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Swing Shift (1984): Underrated Classic with Caveats

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 12, 2021

Aside from films actually produced during the war years, I’m not sure if I can think of a film that highlights the homefront to the degree of Swing Shift. The soundtrack is also perfectly antiquated (sans Carly Simon) fitting the era and mood to add another definite dimension. It effectively t read more

DUNE (1984)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 11, 2021

 Arrow Video has released a new Blu-ray special edition of the notorious 1984 film adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel DUNE. That is the impetus for this post. There are plenty of people who hate DUNE. Most folks consider it to be too weird, or incomprehensible. (Ironically, hardcore fans read more

Stranger Than Paradise (1984) and Jim Jarmusch

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 25, 2021

One of the most revelatory aspects about becoming more familiar with Jim Jarmusch is how international his films are. At the very least, there’s this sense of them putting a lens to a broader cross-section of society. He is unequivocally American, but whether it’s because he’s a c read more

THE 6TH ANNUAL FAVOURITE TV SHOW EPISODE BLOGATHON: Magnum, P.I., Holmes is Where the Heart Is, 1984

Caftan Woman Posted by on Mar 20, 2020

Terence Towles Canote is hosting The 6th Annual Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon. This is one of my top favourites of the annual blogathons and I am looking forward to all of the contributions to be found HERE. Holmes Is Where the Heart Is Written by Judy Burns and Jay Huguely Directed by read more

Interrogation (2020) s01e04 – L.A. County Psychologist Marjorie Thompson vs. Eric Fisher 1984

The Stop Button Posted by on Feb 22, 2020

One of the few benefits of watching “Interrogation” in a non-linear fashion is initially missing out on certain trope episodes, like this one. This one is the trial, with a very poorly exposited look at Kyle Gallner’s trip through the criminal justice system as a minor. Albeit as a thirty-four read more

C.H.U.D. (1984, Douglas Cheek)

The Stop Button Posted by on Dec 18, 2019

The only name I recognized during C.H.U.D.’s opening titles—after the more obvious names in the cast—was casting director Bonnie Timmermann. Timmermann’s an A tier casting director; C.H.U.D. is a B movie with a lower A movie cast (I mean, John Heard and Daniel Stern are both capable of fine read more

Overnight Sensation (1984)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 14, 2019

US / 28 minutes / color / Bloom Dir & Pr: Jon N. Bloom Scr: Craig Buck Story: “The Colonel’s Lady” (1947; Creatures of Circumstance) by W. Somerset Maugham Cine: James Glennon Cast: Robert Loggia, Louise Fletcher, Shari Belafonte-Harper, Parley Baer, Lee Garlington, Vincent Guastaferro, Ed read more

Paris, Texas (1984)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 4, 2019

It occurs to me only someone with an outsider’s perspective would choose to make this movie, which is void of any typical Hollywood flair. No American would have thought in a million years to cast Harry Dean Stanton (a lifelong character actor) and Dean Stockwell (an all but forgotten child st read more

It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984, Bill Melendez and Sam Jaimes)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 16, 2018

It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown has to be seen to be believed… but also doesn’t need to be seen at all. The special is a Peanuts-riff on… Flashdance. Like, Snoopy saw Flashdance and has become inspired to go out dancing until dawn every night. Meanwhile the Peanuts kids are into dancing read more

1984

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 6, 2018

(1984) Written and directed by Michael Radford; Based on the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell; Starring: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack and Gregor Fisher; Available on DVD Rating: **** “Winston, you were thinking that my face is old and tired read more

snapshot: Johnny Dangerously (1984)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Oct 10, 2018

US / 90 minutes / color with some bw / Edgewood, TCF Dir: Amy Heckerling Pr: Michael Hertzberg Scr: Norman Steinberg, Bernie Kukoff, Harry Colomby, Jeff Harris Cine: David M. Walsh Cast: Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle, Griffin Dunne, Glynnis O’Connor, Dom read more

On Blu-ray: Helen Slater and Faye Dunaway in Supergirl (1984)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Sep 14, 2018

The 1984 production of Supergirl has always felt like a missed opportunity to me. It has its moments, but suffers from a weak script and story. However, though it was a box office and critical bomb upon its release, it will nevertheless forever be a showcase for Helen Slater’s charming first s read more

Say “Cheese” 012 – The Train Killer (1984)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Apr 16, 2018

This past Christmas my son got me a Mill Creek box set called Awesomely Cheesy Movies. 100 movies on 24 disks, it’s actually a combination of two of their earlier released sets, “The Swinging Seventies”, and “The Excellent Eighties”. For those of you who may not be fam read more

Say “Cheese” 006 – Second Sight: A Love Story (1984)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Feb 2, 2018

This past Christmas my son got me a Mill Creek box set called Awesomely Cheesy Movies. 100 movies on 24 disks, it’s actually a combination of two of their earlier released sets, “The Swinging Seventies”, and “The Excellent Eighties”. For those of you who may not be fam read more

Sight and Sound Top 250 #135 – L’Argent (1984)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Jan 23, 2018

As we finally get back to our trip through the Sight and Sound Top 250 Movies of All Time list, we come to #135, Rober Bresson’s L.Argent. And as always I’ll note that for those just joining us, you can find a full introduction to what the Sight and Sound Top 250 list is, and a look at t read more

The Brother from Another Planet (1984, John Sayles)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Oct 6, 2017

Despite being about an alien who crash lands on Earth and finds himself stranded in New York City, The Brother from Another Planet takes its time getting to being a fish out of water story. Even when it does, it’s more like a fish being carefully transported in a cup of water to maybe some mo read more

Sheena (1984, John Guillermin)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 28, 2017

Deconstructing Sheena could probably be its own intellectual pursuit. The film’s so many terrible perfect things in one. It’s inverted misogyny, it’s colonial racism, it’s misapplied camp. It’s bad acting from actors with no business in film so it’s this example of bad Hollywood trends. read more

Sight and Sound Top 250 #185 – Paris, Texas (1984)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Jan 3, 2017

As we finally get back to our trip through the Sight and Sound Top 250 Movies of All Time list, we come to #185, Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas. And as always I’ll note that for those just joining us, you can find a full introduction to what the Sight and Sound Top 250 list is, and a look at read more

The NeverEnding Story (1984, Wolfgang Petersen), the international version

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 26, 2016

For most of The NeverEnding Story, director Petersen’s ability, the special effects, and active lead Noah Hathaway keep the whole thing going. It’s a gorgeous looking film, with great photography from Jost Vacano and exceptional editing from Jane Seitz. Hathaway’s character, a boy warrior, gets read more

The Last Starfighter (1984, Nick Castle)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 26, 2016

The Last Starfighter gets a long way on affability. Lead Lance Guest is nothing if not affable. Robert Preston plays an affable alien grifter. Dan O’Herlihy, completely covered in makeup, is affable as Guest’s alien co-pilot. And the whole concept of the thing–video game wunderkind Guest gets read more
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