Highlander

I loved this movie so much back in the day, and watched it countless times. Watching it again now, it’s still pretty great, and features some really nicely shot fighting sequences — like the showdown at the end in front of blue-lit windows, with shadowy figures in combat, sorta like what we see in that iconic Shanghai scene in Skyfall. Maybe I’m overthinking it though, but I did get confused by the rules of the immortals — which I guess they ended up completely dumping for the sequel, and then the TV series. Like, if there can be only one, then why is it that back in the highlands they didn’t all kill each other — wasn’t that a gathering? And why did Ramirez train Connor, since there can be only one? Whatever, it’s a fun 80s action movie.

The Transformers: The Movie

I can’t say that this is a really good movie, but I did enjoy watching it as a piece of nostalgia. I’d completely forgotten the story, and then I slowly remembered how disappointed I was when I saw it as a kid, that it introduced so many new characters, and quickly put aside the old favorites. I remembered the animation as being top notch, and although it’s definitely better than what we were getting on TV (I was an avid watcher of The Transformers cartoon, even though I never had any of the toys — I was a G.I. Joe kid), it’s not all that great. The worst though is the music, as it’s just stuffed in there with no care on how it works with the imagery — early in the film they use “The Touch” and it’s just ridiculously out of place. But like I said, as a nostalgic trip back, it was fun.

River’s Edge

I remember super liking this movie back in the day, and that it was dark and weird. Well, it’s still dark and weird, and I still quite enjoyed it. The acting is a bit off at times — young Keanu is, well, young, and Crispin Glover over-hams, but in a fun way — but it’s still an interesting take on the teen movie. The most interesting character I think is the little 11-year-old brother, who is so incredibly evil and a jerk, but yet is compelling to watch. I guess 1986 was really the year Dennis Hopper went weird, what with his role here and in Blue Velvet.

The Color of Money

The funny thing about revisiting this movie is that I had completely forgotten that it was directed by Martin Scorsese. It’s still a pretty entertaining film to watch, although Tom Cruise’s character can get on your nerves — feels like he could have found a better balance between innocence and cockiness. That said, the scene with Cruise showboating to “Werewolves of London” is still pretty fun and iconic.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Still one of the all-time classic movies, and as good now as it was back in the day. This movie was still pretty fresh in my mind because I had re-watched it a year or two ago, but I still had a blast watching it. Funny to say that it features Charlie Sheen’s best ever performance (I still love that scene in the police station). Chik chika chika.

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

After having such a good time watching 1985’s A New Beginning (aka Part V) earlier this year, I was going into this one hoping for another good time (watching it on a late Saturday night). Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. As much as I found Part V to be pretty tame in terms of the gore, it gets even more turned down here, and the silly acting just isn’t silly enough. With Jason officially turning into the supernatural creature that he’s generally known to be at the start of this movie, I guess you could probably say that this is where the series jumps the shark (which is pretty silly to say, as it probably really jumped the shark in the second one, but at least it stayed silly fun for the first 5 movies). After I watched Part V, I was actually looking forward to watching Part VI, but now I’m not particularly interested in following up with Part VII (if I get to marathoning the year it came out).

Three Amigos

This movie has sorta turned into a comedy classic, but I think mostly because of the strength of the three stars, and the incredibly silly premise. I seem to remember that even back then I didn’t think it was that great a movie. Of course, there are a few funny moments here and there that I still found to be fun to see now, but overall, it’s not that funny a movie, and a lot of it drags on too long. But I still had a pretty good time revisiting it, even though it’s so uneven.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

There’s a lot of love for this movie, that I could see from the comments when I shared that I was watching it. Me? I actually remember really hating this movie when it first came out — I was going in to watch a sci-fi film, and I couldn’t stand the fact that it’s basically a comedy. I later came to sorta appreciate it for what it is, and there are indeed some pretty funny moments. Watching it again now, I feel pretty meh about it. It’s just still feels so ridiculous — the whole whale thing, especially the insanely long scene towards the end where they communicate with the aliens, and don’t get me started on how easy time travel seems to be as an option to fix things. To be honest, I don’t have much love for any of the Star Trek movies with the original cast (The Wrath of Khan being the exception). This was fun to watch, as a cultural waypoint of the time, but I don’t think I feel any different than I did back in the day.

Top Gun

It doesn’t get much more “1986” than Top Gun. The interesting thing to see here is that, even though it’s only Tony Scott’s second feature film, it already features the slick art direction pretty much all of his movies are known for. As far as this movies goes, sure, it’s pretty damn cheesy — especially anytime Maverick and Goose’s bravado is in full effect — but it was still fun to watch. And the final air fight is actually pretty thrilling.

Our Little Sister

Earlier today I got to talking about the films of Hirokazu Koreeda with a friend at work, and it’s only after looking him up that I realized he had directed Maboroshi, which not only was his first feature film, but also one of the first proper Japanese films I remember watching at a theater — this would have been back in 1996-98, while I was student in Montreal. That movie marked me quite a bit, but I hadn’t watched any of his other films, so tonight I decided to watch Our Little Sister, which I absolutely loved. Sure, it doesn’t hurt that it stars beautiful girls as the sisters, but I thought the story was quite touching, and the performances were really outstanding. Think I’m going to need to start making my way through Koreeda’s filmography.