Category Archive: 1984

Full Moon In Paris (Les Nuits De La Pleine Lune)

BBB (out of 5) Pascale Ogier plays an indecisive woman who lives in the suburbs with sporty, reliable Tchéky Karyo but feels the need to keep a pied-a-terre in the city.  She is up front with her… Continue reading

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Fear City

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Tom Berenger is terrific as a former boxer who acts as a companion to small-time New York City hood Jack Scalia in this stylish thriller by Abel Ferrara. Their business is… Continue reading

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Supergirl

BB.5 (out of 5) America’s favourite superhero actually comes from an entire race of superior beings, his one cousin a delightful young lady who comes to Earth when the power source for her planet,… Continue reading

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Police Academy

BB.5 (out of 5) The milestone series in cinematic idiocy got its start with this inane but admittedly humorous comedy. After the mayor of the city announces that such important factors as gender,… Continue reading

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The Element Of Crime (Forbrydelsens Element)

BB.5 (out of 5) You’ve rarely seen a more visually intoxicating film than this feature debut by Lars von Trier, but his aesthetic powers are undone by a scattered plot that only touches… Continue reading

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Tightrope

BBBB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood plays a New Orleans detective who has quite the case up against him: someone is going around killing ladies of the night, some of whom our hero has… Continue reading

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Irreconcilable Differences

BB.5 (out of 5) Divorce between a couple is one thing, but what do you do when a little girl tells you she wants to divorce her parents? That’s the conundrum a judge… Continue reading

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Marlene

BBBB (out of 5) The life, career, myth and mystery of the great Marlene Dietrich are examined in this cinematic fan letter by Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell.  Schell puts together a vortex trip through… Continue reading

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The River (1984)

BBBB (out of 5) The life of a rural family and their trials and tribulations are captured in this wonderful film that rises above soap opera trappings through steady performances and great direction.… Continue reading

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The Pope Of Greenwich Village

BBB.5 (out of 5) Great character study whose shoddy plotting and weak direction is overcome by two sterling performances. Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts are terrific as New York City tough guys who… Continue reading

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Before Stonewall

BBBB (out of 5) Thought-provoking documentary about the life and culture of gays and lesbians in America before the Stonewall riots of 1969 prompted a change in the way the country saw them.… Continue reading

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The Ice Pirates

B.5 (out of 5) Hilariously campy science-fiction adventure about futuristic pirates in a dried-up universe, who navigate the stars in search of its most precious resource, water. The one planet that is brimming… Continue reading

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The Hotel New Hampshire

B (out of 5) Further proof, after The World According To Garp, that John Irving is difficult to translate to the big screen. This terribly pointless film is about a family who live… Continue reading

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Ghostbusters (Ghost Busters)

BBBB (out of 5) After three scientists (Bill Murray, who is terrific, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) investigating supernatural phenomena are fired from their university and have their grants taken away, they set up… Continue reading

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All Of Me

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Among the very best performances Steve Martin has ever given. During a ritualistic ceremony in which an Indian guru (the painfully unfunny racial stereotype being the film’s only flaw) tries… Continue reading

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The Muppets Take Manhattan

BBBB (out of 5) The Muppets are back, and this adventure is just as delightful as the previous ones. The cute and adorable puppet-marionettes have decided to stage their own Broadway show, and… Continue reading

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Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Explaining this film’s plot involves giving away the ending of Part II, so if you don’t want me to spoil it for you then just take my word that… Continue reading

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Purple Rain

BB.5 (out of 5) Prince makes his big screen debut in this poorly scripted fable about a rock musician who longs to become famous. Working at a popular nightclub, The Kid (Prince) plays… Continue reading

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Lulu In Berlin

BBB.5 (out of 5) Richard Leacock scores a huge bingo in this brief documentary as he manages to get an extensive interview, one of the few in existence, with Louise Brooks. Probably most… Continue reading

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2010

BBBB (out of 5) Superb sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s milestone classic, but if you’re expecting more of the same, you’ll be severely disappointed. Instead of attempting to make another ground breaking, artistically-minded brainwarp,… Continue reading

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Firestarter

BB.5 (out of 5) Drew Barrymore has mysterious powers of pyrokinesis as the result of experimentation done on her telekinetic parents in this silly science-fiction film. She’s a sweet little kid, but every time… Continue reading

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Night Patrol

0 (out of 5) Unmitigated garbage about a cop (Murray Langston) who is assigned to night patrol, a gig that conflicts with his sideline career as a stand-up comic with a paper bag… Continue reading

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Another Country

BBB.5 (out of 5) Absorbing drama that looks into a fictionalized account of the life of Guy Bennett, an upper crust Brit who became a spy for communist Russia. As he’s being interviewed… Continue reading

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Revenge Of The Nerds

BBB (out of 5) The surprise hit of the 1980s with a secretly subversive agenda; anyone who saw Hope Davis’s deconstruction of the film in American Splendor will have to admit that this… Continue reading

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Mass Appeal

BBB.5 (out of 5) Superb performances are the best thing about this intelligent and sensitive drama. After two male seminary students are expelled from their school for being lovers, another student (Zeljko Ivanek)… Continue reading

