Rupert Pupkin Speaks: A Year in Film: My Favorite's of 1980 ""

Monday, April 16, 2012

A Year in Film: My Favorite's of 1980



What a year! Comedies(some true classics), slasher films, sci-fi & dramas! Lots of fun Italian horror too. So much good stuff!! Woody Allen, Brian De Palma, Robert Altman, Louis Malle, Ken Russell, Nicolas Roeg... the list goes on. A remarkable, magical time to be sure. Such a formative time for me and with the rise of VHS(the medium I saw most of these films on), I can say that this was the time that my obsession with movies kinda began. Things are quite different now, but so many of these films endure for one reason or another.


AIRPLANE!


ALLIGATOR


ALTERED STATES


ANIMALYMPICS


ATLANTIC CITY


BAD TIMING


BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS


CADDYSHACK


CARNY


THE CHANGELING


THE CHILDREN


CHRISTMAS EVIL


DEATH SHIP


DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE


DRESSED TO KILL


THE ELEPHANT MAN


THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK


FADE TO BLACK


FLASH GORDON


THE FOG


FOXES


FRIDAY THE 13TH


HEAVEN'S GATE


HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD


HERO AT LARGE


HOPSCOTCH


HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP


INFERNO


THE ISLAND


LITTLE DARLINGS


THE LONG RIDERS


MANIAC


MELVIN AND HOWARD


MIDNIGHT MADNESS


MY BODYGUARD


NEW YEAR'S EVIL


NIGHT OF THE DEMON


NIGHTMARE CITY


THE NINTH CONFIGURATION


ORDINARY PEOPLE


OUT OF THE BLUE


POPEYE


THE PRIVATE EYES


PROM NIGHT


RAGING BULL


RESURRECTION


RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS SEVEN


SATURN 3


SERIAL


THE SHINING


SOMEWHERE IN TIME


STARDUST MEMORIES


THE STUNT MAN


SUPER FUZZ


SUPERMAN II


TERROR TRAIN


TIMES SQUARE


USED CARS


WATCHER IN THE WOODS


WHEN TIME RAN OUT


WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM


XANADU

7 comments:

Hal said...

What a great time it was to be 12 years old and going to the movies every week. I had to miss a few of the "R"s like BAD TIMING for obvious reasons in the theatre, but usually snuck them in on pay cable in '81 or '82. :-)

I really enjoy THE BLUES BROTHERS and STIR CRAZY to this day as well, and while CHEECH AND CHONG'S NEXT MOVIE is no masterpiece, it has a lot of sentimental value as one of the "R"s I did get into.

One 1980 film I haven't revisited since then is WHOLLY MOSES! I wonder how it would hold up now?

Another I haven't seen since '80, but I remember it getting really savaged, was CHEAPER TO KEEP HER. Could go on about that year in cinema for awhile....

SteveQ said...

The Stunt Man is one of my favorites, but wow is there a lot of (good) junk on that list! I had to look up Humanoids from the Deep, because I didn't believe it was as late as 1980 - McClure starring makes it seem older, I guess. Maniac was made (I've heard)just so Tom Savini could use one effect he created (a head filled with blood-filled condoms!); I saw it by mistake, looking for the 1934 film of the same name.

Rupert Pupkin said...

Hal- Yeah I was amazed just what a year it was. So much fun! I need to see STIR CRAZY again, been years. Recall enjoying it. Never been the world's biggest BLUES BROS fan which I realize is blasphemous. Not sure if I've ever seen C&C's NEXT. WHOLLY MOSES is another I've been meaning to watch for some time. Always looked interesting at the very least. CHEAPER TO KEEP HER certainly has me fascinated on cast alone!
Steve-Yeah the STUNT MAN is absolutely one of O'Toole's finest. Wow, I imagine watching MANIAC by mistake must have been quite enlightening.

Robert M. Lindsey said...

Wow! What a year! I love Hopscotch and Flash Gordon.
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gene said...

What's funny is we got hbo in the early 80's and that's where i fell in love with CARNY,FLASH GORDON,OUT OF THE BLUE and SERIAL.
i have to say my all time favorite comedy was released that year..USED CARS!!!! i have seen it 50 times atleast and even have it on my ipod!!

Rupert Pupkin said...

Robert-Yeah HOPSCOTCH gets overlooked a lot. Great Matthau. I like CHARLEY VARRICK more but it's quite solid.

Gene-USED CARS is one of the greatest comedies of all time!

Citizen Screen said...

WOW! What a list. I think I might just have nightmares from some of those posters. It's unbelievable these films are that old. i mean, 1980 doesn't sound like it was 30+ years ago!

Enjoyed viewing this!

Aurora