A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #9 Beetlejuice

Review: So far this series has been all blind spots, with long overdue first time viewings of some 80s classics making up the first six posts. Until now. With Beetlejuice, I finally get to revisit a film I haven't seen since I was very young. One may even say that Beetlejuice, along with a few other films … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #9 Beetlejuice

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #10 Coming to America

Review: I think I've finally failed the test. I don't find 80's humor all that funny or clever. After The Great Outdoors underwhelmed me and now this, I've figured out that it's not them, it's me. Going into Coming to America - a film with a very strong following even to this day, not to mention the pedigree … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #10 Coming to America

A Lifetime In Film: 1988 #11 Heathers

Review: Although I didn't fall head over heels for it, I have to admit that Heathers has everything. It says pretty much all that needs to be said about coming of age during one's high school years and especially concentrates around how teenage suicide is perceived by both students and adults. This film could have been made … Continue reading A Lifetime In Film: 1988 #11 Heathers

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #12 A Short Film About Love

Review:Acclaimed Polish filmmaker Krysztof Kieslowski's A Short Film About Love was released the same year as A Short Film About Killing which I briefly mentioned in the introductory post summarizing 1988. For some reason, despite Killing's hard-hitting, unflinching content, the relatively lightweight Love is the film that has gained greater notoriety and acclaim over the years. I'll be very honest that as … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #12 A Short Film About Love

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #13 Bull Durham

Review: I was very much looking forward to watching Bull Durham for this blog series as, not having seen it before, I could only go by initial impressions. The plot was intriguing - a love triangle forms between two single-A baseball players (Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins) and the team's idiosyncratic number one fan (Susan Sarandon). The … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #13 Bull Durham

A Lifetime In Film: 1988 #14 Time of the Gypsies

Review: Well that was a lot of movie. And in fact if I had not made it a point to keep these posts relatively short, I could probably risk ignoring the word count and put all of my thoughts down on this magnificent achievement. Bosnian filmmaker Emir Kusturica's Time of the Gypsies can only be described with … Continue reading A Lifetime In Film: 1988 #14 Time of the Gypsies

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #15 The Great Outdoors

Review: OK, most people probably won't spend more than a short paragraph actually reviewing the 1988 John Hughes comedy The Great Outdoors. It's the consummate 80's nature comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy and, unfortunately does exactly what one would expect. The story of affable Chet (the naturally charismatic Candy), and his crooked businessman brother-in-law Roman's … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #15 The Great Outdoors