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Innerspace

The funny thing for me is that as I sat down to watch this, I was fully expecting to watch Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! I’d completely forgotten that this was the Dennis Quaid and Martin Short movie. I did have fun watching it. Martin Short is especially good in his role, with all the energy he puts into it. Dennis Quaid is, well, Dennis Quaid — OK I guess playing that cowboy type, but a bit too over-the-top at it as well. Not an especially memorable film, but a nice reminder of the type of comedy action movies that were big at the time.

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Creepshow 2

When I decided to watch this I of course remembered the title, but I was a bit blank on what the stories were, and it’s a sign that I must have watched this quite a few times that as I was watching them they all felt so damn familiar. “Thanks for the ride, lady!” I now remember using that line all the time when I was a kid. I’d say that watching it now, it’s good for what it is, which are Tales from the Crypt-type shorts, with a fun horror vibe to them. The biggest mystery for me though is why they couldn’t afford to get better animation done for the framing sequences — it’s really, really bad.

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Lethal Weapon

Everyone always talks about Die Hard being a Christmas movie, but same could be said for this. Putting whatever feelings you may have for Mel Gibson aside, this is still a pretty great comedy action flick, and def one of the best of that era. And Gary Busey. I can’t really remember how much I liked the sequels, but this first one was entertaining, and it marked the start of a great run for Shane Black. The sax-filled soundtrack (by Eric Clapton no less) is goddawful though.

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The Untouchables

This is still a very entertaining flick, and that famous scene in the train station with the baby carriage is still amazing to take in (not as perfectly executed as I remembered, but still a fantastic montage). Sure, it feels more pop than historical, but it’s so satisfying to see these characters try to get the best of Capone, and of course to watch De Niro chew the scenery as Capone. I’d say it’s aged very well.

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City on Fire

Of all the Chow Yun Fat movies from the 80s, this one got mentioned a lot because Tarentino said it was inspiration for Reservoir Dogs — and it’s kinda funny that Reservoir Dogs is basically a sequence that happens for 5-10 minutes towards the end, but blown up into an entire movie. But City on Fire isn’t that great, until the last 20 minutes or so. I much preferred all the Woo stuff from that era. I didn’t mind re-watching it — especially since I didn’t remember what most of the movie was about — but I can’t say I really liked it that much.

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Good Morning, Vietnam

I came into this expecting the laughs, and it is indeed still incredibly funny — probably the funniest Williams performance in a movie? — but I’d forgotten (or didn’t appreciate at the time) the fact that it’s really well shot. There are quite a few sequences where I was really struck by how interesting¬† and beautiful (beauty out of the horror) a particular scene was on a visual level. I also really appreciate that the majority of the non-American cast are not only Vietnamese, but also many struggle with the language, giving it a heightened level of realism (versus the typical Hollywood act of slotting in American-Asian actors no matter the nationality). Very much recommended.

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No Way Out

I used to really like watching political thrillers (like the Tom Clancy movies, and stuff produced by Mace Newfeld, like this movie) and I had good memories of this movie. It starts off on the cheesy side — imagine a romance similar to what you get in Top Gun — but by the time the meat of the story starts (when a certain someone dies) it starts getting pretty good, and for the second half of the movie I was pretty into it (I’d completely forgotten how it ended). Not the best thriller out there, but still an entertaining one.

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Mannequin

I was quite looking forward to watching this — sure, I didn’t think it would be anything amazing, but I remembered it being fun, in the same way that Weird Science is. I’d completely forgotten that James Spader was in this too — so make that two movies they did together in 1987, the other one being Less Than Zero — and he plays such a weird character, sorta like some sort of business-y take on Urkel (of Family Matters fame). Pretty much all of the other roles he was doing at the time amounted to the same sort of creep, so it was a bit of a shock to see him like this. As expected, it’s not a great movie, but it has its put-a-smile-on-your-face moments, like the music montage in the middle, and of course that Starship song at the end (I kept waiting for it to pop up).

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The Hidden

When I added this to my list of 1987 films to watch, I thought I’d never seen it, but as I was watching it I started getting a sense of having seen it (I started recognizing some sequences and character faces). I think this is a pretty entertaining movie, and Kyle MacLachlan is fun and weird in his role (as an FBI agent, sorta — three years before Twin Peaks). For me, it’s one of the better (and not talked about) sci-fi action movies of the era — and Claudia Christian definitely sexes things up nicely (I remember her more from Babylon 5, so this turn is, ahem, interesting).

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Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise

The first Revenge of the Nerds movie was one of my favorite comedies when I was a kid (meaning countless viewings), and so based on that alone at the time I’m sure I watched the sequel a whole bunch of times too (which is probably why I remembered so many of the lines). Is Nerds in Paradise a good movie? No, but as a nostalgic trip back to those characters, I had fun watching it, and I fully embraced the mountain of cheese and silliness.