keskiviikko 24. toukokuuta 2017

#624 On Golden Pond (1981)



Summary : On a Golden Pond convincingly builds up a captivating 'sitting on top of a powder keg' kind of tension - that it then regrettably resolves in a much too trivial and meaningless way
Eighties-o-meter: 55%

maanantai 22. toukokuuta 2017

#623 Deadly Dreams (1988)



Summary : A wolf masked killer returns to haunt a guy 20 years after killing his parents in a horror thriller that mostly seems stalled in an endless is it real or just a dream loop of bore
Eighties-o-meter: 75%

lauantai 20. toukokuuta 2017

#622 Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)


A riot

Summary : A sequel to the 1978 original, Return of the Killer Tomatoes manages to walk the tightrope of being silly and stupid to the extreme - without ending up just plain stupid
Eighties-o-meter: 90%

perjantai 19. toukokuuta 2017

#621 A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)



Summary : Woody Allen's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy is a short story in a naive, but honest, unbearably light-hearted summer night warm breeze kind of way
Eighties-o-meter: 25%

torstai 18. toukokuuta 2017

#620 Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)



Summary : With a plot that could easily end up a tired one time joke, Killer Klowns from Outer Space wins our heart over for going an extra mile and a half with every single silly clowny detail
Eighties-o-meter: 90%

maanantai 15. toukokuuta 2017

#619 The Witches of Eastwick (1987)



Summary : One of those comedies without actual laughs, TWOE often balances tippy toes on the edge of being a failure, but the atmosphere and performances make it worth one's while
Eighties-o-meter: 87%

sunnuntai 14. toukokuuta 2017

#618 Tai-Pan (1986)



Summary : The tale of brits setting up the trade base to Hong Kong is certainly interesting, but the effort to shoehorn the epic novel to 150 minutes is a case of few hits - and many misses
Eighties-o-meter: 28%

sunnuntai 7. toukokuuta 2017

#617 The Untouchables (1987)



Summary : A very fictionalised take on the clash between Elliot Ness and Al Capone during the probation, The Untouchables has a number of iconic scenes that sum up to a great film
Eighties-o-meter: 54%

torstai 4. toukokuuta 2017

#616 Fraternity Vacation (1985)



Summary : What on surface seems like a yet another teen vacation party movie, Fraternity Vacation has an actual - if silly - plot and surprisingly lot of heart, soul and laughs in it
Eighties-o-meter: 94%

keskiviikko 3. toukokuuta 2017

#615 Deadtime Stories (1986)



Summary : Yet another one of those 80s horror comedy short story anthologies, Deadtime Stories fails to make one laugh or scared, but deserves some valiant underdog points
Eighties-o-meter: 76%

maanantai 1. toukokuuta 2017

#614 Xanadu (1980)



Summary : More of an experience than a movie, Xanadu is full of neon magic, great songs and good moments like Gene Kelly's musical numbers - which unfortunately don't make a good movie
Eighties-o-meter: 80%

sunnuntai 30. huhtikuuta 2017

#613 The Aviator (1985)



Summary : Christopher Reeve demonstrates his flying chops in one of his better 80s movies that, although entertaining, wasn't quite epic enough to save his down spiraling career
Eighties-o-meter: 40%

lauantai 29. huhtikuuta 2017

#612 Look Who's Talking (1989)



Summary : The same gimmicky, cutesy-wutesy Bruce Willis' baby-wayby talk that made this movie a box office hit now feels out of place and disruptive in an otherwise semi-decent romantic comedy
Eighties-o-meter: 92%

perjantai 28. huhtikuuta 2017

#611 Streamers (1983)



Summary : An unique war movie where no guns are fired, Streamers follows a few soldiers stuck in a barracks - a simile of a limbo between their past and the future in Vietnam
Eighties-o-meter: 75%

torstai 27. huhtikuuta 2017

#610 Gloria (1980)



Summary : A tribute to Rowlands' is exceptional silver screen presence and talent, Gloria is a blunt yet heartful depiction of a friendship between a woman and a kid left orphaned by the mob
Eighties-o-meter: 61%

keskiviikko 26. huhtikuuta 2017

#609 Clash of the Titans (1981)



Summary : Clash of the Titans is a very 60s, Jason-and-the-Argonauts like take on the greek mythology that relies far too heavily on its outdated and unconvincing stop motion effects
Eighties-o-meter: 8%

maanantai 24. huhtikuuta 2017

#608 Ghosts Can't Do It (1989)



Summary : Bo Derek's 1989 film wastes kilometres of good celluloid, beautiful locations, Anthony Quinn's acting talent and about 90 minutes of your life you'll never get back
Eighties-o-meter: 60%

sunnuntai 23. huhtikuuta 2017

#607 This Girl for Hire (1983)



Summary : This Girl for Hire brings elements from film noir movies and pulp fiction to modern age in this a bit tame and sapless but yet somehow intriguing made-for-a-TV movie
Eighties-o-meter: 75%