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Favorite Movies -- A Year by Year Review

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1980

While there were a fair number of good films this year, picking my favorite wasn't terribly hard. For as long as I can remember, I've been a fantasy/sci-fi fan. And what could compete with Star Wars Episode V during this year, one of the best sci-fantasy movies ever created? I mean, sure, there are some other great classics during this year, a couple of which I mention, but for 1980, Empire is peerless.
Obviously, I didn't see this movie when it first came out. But all of the Star Wars movies were a large part of my childhood, and this one is no exception, perhaps even being my favorite of the original trilogy. This was the first Star Wars movie my father saw, and as he described it, when you first saw the Star Destroyer on the screen for the first time, it was awe inspiring. Before this series, there really was nothing like it out there. We take sci-fi movies for granted today, with the computerized special effects and all, but when these first came out, sci-fi movies were light years behind Lucas.
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Airplane! (1980)
I would say a close second, but there really is much more distance between one and two this year. Still, Airplane is one of those wacky comedies that I grew up loving so much, along the same lines as Hot Shots, Spaceballs, and the like. I don't always go for wacky comedies today, in large part because they are so tied to crude and crass humor as well, but back during this movie's heyday, wacky and crass were not one and the same.
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I'm not a huge horror fan by any stretch, though I do have my favorites in that genre. This is one of them, a true classic of the genre. Jack is of course Jack, but really, everything in this movie is just creepy and vintage. I haven't read the book, and am not sure if I should, but this one will always remain a classic for me.
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While certainly not on the same level as the above movies, there is a certain quaintness of the Herbie movies that aren't captured by the newest installment in the series. And this one here is probably one of my favorites of the Herbie movies. And it doesn't hurt that Harvey Korman is in this movie. I'll admit, it's more than a bit wacky and bizarre, but what could you expect from a movie with a car that has a life of its own?
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One of Mel Gibson's earliest films, and one of the most classic of this era. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where law is little, if at all, existent, the story and performance here is classic. While not a zombie movie, it shares a similar question that I think many people have wondered at: what would happen if law and order as we know it breaks down for whatever reason? All such movies, whether zombie or otherwise, this question is at their heart, for such disasters bring such a reality into focus. How would our society react in such a time?
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1981

I found this year very problematic for me. I'm a huge fan of all the films below, and have seen each of them a number of times. In the end, I decided to give the nod to Indy, in part because while I love the other films, well, it's Indy at his best. Even though I wasn't a fan of the latest installment, the original trilogy were all amazing.
I have loved Indiana films since I can remember, and this one, while not quite my favorite in the series, is remarkable. I had the opportunity to see a special effects show of this movie down in Florida at Universal Studios, and was quite impressed. Perhaps the film makers today should look at these original if they decide to do another Indiana..and leave out the sci-fi. It doesn't fit.
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Excalibur (1981)
I know, I know, this is not the Arthurian legend as told in Le'Morte D'Arthur. But honestly, I don't really care this time. I've seen a number of Arthurian legend movies, and yes, some of them are more accurate. But this one, for me, is the most entertaining while possessing enough of the actual legend to remain an Arthur story. The newest installment from 2004? *shakes head* Sure, it's a good enough movie if you stop calling it an Arthur movie, but it loses all credibility as an Arthurian legend movie. I know it was supposed to be more historically accurate, but truly, who enjoys the Arthur stories for historical accuracy?
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Dragonslayer (1981)
This little gem is largely forgotten by most people I know. I won't call this one a blockbuster, but it does possess a charm that few dragon movies today do. The special effects are a little dated, but good enough to provide a good backdrop for the story, which may be a bit ho-hum as far as being a bit generic, but all the same, I find it fun to return to even after having seen it numerous times.
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The Evil Dead (2002)
Brilliant. Disturbing. Classic. All these can be used to describe this first in a trilogy. I've been a huge fan of these movies for a long time, although I admit, I started with the third in the series, Army of Darkness. This one, however, is the only one intended to be at all scary, or at least that's how I interpreted it. While not really scary, it's a fun ride, with Bruce Campbell doing the character he does best.
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The last work of the legendary Ray Harryhausen, this movie outshines its newer counterparts on so many levels, it's laughable. Okay, so the special effects weren't as realistic as the newer movies, I'll grant you, but for all that, the newer movies lacked any really strength of character and charm, and even though the animation is not realistic, it has an attraction all its own. Personally, I love this one, with the great pacing and character development. To me, this is a true classic and well worth viewing.
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1982

