Year in Film: 1980

Alligator

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Alligator is another film I remember being on television almost constantly when when I was a kid, although the only part I could remember distinctly was the climatic scene of a a cop placing a time bomb in a sewer and not being able to escape because a car had stopped directly over a manhole, […]


Dressed to Kill

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After watching Raising Cain a while back, I was eager to see some more Brian De Palma, especially his earlier stuff. Although it is not as well-known as Carrie or Blow Out, this Dressed to Kill is one of De Palma’s best from the period. De Palma had a reputation of being showing his Hitchcock […]


Fatso

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This is a film I have wanted to see for a  long time, despite the fact that I have heard that it is a disasters, and was in fact so bad that Anne Bancroft was never able to direct another film after this flopped. It is true that Bancroft never directed another film after this, […]


Melvin And Howard

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Melvin and Howard is a sweet little film that comes at the tail end of the film renaissance known as “New American Cinema”, which started with Bonnie and Clyde in 1967 and puttered to a close in 1979 or 1980. Melvin Dummar became a household name after Howard Hughes died as the richest man in […]


My Bodyguard

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I’m continuing my little project of watching films I remember seeing on TV when I was a kid. Unlike Super Fuzz and They Call Me Bruce?, I remembered My Bodyguard only very vaguely, although I seem to recall that several of the girls in my elementary school had crushes on the young Canadian actor Chris […]


Nine to Five

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I organized a film viewing night with friends and we had decided on a Deep South theme. I pulled out DVDs of Streetcar Named Desire, Mudhoney, Squirm, True Stories, and anything else I could think of. After watching The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, everyone in the room (five women and me) was raving about […]


Ordinary People

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Ordinary People has been on my “to watch” list for a long time, as I view 1979 and 1980 as the last years of the great renaissance in American film, before it was killed off by the VCR revolution. The film won Oscars for best film, for director Robert Redford, and a Supporting Actor Oscar […]


Stardust Memories

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Today is Woody Allen’s 75th birthday. I wrote a long guide to his movies to mark the occasion, but I did not have time to make it as comprehensive as I was hoping to make it. Maybe I can expand it before his 80th birthday. I also wanted to celebrate the day by watching one […]


Super Fuzz

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There are lots of reasons to watch a movie, and nostalgia is just as good as any of them. Super Fuzz is a movie that was made when I was 6 years old, and first aired on TV in the US when I was 8. I also distinctly remember it as one of the very […]


Random Quote

“With no power, comes no responsibility. Except, that wasn't true.”
-Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson)
from Kick-Ass