Monday, November 9, 2009

1988 - Ten Favorite Films

What a great year for comedies. And for Michelle Pfeiffer, goddess of 1988.

The Accidental Tourist
Not as good as the book but I still find this amusing and, in the final scene, incredibly moving.

Modern comedy classic, although I still think Tom Hanks plays the kid as too young.

Bull Durham
Another modern comedy classic. Tim Robbins will never be better.

Dangerous Liaisons
Thrillingly cruel. I think this is Stephen Frears' best directed film. Amazing last shot.

Die Hard
The gold standard. It basically created a genre atop which it sits. And Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber ... the suave European baddie will not be topped.

A Fish Called Wanda
A great heist comedy.

Married to the Mob
Completely underrated comedy. I've seen this a dozen times and it only gets better. Dean Stockwell is genius-level and Michelle Pfeiffer shows off her considerable comedic chops.

They Live
Rowdy Roddy Piper battling aliens masquerading as Republicans. One of John Carpenter's best.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
For the first scene alone, and that incredible moment when the cartoons walk off their cartoon set into 1940s Hollywood.

Working Girl
Harrison Ford is out-acted by both Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith but it's still a classic office comedy.

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