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Old 10-23-2010, 04:37 PM   #1
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Top 10 of the Decade: The 1980's

1. Reds (Beatty, 81)
2. Once Upon a Time in America (Leone, 84)
3. Stardust Memories (Allen, 80)
4. Betty Blue (Beineix, 86)
5. City of Pirates (Ruiz, 83)
6. Nostalghia (Tarkovsky, 83)
7. The Thing (Carpenter, 82)
8. Le Pont du Nord (Rivette, 81)
9. Nausicäa of the Valley of the Wind (Miyazaki, 84)
10. The Right Stuff (Kaufman, 83)

I'm a little surprised that I had five English-language titles on here, considering how shitty a decade it was for American film, though I think that's more apparent in the latter half of the 80's. And of course, the Leone is for all practical purposes an Italian film, considering the nationality of the writers, director, and the majority of the crew. Outside of anime, it was a pretty weak decade from Asia as well, despite a late renaissance of Kurosawa and the rise of John Woo and other Hong Kong filmmakers.

I flirted with including Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One: The Reconstruction but it's a bit of an oddity because all the extra scenes were put in after his death. The theatrical cut is something that wouldn't even come close to making my list, as opposed to something like Touch of Evil which was a masterpiece even in its studio-altered version.

As for Kieslowski's Dekalog, I don't feel comfortable putting what is essentially an anthology as well as a TV miniseries on the list with feature films. I won't begrudge anyone who does include it; certainly one of the towering achievements of the decade.
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There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, seven hundred and fifty miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no man could ever pass. They called it the sound barrier.
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Ahh love the last two on there, and The Thing as well.

Of course, those are the only movies on your list I've seen, so that bodes incredibly well for the rest of them lol.
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I can't make this list until I seriously sit down and watch Empire and Jedi back to back. It's been so long since I've watched them that there's still a lot of my childhood love for Jedi taking over what should apparently be common sense. So, I think I'll do that this evening and then finish up the list.

I hate feeling pressured to like something, but at the same time, I seem to be the only person on earth that remotely likes Jedi, so I must be doing something wrong.
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I enjoy Jedi, it's just not nearly as good as IV and V.

How are you being pressured?
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I enjoy Jedi, it's just not nearly as good as IV and V.

How are you being pressured?
Nobody's actively pressuring me, so that was probably the wrong word. What I mean is, it's tough to defend Jedi when I keep seeing the pointed out flaws of the film.

Since it's been like ten years since I've seen the two movies, it's a good excuse anyways.
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Holy crap this is a hard one! I have to cut down a list of 24 And that's already cut down from a larger list.
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Nobody's actively pressuring me, so that was probably the wrong word. What I mean is, it's tough to defend Jedi when I keep seeing the pointed out flaws of the film.

Since it's been like ten years since I've seen the two movies, it's a good excuse anyways.
Maybe you can just go on loving Jedi regardless of what other people think of it.

But, any excuse to watch Empire is a good excuse.
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Nobody's actively pressuring me, so that was probably the wrong word. What I mean is, it's tough to defend Jedi when I keep seeing the pointed out flaws of the film.

Since it's been like ten years since I've seen the two movies, it's a good excuse anyways.
Prepare to let go of part of your childhood tonight, because that shit ain't gonna age well.

 
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Looks like a deleted scene from Avatar.
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I fucking love that Elephant.
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1. A Fish Called Wanda – Crichton
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark – Spielberg
3. Bladerunner – Scott
4. Chariots of Fire – Hudson
5. This is Spinal Tap – Reiner
6. Brazil - Gilliam
7. My Dinner with Andre – Malle
8. The Untouchables – De Palma
9. Henry V – Branagh
10. The Right Stuff – Kaufman

Too bad Peterson, Herzog, Scorsese, Beineix, Zemeckis, Lynch, Cameron, McTiernan, Allen, Kasdan, Miller, Huston, Weir, Joffe, Bergman, Zwick, Kurosawa, Wenders, Attenborough, Ivory, Forman etc.
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1. A Fish Called Wanda – Crichton
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark – Spielberg
3. Bladerunner – Scott
4. Chariots of Fire – Hudson
5. This is Spinal Tap – Reiner
6. Brazil - Gilliam
7. My Dinner with Andre – Malle
8. The Untouchables – De Palma
9. Henry V – Branagh
10. The Right Stuff – Kaufman

Too bad Peterson, Herzog, Scorsese, Beineix, Zemeckis, Lynch, Cameron, McTiernan, Allen, Kasdan, Miller, Huston, Weir, Joffe, Bergman, Zwick, Kurosawa, Wenders, Attenborough, Ivory etc.
I want to give you a hug due to 1,3,4,5,6 and 10.



My own list would likely include a few of those.
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You have to pick which ones you love and rewatch versus the ones you SHOULD put on there. This list could easily be doubled or tripled.
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You have to pick which ones you love and rewatch versus the ones you SHOULD put on there. This list could easily be doubled or tripled.
I'm saying. I started with 50 movies, eliminated the obvious ones and the ones with multi-directors and am still stuck with 32. Jesus, this is ridiculous.
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