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Thank you all for the awesome 1980s recs.

I shall start my 1980s nostalgic wallow (it really is the decade of my childhood - either in the Soviet Union, with Soviet movies and imported foreign ones, or when we moved to the USA in 1991 and watched 1980s movies on TV and that is, in part, how I learned English).

My first two start movies are Coming to America and An Officer and a Gentleman.

Made in 1988, Coming to America is (and yes, I have no shame in admitting this) one of my all-time favorite movies. It's probably the only Eddie Murphy movie I truly love. It was shown dubbed in the USSR and I remember my Dad telling me the plot during one of our many walks (he often would tell plots of books or movies to me as stories, instead of fairytales I was too old for). However, I first saw CtA while living in Queens NY in 1991 once we immigrated. I didn't yet understand that much English but it was ridiculously funny anyway, and hey, it was set where we lived! It was a nice mixture of fairytale and our present dinginess.



The plot is pretty simple: Crown Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) of a fictitious African Kingdom of Zamunda must marry. Akeem concocts a plan to travel to America to find a wife he can both love and respect and who accepts him for his personality, not his status. He and his servant & friend Semi (Arsenio Hall) arrive in Queens County, New York because according to Akheem "What better place to find a Queen than the city of Queens?" After several scrapes, find an apartment in the neighborhood of Jackson Heights amd Akeem and Semi decide to try hard work at the local fast food shop "McDowells" where Akeem falls for the owner's sharp and awesome daughter Lisa.

I love this movie. It's hilarious and clever and romantic and is set where I used to live. How can you not love it? I've rewatched it through the years and continue to adore it.

My second choice, An Officer and a Gentleman is not a movie I have ever seen but I want to check it out because I like younger Richard Gere with a ridiculous amount of hormonal adoration, it seems quintessentially eighties and...oh, who am I kidding! It's because I've seen and swooned for the famous final scene.



In order to deep into eighties trashier side, coming up, Mannequin and *gasp* Cocktail. And maybe Endless Love which sounds too ridiculous to miss.
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Thank you all for the awesome 1980s recs.

I shall start my 1980s nostalgic wallow (it really is the decade of my childhood - either in the Soviet Union, with Soviet movies and imported foreign ones, or when we moved to the USA in 1991 and watched 1980s movies on TV and that is, in part, how I learned English).

My first two start movies are Coming to America and An Officer and a Gentleman.

Made in 1988, Coming to America is (and yes, I have no shame in admitting this) one of my all-time favorite movies. It's probably the only Eddie Murphy movie I truly love. It was shown dubbed in the USSR and I remember my Dad telling me the plot during one of our many walks (he often would tell plots of books or movies to me as stories, instead of fairytales I was too old for). However, I first saw CtA while living in Queens NY in 1991 once we immigrated. I didn't yet understand that much English but it was ridiculously funny anyway, and hey, it was set where we lived! It was a nice mixture of fairytale and our present dinginess.



The plot is pretty simple: Crown Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) of a fictitious African Kingdom of Zamunda must marry. Akeem concocts a plan to travel to America to find a wife he can both love and respect and who accepts him for his personality, not his status. He and his servant & friend Semi (Arsenio Hall) arrive in Queens County, New York because according to Akheem "What better place to find a Queen than the city of Queens?" After several scrapes, find an apartment in the neighborhood of Jackson Heights amd Akeem and Semi decide to try hard work at the local fast food shop "McDowells" where Akeem falls for the owner's sharp and awesome daughter Lisa.

I love this movie. It's hilarious and clever and romantic and is set where I used to live. How can you not love it? I've rewatched it through the years and continue to adore it.

My second choice, An Officer and a Gentleman is not a movie I have ever seen but I want to check it out because I like younger Richard Gere with a ridiculous amount of hormonal adoration, it seems quintessentially eighties and...oh, who am I kidding! It's because I've seen and swooned for the famous final scene.



In order to deep into eighties trashier side, coming up, Mannequin and *gasp* Cocktail. And maybe Endless Love which sounds too ridiculous to miss.
dangermousie: (Default)
Thank you all for the awesome 1980s recs.

I shall start my 1980s nostalgic wallow (it really is the decade of my childhood - either in the Soviet Union, with Soviet movies and imported foreign ones, or when we moved to the USA in 1991 and watched 1980s movies on TV and that is, in part, how I learned English).

