The B+ Movie Guide: Part XXXIX

In May of 2012, Colin said I should make a list of movies that need to be seen, because he felt there were huge gaps in what he’d seen, and wanted something to do. The idea was that I’d make up a list, as “homework” for him, and he’d use that as things to watch.

So we came up with a giant list of 500 movies that worked, and Colin went about finishing it. And now that it’s finished, we’re gonna write it up. Because you don’t watch a giant list of movies without documenting that you did it.

We’re going through the entire list, little by little, for posterity’s sake. And here’s the next set:

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The King of Comedy (1983)

Mike:

This is one of those Scorsese movies that’s great but somehow always manages to get overlooked. Probably De Niro’s best Scorsese performance next to Raging Bull (and yes, I’m including Taxi Driver). He plays a wannabe standup comic who is just — well, you’ll see. He ends up kidnapping a late night host (Jerry Lewis, who is great) and is gonna use the kidnapping to get himself a spot on the show. It’s so good. And it’s one of those movies that pretty accurately predicts what fame culture became. If something like this happened now, it would make sense. It’s so good. (2)

Colin:

Saw this in high school and absolutely loved it. Nobody remembers it now. If you haven’t seen it, don’t look it up and don’t go in with any expectations. For a lot of people, this has great potential to be a movie that blows them away.

The Return of the Jedi (1983)

Mike:

(2)

Colin:

Once again, check out our Final Thoughts from Fun with Franchises.

The Right Stuff (1983)

Mike:

This movie is badass. It’s about the Mercury Seven, the first astronauts. Stacked with great actors. Sam Shepard is great as Chuck Yeager. It’s like Apollo 13 and all those other space movies. They’re just interesting. And this one is no different. You’re gonna like this. It’s a classic. (3)

Colin:

The book is amazing, and the movie might just be better. I grew up obsessed with this era in flight — maybe just SLIGHTLY earlier — and you get a great picture of the end of that era and the beginning of the space age. There’s something exciting about it but it’s also really sad about how the jet age ends that way. That’s really the Sam Shepard character. Anyway, if you like planes and space, watch it. If not, go do whatever people who don’t like planes or space do. 

Scarface (1983)

Mike:

(2)

Colin:

The original Chinese version is so much better.  

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Terms of Endearment (1983)

Mike:

This movie is more notorious than well-known. Everyone knows about it. You know it’s considered a chick flick and a weepy. And that’s pretty much all I knew about it going in. I watched it for the Oscar Quest. And I started watching, and I get this movie that’s this small family drama. Debra Winger, Shirley MacLaine, mother/daughter stuff. Then Nicholson shows up, and John Lithgow and Jeff Daniels and Danny DeVito. And you’re really engaged in the whole thing. And then it takes its turn, and pretty much becomes the weepy you expect it to be. But it’s really good. Brooks makes you feel for the characters, so you don’t feel betrayed by the end. But no matter what you feel about the movie after you see it, you still need to see it. It’s a big movie, historically, and is a Best Picture winner. (3)

Colin:

I didn’t think it was weepy. I mean, it was, but it’s a Jack Nicholson movie, so of course I’m watching it. I had no idea what this movie was til I started watching and really enjoyed it, especially because it was Jeff Daniels in a dramatic role so unlike his part in The Newsroom, which was on when I watched this.

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Amadeus (1984)

Mike:

I saw this when I was like, 12. You don’t think there’s any way a twelve-year-old is gonna like this movie. But it really does work for all ages. It’s engrossing. There’s a reason this swept the Oscars that year. It’s a great, great movie. Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham are so good. You need to see this one. One of the great biopics of all time. (2)

Colin:

I also saw this during my pre-teen years, and I loved it. Everyone has to love this movie! Tom Hulce is insane and F. Murray Abraham is a national treasure. I would put this in my top five biopics ever, to be honest. The soundtrack is magnificent, the costumes and set design are incredible, and the acting is superlative. Can’t say enough good things about this movie.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Mike:

This is a perfect cop movie. Eddie Murphy was the man in the 80s. I assume a lot of people reading this are younger than I am, and mainly remember Eddie Murphy for his shitty family movies. But Eddie Murphy used to make great movies. This and 48 Hours are terrific. Beverly Hills Cop is one of those quintessential 80s movies. (3)

Colin:

What happened to you, Eddie Murphy?

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Ghostbusters (1984)

Mike:

(2)

Colin:

Seriously. My job is getting easier because there are a lot of movies now that I have nothing to say about. You know them. You should know them. They’re self-evident.

The Karate Kid (1984)

Mike:

(3)

Colin:

I’d just like to say… this racism is killing me inside.

The Natural (1984)

Mike:

Randy Newman composed this, by the way. (You can tell by the first two minutes.)

(3)

Colin:

This was such a weird movie, how it had the sort of superhero element to it with the lightning strike and everything. It’s also 1984, so Redford is starting to get noticeably older. That’s correct for his role, but also… how does Redford age? It’s bizarre how he’s gotten older and craggy and yet stays the same somehow. I don’t understand how his body works. Anyway, he’s both older and not older in this movie than he was in like, The Sting.

Baseball movie. We’ve got a few of those on here.

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Final Thoughts:

Mike:

Shit, all of these titles speak for themselves. I don’t have to say shit about these ones. Though The Right Stuff is also essential, even though some people might not recognize it as essential as the others.

Colin:

As I said, self-evident. And just watch The Right Stuff, because the book is also kind of a major title by Tom Wolfe that you kind of should have read. The movie’s long, but the book is longer, so at least you can fake it like you’ve read the book if you take the time to watch the movie. Everything else… you’ve seen all this stuff, right? 

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More movies tomorrow.

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