1987: Movies Sorted By Tier

  • Great

  • 84 Charing Cross Road
  • Anne Of Avonlea (TV)
  • Au Revoir Les Enfants
  • Babette's Feast
  • Broadcast News
  • The Dead
  • Evil Dead 2
  • Housekeeping
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Moonstruck
  • The Princess Bride
  • Raising Arizona
  • Roxanne
  • Swimming To Cambodia
  • **A film proving that one man can talk for 82 minutes on film and be completely tranfixing. An excellent film/monologue whose use of subtle lighting and sound effects is brilliant. Astounding.
  • The Untouchables
  • Wings Of Desire
  • Very Good

  • Bagdad Cafe
  • Barfly
  • The Big Easy
  • Cop
  • Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • The Glass Menagerie (TV)
  • Hellraiser
  • High Tide
  • Hope And Glory
  • House Of Games
  • A Hungarian Fairy Tale
  • **A woman and a man fall in love at first sight, in the midst of a romantic opera. He follows her to a café and they consummate their love in a night of passion. She has a child from this one night stand and decides not to mention who his father was on the birth certificate. As it happens, if you don’t list the father on the certificate, when the child reaches the age of three a fake name must be used. Years later the mother is killed in a freak accident leaving the boy in the awaiting hands of the state. He escapes and goes in search of his father. As our young hero continues his search the movie becomes more bizarre. The imagination of the filmmakers is tempered with a sense of realism that never detracts from the entertainment. A joy for life is evident in every aspect of A Hungarian Fairy Tale with novel plot twists and a knack for making the characters and scene giddy with possibility. The mind simply boggles as the young man journeys toward a father who doesn’t exist. The fantastical ending was probably the only off note of the entire film. I was so enjoying the mixture of fantasy and pragmatism such flights of fancy were unwelcome. Yet there was enough great filmmaking here to warrant significant praise…and you might even enjoy the ending more than I did.
  • The Last Emperor
  • Matewan
  • Near Dark
  • Prick Up Your Ears
  • Radio Days
  • Robocop
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Sign Of Four (TV)
  • The Stepfather
  • Wish You Were Here
  • The Witches Of Eastwick
  • Good

  • Angel Heart
  • A Better Tomorrow II
  • Cry Freedom
  • Empire Of The Sun
  • The Hidden
  • I've Heard The Mermaids Singing
  • La Bamba
  • The Living Daylights
  • THe Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains
  • No Way Out
  • Pelle The Conqueror
  • Planes, Trains And Automobiles
  • Predator
  • Some Kind Of Wonderful
  • Someone To Watch Over Me
  • The Whales Of August
  • The Year My Voice Broke
  • Guilty Pleasures

  • Black Widow
  • Burglar
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Ernest Goes To Camp
  • The Lost Boys
  • Mannequin
  • Masters Of The Universe
  • Munchies
  • A Prayer For The Dying
  • Spaceballs
  • Summer School
  • Surf Nazis Must Die
  • Average

  • *batteries not included
  • Baby Boom
  • The Belly Of An Architect
  • Beverly Hills Cop 2
  • Can't Buy Me Love
  • The Chipmunk Adventure
  • City On Fire
  • Creepshow 2
  • Dead Of Night
  • Deadline
  • Extreme Prejudice
  • The Fourth Protocol
  • Foxfire
  • Gardens Of Stone
  • The Gate
  • Going Home
  • Good Morning, Vietnam
  • Harry And The Hendersons
  • Hiding Out
  • Hot Pursuit
  • The Howling 3
  • Ishtar
  • Light Of Day
  • Living On Tokyo Time
  • THe Lonely Passion Of Jutith Hearne
  • Maid To Order
  • Making Mr. Right
  • Maurice
  • The Monster Squad
  • A Month In The Country
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street 3
  • Nights In White Satin
  • Nowhere To Hide
  • Nuts
  • Orphans
  • Overboard
  • Prince Of Darkness
  • The Principal
  • Project X
  • Rampage
  • Real Men
  • Siesta
  • Suspect
  • Three Men And A Baby
  • Throw Mama From The Train
  • Wall Street
  • Wanted: Dead Or Alive
  • Weeds
  • When The Wind Blows
  • Dissapointing

  • Adventures In Babysitting
  • Aria
  • The Bedroom Window
  • Best Seller
  • Big Shots
  • China Girl
  • The Curse
  • Dolls
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Gor
  • Hamburger Hill
  • Heat
  • House II: The Second Story
  • I Was A Teenage Zombie
  • If Looks Could Kill
  • In The Mood
  • Innerspace
  • Ironweed
  • It's Alive 3
  • The Killing Time
  • Less Than Zero
  • Like Father, Like Son
  • Lionheart
  • My Demon Lover
  • Outrageous Fortune
  • Overkill
  • Police Academy 4
  • The Secret Of My Success
  • The Squeeze
  • Star Quest
  • Stormquest
  • Street Justice
  • Street Smart
  • Surrender
  • Survival Game
  • Survivor
  • Three For The Road
  • White Wash Summer
  • Young Nurses In Love
  • Cellar Dwellers

