1984: A Blockbuster Year

“My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Ronald Reagan brought that oops moment to the world as he tested a microphone before a radio address; later that November Regan won a landslide re-election. That was the peak of the Reagan era. That was 1984.

1984 was, indeed, an unforgettable year!Mary Lou Retton won gymnastic gold and American hearts at the L.A. Olympics. The reining Miss America, Vanessa Williams, was stripped of her title because of a nude photo spread in Penthouse magazine. Madonna became everyone’s “boy toy” with her “Like a Virgin” performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Marvin Gaye was killed by his father; Bernie Goetz gunned down four muggers in the NYC subway; millions starved in Ethiopia; and Bob Geldoff responded with “Do They Know it’s Christmas Time.” Thousands died in the Union Carbide Corporation disaster in Bhopal, India; and Clara Peller asked, “Where’s the Beef?” Cindy Lauper proclaimed that “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”; Prince let us know what it sounds like “When Doves Cry”; and Tina Turner made a big comeback and asked, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Clearly, 1984 was a year of big news, big events, and, thanks to the number one TV show, Dynasty, really of big shoulder pads! But as the ashes of have long since settled, it’s ’84’s hit movies that remain with us and have stood the test of time.

Besides being the year that introduced the first PG-13 movie, (Red Dawn), 1984 was the birth year for a number of hit features that spawned numerous sequels: The Terminator, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, Beverly Hills Cop, and Police Academy. Comedies were probably the most notable feature of ’84. While the year didn’t produce any great American Film Institute darlings as weighty as Citizen Kane, it did, however, release an impressive number of comedies that are still fresh and still freakin’ funny today. Already mentioned are Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, and Police Academy; but also there are All of Me, This is Spinal Tap, Splash, Revenge of the Nerds, and Romancing the Stone.

1984 didn’t just release blockbusters that kept bottom line obsessed studio heads filled with coke and lap dancing blonds, it also saw the release of some lesser known films that have endured to become classics, films such as Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America; Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas; Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise. And the cult classics such as John Sayles The Brother from Another Planet, and the NYC cult horror flick C.H.U.D.

1984 saw Regan era teen angst approach its peak, while the John Hughes’ teen classic, Sixteen Candles, solidified Molly Ringwald as the ’80s’ ginger teen queen and—along with Weird Science that same year—shot Anthony Michael Hall to geek teen stardom, as its new nerd on the rise. The Karate Kid taught us to “Wax on, Wax off,” and A Nightmare on Elm Street introduced slasher fans to a terrifying new evil villain, Freddy Krueger, who entered our nightmares and has remained with us nine sequels later. Not only did teen anxiety influence cinema, but also the collective unease of the Cold War, as 1984 released a cinematic Soviet Union invasion of the U.S.A. in cinematographer and director John Milius’s Red Dawn. The first film to receive a PG-13 rating, Red Dawn was perhaps a bit unbelievable but cathartic, and filled with up-and-coming young stars (Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, and Charlie Sheen); it was a definite reaction to the Cold War anxieties of the 1980s.

 
Sixteen Candles, Molly Ringwald

1984 was a year of movies filled with classic pop music in such films such as Prince’s Purple Rain, which produced an enduring soundtrack that still holds up today. The concert film Stop Making Sense featured the Talking Heads and was directed by a relative newcomer, Jonathan Demme. Beat Street and Breakin’ capitalized on the popularity of break dancing, and Footloose danced into theaters with its MTV look and a soundtrack that garnered six Billboard magazine top 40 hits. Footloose was promoted again and again; each subsequent music video featured clips from the film, and ultimately kept those bottom-line-obsessed studio heads “Dancing in the Sheets,” and laid the foundation for Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

In celebration of that most unforgettable year, I have listed my twenty essential movies of 1984, films that have endured, some that are well crafted, some that capture the spirit of the ’80s—thirty-year-old movies that make us think, sing, dance, scream and, above all else, laugh out loud!
—John David West

David’s 20 Essential Movies of 1984

Ghostbusters

Paris, Texas

Amadeus

The Killing Fields

Once Upon a Time in America

Stop Making Sense


The Terminator

 

This Is Spinal Tap

Beverly Hills Cop


The Karate Kid


Sixteen Candles



Footloose


A Nightmare on Elm Street


Stranger Than Paradise


Purple Rain
Starman


Gremlins


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom


The Muppets Take Manhattan


Police Academy

 

 

Click here from more movies from 1984 at IMDB, it’s amazing!

