1980s

Reviews of the best and worst films of the decade spanning from 1980-1989, including The Shining, Platoon, Aliens, and Do the Right Thing.

Radio Days Review

Radio Days Review

RATING: (3 STARS) Radio Days comes at an interesting time within the Woody Allen canon. That…

A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy Review

A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) With more than 40 titles on his resume, Woody Allen‘s career has rarely…

Die Hard Review

Die Hard Review

RATING: (4 STARS) There’s a reason why, 25 years after its release, John McTiernan’s Die Hard…

An Appreciation: A View to a Kill

An Appreciation: A View to a Kill

This is the first in a new monthly series of posts called “An Appreciation” in which…

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Review

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Review

RATING: (0.5 STARS) It isn’t hard to see where Superman IV: The Quest for Peace goes…

Superman III Review

Superman III Review

RATING: (1.5 STARS) With the off-screen problems connected to Superman II out of the way, there…

Superman II Review

Superman II Review

RATING: (3 STARS) The behind-the-scenes story of Superman II is the stuff of legend, but one…

Full Metal Jacket Review

Full Metal Jacket Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) In the immediate aftermath of the Vietnam War, Hollywood produced a series of…

The Shining Review

The Shining Review

RATING: (3 STARS) Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic interpretation of Stephen King’s The Shining is … interesting. Technically,…

Blow Out Review

Blow Out Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) While Blow Out feels like a typical thriller, it earns big points for…

The Verdict Review

The Verdict Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Simply put, The Verdict features the finest work in the long, impressive career…

The Last Emperor Review

The Last Emperor Review

RATING: (2.5 STARS) It’s somewhat ironic that I watched 1987 Best Picture winner The Last Emperor…

Ordinary People Review

Ordinary People Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) Ordinary People is one of those Best Picture winners that gets a bad…

Raising Arizona Review

Raising Arizona Review

RATING: (3 STARS) If Blood Simple was our introduction to Joel and Ethan Coen as smart,…

Blood Simple Review

Blood Simple Review

RATING: (3 STARS) The Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple is about as assured a directorial debut as…

Do the Right Thing Review

Do the Right Thing Review

RATING: (4 STARS) *Caution: Mild spoilers may follow. Spike Lee has directed many joints in his…

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