the worst decade for American cinema, I'm sure that at least 10 great films can still be pulled from the wreckage (American or otherwise).

So, let's see 'em.
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Reply #1 on: May 27, 2005, 06:20:14 PM
10 - Robocop
9 - Jacob's Ladder
8 - Dead Poets Society
7 - Sid and Nancy
6 - Brazil
5 - Videodrome
4 - The Shining
3 - Blue Velvet
2 - Do the Right Thing
1 - sex, lies and videotape
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Reply #2 on: May 27, 2005, 07:43:48 PM
If The Decalogue counts it's my #1.  Easily.

The Mosquito Coast or Mishima might have made it on another day.

10.  Paris, Texas
09.  Down By Law
08.  Crimes and Misdemeanors
07.  Escape from New York
06.  Melvin and Howard
05.  Wings of Desire
04.  Do the Right Thing
03.  Raging Bull
02.  The Element of Crime
01.  Grave of the Fireflies
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Reply #3 on: May 27, 2005, 08:15:34 PM
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10 - Robocop
9 - Jacob's Ladder
8 - Dead Poets Society
7 - Sid and Nancy
6 - Brazil
5 - Videodrome
4 - The Shining
3 - Blue Velvet
2 - Do the Right Thing
1 - sex, lies and videotape


this ain't bad, but I'd throw Brazil at the top, with Blue Velvet, Shining, Videodrome, Do The Right Thing, and Robocop higher.

haven't seen Jacob's Ladder, Dead Poets, or Sid and Nancy though, so.
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Reply #4 on: May 28, 2005, 02:32:15 AM
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10 - Robocop
9 - Jacob's Ladder
8 - Dead Poets Society
7 - Sid and Nancy
6 - Brazil
5 - Videodrome
4 - The Shining
3 - Blue Velvet
2 - Do the Right Thing
1 - sex, lies and videotape


Jacob's Ladder was 1990.

My Top 10 for the 80's --

1.  Melvin and Howard
2.  Star 80
3.  Raging Bull
4.  This Is Spinal Tap
5.  The Big Red One
6.  Tootsie
7.  Something Wild
8.  Blue Velvet
9.  Street Smart
10. Rain Man
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Reply #5 on: May 28, 2005, 09:40:51 AM
Platoon and Elephant Man, how bout Blade Runner? I don't like it, but I mean it's good.

1. Elephant Man
2. The Shining
3. This is Spinal Tap
4. Do the Right Thing
5. Raging Bull
6. Back to the Future
7. Platoon
8. Cinema Paradiso
9. Brazil
10. Die Hard

Dead Poets Society is crap. That's like a movie for school, really think about it.

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I mean, how stupid is it that the kid kills himself just because his daddy hated him in tights in Midsummer? Oh captain my captain! yech.
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Reply #6 on: May 28, 2005, 09:45:35 AM
I loathe Platoon, it felt way too much like a movie about 1 scene (take a guess) with little plot or substance leading up to it. I need to see it again (it's been 2ish years now I think), but my expectations are still pretty low.
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Reply #7 on: May 28, 2005, 09:58:12 AM
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Dead Poets Society is crap. That's like a movie for about school, really think about it.


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Reply #8 on: May 28, 2005, 10:07:47 AM
something like this...

1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
2. Aliens
3. ET: The Extra Terrestrial
4. Raising Arizona
5. Batman
6. Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn
7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
8. An American Werewolf In London
9. Robocop
10. Big Trouble In Little China

alternates...

The Shining
Raging Bull
The Princess Bride
Back To The Future
This Is Spinal Tap
Full Metal Jacket
Blue Velvet
Die Hard
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
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Reply #9 on: May 28, 2005, 11:17:26 AM
I wasn't crazy about the 80's, but after 20 years the decade is improving somewhat in retrospect -- I just watched Unbearable Lightness of Being for the first time since it came out in 1988, and it plays much better now than then.  Same with My Beautiful Laundrette and A Passage to India.

Such action films as 48 Hours, The Terminator and Beverly Hills Cop are still entertaining after all these years.
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Reply #10 on: May 28, 2005, 12:18:30 PM
Already alteration time... damn.


Dropping...

Jacob's Ladder - Thought it was 89, but yeah, it's 90.

DPS - I couldn't think of any other good movies from the 80's (I was the first to go, there was pressure!) And I remember it havign a big impact when it came out, and I didn't have a problem with it, but now I see much better movies with which to replace it.

10 - Robocp
9 - Full Metal Jacket
8 - Sid and Nancy
7 - Brazil
6 - Videodrome
5 - The Shining
4 - Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
3 - Blue Velvet
2 - Do the Right Thing
1 - sex, lies and videotape
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Reply #11 on: May 28, 2005, 12:40:50 PM
ET
women on the verge of a nervous breakdown
brazil
adventures in babysitting
planes trains and automobiles.
american werewolf in london.
mona lisa
big
raging bull
the killing fields
the decline of the american empire

Yeah, that's 11 in no order and not really the best films of the 80's but I hate threads where you have to list the best, and I always choose to list my favorites. You may agree and you may disagree, and that's fine, but these are my faves from the 80's, arguably one of the worst decades ever. Also, I'm not a big fan of star wars or indiana jones.

Edit: Damnit, forgot about Do The Right Thing, HOW COULD I?!
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Reply #12 on: May 28, 2005, 12:54:04 PM
let's not forget they live or midnight run

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Reply #13 on: May 28, 2005, 01:34:30 PM
Empire Strikes Back
Once Upon a Time in America
Raging Bull
Do the Right Thing
This is Spinal Tap!
Hannah and Her Sisters
Videodrome
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Purple Rain
Batman
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Reply #14 on: May 28, 2005, 01:51:35 PM
1.Back to the Future
2.E.T.
3.Do the Right Thing
4.Raiders of the Lost Ark
5.The Right Stuff
6.The Shining
7.Cinema Paradiso
8.Rain Man
9.The Big Chill
10.Jean De Florette

Honourables:
When Harry Met Sally
Platoon
Blood Simple
Risky Business
Die Hard
The Burbs
Airplane
Spinal Tap
Goonies
Say Anything


Interesting decade. Certainly most difficult to distinguish between 'best' films and films I truly love.
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