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Mike’s Top Ten of 1987

This is one of the strongest overall years of the 80s. This list goes pretty deep. The theme of it seems to be “great directors making great movies.” And then other cool, offbeat stuff too.

I’m sure there are other years from this decade that can match this one, but the minute I look down at this list, I’m struck by who made most of the movies: Brooks, Kubrick, Boorman, Donner, Jewison, Reiner, the Coens, De Palma. Sure, it’s not the biggest on star power, but also, when you look at some of the movies on there, you might argue that they’re those directors’ best movies. Or at least the movie for which they’re best remembered.

My interest in the films is definitely also picking up overall, which might just be a head of steam knowing the decade is on the way out.

Mike’s Top Ten of 1987

The Brave Little Toaster

Broadcast News

Full Metal Jacket

Hope and Glory

Lethal Weapon

Moonstruck

The Princess Bride

Raising Arizona

The Untouchables

Wall Street

11-20: Cry Freedom, Dirty Dancing, Fatal Attraction, Good Morning Vietnam, House of Games, The Last Emperor, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Predator, Spaceballs, Throw Momma from the Train

Tier two: Barfly, Batteries Not Included, Beverly Hills Cop II, Eddie Murphy: Raw, Empire of the Sun, Hellraiser, Ishtar, La Bamba, The Living Daylights, The Lost Boys, Over the Top, Radio Days, RoboCop, The Running Man, Stakeout, Street Smart, Three Men and a Baby, Tin Men, The Whales of August, Withnail & I

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1. The Untouchables

“You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I’m saying is, what are you prepared to do?”
“Anything within the law.”
“And then what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way. Because they’re not gonna give up the fight, until one of you is dead.”
“I want to get Capone! I don’t know how to do it.”
“You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way! And that’s how you get Capone.”

The irony of Brian De Palma’s career is that the movies for which he’s best known are not “his” movies. The movies that are quintessentially “De Palma” movies are very much in the vein of Hitchcock. And yet… this might be his best movie. Or at least the one people love the most, next to Scarface.

This feels like (and pretty much is, by his own admission) a director-for-hire job. It’s his most mainstream effort, and benefits from his skill behind the camera (and David Mamet’s script). It takes a TV show from the 50s and turns it into almost a graphic novel universe, where everything is both heightened and gritty at the same time, if that makes any sense.

Kevin Costner is perfectly cast as Ness, the sturdy hero of the movie, whereas De Niro gets to chew scenery as Al Capone. And boy, does he take a big bite. That “I want him dead” scene alone… let alone the baseball monologue. Sean Connery is also perfectly cast as the blue collar cop who knows the streets, and he also continues his complete indifference toward trying other accents. He’s the only Irish cop with a Scottish brogue. But hey, it works. He also won an Oscar for this role, which… hey, we’ll take it. Then you get Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith… always welcome.

This movie is great on several levels. First — you can just watch it whenever its on. It’s just eminently watchable. Then, it gives you an image that, at least for me, will always be seared onto my brain and be unnerving whenever I see it, which is Nitti in that white suit looking creepy as hell. And also, De Palma gives you a bit of film history by recreating the Odessa Steps sequence for his climax. I think the story is they had to scrap the original idea and he fashioned the whole thing after the studio refused to pay for the original idea. And hell… it works. It’s a simple gunfight with great editing and the baby carriage thing to add so much tension. THAT’S great directing.

2. Full Metal Jacket

“I wanted to see exotic Vietnam… the crown jewel of Southeast Asia. I wanted to meet interesting and stimulating people of an ancient culture… and kill them. I wanted to be the first kid on my block to get a confirmed kill!”

Stanley Kubrick, baby.

Seven years after The Shining, he comes back with his Vietnam movie, which a lot of people might say is the greatest Vietnam film of all time. Certainly top five, probably top three. It’s amazing.

I feel like Kubrick was, at his heart, a man who liked to do things that amused him that no one else would notice. And I truly believe, in my heart of hearts, that he saw movies like Stripes, where they were structured between training in the first half and combat in the second half, and deliberately sought to structure his movie like that too. I’m sure that’s provably false, but it just feels like the kinda thing Kubrick would do.