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1984: A Blockbuster Year

“My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Ronald Reagan brought that oops moment to the world as he tested a microphone before a radio address; later that November Regan won a landslide re-election. That was the peak of the Reagan era. That was 1984.

1984 was, indeed, an unforgettable year!Mary Lou Retton won gymnastic gold and American hearts at the L.A. Olympics. The reining Miss America, Vanessa Williams, was stripped of her title because of a nude photo spread in Penthouse magazine. Madonna became everyone’s “boy toy” with her “Like a Virgin” performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Marvin Gaye was killed by his father; Bernie Goetz gunned down four muggers in the NYC subway; millions starved in Ethiopia; and Bob Geldoff responded with “Do They Know it’s Christmas Time.” Thousands died in the Union Carbide Corporation disaster in Bhopal, India; and Clara Peller asked, “Where’s the Beef?” Cindy Lauper proclaimed that “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”; Prince let us know what it sounds like “When Doves Cry”; and Tina Turner made a big comeback and asked, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Clearly, 1984 was a year of big news, big events, and, thanks to the number one TV show, Dynasty, really of big shoulder pads! But as the ashes of have long since settled, it’s ’84’s hit movies that remain with us and have stood the test of time.

Besides being the year that introduced the first PG-13 movie, (Red Dawn), 1984 was the birth year for a number of hit features that spawned numerous sequels: The Terminator, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, Beverly Hills Cop, and Police Academy. Comedies were probably the most notable feature of ’84. While the year didn’t produce any great American Film Institute darlings as weighty as Citizen Kane, it did, however, release an impressive number of comedies that are still fresh and still freakin’ funny today. Already mentioned are Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, and Police Academy; but also there are All of Me, This is Spinal Tap, Splash, Revenge of the Nerds, and Romancing the Stone.

1984 didn’t just release blockbusters that kept bottom line obsessed studio heads filled with coke and lap dancing blonds, it also saw the release of some lesser known films that have endured to become classics, films such as Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America; Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas; Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise. And the cult classics such as John Sayles The Brother from Another Planet, and the NYC cult horror flick C.H.U.D.

1984 saw Regan era teen angst approach its peak, while the John Hughes’ teen classic, Sixteen Candles, solidified Molly Ringwald as the ’80s’ ginger teen queen and—along with Weird Science that same year—shot Anthony Michael Hall to geek teen stardom, as its new nerd on the rise. The Karate Kid taught us to “Wax on, Wax off,” and A Nightmare on Elm Street introduced slasher fans to a terrifying new evil villain, Freddy Krueger, who entered our nightmares and has remained with us nine sequels later. Not only did teen anxiety influence cinema, but also the collective unease of the Cold War, as 1984 released a cinematic Soviet Union invasion of the U.S.A. in cinematographer and director John Milius’s Red Dawn. The first film to receive a PG-13 rating, Red Dawn was perhaps a bit unbelievable but cathartic, and filled with up-and-coming young stars (Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, and Charlie Sheen); it was a definite reaction to the Cold War anxieties of the 1980s.

 
Sixteen Candles, Molly Ringwald

1984 was a year of movies filled with classic pop music in such films such as Prince’s Purple Rain, which produced an enduring soundtrack that still holds up today. The concert film Stop Making Sense featured the Talking Heads and was directed by a relative newcomer, Jonathan Demme. Beat Street and Breakin’ capitalized on the popularity of break dancing, and Footloose danced into theaters with its MTV look and a soundtrack that garnered six Billboard magazine top 40 hits. Footloose was promoted again and again; each subsequent music video featured clips from the film, and ultimately kept those bottom-line-obsessed studio heads “Dancing in the Sheets,” and laid the foundation for Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

