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You can post a list of anywhere between 5 and 20 films (or more, but only 20 will be counted) from the year we're covering. The deciding factor in terms of release dates is the RYM list and the top 10 of each year will go on to the final top 100 round. The deadline is May 15th.
The points scheme is as follows:
1. 50 points
However, these are the maximum amounts of points. If you want to put certain films on your list but don't want to give them too many points, you can choose to give these less points than in this scheme (but never more) to decrease the impact on the overall results. If you don't specifically state that you want to give (some of) your films fewer points, I will assume the standard scheme.
Here are some lists to remind you of the great (and awful) films released in 1981, from a variety of sources:
Other than Raiders Of The Lost Ark I don't I've seen any great films from this year.
I suppose I should recommend Possession. It's not my favorite, but it's got major cult appeal, and it's one of the grossest films I've ever seen.
Do you need to see Mad Max 1 before seeing 2?
Since it seems Pixote, French Lieutenant's Woman, Le pont du nord, Too Early Too Late are ALL missing from Netflix, I suppose I'll wait to see what other people are voting for.
1. Das Boot [The Boat]
2. Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo [We Children from Bahnhof Zoo]
3. An American Werewolf in London, 20 p
4. Gallipoli, 15 p
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark [Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark], 5 p
can't wait for the Time Bandits' PG tuned remake, btw..
If you can't make a complete list rent an action or horror movie, those genres excelled in excess the entire decade.
1. Escape From New York - John Carpenter went on a roll in the 80's
2. The Decline of Western Civilization - Features AMers Black Flag, X, & The Germs. Insightful interviews, excellent performances.
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark - Fun movie, fun series. Still havent seen the 4th, haven't heard good things though.
4. Galaxy of Terror - A Roger Corman B movie where astronauts find crazy shit on an alien planet, James Cameron was 2nd Director. For a low budget they have some nasty effects.
5. Piranha 2 - Directed by James Cameron, starring Lance Henriksen. It catches a lot of shit for being shit but let a movie entertain you. the piranhas are in salt water, they sprout wings & fly too. That makes it better
6. Stripes - Bill Murray continues to be funny, one of John Candy's first movies & arguably his best. Sassy new recruits join the army. Mudwrestling.
7. The Evil Dead - This was my favorite one of the series, not sure that's still the case. But its still very creative, spooky, funny, just like everyone says.
8. The Beyond - Highlights: the end shot, the acid to the face.
9. The Howling - Excellent werewolf effects, ending kind of sucked.
10. An American Werewolf in London - Excellent werewolf effects, ending kind of sucked.
My French movies recommandations for this year :
Malevil (De chalonge)
Coup de torchon (Tavernier)
Garde à vue (Claude Miller)
La guerre du feu (Annaud) (be careful, strange film)
Le choix des armes (Corneau)
2.Coup de torchon
5.La Guerre du feu
10.The French Lieutenants Woman
11.Raiders of the lost ark
12.Mad Max 2
15.The Postman Always ringstwice
18.Tales of ordinary madness
20.Chariots of Fire
01. Knightriders (George Romero)
02. Christiane F. (Uli Edel)
03. Scanners (David Cronenberg)
04. Mad Max 2 (George Miller)
05. Mephisto (István Szábo)
06. The Decline Of The Western Civilization (Penelope Spheeris)
07. Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix)
08. Evil Dead (Sam Raimi)
09. Polyester (John Waters)
10. Heavy Metal (Gerald Potterton)
1. Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen) 45
2. Scanners (David Cronenberg) 21
3. Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (Ulrich Edel) 20
4. Garde à Vue (Claude Miller) 19
5. Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) 10
6. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg) 3
Not a very impressing list...
Things will get better from the next year on.
Looks like 1981 wasn't the worst year of the decade only in music. Top 2 are great movies and #3 is a personal favorite.
Sadly I missed the screening of Christiane F when it was showed couple of weeks ago in Film Archive. For Your Eyes Only could be my #10 if I remembered which Bond it is.
1. Das Boot
2. Storie di ordinaria follia [Tales of Ordinary Madness]
3. Pelle Svanslös
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
6. Evil Dead
7. Fox And Hound
8. Mad Max 2
9. Escape from New York (1 p)
1) Gregory’s Girl
2) Raiders of the Lost Ark
3) The Fox and the Hound – 5 pts
4) Gallipoli – 2 pts
5) For Your Eyes Only – 1 pt
1. The Great Muppet Caper
2. American Pop
4. Cannonball Run
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
6. Decline of Western Civilization
1. Escape from New York / John Carpenter / U.S.
2. Cutter's Way / Ivan Passer / U.S.
3. Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) / George Miller / Australia
4. Lola / Rainer Werner Fassbinder / West Germany
5. The Decline of Western Civilization / Penelope Spheeris / U.S.
6. Body Heat / Lawrence Kasdan / U.S.
7. Diva / Jean-Jacques Beineix / France
8. Thief / Michael Mann / U.S.
9. Raiders of the Lost Ark / Steven Spielberg / U.S.
10. Vernon, Florida / Errol Morris / U.S.
11. Do You Remember Dolly Bell? / Emir Kusturica / Yugoslavia
12. The Postman Always Rings Twice / Bob Rafelson / U.S.
13. Wolfen / Michael Wadleigh / U.S.
14. Ms. 45 / Abel Ferrara / U.S.
15. Blow Out / Brian De Palma / U.S.
16. An American Werewolf in London / John Landis / U.S.
17. Heavy Metal / Gerald Potterton / Canada
18. Scanners / David Cronenberg / Canada
19. Gregory's Girl / Bill Forsyth / U.K.
20. The Beyond / Lucio Fulci / Italy
"Znachor" from Poland is a great and touching movie. I really recommend it.