Anyway, after that great opening sequence of all the recruits getting their heads shaved, we watch them in training for half the movie. And it’s riveting. The whole thing is anchored by R. Lee Ermey, who is brilliant as the drill instructor. Him not even being nominated for an Oscar is one of the great injustices of all time. Then the second half is the men in combat, and it’s just hell. The beautiful thing about the combat scenes is that he doesn’t go overboard. There’s not a shitload of choppers and flamethrowers and bodies losing limbs. It’s a group of men vs. a sniper. That’s it. And it’s incredible.

Everything Kubrick made in this thirty-year period is incredible. Everyone knows that. Some might say this is his best movie. And that’s the best thing about him — they all might be his best movie.

3. Raising Arizona

“I’ll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash ya got.”

The Coen brothers, in their second movie, begin the light/dark dichotomy their movies have taken over the course of their career. For every dark crime movie where the protagonists meet grisly ends, they balance it with a rollicking comedy. Blood Simple, then this. Fargo, then Big Lebowski. Man Who Wasn’t There, then Intolerable Cruelty. No Country, then Burn AFter Reading. And the amazing thing about that is — all the movies are great.

It stars Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter. He’s a career criminal and she’s a police officer. They meet and fall in love. They find out they’re unable to have children and eventually find a way around it… they’re gonna kidnap one of the quintuplets a local businessman and his wife just had. Hilarity ensues.

This is the Coens at their comedic best. It’s impossible to not love this movie. This is the kind of movie that you could show anyone and be certain it’ll go over well. You shouldn’t need me to tell you to see a Coen brothers movie, let alone this Coen brothers movie… but if you haven’t seen this, do yourself a favor. It’s a gem.

4. Broadcast News

“Sorry… sex, tears… this must be the news.”

James L. Brooks’ second film, and arguably one that’s better than his first.

It’s a story about people who do the news. And a love triangle that develops among them. The main three are Holly Hunter as a great (but neurotic) producer, Albert Brooks as a great newsman with aspirations to be an on-air anchor, and William Hurt, a great on-air anchor who isn’t particularly great at any of the other stuff.

It’s… incredible. If you haven’t seen it, it’s really good, and you need to see it. Holly Hunter is amazing, and could easily have won the Oscar for her performance. She was nominated, Hurt was nominated and Brooks was nominated. The film was nominated for Best Picture… it’s great. It’s one of the best films of the 80s. Must see.

5. The Brave Little Toaster

“You guys really have an attachment for that kid, don’t you?”
“Yes. He was our master.”

This is one of the movies of my childhood. This is the kind of movie that only works for people my age or people around my age. There’s almost no way that someone born now is gonna grow up with this movie. MAYBE someone insane like me will show it to their kids and maybe the kids will like it enough to keep watching it the way I saw this movie like two dozen times when I was a kid. I certainly hope so, but it seems unlikely.

This is one of the few truly independent animated films of the 80s. You’ve never heard of the studio that financed and distributed this movie. Sure, many people who later worked at Pixar worked on this movie, but it’s not a Pixar film. And as such, it’s different, and it’s weird. And I love it.

It’s about a bunch of household appliances who live in a cottage, awaiting the day when their “master” will come back to them. They’ve been waiting so long they’re starting to get worried he may never come back. Eventually, they decide to go find him, which brings about a journey through the woods, to the big city, and eventually… well, if you’ve seen it, you remember the magnet.

I adore this movie. Toaster, Blanky, Lampy, Jon Lovitz as Radio, Thurl Ravenscroft (whose voice you will immediately recognize) as Kirby… Phil Hartman as the scary-ass air conditioner (who is blatantly doing a Jack Nicholson impersonation). It’s amazing. And it’s got songs! Also, that magnet is truly one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

6. Lethal Weapon

“I’m too old for this shit!”

This movie created a genre. There may have been “buddy cop” type movies before this, but this defined everything about the genre as we know it. This also launched Shane Black’s career, and with good reason. He’s one of the most unique voices in cinema. It’s an all-around classic.

Danny Glover is an aging cop, who is “getting too old for this shit.” He’s partnered with Mel Gibson, who is a bit of a live wire. The two learn how to work with one another as they struggle to catch some bad guys.

