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Yearly Roundup – 1985

Posted by martinteller on August 21, 2014

The Cream of the Crop

Nothing from my top 100 this year, but Ran used to be on the list, and still resides in the top 250.  It’s a film I go back and forth on a lot… sometimes I’m absolutely carried away by it, other times I’m a little bit bored in places.  Knowing me, next time I watch it, I’ll fall in love with it again and will have to start rearranging my lists.  It is certainly a beautifully composed film with complex drama, perfectly transporting Shakespeare’s story to another place and culture.


Slightly Less Creamy, But Still Tasty

Shoah is a movie I’ve seen only once… not just because it’s so long, but because it’s so affecting.  I’ve seen an awful lot of Holocaust documentaries, and this one (along with Night and Fog) still stands at the top.  One day, perhaps, I will muster up the strength to give it a second look.  A movie I’ve seen a number of times is Brazil, which for me is easily Terry Gilliam’s crowning achievement.  Fantastic production design, dark humor, and a story that is Orwellian and Kafkaesque in the best way.  A Zed and Two Noughts is one of Peter Greenaway’s most cohesive works… his work can feel self-indulgent but here all the Greenaway-isms come together very nicely.  It took a second viewing to really click with me, and now I look forward to a third.


Also Love

To Live and Die in L.A.
Lost in America


Varying Degrees of Like

Angry Harvest
Back to the Future
Better Off Dead
The Black Cauldron
Calamari Union
¿Cómo ves?
Liberation of Auschwitz 1945
Louie Bluie
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
My Life as a Dog
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Police Story
The Purple Rose of Cairo
A Room With a View
The Sure Thing
When Father Was Away on Business


Varying Degrees of Hate

European Vacation
The Goonies
Just One of the Guys
Moving Violations
Police Academy 2
A View to a Kill


In The Middle

28 Up
Almanac of Fall
Angel’s Egg
The Breakfast Club
Brewster’s Millions
The Color Purple
Come and See
The Dark Glow of the Mountains
Day of the Dead
The Emerald Forest
Enemy Mine
The Falcon and the Snowman
Hail Mary
Into the Night
Mala Noche
No End
Out of Africa
The Quiet Earth
Real Genius
Rocky IV
Runaway Train
The Time to Live and the Time to Die
Vampire Hunter D
Weird Science


Uncharted Territory

Agnes of God, The Burmese Harp (remake), Commando, Demons, Fire Festival, Jagged Edge, The Jewel of the Nile, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Last Dragon, Legend, Lust in the Dust, The Man with One Red Shoe, My Beautiful Laundrette, Pale Rider, The Peanut Butter Solution, Prizzi’s Honor, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rendez-vous, The Return of the Living Dead, Return to Oz, Silverado, Spies Like Us, St. Elmo’s Fire, Subway, Taipei Story, Teen Wolf, Tokyo-Ga, The Trip to Bountiful, Vision Quest, Volunteers, Year of the Dragon, Young Sherlock Holmes

2 Responses to “Yearly Roundup – 1985”

  1. Wendell said

    Good stuff. Of the movies in “uncharted territory,” three are just campy 80s fun at its finest: Commando, The Last Dragon, and Teen Wolf. The Jewel of the Nile is the same movie as its predecessor Romancing the Stone. I didn’t like Prizzi’s Honor, but was probably too young to get it. I’ve been meaning to check it out since I keep hearing how great it is.

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