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    Posted: June 08 2013 at 21:17
love many of these - The Thing (John Carpentr's peak), Zelig (amazing cinematic achievement), The Fly (wonderful remake, Jeff Goldblum really breaks out as a major talent) - but I think in retrospect it would have to be Crimes and Misdemeanors from this list.

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I dislike much of 80s mainstream cinema with as much passion as I dislike 80s mainstream music. Yet ironically, one of my all time favorite films came out in the 80s: Blade Runner.

Other 80s films I quite like are Hannah and Her Sisters, Moonstruck, A Fish Called Wanda, Aliens, The Terminator, Amadeus, Witness...

I just noticed Stranger Than Paradise is on the list. Great film as well.

As far as world cinema... the French film Diva is one of my all-time favorites... Wim Wenders' masterpiece Wings of Desire surely has to rank near the top; Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring has an awesome epic sweep... Rohmer's films in the 80s were of his usual high quality. Wong Kar-wai made his debut with the electric As Tears Go By (my favorites by him though are Ashes of Time and Chungking Express, both from '94). In China, the so-called Fifth Generation filmmakers began in the 1980s with great films like The Horse Thief, Ju Dou, Yellow Earth, and Red Sorghum. Iranian cinema became a force to be reckoned with, including Abbas Kiarostami's films Homework and Where Is My Friend's House? Almodovar arrived in the 1980s with an insane energy (e.g. Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) that I miss from his later period. Another favorite is Alain Tanner's In the White City, starring Bruno Ganz and set in Portugal.

I'm not all that knowledgeable about Japanese anime, but some of my favorite Studio Ghibli films came out in the 1980s, including Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, and My Neighbor Totoro.


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Blade runner definitely.
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I voted Blade Runner - just barely.
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Toss-up between Blade Runner and The Thing. Thing gets it

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Very, very close between Blade Runner, Raiders, and Blue Velvet, but I think I'll have to just barely give the nod to Blue Velvet.  David Lynch is a creepy genius and his movies are always so bizarre, they're memorable.
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The Thing and Full Metal Jacket are pretty cool Smile however I'm far to have seen all this films Ermm
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no love for the Rumble Fish, it is one of my favourites, very interesting colourwork, and also Dick Tracy is a cult favourite and one of a kind movie
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Originally posted by Logan

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Originally posted by Logan

I liked the Neverending Story too, though the rather similar, but darker The Dark Crystal had more of an impact on me.  When it comes to Wolfgang Peterson films, I'm more of a Das Boot kind of guy, which was the first subtitled film I can remember watching in the theater.


Neverending Story vs Das Boot, great contrast there - but then, most good directors can safely handle different genres, huh?  

I agree, The Dark Crystal I remember with fondness too, also finding it dark. Very dark, but great because of it, not really pulling any punches. The Skeksis were scary, but triumphs in puppetry huh? Frank and Jim, awesome


The Dark Crystal I found really moving -- the way that the Skeksis were the dark half of the Mystics and combined, though I've seen that done in other things was touching.  I showed that to my daughter when she was three, and perhaps it was  a bit scary for her at the time.  When it comes to film, including family ones, I've always been attracted to ones that are quite dark, and often mysterious.  I prefer films such as Spirited Away to films like Aladdin, and when it comes to comedy, i tend to like black comedy.

As for Wolfgand Petersen, yeah he's a versatile director.  Films he's directed are a bit hit and miss for me, so I've never really put him in my pantheon of greats (some other directors of films on display in this poll do make make my great list, including the adult-oriented and my fellow Canadian Cronenberg -- though my favourite directed film of his was definitely Dead Ringers which he partially adapted from a novel unlike some of his original screenplays that he directed.  I just thought of another 80s family oriented fantasy film I loved, Time Bandits.  An 80s family film poll alone would be great.

Yes, I thought so too, a nice touch and handled well. Nice to see the calm, implacable manner with which the Mystics re-joined with them too.  That does sound young, does she love it now though?  Though I also like Aladdin (amusing songs) I also prefer something like the masterful Spirited Away. Love that film.

I brought 'Time Bandits' a few months ago and have to watch it, it's been on the pile of films to watch for a while. You a fan of the 'Fletch' films, at all? (not family of course, but 80s at least!)

Originally posted by Adams Bolero

It's not on the list but my all time favourite 80s film is Wings of Desire.


That's one of mine too.  I almost mentioned that because we have another Wim Wenders film on the list (which I voted for, Paris, Texas). 