Everyone knows Lethal Weapon, so I’m not gonna waste my time on plot. If you watch these movies, you know — it’s not about what they’re doing, it’s about the relationship between the characters and the interplay between them throughout the scenes. Gibson and Glover are great together, and it shows because they made three more of these films. The whole thing just works.

7. Hope and Glory

John Boorman’s best movie. I know a lot of people prefer Deliverance, but this is his best. It’s the film that defines his career, based on his experiences growing up in London during the Blitz in World War II.

There’s not really a plot, per se. It’s more of a series of vignettes of the boy growing up. It’s like The Sandlot, or A Christmas Story… movies made up of moments rather than a straight narrative. And it’s great. It’s amazing.

If there’s one movie that I think is most cruelly underrated from 1987, this is the one. Nominated across the board for Oscars, it stood no chance against The Last Emperor, which sucks because it’s the much more entertaining film. Give this one a shot, I think you’ll love it.

8. Moonstruck

“I’m in love with you.”
“Snap out of it!”

I used to not like this movie. Maybe because it hit a little too close to home. But after a couple of rewatches, I came around.

Written by John Patrick Shanley (who also wrote Doubt) and directed by Norman Jewison, it’s a nice romantic comedy about Italians. Cher is a widowed accountant who gets engaged to Danny Aiello, a nice man and mama’s boy. He decides to travel to Italy to break the news of the engagement to his mother, and while he’s gone he asks her to try to make amends to his estranged brother. That brother… is Nicolas Cage. Complete with a wooden hand. Naturally he and Cher fall in love, and she struggles between her feelings for the two men, all while her father is also having an affair with another woman in order to feel young and neglecting her mother.

Cher won an Oscar for her performance, Olympia Dukakis won too as her mother. Vincent Gardenia was nominated as her father. Cage is… something else. And Aiello is great in limited time. It’s a really funny movie, and a great romantic comedy.

9. Wall Street

“The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”

Oliver Stone’s movie criticizing the nature of 80s capitalism and excess…. that naturally ended up making a lot of people want to become stockbrokers. If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s people completely missing the point of the movie (also see: The Wolf of Wall Street).

Charlie Sheen is a young stockbroker who is overly ambitious. So he finds a way to ingratiate himself with his idol, Michael Douglas, the biggest shark on (insert title here). It’s kind of a Sweet Smell of Success for the 80s, in a great way. Famous for the speech shown above, where Douglas says that being greedy is a good thing.

One of Stone’s best films, though it often gets overlooked in favor of his war movies. It won Douglas his acting Oscar, and remains one of the best films that represent the decade that was the 80s. So there’s that.

10. The Princess Bride

“As you wish.”

Is it possible to think a movie is amazing and also think it’s wildly overrated? Because that’s how I feel about this movie.

This is part of Rob Reiner’s incredible start as a director. Six of his first seven movies are: Spinal Tap, Stand by Me, this, When Harry Met Sally, Misery and A Few Good Men. That’s insane.

And speaking of pedigree, this movie is based on a book by and adapted by William Goldman, one of the all-time great writers (Butch and Sundance, The Hot Rock, Stepford Wives, All the President’s Men, Marathon Man, A Bridge Too Far, Magic… my god, what a resume).

It’s a fairy tale. That’s all you need. As told by a grandfather to his sick grandson. Peter Falk is the grandfather, Fred Savage is the grandson. And in the story itself — Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Andre the Giant, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane.

There’s like a half a dozen lines from this movie that are among the most famous in all of cinema. Hell, there’s still a few you come across in everyday life. At this point, what person doesn’t know “Hello, my name is Indigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die”?

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11-20:

Cry Freedom — Apartheid movie directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Kevin Kline and Denzel. Denzel got his first Oscar nomination for this movie, and a lot of people think he should have won. He plays an anti-apartheid activist and Kevin Kline plays his friend. It’s one of those movies that should make you angry when you watch it, as you see a clearly corrupt government commit atrocities and blatantly expect to get away with them. It’s a really strong movie. I generally don’t go for overly political stuff like this, but I really like this movie a lot.