I could say that this was a difficult choice for my favorite of 1982, but I won't. Don't get me wrong; I love the Rocky series. Either you like Stallone or you don't and hate the series. And of course, judging from my other lists, I'm a huge Star Trek fan. However, none of them quite measures up to Conan. This is one of Arnold's signature roles, and for any one loving epics, it's one of the iconic movies out there. I'm not sure how I could choose any other movie for this year.
Yes, I know, he's taken more than a bit of a fall with the scandals surrounding him today. But this piece is timeless, classic, and the performance and atmosphere are unmatched by the new movie that was predictable and laughable in its attempt to portray Conan. The cast just didn't have the presence Arnold does on the screen, and this one, made at Arnold's peak in body building or shortly thereafter, who can compete with such a portrayal? All the elements just came together for this movie, and to me, it was just dumb to attempt to remake it. Hollywood, get some new ideas already.
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I won't say I didn't enjoy the newest installment of Tron. I did. It was an entertaining movie that DIDN'T simply try to remake this one. For once, Hollywood left well enough alone and simply attempted to jump-start a series with an add-on to a classic. This one is one of the first CGI attempts in movie making, and along with The Last Starfighter, is a classic, in large part because back then, story-telling was still an art practiced widely in Hollywood. Today, it's all simply formula, special effects, and action(replace action with blood/gore, dirty/crass jokes, or the like for other genres). If Hollywood insists on going back to old materials, take some lessons in good story telling, for crying out loud.
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Yes, I've watched the original Star Trek movie. Yes, it's difficult to get through, even for a hardcore Trekkie fan. But this one, this one is amazing, and one of my favorites. I won't say it's the top (there are a few others above it, farther down on this list), but it's classic, and has my favorite Star Trek captain, James T. Kirk. Perhaps there are other captains more level-headed, but none I would trust more to get me out of an impossible situation.
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Rocky III (2005)
So, you either love Stallone's movies, or you hate them. And yes, he's not the most talented actor, much more of a character actor in many ways. But I enjoy his style, his approach in movies, and though he does some genres much better than others, the Rocky series is his ultimate classic (with the exception of Rocky V...what was he thinking?). This one is a fun movie with great casting and memorable characters. It's a shame his trainer died in this one but with such characters as Thunderlips (played by Hulk Hogan) and Clubber Lang (played by Mr. T), it's hugely entertaining and as with most of them, inspirational.
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Creepshow (1982)
As I mentioned, I'm not a huge horror films person, but this one I remember way back from my middle school years, and I love it. I can still remember my friend being terrified of going down stairs after watching this, running back up the stairs screaming. Probably my favorite story from here is The Crate Monster, but the whole movie is great, and has a charm similar in many ways to another favorite of mine, the Twilight Zone. If you haven't seen it and at all enjoy such shows, I'd highly recommend it.
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1983

