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 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

For those who don't like "post Star Wars/Spielberg kitsch," this year has some good offerings: Kurosawa's final epic, Klimov's devastating Come and See, Lanzmann's Shoah, which only doesn't make my top 10 of the year because at 9.5 hours it's more monument than movie, and of course Itami's unforgettable "noodle western" Tampopo. And, of course, some stuff for the young'uns -- modern genre classics Brazil and BTTF, Silverado, one of the last really rollickin' good Westerns before Eastwood's revisionist Unforgiven came along a few years later and changed the game for that genre, and the unjustly nearly-forgotten Runaway Train. Plus Woody Allen's Purple Rose of Cairo, which might be seen as a sister film to his more recent Midnight in Paris. My top 10:

Tampopo (Jûzô Itami)

Ran (Akira Kurosawa)

Come and See (Elem Klimov)

Brazil (Terry Gilliam)

My Life as a Dog (Lasse Hallström)

Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Paul Schrader)

Runaway Train (Andrey Konchalovskiy)

Witness (Peter Weir)

Silverado (Lawrence Kasdan)

Other good and/or notable films, plus a few that were big in my childhood (or, surprisingly, weren't): A Year of the Quiet Sun, The Breakfast Club, The Goonies, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Pale Rider, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Kiss of the Spider-Woman, The Official Story, Enemy Mine, Explorers, The Falcon and the Snowman, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Mr. Vampire, My Science Project, The Seven Percent Solution, Police Story, Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead, Rustlers' Rhapsody, Volunteers

So what are your picks for best of '85? What have I missed or overlooked?

Previous years:
1983 & 1984 - http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98398

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Good thing that I've been working on a blog listing my favorite films year by year! It makes these threads quite easy for me. smile http://markrussyoung.wordpress.com/

1985

1. Brazil (Gilliam)

2. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Schrader)

3. After Hours (Scorsese)

4. Ran (Kurosawa)

5. The Emerald Forest (Boorman)

6. My Life as a Dog (Hallstrom)

7. To Live and Die in L.A. (Friedkin)

8. Come and See (Klimov)

9. Plenty (Schepisi)

10. Creator (Passer)

Other good things: Year of the Dragon, White Nights and, yes, Sam Raimi and the Coens' utterly insane Crimewave (aka Broken Hearts and Noses) - pure guilty pleasure.

I still need to see: Eleni, When Father Was Away on Business, Return to Oz, Turtle Diary, Dim Sum.

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Sam Raimi and the Coens' utterly insane Crimewave (aka Broken Hearts and Noses) - pure guilty pleasure.

Where did you see this? TV? Was it finally released in some form and I missed it?

A couple choices on your list that I'm not familiar with but am now curious about!

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 4:13 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Top 10 In alphabetical order:

(1) Back to the Future
(2) Cocoon
(3) Flesh & Blood
(4) Fletch
(5) Ladyhawke
(6) Lost In America
(7) Mask
(8) Runaway Train
(9) Summer Rental
(10) Turk 182!

Runner ups:

Witness
Fright Night

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Sam Raimi and the Coens' utterly insane Crimewave (aka Broken Hearts and Noses) - pure guilty pleasure.

Where did you see this? TV? Was it finally released in some form and I missed it?

A couple choices on your list that I'm not familiar with but am now curious about!


I bought a used VHS off of eBay a couple of years ago. "Crimewave" apparently had a brief theatrical run in 1985 or '86. (It played the Seattle Film Fest in '85 under the much better title "Broken Hearts and Noses.") The VHS tape is from 1986.

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

1) Back to the Future
2) Rambo - First Blood Part II
3) Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
4) Witness
5) Just One of the Guys
6) The Return of the Living Dead
7) Re-Animator
8) Cocoon
9) Commando (I'm serious)
10) Fright Night

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 5:41 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

I remember seeing The Seven Percent Solution in the mid-70s. Was there a 1985 remake I'm not aware of?

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I remember seeing The Seven Percent Solution in the mid-70s. Was there a 1985 remake I'm not aware of?

Mastadge, are you thinking of Young Sherlock Holmes?

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Mastadge, are you thinking of Young Sherlock Holmes?

Nope, I'm thinking of The Peanut Butter Solution, which I saw repeatedly as a child! Nice catch, Adam! embarrassment

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 12:54 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Back to the Future

 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 2:54 AM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

Ran

Legend

Lifeforce (get the new blu ray and play it loud!)

After Hours

Revolution

Runaway Train

The Goonies

Into the Night

Explorers

1984

Flesh+Blood

The Color Purple

 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 9:39 AM   
 By:   Freejack   (Member)



Playtimes over boy.

1985 here we go:

1# FRIGHT NIGHT - 10/10 - One of my top 10 favourites of all time.

2# ROCKY IV - 10/10 - Before you guys bite my head off for this one, I love the visual style Stallone brought to this childhood classic. And while I'm a big Bill Conti fan I think Vince DiCola knocked it out of the park with the fantastic score. Never seen a movie that made me stand up and cheer more in my sofa than this one did.

3# BACK TO THE FUTURE - 10/10

4# SILVER BULLET - 10/10

5# BERRY GORDY'S THE LAST DRAGON - 8/10 - Also a wonderful classic.

6# RE-ANIMATOR - 8/10

7# RETURN OF THE LIVINGDEAD - 7/10

8# TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. - 7/10

9# THE BOYS NEXT DOOR - 7/10

10# AMERICAN NINJA - 7/10

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

American Ninja
Into the Night
Mr. Vampire
My Beautiful Laundrette
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Phenomena
Police Story
Re-Animator
Room with a View, A
Trip to Bountiful, The

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2013 - 5:29 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

My 5 favourite films from 1985, not including the obvious out-of-competition status for
Ophuls' SHOAH are :



THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO
BACK TO THE FUTURE
BRAZIL
LA VAQUILLA
YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2013 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   Dan Hobgood   (Member)

Offhand, Back to the Future, Cocoon, and Out of Africa (which I'm shocked to be the first to mention) are my favorites.

Time has been especially kind to Back to the Future, which I enjoy at least as much as I did at the time--and that's immensely. An all-time classic, as wonderfully entertaining as any movie for the masses ever has been.

Dan

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

My favorite: Péril en la demeure (Deville)

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

  • BRAZIL
  • COME AND SEE
  • DREAMCHILD
  • HAIL MARY
  • POLICE
  • PRIZZI'S HONOR
  • THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO
  • RAN
  • RUNAWAY TRAIN
  • VAGABOND

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