Dirty Dancing — 80s classic. Jennifer Grey on vacation with her family, meets Patrick Swayze, who teaches her how to dance. It’s awesome. This is one of those movies that, as a guy, I assumed, “Oh, this is some women’s shit that I’m not gonna enjoy.” No, fuck that. This movie’s great. I don’t care who you are. This movie is great.

Fatal Attraction — The original “crazy white lady” movie. Michael Douglas is happily married, but has a steamy affair with Glenn Close, who he meets through his job. Not intending it to be anything more than a fling, he breaks up with her. She… doesn’t take it too well. You’ve seen enough copycats of this movie to know where things go from there. This movie was nominated for Best Picture in 1987. Glenn Close was nominated for Best Actress. This movie was new and fresh in 1987, and it works. You might try to think less of it because they’ve done variations of this for years, but this is a really good movie that created (or at least redefined) an entire sub genre.

Good Morning, Vietnam — Great movie. Robin Williams’ dramatic coming-out party. This got him his first Oscar nomination. It’s a largely comedic role, but he does get to stretch his dramatic muscles here in a big way. He stars as a disc jockey who comes to work for armed forces radio. He’s given pretty strict rules… which he immediately starts to flaunt. He does voices, skits and plays rock and roll music. The troops love it… the superiors do not. He clashes with them as he continues to do his own thing, and he also falls for a Vietnamese girl. Directed by Barry Levinson, part of his amazing run in the 80s, and just a classic movie. Williams is incredible here, and you need to see it both for its iconic nature and his iconic performance.

House of Games — Con film directed by David Mamet. The kind of movie I don’t even want to spoil because the whole thing’s about con artists, so saying anything will give away some of the twists and turns. So we’ll leave it at: Lindsay Crouse is a psychiatrist who tries to help a patient and gets involved with a bunch of con artists led by Joe Mantegna. It’s so good. One of the great hidden gems of the 80s. One of those movies I suggest for people to watch and then they do and go, “Wow, that was really good.” Because it is. This was Mamet’s directorial debut and still may be his best film.

The Last Emperor — Your Best Picture winner for 1987. An epic movie about (insert title here) of China. We start with him ascending to the throne as a literal infant, walking around his servants without any clue as to his power and responsibility. Then we intercut scenes of him growing up with the present, as the communists have overthrown the government. It’s a great movie. Bernardo Bertolucci directs, and it looks gorgeous, and as much as it seems like a “boring” kind of movie… it’s really good.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles — Classic comedy. John Hughes movie. Steve Martin and John Candy. Martin is trying to get home to his family for Thanksgiving, and is stuck traveling with Candy, a slob. Comedy ensues. And it’s great. It’s so great. This is almost everything a comedy should be. Well-defined characters, great comedic moments, and then it slips a little heart in there when you’re not looking. A true classic that everyone who loves movies and comedy needs to see.

Predator — Come on. You know Predator. Everyone knows Predator. It’s a great movie. John McTiernan directs, Schwarzenegger stars, along with Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura and Shane Black. It’s great. Classic sci fi movie. So good they’re about to reboot it again in a couple of months.

Spaceballs — Mel Brooks’ parody of Star Wars. The funny thing about this movie is that it’s not even close to his best work, and yet people love this movie. I get it, because if you grow up with it, you have an affinity toward it that others might not have. It’s like me and the movie Hook. It’s a very funny movie, but to me it pales in comparison with Brooks’ early stuff. But hey… it’s Spaceballs. We all know how funny this is. Mel Brooks is a comic genius.

Throw Momma from the Train — Great comedy. Directed by Danny DeVito, he stars with Billy Crystal in a comedic Strangers on a Train. Crystal is a writer who has resorted to teaching night classes to people who don’t know what they’re doing (“the night was moist”). Danny DeVito is one of his hopeless students who goes to a screening of Strangers on a Train with him. Crystal talks about how he’d (hypothetically) love if someone got rid of his ex-wife the way it happens in the Hitchcock movie. DeVito says he’d love the same for his mother. Cut to like two weeks later, DeVito shows up and is like, “Hey man, took care of your wife for you, now you gotta get rid of my mother.” And Crystal’s like, “What the fuck?” But, he’s gotta go through with it. So, half the movie is him (comically) trying to kill DeVito’s mother, brilliantly played by Anne Ramsey, who is unforgettable here. I still think she was robbed for the Oscar. Talk about one of the most memorable screen characters of all time (“OWEN!!!!”).

