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Cover image   Director: Multiple
Starring: Pat Konshak, Rob Byers (and Rob Garrity), Brian Nooyen, Patty Garrity, Mary Fryon
Genre: Action & Adventure
Studio:   Release date: 1984   Rated: NR   
Language (Country): English (USA)
Summary: The Greatest Movie ever made!
My Rating:
My Review: A Thanksgiving Day tradition. Kim and I break out this movie once a year (at a minimum). Here's a movie that my friends and I made back in the day. Before I joined the Air Force. We had a script, scouted locations, rounded up a cast of family and friends, and rented a VHS video camera for a week. What a fantastic time we had. The quality of this VHS to DVD transfer may be poor, but the lines are epic. In 2004, I completed the conversion project, remastered, edited and authored the DVD. Duplicates were provided to many of the original cast members. In my mind this movie gets nothing short of 5 of 5.



Cover image   Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling, Stocker Fontelieu
Genre: Horror
Studio:   Release date: 1987   Rated:   
Language (Country): English (USA)
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My Review: A superb supernatural thriller starring Mickey Rourke (as Harry Angel) and Robert De Niro (as Louis Cyphre). Harry Angel is a private dick, trying to get by in Brooklyn (set in the mid 50s). Working the odd, cheating wife, insurance scam, missing persons job; Harry has lined up a wealthy foreign client. Louis Cyphre wants Harry to find a missing soldier. The man owes mr. Cyphre on a debt. All he wants Harry to do is determine whether the soldier is dead of alive. Harry diligently goes about his job, but things quickly become complicated when he pursues the missing person down to Louisiana. Filled with atmosphere, great characters and some subtly complex story lines. The camera work is outstanding, the atmosphere sublime. Mickey Rourke was outstanding. Casting was excellent and direction was terrific. I own it, for good reason. Worth watching, again and again. I give it a 5 out of 5.



Cover image   Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen
Genre: Sci-Fi
Studio:   Release date: 1984   Rated:   
Language (Country): French, Italian, English (USA)
Summary: A human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor; Kyle Reese is sent to stop it.
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Cover image   Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, John Glover, Robert Trebor
Genre: Action
Studio:   Release date: 1986   Rated:   
Language (Country): (USA)
Summary: A secret fling with between a man and his mistress leads to blackmail and murder.
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My Review: An excellent action-thriller starring Roy Scheider (as Harry Mitchell), John Glover (as Alan Raimy) and Ann-Margret (as Barbara Mitchell). Directed by John Frankenheimer, this movie is filled with great acting, excellent plot structure and great editing. This movie has a dense, slow burning plot, with excellent twists. Harry Mitchell is a morally ambiguous businessman with a small business, a faithful wife, and a girlfriend on the side. No one would suspect his resolve when a group of conniving crooks smell blood in the water and decide to turn Harry's philandering into their paycheck. What starts out as your typical kidnap and extortion scenario, quickly devolves into a chaotic game of high stakes chicken.The casting and acting are outstanding and the pacing perfect. The deviation from standard plot lines and rich characters make this movie a hidden gem. I give it a 5 out of 5.



Cover image   Director: Alex Cox
Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash, Sy Richardson
Genre: Comedy
Studio:   Release date: 1984   Rated:   
Language (Country): English, (USA)
Summary: Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result.
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My Review: A cult classic. Young punk becomes a repo man after losing his job stacking cans. A great movie. Funny, cycnical, bitting, and telling. A sci-fi punk flick. I don't know how many times I've seen this movie, and I'm still trying to figure it out. Absolutely fantastic soundtrack. The crazy characters in this movie just don't stop, ever... Repo Man's got all night, every night.



Cover image   Director: Michael Miller
Starring: Chuck Norris, Ron Silver, Steven Keats, Toni Kalem, William Finley
Genre: Action
Studio:   Release date: 1982   Rated:   
Language (Country): (USA)
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My Review: Cheesy sci-fi action starring Chuck Norris (as Dan Stevens) and Brian Libby (as the psycho killer). The story - Chuck Norris is a small-town sheriff minding his business in a boring Texas town. Until, some mad scientists decide to resurrect the corpse of a mass-murderer. From that point on, it's non-stop martial arts mayhem and murder. The action is well paced, but the plot is very limited. The bumbling side-kick provides some entertainment, and the action keeps you watching. Chuck Norris couldn't act his way out of a plastic bag, and the bad guy has no lines at all. Turn off your brain and enjoy this 100 minute martial arts mayhem. This movie has it all - Action, sci-fi, romance, horror, comedy. I give it a 3 out of 5 for trying.



