Tag Archives: 1980s

Birdy (1984) Alan Parker, Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage, John Harkins, Drama, War

Birdy (1984)
Philly boys Al and Birdy became friends in high school despite the extreme difference in their personalities, Al being the popular and athletic extrovert, Birdy the antisocial “weird” introvert. Al gave Birdy his nickname because of his fascination – obsession really – with birds, especially with flight. Al and Birdy have just completed their service of duty in the Vietnam War and have returned to the States. Al sustained some serious physical injuries, which required major reconstructive surgery to his face.

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Liquid Sky (1982) Slava Tsukerman, Anne Carlisle, Paula E. Sheppard, Susan Doukas, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Liquid Sky (1982)
Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model’s casual sex partners begin to disappear. This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who is following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model. (Both models are played by Anne Carlisle, in a dual role.) Darkly funny and thoroughly weird.

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Dreamchild (1985) Gavin Millar, Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Peter Gallagher, Biography, Comedy, Drama

Dreamchild (1985)
Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll’s classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book’s inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the characters she was once so amused by. As she thinks back on it, she starts to see her relationship with the shy author/professor in a new way and realizes the vast change between the young Alice and the old.

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To All a Goodnight (1980) David Hess, Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Linda Gentile, Horror, Mystery

To All a Goodnight
It’s Christmas break at the Calvin Finishing School for Girls, and the students are planning a big party while the president of the school is away. A group of boys show up and the fun begins, until mysterious killer starts bumping off couples one by one. The police show up and promise to keep everyone safe, but they prove ineffectual against the crazed psycho. Could the killings have anything to do with the girl who was killed in an initiation stunt at the school a few years earlier?

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Shadows In Paradise / Varjoja paratiisissa (1986) Aki Kaurismäki, Matti Pellonpää, Kati Outinen, Sakari Kuosmanen, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Shadows In Paradise (1986)
Only connect. In gray, class-conscious Helsinki, Nikander is a stoic, solitary garbage man. Cigarettes, coffee, bingo games, and English lessons border his circumscribed life. There are few words, no smiles, and no laughter. Violence and the threat of violence seem close at hand. Ilona, a supermarket clerk who frequently loses her job, bandages Nikander’s hand one evening; later he gets her out of a jam, and they begin an on-again off-again relationship. “Why do I keep losing?,” Nikander asks his co-worker, Melartin, a man Nikander met in jail and helped get a job. Can he break his losing streak?

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Insignificance (1985) Nicolas Roeg, Gary Busey, Tony Curtis, Theresa Russell, Drama, Comedy

Insignificance (1985)

Four 1950’s cultural icons (Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Senator Joseph MacCarthy) who conceivably could have met and probably didn’t, fictionally do in this modern fable of post-WWII America. Visually intriguing, the film has a fluid progression of flash-backs and flash-forwards centering on the fictional Einstein’s current observations, childhood memories and apprehensions for the future.

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Cobra Verde (1987) Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy, Adventure, Drama

Cobra Verde (1987)
The feared bandit Cobra Verde (Klaus Kinski) is hired by a plantation owner to supervise his slaves. After the owner suspects Cobra Verde of consorting with his young daughters, the owner wishes him gone. Rather than kill him,the owner sends Cobra Verde to Africa. The only white man in the area, Cobra Verde finds himself the victim of torture and humiliation. Later, he trains soldiers in a rebel army. Far from home, Cobra Verde is on the edge of madness.

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