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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 10 Jul 2014 07:03
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25 From 84: My Favorite Films Of 1984

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People who added this item 105 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.7

Anyone else remember this space-faring, ice-stealing, Urich-starring, not-so-classical science-fiction 80's film-fare?


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A teenage kid discovers that the video game he has mastered is secretly a celestial training simulation program, when he is notified by an alien who reveals to him that he is a gunner/star-soldier in an intergalactic war between good and evil.
So, to all you video gamers out there, don't listen to society when it tries to convince you that all those hours spent on your x-box, gameboy or psp will eventually accumulate into a vast amount of wasted life.
For all anybody knows, you could very well be the last starfighter.

feel free to grab your wii and play with yourself as much as you like.
The future of the galaxy may depend on it.

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Initially, this movie had all the makings of big hit: a then up and comer Michael Pare, a very young and incredibly sexy Diane Lane, a bad-ass Flock Of Seagulls lookin' William Dafoe, a serious role for Rick Moranis, a cool soundtrack, all capped off with a script and direction by Walter Hill, the guy responsible for The Warriors, Southern Comfort and 48 Hours. Oh, and Another 48 Hours. And the '85 version of Bewster's Millions. And Supernova.....
So I guess the moral of this rock'n'roll fable is "Tonight.... is what it means to be young."

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Back before he was a multi-Oscar winning actor, Tom Hanks was one half of the crossdressing duo from Bosom Buddies. While wearing a dress, it was a role that found him surrendering his heart to a blonde bombshell. Soon he parlayed his TV comedic skills to the movie screen, making a Splash in Hollywood whilst giving his heart up to a beautiful lady who was half fish.
Which he quickly followed up with Bachelor Party, as a character who's up and getting hitched with 80's super-vixen Tawny Kitaen.
With all this funny business in the early 80's, who knew at the time that, as a serious actor, he would eventually end up becoming so big?

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Back in the early 80's, I wasn't the biggest fan of anime. Even those few that reached a high level of acclaim had a hard time of gettiing me to sit through 'em.
Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind was one of the first that finally began to open my eyes to the potential that lay within the paints and brushes that colored the cells of these films.
An ecological fable that treated it's premise with the maturity that's found in most adult oriented fantasy books and yet with the innocence of the Disney flicks, Nausicaa was able to strike a uniquely fine balance that appealed to kids and adults alike.

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The year is 1984, and screenwriter John Hughes has directed his first full length feature, called Sixteen Candles. It stars early adolescent newcomers Molly Ringwald, John Cusack and a very scrawny Anthony Michael Hall, in a coming of age film about the awkwardness that comes with, well..... coming of age.
And from here on end, teenage movies of the 80's will never be the same.

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A rule-breaking cop from the grimy streets of Detroit is led to Beverly Hills California on an investigation of the murder of his friend. Operating outside of the commands of his boss, he quickly finds that his Motor City style of police work clashes a manner that is culturally significant with the high society methods of the city known as the "Garden Spot Of The World". In a role that was tailor made for him, Eddie Murphy stars as the shrewd smiling, street savy detective, Axel Foley, a character that made the SNL regular graduate from rising star to full blown blockbuster box office draw.

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It's the tail end of the second world war and a returning black sergeant is murdered in Louisiana. Sent to investigate is military attorney Capt. Davenport, who expects that since the crime occurred in the Jim Crow south, the circumstances of the incident will be a open and close case. However, as the details of the murdered officer come to light, it becomes quite apparent that the case may not be as black and white as it first seemed.

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People who added this item 576 Average listal rating (300 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Frankenweenie (1984)
Tim Burton's very first film is a black & white feature which tells the macabre tale of how a pet dog is bought back to life by his child owner. After the bull terrier gets killed by a car (the leading cause of death amongst canines, after old age), the young lad decides to a take a page out of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and resurrect the Spuds Mckenzie look-alike through the use of electricity. I guess mad scientists have figured out that electricity is spark of all life.
But that's not the point. What matters is a boy and his dog.
A bond that not even the Grim Reaper can hope to sever.
Well....he can....
but still, through the use of love nd , well...y'know.... more electricity...
and probably some string, I guess...
the boy and his dog will can never be separated. For long.

Now that I think about it though,
when a kid's dog "bites it",
it seems to me that making a simple trip to the pet shop would really be a heck of alot easier than building a secret lab in the attic.
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People who added this item 108 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Before I saw this film,
I always thought of Sally Field as either that one flying nun chick,
or as that one girl from all those Cannonball Run movies (it is at this point of the sentence that someone will usually remind me that the movies I'm really thinking of are the Smokey & The Bandit films, not the CBR's....).
But after watching Places In The Heart,
I came to realize that, as an actress, I like her.
I really, really like her.

