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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Underrated '85 - Justine Johnson

Justine Johnson is an obsessive former video-store employee and current midnight movie curator at The Black Box in Providence, Rhode Island. You can reach her via the internet on Twitter @moviessexa.
Check out her previous lists - Underrated Action/Adventure and Underrated Detective/Mysteries:

The Coca Cola Kid (1985)
Directed by Dusan Makavejev.
"Money is gods muscle. Listen to him. Dont get angry. Don't get scared either." A romantic comedy from the director of Sweet Movie starring Eric Roberts. 

Alice in Wonderland (1985)
Directed by Harry Harris.
This musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland haunted my nightmares forever as a child. Carol Channing is terrifying. Shelley Winters plays a dodo bird...Imogen Coca is truly scary and yelling about pepper. John Stamos sings a song about the Lion and the Unicorn....Just great stuff.
Just Carol Channing being totally not scary at all

Lost in America (1985)
Directed by Albert Brooks.
Julie Hagarty and Albert Brooks play a yuppie couple that decides take their nest egg and travel across the country and live like "in Easy Rider". Obviously things dont go as planned. I am not always a fan of Albert and can find him grating sometimes but Julie Hagarty is so perfect that this one works for me.

Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985)
Directed by Linda Feferman.
A teen movie starring actual teenagers. Jennifer Connelly has never been dreamier to me than in this one. AND he grossly underused Maddie Corman plays her best friend who is involved with an older professional baseball player named Zoo Knudson. Which is probably my favorite fake name ever uttered. 

Blackout (1985)
Directed by Douglas Hickox.
Worth the strangely graphic opening sequence alone but is actually a totally rad, weirdo made-for-tv thriller complete with bondage mask and Keith Carradine.
Feel the Motion (Der Formel Eins Film) (1985)
Directed by Wolfgang Buld.
Um, please find and watch this one. Starring that guy from Kajagoogoo! With Pia Zadora kind of! and Meatloaf!

It isn't so much underseen as underloved but it is worth saying that
After Hours is my favorite film of 1985. Forever and ever. It is just completely wonderful and weird.

1 comment:

toomuchhorrorfiction said...

THanks for the reminder about Maddie Corman in SEVEN MINUTES. She was delightful!