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Jan 1, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2013 Edition of That Movie is How Old!

Happy New Year!

With every New Year comes my traditional "That Movie is how old!" list of movies celebrating significant anniversaries this year.  I used to do this as an e-mail to friends (and have been for more than 10 years now).

This came about after a friend of mine had a discussion with one of the writer's we were developing a project with when we were both at Mad Chance that the Oscars should be given 10 years later to prove that a movie has stood the test of time.  How many years pass and movies that were hot trends, or had rising stars or were big box office hits are now relegated to the bargain bins at Walmart or the dark recesses of streaming sites like Amazon Instant Prime and Netflix (now that video stores are now virtually a dinosaur)?  I was discussing THE ARTIST with someone the other day and almost had forgotten that it was last year's best picture.

My starting point is 1977 since STAR WARS is the cinematic awakening of my generation, and go up by decades (with 25 years being the lone exception) meaning the 70s will not return to the list until 2017 when STAR WARS turns...yikes...40.

This is not meant to be a definitive list of everything that came out in these years as that list would be massive, but a smattering of titles that were either big, followed trends or just curiosities worth remember or forgetting.

So without further adieu prepare to feel...old.

1983 (30 Years)

Best Picture - TERMS OF ENDEARMENT



RETURN OF THE JEDI

With the recent purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney, development of another STAR WARS trilogy has begun with the series to take place after RETURN OF THE JEDI which is now 30 years old.  That means Han, Luke and Leia are all grey haired and getting (or on the verge of getting) the senior's discount at Denny's.


THE RIGHT STUFF


This movie has aged extremely well.  I sit down and watch it almost every time I come across it playing on Television.


OCTOPUSSY

OO7 hit movie screens twice in the same year with this official entry in the series starring Roger Moore.


NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN

And this title that was an attempt by a former associate of Ian Fleming's to lay claim to the rights, and is a remake of THUNDERBALL with Sean Connery returning.


WARGAMES

Matthew Broderick almost starts World War III using an early version of the Internet.  

UNCOMMON VALOR


FLASHDANCE


TRADING PLACES


SCARFACE

I was never a fan of SCARFACE, yet it lives on.


SUDDEN IMPACT

Clint's famous "Go Ahead, make my day" line was uttered 30 years ago.


TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE

MR. MOM


STRANGE BREW


STAYING ALIVE


RISKY BUSINESS
Tom Cruise showing off his tightie whities.


NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION


SUPERMAN III


There's a new SUPERMAN movie out this year (MAN OF STEAL) but no Richard Pryor (who is deceased) this time around.  I do have to admit when the computer took over that woman and turned her into a robot, it freaked me out as a kid.

JAWS 3-D


Back when 3-D wasn't a common occurrence.  This movie is truly terrible.


D.C. CAB


Joel Schumacher's comedy starring Mr. T still has a following.


THE KING OF COMEDY


Rupert Pupkin Speaks!


A CHRISTMAS STORY

Little Ralphie isn't so little anymore.

Other Titles released in 1983:

ALL THE RIGHT MOVES
THE BLACK CAULDRON
THE BLACK STALLION RETURNS
BLUE THUNDER
BRAINSTORM
BREATHLESS
CHRISTINE
CLASS
CUJO
CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER (A wasted attempt to keep the PINK PANTHER franchise alive without Peter Sellers.  Has one funny scene with Roger Moore.)
THE DEAD ZONE
DOCTOR DETROIT
THE DRESSER
EASY MONEY
FANNY AND ALEXANDER
GORKY PARK
HIGH ROAD TO CHINA
THE HUNGER
THE KEEP
KRULL
LOCAL HERO
LONE WOLF MCQUADE
LOSIN' IT (Tom Cruise goes to Mexico to get laid, and hooks up with...Shelley Long.  I first saw this while home sick from school one day.)
THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN
THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS
MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE
MONTY PYTHON'S THE MEANING OF LIFE
NATE AND HAYES
NEVER CRY WOLF
THE OUTSIDERS
PHAR LAP
PSYCHO II
SILKWOOD
SLEEPAWAY CAMP
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT PART 3 (This movie is SO ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE it's worth checking out just to see how bad it is.)
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
STAR 80
THE STING II
STROKER ACE
THE SURVIVORS
TENDER MERCIES
10 TO MIDNIGHT
TO BE OR NOT TO BE
TWO OF A KIND
UNDER FIRE (Great score by Jerry Goldsmith.  Mark Altman knows what I'm talking about.)
VIDEODROME
THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
YENTL
ZELIG


1988 (25 Years)

Best Picture - RAIN MAN



Tom Cruise pretty much ruled the world by 1988.  I used to dislike RAIN MAN.  It has grown on me over time - more for Cruise's performance than Hoffman's.


