We're celebrating the movies of 1984 all week in the run up to F This Movie Fest 5. It was a great year for movies both big and small, both prestige and genre movies alike. And while I'm really happy with our lineup for the fest this year (Catherine Mary Stewart REPRESENT), there are so many more 1984 movies I want to watch that even the usual 24 Hours of Movies won't cut it. Because this is a special week, let's watch TWO FULL DAYS of 1984 movies! Sleep does not exist in this dojo.
10 a.m. - Sixteen Candles (1984, dir. John Hughes)
Noon - Red Dawn (1984, dir. John Milius)
2 p.m. - The Hit (1984, dir. Stephen Frears)
3:45 p.m. - Top Secret! (1984, dir. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker)
5:15 p.m. - Blood Simple (1984, dir. Joel & Ethan Coen)
7 p.m. - Gremlins (1984, dir. Joe Dante)
9 p.m. - Body Double (1984, dir. Brian De Palma)
11. p.m. - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, dir. Wes Craven)
12:45 a.m. - The Company of Wolves (1984, dir. Neil Jordan)
2:30 a.m. - Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984, dir. Joseph Zito)
4:15 a.m. - Bachelor Party (1984, dir. Neal Israel)
6:15 a.m. - The Wild Life (1984, dir. Art Linson)
8 a.m. - Beverly Hills Cop (1984, dir. Martin Brest)
Beverly Hills Cop II, but the original -- which was the highest-grossing movie of 1984 until Ghostbusters beat it out after the fact -- is still a really strong action comedy that retains a level of grittiness and underdog spirit. Maybe it's because Eddie Murphy wasn't yet the biggest movie star in the world (he would be after this movie) or maybe it's because he wears that great blue hoodie through the whole thing. The movie still holds up and should hopefully work to reenergize us, as it marks the halfway point in our two day marathon. Pace yourself.
10 a.m. - The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984, dir. Stuart Rosenberg)
12:15 p.m. - Johnny Dangerously (1984, dir. Amy Heckerling)
1:45 p.m. - Once Upon a Time in America (1984, dir. Sergio Leone)
5:45 p.m. - Stop Making Sense (1984, dir. Jonathan Demme)
7:15 p.m. - Revenge of the Nerds (1984, dir. Jeff Kanew)
8:45 p.m. - The Ice Pirates (1984, dir. Stewart Raffill)
Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. The spirit of '84 lives on.
10:30 p.m. - Dreamscape (1984, dir. Joseph Ruben)
12:15 a.m. - The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984, dir. W.D. Richter)
Dune to crazy little indies that still received a wide release and found life on VHS and cable. This is the only period in which a movie like The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension stood a chance at being made. Here's the plot summary taken from Wikipedia: "[Buckaroo Banzai] concerns the efforts of the multi-talented Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, a physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, and rock musician, to save the world by defeating a band of inter-dimensional aliens called Red Lectroids from Planet 10." So there you go. It's a movie I would normally resist because it's prefabricated as a cult favorite, but the imagination, eccentricity and deadpan sense of humor are all so great and the cast (which includes Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Clancy Brown, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya and Billy Vera) so bulletproof that it's impossible for anyone not to love it. Because the movie was a box office disappointment -- making back about a third of its budget -- and because the marketplace shifted away from movies like this, we never got the promised sequel Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League.
2:15 a.m. - C.H.U.D. (1984, dir. Douglas Cheek)
3:45 a.m. - Repo Man (1984, dir. Alex Cox)
5 a.m. - Breakin' (1984, dir. Joel Silberg)
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo) was released later the same year. This is the "grittier" of the two -- I prefer the cartoonish buoyancy of the follow-up -- but the dancing is fun and the movie has so much energy that it's sure to revive us for the remaining few hours. We're going to need it. Help us, Ozone. You're our only hope.
6:30 a.m. - Conan the Destroyer (1984, dir. Richard Fleischer)
8:30 a.m. - Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984, dir. Leonard Nimoy)
Wrath of Khan and undoes that movies boldest and best story development, but that doesn't mean it's a bad movie or unworthy of appreciation (though the maxim that odd-numbered Star Trek movies are all bad hasn't helped its reputation). There are a lot of problems, including the recasting of Saavik and the almost indifferent fate of Kirk's son David, but I like the Klingon villains led by Christopher Lloyd under prosthetics and the way that director Leonard Nimoy embraces weirdness. I mostly want to watch this one as the last movie because I love the idea of wrapping up two days' worth of movies with Kirk and Spock being reunited. We've been through some shit in the last 48 hours. It will be such a cathartic rush of hopeful optimism to see Spock take off the hood and reveal himself. I'm practically crying just thinking about it. Maybe that's just the exhaustion talking.