The Decades: Entry #3 – The 1980’s (1980-1989)
Bottom line, the 1980’s list came “easier” to me than the two previous lists. Why? There are plenty of excellent films left off of this list, but you would be hard pressed to name a single film ON the list that could (or should) be bumped off. These 10 films just flat out represent filmmaking at its finest. As always, comments are encouraged:
10) Ran - Akira Kurosawa (1985)
Recently, a friend of mine was surveying my DVD collection and stumbled upon Rashomon. He turned to me and said “You know you’re a film snob when you own Kurosawa movies”. I found the comment so completely off-putting. When did Kurosawa become an avant-garde name? I can’t think of a more influential filmmaker (outside of Hitchcock and Tarkovski) in regards to the scope of visual storytelling; and yet the “everyday moviegoer” views him as an art-house fixture. How did we get so far off the path as a filmgoing society?
9) Amadeus - Milos Forman (1984)
Hyperbole aside, one the greatest pieces of historical fiction ever committed to film. F. Murray Abraham is of course fantastic, but when I revisit the film, it’s Tom Hulce’s performance that astonishes me on several different levels. His combination of petulance and genius is so calculated that I find myself always seeking the small details in which he portrayed such a complicated and brilliant man.
(via: hitflix.com) HIS ‘HELL’S ANGELS’ PROJECT SOUNDS MUCH MORE PROMISING ‘Tony? William Holden’s in the parking lot, and he wants a word with you.’ (Credit: Warner Home Video) Ah. I see Tony Scott wasn’t content to let his brother ruin my day.
The Scott Bros. Are On A Rampage
The notion of remaking “The Wild Bunch” is not a new one. There’s been an ongoing conversation about it for a while now. In January, Borys Kit did a nice rundown of the internal remake conversations going on at Warner Bros., and I lost my damn fool mind about the notion of this particular title going in front of the camera again. It’s asinine for all the reasons I explained before. Even with Brian Helgeland, a very smart guy, writing the remake, I just can’t see it.
HIS ‘HELL’S ANGELS’ PROJECT SOUNDS MUCH MORE PROMISING
‘Tony? William Holden’s in the parking lot, and he wants a word with you.’ (Credit: Warner Home Video)
Ah. I see Tony Scott wasn’t content to let his brother ruin my day.