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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Underrated '87 - Arik Devens

Arik Devens is the proprietor of Cinema Gadfly (, an ongoing project to try and write about every film in the Criterion Collection. He recently launched A History of Jazz (, a podcast exploring jazz history, from 1917 to the present.

Baby Boom (1987; Charles Shyer)
We had this film on a VHS tape when I was growing up. Actually, I'm pretty sure my parents still have it. Anyway, I must have watched it a million times. So many scenes are permanently imprinted in my brain, and it's definitely where my lifelong dream of living in a Vermont farmhouse comes from.
(On Blu-ray from Twilight Time)

Ernest Goes to Camp (1987; John Cherry)
In general, I'm not a devotee of the Ernest does X film series. But this one, this one I absolutely love. There are so many quotable moments and hilarious bits. Is it a dumb film? Of course it is, but really that's most of the point.
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G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987; Don Jurwich)
Perhaps the single greatest action movie ever made. Seriously, there's almost no moment in this film where nothing is happening. The closest is a short meeting where the characters literally shout and run out of a room. The last twenty minutes are so intense the screen flashes to white every other frame. So great.
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The Living Daylights (1987; John Glen)
Many, many people will find this heretical, but Timothy Dalton is my favorite Bond. This is, not coincidentally, my favorite Bond film. He's just so grim and serious, and Maryam d'Abo is such a great Bond lady. The whole film is wonderful, especially John Rhys-Davies as a KGB general. Oh and the soundtrack is phenomenal.
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