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Tier two:

  • Barfly
  • Batteries Not Included
  • Beverly Hills Cop II
  • Eddie Murphy: Raw
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Hellraiser
  • Ishtar
  • La Bamba
  • The Living Daylights
  • The Lost Boys
  • Outrageous Fortune
  • Over the Top
  • Radio Days
  • RoboCop
  • The Running Man
  • Stakeout
  • Street Smart
  • Three Men and a Baby
  • Tin Men
  • The Whales of August
  • Withnail & I

Ishtar is one of the major box office bombs of all time. This title is synonymous with bomb. Here’s the thing… it’s not that bad! Yes, Elaine May was a bit indulgent, and they spent too much money on the film, but it’s not that bad! Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman are meant to be Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. They’re a songwriting team who take a gig in Morocco and end up embroiled in a CIA plot. It’s dumb fun. I appreciate the film, even if it’s a giant failure. La Bamba is a great movie. Barely missed my top 20. I grew up with this movie. I probably haven’t seen it in twenty years, but can still recreate basically the entire movie from memory. That’s how often it was on when I was a kid. It’s a biopic of Richie Valens, one of the people on the plane with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. It’s mainly a story about him and his family, mainly his brother, played by Esai Morales. I love it. This is one of those movies that’s required viewing if you wanna hang with me.

Over the Top is the Citizen Kane of arm wrestling movies. Sylvester Stallone is a truck driver who enters the world arm wrestling championships to win his son back. But do you need a plot? It’s an arm wrestling movie! I fucking love how campy it is. Between this and Cobra, what more of a double feature do you need? Three Men and a Baby is a classic comedy. At least for me. one of those movies I saw so much as a child. Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg are all bachelors living together. One day, a baby shows up on the doorstep, and the note says it’s one of theirs. Through a miscommunication, they end up in care of the baby. And it’s about these three guys who know nothing about raising a child having to do so. It’s pure 80s, but I love it. Eddie Murphy: Raw is one of the great standup films of all time. It’s up there with Pryor and Cosby. It’s really good. This is Eddie Murphy at the height of his fame and at the top of his game. Beverly Hills Cop II is the sequel. Of course there was gonna be a sequel, after the major success of the first one. Tony Scott directs this one, and man, does it feel like a Tony Scott film. The plot here doesn’t matter. It’s more Axel Foley doing Axel Foley things. The first one is the gold standard, but this is a worthwhile sequel.

RoboCop is a classic sci fi movie, with a dash of social commentary, which is nice. It’s the future, Detroit is about to collapse because of overpopulation and crime. A corporation is given control of the police department. They try to have police robots. That doesn’t work. So… police cyborgs! They basically send officers to their deaths so they can use their bodies for this experimental program. Cut to our main guy… murdered by a gang and repurposed into RoboCop. He’s the perfect officer… seemingly. Except he’s haunted by his past memories, and even he’s starting to see just how corrupt the whole fucking place is. It’s pretty great. A movie everyone needs to see. Somehow this could only have been made in the 80s. Batteries Not Included is one of those films of my childhood. Pure Amblin. Your classic 80s plot of “save the blank.” Save the rec center, save the family home. Here, it’s save the apartment building. The tenants don’t wanna be forced out by the big property management company… and they get help by tiny little spaceships. It’s so much fun. This is the kind of movie that makes me feel like a kid again. The Running Man is another great 80s action movie. This only could have existed here. It’s another dystopian movie where the government has basically allowed killing for entertainment. The Hunger Games, Rollerball… a classic sci fi trope. Dystopian governments using stuff like this to control the population. Here, it’s a game show where they drop a “runner” into a giant arena where people are sent to chase them. It’s like the gladiator games… most of the time it’s just a way for people to die. But not when the star of your movie is Arnold Schwarzenegger. You know how it goes.

