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 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

1984 is filled with a lot of childhood favorites. The "84 Trifecta" for me is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Ghostbusters and Gremlins. They are also the earliest theatrical films that I have the clearest memories of seeing.

My Top 10 (in alphabetical order)
1. Beverly Hills Cop
2. Ghostbusters
3. Gremlins
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street
6. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
7. The Terminator
8. The NeverEnding Story
9. Romancing the Stone
10. The Last Starfighter

OTHERS I LIKE: 2010, Amadeus, Children of the Corn, City Heat, Cloak & Dagger, Dreamscape, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Iceman, The Karate Kid, Missing in Action, Night of the Comet, Police Academy, Runaway, Starman, Tightrope, Top Secret!

DIDN'T LIKE: The Company of Wolves, Hard to Hold, The Ice Pirates, Red Dawn, Streets of Fire.

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

1984 is filled with a lot of childhood favorites. The "84 Trifecta" for me is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Ghostbusters and Gremlins. They are also the earliest theatrical films that I have the clearest memories of seeing.

Temple of Doom has always been -- by a fair margin -- my least favorite of the Indy films. I feel kind of bad about that since a number of my problems with it are trivial (the reversed splits, the Raiders reference even though this is technically a prequel, etc).

As for Gremlins, I need to revisit it, as my childhood memories are full of repeated viewings of the sequel -- even though I could probably still recite large chunks of the original verbatim, I don't think I really got into it until around the time the sequel was released, whereas The Neverending Story was a huge, huge part of my early childhood.

It's interesting to me now to consider how childhood favorite stack up against "classics" from these early years of my life.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

As for Gremlins, I need to revisit it, as my childhood memories are full of repeated viewings of the sequel -- even though I could probably still recite large chunks of the original verbatim, I don't think I really got into it until around the time the sequel was released,

Funny enough, I didn't care for the sequel when it first came out because I didn't like the change in tone to being more of a straight-on comedy. I started liking it years later, though, but still prefer the original. My mom has often told the story about how she took me to see the original in the theater, and I was enjoying it just fine until the evil gremlins showed up, then I was wanted to leave. Haha! She made me stay, though, and of course I was later glad she did because I ended up loving it. I spent the rest of that summer running around the neighborhood with a plush Gizmo (which I still have) hanging out of my backpack. big grin

It's interesting to me now to consider how childhood favorite stack up against "classics" from these early years of my life.

It is always interesting to go back and visit other films from that time that you never saw then, just because they were of a different genre or perhaps "adult" movies compared to the things you liked as a kid. But even if there are other movies that may technically be "better" than my childhood favorites, I usually still prefer the latter because those are the movies that became the most personal to me.

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 4:26 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

1) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

I saw this 33 times in theaters, a personal record for me when I was an avid moviegoer in the 80s. A new theater opened in Fairfax, Va. at Fair Oaks Mall and I was first in line waiting to buy a ticket. Got my picture in the paper taken by a local reporter and everything! I never had a problem with the "reaching for the gun" gag. I just assumed Indy tried that many times even prior to the events in TOD.

2) Gremlins
3) Star Trek III
4) Ghostbusters
5) Blood Simple
6) The Last Starfighter
7) The Terminator (one patron fell asleep and was snoring loudly at one screening)
8) Splash
9) 2010
10) Purple Rain

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

A new theater opened in Fairfax, Va. at Fair Oaks Mall and I was first in line waiting to buy a ticket. Got my picture in the paper taken by a local reporter and everything!

That's pretty cool. Do you still have a copy?

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 4:50 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

A new theater opened in Fairfax, Va. at Fair Oaks Mall and I was first in line waiting to buy a ticket. Got my picture in the paper taken by a local reporter and everything!

That's pretty cool. Do you still have a copy?


No. It was lost decades ago. Not much to see anyway. They were concentrating on this newly opened theater anyway and two ladies sitting in beach lounge chairs next to me (the line was outdoors) partially obscured my picture. Oh well!

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 8:46 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

Paris, Texas

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Repo Man

Red Dawn

John Carpenter's Starman

The Killing Fields

Streets of Fire

Ghostbusters

Amadeus

Greystoke the Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes

Gremlins

Dune

The Company of Wolves

Under the Volcano

CHUD


(why CHUD but no Terminator? Never been a fan of Cameron in any wayshapeform. Always feels like an agenda at play.)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 1:10 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

I'm always hated for my two favorites of 1984, but since you asked, here goes:

"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
"Star Trek III: The Search for Spock"

Can't really think of eight others, but I also enjoyed "The Karate Kid", "Gremlins" and "Amadeus" (that was 1984, wasn't it?).

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Going back to a film a couple have listed: anyone know why High Road to China isn't even listed on Netflix? Does it have some kind of objectionable content or is that just an oversight on their part? I'd like to see the film but the home video editions are a little pricey just to check it out.

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Wasn't this thread about "83" films? confused

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Wasn't this thread about "83" films? confused

It was. I'm going to work forward through the years? Would people prefer separate threads?

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Wasn't this thread about "83" films? confused

It was. I'm going to work forward through the years? Would people prefer separate threads?


I think that would work better. But I'm usually out voted on such things. D

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 8:54 AM   
 By:   Freejack   (Member)



1984 here we go:

1# THE TERMINATOR - 10/10

2# INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM - 10/10

3# RED DAWN - 8/10

4# A NIGHTMARE ON ELMSTREET - 8/10

5# GHOSTBUSTERS - 7/10

6# RUNAWAY - 7/10

7# MISSING IN ACTION - 7/10

8# FRIDAY THE 13:th PART IV: THE FINAL CHAPTER - 7/10

9# GREMLINS - 6/10

10# THE KARATE KID - 6/10

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Local Hero is really a lovely and odd little film. It challenges your patience at moments, but if you see it through the experience really does pay off. It is penetratingly good somehow that does not make sense.

I like Return of the Jedi. Theoretically all the stuff with the Ewoks was marketing garbage, but those space battles are really terrific.

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Here's my top 10, 1984 in alphabetical order:

(1) 2010
(2) Amadeus
(3) Beverly Hills Cop
(4) The Bounty
(5) Ghostbusters
(6) The Karate Kid
(7) The Last Starfighter
(8) The Natural
(9) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
(10) Splash


Runner Ups.

(1) Bachelor Party
(2) Blame it on Rio
(3) Body Double
(4) Crimes of Passion
(5) The Terminator
(6) The Woman in Red

Thanks for the title thread change. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2013 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

My 5 favourite films from 1983, not including the obvious out-of-competition status for ZELIG are :


EL SUR
THE KING OF COMEDY
LE BAL
THE RIGHT STUFF
UNDER FIRE





My 5 favourite films from 1984, not including the obvious out-of-competition status for ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA are :


NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND
LA DIAGONALE DU FOU
LAS BICICLETAS SON PARA EL VERANO
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES
THE ELEMENT OF CRIME

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

I have one favorite apiece for these years:

1983: Nostalghia (Tarkovsky)

&

1984: L'amour à mort (Resnais)

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

1983:

  • AND THE SHIP SAILS ON
  • L'ARGENT
  • DANTON
  • LAST NIGHT AT THE ALAMO
  • LOCAL HERO
  • THE MAKIOKA SISTERS
  • EL NORTE
  • NOSTALGHIA
  • RUMBLE FISH
  • ZELIG


    1984:

  • ALL OF ME
  • BROADWAY DANNY ROSE
  • THE HIT
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
  • PARIS, TEXAS
  • REPO MAN
  • STRANGER THAN PARADISE
  • THIS IS SPINAL TAP

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