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My Favorite: Movies: 1988

1988 in retrospect doesn’t seem to shape up as a great year for great films, but oh boy am I missing seeing some very highly rated movies.  Still a lot of the comedies from that year are ones I think back about and still find very funny.  I need to rewatch a bunch of them.

HAVE SEEN: Die Hard, Scrooged, Beetlejuice, Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Coming to America, Big, Cinema Paradiso, Heathers, Cocktail, They Live, Young Guns, A Fish Called Wanda, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, Midnight Run, Twins, Stand and Deliver, Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsThe Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Last Temptation of Christ, Working Girl, Bull Durham, Colors, Mystic Pizza, Funny Farm, Frantic, Earth Girls Are Easy, Tucker: The Man and His DreamMy Stepmother Is an Alien, Alien Nation, Eight Men Out, The Presidio, Talk Radio, Action Jackson, Married to the Mob, Masquerade, Punchline, 1969, Moon Over Parador

HAVE NOT: Willow, Mississippi BurningDangerous LiaisonsThe Unbearable Lightness of Being, Dead Ringers, The Accused, Two Moon Junction, A Cry in the Dark, The Vanishing, She’s Having a BabyWomen on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, School Daze, High Spirits, Big Top Pee-wee, Bird, Gorillas in the Mist, Biloxi Blues, Bright Lights, Big City; Tapeheads


  1.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  2. Big
  3. Beetlejuice
  4. Midnight Run
  5. Die Hard
  6. Bull Durham
  7. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
  8. Heathers
  9. A Fish Called Wanda
  10. Scrooged
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My Favorite: Movies: 1984

1984 has special connotations due to the George Orwell novel.  It was the year Ronald Reagan won his “Morning in America” reelection to the United States Presidency.  I bet there were some editorial cartoons that year linking the two.

It was also the year the Oakland Los Angeles Raiders beat the Washington Redskins (I live in the DC general area now; I still wish the football team would change its name) – a game that sealed my fandom of the Raiders and doomed me to many recent years of misery as they’ve fallen into deep ineptitude.  But that game was tremendous.  With seven seconds left in the first half, Jack Squirek intercepted a Redskin screen pass for a touchdown. Then the most amazing run by Marcus Allen:

None of which I guess has too much to do with movies but it’s nice for me to vary how I write each of the posts in this series. First off let’s go to IMDB to refresh my memory of what movies from 1984 I’ve seen and which ones I missed.

HAVE SEEN: Gremlins, Beverly Hills Cop, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Footloose, Splash, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Romancing the Stone, The NaturalBachelor Party, Terminator, A Nightmare on Elm StreetMoscow on the HudsonSixteen Candles, Blame it on Rio, Ghostbusters, Swing Shift, Once Upon a Time in AmericaThis Is Spinal Tap, Blood Simple, Amadeus, The Flamingo Kid, All Of Me, Red DawnThe Philadelphia ExperimentThe Last StarfighterTop Secret!, Body Double, Starman, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension,

HAVE NOT: Police Academy, Revenge of the Nerds, The Killing Fields, Dune, A Passage to India, The Cotton Club, The Woman in Red, Against All Odds, A Soldier’s Story, Firestarter, LassiterSupergirl, Broadway Danny Rose, The River, The Bounty, Country, 1984, The Little Drummer Girl, Racing with the Moon, The Razor’s Edge, Hotel New Hampshire, The Brother from Another PlanetThe Pope of Greenwich Village, Dreamscape, Johnny DangerouslyThe Ice PiratesGive My Regards to Broad StreetParis, TexasThe NeverEnding StoryRepo ManPurple RainStranger Than ParadiseNight of the CometRacing with the MoonImpulse


There are a lot of good movies that year.  My sentimental favorite is Ghostbusters which also happens to be a very funny comedy.  The Natural is also a movie I remember very fondly — I saw it while I was in high school and as much as I liked the movie, I also loved debating the meaning of it with just about everyone. I had also read the the 1952 novel it was based on.  Hollywood of course, tweaked the story towards a more happy ending (but then again I do wonder if the last shot of the movie is actually Roy Hobbs in heaven, having died hitting the winning home run).


  1. Ghostbusters
  2. Once Upon a Time in America
  3. The Natural
  4. Gremlins
  5. This Is Spinal Tap
  6. Blood Simple
  7. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
  8. Romancing the Stone
  9.  Splash
  10. Starman
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