There are some, perhaps many, who may disagree with this choice. After all, it's hard to beat the original National Lampoon's Vacation. And even in spite of the cuteness that Lucas brings to the SW series, I had to give the nod to my favorite movie trilogy of all time. Yes, there are other great trilogies that I love. But it's hard to see any other one that has achieved such iconic status that didn't have a huge fan base already in place from a book series.
While a notch lower on my scale than the previous Empires, it's still high above the newest trilogy in the series, and one of my all-time favorite films. Yes, Lucas gets cute in this one, but for all that, the story and characters are classics and SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE, thank you George. And stop whining that people want you to leave a classic alone. Yes, it's yours, you can tinker with it. But don't be surprised when fans who grew up loving it hate that you're changing it all these years later. And for goodness sake, if you are going to update things, don't make them melodramatic and corny. Updates special effects, scene transitions, fine, whatever, but leave the dialogue and scene resolutions alone! *looks at Lucas...at Emperor death scene....at Lucas...at Emperor death scene...grabs Lucas and throws him down endless shaft to his doom*
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Okay, there are many, many Christmas movies out there that I enjoy. And perhaps its blasphemy to not name It's a Wonderful Life my favorite all time. But to me, there's nothing out there that quite measures up to this. Of all the Vacations movies, this one is the best; it captures the holiday and the little difficulties brilliantly; the characters epitomize the experience of the family holiday gathering with shocking perfection. Yes, this one is a holiday experience anyone can relate to at least in some measure. That is why, in spite of loving It's a Wonderful Life and so many others, I place this one ahead of all of them.
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First: I have a red-rider bb gun. And it is amazing to shoot. Thankfully, I have not shot my eye out...at least, not yet. This movie captures that feeling most of us have had growing up of wanting that one special something so badly. The movies also had a certain attraction as many movies in the eighties often do that become classics. Whether this is the acting, the story, or what, I'm not certain, but there's something about this movie that keeps people coming back to it.
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I remember reading about a controversy surrounding the making of this film, though that largely is forgotten by me. But I do love this one, with some classics here from the original series. I have to say, I do prefer the William Shatner version of Terror at 20,000 Feet, but the episode "Kick the Can" done by Spielberg is wonderfully charming. If you like the original series, you should give this one a try. And watch out for the creepy bunny.

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Okay, so perhaps not a classic, nor anything special in animation. But it's still a good, solid Disney production, and one of my favorite Disney Christmas movies. And is it just me, or did Disney forget how to make a good movie without singing every other scene after Little Mermaid? Of course, I say that loosely. It's collaboration with Studio Ghibli is brilliant, and brings some of my favorites to a good DVD version. But still...enough with the singing.
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1984

This was one of the more difficult years for me to choose. Perhaps the bottom two here weren't quite on the same level for me, but the top three are very, VERY close for me. I can't imagine my life without any of these three movies in it. But there is something about the original Karate Kid, a kind of charm or nostalia, that nudges it above the others for me. Of course, perhaps it's because I'm also chagrined over the remake that, while I love Jackie Chan, did not do the original justice.
One of my all-time favorites growing up, and one of those on the "Please Do Not Remake" list for me (sadly, they've done it...horribly so). The casting is really what makes this one work. No offense, Jackie, but you don't quite work so well for the role. Keisuke Miyagi is the consummate teacher, and the chemistry between the casting of Miyagi and Daniel is too perfect to see anyone else in the role. Okay, the newer one has more talented martial artists, I'll give that to the new one hands-down. All the same, it did nothing to capture what made the original so timeless.
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Along with the aforementioned Tron, this is one of those true classics of the 80s, and another favorite of mine growing up. And while I would detest a remake of it, I would love to see a sequel today...though I say that with caution. It could turn into another joke very easily, much like so many series reboots are. But I've always wondered what happens after he returns to rebuild the Starfighter legion. In spite of dated CGI, this movie shares with other sci-fi the traits of true classics.
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This movies brings great memories to me, including a rather grand birthday cake my father decorated for me in the theme of this movie, as well as a birthday party I had with the theme. And yes, I was once a Ghostbuster for Halloween. It was a central movie for me growing up, and one I watched over and over again, like few others. It also includes a trio that works so well together: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis. Harold Ramis is also a great director, producing a favorite of mine, Groundhog Day.
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Terminator (2001)
Another of Arnold's classic roles, I'm not sure who else could reprise the role and not fall short of his performance. Unlike other films in this series, Arnold is the enemy in this one, and does a brilliant job portraying the terminator. The special effects for the time are great, and I liked the choice of other actors/actresses for this one.
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Gremlins (1984)
Not sure if this would fall under Christmas or not, but I think most people of my generation remember mogwai and the creepy gremlins they turn into. Sadly, with the second movie, it all became comedy and silly, and yes, perhaps there are parts of this one that are silly. But all things being equal, this one is a classic monster/horror movie of the 80s.
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1985