Coup de Torchon should definitely be watched!
1. Buddy Buddy – Billy Wilder
2. El Crack – José Luis Garci
3. Das Boot (The Submarine) – Wolfgang Petersen
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark – Steven Spielberg
5. Excalibur – John Boorman
6. Victory – John Houston
7. Les uns et les outres (Bolero) – Claude Lelouch
8. Body Heat – Lawrence Kasdan
1. Garde à vue [The Inquisitor]
2. La guerre du feu [Quest for Fire]
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark [Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark]
4. Coup de torchon [Clean Slate]
6. Mad Max 2 [The Road Warrior]
7. Une étrange affaire [Strange Affair]
9. Blow Out
10. Eaux profondes
11. The Postman Always Rings Twice
12. Beau-père [Stepfather]
13. Człowiek z żelaza [Man of Iron]
14. Body Heat
15. La femme d'à côté [The Woman Next Door]
16. La Chèvre [The Goat]
17. Heavy Metal
20. Storie di ordinaria follia [Tales of Ordinary Madness]
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
2. Coup de torchon (Tavernier)
3. On Golden Pond (Mark Rydell)
4. Garde à vue (Claude Miller)
5. La guerre du feu (Annaud)
6. Le choix des armes (Corneau)
7. Blow out (Brian de palma)
8. Diva (Beineix)
9. Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen)
10. Chariots Of Fire (Hugh Hudson)
11. Excalibur (John Boorman)
12. Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
13. Le Professionnel ( Georges Lautner)
14. Malevil (De chalonge)
15. Time Bandits (Terry Gilliam)
16. La chèvre (Francis Veber)
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior)
4. Chariots of Fire
5. Time Bandits
6. My Dinner With Andre
8. American Werewolf in London
11. Porno Holocaust (Ranks 11th based on its title alone)
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
3. Mad Max 2 [The Road Warrior]
4. Gregory's Girl
5. An American Werewolf in London
6. Modern Romance
8. Blow Out
9. Time Bandits
This year is kind of disappointing just because almost everything I wanted to watch wasn't on Netflix.
1. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
2. Mad Max 2 (Attention modern action film directors: THIS is what one looks like.)
3. An American Werewolf In London (20 pts)
4. Possession (15 pts)
5. Das Boot (10 pts)
6. Gregory's Girl (8 pts)
7. The Evil Dead (8 pts)
8. History Of The World Pt 1 (5 pts)
9. Tuck Everlasting (1 pt) (Yeah, I saw it in like 3rd grade when I read the book in school. It was ok.)
1982 seems even more dismal than 1981. I have: Blade Runner, Star Trek II, Fitzcarraldo, then maybe 5 pts to E.T. 1983 is awesome though.
You have some good films to watch though; Fanny och Alexander, The Verdict, The Thing, and to a somewhat lesser extent, Tootsie, Gandhi, Mony Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, The Marathon Family, and probably some other foreign films too. So no, I definitely think 1981 is worse.
Oh, I had Fanny and Alexander down for 1983. It's 1982 on RYM. I need to double check these things.
Ok, so my #1 is decided.
Don't forget Koyaanisqatsi.
1981 is seemingly accepted as being the worst year in film since 1914 which gave foreign films a great chance. No less than 50% of the films that made it are foreign; 3 French and 2 German.
Rank. Title (Director) - Points/Votes/#1s
1. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg) - 422/14/4
2. Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen) - 274/8/2
3. Mad Max 2 (George Miller) - 215/8/0
4. Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix) - 178/7/1
5. Coup De Torchon (Bertrand Tavernier) - 135/4/0
6. The Decline of Western Civilization Penelope Spheeris) - 119/5/0
7. Escape From New York (John Carpenter) - 119/4/2
8. Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo [We Children from Bahnhof Zoo] (Uli Edel) - 114/5/0
9. Gregory's Girl (Bill Forsyth) - 104/5/1
10. Garde à Vue [The Inquisitor] (Claude Miller) - 99/3/1
Stephan, what about your own list?
Oops, forgot to post my own list. It's actually quite similar to the final list due to the fact that I have seen 4-5 films per year from the '80s and I use people's list to chose my films.
1. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg)
2. Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen)
3. Blow Out (Brian De Palma)
4. Mad Max 2 (George Miller)
5. Coup de Torchon (Bertrand Tavernier)
6. Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix)
7. Escape From New York (John Carpenter)
8. The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi)
9. The Decline Of Western Civilization (Penelope Spheeris)
10. Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (Uli Edel)
I've got five films to watch from this year. Hopefully they're conveniently available on Netflix.
I'm surprised to see so much love for Escape From New York. It's one of those action films where the protagonists win without really ever doing anything.
1925 is pretty good though. And yeah, I just used the first year that doesn't have a film mentioned on TSPDT (excluding WWI).
1925 and 1927 both rock.
I'm finding differing release dates for films back then. TSPDT has stuff listed as 1926 that another source had as 1927.
I feel though in the 20s that, the best films were fantastic, but once you get past the greats (Murnau, Chaplin, Eisenstein, Lang, etc) it slopes down a lot quicker. There are fewer great films today, but a whole lot more good films.