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People who added this item 1325 Average listal rating (824 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.2
Opie directs Forrest Gump before he got "Big", in a fishy romantic comedy about a young Elle Driver, back when the future California Mountain Snake was scaled down and still wet behind the ears as a wee innocent and naive mermaid.

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Okay, as we all know by now, this is basically a watered down version of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. The chemistry isn't as chemical, the action scenes aren't as kick ass, and the Stone isn't anywhere near as biblical as the Ark Of The Covenant.
But the makers of this movie do claim that its script was written first. As let's be honest, even though Romancing The Stone can't ever hope to measure up to Indy's first outting onto film, it's still a pretty thrilling ride. Heck, with a solid script of love from opposite sides of the hemisphere and it's high caliber serial-themed action scenes, this movie is actually good enough that it could've had a higher entry in the hierarchy of 80's adventure flicks... if it wasn't for that goddamn Ark.

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Probably the most ultimate rockumentary mockumentary film ever.
This Is Spinal Tap is a film that follows an aging rock band called Spinal Tap (duh..!) around as they try to keep it together, keep it real and keep it rocking.
And abysmally failing.
This is a movie that works so well with it's premise because not once does the story pause to try to and proclaim to it's audience, "Hey, look at me, I'm being funny!". It doesn't have time actually, since it's too busy trying to fill every second of film with satirical wit. And it's because of this combo of endless music-industry mockery with lack of winking that makes it easy to miss some of it's humor if you, as a viewer, allow yourself to lag too much in attention.

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People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Up Series is a continual set of documentary films that literally lasts a life time. Started in 1964, it documents the lifespans of a select group of individuals, starting at the age of seven and constantly returning to their respective lives every seven years to update their progress in this journey that we all share.
Therefore, there's an updated installment released after the seventh year of the previous film, each titled after the age of the subjects involved in this long-running project.
By the time of 1984, they're up to the age of 28.

Personally, I found it almost spooky and universally telling on the kind of perspective that arises from being a spectator of some else's life other than my own.
After every incarnation of this series, I can't help but ask those deep kinds of questions that are much easier to ask from the outside looking in.
For example, taking the film segments of the various people of this project when they were just children and watching 'em up against the segments of them as adults, I found myself genuinely wondering at what point in life do most of us, as humans, lose the zest and free-spiritedness that naturally comes with being a child, and then have it replaced by the more restrained walking representative of a crushed spirit that we have as adults?
And I can't remember when was the last time any film had the ability to make me get that introspective.
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People who added this item 780 Average listal rating (464 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Simply because this is the beginning of all things Coen. And in the manner of all things Coen, no more explanation is needed from this point on. And yet again, as in all things Coen, this may be because of either some personal artistic liberty or maybe just because I really don't have anything to say.
Just like all things Coen, it's probably just best to leave you guessing.

I recently watched this again,
and as a thrilling Neo-Noir made back during the 80's, IMO, it holds up exceptionally today. Still one of my favorite Coen Brothers productions.
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People who added this item 5248 Average listal rating (3534 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8

This was the first time that Ahnold ever uttered those infamous words
"Ah'll be bock."
And he didn't stop coming bock until we finally elected his blockbuster @ss into office.
I guess that's one way to stop an unstoppable killing cyber-machine.

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People who added this item 191 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
Purple Rain (1984)
Minnesotian rock star Prince soars to 80's iconic status in this semi (very semi)-autobiographical yarn about a Kid and his music.
The leader of The Revolution, he plays at a club that acts as a step towards stardom for any musical act with dreams and ambitions of making it. And one such act comes in the form of a voluptious singer named Apollonia. Who, after a failed attempt of purification, ends up riding with the Kid, both on his bike and on his journey to Purple Reign.

Okay, okay, so maybe the non-musical parts of the Kid's debut film leave something to be desired.
But this 1984 rock 'n' roll anomaly featuring the Minneapolis funk acts Prince, the Revolution, the Time and Apollonia-6, contains concert performances that, along with their charismatically maneuvered dance moves, are some of the most energetic ever caught on film.
And all the songs, each one penned by the main musical mini-might star of this show, culminate into one of the best movie soundtracks ever recorded.
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This film could very well be my favorite movie of the year, if only I ever get the chance to watch the full four hour unedited version which it's director and co-scripter, Sergio Leone had originally intended to be released.
As it stands, this story comes off as a bit too choppy and the script a bit awkward. There are missing bits of plot that, I assume, would've better established much more the emotional impact on various story-points.
Whenever I watch this movie, I tend to keep thinking on what could've been on screen instead of what is actually there.
Therefore, until I get to see this movie in it's uninhibited entirety, this is where it stands for me.
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People who added this item 493 Average listal rating (327 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7

An alien being comes down to Earth, morphs into a human form in order to understand our species and then begins a race against time to meet with his star-faring rendezvous party before the government military can get it's hands on him/it. But not before he/it can get a girl pregnant.
Simply put,
this movie is E.T. for adults.
Or at least, it's for those of us whose mind's are mature enough to understand that when it comes to traffic lights, red means "stop", green means "go" and yellow means "go very fast".
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An emotionally wrenching ending, because it's real life and not a script. I was really taken by this film mainly because of the manner that it focuses on those who are easily forgotten in our society and then brings to the surface their raw reality and all the street-life drama and engaging emotion, all at a level that the world of escapism entertainment can never really compare to.

