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1980s Challenge (June 2018)

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Post by 72allinncallme » May 28th, 2018, 8:57 pm

The 1980s Challenge
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Goal:
Watch as many movies from the 1980s as possible (from June 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018).

Rules:
- All movies from 1980-1989 are eligble.
- A feature film (anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches allowed.


Stuck for ideas of what to watch? Look no further:

Official iCM list:
1980s (IMDB)

Unofficial iCM lists
iCM Forum's Favourite Movies of the 1980s Top 250
Taschen's movies of the 80's
Paste Magazine's 80 Best Movies of the 1980s

50 Furious Films: The 1980s
Total Film's Best Movies of the 80s
The Most Popular Movies From the 80s (IMDB)


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Post by 3eyes » May 28th, 2018, 9:43 pm

Just about my unfavorite decade. but I've got a little list. In.
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Post by maxwelldeux » May 28th, 2018, 9:55 pm

I mean, I was born in the 1980s and my birthday is in June. So I'm in. (Plus, you know, it's an official challenge and whatnot.)

[Side note: I'm going to be working on 1982 for this challenge so I can post more in the Birth Year Challenge thread.]

Also, I don't know of a more efficient way to do this, but here's links for Unchecked movies from each of the 10 years, sorted by # of official lists:

1980: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... ear%3A1980
1981: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... ear%3A1981
1982: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... ear%3A1982
1983: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... ear%3A1983
1984: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... ear%3A1984
1985: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... ear%3A1985
1986: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... ear%3A1986
1987: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... ear%3A1987
1988: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... ear%3A1988
1989: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... ear%3A1989

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Post by peeptoad » May 28th, 2018, 10:23 pm

maxwelldeux on May 28 2018, 03:55:49 PM wrote:
[Side note: I'm going to be working on 1982 for this challenge so I can post more in the Birth Year Challenge thread.]
this looks cool... thanks for the heads-up.

And, 72allinncallme, that pic is perfect. :thumbsup:

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Post by 72allinncallme » May 29th, 2018, 11:07 am

maxwelldeux on May 28 2018, 03:55:49 PM wrote:Also, I don't know of a more efficient way to do this, but here's links for Unchecked movies from each of the 10 years, sorted by # of official lists:

Thanks! Will add it to the OP when I get home :thumbsup:


peeptoad on wrote:And, 72allinncallme, that pic is perfect. :thumbsup:
I spend some time watching my favorite 80s movie, Tuff Turf looking for good pictures to take a screenshot of. So much that I rewatched the whole thing :wub: . The screenshot (and the movie) screams 1980s :lol:
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Post by India Istanbul » May 30th, 2018, 1:19 am

I'm in. Do TV shows count?

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Post by 72allinncallme » May 30th, 2018, 4:52 am

India Istanbul on May 29 2018, 07:19:34 PM wrote:I'm in. Do TV shows count?

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Yes :)

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Post by Knaldskalle » May 30th, 2018, 5:47 pm

I'm in. Will probably not do much, it's not a favorite period of mine (remember it too well, I suspect).
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Post by India Istanbul » May 30th, 2018, 8:10 pm

72allinncallme on May 29 2018, 10:52:02 PM wrote:
India Istanbul on May 29 2018, 07:19:34 PM wrote:I'm in. Do TV shows count?

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Yes :)
Thank you so much! Beauty and the Beast and thirtysomething, here I come!

I'm looking forward to this challenge. Thank you for hosting.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » May 30th, 2018, 8:38 pm

Flash! Ah-ahhh!....

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...the awesome 80's. Definitely in!

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Post by VincentPrice » May 31st, 2018, 5:50 pm

Sure

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Post by shugs » May 31st, 2018, 8:26 pm

I'm in though I don't think I will be able to watch too many movies. Busy month.

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Post by jeroeno » May 31st, 2018, 8:45 pm

I'll play.


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Post by jdidaco » June 1st, 2018, 6:24 am

In. Thanks for hosting, 72.

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Post by VincentPrice » June 1st, 2018, 7:42 am

1. Humanoids from the Deep-1980: 9/10 (rewatch)

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Post by shugs » June 1st, 2018, 7:41 pm

1. Stand and Deliver (Ramon Menendez, 1988) - 7/10
Classic story of how a high school teacher inspires his students to become better. I think this may be the first movie to tackle this subject, but I am not sure. Great performance from Edward James Olmos.

2. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984) - 8/10
Beautifully shot and acted, but the characters felt a little bit unnatural and over-dramatic for my tastes.

3. Hoosiers (David Anspaugh, 1986) - 7.5/10
Another underdog sports team story. Suffers a little bit from the cliches of the genre, but the flawed characters, the way it was shot and Jerry Goldsmith's music make this movie feel like a more personal and intimate experience. Also my 2500th check. :D
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Post by maxwelldeux » June 1st, 2018, 10:36 pm

1. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

My first thought before watching this was "They drag a boat up a hill?!?" My second thought was "Well, Werner Herzog, so..." And I ended up really liking it. The plot description is generally terrible, but it all makes sense in context. Beautiful scenery and excellent (as expected) tension build throughout. Enjoyable watch, and didn't feel at all long even after 2.5 hours.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » June 2nd, 2018, 1:46 am

maxwelldeux on Jun 1 2018, 04:36:53 PM wrote:1. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

My first thought before watching this was "They drag a boat up a hill?!?" My second thought was "Well, Werner Herzog, so..." And I ended up really liking it. The plot description is generally terrible, but it all makes sense in context. Beautiful scenery and excellent (as expected) tension build throughout. Enjoyable watch, and didn't feel at all long even after 2.5 hours.
Les Blank made Burden of Dreams, an excellent film about the making of Fitzcarraldo that is worth seeking out. The two movies really enhance each other and make a great double feature. Burden of Dreams was also released in 1982.

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Post by 3eyes » June 2nd, 2018, 2:15 am

1. Zan Boko (Burkina Faso 88) - Double
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shugs on Jun 1 2018, 01:41:26 PM wrote:3. Hoosiers (David Anspaugh, 1986) - 7.5/10
Another underdog sports team story. Suffers a little bit from the cliches of the genre, but the flawed characters, the way it was shot and Jerry Goldsmith's music make this movie feel like a more personal and intimate experience. Also my 2500th check. :D
I can testify that that's exactly how Elkhart High made it to the semifinals in 19-aught-52.
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Post by jdidaco » June 2nd, 2018, 3:03 am

1. 44 aw Oustourat al layl/44 ou les récits de la nuit (Forty-four, or Bedtime Stories, Moumen Smihi, 1985) 9/10
2. Sarikat Sayfeya (Summer Thefts, Yousry Nasrallah, 1988) 9/10

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Post by frbrown » June 2nd, 2018, 3:23 am

1. The Return of Godzilla (1984)
2. The Mean Season (1985)
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Post by sol » June 2nd, 2018, 1:19 pm

1. Risky Business (1983)

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This comedy features several memorable dreamlike and dream sequences with striking images that are hard to forget. Tangerine Dream also provides perfectly moody music, and of course Tom Cruise rocking out in his underwear has become iconic. The plot is messy though and feels a lot like random episodes loosely strung together, especially since it takes place over many days rather a single crazy night a la After Hours or Adventures in Babysitting.
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Post by peeptoad » June 2nd, 2018, 2:24 pm

*rewatch

1. The Shining (1980) 9*

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Post by Simba63 » June 2nd, 2018, 3:47 pm

1. Heritage Africa (1989) - 6/10

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Post by sol » June 2nd, 2018, 4:05 pm

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2. All the Right Moves (1983)

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As someone who watches Scream on a yearly basis, for me this will forever be that film that Sid and friend talking about renting so that they can see Tom Cruise's member. I also have a friend who likes the film a lot (possibly for the same reason??) and I haven't seen him in ages, so I guess we'll have something to talk about when I next run into him. I did not, however, pause the DVD to check out if is true about seeing his stuff. I wonder if he'll ask.

