So I started the year by watching 30 movies from 1985, over a period of a month and a half. Why? Good question. It sorta happened by accident.
During one of the first days of January, I watched The Goonies with my wife (she had never seen it), and not only did we have a really fun time watching it, but it got us talking about how movies of that era felt so different — with Goonies specifically, it’s the innocence of the kids (which you see depicted in Stranger Things) and the silly adventure. After noticing that it came out in 1985, I was curious and so checked out Box Office Mojo’s list of movies from that year, which got me thinking that it would be fun to revisit a bunch of them, most of them films I hadn’t watched since back then.
There was no method to my madness, I just picked stuff I was in the mood to watch — not necessarily the top grossing movies of the year, but most of them were. I also didn’t really know how many I’d end up watching, but the more I watched, the more I enjoyed this cultural time warp back to 1985, and so I just kept going until I got to 30, which I felt was a good number to stop at. I could have still watched more — I was planning on also watching American Ninja, Missing in Action 2, Out of Africa, and even Cat’s Eye, as well as a few more — but thought it would be good to move on to other things. I did keep track of all the movies I watched in my Debaser diary, and so you’ll find the full alphabetical list below (or just click on my “1985” tag).
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
- Back to the Future
- Brewster’s Millions
- Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
- Fright Night
- Invasion U.S.A.
- Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
- National Lampoon’s European Vacation
- Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
- Pray for Death
- Rambo: First Blood Part II
- Red Sonja
- Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
- Rocky IV
- Spies Like Us
- St. Elmo’s Fire
- Teen Wolf
- The Black Cauldron
- The Breakfast Club
- The Goonies
- The Jewel of the Nile
- Weird Science
- Young Sherlock Holmes
“Chicano” is a short documentary by Louis Ellison and Jacob Hodgkinson that looks at the similarities and differences between Chicano (Mexican American) culture in America and in Japan. It was shot in Tokyo and Osaka.
This is a beautiful series of illustrations by Bill Mudron inspired by traditional wood-cut prints, depicting characters and scenery from Ghibli films.
I was so excited when I found out that we were getting a new film directed by Masaaki Yuasa this spring (Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome), and now there’s the news that, by the way, he has yet another movie coming out this spring. Here’s the trailer for Lu Over the Wall, which comes off as a an acid-like take on Ghibli’s Ponyo (although Ponyo itself is pretty acid-like in its own way). You’ll find more details in this Cartoon Brew post.
Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira — the manga/film that predicted the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo — is a feast for the eyes, and here’s a great collection of 12 pieces of background art from the animated film.
I really do need to make a point of highlighting every episode of Toco Toco TV here, because it truly is my favorite online video series. The episode before the latest (on Shinji Tsuchimochi) covered musician Daisuke Kashiwa, who has been composing the soundtracks for the animated films of Makoto Shinkai, whose latest film, Your Name, is now (or about to be) the top grossing film ever in Japan.
There’s a trailer out for Masaaki Yuasa’s next film, Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome, and it’s a visual treat. I cannot wait to watch this. The film comes out in theaters in Japan next April.
Of Love & Law is a documentary series that will cover the work of a Tokyo-based law firm specializing in LGBT cases (the firm’s founders are openly gay). It’s currently looking for funding through Kickstarter. Found via Spoon & Tamago.
I mentioned the other day in my 2017 winter anime post that I was interested in the upcoming movie Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari. Out on March 18, a trailer was released recently, and it looks great. What got my interested at first is the fact that Christophe Ferreira — a French animator working in Japan — has done designs, storyboards, and art direction on the film.
Although I’m still pretty busy watching the series that I mentioned being interested in my 2016 fall anime post, I’m already curious and excited to see what’s coming up next. Thankfully, AniChart already has a pretty good look at what we can expect to see during the 2017 winter season, and here’s what I’m already thinking I’ll be checking out (based on what little info I have).
ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ku
I’m pretty much just interested in this based on the overall art direction. It does sound like a neat political drama set in an alternate reality. Could be uninteresting, but I’ll check out the first episode.
Granblue Fantasy: The Animation
I’ve never played the uber popular mobile game this is based on, but I like the character art, and I’m curious to see what this is like. I don’t expect I’ll be watching a lot of it, but I’ll definitely be checking out the pilot.
There’s very little info on this series — and especially no trailer or screenshots yet — but the description sounds interesting to me, of a historical drama set during the Edo period, following a main character who goes after robbers/arsonists.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
I’m still in the process of catching up on this series, watching the first season, and still really enjoying it. The second season that started in the fall continues over winter.
There are also three anime movies I’m interested to see: Gyakusatsu Kikan (Genocidal Organ), Hiruna Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari (a film Christophe Ferreira is involved in), and Lupin the Third: Chikemuri no Ichikawa Goemon.
Update: Here are my thoughts after watching the first 2 episodes of ACCA, Onihi Hankacho, and Granblue Fantasy The Animation.