My first two start movies are Coming to America and An Officer and a Gentleman.

Made in 1988, Coming to America is (and yes, I have no shame in admitting this) one of my all-time favorite movies. It's probably the only Eddie Murphy movie I truly love. It was shown dubbed in the USSR and I remember my Dad telling me the plot during one of our many walks (he often would tell plots of books or movies to me as stories, instead of fairytales I was too old for). However, I first saw CtA while living in Queens NY in 1991 once we immigrated. I didn't yet understand that much English but it was ridiculously funny anyway, and hey, it was set where we lived! It was a nice mixture of fairytale and our present dinginess.



The plot is pretty simple: Crown Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) of a fictitious African Kingdom of Zamunda must marry. Akeem concocts a plan to travel to America to find a wife he can both love and respect and who accepts him for his personality, not his status. He and his servant & friend Semi (Arsenio Hall) arrive in Queens County, New York because according to Akheem "What better place to find a Queen than the city of Queens?" After several scrapes, find an apartment in the neighborhood of Jackson Heights amd Akeem and Semi decide to try hard work at the local fast food shop "McDowells" where Akeem falls for the owner's sharp and awesome daughter Lisa.

I love this movie. It's hilarious and clever and romantic and is set where I used to live. How can you not love it? I've rewatched it through the years and continue to adore it.

My second choice, An Officer and a Gentleman is not a movie I have ever seen but I want to check it out because I like younger Richard Gere with a ridiculous amount of hormonal adoration, it seems quintessentially eighties and...oh, who am I kidding! It's because I've seen and swooned for the famous final scene.



In order to deep into eighties trashier side, coming up, Mannequin and *gasp* Cocktail. And maybe Endless Love which sounds too ridiculous to miss.
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I am sure you are aware that I think Tamra the Island is the worst kdrama I have ever had the displeasure of coming across (with the possible exception of My Love Patzzi, but the latter did have Kim Rae Won and was much shorter).

Everything about it is horrific - the writing, the 'acting' (Im Joo Hwan is non-grating, which is the most I can say, but the heroine and William both need to be banned from acting forever), the anachronism of it (sometimes anachronisms can work brilliantly - Hong Gil Dong had our medieval hero in sunglasses. But HGD is one of the best dramas out there and had more good writing in one ep than Tamra in every ep it ever had and will have - anachronistic period dramas are very hard to pull off). Even the fight choreography sucks.

This said, impelled by trainwreck symptom I went looking for youtube vids and the above almost made the drama's existence worthwhile. It's a vid with two of the characters set to "I need a hero." I literally loled. Literally.

Heeeee!

Oh, and tomorrow, more City Hall for me. EEE!
dangermousie: (KHYD: Jandi leaves by vierran45)


I am sure you are aware that I think Tamra the Island is the worst kdrama I have ever had the displeasure of coming across (with the possible exception of My Love Patzzi, but the latter did have Kim Rae Won and was much shorter).

Everything about it is horrific - the writing, the 'acting' (Im Joo Hwan is non-grating, which is the most I can say, but the heroine and William both need to be banned from acting forever), the anachronism of it (sometimes anachronisms can work brilliantly - Hong Gil Dong had our medieval hero in sunglasses. But HGD is one of the best dramas out there and had more good writing in one ep than Tamra in every ep it ever had and will have - anachronistic period dramas are very hard to pull off). Even the fight choreography sucks.

This said, impelled by trainwreck symptom I went looking for youtube vids and the above almost made the drama's existence worthwhile. It's a vid with two of the characters set to "I need a hero." I literally loled. Literally.

Heeeee!

Oh, and tomorrow, more City Hall for me. EEE!
dangermousie: (KHYD: Jandi leaves by vierran45)


I am sure you are aware that I think Tamra the Island is the worst kdrama I have ever had the displeasure of coming across (with the possible exception of My Love Patzzi, but the latter did have Kim Rae Won and was much shorter).

Everything about it is horrific - the writing, the 'acting' (Im Joo Hwan is non-grating, which is the most I can say, but the heroine and William both need to be banned from acting forever), the anachronism of it (sometimes anachronisms can work brilliantly - Hong Gil Dong had our medieval hero in sunglasses. But HGD is one of the best dramas out there and had more good writing in one ep than Tamra in every ep it ever had and will have - anachronistic period dramas are very hard to pull off). Even the fight choreography sucks.

