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#1 Mitchell

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 04:02 AM

OK house clearing first. Votes for Nema-ye Nadzik [Close-Up], King Of New York, Executioner’s Song, Charles Bukowski Tapes, The Witches, Warriors, American Werewolf in Paris, Men Don't Leave, Miller's Crossing, Halloween, Central Station, Funeral, Tremors, 28 Up
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and Eddie Murphy Delirious (TV Movies, wrong decade etc.) where thrown out.

525 films nominated, 334 with more than one vote. Same format as before.

The list is a good mixture of the usual suspects for this time period, underrated films by brilliant directors more famous for other work, the best of the decade's high concept films and some guilty pleasures.

Let's go. (although not that quickly!)

250) The Big Chill (1983)
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan.
Stars: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum and William Hurt
IMDB link 7.0/10 (8,355 votes)

249) My Left Foot (1989)
Directed by: Jim Sheridan.
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker and Alison Whelan
IMDB link 7.6/10 (6,785 votes)

248) Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Directed by: W.D. Richter.
Stars: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd
IMDB link 5.9/10 (6,517 votes)

247) Major League (1989)
Directed by: David S. Ward.
Stars: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen and Corbin Bernsen
IMDB link 6.7/10 (11,339 votes)

246) Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Directed by: Steven Kloves.
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Xander Berkeley
IMDB link 6.6/10 (5,834 votes)

245) Modern Romance (1981)
Directed by: Albert Brooks.
Stars: Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold, Tyann Means and Bruno Kirby
IMDB link 6.6/10 (492 votes)

244) Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Directed by: Bruce Beresford.
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd
IMDB link 7.4/10 (11,915 votes)

243) The Stunt Man (1980)
Directed by: Richard Rush.
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey and Allen Garfield
IMDB link 7.2/10 (2,485 votes)

242) Jean De Florette/Manon Des Sources (1986)
Directed by: Claude Berri.
Stars: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil
IMDB link 7.8/10 (7,605 votes)

241) Talk Radio (1988)
Directed by: Oliver Stone.
Stars: Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley and Alec Baldwin
IMDB link 6.9/10 (2,985 votes
Nice bowl of Crunchy Nut you got here, pretty expensive as I recall.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 04:57 AM

OK house clearing first. Votes for...Charles Bukowski Tapes...were thrown out.

Weird, I thought it had shown in at least some theatres in the 80s. Oh well, no big deal.

This'll be fun.
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Posted 12 February 2007 - 04:58 AM

Yeah sorry, If I can't find it on IMDB (including AKA search) It had to go. More later on.
Nice bowl of Crunchy Nut you got here, pretty expensive as I recall.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 05:51 AM

OK house clearing first. Votes for Nema-ye Nadzik [Close-Up], King Of New York, Executioner’s Song, Charles Bukowski Tapes, The Witches, Warriors, American Werewolf in Paris, Men Don't Leave, Miller's Crossing, Halloween, Central Station, Funeral, Tremors, 28 Up
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and Eddie Murphy Delirious (TV Movies, wrong decade etc.) where thrown out.

525 films nominated, 334 with more than one vote. Same format as before.

The list is a good mixture of the usual suspects for this time period, underrated films by brilliant directors more famous for other work, the best of the decade's high concept films and some guilty pleasures.

Let's go. (although not that quickly!)

250) The Big Chill (1983)
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan.
Stars: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum and William Hurt
IMDB link 7.0/10 (8,355 votes)

249) My Left Foot (1989)
Directed by: Jim Sheridan.
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker and Alison Whelan
IMDB link 7.6/10 (6,785 votes)

248) Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Directed by: W.D. Richter.
Stars: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd
IMDB link 5.9/10 (6,517 votes)

247) Major League (Going Places) (1989)
Directed by: David S. Ward.
Stars: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen and Corbin Bernsen
IMDB link 6.7/10 (11,339 votes)

246) Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Directed by: Steven Kloves.
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Xander Berkeley
IMDB link 6.6/10 (5,834 votes)

245) Modern Romance (1981)
Directed by: Albert Brooks.
Stars: Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold, Tyann Means and Bruno Kirby
IMDB link 6.6/10 (492 votes)

244) Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Directed by: Bruce Beresford.
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd
IMDB link 7.4/10 (11,915 votes)

243) The Stunt Man (1980)
Directed by: Richard Rush.
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey and Allen Garfield
IMDB link 7.2/10 (2,485 votes)

242) Jean De Florette/Manon Des Sources (1986)
Directed by: Claude Berri.
Stars: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil
IMDB link 7.8/10 (7,605 votes)

241) Talk Radio (1988)
Directed by: Oliver Stone.
Stars: Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley and Alec Baldwin
IMDB link 6.9/10 (2,985 votes