  • Allan Quartermain And Lost City Of Gold
  • American Gothic
  • The Barbarians
  • Benji: The Hunted
  • Blindside
  • Blood Sisters
  • BLue Monkey
  • Born In East L.A.
  • Creepazoids
  • Crimewave
  • Critical Condition
  • Cross My Heart
  • Cyclone
  • Demon Warrior
  • Demons 2
  • Deranged
  • Desperado
  • Dragnet
  • Fire And Ice
  • Flowers In The Attic
  • From The Hip
  • Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2
  • The Highwayman
  • Jaws: The Revenge
  • Nightforce
  • No Man's Land
  • The Offspring
  • Rags To Riches
  • Return To Salem's Lot
  • Revenge Of The Nerds II
  • The Running Man
  • Russkies
  • Scared Stiff
  • Shallow Grave
  • The Sicilian
  • Slumber Party Massacre II
  • Steele Justice
  • Teen Wolf Too
  • Wild Thing
  • Wisdom
  • Witchboard
  • The Big Stink

  • American Ninja 2
  • Blind Date
  • Blood Hook
  • The Danger Zone
  • Death Stalker 2
  • Dudes
  • Fatal Beauty
  • Leonard Part 6
  • Rawhead Rex
  • Redneck Zombies
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night 2
  • Slaughterhouse
  • **Silly, dumb, irritating horror flick about a pig farmer + obtuse (read leatherface) son’s revenge on uncaring townsfolk makes for some of the dumbest cinema in recent memory. The case has a warning about the powerful gore that is suitable for people 18 and over is located in this film makes a great case of false advertising. If they had put a warning about powerful stupidity being located here that would be closer to the truth. Watch at your own risk.
  • Unfortunately Haven’t Seen

  • Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock N' Roll!
  • Dust In The Wind
  • A Gathering Of Old Men
  • Komissar
  • The Law Of Desire
  • The Little Match Girl
  • Pathfinder
  • Red Sorghum
  • A Taxing Woman
  • Yeelen

Yay for The Princess Bride! Love it; love to watch it; love to quote it. Fighting hard now to resist quoting it. It's no use. The Cliffs of Insanity!!!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is better than good.

You must have had huge expectations for Heat. Pacino versus DeNiro? Come on. You may have been disappointed, but it's still a very good movie, at least.

You mistake, sirrah. The "Heat" to which you refer has been rated "Very Good" on stooky's 1995 list. The "Heat" to which stooky refers is here.

Oh, and I agree, "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" is a wonderful movie, and certainly better than good.

Wow, I may have to take another gander at P,T & A. Anyone gonna post a review?



Yeah, serves me right for jumping at conclusions and neglecting to think before I write. [Note to self: a real philosopher wouldn't make such mistakes. Reply to self: aaaaah shaddap!!!]

Quote all you want, I've been doing it for years to the chagrin of many a friend. Other than "Ben" that is, since he can recite practically the whole film.

Am I mistaken or do you have mucho love for John Hughes? <---that's supposed to be a question but it's not. So I stuck a freakin' question mark at the end of it. Hooya.

You mean Heat...from 1995? Not Heat...Burt Reynolds stars as the bitter bodyguard and degenerate gambler Mex in this uneven action film. He wakes up hungover, vowing to rekindle his dream of leaving Las Vegas for good if he can just raise enough money. Mex divides his time working for the low-key millionaire Cyrus Kinnick (Peter MacNicol) at the casino and moonlighting as a paid enforcer. When Mex's pretty neighbor Holly (Karen Young) is attacked by a quartet of perverted thugs, Mex goes after gang leader Danny DeMarco (Neill Barry) and company. The feature was continually plagued by production problems, with three uncredited directors employed in addition to R.M. Richards. — Dan Pavlides <---reveiw from AMG. right?

Nobody said a thing about Roxanne am I right in supposing that there's a lot of love for the Steve Martin comedy? <---does it again. Hooya 2.



No complaints here, I love "Roxanne." Personally, I'd bump "Raising Arizona" down a notch or two, but I don't feel strongly enough to complain.

I was actually going to put "Raising Arizona" lower but then I thought: "How many scenes do you love, the seduction by mug shots scenes, the entire romance going sour sequence, the scene with the diapers, the escape of the two convicts..." and on and on. About 10 to be precise, now how could I put such a film in the good section.

Good show on "Roxanne", a film that needs far more critical love.



It's the ridiculous subplot about the apocalyptic biker that does it in for me.

Yep its kinda silly bu I'm entertained anyway. (dumb sub-plot though)



But the biker's not real, right? Isn't he just a manifestation of Cage's dark side? That's why they have the same tattoo? You can be as ridiculous as you want if it's a battle w/i Cage's own psyche.

Well, "ridiculous" was not my end-all criticism of the plotline. However, I'd have to watch the movie again to come up with a more coherent review, as it has been a while (I think it was one of the first films I watched on my quest to see the AFI's 100 funniest movies). I didn't remember the tattoo at all, or some of the other details about that subplot. I just remembered thinking it was stupid.

You've got a point J, something I never really thought about until now. a la Fight Club.



Re. bertie's embarrassing mistake re. Heat, see above.

Re. John Hughes movies: generally good to very good, one or two great. Steve Martin does better in TPA than in Roxanne, but in the former he has the formidable help of John Candy.

Oh, and The Screaming Eels!!!

The screaming eels? what the heck.

duly noted.



You're definitely right about Roxanne, perhaps my favorite Steve Martin movie (up there with LA Story, which is even more underrated than Roxanne).

:?) <---happy that everyone loves Roxanne stook