Tag Archives: 1980s

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) Philip Kaufman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Drama, Romance

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Tomas is a doctor and a lady-killer in 1960s Czechoslovakia, an apolitical man who is struck with love for the bookish country girl Tereza; his more sophisticated sometime lover Sabina eventually accepts their relationship and the two women form an electric friendship. The three are caught up in the events of the Prague Spring (1968), until the Soviet tanks crush the non-violent rebels; their illusions are shattered and their lives change forever.

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Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) Randal Kleiser, Jamie Lee Curtis, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Drama

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Life in the small town of Grandview, Illinois is one that is just like any other city or town. Tim Pearson, soon to be graduating high school wants to go to Florida to study oceanography. He meets Michelle “Mike” Cody and is attracted to her. She runs the local Demolition Derby place. Ernie “Slam” Webster is on of the drivers in the derby who’s wife is cheating on him and wants to later on be with Mike. Tim falls for Mike and a big love triangle is about to happen.

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Blood Simple. (1984) Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Crime, Thriller

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Texas bar owner Julian Marty, who is generally regarded as not a nice person, hires shady private detective Loren Visser, who is able to obtain what Marty requests: evidence – in this instance, photographic – that his wife, Abby, and one of his bartenders, Ray, are having an affair. As Ray and Abby realize that Marty has found out about them, it allows them to plan for their future away from Marty, while be up front with Marty about the situation. Marty, in turn, decides to hire Visser once again, this time to kill Abby and Ray, and dispose of their bodies so that they won’t be found. The out in the open affair and the contract hit lead to some actions based on self interest, and a standoff of sorts between the four players, which is compounded in complexity by some wrong assumptions of what has happened, with an innocent bystander, another of the Marty’s bartenders, Meurice, potentially and unwittingly adding to the scenario.

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Centerspread Girls (1982) Gary Graver, Veronica Hart, Lisa De Leeuw, John Alderman, Comedy, Adult

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The Morality over Madness (MOM) committee tries to take down Sue Forbes’ adult magazine “Panther”. Alas, one by one the MOM members are seduced by Sue’s former centerfold models. Producer Beverly Martine seduces wore out porn star Lyndon Loveless to rediscover his prowess. While old member Thurman Parrish refuses the advances of the buxom stripping artist Vee Beacham and Anne the photographer, they enlist his younger wife Louella by causing her to out herself. After witnessing Gov. Hamilton Osmond with an overly patriotic girl, Celeste and Sean Carson seduce him themselves. Ellie Parker the reporter seduces Lay Rev. W. W. Williams and ends up sneaking the videotape he takes of their encounter into Sue. Jane Mohr takes a different approach by coming clean to Judge Roy Hammer. They fall in love after he reveals MOM got his support by pure political pressure. In the committee’s hearing.

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