Some great, great movies in this year, not only including those I have listed. And I'm certain many are going to question my top choice for this year. When I have movies like Back to the Future or Goonies, how can I choose Rocky IV? In all honesty, perhaps those two movies are "better" in many areas, but for me, this is a very personal choice. The role that Rocky IV has had in my childhood and life, as an inspiration, especially for some one growing up during it's release, left me with no other choice.
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Rocky IV (1997)
Of all the Rocky movies, probably the one I've watched most, even if it's not quite my favorite of them. Perhaps it's a bit overly dramatic, but there's something about this one that keeps me coming back to it. While not timeless as the original is, it's a testament to the end of the tensions of the Cold War and our long-time rivalry with the Russians in sports.
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A brilliant series and my favorite of Michael J. Fox movies, this one should be included on most sci-fi fans top lists. Even though the second one waxes a bit slow or odd at times, this series is timeless, perhaps because of a great story, amazing casting and fun exploration of a long-standing sci-fi concept: time travel.
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The Goonies (1985)
Another of those on my list of "Please Don't Remake," this one has yet to be remade. Thanks the stars for that. I'm not sure how the chemistry of the cast and the brilliant story-telling could ever be recaptured, and no, I would not welcome a sequel to this, as there isn't much left to tell here. I'm sure the crummy producers in Hollywood today could come up with some puke of a story for us, but who would watch it?
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Fright Night (1999)
I haven't seen the newest movie in this series, though I've heard it's not too bad. Still, I'm not sure you can do better than this for 80s vampire movies...well, it would be close with The Lost Boys, I'll give you that. But this is vampire killing at its best, with the reluctant hero Peter Vincent. It's also a great hero journey representation, for those interested in mythology and the hero journey.
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Summer Rental (1985)
John Candy. His like is no longer seen in Hollywood. He was the family comedian, and this movie epitomizes that genre. Like so many of his other classics, this one is clean and yet hilarious situation comedy, and like in almost all of his movies, he simply plays himself. There's another actor I can think of like that..um, let's see, John Wayne? Both actors plays themselves in virtually all movies, and yet, it seems no one cares. They're brilliant, and their movies are usually entertaining, and often classic.
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1986

Can I say Star Trek IV is my favorite all-time Star Trek? Well, I can't, but it would definitely be in the discussions, and certainly in the top three. All the other movies here have good reasons to be listed from this year, but Spock was beyond priceless in this one, and the rest of the cast hit dead on for a mix of good humor and a great storyline. To quote the movie, "Are you sure you won't change your mind?" Spock responds, "Is there something wrong with the one I already have?"
Hello computer. I said, hello computer. It's amazing how many advances predicted by Star Trek are coming to reality today. That being said, this one is my favorite of all the movies, and for being set in the past rather than the future. For those confused by the first lines here, it's Scottie (pictured right) talking to the computer in the photo. The light comedy and chemistry between the actors in his one is what sets it ahead of others in the series that I also love. While there are other classic Star Trek movies that are close, this still remains my favorite.
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In all honesty, I'm not quite sure what it is about this one that I love so much. Perhaps it's my fascination with Japanese tradition and culture (okay, it's not set in Japan, I know that; but it's along those same lines). Perhaps it's the origins type story that I enjoy. I don't know, but this one has a charm to it that I can't resist returning to.
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Another of those American icons, Clint Eastwood simply knows how to make great movies. And he proves that here as he does in so many other movies. I won't say this is timeless in the way his [i]Unforgiven[/i] or [i]Dirty Harry[/i] movies are, but there's a definite Eastwood charm to this flick. The humor is there, but not overwhelming, and in spite of my tendency to shy from overly crude humor, there is some of that here, though it fits the characters and situation so well, I don't find it problematic.
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Of all the Aliens movies, this one is still my favorite. I enjoy the original well enough, though didn't care to much for the third installments and beyond, this one is a great action flick with good, solid acting, and good pacing for the action, balanced with character development and a hero-journey type flair for Ripley. All-in-all, it has all the elements I enjoy in a sci-fi action film.
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Cobra (1986)
Another, if you like Stallone, you'll love this film, movie, this one is highly entertaining, and one of the few films to inspire me to try food a new way. Okay, so I had never taken cold takeout pizza from the fridge and eaten it cold before, but I have to say, it can be quite good, as long as it's the right kind of pizza (usually deep dish,) it can be quite good. Usually it's books that inspire new cuisines and such for me. Thanks Stallone.
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1987

