Thursday List – BORN INTO FILM: TOP 10 FROM MY YEAR OF BIRTH – MIKE (1984)
This is the start of another little mini series here at FRC. The writers are compiling lists of the top films from the year that they were born, that they still would watch today, first up Mike
1984 was a great year for many reasons. Not only is it based on a classic sci-fi film (to be mentioned later), but it’s also the year I was brought onto this Godforsaken planet. So what better way to celebrate such a momentous year, and indeed decade, than to go back 27 years and explore what the cinema scene was like that year; what wonders were released that I/we still watch today; and what classic movies graced us with their presence.
Without further ado, here are my top 10 films released in 1984:
#10 BEVERLY HILLS COP
Eddie Murphy in his prime and most importantly, entertaining and funny *gasps*. Lest we forget anything he’s done recently, and instead throw some shapes in the corner of the room as you hum the theme tune.
Kevin Bacon punch-dancing. Brilliant. It’s one of the best things I’ve seen and is something I could watch again and again in an attempt to replicate those funky ass, anger-induced moves.
Who woulda thunk that the cutest, furriest little critters could turn into such evil mischievous bastards after a quick wash? Well, as long as you don’t allow them to indulge in a midnight snack either and you’ll be fine, eh? A silly concept, but 80’s classic.
#7 A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
Wes Craven began the epic (and painfully lengthy) franchise that established one of the most terrifying horror nasties in cinema: the stripy jumper-wearing, spiky-fingered Freddy Krueger.
A post-Atomic War Big Brother existence starring John Hurt. Penned by a master. Perfect, right? Scarily relevant today, that’s for sure. It’s like Orwell knew..
#5 THIS IS SPINAL TAP
Somewhat of a cult classic and still hilarious today see’s this mockumentary secure 5th spot. Following a British rock band as they attempt a comeback tour proves just as popular today as it was nearly 30 years ago. Don’t act like you’re not attempting your impersonation as you read this.
#4 THE TERMINATOR
Arnie’s big break fresh from his Conan outings, James Cameron’s sci-fi scorcher affirmed Schwarzenegger as a global action star, using his wooden, uncharismatic and robotic nature to great effect. Seeing this as a boy was a treat, and the police station annihilation scene still scares the bejeus out of me.
#3 THE KARATE KID
One of the most enjoyable films of my childhood; The Karate Kid was THE film I would watch every time it was on TV, and then some. Yes, it’s cheesy, but when you’ve got a mentor like Mr Miyagi, who the hell cares? I would wax on, wax off as many times as Pat Morita demanded.
#2 ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
The longest film duration-wise on the list. This De Niro starring epic spans several decades as well as hours (just shy of 4, actually), and is arguably Sergio Leone’s finest hour. Shame the recent cinema re-release was appallingly cut and lazily thrown together.
The ultimate and one of my favourite movies from the decade. Bill Murray. Slimer. Proton packs. Need I say more?
Year of the Hottie?
Not only were these awesome movies presented to the world, but so were these beauties and they all happen to be (currently) successful stars in the Hollywood machine. It was only fair for me to rank them, so apologies for this slightly misogynistic conclusion.
#3 Olivia Wilde (Born 10th March)
#2 Scarlett Johansson (Born 22nd November)
#1 Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Born 28th November)
About The Author – Mike Williams
Mike is a freelance film critic & script writer, earning a Masters in Fiction Film Production in 2010. An HD snob by nature, he enjoys Anime , science fiction & comedies. Notably Spirited Away, Inception & The BigLebowski. Mike can be found on twitter lurking under the handle @littlestpicshow or at his own movie blog the goes by the name The Littlest Picture Show.
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