This said, impelled by trainwreck symptom I went looking for youtube vids and the above almost made the drama's existence worthwhile. It's a vid with two of the characters set to "I need a hero." I literally loled. Literally.

Heeeee!

Oh, and tomorrow, more City Hall for me. EEE!
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)


One of my favorite movie endings ever is the ending of the 1985 Fantasy/Romance movie Ladyhawke. Ladyhawke starred Matthew Broderick as a young thief who ends up travelling with a solitary knight named Navarre (Rutger Hauer - such a crush! One of the few actors that looks convincing as a medieval knight) who always has a hawk on his wrist. But at night, when Navarre is nowhere to be seen, Broderick meets a beautiful young woman named Isabeau (Michelle Pfeiffer, looking drop-dead gorgeous) who has a wolf at her side...



Who doesn't love true love, evil curses, and a wicked bishop?

Anyway, Ladyhawke is one of my favorite romantic movies of all time. It is rather, in a lot of respects, like one of the Lais of Marie de France come to life...



But the thing I love the most? The ending. Sometimes, when I am down, I put it in and just watch it to feel better. And this time? I took caps...

Ladyhawke ending in caps. Spoilery, of course )
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)


One of my favorite movie endings ever is the ending of the 1985 Fantasy/Romance movie Ladyhawke. Ladyhawke starred Matthew Broderick as a young thief who ends up travelling with a solitary knight named Navarre (Rutger Hauer - such a crush! One of the few actors that looks convincing as a medieval knight) who always has a hawk on his wrist. But at night, when Navarre is nowhere to be seen, Broderick meets a beautiful young woman named Isabeau (Michelle Pfeiffer, looking drop-dead gorgeous) who has a wolf at her side...



Who doesn't love true love, evil curses, and a wicked bishop?

Anyway, Ladyhawke is one of my favorite romantic movies of all time. It is rather, in a lot of respects, like one of the Lais of Marie de France come to life...



But the thing I love the most? The ending. Sometimes, when I am down, I put it in and just watch it to feel better. And this time? I took caps...

Ladyhawke ending in caps. Spoilery, of course )
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)


One of my favorite movie endings ever is the ending of the 1985 Fantasy/Romance movie Ladyhawke. Ladyhawke starred Matthew Broderick as a young thief who ends up travelling with a solitary knight named Navarre (Rutger Hauer - such a crush! One of the few actors that looks convincing as a medieval knight) who always has a hawk on his wrist. But at night, when Navarre is nowhere to be seen, Broderick meets a beautiful young woman named Isabeau (Michelle Pfeiffer, looking drop-dead gorgeous) who has a wolf at her side...



Who doesn't love true love, evil curses, and a wicked bishop?

Anyway, Ladyhawke is one of my favorite romantic movies of all time. It is rather, in a lot of respects, like one of the Lais of Marie de France come to life...



But the thing I love the most? The ending. Sometimes, when I am down, I put it in and just watch it to feel better. And this time? I took caps...

Ladyhawke ending in caps. Spoilery, of course )
dangermousie: (VM: V/L kiss by frenchscent)
Here is a confession: I don't care how regressive or unfeminist it makes me, I adore the 1980s movie Pretty Woman, with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere (in case you don't know the plot by some odd chance, she is a hooker hired by icy tycoon whose heart she melts and love occurs).

Yeah, yeah, I know all the arguments. Heck, I can make them myself - from how realistic is it that a LA hooker is actually sweet, wholesome and relatively undamaged to the fact that a corporate raider will probably not have a heart of gold under the bastardy exterior. I don't care, OK? I don't watch PW for realism or a guide to gender relations.

I watch it because it hits the same note that some of those deliciously trashily irresistable romance novels do, or Bollywood movies, or some dramas. I like fairytales sometimes and I have the very old-fashioned thing for both "hero on white limousine horse to the rescue of poor woman who will now be riiiiiiich" and "icy rich jerk is actually a damaged woobie needing love of a good woman" tropes. I love them!

Plus, it has such awesomely eighties music! I love 1980s pop because it's so dramaish, if it makes sense - trashy and romantic and super-poppy. Just check out this song from PW soundtrack:



I am about to rewatch the movie, actually! I remembered my love for it because Mr. Mousie and I ended up discussing 1980s movies. Difference between 1980s and 1970s? The former have movies with cheerful consummerism and big hair, and 1970s are about gritty reality and flat hair. :D 1970s is a much better decade for movies but I love 1980s movies with their shoulder pads, pastels, and cheeriness anyway.