Sorry for the personal anecdote, but I once wrote a screenplay partially inspired by that (the female character was based on the leading lady in that), and actually got the chance to pitch it to Francis Ford Coppola, but failed miserably -- nerves overtook me.  At one time in my deluded youth I was an aspiring playwright, screenplay, and teleplay writer, but I grew up to write nonsense posts at PA instead.  And oddly, though the 90s to early 200os I was really arthouse cinema oriented, but I devolved somewhat more to the type of fare that appealed most to me in my childhood (sci-fi and stuff).  I kind of lost  a lot of passion for film when I was in film studies, and now rarely watch any flicks.


Wow, that's amazing - can you tell us anything else about the pitch? That would have been nerve-wracking indeed.
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Originally posted by Morningrise

Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts

Originally posted by Logan

I liked the Neverending Story too, though the rather similar, but darker The Dark Crystal had more of an impact on me.  When it comes to Wolfgang Peterson films, I'm more of a Das Boot kind of guy, which was the first subtitled film I can remember watching in the theater.


Neverending Story vs Das Boot, great contrast there - but then, most good directors can safely handle different genres, huh?  
 

I agree, The Dark Crystal I remember with fondness too, also finding it dark. Very dark, but great because of it, not really pulling any punches. The Skeksis were scary, but triumphs in puppetry huh? Frank and Jim, awesome
 
 
And what do you guys think of Labyrinth? Personally, I loved that film when I was a kid. But recently I watched it again and I found Bowie's acting sometimes irritating. Still a great movie, though.
 
Concerning 80's adventure/fantasy films, I've been meaning to watch Ridley Scott's Legend, starring Tom Cruise. Is it any good as these films or not? 


I think Bowie did a fairly good job, not great, but I know what you mean. I do like it, even with the songs Wink Another memorable film. I remember being mezmerised by the crystal ball!
I've also not seen 'Legend' though I once owned it, sold it for some reason. Tom Cruise, maybe? Will view it one day I think
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Originally posted by aginor

ET could prbably (most logicaly) knips with its finger and make the Thing dissapear without a scratch,, im rooting for ET in that battle even if the Thing probably is more frighting looking and fear indusing, i think ET have more power and could easly (like i said) with a flick of the finger make the Thing evaporate on the blink of an eye.
 
 
Not if I directed it myself.


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ET could prbably (most logicaly) knips with its finger and make the Thing dissapear without a scratch,, im rooting for ET in that battle even if the Thing probably is more frighting looking and fear indusing, i think ET have more power and could easly (like i said) with a flick of the finger make the Thing evaporate on the blink of an eye.

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Originally posted by Morningrise

 
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I was expecting to see some loathing for Steven Spielberg's films. I'm glad I was wrong. ET with 2 votes and Raiders with one vote and three mentions.
 
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I never could stand ET
 
There we go LOL 
 
 
Can't stand it either. I would love to watch a movie with ET and the Thing in it, resulting in some more bloodshedEvil Smile
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Originally posted by thellama73

Originally posted by Morningrise

Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts

Originally posted by Logan

I liked the Neverending Story too, though the rather similar, but darker The Dark Crystal had more of an impact on me.  When it comes to Wolfgang Peterson films, I'm more of a Das Boot kind of guy, which was the first subtitled film I can remember watching in the theater.


Neverending Story vs Das Boot, great contrast there - but then, most good directors can safely handle different genres, huh?  
 

I agree, The Dark Crystal I remember with fondness too, also finding it dark. Very dark, but great because of it, not really pulling any punches. The Skeksis were scary, but triumphs in puppetry huh? Frank and Jim, awesome
 
 
And what do you guys think of Labyrinth? Personally, I loved that film when I was a kid. But recently I watched it again and I found Bowie's acting sometimes irritating. Still a great movie, though.
 
Concerning 80's adventure/fantasy films, I've been meaning to watch Ridley Scott's Legend, starring Tom Cruise. Is it any good as these films or not? 


I watched it again recently, and I still love it. Sure, the songs are kind of bad and the acting is hammy, but it's a fun, creative movie with a huge nostalgia factor for me.


I enjoyed Labyrinth when I saw it as a teenager, but didn't love it.  It didn't make a big impression on me.  I've only caught some of it subsequently on TV.  There are other films with Bowie that I enjoyed much more.  As for Legend, I have seen it on TV, not for many years), but it didn't resonate with me at the time, nor have I found it that memorable.
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Originally posted by Morningrise

Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts

Originally posted by Logan

I liked the Neverending Story too, though the rather similar, but darker The Dark Crystal had more of an impact on me.  When it comes to Wolfgang Peterson films, I'm more of a Das Boot kind of guy, which was the first subtitled film I can remember watching in the theater.


