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25 From 87: My Favorite Films Of 1987

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Count Dracula is looking to become king of the world. And not in that Titanic sort of way, either. The Baron Of Bloodsuckers wants to plunge the planet into eternal darkness, but in order to do so, he seeks to round up a "universal" band of fellow creature colleagues to make his dream come true.
However, when it comes to the Frankenstein Monster, he/it proves that, contrary to his/it's reputation of being a composite corpse of evil, he/it has a heart of gold.
And when you think about it, isn't that enough of a plot description for this fear flick to make any fan of Franky-Mon want to go and see it?

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People who added this item 1565 Average listal rating (1033 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Just when you thought the Evil Dead were dead, this second installment of the series shows that one of the main reasons they're so evil is because they have a nasty habit of not staying dead.

After the surprise success of the first flick, Bruce Campbell revisits the role as the teenage kid who comes back to the cabin in the woods & settle a score. But this time, he taking names & kicking Ash.
And do you know what sound a chainsaw makes when it's slicing up evil zombies in a better than the first sequel?
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Half the cast that portrayed the soldiers in Aliens reunite as a gang of vegabonding vampires..
This biker band of bloodsuckers (count how many times I use the term bloodsuckers on this list) (get it...? ......"count"?....) are hardcore.
Unlike many of the wimpy vamps of today, these guys lived up to the descriptions "bloodthirsty", "throat-ripping", "stonecold" & whatever other adjectives were originally attached to their kind since the time of their folkloric ancestors.

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People who added this item 194 Average listal rating (117 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7
During the eighties, the buddy-cop was at it's highest caliber. An this particular one, the genre goes intergalactic. A New York detective finds himself teamed up with an out of this world partner on the case of a serial killer from beyond the stars.
An alien that's smart enough to realize that if it wants to infiltrate into the society of this big blue marble that we call Earth, that it must remain hidden.
Which is what probably inspired the producers of this movie to give it the title that they did.

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People who added this item 391 Average listal rating (244 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Roxanne (1987)
so far, this list has been just a buncha horror cult classics, the kind that make girlfriendless geeks go into a fanboy frenzy (and we're still not done yet, considering the movies that I have listed at numbers 18 and 3).
So, it's seems only fitting that we interrupt this genre-specific spree with a nonmasculine light-hearted romantic-comedy based on a classic play that has a history longer than Pinocchio's famous woody extension.

In this modern take of the timeless tale of a troubled triangle, Darryl Hannah plays the role of the smart, innocent perfect pretty chick that tends to inhabit these kind of chick-flicks and Steve Martin is de Bergerac-esque lead who, when it comes to speaking the language of love, is the man who "nose".
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People who added this item 2053 Average listal rating (1388 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Mel Gibson as a do-gooder whose tends to go a bit unhinged at times.
Considering the the craziness has been coming to light & has help to keep Gibby's name in the tabloid news media lately,
who knew that this would eventually become a case of life imitating art?

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I'll be honest; I've never held Brian DePalma in as high regard as his reputation as a filmmaker has become. Mind you, I don't think he's bad. I just don't think that he's at the pantheon level of directors that he seems to be held at.
To me, his skills as a director, though usually capable, mostly seems a bit simplistic, particularly when it comes to intrepreting the story on screen.
This simplicity, however, merges well with the feel & attitude of this particular movie. Under other hands, the Untouchables could've easily come off as a shallow noir-ish mess. But with DePalma's method of storytelling, in the end, it becomes something more like a film version & modern update of those old EC crime comicbooks from the 1950's.

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People who added this item 2456 Average listal rating (1735 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8

How does one gain the World Championship title belt of Total Badassery? Come from another planet, in full tilt sophisticated battle-gear & then proceed to kick the combined @sses of ""the Terminator", Apollo Creed", Jesse "The Body" Ventura & that one guy who played one of the corrupt cops in Payback. (Not to mention, in following sequels, take on another alien franchise).

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People who added this item 454 Average listal rating (266 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Cher in an Oscar-winning role in which she slaps Nicolas Cage hard in the face & then tells him to snap outta it.
And if that's not enough to make you fall in love with this movie,
then, to be honest,
I just don't know what you're looking for in a film.

