Heathers

Definitely one of the biggest cult movies from those years, I was curious to see how it had aged. I’ll say that I still enjoyed watching it — in the way that I enjoy watching all of these 80s movies, as a nostalgic trip back to the era — but it does feel a lot cheesier than I remembered, with ridiculous dialogue (even for teenagers), and brooding Christian Slater coming off as a joke more than cool or threatening. But this is pretty much “ultimate” Winona Ryder (who I loved so much), and there’s a lot to like here, as a funny parody of high-school life, taken to extremes.

The Naked Gun

OK, yes, this is still a ridiculously dumb movie, but oh-so-fun. I must have watched it countless times back in the day, because so many lines and situations felt so familiar, even though I haven’t re-watched it since back in the day. I loved all the Zucker-Zucker-Abrahams comedies from the 80s (Airplane, Top Secret), and this was just what I was expecting and hoping to watch. Mindless fun.

Frantic

I tend to have a very bad memory when it comes to the plots of old movies, which means that I can go in and revisit these movies and still discover the story again, and enjoy the suspense. Such is the case for this — I remembered liking it, but couldn’t really remember much outside of the basic “this is Harrison Ford in trouble in Paris.” It’s still an enjoyable thriller with a Hitchcock feel, with good performances all around. Well worth a revisit.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

I’ll admit that I wasn’t expecting much from this — thinking it hadn’t aged well — but I was still quite curious to watch it again since I hadn’t revisited since back in the day. To my pleasant surprise, this was quite enjoyable, and still stands out as a novel idea, and the execution is still quite admirable. I had also completely forgotten that they had managed to get all these characters together (from Disney, Looney Tunes, etc.) and that made it even more fun. Sure, it’s not high cinema, but I think it’s still a rather good film, and extremely fun. I’m a bit surprised that they haven’t tried to do anything with Roger Rabbit since then (outside of doing a few shorts following the film’s release) — this would be an interesting world to revisit.

They Live

I kicked off my 1988 movie marathon with this, and I’m glad I did. I really enjoy re-watching all these John Carpenter movies — I was a pretty big fan of his movies after all — and this one is another enjoyable visit. Yes, that 10-minute fight scene (between the two buddies) is still as ridiculous as ever, but overall this is still such a great story idea, and I love how it builds up to the climax. Great effects work too on the look of the aliens.