This film features scattered beautiful images (see above or better quality jpg). Tom Cruise also has a couple of solid moments and memorable lines ("maybe the scoreboard doesn't show it, but we won that game"). However, it is hard to care for his first world problems like a girlfriend who refuses to put out and a best friend entering fatherhood. His friends are even less interesting and their shenanigans are tiresome. The biggest issue though is that the town never seems like that bad a place to live in, so it is hard to sympathise with his desire to leave.
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Post by Mochard » June 2nd, 2018, 6:02 pm

1. Always (1989) - 6/10

My 25th Spielberg movie gets this challenge started. Pretty average movie in my opinion.
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Post by India Istanbul » June 2nd, 2018, 6:32 pm

1. Star 80 10/10
2. Purple Rain 4/10
3. The Return of the Living Dead 8/10
4. Thirtysomething, Season 1, Pilot
5. Thirtysomething, Season, 1, The Parents Are Coming, The Parents Are Coming
6. Thirtysomething, Season 1, Housewarming
7. Thirtysomething, Season 1, Couples
8. Thirtysomething, Season 1, But Not For Me
9. Thirtysomething, Season 1, We Gather Together

Total: 9 Points

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 2nd, 2018, 7:17 pm

2. Laser Mission (1989)

This movie exists. Brandon Lee tries really hard to act handsome. It's an official check. And that concludes any positivity about this one.

3. Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

My wife ruined her childhood with this one. And it is a little funny to see McDreamy playing a nerd role, and Malachi (sp?) from Children of the Corn playing not a crazy person.

4. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Thanks to psychotronicbeatnik for this recommendation - definitely makes a huge difference watching this immediately after watching Fitzcarraldo. This was a cool behind-the-scenes look at the filming and production of Fitzcarraldo. Weird politics and logistical challenges. It blew my mind that they used three boats.
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » June 2nd, 2018, 8:57 pm

maxwelldeux on Jun 2 2018, 01:17:12 PM wrote:2. Laser Mission (1989)

This movie exists. Brandon Lee tries really hard to act handsome. It's an official check. And that concludes any positivity about this one.

3. Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

My wife ruined her childhood with this one. And it is a little funny to see McDreamy playing a nerd role, and Malachi (sp?) from Children of the Corn playing not a crazy person.

4. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Thanks to psychotronicbeatnik for this recommendation - definitely makes a huge difference watching this immediately after watching Fitzcarraldo. This was a cool behind-the-scenes look at the filming and production of Fitzcarraldo. Weird politics and logistical challenges. It blew my mind that they used three boats.
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2. Laser Mission (1989)
3. Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
4. Burden of Dreams (1982)
Glad to see you watched Burden of Dreams and it held up to my claims for it. I find it hard to watch either of these films without immediately watching the other one.

I can't remember if Blank or Herzog tells this story in Burden of Dreams or not, but Herzog bet Errol Morris that he would eat his shoe if Morris ever finished making Gates of Heaven. Blank filmed the result of the bet and released it as Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. I love Herzog's craziness - and the films it has gotten made.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » June 2nd, 2018, 8:59 pm

1. Flash Gordon (1980) Mike Hodges / Rating: 8
2. Yaaba (1989, Burkina Faso) Idrissa Ouedraogo / Rating: 9
3. RoboVampire (1988) Godfrey Ho / FTV / Rating: 7
4. A Room With a View (1985) James Ivory / Rating: 10
5. Brazil (1985) Terry Gilliam / Rating: 9
6. Star Knight (1985) Fernando Colomo / FTV / Rating: 6
7. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) Julien Temple / FTV / Rating: 5
Flash! Ah-AHHHHH!Show
1. Flash Gordon (1980) Mike Hodges / Rating: 8
2. Yaaba (1989, Burkina Faso) Idrissa Ouedraogo / Rating: 9
3. RoboVampire (1988) Godfrey Ho / FTV / Rating: 7
4. A Room With a View (1985) James Ivory / Rating: 10
5. Brazil (1985) Terry Gilliam / Rating: 9
6. Star Knight (1985) Fernando Colomo / FTV / Rating: 6
7. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) Julien Temple / FTV / Rating: 5

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 2nd, 2018, 9:07 pm

psychotronicbeatnik on Jun 2 2018, 02:57:28 PM wrote:Glad to see you watched Burden of Dreams and it held up to my claims for it. I find it hard to watch either of these films without immediately watching the other one.

I can't remember if Blank or Herzog tells this story in Burden of Dreams or not, but Herzog bet Errol Morris that he would eat his shoe if Morris ever finished making Gates of Heaven. Blank filmed the result of the bet and released it as Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. I love Herzog's craziness - and the films it has gotten made.