Cover image   Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge
Genre: Drama
Studio: Bavaria Film   Release date: 1981   Rated: R   
Language (Country): German (West Germany)
Summary: The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.
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My Review: Das Boot - 1981 (Adventure, drama, thriller) Of course I own, and watched the director’s cut. I can’t believe that I’ve owned this movie since the 80s, and I’m just now (2016) writing a movie review about it. One of my all-time favorite movies, and one of the reasons why I own seven movies starring Jürgen Prochnow. Written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen (the NeverEnding Story, Enemy Mine, Shattered, In the Line of Fire, Outbreak, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy) this movie is based upon a novel by Lothar G. Buchheim. Starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann and many others. This is (imo) the best submarine movie ever made. Far better than U-571, Hunt For Red October, Run Silent Run Deep, The Enemy Below, Crimson Tide, Below. Admittedly, I haven’t seen every submarine movie ever made, but this one tops many lists (including mine). Set in 1942, the German submarine fleet is fully engaged in the ‘Battle of the Atlantic’. Sinking as many ships as they can, they’ve also started to take heavier losses due to the recent increase in convoy escorts with heavier caliber guns. This is the story of U-96 and its crew. The crew is professional, well disciplined and their morale is high. These sailors know what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and what the consequences are. This movie is more than a single tale, it’s a historical document, a period film, an epic film filled with many military and political themes. It explores many of the grand themes of war on a macroscopic scale. All these larger themes are crammed into the confines of a long slender metal tube, navigating the dark cold waters of the North Atlantic - In search of prey, evading hunters. Jürgen Prochnow is perfectly cast as the captain of this boat, and his expressions and mood haunt the movie like a drowned man haunts the place where the ice gave way. The movie begins slowly in the shallows, but tension soon begins to build as the crew sets out into deeper waters. The mission is clear, the consequences dire and the danger great. In mission after mission, the tension grows, the suspense builds, you’re gripping your seat - True terror is just minutes away as the depth charges continue to rain down, and the seafloor rises up like your certain and inescapable fate. The brave members of this sub are made helpless under the crushing weight of the sea, their clueless leaders and the ultimate futility of their nation’s destiny. The story feels so real. It feels like we’re watching a live event. The emotions rise quickly to the surface and you can’t help but feel everything they feel. By the end of the movie, you are one of the crew. You feel for them as if the outcome affects you personally. Perfect writing, perfect direction, perfect acting, truly amazing cinematography and no cgi! I give Das Boat a 5 out of 5. Do yourself a favor. Watch this very long movie (the Director’s cut is 209 minutes) with subtitles. The emotional cues and timing nuances are much stronger in the native language.



Cover image   Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton, Guy Boyd
Genre: Mystery
Studio:   Release date: 1984   Rated:   
Language (Country): English, French (USA)
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My Review: Craig Wasson (playing Jake Sculley) and Melanie Griffith (playing Holly Body) star in this skin-flick directed by Brian De Palma. Jake is being framed, but he doesn't realize it until late in this movie. Two characters (Wasson and Griffith) join forces to uncover the killer in this sexy thriller. The story goes to great pains to set up the primary character and prolong the ultimate conclusion of the plot. Melanie Griffith gave an excellent performance as the young porn star, and the story kept me interested all the way through. 3 out of 5.



Cover image   Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Starring: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed, Holly Palance, Donald Moffat
Genre: Comedy
Studio:   Release date: 1986   Rated:   
Language (Country): English (USA)
Summary: A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.
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My Review: Robin Williams (playing Jack Dundee) and Kurt Russell (playing Reno Hightower) provide us with excellent performances in this sports focused comedy. In this movie, Dundee and Hightower re-write history, conjuring up demons of the past, they struggle to overcome their failings in 1972, when they lost a crucial high-school football game. The outcome of that game has weighed heavily on their souls, creating paths they cannot escape without replaying the game. Convincing their former rivals to re-play the game wasn't difficult, but facing possibility of a repeat took monumental effort to overcome. All that lays ahead of them now is a football game designed to reset their paths or seal their fates. Well written, but sorely limited in scope and transparent in its outcomes. I give it a 3 of 5.



Cover image   Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Starring: Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Christian Slater, Elya Baskin, Michael Lonsdale
Genre: Drama
Studio:   Release date: 1986   Rated:   
Language (Country): German (France)
Summary: An intellectually nonconformist monk investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.
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My Review: Based on a novel (by Umberto Eco), this movie was directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Starring a fantastic cast - Sean Connery (playing William of Baskerville), Christian Slater (as William's apprentice), F. Murray Abraham (playing Bernardo Gui), Ron Perlman (playing Salvatore) and many others. The acting by all (especially Ron Perlman/not especially Christian Slater) was outstanding. In this perfectly paced and directed period piece (set in the early 14th century), William of Baskerville answers a summons to unravel a shocking series of murders. While the other monks are paralyzed by religious stricture and ignorance, William unravels the clues quite easily. When William's nemesis, Bernardo Gui arrives, things take a turn for the worst. The inquisition doesn't care about facts, and William's quest for the truth could cost him his life. Truly outstanding movie with great production, set work, costumes, props and dialog and a twisted mystery worthy of this medieval Sherlock Holmes. Worth watching again and again. I just wish I had a better copy. 5 of 5.



 
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