So, because I feel like reliving 1980s (even if I was in the USSR at the time), I am open for 1980s movie recs. I don't care if I have seen them before, I don't mind rewatching...I think I will rewatch Working Girl after Pretty Woman - even if it's 1991.

If this hasn't convinced you of my uncoolness, I love Bonnie Tyler too!
dangermousie: (VM: V/L kiss by frenchscent)
Here is a confession: I don't care how regressive or unfeminist it makes me, I adore the 1980s movie Pretty Woman, with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere (in case you don't know the plot by some odd chance, she is a hooker hired by icy tycoon whose heart she melts and love occurs).

Yeah, yeah, I know all the arguments. Heck, I can make them myself - from how realistic is it that a LA hooker is actually sweet, wholesome and relatively undamaged to the fact that a corporate raider will probably not have a heart of gold under the bastardy exterior. I don't care, OK? I don't watch PW for realism or a guide to gender relations.

I watch it because it hits the same note that some of those deliciously trashily irresistable romance novels do, or Bollywood movies, or some dramas. I like fairytales sometimes and I have the very old-fashioned thing for both "hero on white limousine horse to the rescue of poor woman who will now be riiiiiiich" and "icy rich jerk is actually a damaged woobie needing love of a good woman" tropes. I love them!

Plus, it has such awesomely eighties music! I love 1980s pop because it's so dramaish, if it makes sense - trashy and romantic and super-poppy. Just check out this song from PW soundtrack:



I am about to rewatch the movie, actually! I remembered my love for it because Mr. Mousie and I ended up discussing 1980s movies. Difference between 1980s and 1970s? The former have movies with cheerful consummerism and big hair, and 1970s are about gritty reality and flat hair. :D 1970s is a much better decade for movies but I love 1980s movies with their shoulder pads, pastels, and cheeriness anyway.

So, because I feel like reliving 1980s (even if I was in the USSR at the time), I am open for 1980s movie recs. I don't care if I have seen them before, I don't mind rewatching...I think I will rewatch Working Girl after Pretty Woman - even if it's 1991.

If this hasn't convinced you of my uncoolness, I love Bonnie Tyler too!
dangermousie: (VM: V/L kiss by frenchscent)
Here is a confession: I don't care how regressive or unfeminist it makes me, I adore the 1980s movie Pretty Woman, with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere (in case you don't know the plot by some odd chance, she is a hooker hired by icy tycoon whose heart she melts and love occurs).

Yeah, yeah, I know all the arguments. Heck, I can make them myself - from how realistic is it that a LA hooker is actually sweet, wholesome and relatively undamaged to the fact that a corporate raider will probably not have a heart of gold under the bastardy exterior. I don't care, OK? I don't watch PW for realism or a guide to gender relations.

I watch it because it hits the same note that some of those deliciously trashily irresistable romance novels do, or Bollywood movies, or some dramas. I like fairytales sometimes and I have the very old-fashioned thing for both "hero on white limousine horse to the rescue of poor woman who will now be riiiiiiich" and "icy rich jerk is actually a damaged woobie needing love of a good woman" tropes. I love them!

Plus, it has such awesomely eighties music! I love 1980s pop because it's so dramaish, if it makes sense - trashy and romantic and super-poppy. Just check out this song from PW soundtrack:



I am about to rewatch the movie, actually! I remembered my love for it because Mr. Mousie and I ended up discussing 1980s movies. Difference between 1980s and 1970s? The former have movies with cheerful consummerism and big hair, and 1970s are about gritty reality and flat hair. :D 1970s is a much better decade for movies but I love 1980s movies with their shoulder pads, pastels, and cheeriness anyway.

So, because I feel like reliving 1980s (even if I was in the USSR at the time), I am open for 1980s movie recs. I don't care if I have seen them before, I don't mind rewatching...I think I will rewatch Working Girl after Pretty Woman - even if it's 1991.

If this hasn't convinced you of my uncoolness, I love Bonnie Tyler too!
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Yes, I am that bizarre scifi junkie who has never seen Blade Runner.

Until tonight. They have rereleased the director's cut in the most awesome cinema in town, the one with the huge huge screen and red curtains and so myself and Mr. Mousie went.

