As a bonus feature, “City Heat” is being included on the site. I was invited to participate in a pod cast with Todd from Forgotten Films. He has hosted the 1984 Blogathon all week long, if you have not been there to read the work of a hundred bloggers or so, you are missing out. We had a nice discussion of this film, the only one that features the two biggest box office stars of the 70s and 80s together. Click on the poster and it will link you to the podcast page where you can download our conversation.
Final Day of the blogathon, and several more films are covered. I’ve been busy trying to read as many as I can, I hope all of you have been having a good time.
Well, all good things must come to an end. Here is the final batch of reviews from the 1984-a-thon. I want to thank all the great bloggers and podcasters who participated for making this event such a big success. You all rock!
– The Dew Over podcast looks at all five of 1984’s Best Picture nominees and decides whether that year is in need of a “Dew Over.”
– Kristen at Journeys in Classic film is Romancing the Stone.
– Karamel Kinema looks at Lars Von Trier’s debut The Element of Crime.
– Never sleep again…Marc at French Toast Sunday looks at A Nightmare on Elm Street.
– Sam at French Toast Sunday faces Conan the Destroyer.
– Pinnland Empire reviews Boy Meets Girl.
– Moon in Gemini has a case of Irreconcilable Differences.
– Turn on the Stevie Wonder soundtrack and join Girls…
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Another day of the blogathon, some of my favorite films from 84 are covered on this list. Keep reading everyone.
– Prowler Needs a Jump kneels before The Pope of Greenwich Village.
– Mike’s Cinema gets mixed up in a little Cloak & Dagger.
– The Rosebud Cinema heads down to The Cotton Club.
– It Goes to 11 reviews the late Robin Williams in Moscow on the Hudson.
– The Movie Rat looks at a film that was destined for MST3K greatness…Devil Fish.
– The Pink Smoke says…Choose Me.
– Rob O’Hara has a case of Electric Dreams.
– The Deadrick Movie Night Podcast chats about Bachelor Party.
– Ed South’s Wonderful World of Blog looks at Angel.
– One Breakin’ movie wasn’t enough in 84…Bury Me in Red Lipstick looks…
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Day five, a Buckaroo Banzai link, some podcasts, and a lot more. Go for it.
– To begin, yours truly guested on the Awesome 80’s podcast to discuss one of 1984’s great guilty pleasures…Supergirl.
– Destroy all Fanboys looks at Once Upon a Time in America.
– Jason at Your Face looks at The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. He also devotes the latest episode of the Lair of the Unwanted to the film.
– The Cinematic Frontier reviews Quilombo.
– Movies and Bacon turns things up to 11 with a review of This is Spinal Tap.
– Motion Picture Gems spends some time with Steve Martin as The Lonely Guy.
– Dell on Movies heads down to Beat…
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When you have no budget, a cast of unknowns, and a weird idea, how do you turn it into a movie? Writer/Director John Sayles gives us some guidelines for doing just that with this way off center look at cross cultural science fiction.
It is hard to imagine the creativity that is required to work within the limitations that this movie seems to have had. In 1984, this was indie movie twice removed. The info I found says that Sayles payed for the film partially with funds from the MacArthur Genius grant he received. He was most known for scriptwriting for Roger Corman films and being an ace script doctor. Oh, and he made the influential “Return of the Secaucus 7”. I’ve only seen four of his movies and this was the first one I saw in a theater.
Day Four has films that are down the road for this project (Dune, Teachers, Little Drummer Girl) and several that I have already covered (Karate Kid, Rhinestone, Ghostbusters). Do some comparison and look forward to whats coming up on Day 4 of the Blogathon.
– To start today, the latest episode of The LAMBcast features yours truly joining four other movie bloggers for a 1984 Movie Draft.
– The sleeper has awakened…Large Popcorn No Butter reivews Dune.
– Who ya gonna call? Jay from Life Vs. Film and his review of Ghostbusters.
