1984 Movies We Want to See on the Big Screen
This month Alamo Drafthouse is sending viewers back 30 years (Good lord, do I feel old) to celebrate some of what it considers the best movies of 1984. Throughout the entire month, movies such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Ghostbusters and Repo Man will infiltrate Alamo's regular monthly events. This week Alamo's "Action Pack" series will find the 1984 classic Purple Rain screening. I personally never considered that movie an "action flick," unless you count keytars as weaponry.
I assume when the Alamo team sat around putting together this schedule, there were heated debates over favorite movies to screen; there was probably food throwing and face slapping and hysterical crying over which films would ultimately make the cut. Or more likely, they chose the movies that they could get the rights to air and that were the cheapest.
Believe it or not, 1984 was a banner year for movies. It's almost silly to try to rank them in terms of "best" or "most ridiculously big hair" or "what were they wearing?" so instead I'll give you my wish list of 1984 movies I would like to see on the big screen. I am sure you'll want to fight me.
Okay, why do we need to see a movie about the late, great composer Mozart on the big screen? Just to be pretentious art nerds? No! (Okay, a little.) Amadeus is a big, beautiful cinematic experience filled with colorful costumes and an amazing soundtrack that would be a treat in some Dolby Digital surround sound. Plus it's dark and scary at times and would be even creepier on the silver screen.
4. The Karate Kid
Is there any reason the decade's greatest martial arts movie shouldn't be on the big screen? Uhmm, no. Imagine, if you will, you are staring at the giant image of a young Ralph Macchio, in all his adolescent, smooth-skinned, pretty-faced glory, "crane" kicking the crap out of one of the biggest douche bags, Johnny Lawrence, in '80s movie history. Sold.
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Let's get serious now; Dune is a terrible movie. It's confusing, the acting is laughable and many have called it completely homophobic. Forget all that. I would love to see this movie on the big screen; the fire-filled sky fire, that weird moving sand mountain thingy, Kyle MacLachlan's shag hair! I think this movie might actually redeem itself if it were projected larger-than-life. Of course, no one liked it in 1984, either.
2. The Terminator
There are many reasons why the original Terminator needs to be seen in the movie theater, but the real reason is Arnold Schwarzenegger's giant body in the buff.
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1. The NeverEnding Story
How many kids of the '80s wish they could see this movie on the big screen? I would guess at least 15 of them, myself included. I also assume that all 15 of us really wanted to ride Falkor through our hometown, knocking down bullies as we soared through the blue sky, and then we would bring him home for a nice dinner of mac and cheese and hot dogs that our mom made special for us and we would have a sleepover party and watch some other 1984 movie together like Splash and then we would snuggle in bed while talking about our feelings. No one but me wanted this as a kid? On a side note, Limahl (the band that sings the theme song) sounds like some horrible text-speak acronym the kids are using nowadays.
Notable mention: Gremlins Gremlins is undoubtedly one of my favorite movies of all time, and I would have put it on the list of movies I would like to see on the big screen except that I already have. I saw it when it came out originally in the theater, and it scared the crap out of me. My sisters and I ran into the bathroom to escape the gremlins on the screen, but then got scared they were hiding in the garbage can. Very traumatic.
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