Posts from the ‘Movies’ Category

Welcome to the Oscars….

It’s time to honor the Oscars as they should have happened back in March of 1981. Nothing against Mr. Redford and his exceptional family drama, “Ordinary People” but the Oscars handed out that year simply were not correct. 30 years later, another Oscar weekend is upon us and it’s time to right the wrongs of the Oscars 30 years hence.

The nominees for Best Director are

Martin Scorsese Raging Bull

Robert Redford Ordinary People

Irvin Kershner Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Woody Allen Stardust Memories

 and

Bruce Beresford Breaker Morant

And the Oscar goes to

Martin Scorsese Raging Bull

The nominees for Best Supporting Actress are

Carrie Fisher Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Shelley Duvall The Shining

Cathy Moriarty Raging Bull

Charlotte Rampling Stardust Memories  and

Julie Hagerty Airplane

And the Oscar goes to…

Cathy Moriarty Raging Bull

The nominees for Best Actor in a Supporting Role are

Timothy Hutton Ordinary People

Judd Hirsch Ordinary People

Leslie Nielsen Airplane

Chevy Chase  Caddyshack

Joe Pesci Raging Bull

And the Oscar goes to…

Leslie Nielsen Airplane

The nominees for Best Actress are

Sissy Spacek Coal Miner’s Daughter

Mary Tyler Moore Ordinary People

Jodie Foster Foxes

Goldie Hawn Private Benjamin

and

Gena Rowlands Gloria

and the Oscar goes to…

Sissy Spacek Coal Miner’s Daughter

The nominees for Best Actor are

Robert De Niro Raging Bull

Harrison Ford Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Woody Allen Stardust Memories

Donald Sutherland Ordinary People

and

Edward Woodward Breaker Morant

And the Oscar goes to…

Robert De Niro Raging Bull

The nominees for Best Picture are

Raging Bull

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Breaker Morant

Ordinary People

Airplane

Stardust Memories

The Blues Brothers

The Shining  

Caddyshack

The Elephant Man

And the Oscar goes to…

Raging Bull

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

 

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back opened May 21st 1980

Directo Irvin Kershner was George Lucas’s instructor at USC Film School

Kershner followed up The Empire Strikes Back with the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again

Final screenplay in the career of writer Leigh Brackett who passed away two years before the film was released

Leigh Brackett’s version of Empire was remarkably different than the final version as noted in this 30th Anniversary article from Cinematical

First credited screenplay for writer Lawrence Kasdan who is a four time Oscar nominee

Actor Mark Hamill also appeared in the 1980 movie The Big Red One

Empire was nominated for 4 Oscars, won 2 including Best Editing

Carrie Fisher also appeared in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers

Alec Guiness also appeared in the 1980 movie Raise the Titanic

Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda, appeared on camera in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers

Empire Strikes Back is cited by many as the best of the Star Wars movies

Roger Ebert’s 4 star review of The Empire Strikes Back from the rerelease in 1997 on RogerEbert.com

Empire Strikes Back on IMDB

Empire Strikes Back WIKI

Vincent Canby’s notable review of Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back from 1980 in the New York Times

Critic Judith Martin calls Empire Strikes Back a good ‘Junk Movie’ in her 1980 review for the Washington Post

Recently uncovered and uploaded recordings of promotional phone messages from Empire Strikes Back from StarWars.com

Original trailer for Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Teaser Trailer from 1980

Trailer for the 1982 re-release of Empire Strikes Back

Fan created music video for Meco’s Dance Remix of The Empire Strikes back theme

The script for Empire Strikes Back

Critic James Berardinelli’s review of Empire Strikes Back for his personal Top 100 of All Time review series at Reelview.com

A Facebook group dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back

In God We Trust

 

In God We Trust was released September 26th 1980

Among the last films, written and starring the popular comedian Marty Feldman

Peter Boyle also appeared in the 1980 movie Where the Buffalo Roam

Richard Pryor also appeared in the 1980 movies Stir Crazy and Wholly Moses

In God We Trust features a rare big screen appearance by legendary comedian Andy Kaufman

Roger Ebert with a 1 and a half star review of In God We Trust from RogerEbert.com

In God We Trust on IMDB

Andy Kaufman sharing screentime with Richard Pryor in In God We Trust

Another Andy Kaufman clip from In God We Trust

Sadly In God We Trust is not available on DVD, only on VHS from Amazon.com

Find In God We Trust on HBO Comedy according to LocateTV.com

Middle Age Crazy

 

Middle Age Crazy was released July 25th 1980

Jerry Lee Lewis wrote and recorded the film’s theme song

Middle Age Crazy is not yet available on DVD

Jerry Lee Lewis received a writing credit for Middle Age Crazy

Was the first and only feature film script for Carl Kleinschmitt who spent his career as a TV writer

Richard Schickel’s 1980 pan of Middle Age Crazy for Time Magazine

Leonard Maltin gave Middle Age Crazy a C- in his 2011 Movie Guide

Middle Age Crazy on IMDB

A not safe for work scene from Middle Age Crazy

The Long Riders

 

The Long Riders was released May 16th 1980

The Long Riders was director Walter Hill’s follow up to The Warriors

Actor Stacey Keach also appeared in the 1980 movie The Ninth Configuration

Stacey Keach and brother James not only star in The Long Riders but are credited for a portion of the screenplay

Actor Robert Carradine also starred in the 1980 movie The Big Red One

Dennis Quaid also appeared in the 1980 movie Gorp

Randy Quaid also appeared in the 1980 movie Foxes

Christopher Guest also stars in the 1980 movie The Last Word

The first and only movie to star Robert, David and Keith Carradine

The Long Riders on IMDB

The Long Riders WIKI

Little Darlings

 

Little Darlings was released March 28th 1980

The only script in the career of writer Kimi Peck, daughter in law of actor Gregory Peck

Actress Kristy McNichol made Little Darlings just as her time on the hit series Family was coming to an end

Actor Armand Assante also appeared in the 1980 movie Private Benjamin

One of the first films in the career of actor Matt Dillon who also appeared in the 1980 movie My Bodyguard

Little Darlings is currently being remade by Bad Robot the company owned by director JJ Abrams

Roger Ebert’s 2 star review of Little Darlings from 1980 from RogerEbert.com

Critic Frank Rich’s 1980mostly negative review of Little Darlings for Time Magazine

Little Darlings on IMDB

Little Darlings WIKI

The Last Word

 

The Last Word was released March 1980

Actor Dennis Christopher starred in the 1980 movie Fade to Black

Actor Christopher Guest also appeared in the 1980 movie The Long Riders

The last film in the career of Director Ray Boulting

The first script in the career of writer Michael Varhol who went on to write Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

The Last Word on IMDB