– Break out the pocket protectors as Hooray For Movies looks at Revenge of the Nerds.
– Could Betamax Nights really be Captain Chaos? He reviews Cannonball Run II.
– Today I Watched a Movie sweeps the leg and reviews The Karate Kid.
– Le Mot du Cinephiliaque reviews John Cassavetes’ Love Streams.
– To the Escape Hatch tangles with HAL 9000 and…
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Day Three, check out Dan Heaton’ s post on Greystoke, then for a counter view visit my post on the film in March. I’m having fun, hope you all are too.
– Richard at Scopophilia checks into The Hotel New Hampshire.
– Vic’s Movie Den looks at John Carpenter’s Starman.
– Cenobite Me experiences Night of the Comet.
– Take flight on a luck dragon with Nick from French Toast Sunday and The Neverending Story.
– Joel Burman IS Missing in Action.
– I Love Terrible Movies digs deep into the Frankenstein family tree with Frankenstein’s Great Aunt Tillie.
– Mike from E Street Film Society looks at James Garner in Tank.
– Justin at Man I Love Films ain’t fallin’ for the banana in the tailpipe trick and reviews Beverly Hills Cop.
– Nolahn at Your…
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Day 2 of the 1984 Blogathon on Forgotten Films. More great 1984 film posts.
Well, our first day of the 1984-a-thon was huge! It resulted in the 2nd busiest day in the nearly 3 year history of Forgotten Films. We’re just getting started, though. Here are today’s awesome contributions:
– Durnmoose Movie Musings examines Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose.
– The Roarbots hits Broadway with Kermit and the gang in The Muppets Take Manhattan.
– The Movie Waffler looks in the trunk and discovers Repo Man.
– In the same year as Ghostbusters, Bill Murray also had his first dramatic film. Lauren at Suddenly a Shot Rang Out reviews The Razor’s Edge.
– Cinema Escapes reviews Academy Award nominee The Killing Fields.
– Gore Girl’s Dungeon heads to Tromaville to meet The Toxic Avenger.
– Daniel from E Street Film Society cranks up the Phil Collins title song and reviews Against All Odds.
– Bubbawheat from Flight…
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I can’t get to everything that was out this year, but Todd appears to have it covered with the Blogathon. Try to visit some sites and see the great year that 1984 was from different perspectives.
Well, here we go! The 1984-a-thon is in full swing. Each day I’ll post links to several of the reviews being posted by our awesome group of contributors. Be sure to visit, link, comment, tweet, etc. Here is a our first batch of reviews. Enjoy!
– It’s only fitting that in 1984 there was a film adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. Let’s Go to the Movies watches along with Big Brother…1984.
– Talkie Gazette examines the year’s best picture winner: Amadeus.
-Redhead at the Movies reminds us to keep them out of the light, don’t get them wet, and never feed them after midnight with her review of Gremlins.
– Cinematic Catharsis takes a look at Werner Herzog’s Where the Green Ants Dream.
– Nick at Your Face reviews the debut of the Coen Brothers, Blood Simple.
– The Droid Your Looking For looks…
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When people hear the name of Clint Eastwood, there are usually two images that pop into their heads. He is the stoic police detective with a big gun, pursuing justice in whatever form, or he is an avenging cowboy, sometimes a crook sometimes a hero but always dangerous. Even after directing films well out of both genres and not appearing in one for a dozen years, those images will remain. Between 1971 and 1988 he played Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan five times. During that period he played a cop in three other movies including a lampoon of himself in “City Heat”. As Detective Wes Block in the movie “Tightrope” Eastwood goes in a very different direction than all the other cops he has played.
Block is investigating a series of homicides that are connected to the underground sex trade in the New Orleans area. This is a problem for him because after his wife left him, Block has turned to that world for sexual release and some power over women, the same characteristics that seem to be driving the killer. He has to face his own demons and try to understand the nature of a man who humiliates women in an attempt to stop him.