Thursday, December 15, 2005

Filmic

At our work Christmas dinner we discussed the issues of the day, including the thorny question of: Were Any Great Films Made In The Eighties?

Oo, what about Alien?

1979.

No way! Seriously? Alright then, how about Aliens?

Yeah, Aliens was good, but not great.

What about Apocalypse Now?

Was that made in the 80s?

Yes. No. Don't know*.

There was The Godfather.

Seventies.

Alright then, Goodfellas.

Nineties.

Oo, Blade Runner.

(general nods of agreement)

Oo, Stand By Me.

(general nods of agreement)

Oh, and that one with those kids walking along that railway track.

That *is* Stand By Me.

(long silence)

That's it, isn't it. Two films. Crap decade.


* 1979, as it turns out.

29 comments:

Wyndham said...

There's always the Police Academy series.

surly girl said...

i love stand by me. i would find it difficult to describe Just How Much I Love stand by me.

um, working girl?

GreatSheElephant said...

notes Anglo American focus. David Lynch?

Were there no good Fassbinder films in the 80s? What about Bergman? Wasn't Almodovar getting going round then?

nibus said...

Ahh come on now - The Shining, American Werewolf in London, Scarface, Amadeus, My Beautiful Laundrette, Withnail & I, Subway, Akira, Smokey & The Bandit 3...

Kellycat said...

Can I put forward The Goonies?

My cousin Tom was an extra in the first Police Academy film.

LC said...

Steve Guttenberg, star of the Police Academmy series, is interviewed in today's Metro, and he really comes off sounding like a total twat.

Also: Wierd Science.

LC said...

I do know how to spell academy, btw, I'm just hungover for some reason today.

GreatSheElephant said...

I have nothing at all to add but just wish to say that my verification word is onion and that's too good to waste

Pashmina said...

I have a feeling that "the films of John Hughes" don't count. Neither do "the films of Merchant-Ivory" (mind you one or two of those were quite good if you like that sort of thing)

Erm...
Spinal Tap, Fanny & Alexander, Cinema Paradiso, Hannah & her Sisters, Raging Bull (not my kind of film but I know it's considered "great" in many quarters), Platoon (ditto)... I'll stop now.

I suppose it depends on your definition of great, really.

surly girl said...

lc - but you don't know how to spell "weird".

*retires to pedant's corner*

Jack Spanners said...

I'll second American Werewolf in London and throw in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Wyndham said...

Loads of good suggestions there. Werewolf, Spinal Tap, Bueller, Withnail, Akira - Blue Velvet. Anything with shoulder-pads and big hair. Although I'd swap Wall Street for Platoon any day.

entropy said...

The Princess Bride. Now there is a great film.

Empire Strikes Back was 1980.

Kellycat said...

Aah, The Princess Bride. What a waste of Billy Crystal.

Which leads me to When Harry Met Sally, which I believe was 1989 and is one of my favourite films EVER, and I still cry at the end.

Konrad said...

I liked the Gremlins (for entertainment), poor little Gizmo.
This was 1984, I was 15 years old. Sheesh.

patroclus said...

Nice work all. I can't believe I forgot Withnail & I - doh.

GSE: Were there no good Fassbinder films in the 80s? What about Bergman? Wasn't Almodovar getting going round then? Umm, you appear to have mistaken my work colleagues and me for sophisticated, cultured types.

Pash: mind you one or two of those were quite good if you like that sort of thing Which wouldn't apply to us of course, now, would it? (Cough)

belladona said...

Labyrinth was in the eighties! What? It's not a good film? I shall fight you all to the death etc etc.

Gccec - Having failed miserably to get off with the letter m, word verification turns to c instead.

Jack Spanners said...

Then there's the Back to the Future trilogy. And was Big the '80s? The toy store piano scene is one of my favourite film moments.

surly girl said...

ah, big.

i used to love when harry met thing but i watched it again recently and found it unbearably smug.

i love labyrinth too. um, i mean, small person does....

Kyahgirl said...

How about Ghostbusters? was that the 80's?

longcat said...

the empire strikes back & return of the jedi...

blue velvet (really great, but i'm following someone's david lynch suggestion)

definitely the shining

what about the blues brothers?

x

Kyahgirl said...

Oh, oh, I forgot...
The Gods Must be Crazy.
I loved that film. One of the funniest I've ever seen.

Mike said...

Once you've waded through the list which includeds turkeys like Smokey and the Bandit 3, it seems that the eighties really did represent a blip in great film making. But then consider the Back to the Future films, particularly 1 and 2 and ET. Not to everyone's taste of course but great films all the same.

Smat said...

and we can't forget Another Country, which a friend made her husband sit throught by promising him it was all about spies.

Urban Chick said...

me, i am pleading 'pretty in pink' and 'the breakfast club'

ok, bottom line: i am pleading the molly ringwald pout factor

that OK?

Pashmina said...

Ohhhh Another Country. Oh yes.
*cough*
Sorry.
In related news, a very kind friend has just sent me a DVD box set of The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Weird Science. Result!

patroclus said...

*apoplectic fit of coughing*

The good lady Tabby Rabbit and I went in search of The Breakfast Club in Blockbuster the other night, but we had to settle for St Elmo's Fire instead. God, those people were easily pleased. I mean the cute one who disappeared without trace was apparently insanely in love with the Ally Sheedy one for TWO YEARS, but then seemed perfectly satisfied with one quick shag before she decided to ditch him *and* the Judd Nelson one. And the blonde one who hasn't worked since, and who was inexplicably in love with Rob Lowe and his dodgy sunglasses/legwarmers/gold tinsel tie/saxophone combo, was equally happy to get a quick shag off him before he buggered off to California.

Hrrr, if only real life was that simple, eh?

greta said...

How about Beetlejuice? Brazil? Paris, Texas? Raising Arizona? Ummm... Gregory's Girl?... Anybody?

Also seconding and thirding Spinal Tap, Withnail, Labyrinth and what UC said.

entropy said...

Didn't "the cute one who disappeared without trace" turn up in (Steven King's) Kingdom Hospital, looking not much older?