In celebration of that most unforgettable year, I have listed my twenty essential movies of 1984, films that have endured, some that are well crafted, some that capture the spirit of the ’80s—thirty-year-old movies that make us think, sing, dance, scream and, above all else, laugh out loud!
—John David West

David’s 20 Essential Movies of 1984

Ghostbusters

Paris, Texas

Amadeus

The Killing Fields

Once Upon a Time in America

Stop Making Sense


The Terminator

 

This Is Spinal Tap

Beverly Hills Cop


The Karate Kid


Sixteen Candles



Footloose


A Nightmare on Elm Street


Stranger Than Paradise


Purple Rain
Starman


Gremlins


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom


The Muppets Take Manhattan


Police Academy

 

 

Click here from more movies from 1984 at IMDB, it’s amazing!

1984: A Blockbuster Year

“My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Ronald Reagan brought that oops moment to the world as he tested a microphone before a radio address; later that November Regan won a landslide re-election. That was the peak of the Reagan era. That was 1984.
1984 was, indeed, an unforgettable year! Mary Lou Retton won gymnastic gold and American hearts at the L.A. Olympics. The reining Miss America, Vanessa Williams, was stripped of her title because of a nude photo spread in Penthouse magazine. Madonna became everyone’s “boy toy” with her “Like a Virgin” performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Marvin Gaye was killed by his father; Bernie Goetz gunned down four muggers in the NYC subway; millions starved in Ethiopia; and Bob Geldoff responded with “Do They Know it’s Christmas Time.” Thousands died in the Union Carbide Corporation disaster in Bhopal, India; and Clara Peller asked, “Where’s the Beef?” Cindy Lauper proclaimed that “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”; Prince let us know what it sounds like “When Doves Cry”; and Tina Turner made a big comeback and asked, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?
 
Clearly, 1984 was a year of big news, big events, and, thanks to the number one TV show, Dynasty, really of big shoulder pads! But as the ashes of have long since settled, it’s ’84’s hit movies that remain with us and have stood the test of time.
Besides being the year that introduced the first PG-13 movie, (Red Dawn), 1984 was the birth year for a number of hit features that spawned numerous sequels: The Terminator, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, Beverly Hills Cop, and Police Academy. Comedies were probably the most notable feature of ’84. While the year didn’t produce any great American Film Institute darlings as weighty as Citizen Kane, it did, however, release an impressive number of comedies that are still fresh and still freakin’ funny today. Already mentioned are Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, and Police Academy; but also there are All of Me, This is Spinal Tap, Splash, Revenge of the Nerds, and Romancing the Stone.


1984 didn’t just release blockbusters that kept bottom line obsessed studio heads filled with coke and lap dancing blonds, it also saw the release of some lesser known films that have endured to become classics, films such as Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America; Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas; Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise. And the cult classics such as John Sayles The Brother from Another Planet, and the NYC cult horror flick C.H.U.D.
1984 saw Regan era teen angst approach its peak, while the John Hughes’ teen classic, Sixteen Candles, solidified Molly Ringwald as the ’80s’ ginger teen queen and—along with Weird Science that same year—shot Anthony Michael Hall to geek teen stardom, as its new nerd on the rise. The Karate Kid taught us to “Wax on, Wax off,” and A Nightmare on Elm Street introduced slasher fans to a terrifying new evil villain, Freddy Krueger, who entered our nightmares and has remained with us nine sequels later. Not only did teen anxiety influence cinema, but also the collective unease of the Cold War, as 1984 released a cinematic Soviet Union invasion of the U.S.A. in cinematographer and director John Milius’s Red Dawn. The first film to receive a PG-13 rating, Red Dawn was perhaps a bit unbelievable but cathartic, and filled with up-and-coming young stars (Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, and Charlie Sheen); it was a definite reaction to the Cold War anxieties of the 1980s.
Sixteen Candles, Molly Ringwald
1984 was a year of movies filled with classic pop music in such films such as Prince’s Purple Rain, which produced an enduring soundtrack that still holds up today. The concert film Stop Making Sense featured the Talking Heads and was directed by a relative newcomer, Jonathan Demme. Beat Street and Breakin’ capitalized on the popularity of break dancing, and Footloose danced into theaters with its MTV look and a soundtrack that garnered six Billboard magazine top 40 hits. Footloose was promoted again and again; each subsequent music video featured clips from the film, and ultimately kept those bottom-line-obsessed studio heads “Dancing in the Sheets,” and laid the foundation for Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
 
In celebration of that most unforgettable year, I have listed my twenty essential movies of 1984, films that have endured, some that are well crafted, some that capture the spirit of the ’80s—thirty-year-old movies that make us think, sing, dance, scream and, above all else, laugh out loud!