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Sixteen Candles

BBBB (out of 5) While The Breakfast Club is the most intelligent and probing of John Hughes’s teen-themed movies, Sixteen Candles is the funniest. Molly Ringwald plays a, what else, blissfully normal teenager whose… Continue reading

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A Passage To India

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The failure of Ryan’s Daughter in 1970 was so hard on director David Lean that it took fourteen years for him to produce another film. The result was this… Continue reading

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Splash

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Ron Howard’s best movies and a wonderful opportunity to see Daryl Hannah at her most charming. She plays a mermaid who wanders out of the sea and straight… Continue reading

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Swann In Love (Un Amour De Swann)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sometimes flat but often engrossing adaptation of Marcel Proust’s novel, directed by Academy Award-winner Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum). Jeremy Irons plays an aristocrat in 19th-century Paris who won’t let… Continue reading

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Falling In Love

BB (out of 5) You never would have believed that a film combining the talents of Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro would be so boring, but here it is. They play two strangers, each… Continue reading

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Protocol

BBB (out of 5) Goldie Hawn tries to recreate her success from Private Benjamin with this bubbly comedy about another dizzy blonde who goes through a momentous change and lands on top of… Continue reading

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Footloose

BBBB (out of 5) Kevin Bacon leaves the big city of Chicago and comes to live in a small town with his family. He’s shocked by the change of culture, but is truly… Continue reading

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A Sunday In The Country (Un Dimanche A La Campagne)

BBBB (out of 5) An aging painter lives in the countryside of France and is visited every Sunday by his hard-working son, his daughter-in-law and their children. This particular Sunday there is also… Continue reading

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Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes

BBBB (out of 5) I haven’t seen enough Tarzan movies to say for sure that this one is the best, but it should definitely rank in the top five. Christopher Lambert plays the man who… Continue reading

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The Natural

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This wonderful film by Barry Levinson is a riveting combination of drama and folkloric fantasy. A baseball player (Robert Redford) who has dreamed of glory on the diamond since… Continue reading

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Antonio Gaudi

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hiroshi Teshigahara takes his camera through Barcelona and films the magnificent, awe-inspiring architectural work of Antonio Gaudi, the unbounded artist whose vast body of work continues to boggle the… Continue reading

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The Home And The World (Ghare-Baire)

BBBB (out of 5) Gorgeous drama by Satyajit Ray, about a young woman who awakens to the political world around her. Her husband (Victor Banerjee), a wealthy, Western-educated landowner, challenges tradition by inviting… Continue reading

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Romancing The Stone

BBBBB (out of 5) Delightful entertainment combines exotic adventure, action, comedy and romance in one terrific package, expertly written by Leslie Dixon and enthusiastically directed by Robert Zemeckis. Kathleen Turner is marvelous as a… Continue reading

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The Killing Fields

BBBBB (out of 5) Right up there with Missing among the handful of brilliant political thrillers made in the early 80s. Sam Waterston plays Sydney Schanberg, whose writings for the New York Times… Continue reading

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Amadeus

BBBB (out of 5) The difficult, jealous relationship between genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and little-known composer Antonio Salieri is the basis of this fascinating costume drama by Milos Forman. Tom Hulce plays the gifted… Continue reading

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Conan The Destroyer

BBB.5 (out of 5) What jolly fun, Conan is back! This time, the hulking hero (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is entreated by an evil queen to travel to a distant land and obtain a sacred… Continue reading

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Dune

B (out of 5) Frank Herbert’s immensely popular science-fiction novel (the first in a series) has been turned into an unfortunate clunker of a film, helmed quite badly by David Lynch (he still… Continue reading

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The Bounty

BBBB (out of 5) Third major version of the popular seafaring adventure story isn’t as good as Frank Lloyd’s 1935 Mutiny On The Bounty but is possibly better than the 1962 Marlon Brando… Continue reading

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A Soldier’s Story

BBB.5 (out of 5) Tense murder mystery about the murder of an army sergeant (Adolph Caesar) at a Louisiana base in 1944.  Howard E. Rollins, Jr. is superb as a captain who is… Continue reading

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Bolero

B (out of 5) Bo Derek is unintentionally hilarious as an heiress who travels around the world looking for a good lay. The more she travels, the more she is ‘awakened’ to her… Continue reading

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The Times Of Harvey Milk

BBBBB (out of 5) Stultifying documentary about the assassination of two politicians and the subsequent joke of a murder trial that followed. Harvey Milk was a San Francisco councilman on the city’s board… Continue reading

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Dangerous Moves (La Diagonale Du Fou)

BBB (out of 5) Dry but intelligent drama about the clash of political ideologies over a game of chess. Model Soviet citizen Michel Piccoli arrives in Geneva for a world chess championship against Alexandre… Continue reading

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This Is Spinal Tap

BBBB (out of 5) The hilarious ‘mockumentary’ that started it all, and one of the most popular cult films of all time. This incredibly funny exercise in madness, directed by Rob Reiner, concerns… Continue reading

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Body Double

BBB.5 (out of 5) A struggling actor (Craig Wasson) breaks up with his girlfriend after he finds her in bed with another man. Busy working on a vampire B-movie and in immediate need… Continue reading

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