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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Underrated '87 - Cinemonster

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Matewan (1987; John Sayles)
If anyone still living is more forgotten about than John Sayles, I don’t know who it would be. Matewan's subject is the Matewan West Virginia coal miners strike of 1920. It is a raw, honest and emotional kick in the face, featuring some of Haskell Wexler’s best work and an all-star cast (Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell). As a writer/director, Sayles has few peers among his contemporaries and although he has several great films on his resume, this may be the best.

Real Men (1987; Dennis Feldman)
Ludacris buddy farce showcases Jim Belushi’s deadpan and John Ritter’s amazing physical comedy. Great whimsical score from Miles Goodman (Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and wonderful cinematography from John Alonzo. Occasional shades of Hitchcock. Too easily dismissed on release and too quickly forgotten. Man, Ritter was good

Five Corners (1987; Tony Bill)
Great gritty 60’s New York crime ensemble from a sharp John Patrick Shanley script, is highlighted by a great young up-and-coming-cast (Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, John Tururro). Directed by Tony Bill (My Bodyguard, Crazy People), the film takes place during the first 2 days after Turturro is released from prison for the attempted rape of Foster. As young as they were, very easy to recognize that you were watching stars.

Cry Freedom (1987; Richard Attenborough)
Sir Richard Attenborough’s Cry Freedom follows the relationship between black activist Steve Biko (Denzel Washington) and journalist Don Woods (Kevin Kline) in 70's apartheid South Africa. Washington is riveting, Kline very capable and the film boasts a fantastic score and songs. Beautiful cinematography by Ronnie Taylor (Gandhi, Tommy, Opera). They don’t make films like this much anymore.

1 comment:

Steven Millan said...

Cinemonster forgot to mention that Dyanne Thorne appears in REAL MEN as the transsexual parent of one of that film's main characters.