söndag 15 april 2012

My Movie Year

Andy, author of the Fandango Groovers Movie Blog has done it again. The master mind behind the film bloggers phenomenon "My life in movies" has a new project - "My movie year".

I think it was Joel, fellow member of "Filmspanarna", that enlightened me about Andy's new project. I didn't hesitate to answer the shout out and join the blogathon. I have had so much fun reading fellow movie blogger's "A life in movies"-posts, as well as writing my own. I got so enthusiastic that I actually took it one step further. Currently I am in the middle of a project called "A life in music", covering one year of great music in each post. Anyway on to the the task at hand.

"Pick your favourite year for movies.." Andy stated in his call. How remarkable, this is as easy as it is hard. How can you pick only one year? After some serious soul searching, I decided that in the end I just needed to pick one. Is it the best film year? I do not know, but it is a film year that I can live with in this blogathon.


I have chosen the movie year of 1985. It was not my first choice, that was 1993. I don't know why I changed year or how I ended up with 1985, maybe it was written in the stars. Anyway, 1985 is a year with a lot of classic films that are special to me. I will call it my nostalgic list.

I will list five great films and highlight a great scene from each film.

5. Back to the future (1985, director Robert Zemeckis)

This movie was such an experience. I loved this one, and Michael J Fox is a star. Have loved all his work since. The fact that one of my buddies, Sir Per, look like him, talk like him and act like him (Spin City version) is only an added bonus.

The scene I chose is "You're George McFly!".

4. Witness (1985, director Peter Weir)

Apparently Harrison Ford was more than Han Solo and Indiana Jones! In Witness he stars together with Kelly McGillis (the lucky bastard). This is one of my favourite thrillers of the 80's. And I still am a little bit curious about the Amish. What was that all about?

The scene is the great one at the police station... Identification.

3. Runaway train (1985, director Andrey Konchalovskiy)

I saw this one the same day that I saw One flew over the cuckoo's nest. I actually liked Runaway train more. The performance of Jon Voight is superb. Eric Roberts and Rebecca De Mornay are very, very good, but this is Jon's movie. His battle versus Warden Ranken is never going to be forgotten. The film has loads of great lines...
"No worse. Human. Human!"
"You do what you have to do, I'll do what I have to do."
"We all die alone."

But for this post I chose the famous speech scene.

2. The Breakfast Club (1985, director John Hughes)

Stumbling out of the movie theatre feeling bewildered. The film had talked to me as no other film had done before. I got an instant crusch on Molly Ringwald. LOL. And I got obsessive over "The Brat Pack". The Breakfast Club might still be the best of the films, I haven't revisisted it yet, but other classics include Sixteen Candles, St Elmo's Fire, Pretty in pink and Weird science... And later on Less than zero with outstanding performances by Robert Downey Jr, James Spader and a gorgeous Jami Gertz.

In the end one must mention the genius behind The Breakfast Club, John "That's no pillows!" Hughes. He was one of the great Writers/Directors. RIP Mr Hughes.

The "Don't mess with the bull" scene.

1. Fletch (1985, director Michael Ritchie)

Dr. Rosenpenis, G. Gordon Liddy, John Cocktoston, Mr. Babar, Harry S. Truman, Ted Nugent, Mr. Poon, or as we call him Irwin M Fletcher. Fletch. This is the easiest choice of today. Why Fletch? Because the film has one million quotes that me and my buddies do "all the time". "Woosh". Because Chevy Chase is the greatest comedian of the 80's. Because I had Fletch and Fletch lives on an old used VHS tape back in the old days. Because Fletch was running on the VCR when me and the redheaded minx joined for the first time.


Now please check out all other great Movie Years, take a peek at Fandangos blog for a complete list.

15 kommentarer:

  1. Great choice, I considered 1985 and would have gone with Back to the Future and The breakfast club like you. I would also have included Fandango. Thanks for taking part.

  2. Thanks Andy, and kudos to you for this blogathon.

    I haven't seen Fandango, but it is now on my list to see.

  3. Cool post! I'm definitely with you re: Back to the Future. 1985 was the year I graduated from high school, so it rings some nostalgic bells for me. Some films that rocked my world that year include Ladyhawke, Silverado, Pale Rider and Commando (which my friends and I quoted endlessly for many years after).

  4. This was a great choice too (but wouldn't it have been fun if we had indeed gone for the same year?).

    Absolutely no relation to Runaway Train and Fletch being so-so, I would definitely trade those for Ran and maybe Day of the Dead.

  5. Sofia: Hehe, ok. Hey, you know that the Runaway train script was written by the master himself, Kurosawa?

  6. Jeff: thanks! Nostalgic year indeed.

  7. Gotta love Fletch.

  8. Heeeeeey there, you missed the greatest one of all: ROCKY IV!!!
    Now we have something very important to talk about on the next Filmspanar-meeting ;)

    Despite of that, a terrific list :)

  9. Yes, lovely 80's entertainment! Back to the Future is my favorite film to watch when I'm lying sick in the sofa, though I have to admit I like the second one even more.

    Love Breakfast Club and Fletch too. My own favorites? Hm... recently saw the french Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi), which wasn't exactly entertaining, but extremely good. And then there's Brazil and After Hours too. :)

  10. Fiffi: Yes, let's talk! ;-)


  11. Gustav: Luc Besson's Subway and Brazil were both hard to leave out...

  12. I toyed with the idea of 1985 for this blogathon. There were SO many good movies that year. Nice list!

  13. Thanks Alan. Which films would have made your list?

  14. Actually I did not, but the man did write a heck of a lot of screenplays, so I am not surprised.