1980: Movies Sorted By Tier

  • Great
  • Airplane!
  • Atlantic City
  • The Big Red One
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • From Mao To Mozart: Isaac Stern In China
  • Melvin And Howard
  • Ordinary People
  • The Stunt Man
  • Very Good
  • Altered States
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Breaker Morant
  • Caddyshack
  • Dressed To Kill
  • The Elephant Man
  • Kagemusha
  • The Ninth Configuration
  • Raging Bull
  • Resurrection
  • Good
  • 9-5
  • Alligator
  • Carny
  • Coal Miner's Daughter
  • The Dogs Of War
  • The Long Good Friday
  • A Rumor Of War (TV)
  • The Shining
  • Superman II
  • A Town Like Alice
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Flash Gordon
  • The Fog
  • Humaniods Of The Deep
  • Motel Hell
  • Average
  • American Gigilo
  • Any Which Way You Can
  • Brubaker
  • Fame
  • La Cage Aux Folles II
  • Modern Romance
  • My Bodyguard
  • Popeye
  • Private Benjamin
  • Somewhere In Time
  • Spetters
  • A Tale Of Two Cities
  • Terror Train
  • Used Cars
  • Dissapointing
  • Angel City
  • Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Fade To Black
  • The Final Countdown
  • Friday The 13th
  • The Gambler
  • Grad Night
  • The Mirror Crack'd
  • The Monster Club
  • The Octagon
  • Oh God! Book 2
  • Phobia
  • Prom Night
  • Scrooge
  • Cellar Dwellers
  • The Alien Dead
  • Battle Beyond The Stars
  • The Boogey Man
  • Cheech And Chong's Next Movie
  • The Exterminator
  • Foxes
  • One-Trick Pony
  • Power
  • Saturn 3
  • Schizoid
  • Smokey And The Bandit II
  • Urban Cowboy
  • The Big Stink
  • Cruising
  • Hawk The Slayer
  • Maniac
  • The Prey
  • Xanadu
  • Unfortunately Haven’t Seen
  • Oblomov
  • Forbidden Zone
  • From The Life Of The Marionettes
  • Gideon's Trumpet
  • Guyana Tragedy
  • The Last Metro
  • Loulou
  • Man Of Iron
  • The Naked Civil Servant
  • Return Of The Secaucus Seven
  • Vengeance Is Mine

Airplane (a.k.a. Flying High) and The Blues Brothers are absolute classics, the former challenges YF for the title of funniest movie ever, the latter is a cult classic comedy musical which still, I believe, holds the record for most cars ever wrecked in a movie.

Dressed To Kill is superb in the scenes featuring Angie Dickinson, but pretty much loses steam (huff, puff) afterward.

The Shining is a difficult one to rate, but is probably in the second rank of Kubrick's output.

Superman II, despite having the same cast and continuing the same story as SI is simply not a patch on it. What a difference a director makes.

Good to see a couple of good Australia-related films here, Breaker Morant and A Town Like Alice (despite both having British stars).

[Bloody hell, Jim, it has just occurred to me that I ought provide Listology with a list of great Aussie movies. What in blue blazes is wrong with me? I've been an absolute drongo in neglecting this! Stone the crows! another promised project for you to hound me about.]

Ah... Motel Hell. Twinge of horror nostalgia.

And hound you I will! I'd love to see such a list. And let me just say how happy it's made me to find a slew of bertie posts waiting for me three straight mornings in a row! What's changed over there? When are you going to get back to your "Recently Seen Movies" series?

Let's see, what else can I hound you about?

pssssst...pssssst...Jim, over here...memoirs of a drive-in watcher. Don't tell Bert.



Bertie already knows I like to read anything he's willing to write. :-)

:?D <---stook heartily agreeing.



I love "The Blues Brothers" as much as the next guy...but, it almost made my guilty pleasures. :?D

Great elevator scene in "Dressed To Kill", but I'm pretty sure that's when it really gets going. Great ending too, both of them.

I watched "The Shining" on DVD and discovered there was a reason for my apprehension towards the film burried within the Extra Features. But more on that later. Jack is absolutely fabulous in the film, his descent into madness is one of the most believable in movies. Shelly Duvall is a screeching mass of annoyance. And the boy is just stiff and unbelievable. Kubrick as always is a master of his medium but the film seems to get out of his control. I watched a making of featurette in the ex-fe and a few things became very clear. Nicholson has his part under perfect control intuitively knowing what to do. Shelly Duvall has no idea what to do with her character and is a having a serious attack of ego-maniacal jealousy at the same time. Her and Kubrick are constantly arguing or staring at each others faces with blank disbelief. Kubi seems hysterical with her inadequacy and Duvi seems abandoned by her director. In the middle of this clash of wills is a young, hyper-active child who wants to be good but can't seem to ellicit the emotion needed. What a disaster. Considering all this, it's amazing The Shining is as good as it is.

Superman II, it's enjoyable but has no soul, it's just going through the motions. If that makes sense.

Shrimp Of The Barbie is still the best Aussie movie I've ever seen. Cheech Marin has a way with pathos.

Motel Hell is so fun. Glad you like it.