A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #7 Big

Review: Big is one of those movies that gets better with multiple viewings. For a film that is so simple (despite its high concept) in structure and largely devoid of high stakes or melodrama, it has a certain hold over the viewer that is not easily explained. You may not laugh out loud during Big and you may … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #7 Big

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #8 Cinema Paradiso

Review: I'll admit that it's kind of a perfect fit to have one of the films that are part of my "A Lifetime in Film" blog series be Cinema Paradiso. It is a film about the love of movies, and spending a lifetime admiring the cinematic craft for what it really does. For director/screenwriter Guiseppe Tornatore, film … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #8 Cinema Paradiso

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