The B+ Movie Guide: Part XLI

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:

Blue Velvet (1986)

Mike:

(2)

Colin:

The reason I can never not laugh about this movie is that when I told my coworker that I had watched it the previous evening, he said in his thick Aussie accent, “Oh, that’s that gay horse movie, eh?” So clearly, he got it mixed up with National Velvet — think about that mashup. National Blue Velvet.

“What’s the prize if The Pie wins the Grand National?”

“PABST BLUE RIBBON! PABST BLUE RIBBON!”

I miss Dennis Hopper and how insane he was.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Mike:

(1)

Colin:

There are few movies that kids and teens and pretty much everyone else in the world need to see like they need to see this. I’m always floored when I find out that people haven’t seen it, like when my mother told me she hadn’t. I explained it to her and she sort of shrugged, but I made her promise me she’d watch it on demand or something. She did and called me to tell me how much he had enjoyed it. It’s that kind of movie. You watch it and just feel better about everything.

And it’s just an 80s comedy about some kids skipping school to hang out in Chicago. Magical.

The Fly (1986)

Mike:

Let’s… not put up a gif from this movie. Let’s just let people experience this one. I’d recommend watching this one over dinner. Works well with food. Nobody does body horror quite like Cronenberg. (3)

Colin:

This movie freaked me the hell out and I don’t have to see it again. I think the imagery is pretty well seared into my mind’s eye. For those of you haven’t seen it but HAVE played the first generation of Pokemon games, just think of Bill. He gets mixed with a Pokemon in his teleportation device and you have to fix him to get the ticket for the SS Anne which you need to get Cut. Anyway. That’s the general premise. Jeff Goldblum is a scientist who makes a teleporter and gets crossed with a fly that’s in the device with him. It’s nasty and upsetting. I’m good on this one.

Hoosiers (1986)

Mike:

One of the great sports movies of all time. Impossible to not get swept up in this. Gene Hackman is great. Dennis Hopper is great. There are certain sports movies everyone needs to see, even if they don’t care about sports. This is one of them. (3)

Colin:

Today’s a Hopper day! I really don’t love most sports movies, but this was a lot of fun in how conventional it came off. Hackman is the coach whose methods don’t jive with the locals, who care about basketball more than just about anything in the world. It’s a perfect sports movie that will draw you in through the ending, at which point you calm down and probably reflect on how messed up it is that people care so much about sports, to the point where their happiness is threatened.

Platoon (1986)

Mike:

(2)

Colin:

Um, I’m like, pretty sure that’s from Tropic Thunder. Like, I saw that movie and I’m like, pretty sure.

Stand by Me (1986)

Mike:

This is a cultural touchstone for a lot of people. I put it on there for that. It’s not really a film of my childhood (I’m a Sandlot kid), but a lot of people a bit older than I am remember this very fondly. (3)

Colin:

This is a movie in which Jack Bauer is a bad guy, which is something that people should see. More importantly, it’s one of the essential films about boyhood (there are several, aren’t there?), particularly about boyhood during the late 50s. My dad showed me this movie when I was a kid and I used to think of it for imagery when imagining him as a kid in the 50s. 

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Top Gun (1986)

Mike:

(3)

Colin:

The quintessential good-spirited military action film. A lot of people probably go to this when they think of Tom Cruise classics. I certainly don’t think of Risky Business or even Rain Man before I think of this, because it so encompasses the Tom Cruise persona. He’s one of the biggest action stars of the past 30 years — the guy is STILL making those MI movies twenty years on — and this is where that starts.

Fatal Attraction (1987)

Mike:

The original “crazy white bitch” film. It may reek of 80s, but crazy white bitches are timeless. Maybe doesn’t need to be on here, but it’s an essential 80s movie, and I really don’t want people to think that shitty Beyoncé movie is the classic of this very particular genre. (2)

Colin:

There are a lot crazy white bitch films. The one I remember best is Obsessed, the one where Beyonce is married to Idris Elba, who’s being seduced by Ali Larter. Ali was nuts in that movie and Beyonce had to kick her ass. Great ending. They don’t give the MTV Movie Award Best Fight title to just anyone, you know.

The original, as it happens, is a bit darker. Glenn Close is terrifying. Jenny Garp was a psycho, people.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Mike:

(2)

Colin:

This is an all-around essential. Don’t care if you don’t like violence, this is pretty much required if you want to say you understand the medium of film on even a basic level. I say that about a lot of Kubrick’s stuff, but I single this out here particularly because it should be difficult for a lot of people to watch because of its content. People have to be able to separate a film’s merits from the violence and stuff they see on the screen. That’s like Film 101. And this is a perfect candidate for the first exam.

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Mike:

Another perfect cop movie. Basically created the buddy cop genre. Shane Black. This is a perfect movie.

(2)

Colin:

Great movie, no doubt. I just love thinking back to our Westerns class, during which the professor pointed out how Last of the Mohicans borrowed from Lethal Weapon

“It’s pretty obvious when you think of Hawkeye as Mel Gibson and Chingachgook as Danny Glover.”

That can’t not be funny to me. If you’ve seen both movies, you know.

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Final Thoughts:

Mike:

I, personally, don’t know how essential The Fly or Stand By Me are, but better to include them than not. Since they fit on just fine. A similar case can be made for Fatal Attraction too, but The Fly has iconic images and has been spoofed a lot. And Cronenberg’s version is more memorable than the Vincent Price one. So that’s fine. Fatal Attraction has been repeated a lot since it came out. And Stand By Me is memorable enough as a film that it wouldn’t really be argued against. So I don’t see too many issues with this one.

Colin:

I probably could have done without The Fly, but I’d already seen it anyway, so it didn’t matter a whole lot. Didn’t have to watch it again. Same goes for Stand By Me, but I would watch that again anyway. Everything is an 80s essential. I’ll say I don’t particularly love the 80s, but there are still plenty of movies that need to have been seen here.

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More movies tomorrow.

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