Neverending Story vs Das Boot, great contrast there - but then, most good directors can safely handle different genres, huh?  
 

I agree, The Dark Crystal I remember with fondness too, also finding it dark. Very dark, but great because of it, not really pulling any punches. The Skeksis were scary, but triumphs in puppetry huh? Frank and Jim, awesome
 
 
And what do you guys think of Labyrinth? Personally, I loved that film when I was a kid. But recently I watched it again and I found Bowie's acting sometimes irritating. Still a great movie, though.
 
Concerning 80's adventure/fantasy films, I've been meaning to watch Ridley Scott's Legend, starring Tom Cruise. Is it any good as these films or not? 


I watched it again recently, and I still love it. Sure, the songs are kind of bad and the acting is hammy, but it's a fun, creative movie with a huge nostalgia factor for me.
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Originally posted by Morningrise

Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts

Originally posted by Logan

I liked the Neverending Story too, though the rather similar, but darker The Dark Crystal had more of an impact on me.  When it comes to Wolfgang Peterson films, I'm more of a Das Boot kind of guy, which was the first subtitled film I can remember watching in the theater.


Neverending Story vs Das Boot, great contrast there - but then, most good directors can safely handle different genres, huh?  
 

I agree, The Dark Crystal I remember with fondness too, also finding it dark. Very dark, but great because of it, not really pulling any punches. The Skeksis were scary, but triumphs in puppetry huh? Frank and Jim, awesome
 
 
And what do you guys think of Labyrinth? Personally, I loved that film when I was a kid. But recently I watched it again and I found Bowie's acting sometimes irritating. Still a great movie, though.
 
Concerning 80's adventure/fantasy films, I've been meaning to watch Ridley Scott's Legend, starring Tom Cruise. Is it any good as these films or not? 
 
 Legend is a hard one to judge. I can see why someone might love it. I can see why someone might hate it. It's very atmospheric but not what you might call moody. Its a fairy tale and has a clear fairy tale vibe. Darker and more serious than Labyrinth but not as dark or serious as Pans Labyrinth.  I personally like it a lot. Any fantasy fan should watch it. Anyone at prog archives should watch it (cept those few that don't like TD or J. Anderson).
 
 Btw I'm a huge Dark Crystal fan.

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Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts

Originally posted by Logan

I liked the Neverending Story too, though the rather similar, but darker The Dark Crystal had more of an impact on me.  When it comes to Wolfgang Peterson films, I'm more of a Das Boot kind of guy, which was the first subtitled film I can remember watching in the theater.


Neverending Story vs Das Boot, great contrast there - but then, most good directors can safely handle different genres, huh?  

I agree, The Dark Crystal I remember with fondness too, also finding it dark. Very dark, but great because of it, not really pulling any punches. The Skeksis were scary, but triumphs in puppetry huh? Frank and Jim, awesome


The Dark Crystal I found really moving -- the way that the Skeksis were the dark half of the Mystics and combined, though I've seen that done in other things was touching.  I showed that to my daughter when she was three, and perhaps it was  a bit scary for her at the time.  When it comes to film, including family ones, I've always been attracted to ones that are quite dark, and often mysterious.  I prefer films such as Spirited Away to films like Aladdin, and when it comes to comedy, i tend to like black comedy.

As for Wolfgand Petersen, yeah he's a versatile director.  Films he's directed are a bit hit and miss for me, so I've never really put him in my pantheon of greats (some other directors of films on display in this poll do make make my great list, including the adult-oriented and my fellow Canadian Cronenberg -- though my favourite directed film of his was definitely Dead Ringers which he partially adapted from a novel unlike some of his original screenplays that he directed.  I just thought of another 80s family oriented fantasy film I loved, Time Bandits.  An 80s family film poll alone would be great.



Originally posted by Adams Bolero

It's not on the list but my all time favourite 80s film is Wings of Desire.


That's one of mine too.  I almost mentioned that because we have another Wim Wenders film on the list (which I voted for, Paris, Texas). 

Sorry for the personal anecdote, but I once wrote a screenplay partially inspired by that (the female character was based on the leading lady in that), and actually got the chance to pitch it to Francis Ford Coppola, but failed miserably -- nerves overtook me.  At one time in my deluded youth I was an aspiring playwright, screenplay, and teleplay writer, but I grew up to write nonsense posts at PA instead.  And oddly, though the 90s to early 200os I was really arthouse cinema oriented, but I devolved somewhat more to the type of fare that appealed most to me in my childhood (sci-fi and stuff).  I kind of lost  a lot of passion for film when I was in film studies, and now rarely watch any flicks.
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