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25 Days of Christmas: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by Kristen on Dec 15, 2011

I enjoy a good B-movie, especially one built around a specific holiday (of course the only one I can think of right now is Mother’s Day but I know there are others out there).  Tonight’s Christmas film is the B-movie, cult classic, Silent Night Deadly Night.  This movie is extremely hard read more

61 Days of Halloween- Children of the Corn (1984)

The Movie Rat Posted by Bernardo Villela on Sep 21, 2011

Most holidays worth their while encompass entire seasons, such as Christmas, for example. However, as you may have noticed there is a corporate push every year for us to think about the next holiday even sooner. While this has many negative side effects I figure I may as well embrace it. Since Labor read more

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984, W.D. Richter)

The Stop Button Posted by on Dec 17, 2010

Buckaroo Banzai‘s greatest contribution to cinema–well, if it didn’t get Peter Weller the Robocop role at least–is as a warning against trying to adapt authors like Thomas Pynchon to motion pictures. Banzai goes out of its way–the Pynchon references are well-known, to read more

Marlene (1984)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 21, 2010

In the 1980s, Marlene Dietrich was a virtual recluse.  When people think of reclusive stars, Greta Garbo is likely the one who first comes to mind, but Dietrich was just as reclusive as Garbo, if not more so.  Dietrich spent most of the 1970s performing her one-woman stage shows, but that all came read more

Top Secret! (1984).Val Kilmer (in his first feature film).

Noir and Chick Flicks Posted by Dawn on Apr 17, 2010

Top Secret!(1984). Comedy. Director: David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. Cast: Val Kilmer (in his first feature film), Lucy Gutteridge, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough and Jeremy Kemp. The film is a parody of the GDR era and Elvis films. The original music score is composed by M read more

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, Wes Craven)

The Stop Button Posted by on Aug 7, 2009

The best thing about A Nightmare on Elm Street is the font in the opening titles. It’s something sans serif and it’s slightly off and it looks good. To be fair to the movie’s reputation, I did jump twice, both times at the end; maybe because it was waking me up. As opposed to enco read more

Tank (1984, Marvin J. Chomsky)

The Stop Button Posted by on Mar 23, 2009

I wonder if the U.S. Army would like to get a movie like Tank out today. The movie’s politics are… well, they’re not hilarious, but they’re so blatant, it’s stunning. It’s a pro-Army film and an intensely anti-Georgia film. It likes Tennessee though. From Tank, a read more

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

The Stop Button Posted by on Feb 25, 2009

Directed by Joseph Zito; screenplay by Barney Cohen, based on a story by Bruce Hidemi Sakow and on characters created by Martin Kitrosser, Ron Kurz, Victor Miller and Carol Watson; director of photography, João Fernandes; edited by Joel Goodman; production designer, Shelton H. Bishop; produced by F read more

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984, Hugh Hudson), the extended version

The Stop Button Posted by on Oct 13, 2008

Greystoke ought to work. From the opening, it really seems like it might. It survives a massive narrative hiccup–switching perspective from young Tarzan to explorer Ian Holm. It establishes people in ape costumes as believable, sympathetic, feeling characters. It’s got beautiful cinemat read more

Purple Rain (1984, Albert Magnoli)

The Stop Button Posted by on Oct 8, 2008

I’m glad I’m not the only one who observed the pervasive misogyny in Purple Rain. Apparently, it’s a well-known feature of the movie. It’s constant from the start and frequently surprising in its intensity. At some point, that frequency wears down any reaction–the only read more

The Terminator (1984, James Cameron)

The Stop Button Posted by on Aug 12, 2008

I remember The Terminator being a lot better. Even as it started–I think during the first chase sequence (Michael Biehn in the department store)–I thought about the great highway chase sequence at the end. Then, as things went sour during, I kept waiting for that sequence, sure it would read more

Teachers (1984, Arthur Hiller)

The Stop Button Posted by on Aug 1, 2008

It must have been Bette Midler’s former manager, Aaron Russo (Teachers‘s producer), who somehow confused Arthur Hiller as the creative force behind The Hospital. Teachers is very much like The Hospital, but in its stoic protagonist, the stoic protagonist’s ultimate choice in the e read more

Wheels on Meals (1984): What’s Kung Fu without Leg Warmers?

Random Pictures Posted by Amy on Nov 30, -0001

This post is part of Forgotten Films’ 1984 Blogathon. So much 1984. So little time. The year 1984 was not awesome in a lot of ways. But it was a great year for films—check out the other 1984 Blogathon entries—and it was a big deal specifically for Hong Kong: The Sino-British Joint Declaration read more

Feitiço do Rio / Blame it on Rio (1984)

Critica Retro Posted by Lê on Nov 30, -0001

Feitiço do Rio / Blame it on Rio (1984) Não existe pecado do lado de baixo do Equador. Esta é a visão que Hollywood sempre teve do país em que eu vivo: o Brasil. Um lugar muito sensual, com praias, mulheres lindas, muita música, festas religiosas e alguns animais exóticos. Trinta anos read more