Vernon, Florida (1981)

I’ve had a stack of DVDs collecting dust for nigh on a decade now, some of which have finally seen the light of day as I falteringly revisit my movie-reviewing past. Some I discovered the Criterion Collection had actually acquired the rights to and released themselves. This past August, I took most of those titles–many […]

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Atlantic City (1980)

Defiance of expectation. I’d say that’s the basis of appreciation of a piece of art, but there’s too much to be found in satisfaction of expectation. Still, it’s the basis for a kind of appreciation, naturally the more surprising variety, or at least unexpected. All of us go in to movies or music with the […]

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Le Grand Bleu [The Big Blue] (1988)

Luc Besson's name is most strongly associated with films he made in the 1990s, specifically Léon (known as The Professional in many non-snob American film circles) and The Fifth Element. To a lesser extent, there's also Nikita (aka La Femme Nikita) which spawned a lesser-known television series. Besson's name is attached to many projects, often […]

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Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

Especially of late–considering he now IS late–much has been said of John Hughes. Or at least, I assume much as been said, as that's usually what follows the death of famous people, especially those with at least relatively cultish audiences. I don't pay a ton of attention so I can't really be sure. Still, I'm […]

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Young Guns (1988)

Now, it's easy to get me to watch a number of movies. Name the right actor, and I'll be less than concerned with what exactly the movie contains. Many, many actors fall into this group, but one of the easiest is either of the Sutherlands. I've been a fan of Kiefer for longer than I […]

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Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

The random decision to pick up Streets of Fire was based in Walter Hill's other work and its vague relation to The Warriors. I ended up liking it a lot more, so when I wandered across Eddie and the Cruisers and saw that it starred Michael Paré, who starred in Streets, I was suddenly more […]

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Taps (1981)

“Tom Cruise in his second film role!” a sticker proudly proclaims on the 25th anniversary release of this film. It seems to have been added later, possibly to push sales of the film by riding the name of the biggest star of the lot. Sort of a shame, because the film has some better actors […]

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Good Morning, Vietnam (1988)

When I was younger, I’d rapidly develop ideas of which actors were funny. Unlike my modern approach to humour, I tended toward the familiar, and toward the bigger, easily recognized and omnipresent sorts of personalities I would inherit from my parents’ viewing. Of course, there was the filter of what I would watch at the […]

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