Tag Archives: 1980’s

Alien Nation

Alien Nation (1988, dir. Graham Baker) “We are not the same. I am a martian.” – Lil Wayne “Why the fuck… Why would you bring up that?” – James Caan when asked by the AV Club about his role in Alien Nation “Detect this!” – Detective Sykes (James Caan) as he throws a fellow detective’s keys […]

Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon (dir. Michael Cimino, 1985) “They’d have to get three actors to play me because two of them would die.” – Mickey Rourke when asked about his Biopic “Well, I guess if you fight a war long enough, you end up marrying the enemy.” – Oliver Stone’s original final line for Year […]

Class Act

Class of 1984 (dir. Mark Lester, 1982) “Last year there were 280,000 incidents of violence by students against their teachers and classmates in our high schools. Unfortunately, this film is based on true events. Fortunately, very few schools are like Lincoln High…yet.” (I feel like this last bit should be followed by a spooky laugh) – […]

Tickle Me Elmo

St. Elmo’s Fire (Dir. Joel Schumacher, 1985) “Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want” – Ryan Gosling Is it too obvious to point out that the first twenty years or so of a middle class American’s life […]

Get Smart

Street Smart (dir. Jerry Schatzberg, 1987) “But you don’t love me, that’s news to me” – Foxygen So, the Super Bowl is this Sunday and while I don’t really have a dog in the fight (bad analogy I know given…), it did make me realize that this post does have some connection to the big […]

The Big Picture and Pacing

It pains me to put any part of this film into the Mistakes Were Made category, especially because on paper The Big Picture has a lot going for it: – It’s the directorial debut of Christopher Guest, one of the sharpest improvisers out there. – It’s the story of a student filmmaker (Kevin Bacon) who makes a well received short film […]