Weekly Recap: Cruising with Courtney, Hopping with Daffy and Fishing with Wanda
We’re one week into 2018. Just 51 one more to go! In January, the blog always features bracket games that look back at the movies from twenty and thirty years ago. This tradition isn’t entirely random. Over the course of the year we’ll be talking about a lot of these movies from 1988 and 1998. The contests that kick off the year are kind of a look ahead at the things we’re going to be looking back on. They also liven up the comments section which is something I have been wanting to do for a while now. Between the game, birthdays and other contributions it’s been a busy week here at the site. But don’t worry if you missed anything. It’s all right here in the first weekly recap of the year.
We kicked off 2018 with the first installment of the Movies of 1988 bracket game. I actually started work on the game back in November because I knew that between the holidays and work, preparation was going to be key. There was a bit of a snafu which so far no one has called me on. I don’t know if you all are being polite or no one noticed, but Heathers was released in the United States in 1989. Ooops! I am not sure how I let that one slip through! It was released in Europe in 1988 which is why it showed up in a Google search as having been released 30 years ago. So, I’m not totally wrong here, but don’t be surprised if you see Heathers competing again in next year’s Movies of 1989 bracket game. My apologies to movies that might have made the cut instead like Hairspray, Willow or Married to the Mob.
With that not so minor correction out of the way, let’s take a look at the daily contests from the past week:
- A Fish Called Wanda Vs. The Naked Gun
- Dangerous Liaisons Vs. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
- Die Hard Vs. Midnight Run
- Working Girl Vs. The Accused
- Rain Man Vs. Bull Durham
- Heathers Vs. Beetlejuice
- Coming to America Vs. Big
Some of these have been pretty close and even some of the match-up that were not close calls could still be difficult choices. It’s no surprise that Die Hard advanced to round two, but several readers found it difficult to vote against a movie as terrific and under-rated as Midnight Run. Some years, I can predict the majority of the matches but I am about 50/50 so far this year. I wouldn’t have bet the farm on anything, but I expected some of the movies that were dominant in their day to perform better thirty years later.
With a crop of movies this good, you really can’t go wrong. But if you want to support your favorite films, you will need to make sure you keep coming back daily to vote. And while you’re here, share your thoughts in the comments.
Daffy Stardust also played in the 1988 sandbox with his annual list of his favorite albums from thirty years ago. It’s a musical tour of the year in which Bush beat Dukakis, Tom Browning pitched a perfect game, sitcoms Roseanne and The Wonder Years debuted and the Calgary Winter Olympics. Topping the list, what else?
Over the holidays, Daffy went on a kamikaze tour of Walt Disney World. I personally wouldn’t be crazy enough to go anywhere near the place during Christmas break, but Mr. Stardust decided to top off his annual pass by hopping between all four of the resort’s theme parks in one day! Think you can keep up? Here are the first three videos from his crazy day at Disney; Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
As if daily bracket games weren’t enough of a reason to visit Le Blog, we’ve also had Jestak’s birthday write-ups. Which celebs were born in the first week of the year? Let’s take a look:
- January 1 & 2: Angourie Rice, Ben Hardy, Christy Turlington, Colin Morgan, Dana Andrews, Dax Shepard, Kate Bosworth, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Stacy Martin, Taye Diggs, Todd Haynes
- January 3: Danica McKellar, Florence Pugh, Mel Gibson, Nicholas Gonzalez, Ray Milland, Stephen Stills, Thelma Schoonmaker
- January 4: August Diehl, Carlos Saura, Harmony Korine, Julia Ormond, June Diane Raphael, Kerry Condon, Lenora Crichlow
- January 5: Bradley Cooper, Clancy Brown, Diane Keaton, Jane Wyman, January Jones, Robert Duvall, Sam Phillips, Shea Whigham
- January 6: A R Rahman, Bonnie Franklin, Cristela Alonzo, Karin Slaughter, Kate McKinnon, Norman Reedus, Rinko Kikuchi, Rowan Atkinson
- January 7: Haley Bennett, Jeremy Renner, Lauren Cohan, Max Riemelt, Robert Sheehan, Ruth Negga, Sammo Hung
This bunch includes a Lois Lane, Winnie Cooper, “Mad” Mel, Rocket Raccoon, Mr. Crabs, Annie Hall, Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Emma Frost, the consigliere to the Corleone family, a sitcom mom, a Ghostbuster, two survivors of a zombie apocalypse, Mr. Bean and Tulip O’Hare, Hawkeye
At the start of the year, Kevthewriter kicked things off with a look back at 2017. First he listed his favorite and least favorite movies of the year. Then he posted a very silly list of some memorable minor characters. We’re not talking about supporting characters here. These are seriously minor characters in that one of them is a prop.
At the end of the year I had five Movieline articles from Dec-Jan issues that I didn’t get around to running. Since there are five Mondays in the month, we’ll be looking at one article per week. This week’s Movieline article was a cover story with Friends star Courtney Cox from the December-January 2003 issue. Turns out she really, really likes houses.
Okay gang, that’s going to do it for this week. I’ve got to get back to prepping the next round of bracket game fun!
Next week: The movies of 1988 battle it out plus a look at a lousy year of sequels, Jestak brings the birthdays, and Daffy keeps on hopping.