When I got to this year, I would have thought Spaceballs was, by and far, the easy top choice. I had a VHS tape of the movie, and wore it out I watched it so often. What could displace such a movie? And then later, I discovered The Princess Bride. Do I need to say more? Perhaps I don't, but I am going to anyway. While all of the movies listed here have their own charms, The Princess Bride captures a timelessness beyond mere humor. The casting, the storyline, the acting, the atmosphere and pacing, every element of the movie combined this year to leave no spot in the movie without a perfect charm, a perfect sense of enthrallment. This is one of those few movies that if I ever, EVER heard of Hollywood remaking it, I'd probably consider the services of a hitman. Seriously, remaking any such movie as this would just be wrong.
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What? A remake of this? Inconceivable. And I pray that remains so. If I had to list the top ten favorite movies of mine, this one would be on it. For those who are fans of this film, there's no further explanation needed. For those who aren't, explanation is not possible. I'm not even sure what I love best about this movie, as I love so many aspects of it. And it's one experience Hollywood attempts to duplicate at its peril.
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Spaceballs (2000)
I've probably seen this movie more times than any other in my life. In fact, I've worn out two VHS of this film before I got the DVD version. And at one point, I had every single line and syllable memorized. Sad, I know, but I was obsessed with it growing up. I haven't seen it it nearly so often (thankfully), but I still enjoying returning to planet Druidia from time to time.
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Roxanne (1987)
One of my all time favorite Steve Martin films, this one has some of his best humor in any of his movies. And yet, this movie is actually must deeper, exploring our obsession with appearance in love in a light-hearted and funny way. If you haven't seen it, it's well worth the 2+ hours of your time.
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This is the first Ernest movie I'd ever seen, and still my favorite of his. I enjoy many of his others, but I don't think he quite captures the magic of this one again. It had a good mix of comedy (it's Ernest, after all), but also portrays a bit more serious exploration of friendship. Okay, so it's no dramatic heavyweight, but the characterization is strong in this one, and develops a more rounded character than you often see in many of his other films.
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Lethal Weapon (1997)
One of the movies that made Mel Gibson famous, the trio of Mel, Danny Glover, and Joe Pesci are simply perfect together. The entire series is fun, and the chemistry of these three is dead on. Danny and Joe make a few other films together, though after the series is over, I don't recall any other films the three worked on together following the series, mores the pity.
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1988

While perhaps not the best selling fantasy of all time, in fact, not nearly so popular as the LOTR and Harry Potter titles, this year released one of my all-time favorite fantasy movies. Back before CGI and computers allowed Peter Jackson to create the hobbits, the producers cast midgets(not sure of the PC term) in the roles of the halflings. This created a charm unique to this movie. All of the elements work together so well, I'm not sure this movie should be remade ever. Then again, how many movies have we felt that way about that Hollywood did anyway?
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I know there are many larger budget fantasy films out there, and yes, I'm sure today some might question the PC of casting individuals with dwarfism as "the little people" of the film, but for me, I can throw those issues out the window and admit, I love it. It's a classic of the fantasy genre, and if not my all-time favorite in the movie genre, it's definitely a close second.
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Twins (1988)
Arnold is certainly not known for his comedy, and I won't say this is the best comedy I've ever seen, but I enjoy it so much so, that it's one of my tops from this year. I think it must be a combination of a well-written story and an odd chemistry of casting with him and Danny Devito. Whatever, this movie works, and it's one you should try, if you haven't seen it yet.
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While not his iconic role as Uncle Buck is, this one is, like almost all John Candy films, a classic (okay, so I'm ignoring a few, such as Canadian Bacon; that is hardly a classic). I'll admit, it touches on a sentimental spot for me, with a father and son visiting a locale out in the woods, but even ignoring that, the situational comedy is spot on, and the dynamics between the two families, brilliant.
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Funny Farm (1988)
Chevy Chase has been a long favorite of mine, and while Christmas Vacation mentioned below is still my all-time favorite Chase movie, this one is a close second. Being a writer myself and moving out to the country as well, I can appreciate the humor and situations in the movie from a different perspective perhaps. All the same, it's a classic story that's been told in other variants, but even with that being the case, I'd highly recommend this movie. I especially enjoy the scene of Chase and his publisher rolling a huge boulder up a hill.
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Beetlejuice (1988)
One of the most quirky dark comedies I've seen, this one is Keaton at his best. Growing up with this one, I'm not really sure what first attracted me to this one, whether it was the bizarre character of Bettlejuice or what, but I found myself watching this often. I'm not typically as into dark comedy either, but I think this one just hit it all right, even for some one not into this genre.
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1989

