I’m sure I watched this back in the day, but I had zero memory of the story — other than it culminates in a tournament, and Super Mario Bros. 3 makes an appearance. Didn’t even remember that Christian Slater is in this! I really don’t get why they wanted to mix a pretty serious drama with the video game backdrop — it’s the dramatic (and downer) content that slows the movie down, and it acts as a weird contrast with the video game stuff. If it was just the video game stuff (kids want to get to a tournament), then it would be much more enjoyable and a fun trip back to that era.
The Indy movies (with the exception of course of the 4th one, which I really do wish didn’t exist) continue to be amongst my favorite movies of all time, and so revisiting any of them is like entering familiar happy times. I do wonder how many times I’ve seen each of them — surely a ridiculous amount. I wish I could be more excited for the new one that is on the horizon, but unfortunately I’m just not excited at the prospect of it starring Ford again — I really would prefer they reboot the series with a new actor playing Indy. Funny enough, today I started the day with a Star Wars movie (The Rise of Skywalker), watched a James Bond movie in the afternoon (Licence to Kill), and then ended the evening with this, thereby hitting all three of my favorite movies series in one day.
I don’t usually include Bond films in the year-based movie marathons I do (since I tend to marathon Bond films separately), but I made an exception this time because I was in the mood to watch one, and since I’m going through 1989, Licence to Kill was a good candidate. It isn’t one of my favorite 007 films, but I do like Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights definitely is one of my favorites), and it does have its moments, with a pretty great cast. Using a drug lord as a Bond villain is just a bit too simple though — come on, we need some world domination to raise the stakes.
I had completely forgotten that the kids in this one are played by Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki! And Julia Louis-Dreyfus! This was pretty fun to watch (dumb fun in the best way) and I’m surprised I haven’t revisited sooner — it feels like I haven’t seen it in a couple of decades. As I wind down my 1989 movie marathon, this made for good timing, a few days ahead of Christmas.
This is another one of those movies that even though I haven’t watched it in decades, it all felt so familiar (especially particular lines) because I must have watched it countless times — I’m pretty sure I had a VHS copy back in the day. Joe Pesci still steals the show in this — and it’s a bit funny that I also watched The Irishman today, so a double dose of Pesci for me. It is what it is, an 80s action comedy, and it does it well.
Still feeling a lot of emotions from watching this. Thirty years on, and this film still feels just as vital as it did back then. I loved the energy of Spike Lee’s early films, and it’s something I don’t really feel anymore from his recent output — I loved BlacKkKlansman, it’s a very well made film, but it just doesn’t share the power of film like this. Also, that opening credit sequence with Rosie Perez dancing to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” is still one of the best opening sequences in films ever.
After taking a bit of a break — in part to do my October horror marathon — I’m back for a second round of films from 1989, starting with Back to the Future Part II. I always quite liked this one, much more than the third. Sure, I’ve come to appreciate the third one a bit more now, but at the time it felt a bit lame to be stuck in just one time period, while this sequel goes all over the place, and is so much fun because of it. It’s of course also a bit funny to see that far future of 2015 depicted in that way, but hey, we’ve passed the setting of the original Blade Runner too, so that’s just how things are now.
As I did last year, I decided to do another horror marathon during the month of October, to put me in a proper Halloween mood. This year’s list of what I watched (see below) is a bit shorter than last year (20 vs. 27), but I think this year I ended up watching more TV series, which took up more time — and I ended up watching the second half (all made up of movies) during the final week of October. (I’m also watching more pro wrestling these days, so I imagine that affected things too.) So here then is the list of TV shows and movies I watched for this year’s marathon, and I can’t wait to do the next one — you’ll also find all my write-ups under the “October 2019” category.
- American Horror Story: 1984
- Annabelle Comes Home
- Annabelle: Creation
- Ash vs Evil Dead (Season 3)
- Assassination Nation
- Costume Quest
- Creepshow (2019)
- In the Tall Grass
- Les affamés (Ravenous)
- One Cut of the Dead
- Swallowed Souls: The Making of Evil Dead 2
- The Conjuring
- The Conjuring 2
- The Dead Zone
- The Purge (Season 2)
- Twilight Zone (2019)
And so the final thing I watched during this year’s horror marathon (20th on the list) is The Conjuring 2. I watched it on Halloween night, in a double bill with The Dead Zone. As I’ve written in previous posts, I’ve been enjoying watching all of the Conjuring franchise films, and this made for another fun watching experience. I prefer the first Conjuring film, but this was pretty good too, and the London setting made for a nice change of pace. Even though this marks the end of my horror marathon for this year, I do plan on watching the other two Conjuring spinoff films, The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona, soon.
On Halloween night I decided that I would go with classics for my final movies of this entire month of horror, and first up on the agenda was The Dead Zone (I next was planning on watching the original Carrie, but ended up watching The Conjuring 2 instead). This is still quite a good movie, with great direction by Cronenberg (one of his very early films), and a nicely odd (but not too odd) performance by Christopher Walken. The best part of the movie is the final sequence, and having not seen this movie in decades, I’d forgotten the details of it so I got to enjoy it yet again. It has even made me want to check out the Dead Zone TV series that was produced in the 2000s, starring Anthony Michael Hall.