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I am one of in the minority who likes this better than the Last Crusade. While I feel that LC's story was stronger and more down to Earth, for me, the Temple Of Doom action's sequences, while many times cartoonishly unrealistic, still were done with a lot of energy and suspense. Plus, IMO, the stunts didn't seem to try to copy the first Indy film as much as LC did. I remember all the hootin' and hollerin' that was going on the theater during TOD, whereas LC, as exciting as it was, didn't seem to invoke as much from the audience (at least, that was the case when I went to go see it). And when it comes to listing my favorites, there are times where my experience in the theater tends to influence my take on the film.

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A true life tale of a journalist's journey of survival that provides a brutal and revealing look at the aftermath of the communist takeover of Cambodia and the re-"disciplining" of it's population.

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People who added this item 5306 Average listal rating (3502 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8

Ghostbusters is a fun, 80's summer-blockbuster defining sci-fi comedy that not only features Bill Murray at his sharpest and Sigourney Weaver at her sexiest (even though at one point, she does turn into a dog....), but also cool specials effects, a couple of proton packs, sliming goblins, a key master, a gatekeeper, streams crossing, cats & dogs living together, not to mention one really big "Twinkie".
Oh, and also, a really crappy theme song. Let's not forget that really crappy song.

In this story, the dead are starting to rise on the streets of New York. Well, more so that usual that is. And at the center of it all, is the head ghost demon known as Gozer The Destructor. Who, even in marshmallow form, is still a destructor. So when ol' Goze decides to start giganticly rampaging down through the avenues of the Big Apple, who you gonna call....?
Oh alright, I know, I know.....

It's an overused cliche phrase that hasn't been used since back during the eighties.
I'll never use one from this particular decade again.
I promise......
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People who added this item 2731 Average listal rating (1725 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.2

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People who added this item 2362 Average listal rating (1449 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
I avoided this film for years, under the assumption that it's subject matter was just something that I would absolutely no interest in.
Then one day, as it aired on one of those "classic" movie channels on T.V., I decided to finally give it a chance, just to see what all that Oscar hype back in '84 was all about.
Turns out, this film isn't so much a historical retelling of classical-music pioneer, Mozart, as it a homage to the creative process of a genius who's talent was masked by both his almost hippie like eccentricity and by the conservativeness of the times. The ease of Mozart's ability to conjure up music that would stand the test of time was only recognized and appreciated by his "best friend" and rivalous contemporary, the more forgotten Salieri.
For me, the true test of any film that centers on the art of artist is the ability for it to make me appreciate (and maybe even like) the art more than I did before I watched the film. Maybe, in my case it was more the result of ignorance than anything else, I wasn't into Mozart's stuff. After viewing this movie though, as far as his music is concerned, I walked away with my eyes a little more opened & my ears a little more enriched.
Rock me, Amadeus.*

* Don't any of you dare roll your eyes at that last sentence. You knew it was gonna come sometime.
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It's 1984 and these are the top 25 films according to my own hoity-toity arrogant opinions.

I will always remember 1984 for the summer movie season which saw the release of the original Ghostbusters, Karate Kid, Temple of Doom and Purple Rain (a movie that made me a huge fan of Prince's music).
It was also the year that the first Coen Bros. movie, Blood Simple, was released. I don't have many guilty pleasures, but three of my favorite from the 80s came out this year, Streets of Fire, Ice Pirates and the Last Starfighter. 16 Candles was in theaters this year, two of my favorite documentaries were also playing on the sliver screen, Street Wise and another chapter of the 7 Up series, not to mention the mockumentary, Spinal Tap. Starman was an excellent sc-fi surprise for me that year, and Once Upon A Time in America also made it's theatric debut, altho I enjoyed the later-to-come director's cut a lot more. Rounding out the year were three great Oscar darlings, The Killing Fields, Places in the Heart, and my favorite film of the whole year, Amadeus.
And on a final note, 1984 is also the year that Ahnold first spoke the immortal words "Ah'll be bock" in the first installment of the Terminator franchise.

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