In a search to find timeless, non-quirky 80s films (inspired by my viewing of The Accidental Tourist) I have begun my movie viewing. Here are some 1980s films I've just watched for the first time and my thoughts on whether they're any good 20-or-so years post-release.
Directed by Norman Jewison
Recommended by Oscar (3 wins, 6 nominations)
This film is totally quirky, but with the snappy dialogue and Cher's accent it's kind of fun. This film is very 80s for sure, but it was enjoyable too watch. Obviously different people have different thoughts on Nicolas Cage (see post here for proof), but he's absolutly ridiculous in this role, which is why I included his picture as the one associated with this film. In a sense this film some how reminds me of Gilmore Girls.
Enjoyable, quirky, very 80s.
Au revoir, les enfants (1987)
Directed by Louis Malle
Recommended by Oscar (2 noms), Jandy, & Will
I actually watched this right before putting up my post about 80s disappointments. In fact, this film is far from have a 1980s style quirk factor, and while it was semi-engaging and intersting...it was missing some type of magical quality, that say a film about children in war like Forbidden Game (1952) has.
Although I have no concrete complaints, this film really didn't do anything for me.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Recommended by Oscar (1 nom), IMDb (#8 80s film), Mercurie, Will (reluctantly)
I had seen part of this film before, but never watched it start to finish. It's a good film in that Truth-about-Vietnam genre that brought us Stone's Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Forrest Gump-scenes, etc. Obviously the harshness of the barrack scenes that make up the first third of this film is it's most memorable parts. But it's harshness makes it hardly enjoyable, certainly not the type of film you pop in for fun. But, that doesn't disqualify it from being a very respectable 1980s film.
A quality film, just not neccesarily a "fun flick."