Street Smart is the movie that broke Morgan Freeman. That’s entirely what it’s known for now. To the point where most people don’t even remember that Christopher Reeve is the star of the movie! Reeve plays a reporter who is struggling to stay employed. So, he makes up a story. It’s about all the prostitution in New York, and he makes up a character of a pimp, and pretty soon he’s a sensation. Only Morgan Freeman, an actual pimp, thinks the story is about him. Because it sure sounds like him. So now he’s after Reeve because he wants to know who ratted him out. And now the police are after Reeve because they think the person is real too and want to know who it is. The movie hinges on the Freeman performance, and he is great here. Really, really great. Barfly is a Charles Bukowski-written film starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway. It’s based on Bukowski’s life, and has Rourke essentially playing him. He’s an alcoholic working menial jobs who hangs out with all the local denizens at his favorite watering holes. It’s great. I really like this movie a lot. One of Rourke’s best performances. This movie got lost to history a bit, though it sometimes comes up as a hidden gem. Some people are out there, championing it.

Tin Men is a Barry Levinson film, and part of his ‘Baltimore’ trilogy, with Diner and Avalon. Richard Dreyfuss (there he is again, with these solid films that go overlooked now) and Danny DeVito are two aluminum siding guys who are competing with one another… naturally going to extreme lengths to outdo the other. It’s fun. It’s a plot you’ve seen a bunch, but this is widely regarded as one of the better ones of the kind. You can’t go wrong with early Levinson. Hellraiser is a really interesting horror movie. I saw it as a kid during one of those nights when all the kids on the black stay over someone’s house and stay up all night watching movies. It’ll leave a mark on your psyche when you’re ten. A guy buys a puzzle box, and when he solves it, he gets brutally annihilated and pulled into some alternate dimension. His brother then moves into the house with his wife, who had an affair with his brother in the past. The brother ends up escaping from wherever he is and comes back as a body without skin. The wife, still obsessed with him, starts helping him gain his human form back, which consists of her murdering people and him drinking their blood. It’s really fucked up. But I’ve always had an appreciation for it. Empire of the Sun is Steven Spielberg’s POW film. It stars Christian Bale as a kid who goes from a life of privilege to life in an internment camp. It’s really good. It’s low on my list of Spielberg films, but that’s just because Spielberg made so many great films. It’s really good. If not for all the other great movies of this year, it might have made the top 20. It’s really good.

The Living Daylights is my least favorite Bond film. Octopussy is probably the worst, but this one is my least favorite. It has to do with Timothy Dalton being too serious a Bond. This one is about him stopping an arms dealer trying to start World War III. It’s fine. An attempted new start for the franchise, which lasted exactly three years before litigation and things stalled it once again, leading to the Pierce Brosnan era, which was much more successful. The Whales of August is not the best movie, but I always appreciate a movie with a bunch of great old actors getting to be the stars of a movie. It’s about two elderly sisters living by the sea in Maine. It stars Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern, Harry Carey Jr and Mary Steenburgen. Lillian Gish was 93 at the time! Anyone seeing this movie is seeing it for the actors. The plot doesn’t matter. Stakeout is a buddy cop movie. Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez. They’re put on the (insert title here) of an escaped convict’s girlfriend’s place. Only one of the two falls for her. And comedy ensues! It’s a lot of fun. I grew up with this and the sequel and always enjoyed them both.

Radio Days is one of the Woody Allen movies I like. It’s about the golden age of radio. It’s told as a sort of Christmas Story, Jean Shepherd narrative, as a narrator goes back over his life, with all sorts of little vignettes and an ensemble cast. It’s great. One of the few Allen movies I will outright say that I like and I think is very good. Withnail & I is a dark comedy about two actors. That’s probably all you need. If you like sardonic, intellectual drunks, you’ll like this movie. Bruce Robinson wrote and directed it, and Richard E. Grant stars (and is great in it), with Paul McGann and Richard Griffiths. Definitely one of those cult movies that people see and really enjoy that people getting into movies come across the right amount that you know what it is even if you don’t always see it early on. The Lost Boys is a cult 80s movie. This is one I don’t love, but I appreciate. Joel Schumacher directs it, and it’s about two new kids in a town who discover that a bunch of vampires live there. As you do.

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