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People who added this item 807 Average listal rating (524 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
A pre-plastic surgery Mickey Rourke stars with Lisa Bonet along with a "special guest appearance" by Robert Deniro in this unforgettable neo-noir mystery that contains a plot which takes the kind of unexpected turn that can best be described as darker than Hell. And when I say "darker than Hell", I mean that literally.
Gotta love those twist endings that aren't afraid to go all the way.
And when I say "go all the way", I mean that literally.
And when I say "literally", I mean that literally.

BTW, If this entry description comes off as kinda vague, it's only b'cuz if I got more literal about this movie, I'd most likely be spoiling it.

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A fairytale love story that features a Zorroesqoe protagonist, Andre The Giant, Billy Crystal as an old Jewish magician, an ambidextrous fencing master named Inigo Montoya of who's killer of his father must prepare to die, and a Sicillian criminal genius who just finds the whole thing "inconthievable".
All told by Columbo as a bedtime story to the kid from the Wonder Years.

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Sometime during the first years of the 1990'S,
in a video store called The Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, CA, worked a store clerk who had a habit of recommending little known movies to his customers. After suggesting Au Revoir Les Enfants to one particular patron, the patron responded with "I don't want to see no reservoir dogs!".
The store clerk's name was Quentin Tarantino.
And the fact that he was a kid who enjoyed foreign works like Au Revoir with the same amount of enthusiasm for exploitation fodder like Switchblade Sisters, showed what kind of passion the future filmmaker had for the medium.
So, after I first heard this story of Quentin's recommendation, it made me seek out this movie out of curiosity, thus influencing the expansion of my then not-so-scopious palette for cinematic fare.
Which help me to approach films like Au Revoir with as much appreciation as I would with Reservoir.
Which, as far as I'm concerned, has gotta count for something.

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Now here's a movie from Germany with a story that reveals how all we mortals are walking around this planet Earth with angels on our shoulders.
Well, actually, that we Earth bound beings have angels looking over our shoulders.
This is the "foreign" film which the box office smash City Of Angels was remade from. However, as is standard with most American remakes of cinema from outside their borders, the original subtitled version is the one to see since it's free of all the "Hollywoodifactions" that have a strong tendency to dilute all the conceptual aspects that gave the original it's distinctive flavor.

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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
After Under The Cherry Moon, the disastrously bad sequel to Purple Rain, rock star & 80's icon, Prince, goes back to his musical roots by producing a concert film. This allows Sign 'O' The Times to focus on what the Purple-Meister truly excels at, which is creating & performing music that is a funkadelic fusion of rock, punk and eclectic R&B.
Both the movie and the album of the same name are made up of a stitchwork of songs that jump effortlessly from one music genre to another and an provide excellent example of why His Royal Badness was such a majestic tour-de-force during this particular decade.

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People who added this item 345 Average listal rating (225 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
La Bamba (1987)
A biopic of Ritchie Valens, one of the musical artists who's aspiring career was cut short on that infamous day when the music died.
A down to earth story of how a teenage boy rose from migrant worker to meteoric rock star by winning the hearts of the music world with infectious songs like "La Bamba" and "Donna".

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on this site, it's cool to admit to liking a John Hughes movie, right?
If it isn't, then I'm hoping I guessed right when I figured that by puttin' up a buncha "my top ten favorite movie" lists here on Listal, with so many favorite lists by another members up already, no one would really read mine, & therefore, I can feel completely safe with expressing some of these guilty pleasures without fear of being pointed & then laffed at.
And if by the rare chance, someone out there IS reading this, pleease don't tell me.
Cuz, I would literally die of embarrassment.
Or at least, suffer a massive corony of embarrassment.
And even though I do have one of the made-for-the home emergency mini defibrillator kits in the house, I can't find the instructions anywhere.
It came with the kit, but I just don't know what I did with it.

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Okay, after the popularity of this movie, we all know by know that Hell hath no fury like that of a woman scorned.
And when when die (God forbid...!), if we end up going to Hell (God forbid....!), we just might find that there are no bunnies to be found in Hell (at least, not anywhere south of the river Styx, that is).
Not because there aren't any bunnies that don't deserve to go to Hell after they've "croaked", mind you....
It's just that, all the scorned women who are down there as a result of the fury that they wrought, well, y'know.... they put 'em all to boil.
I mean think about it,
the heat is already there.
They've been scorned. And since they're in Hell already, it's not like they're gonna get in trouble for boiling the bunnies.
Down there, they can boil 'em to their heart's content.
I guess what I'm trying to say is,
Hell must be Paradise for women who have been scorned.
No wonder there is no fury like their's.