3 months of prep time and we're still throwing away the list in text groups of ten. <_< Please, anybody else: step up and do the 90s right.
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Posted 12 February 2007 - 05:59 AM

You'll notice that they start at 250, Individual posting starts @ 150 this time out. 3 months, please. I've only been able to do for two weeks. Someone else wants to do the next two decades feel free to throw hat in ring.
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Posted 12 February 2007 - 07:22 AM

If, after this is all over, you're going to post a list of 525-251, how will that list be any different than these groups of ten? Why not just start out with #150 then? The basic imdb info isn't compelling enough to make anyone rush out to watch, at least not anymore than the title itself. Sorry to start the list with bitching, it just seems silly to go ten at a time the the first 100 if there's no good info there that would make me want to watch the movie. I can get this type of list off imdb. Now, about the first ten: I tried to watch Buckaroo Banzai a couple months ago, and I don't get it. Is this one of those movies that you had to be there for? It certainly hasn't aged well. And since when does Major League have a second title? :blink: I've never seen that before. How was Delirious a TV movie? HBO? I thought I remember that going to the theaters. I know Raw was in the theater, but not sure about Delirious. I know that's what imdb says, so I'm not questioning you Mitchell, just curious as to how a concert that vulgar was originally on TV.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 07:56 AM

If, after this is all over, you're going to post a list of 525-251, how will that list be any different than these groups of ten? Why not just start out with #150 then? The basic imdb info isn't compelling enough to make anyone rush out to watch, at least not anymore than the title itself.

Sorry to start the list with bitching, it just seems silly to go ten at a time the the first 100 if there's no good info there that would make me want to watch the movie. I can get this type of list off imdb.


True, If this section really is of little interest to anyone then it will be jettisoned in future, I do like to see the films I voted for high and got a few votes in this section just to see them get some recognition at least.

Both 1990-9 and 2000- will be counted down individually from 200.

Now, about the first ten: I tried to watch Buckaroo Banzai a couple months ago, and I don't get it. Is this one of those movies that you had to be there for? It certainly hasn't aged well.

And since when does Major League have a second title? :blink: I've never seen that before.


My bad, it's a copy error, original post has been rectified.

How was Delirious a TV movie? HBO? I thought I remember that going to the theaters. I know Raw was in the theater, but not sure about Delirious. I know that's what imdb says, so I'm not questioning you Mitchell, just curious as to how a concert that vulgar was originally on TV.


I was surprised too but I have to go with IMDB, dems the rules I guess.
Nice bowl of Crunchy Nut you got here, pretty expensive as I recall.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 08:03 AM

How was Delirious a TV movie? HBO? I thought I remember that going to the theaters. I know Raw was in the theater, but not sure about Delirious. I know that's what imdb says, so I'm not questioning you Mitchell, just curious as to how a concert that vulgar was originally on TV.

Raw, theaters
Delirious, HBO

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 08:42 AM

I have no objections to your methods here, Mitchell. It seems to me plenty of people want to know how these bottomers ranked as much as the top ones. It's fine to just get it out of the way, since people will ask for a complete rundown anyway. BTW, YAY on you for getting it done! :)

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 09:51 AM

Not to continue the bitch-fest, as I can procrastinate with the best of 'em, but I specifically asked about Exectutioner's Song BEFORE I even voted on this thing, and as I had seen it listed in IMDB, you kinda shrugged and said, fine go ahead with it. Kinda feel cheated that after so long, I still wasted a vote with no opportunity to amend my vote. Otherwise, good to see this is finally going.

question:

Alternate Versions for
The Executioner's Song (1982) (TV)
A 97-minutes version was released theatrically in Europe, featuring additional footage with some nudity not shown in original television version.

is this good enough?


Yeah, why not.


Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman -7.5/10
Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis 8.5/10
Buddy & Julie Miller - Written in Chalk wow, first listen, but great great record! 9.3/10
Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Moviessurprisingly great, never picked up his past releases, but this one's knocking my socks off right away, 8.7/10
M. Ward - Hold Time 8.0/10
Neko Case -Middle Cyclone her best I've heard is my initial impression, but too soon to rate, haven't had a really good listen yet 7.8/10

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 09:54 AM

Ok, my bad with that one. It would have been joint 288 FTR.
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Posted 12 February 2007 - 10:11 AM

Ok, my bad with that one. It would have been joint 288 FTR.

ah, cool. no harm done anyway. Great movie nonetheless. Pretty amazing start too, by the way, some fine films down there in the 240's, particularly, The Stunt Man and The Fabulous Baker Boys.
Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman -7.5/10
Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis 8.5/10
Buddy & Julie Miller - Written in Chalk wow, first listen, but great great record! 9.3/10
Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Moviessurprisingly great, never picked up his past releases, but this one's knocking my socks off right away, 8.7/10
M. Ward - Hold Time 8.0/10
Neko Case -Middle Cyclone her best I've heard is my initial impression, but too soon to rate, haven't had a really good listen yet 7.8/10