:cheers:
I have noticed Werner Herzog Eat His Show on lists before, but had zero clue as to the context - that's hilarious. Gates of Heaven was sadly hilarious. I'm going to have to track down the Shoe...

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Post by 72allinncallme » June 2nd, 2018, 10:39 pm

1. So Is This (1983)
2. Wu Lang ba gua gun (1984)
3. Dans la ville blanche (1983)
4. Deprisa, deprisa (1981)
5. Angano... Angano... (1989)

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Post by VincentPrice » June 3rd, 2018, 1:35 am

2. The Being-1983: 10/10 (rewatch)
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Post by 3eyes » June 3rd, 2018, 2:09 am

2. Ganashatru / An enemy of the people (India 89)

Satyajit Ray's take on Ibsen. Doctor discovers holy water in temple is polluted, setting up a science vs religion conflict which I don't think was present in the original. Ending different as well, but it all seems very contemporary.
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » June 3rd, 2018, 2:31 am

maxwelldeux on Jun 2 2018, 03:07:22 PM wrote:
psychotronicbeatnik on Jun 2 2018, 02:57:28 PM wrote:Glad to see you watched Burden of Dreams and it held up to my claims for it. I find it hard to watch either of these films without immediately watching the other one.

I can't remember if Blank or Herzog tells this story in Burden of Dreams or not, but Herzog bet Errol Morris that he would eat his shoe if Morris ever finished making Gates of Heaven. Blank filmed the result of the bet and released it as Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. I love Herzog's craziness - and the films it has gotten made.

:cheers:
I have noticed Werner Herzog Eat His Show on lists before, but had zero clue as to the context - that's hilarious. Gates of Heaven was sadly hilarious. I'm going to have to track down the Shoe...
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe is on the Criterion release of Burden of Dreams and possibly Gates of Heaven as well. It's a 20 minute short.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » June 3rd, 2018, 2:34 am

8. Space Mutiny (1988, South Africa) David Winters, Neal Sundstrom / FTV / Rating: 7

And in competition for the June Master of Maniacal Laughter award, Mr. John Phillip Law:
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Flash! Ah-AHHHHH!Show
1. Flash Gordon (1980) Mike Hodges / Rating: 8
2. Yaaba (1989, Burkina Faso) Idrissa Ouedraogo / Rating: 9
3. RoboVampire (1988) Godfrey Ho / FTV / Rating: 7
4. A Room With a View (1985) James Ivory / Rating: 10
5. Brazil (1985) Terry Gilliam / Rating: 9
6. Star Knight (1985) Fernando Colomo / FTV / Rating: 6
7. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) Julien Temple / FTV / Rating: 5
8. Space Mutiny (1988, South Africa) David Winters, Neal Sundstrom / FTV / Rating: 7

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Post by jdidaco » June 3rd, 2018, 3:38 am

3. Voice Over (Christopher Monger, 1983) 8.5/10
4. Thames Film (William Raban, 1987) 10/10 (l)

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Post by Mate_cosido » June 3rd, 2018, 4:20 am

1. Visages de femmes - Faces of Women (1985, Désiré Ecaré)

2. Paradaisu byû - Paradise View (1985, Go Takamine)

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Post by sol » June 3rd, 2018, 5:03 am

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1. Risky Business (1983)
2. All the Right Moves (1983)
3a. The Last Prom (1980) 24min +
3b. T.G.: Psychic Rally in Heaven (1981) 8min +
3c. Mondo Elvis (1984) 28min = 60mins

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Psychic Rally in Heaven was just random and annoying (unpleasant on both the eyes and the ears). The Last Prom was slightly more tolerable - a bit of an odd 'educational' film that tries to caution teens against both drunk driving and sneaking off during prom to engage in carnal knowledge. There are some really innovative dissolve edits in the mix, but it is a pretty didactic (and poorly acted) affair. Mondo Elvis, a brief documentary about Elvis fans saddened by his death, was the best of the these three shorts. Interesting people interviewed with some curious stories shared (some have legally changed their name to Elvis Presley; one impersonator compares himself to a sermon priest), plus an insight into a really oddball actual political campaign to get congress to pass a National Elvis Day.
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