A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #5 Akira

Review: 1988 was a great year for anime and it appears that of all the big anime films to have come out that year, Akira turned out to be the most influential. Writer/Director Katsuhiro Otomo, adapting his own manga to feature film length, has a storytelling/animation style that is instantly recognizable by anyone who's watched anime films … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #5 Akira

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #6 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Review: I've maintained throughout my lifetime of watching film, that there really are people who are born to make movies. It is a strange proposition given how young the art form is at just over 120 years. It's more believable to say that one is born to be a composer of music, or a painter, … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #6 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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