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 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Moving right along . . . to my taste, 1988 was a much less interesting year for movies than '87. Cinema Paradiso is almost without a doubt the movie of the year. Die Hard for better or worse changed action movies forever (although personally I prefer Predator to Die Hard among McTiernan's work). The year also features not only a Miyazaki movie but also a rare non-Miyazaki Ghibli film that ranks up there with the master's works. And Salaam Bombay! was a fine debut from Mira Nair whose career since has been very uneven. After those five, it wasn't easy to round out a top 10, and a lot of the other good-but-not-great movies of the year might have ended up on the top 10 list on another day.

Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore)

My Neigbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki)

Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata)

Die Hard (John McTiernan)

Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair)

A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton)

The Milagro Beanfield War (Robert Redford)

Running on Empty (Sidney Lumet)

Dangerous Liaisons (Stephen Frears)

Beetlejuice (Tim Burton)

Other notable films: Dead Ringers, The Vanishing, Midnight Run, The Bear, The Beast, Talk Radio, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mississippi Burning, How to get ahead in advertising, Rain Man, Things Change, Akira, Tucker: A Man and His Dream, Alice, Miracle Mile, They Live, As Tears Go By

What are your favorites of the year? What have I missed? What should I check out?

Previous years:
1983 & 1984:

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

My 5 favourite films from 1988, not including the obvious out-of-competition status for
Lumet's RUNNING ON EMPTY are :


 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

What have I missed?

Have you seen that british dark fantasy gem PAPERHOUSE ?

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Neither of the above! I'm only familiar with Paperhouse through Zimmer's fine score, and have never found a copy of it to watch. Will look into both of them! Thanks!

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

Incidentally... No love for WITHOUT A CLUE ?

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Kaufman)

2. A Cry in the Dark (Schepisi)

3. Another Woman (Allen)

4. Eight Men Out (Sayles)

5. The Accidental Tourist (Kasdan)

6. Mississippi Burning (Parker)

7. Married to the Mob (Demme)

8. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Gilliam)

9. Hanussen (Szabo)

10. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Zemeckis)

also good: Testimony (Ben Kingsley as Shostakovich), Frantic.

I still need to see: Stormy Monday, Cinema Paradiso, Landscape in the Mist, Things Change, Pelle the Conqueror, The Legend of the Holy Drinker, A Handful of Dust.

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Really nice list mastadge. I'll make my selection when I can.

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

also good: Testament (Ben Kingsley as Shostakovich), Frantic.

Testimony smile is a really good film - saw it at the cinema and had the devil of a job tracking it down on DVD. Sir Ben has no similarity to DDS at all but manages to pull off the deception.

Frantic is more fun than generally given credit for, with an iconic Morricone score and some nice dirty performances.

My other favourite film from 1988 is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, an almost perfectly plotted film that always leaves me feeling better for watching it.


Edit: thinking about it, all three of these had wonderful scores, all very different of course. There might be something in this film music malarkey after all...

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

A good year for comedies. In no particular order.....

1) A Fish Called Wanda
2) The Naked Gun
3) I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
4) Who Framed Roger Rabbit
5) Die Hard
6) Rambo III
7) The Accidental Tourist
8) The Dead Pool
9) Midnight Run
10) Running on Empty

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

also good: Testament (Ben Kingsley as Shostakovich), Frantic.

Testimony smile is a really good film - saw it at the cinema and had the devil of a job tracking it down on DVD.

Bah, I meant to write "Testimony." Now fixed. big grin

 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

John carpenters They Live ( a documentary isn't it?)
Running on empty
Dead ringers
As tears go by
Last temptation of Christ
The lair of the white worm
Tucker the man and his dream
Hellbound hellraiser II
The moderns
The raggedy Rawney
The accidental tourist

Scores- criminal law, alien nation rejected, the accidental tourist, the deceivers, without a clue, dangerous liasons, dead ringers, willow, frantic

 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

In alphabetical order:

(1) The Beast
(2) Cinema Paradiso
(3) Die Hard
(4) Funny Farm
(5) Grave of the Fireflies
(6) The House on Carroll Street
(7) The Land Before Time
(8) Midnight Run,
(9) My Neighbor Totoro
(10) Rain Man
(11) Shoot to Kill
(12) Tucker: The Man and His Dream

 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 5:36 AM   
 By:   Freejack   (Member)

1# - DIE HARD - 10/10

2# - BLOODSPORT - 8/10

3# - TALK RADIO - 8/10

4# - YOUNG GUNS - 8/10

5# - MANIAC COP - 8/10

6# - THE VISITORS (Swedish haunted house movie) - 8/10

7# - WAXWORK - 8/10


9# - THE BLOB - 8/10

10# - HEATHERS - 8/10

 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 10:32 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)


     Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 12:47 AM   
     By:   BillCarson   (Member)

    Incidentally... No love for WITHOUT A CLUE ?

    shame on the unbelievers, Angelillo! Without a Clue is in my top ten all-time comedies. Absolutely delicious dialogue, without a wasted word in the script. Kingsley and Caine are wonderful, and i think its one of Caines career best performances, given he plays two parts. Fab mancini score too. The film is a rare gem, dismissed only by people who didnt see it or who didnt get it. Perhaps you had to have enjoyed/be aware of the Rathbone films to dig it properly, i dont know.

    Come along Watson, theres a healthy chunk of mystery yet to be solved!

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