I never realized for this list that two of my favorite John Candy movies came out in 1989. Uncle Buck is beyond classic to me, and well, Who's Harry Crumb, perhaps a lesser know of his movies, is just Candy doing what he does best. But all-in-all, there's just no topping the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. It still amazes me when I meet some one who hasn't seen it. Of all the modern Christmas movies, I don't think any one quite as the status that this one has, and for good reason. I'd be included to thank there's at least one family member or relative in this movie that anyone can relate to.
In my mind, this is the best Christmas movie of all time. Blasphemy? Perhaps, but that's as it is. Don't get me wrong, I love many other Christmas movies, from It's a Wonderful Life to the classic Rudolph movies, but for me, this one is as good as it gets. Everything in this one encapsulates the Christmas experience for me of Christmas with the extended family, with all the weird characters, the subtle and not so subtle fighting and bickering, the problems that continue to crop up, it's all here, with a cast that is perfect.
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Uncle Buck (1998)
Another classic by John Candy, this is probably the one most people are familiar with. And for good reason. As with all Candy movies, the humor here is situational and often understated, and no one does that better than Candy, in my mind. He doesn't rely on crass or vulgar language, dirty jokes, or the like, but his delivery is spot on. I won't say I relate to this one, as I don't know any one quite like him, but this is a must see.
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UHF (1989)
I don't know of any other movies that Weird Al did, but this one is classic. If you enjoy spoof movies, you have to have seen this one, and if you haven't, go out and get it right now. I'll wait....alright, maybe not, but you should see it. One of my favorite parts of this one, aside from the great spoofs in it, is the role imagination plays in the story. Being a writer and a huge fan of fantasy and sci-fi, it's great to see a movie that explores how vital the imagination can be in our success. Okay, so it's not quite that serious in the movie, but ye, you can take that from it. Go see it.
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All. Time. Favorite. Indiana. Movie. This one is amazing, and all the better for having Sean Connery as Indy's father. He brings, oddly enough, a great sense of humor to the movie that's focus is action and adventure. It's hard to believe the series went from this to the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. *shakes head, lowering it sadly* Perhaps the series is dead now. Yes, yes, I know it was a financial success, but really, I don't think I could take another movie like that in the series.
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Another Candy movie this year? You better believe it. I'm not sure how widely this one is known, but it's an amazing comedy, with some great moments. I won't say it's quite up to Uncle Buck standards, but definitely worth seeing, and a classic in its own right. All time favorite moment from it: John Candy disguised as a jockey.
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I've created a review of my favorite movies all time, going year by year and beginning with my birth year. There are many, many movies before that year that I love and enjoy, and perhaps those will be included in a future list. For this list, these are movies that I love, not necessarily movies that were the best that year based on Hollywood or others' standards.

Obviously, I have not seen all of these movies in the year they were released, especially the first few years. Some I may have missed in later years during their release, but were introduced to by friends or family. It is also possible that a movie has slipped my mind, partly because I may not own it and not remember its existence at the time of making this list. Please feel free to suggest a title not listed here for that reason, or for any reason you may have to suggest it.

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Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Dec 17 22:04
Wow, what a great job you did here!
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Dec 18 1:44
Amazing list, I can't believe all the work you put into it!
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Dec 18 15:51
Great List!! =)
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Dec 19 1:35
Whoa. Now THAT's a LIST. Outstanding work! I'm looking forward to setting aside some time to actually read all of it!
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Dec 19 6:02
Great job dude.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Dec 19 6:10
Great movie choices!
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Dec 19 6:23
Great thoughts and great job ! Well done.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Dec 20 0:55
Huge and amazing job!!
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Dec 23 6:29
Some excellent picks here. Great list! :D

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