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 11:11 AM

241) Talk Radio (1988)
Directed by: Oliver Stone.
Stars: Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley and Alec Baldwin
IMDB link 6.9/10 (2,985 votes


It doesn't take long for me to regret not finding the time to vote. Probably top 10 material here.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 12:13 PM

A daunting task- top 150. Glad the year-end list is limited to top 40....though I may go as high as 50 this year if I get enough lists. Good to see this up and going. A good start with Oscar winners (Daisy), cult classics(Bonzai) and guilty pleasures (Major League).
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Posted 12 February 2007 - 12:30 PM

240) Weird Science (1985)
Directed by: John Hughes.
Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Bill Paxton
IMDB link 6.1/10 (10,681 votes)

239) The Long Good Friday (1980)
Directed by: John Mackenzie.
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Kevin McNally and Paul Freeman
IMDB link 7.8/10 (3,191 votes)

238) Bird (1988)
Directed by: Clint Eastwood.
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker and Samuel E. Wright
IMDB link 7.2/10 (1,813 votes)

237) Love Streams (1984)
Directed by: John Cassavetes.
Stars: Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Diahnne Abbott and Seymour Cassel
IMDB link 7.8/10 (364 votes)

236) Mitt liv som hund (My Life as a Dog) (1985)
Directed by: Lasse Hallström.
Stars: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén, Melinda Kinnaman and Kicki Rundgren
IMDB link 7.6/10 (4,687 votes)

235) 'Round Midnight (1986)
Directed by: Bertrand Tavernier.
Stars: Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker, Sandra Reaves-Phillips and Lonette McKee
IMDB link 7.3/10 (1,295 votes)

234) Children of a Lesser God (1986)
Directed by: Randa Haines.
Stars: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin and John F. Cleary
IMDB link 7.0/10 (3,698 votes)

233) Swimming to Cambodia (1987)
Directed by: Jonathan Demme.
Stars: Spalding Gray and archive footage of The Killing Fields
IMDB link 7.6/10 (627 votes)

232) Ragtime (1981)
Directed by: Milos Forman.
Stars: James Cagney, Brad Dourif, Moses Gunn and Elizabeth McGovern
IMDB link 7.1/10 (2,142 votes)

231) Night Shift (1982)
Directed by: Ron Howard.
Stars:Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, Shelley Long and Gina Hecht
IMDB link 6.2/10 (3,640 votes)



A daunting task- top 150. Glad the year-end list is limited to top 40....though I may go as high as 50 this year if I get enough lists.
Good to see this up and going. A good start with Oscar winners (Daisy), cult classics(Bonzai) and guilty pleasures (Major League).


Theory is to get to 151 before the end of the week so that we can break off for the EOY and still have the option to run to 101 in any gaps. That's it for today by the way.
Nice bowl of Crunchy Nut you got here, pretty expensive as I recall.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 12:59 PM

I've only seen Night Shift and Weird Science from that grouping. I've always wanted to check out Bird, and probably will someday. Which of the other seven are worth a rental?

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 01:18 PM


If, after this is all over, you're going to post a list of 525-251, how will that list be any different than these groups of ten? Why not just start out with #150 then? The basic imdb info isn't compelling enough to make anyone rush out to watch, at least not anymore than the title itself.

Sorry to start the list with bitching, it just seems silly to go ten at a time the the first 100 if there's no good info there that would make me want to watch the movie. I can get this type of list off imdb.


True, If this section really is of little interest to anyone then it will be jettisoned in future, I do like to see the films I voted for high and got a few votes in this section just to see them get some recognition at least.

Both 1990-9 and 2000- will be counted down individually from 200.

Mitchell's traditional method doesn't bother me in the least. Sure, seeing the review on this page vs. clicking the imdb link is marginally more enticing if you've got the time to read it on the spot (not likely in my case). Otherwise, all that info and more is only a click or two away. Remember when GDB used to try to hunt down an allmusic quote for every song, and finally learned that not enough people were reading the quotes to justify his time & effort? I think we have to take the pollster's constraints into consideration...seems like not an unreasonable compromise.

This ten-at-a-time method is superior to the straight list that gets posted at the end (i.e., 500-250). If anything, that only gets a glance from me whereas this format allows time for reflection & investigation (albeit solo).

I've only seen Night Shift and Weird Science from that grouping. I've always wanted to check out Bird, and probably will someday. Which of the other seven are worth a rental?

I liked Children of a Lesser God when it came out, probably because I had a crush on Wm. Hurt...haven't seen it since the late 80s. It's the only role I've liked Marlee Matlin in, however.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 01:29 PM

These are my favorite 80's movies...

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 01:31 PM

Uh, tattoo, voting is over :rolleyes: .

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 01:32 PM

That's nice. Thanks for sharing.