Blade Runner, based on a Philip K. Dick story, is a 1982 Ridley Scott movie, (according to imdb) summarized thus: in Los Angeles, 2019, Rick Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specialises in terminating replicants, artifical intelligence indistinguishable from humans. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when four replicants escape from an offworld colony to Earth. OK, to sum it up thus is to say that Lord of the Rings is a movie about a bunch of short guys with a jewelry fetish.

My God. MY GOD.

It's a feverish dark dream, both a scifi film noir and a meditation on what it means to be human and even (if you want to read it that way) an essay in atheism. It's also strikingly beautiful and visceral. This is the movie that reminded me why movies are made and what they can be: make you think and make you feel and change you. I was literally shivering when it was done and Mr. Mousie and I spent the last hour discussing it. I have also finally understood why people loved Harrison Ford. I mean, I liked him OK, but never got the fuss (except for Star Wars, but it's Star Wars, you know. It's a special case). But here, it was if I was suddenly woken up to his vulnerability and intensity, and desperate charm. I adored him. But the movie was stolen, for me, by Rutger Hauer and Darryl Hannah, replicants Roy and Pris.

Long ramble )

It's the best scifi movie I've ever seen. I am still shaking. And I must see it again.

MV for it:

dangermousie: (Dr Who: Ten by objection_icons)
Yes, I am that bizarre scifi junkie who has never seen Blade Runner.

Until tonight. They have rereleased the director's cut in the most awesome cinema in town, the one with the huge huge screen and red curtains and so myself and Mr. Mousie went.

Blade Runner, based on a Philip K. Dick story, is a 1982 Ridley Scott movie, (according to imdb) summarized thus: in Los Angeles, 2019, Rick Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specialises in terminating replicants, artifical intelligence indistinguishable from humans. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when four replicants escape from an offworld colony to Earth. OK, to sum it up thus is to say that Lord of the Rings is a movie about a bunch of short guys with a jewelry fetish.

My God. MY GOD.

It's a feverish dark dream, both a scifi film noir and a meditation on what it means to be human and even (if you want to read it that way) an essay in atheism. It's also strikingly beautiful and visceral. This is the movie that reminded me why movies are made and what they can be: make you think and make you feel and change you. I was literally shivering when it was done and Mr. Mousie and I spent the last hour discussing it. I have also finally understood why people loved Harrison Ford. I mean, I liked him OK, but never got the fuss (except for Star Wars, but it's Star Wars, you know. It's a special case). But here, it was if I was suddenly woken up to his vulnerability and intensity, and desperate charm. I adored him. But the movie was stolen, for me, by Rutger Hauer and Darryl Hannah, replicants Roy and Pris.

Long ramble )

It's the best scifi movie I've ever seen. I am still shaking. And I must see it again.

MV for it:

dangermousie: (Dr Who: Ten by objection_icons)
Yes, I am that bizarre scifi junkie who has never seen Blade Runner.

Until tonight. They have rereleased the director's cut in the most awesome cinema in town, the one with the huge huge screen and red curtains and so myself and Mr. Mousie went.

Blade Runner, based on a Philip K. Dick story, is a 1982 Ridley Scott movie, (according to imdb) summarized thus: in Los Angeles, 2019, Rick Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specialises in terminating replicants, artifical intelligence indistinguishable from humans. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when four replicants escape from an offworld colony to Earth. OK, to sum it up thus is to say that Lord of the Rings is a movie about a bunch of short guys with a jewelry fetish.

My God. MY GOD.

It's a feverish dark dream, both a scifi film noir and a meditation on what it means to be human and even (if you want to read it that way) an essay in atheism. It's also strikingly beautiful and visceral. This is the movie that reminded me why movies are made and what they can be: make you think and make you feel and change you. I was literally shivering when it was done and Mr. Mousie and I spent the last hour discussing it. I have also finally understood why people loved Harrison Ford. I mean, I liked him OK, but never got the fuss (except for Star Wars, but it's Star Wars, you know. It's a special case). But here, it was if I was suddenly woken up to his vulnerability and intensity, and desperate charm. I adored him. But the movie was stolen, for me, by Rutger Hauer and Darryl Hannah, replicants Roy and Pris.

Long ramble )

It's the best scifi movie I've ever seen. I am still shaking. And I must see it again.

MV for it:

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