—John David West

 

David’s 20 Essential Movies of 1984

1. Ghostbusters

2. Paris, Texas

3. Amadeus

4. The Killing Fields

5. Once Upon a Time in America

6. Stop Making Sense

7.The Terminator

8. This Is Spinal Tap

9. Beverly Hills Cop

10. The Karate Kid


11. Sixteen Candles

12. Footloose



13. A Nightmare on Elm Street

14. Stranger Than Paradise

15. Purple Rain

16. Starman

17. Gremlins

18. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

19. The Muppets Take Manhattan

20. Police Academy

 

 

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MoviefiedNYC’s Top 5 Quirky Holidays Movies

 

To quote Myrna Loy who played Nora in The Thin Man, “The next person who says ‘Merry Christmas’ to me, I’ll kill ‘em.” OK, we’re not that jaded. We’re only too happy to share some holiday cheer with fellow movie lovers as long as it doesn’t involve the infamous “leg-lamp”. Here are our personal favorite holiday movies. Funny, sweet, and with more than a twist of bitter, these are the ones we keep coming back to year after year.

David’s Quirky Holiday Fast Five Films
 

Directed by Vincente Minnelli, this is not only a masterwork of meticulous detail but also a film with heart that wonderfully articulates the Smith Family’s joy and pain as they spend their last Christmas in their home in St. Louis. Esther (Judy Garland) introduces the classic Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas as Tootie (Margaret O’Brian) runs to the back yard and tearfully bludgeons the snow family she had built earlier. For Tootie, there’s no place like home in St. Louis.

 

After watching this American classic, who can’t help but wonder about the importance of their own impact on the world? Watching Jimmy Stewart’s performance, viewers not only believe in George Bailey, but ultimately in themselves.

 

 

 

 
No Christmas entertainment would be complete without some stop-motion puppets getting into holiday mischief. This ain’t no Rankin/Bass holiday TV special, though. Tim Burton’s dark mind spins a Christmas tale that is a fantastically twisted feast for the eyes.
4. Love Actually (2003)
 
More British stars than all seven Harry Potter films could magically cast: Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman (you’ll know his name soon, if you don’t already), Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson, and Laura Linney (OK, not British).  “Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free.”  – Billy Mack

 

5. Gremlins (1984)
 
A wholesome, snow-covered town is turned upside down during Christmas by an army of gremlins gone wild. In its day, the special effects were amazing. Surprisingly, they remain impressive even in our modern world of CGI. The movie takes a turn from frosty holiday cuteness to outrageous stupidity—really, drunken, break dancing gremlins? Still, Gremlins is great mischievous holiday fun.

Myrna’s Quirky Holiday Fast Five Films

“Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems in a place perhaps you’ve seen in your dreams. For the story you’re about to be told began with the holiday worlds of auld. Now you’ve probably wondered where holidays come from. If you haven’t I’d say it’s time you begun.   Santa 
 
Tim Burton has made a world here that is completely new, stunningly beautiful, inspiring and infused with his unique brand of romanticism. 
 
One of the numerous film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Michael Caine plays Ebenezer Scrooge; Gonzo, as Dickens himself, narrates the story with the help of Rizzo the Ratt. Muppets fill out the rest of the castincluding Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit, Robin the Frog as Tiny Tim, and Fozzie Bear as Fozziwig.  
 
3. Love Actually (2003)
Love Actually is sweet without being saccharine like most Christmastime romantic comedies. A touching new holiday classic that is a collage of love stories in every form from familial to forbidden. In the words of the dashing Hugh Grant, Love actually is all around. A personal shout-out for my favorite Love Actually moment: Bill Nighy’s “Christmas is All Around”.
 
