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Dreamscape (1984, Joseph Ruben)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 3, 2016

Dreamscape has a lot of subplots. The main plot barely gets any more time during the second act than the subplots. But I’m getting ahead of myself because I wanted to talk about the first act, which has Dennis Quaid getting reacquainted with mentor Max von Sydow. The film opens with this fast, fun read more

o/t: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 22, 2016

Originally titled Kaze no Tani no Naushika vt Nausicaä; cut vt Warriors of the Wind Japan / 117 minutes / color / Topcraft, Toei Dir & Scr: Hayao Miyazaki Pr: Isao Takahata Story: Kaze no Tani no Naushika (1982 onward manga) by Hayao Miyazaki Cine: Yasuhiro Shimizu, Kôji Shiragami, Yukitomo Shu read more

Electric Dreams (1984, Steve Barron)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 5, 2016

Electric Dreams is a very strange film. And not just because it’s about a computer brought to life by champagne and electric fire. Not even because said computer has the voice of Bud Cort. It’s strange because it has no interest in having a conventional narrative structure, both in terms of the read more

o/t: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 11, 2016

This was the third and last of the three essays I wrote for the epic, ongoing Science Fiction Movies Countdown being staged at Wonders in the Dark. (The countdown, running from #100 to #1, today reached #48, with a splendid essay by Sam Juliano on Them! (1954), a movie that I’ve somehow never read more

o/t: Nineteen-Eighty Four (1984)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 6, 2016

***The great movie (and other things) website Wonders in the Dark is currently running a 100-movie-strong Science Fiction Countdown, and I’m contributing some pieces. Today sees my witterings about Michael Radford’s superb 1984 offering Nineteen Eighty-Four. Click the link below to see t read more

o/t: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 4, 2016

The excellent website Wonders in the Dark is running a daily countdown of the 100 best science-fiction movies as voted upon by a jury of peers (at my request, not including me), and I’ve volunteered for three of the essays. This one appeared at WitD the other day. Of course, Nineteen Eighty-fo read more

Firestarter (1984, Mark L. Lester)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 1, 2016

If I tried really hard, would I be able to think of something nice to say about Firestarter? I was going to complement some of Tangerine Dream’s score–not all of it, but some of it–but it turns out it’s not so much a score as a selection of otherwise unreleased Tangerine Dre read more

The Ewok Adventure (1984, John Korty)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 29, 2016

There’s a strange effectiveness to The Ewok Adventure during Burl Ives’s narration. With his voice, with the lameness of the script, Ewok Adventure feels like a storybook come to life. Much of the movie is exquisitely produced, whether Peter Bernstein’s score, director Korty’ read more

Rhinestone (1984, Bob Clark)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 9, 2016

With the exception of Dolly Parton, everyone involved with Rhinestone seems nervous. Well, maybe not Richard Farnsworth. He seems impatient, like he can’t wait for his scene to be over. Top-billed Sylvester Stallone spends the first half of the film trying too hard, seems to relax, then finis read more

[BASP] Audio Commentary: Supergirl (1984, Jeannot Szwarc)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 4, 2016

The Best of An Alan Smithee Podcast: Episode Eighteen Audio Commentary: Supergirl (1984, Jeannot Szwarc) Originally posted: April 22, 2012 Subscribe via iTunes. read more

[BASP] Audio Commentary: Supergirl (1984, Jeannot Szwarc)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 4, 2016

The Best of An Alan Smithee Podcast: Episode Eighteen Audio Commentary: Supergirl (1984, Jeannot Szwarc) Originally posted: April 22, 2012 Subscribe via iTunes. read more

1984 (1956)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Mar 29, 2016

1984 Directed by Michael Anderson Written by William Templeton and Ralph Bettison from the novel by George Orwell 1956/UK/USA Columbia Pictures Corporation/Holiday Film Productions Ltd. First viewing/YouTube True horror is not being able to trust anyone. This is a fairly faithful adaptation of Or read more

1984 (1956)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Mar 22, 2016

1984 Directed by Michael Anderson Written by William Templeton and Ralph Bettison from the novel by George Orwell 1956/UK/USA Columbia Pictures Corporation/Holiday Film Productions Ltd. First viewing/YouTube Trailer read more

Review: This is Spinal Tap (1984)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 12, 2016

Director Rob Reiner makes an appearance in his own film as documentarian Marty Di Bergi. It’s tongue in cheek, but no ones seems to have told Spinal Tap or anyone else in the film for that matter. For all intent and purposes, they are a real band with a real camera crew following their every read more

Review: This is Spinal Tap (1984)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 12, 2016

Director Rob Reiner makes an appearance in his own film as documentarian Marty Di Bergi. It’s tongue in cheek, but no one seems to have told Spinal Tap or anyone else in the film for that matter. For all intent and purposes, they are a real band with a real camera crew following their every read more

This is Spinal Tap (1984) – Updated

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 12, 2016

Director Rob Reiner makes an appearance in his own film as documentarian Marty Di Bergi. It’s tongue in cheek, but no ones seems to have told Spinal Tap or anyone else in the film for that matter. For all intent and purposes, they are a real band with a real camera crew following their every read more

[BASP] Revenge of the Nerds (1984, Jeff Kanew) / Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987, Joe Roth)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Feb 29, 2016

The Best of An Alan Smithee Podcast: Episode Thirteen Revenge of the Nerds (1984, Jeff Kanew) / Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987, Joe Roth) Originally posted: March 27, 2011 Subscribe via iTunes. read more

[BASP] Revenge of the Nerds (1984, Jeff Kanew) / Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987, Joe Roth)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Feb 29, 2016

The Best of An Alan Smithee Podcast: Episode Thirteen Revenge of the Nerds (1984, Jeff Kanew) / Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987, Joe Roth) Originally posted: March 27, 2011 Subscribe via iTunes. read more

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984, Joseph Zito)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 13, 2015

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter never tries to be scary. It tries to be gory… but not too gory. It saves the biggest gore moment for the last, when any number of the other ones throughout the film would’ve given Tom Savini better material. It’s supposed to be gory, but not too read more

The Karate Kid (1984, John G. Avildsen)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 9, 2015

James Crabe’s photography gets The Karate Kid through the rough patches. The film’s incredibly uneven–Bill Conti’s score initially seems like it’ll be a plus, ends up being a minus, and the editing is strange. Director Avildsen, with two other editors, can’t seem read more
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