DIE HARD



The fifth DIE HARD movie A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD comes out in 2013, but the original which turns 25 this year is still THE action movie, and for me a Christmas ritual.


MIDNIGHT RUN
Cannot get enough of this film.  It kind of came out of nowhere (I remember seeing it because something else I wanted to see wasn't available) and I routinely revisit it.


WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?


Very hard to believe this movie is 25 years old.  The animation still looks great, and how many people had a secret crush on Jessica Rabbit?  Comes out on Blu-ray in March.


RAMBO III
Rambo goes to Afghanistan.


COMING TO AMERICA

Back when Eddie Murphy was funny, and not doing forgettable movies like A THOUSAND WORDS.  Fitting that both this and TRADING PLACES are on the same list as both are directed by John Landis, and this has a scene that references the earlier title.


BIG

Kids and adults swapping bodies ended up in a lot of 80s movie, but this one was smarter than the rest and further elevated Tom Hanks into the Movie Stardom stratosphere.



CHILD'S PLAY
Chucky will always be your friend.


CINEMA PARADISO



THEY LIVE
The Blu-ray released this past November from Shout! Factory through their Scream Factory line of horror movies is a must own.


TWINS
What is old is new again.  Schwarzenegger announced at Comic-con that TRIPLETS is in the making.  Yeah I'll see it - better than say a KINDERGARTEN COP 2.


CROCODILE DUNDEE PART II
It's amazing how big the DUNDEE movies were in the 80s, and how bad CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES was when it came out in the 1990s.


THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD


Every year during the drive to San Diego for Comic-con I pass those silos and every year repeat the line "Everywhere I look something reminds me of her" as I do.


COCKTAIL


BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY

Michael J. Fox took a stab at getting away from his popcorn teenage roles, and bored us to death in this.


BEETLEJUICE


WORKING GIRL
In 1988, Melanie Griffith had a head for business and a body for sin.  Now she is almost unrecognizable with a face re-made thanks to plastic surgery.


A FISH CALLED WANDA
Man was Jamie Lee Curtis hot!


THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST
Martin Scorsese angered the entire Christian community, and it wasn't because the disciples all sounded like they came straight from the streets of Brooklyn.


PUNCHLINE
I was trying to tell someone about this movie a few months ago, and nobody I spoke to remembered it at all.


SCROOGED
The in-movie TV promo for the THE NIGHT THE REINDEER DIED still makes me laugh.


WILLOW
George Lucas produced and Ron Howard directed.  I was discussing this with someone and stating how I hoped it would come on Blu-ray, and 2 days later it was announced for release in March.  I have the power!


BEACHES
YOU are the wind beneath my wings - and everyone cried.


BULL DURHAM
The movie that made me fall in love with Susan Sarandon, and it has aged very well.


GORILLAS IN THE MIST


CADDYSHACK II
Unwatchably bad!  Somehow at the Video Store I worked at in the 80s, the staff loved and played this on the overhead screens...all...the...time.  Just remember, keep your eye on the fruit.


THE ABYSS
I was not a big fan of this movie when it first came out, and like it less every time I view it.   Love the score by Alan Silvestri though.


ACTION JACKSON
Dear casting director of future EXPENDABLES movies.  If you don't include Carl Weathers, you suck.


Other Titles Released in 1988:

THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST
THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN
AKIRA (Here's hoping the movie figures out the production problems and gets made.)
ALICE
ALIEN NATION
ANOTHER WOMAN (One of my favorite lesser known Woody Allen movies.)
ARTHUR 2: ON THE ROCKS
BAT *21  (A movie that deserves a second look.)
THE BEAR
THE BEAST
BIG TOP PEE-WEE (At the time, had the longest screen kiss.  Is this still the reigning champion?)
BILOXI BLUES
BIRD
THE BLOB
BUSTER (Phil Collins acts)
CLEAN AND SOBER
COCOON: THE RETURN
COLORS
THE COUCH TRIP
A CRY IN THE DARK
THE DEAD POOL (Dirty Harry goes at it one last time.)
DANGEROUS LIAISONS
DEAD RINGERS
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
D.O.A.
EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY
EIGHT MEN OUT
ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK
ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS
FRANTIC
FRIGHT NIGHT II (Terrible sequel bore absolutely no resemblance to the original.)
FUNNY FARM  (Don't believe the title, Chevy Chase was anything BUT funny in this)
HAIRSPRAY
I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA
IRON EAGLE II
JOHNNY BE GOOD
KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE
THE LAND BEFORE TIME
LICENSE TO DRIVE
MARRIED TO THE MOB
THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR
MISSISSIPPI BURNING
THE MODERNS
MYSTIC PIZZA
MY STEPMOTHER IS AN ALIEN
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
A NEW LIFE  (Another movie I tried to talk about recently that nobody remembered or had heard of.  Alan Alda directed.)
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER
OLIVER & COMPANY
POLTERGEIST 3
THE PRESIDIO
RATTLE AND HUM
RED HEAT
RUNNING ON EMPTY
SCHOOL DAZE
SHE'S HAVING A BABY
SHOOT TO KILL
SHORT CIRCUIT 2 (Number 5 was alive and even though they tried to hide it, tore up Toronto.  Can't hide the Eaton Center or the World's Biggest Book Store.)
STAND AND DELIVER
SUNSET
TALK RADIO
TEQUILA SUNRISE (I remember this supposedly was going to be a big sexy title, and it is extremely boring.)
TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM
TWINS
THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
VIBES (There's a hole in my heart that goes all the way to China.)
VICE VERSA (Adults and Kids switch bodies again, this time Fred Savage with Judge Reinhold.)
WAXWORK
WITHOUT A CLUE
YOUNG EINSTEIN
YOUNG GUNS


1993 (20 Years)

Best Picture - SCHINDLER'S LIST

One of those great double Spielberg years where he gives us wrenching drama (and won Oscars for it) and thrilled with Dinosaurs (see below).


THE FUGITIVE
Proof that the concept of TV shows adapted into feature films was not a completely bad idea.  This movie still holds up, and even got Tommy Lee Jones and Oscar (even though her REALLY should not have beaten Ralph Fiennes, but whatever).


JURASSIC PARK
Getting a 3-D makeover in 2013.


MRS. DOUBTFIRE


SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
This romantic comedy took the summer by surprise storm.


THE FIRM
John Grisham fever hits the big screen and with big star power in 2 big titles (see THE PELICAN BRIEF below).


INDECENT PROPOSAL
This premise of this movie about a rich guy (Robert Redford) offering Demi Moore a million dollars to sleep with her inspired a lot of controversy and provided annoying radio talk shows with a great topic.


CLIFFHANGER


PHILADELPHIA
The topic was AIDs and both Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen got Oscars.


THE PELICAN BRIEF
Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington in another John Grisham adaptation.


THE PIANO


WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT


GROUNDHOG DAY


This movie is still as fresh and fun as the day it was released.


BENNY & JOON
Where Johnny made pretty much every woman on earth fall in love with him.


BODY OF EVIDENCE
Very bad sexual thriller with Madonna tried to cash in on BASIC INSTINCT's fame.


FALLING DOWN


IN THE LINE OF FIRE


THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS



TRUE ROMANCE
This movie still has a strong following.


TOMBSTONE


COOL RUNNINGS

You remember the Jamaican bobsled team in this runaway Disney hit.  Best scene - seeing them arrive in Calgary in the middle of a Canadian winter.  That's enough to freak out anyone.



Other Titles released in 1993:

THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES
ALIVE (Don't watch before flying.)
AMOS & ANDREW (How did this get made?  So wrong!)
ANOTHER STAKEOUT
ARMY OF DARKNESS (This is my boomstick!)
BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM (Feature film extension of the Animated series was better than most of the (pre-Christopher Nolan) live action BATMAN movies.)
BEING HUMAN
THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES
A BRONX TALE
CARLITO'S WAY
CONEHEADS
COP AND A HALF
DAVE
DAZED AND CONFUSED (I have a friend who is obsessed with this movie, and rightfully so.)
DEMOLITION MAN
DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY
FIRE IN THE SKY
FEARLESS
FOR LOVE OR MONEY
FREE WILLY
GETTYSBURG
THE GOOD SON (Macauley Culkin tries to shake his HOME ALONE persona.)
GRUMPY OLD MEN (This was a surprise hit when it came out.)
GUILTY AS SIN (Sexual thrillers were all the rage in the 90s)
HARD TARGET
HEAVENLY SOULS
HEAVEN & EARTH
HOCUS POCUS
HOT SHOTS PART DEUX
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER
THE JOY LUCK CLUB
JUDGMENT NIGHT
KALIFORNIA
KING OF THE HILL
THE LAST ACTION HERO
LEPRECHAUN
MAD DOG & GLORY
MADE IN AMERICA (Remember Ted Danson doing that whole Black Face thing?)
MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY (Another one of my favorite Woody Allen titles)
THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE
MENACE II SOCIETY
MY LIFE
A PERFECT WORLD (Underrated Clint Eastwood thriller with Kevin Costner has aged well.)
POETIC JUSTICE
POINT OF NO RETURN (Awful LA FEMME NIKITA remake.)
REMAINS OF THE DAY
RED ROCK WEST (Great little Noir thriller)
RISING SUN
SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISHER
SHORT CUTS
SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT
SLIVER
SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER
SON IN LAW
SON OF THE PINK PANTHER (Another failed attempt to revive THE PINK PANTHER series, this time with Roberto Benigni)
SUPER MARIO BROS. (It is worth listening to the podcast of HOW DID THIS GET MADE about this title.  Truly one of the greatest podcasts I have ever listened to.)
SWING KIDS
THIS BOY'S LIFE (Big Leonardo Di Caprio year with this and...)
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
UNTAMED HEART
WAYNE'S WORLD II
WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE (Leo also made a splash in this.)


2003 (10 Years)

Best Picture - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

Fitting with THE HOBBIT "trilogy" now begun that the end of the LORD OF THE RINGS series hits it's first decade of release.  I still hear people talking about and watching these regularly.  They have truly become cinematic milestones.

GIGLI
Anybody remember this movie?  A movie that was so reviled EVEN BEFORE IT WAS RELEASED.  Truly awful.

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
Without LORD OF THE RINGS, this would have easily been Best Picture that year.


FINDING NEMO


THE MATRIX RELOADED
THE MATRIX started out as mind blowing in 1999, and within the course of a year with two movies went to sub-par in the summer...followed by....


THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
Absolute crap.


PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL


THE LAST SAMURAI
Working on the Warner Bros. lot at the time this was being made, ended up walking by the sets frequently.


TERMINATOR 3: THE RISE OF THE MACHINES


X2
I still rank this as one of the best Comic Book movie adaptations ever.


BAD BOYS II


HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG
I have a strange appreciation for this very melancholy movie.  Great score by James Horner.


THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
A big title that was completely reviled (though not on the level of GIGLI).


SCHOOL OF ROCK


THE RUNDOWN
Absolutely love this movie.



LOST IN TRANSLATION


LOVE ACTUALLY
I will never get the appeal of this movie which has somehow become a Christmas classic.  Now that's a decade old, the term classic can be applied.


A MIGHTY WIND



Other Titles Released in 2003:

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS (Who would have thought this series would be still going strong in 2013?)
21 GRAMS
ALEX AND EMMA (Rob Reiner directed this absolute DUD.)
AMERICAN WEDDING
ANGER MANAGEMENT
BAD SANTA
BEYOND BORDERS
BRUCE ALMIGHTY
THE CAT IN THE HAT  (Unwatchable!)
CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
COLD MOUNTAIN
THE COOLER
DARK BLUE
DOGVILLE
DREAMCATCHER
ELEPHANT
ELF (Another "Holiday Classic" I can't stand)
FINAL DESTINATION 2
FREAKY FRIDAY
FREDDY VS. JASON
GODS AND GENERALS
THE HAUNTED MANSION
HULK (The makers of THE AVENGERS want you to forget this movie)
THE HUMAN STAIN
THE IN-LAWS
INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
THE ITALIAN JOB (Surprisingly good.)
JOHNNY ENGLISH
THE JUNGLE BOOK 2
KILL BILL: VOLUME 1
LARA CROFT, TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE
LEGALLY BLONDE 2: RED WHITE AND BLONDE
LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION
THE MISSING
MONSTER
OPEN RANGE
OPEN WATER
RADIO (Unintentionally terrible and somewhat insulting)
RUNAWAY JURY
S.W.A.T.
SEABISCUIT
SHANGHAI KNIGHTS
SPY KIDS 3-D: GAME OVER (Before 3-D was a regular thing, and you had to wear those cheap Red and Blue lensed glasses).
STUCK ON YOU
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
THIRTEEN (This movie disturbed me so much, and I think it was dead on, and the situation has gotten worse in the last 10 years)
UNDERWORLD
UPTOWN GIRLS (The movie that inspired me to start giving the 1/2 star rating it was so bad.)
WRONG TURN