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People who added this item 152 Average listal rating (91 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3

In order to help bail one of her patients out of a jam, psychiatrist Dr. Margaret Ford enters the House Of Games, not realizing that once you check in, you can never leave.
Or is that Hotel California?
Well, whatever it's from, the point is, she quickly finds that the confidence world is one where trust, integrity and friendship are always just a bluff for a bad hand. And just like poker, you've got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em.
Or is that from The Gambler?
As you can probably tell by the way I've written this entry, I'll never be one who will give David Mamet a run for his money. But what I can do is give his movies a high recommendation. Starting with this one.

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People who added this item 996 Average listal rating (649 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4

Greed is good.
But only if you don't take on a young punk upstart like Charlie Sheen as a prodigy, who'll more'n likely try to frame you later on after you screw him on a big business deal.
But beyond that,
it's still good.
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Babynapping (napping as as in kidnapping, not sleep napping) at it's finest. By far, my favorite Nick Cage performance. And also by far, the funniest movie in the whole of the sublimely funny hick movie genre. (Which, BTW, is a genre that I really don't how to clearly define. Which is why I like to categorize Coen Bros. film in it.)
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People who added this item 303 Average listal rating (172 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
A funny and smart inside-out look into the dynamics of stilted relationships within the modern (well, modern for it's time) workplace of the media.
A love triangle consisting of three career-minded personalities in the fast-paced and often frenetic atmosphere of a newsroom, trying to walk a tightrope between love & ladder-climbing.

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The end of not just an ancient and epic era in Chinese history, but probably in world history, also. Depicted through the life a young boy, then man, born into the role of monarchy, yet powerless but to sit on a thrown & watch it happen in front of him.
Told with expansive and colorful scenery, The Last Emperor is an almost quiet yet sweeping story of a life that begins royally in a dynastic palace and yet ends modestly in a humble garden.

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People who added this item 1670 Average listal rating (1060 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3

Okay, let's just forget the vampires in this movie for a second.....
Any movie that can feature a Corey in it, let alone two, and still come off as cool,
well, that would be a movie that surely had to have been touched by the hand of God.
I wouldn't be surprised if the director, Joel Schumacher was actually the Christ in his Second Coming (I mean seriously.... Jesus did rise from the dead after 3 days, He often spoke of drinking his blood, and simple logic would dictate that He would have developed an aversion to wooden crosses....
so, you'know.... it all fits....)

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IMO this is John Candy's best movie role (and yeah, that includes Uncle Buck). He does an excellent job of portraying a pain in the ass who can touch a person's last nerve and yet in the end, have just enough pull at their heartstrings to make him endurable. Plus, his comedic chemistry here with Steve Martin is impeccable.
For me, this is the only holiday movie that I consider as a true Thanksgiving movie. Therefore, in addition to the football game,
I consider Planes, Trains & Automobiles as a must see on my television set every year on that final Thursday of November.
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"How tall are you private?"
"Sir, five foot nine, sir!"
"Five foot nine? I didn't know they stacked sh#t that high! You tryin' to squeeze an inch in on me somewhere, huh?"
" Sir, no sir!"
"Bullsh#t! It looks to me like the best part of you ran down the crack of your momma's ass and ended up as a brown stain on the mattress! I think you been cheated! Where in the hell are you from anyway, private?"
"Sir, Texas, sir!"
"Holy dog sh#t! Texas? Only steers and queers come from Texas, Private Cowboy. And you don't look much like a steer to me so that kinda narrows it down. Do you suck dicks?"
"Sir, no sir!"
"Are you a peter puffer?"
"Sir, no sir!"
"I'll bet you're the kinda guy that would f#ck a person in the ass and not even have the godd@mn common courtesy to give him a reach-around. I'll be watching you."

With dialogue like that, that's all I need to make this movie number one on this list.
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