The Breakfast Club (1985)

Don’t you, forget about this movie. So, I can’t believe it. I finally watched this whole film. I’ve seen clips of it and spoofs of it and now finally I’ve seen it from start to finish. I must say two things surprised me. The first was that it was rated R and had some pretty adult themes. I always imagined this as possibly a family film since it was always on TV. Next, I thought the film was pretty deep. That moment when the Breakfast club sits around in a circle and talks about their problems had some tough moments. I also loved the principal of the school, although he was a massive jerk too. John Hughes was an excellent film maker, I can’t wait to see more of his films.

84/100

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Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

This movie puts the campy into camping. Well, the whole thing wasn’t campy but I did find some moments in it pretty strange like the end of the world scenario by the geeks and the ability of white water rafts to stay perfectly still for hours at the top of a waterfall. This movie really has an amazing cast like Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Marguerite Moreau (hooray Mighty Ducks!), Christopher Meloni, Amy Poehler and Elizabeth Banks. So with such a veritable buffet of comedians this movie should have been perfect and yes it had some perfect moments like Meloni’s conversations with a can of mixed vegetables and Paul Rudd dumping children on the side of the road for seeing too much. I did laugh quite and bit and had a really good time. I’m looking forward to the Netflix show based off this. Grab your twenty-sided die and some sunscreen and be transported back to the 80’s for some summer camp goofiness. You’ll have some fun with this film.

78/100

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Stand by Me (1986)

I stand by this perfect score. I love this movie. I’ve seen it many times and each time I feel a sense of nostalgia. You really don’t have better friends than you do when you are young. It brings back a lot of memories of climbing fences and fishing and just hanging out, talking about random subjects. I normally don’t like child actors but Wheaton, Phoenix, Feldman and O’Connell were all great. Sutherland is an excellent bad guy (although I wish he was in a little more of the movie). I laughed so hard during the pie eating contest I cried, then I calmed down and then laughed until I cried again. Excellent directing from Rob Reiner and a sweet little story out of the mind of Stephen King. This movie is better than finding your missing quart jar of pennies under your porch.

100/100

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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

This weapon wasn’t 2 lethal but I still enjoyed it. I must say my biggest problem with it was Joe Pesci. Okay, okay, okay… I know, that’s he’s Hollywood schtick but he still bothered me, at least until he manned up a bit towards the end of the film. Riggs and Murtaugh are still the ultimate buddy cops. The scene on the toilet almost had me in tears with laughter. Patsy Kensit was stunning as the South African consulate girl. I would like to see more movies with her in it. Mel Gibson always steals the show and arrests not only the bad guys, but me, with laughter. This film is slightly less good than the original and yes some of the Diplomatic Immunity plot is a little thin… okay, maybe anorexic. But I do like this movie and this movie series. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon.

80/100

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Lethal Weapon (1987)

The only lethal thing this movie was about is how lethal it was to its lead actors. It seems like not only did Mel Gibson go a little crazy, but so did Danny Glover and Gary Busey. Still, regardless of how the mental status is of these fine actors… this movie was awesome. I love how crazy Gibson is, especially on the rooftop with the jumper. Glover is an excellent foil to Gibson, being the pragmatic cop in the group. I found the final fight scene with Busey a little over the top as a group of cops watch Gibson and Busey duke it out, while Glover says “break his neck!”, I’m not sure in this day of smart phones something like that would be smiled upon. Don’t worry about the inaccuracies of their procedures, just love the laughs and the excellent murder mystery this film serves up to you. I’m getting too old for this kind of stuff… although, I’m feeling like I should watch the second movie now.

82/100

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Shave and a haircut… what a hit! I love this film, although Roger was little more funny and a lot less annoying when I was younger watching this. Still, Bob Hoskins is great as Eddie Valiant, the Private Eye. I love how this movie mixes real people and cartoons in a film noir sort of environment. A toon is accused of murder and it’s the P.I. with a past that is their only chance of redemption. Kathleen Turner’s smoky sexy voice goes perfectly with Jessica Rabbit’s animation and Christopher Lloyd is awesome as the scary judge who likes to make toons take a dip into death. Like I said, Roger gets a little grating with his overly zany voice and actions but I will give Charles Fleischer credit for really going for it on this character. This movie will always be a classic to me, where humans and cartoons can live amongst each other in (mostly) harmony.

85/100

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Top Gun (1986)

I tried to not bug out on this movie and I made it through alive. After hearing Highway to the Danger Zone over four times, this song will be stuck in my head for several days. So this movie is pretty interesting. It’s sort of a romance film and also a war movie and it also feels like the Tri-Wizard Tournament in Harry Potter. Who will win the most points to become the #1 pilot in Top Gun? Tom Cruise was his normal charming self, charming the ladies and fighting against mean shirtless-vollyball playing guys like Val Kilmer. Meg Ryan has a cute little cameo in this as Goose’s wife. The best parts of this film are the dog-fighting up in the sky. It was a real adrenaline rush. There is this short sad part in the movie that really took me out of the action, but once Maverick (Cruise) gets his stuff together and fights some enemy planes, things heat up like the afterburners on a jet. I’ve got the need, the need for speed!” Watch this movie if you don’t mind being too close for missiles.

79/100

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