10 am - The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (dir. Terry Gilliam)
Time Bandits -- especially when Brazil, while critically revered, was such a bad experience for almost everyone involved. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen seems like a fun way to kick off this epic marathon because it has such a fun Saturday morning matinee quality. It's a movie with the ability to capture the imaginations of children but which is really made to speak to adults.
12:15 pm - Great Balls of Fire! (dir. Jim McBride)
2:15 pm - Dead Calm (dir. Phillip Noyce)
4 pm - Chances Are (dir. Emile Ardolino)
6 pm - Johnny Handsome (dir. Walter Hill)
8 pm - Licence to Kill (dir. John Glen)
The Living Daylights. This is a nasty, angry Bond. I think it will make for good primetime viewing, even if it's not among my favorite entries in a series I love.
10:30 pm - When Harry Met Sally... (dir. Rob Reiner)
12:10 am - The Phantom of the Opera (dir. Dwight H. Little)
1:45 am - The Church (dir. Michele Soavi)
3:45 am - Society (dir. Brian Yuzna)
5:15 am - Meet the Feebles (dir. Peter Jackson)
7 am - Dream a Little Dream (dir. Marc Rocco)
9 am - Earth Girls are Easy (dir. Julien Temple)
10:40 am - Cohen and Tate (dir. Eric Red)
Body Parts. Adam Baldwin and Roy Scheider play a pair of hitmen assigned to kidnap a kid, and while it can be tough to stomach any Adam Baldwin -- especially a hot-headed, showboat-y Adam Baldwin -- it's worth putting up with for Roy Scheider's quiet, measured, cold as fuck performance as a killer who's lived a lot of life and knows the score. It's a good little thriller and an even better character piece.
12:30 p.m. - How I Got Into College (dir. Savage Steve Holland)
Better Off Dead and One Crazy Summer) suffers from a lack of John Cusack, but still manages to be a funny and occasionally even insightful look at the end of high school. Corey Parker fails to make much of an impression in the Cusack spot, but Lara Flynn Boyle is good as a perfectionist about to crack under the pressure of the college application process and Anthony Edwards shines as the movie's soul: an admissions counselor with a crisis of conscience. Above all, the movie is pleasant, and we're all going to be too tired to deal with anything especially challenging at this point.
2 pm - No Holds Barred (dir. Thomas J. Wright)
3:45 pm - Red Scorpion (dir. Joseph Zito)
5:30 pm - Look Who's Talking (dir. Amy Heckerling)
7:15 pm - The Big Picture (dir. Christopher Guest)
9 pm - Mystery Train (dir. Jim Jarmusch)
11 pm - Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (dir. J. Lee Thompson)
Cannon Films, so it seems like they and director J. Lee Thompson tried to pack in as much of the studio's trademark sleaze and nastiness as they could into 90 minutes. It worked.
12:45 am - Pet Sematary (dir. Mary Lambert)
2:30 am - Edge of the Axe (dir. José Ramón Larraz)
4:15 am - Leviathan (dir. George P. Cosmatos)
Alien rip-offs. With over twice the budget of DeepStar Six and a much more high profile cast including Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Daniel Stern and Ernie Hudson, plus creature effects by Stan Winston, Leviathan is a B-movie made like a B+ movie. I wouldn't call it one of the best horror movies of 1989, but it's the one I most feel like revisiting at this time of morning and at this point in the marathon.
6 am - Gleaming the Cube (dir. Graeme Clifford)
7:45 am - Heathers (dir. Michael Lehmann)
9:30 am - Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (dir. Stephen Herek)
Party on, 1989 week. Party on.