4. The Ref (1994) 
A darkly funny movie set during Christmastime starring Denis Leary as a small-time criminal who takes a bickering couple hostage. Cynical, mean-spirited and, viciously funny a holiday movie I can relate to. 
 
5. Gremlins (1984)
Gremlins captures the spirit of a Frank Capra Christmas, while still being humorously tainted by horror and offbeat comedy. Gremilins is a wholesome Christmas family flick that leans a little to the dark side. 
 
 
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Fast Five Films: Quirky Holiday Movies

Fast Five Films is our monthly quick pick around any topic that catches our eye.

To quote Myrna Loy who played Nora in The Thin Man, “The next person who says ‘Merry Christmas’ to me, I’ll kill ‘em.” OK, we’re not that jaded. We’re only too happy to share some holiday cheer with fellow movie lovers as long as it doesn’t involve the infamous “leg-lamp”. Here are our personal favorite holiday movies. Funny, sweet, and with more than a twist of bitter, these are the ones we keep coming back to year after year.

David’s Quirky Holiday Fast Five Films

1. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Directed by Vincente Minnelli, this is not only a masterwork of meticulous detail but also a film with heart that wonderfully articulates the Smith Family’s joy and pain as they spend their last Christmas in their home in St. Louis. Esther (Judy Garland) introduces the classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” as Tootie (Margaret O’Brian) runs to the back yard and tearfully bludgeons the snow family she had built earlier. For Tootie, there’s no place like home in St. Louis.

After watching this American classic, who can’t help but wonder about the importance of their own impact on the world? Watching Jimmy Stewart’s performance, viewers not only believe in George Bailey, but ultimately in themselves.

No Christmas entertainment would be complete without some stop-motion puppets getting into holiday mischief. This ain’t no Rankin/Bass holiday TV special, though. Tim Burton’s dark mind spins a Christmas tale that is a fantastically twisted feast for the eyes.

 

4. Love Actually (2003)

More British stars than all seven Harry Potter films could magically cast: Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman (you’ll know his name soon, if you don’t already), Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson, and Laura Linney (OK, not British).  “Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free.”  – Billy Mack

5. Gremlins (1984)

A wholesome, snow-covered town is turned upside down during Christmas by an army of gremlins gone wild. In its day, the special effects were amazing. Surprisingly, they remain impressive even in our modern world of CGI. The movie takes a turn from frosty holiday cuteness to outrageous stupidity—really, drunken, break dancing gremlins? Still, Gremlins is great mischievous holiday fun.

Myrna’s Quirky Holiday Fast Five Films

1. A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

“Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems in a place perhaps you’ve seen in your dreams. For the story you’re about to be told began with the holiday worlds of auld. Now you’ve probably wondered where holidays come from. If you haven’t I’d say it’s time you begun.”  – Santa

Tim Burton has made a world here that is completely new, stunningly beautiful, inspiring and infused with his unique brand of romanticism. 

2. The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)

One of the numerous film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Michael Caine plays Ebenezer Scrooge; Gonzo, as Dickens himself, narrates the story with the help of Rizzo the Ratt. Muppets fill out the rest of the cast—including Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit, Robin the Frog as Tiny Tim, and Fozzie Bear as Fozziwig.  

 

3. Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually is sweet without being saccharine like most Christmastime romantic comedies. A touching new holiday classic that is a collage of love stories in every form from familial to forbidden. In the words of the dashing Hugh Grant, “Love actually is all around.” A personal shout-out for my favorite Love Actually moment: Bill Nighy’s “Christmas is All Around.”

 

4. The Ref (1994) 

A darkly funny movie set during Christmastime starring Denis Leary as a small-time criminal who takes a bickering couple hostage. Cynical, mean-spirited and, viciously funny a holiday movie I can relate to. 

5. Gremlins (1984)

 

Gremlins captures the spirit of a Frank Capra Christmas, while still being humorously tainted by horror and offbeat comedy. Gremlins is a wholesome Christmas family flick that leans a little to the dark side.

 

 

 

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