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Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: Winner

Usually, I go ahead and put the winner of the bracket game in the title.  But this time, I am going to keep you guys in suspense just a little while longer because this one was close!  I spent a lot of time working on the Sequels of 1988 article that I posted today, so I didn’t check the votes very often yesterday, but every time I did check, it was a dead heat.  This morning, the victor was decided by one vote and I think the end result will come as a surprise to a lot of readers (approximately half of you based on the votes).  Which comedy was the readers’ favorite movie from thirty years ago?

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Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: Final Round

Happy MLK Day, everyone!  It so happens that the final round of our Movies of 1988 bracket game falls on a holiday, so hopefully everyone has plenty of time to consider and cast their vote!  There are usually some surprises in these annual games, but I found this year’s contest to be pretty unpredictable.  When I put this together late last year, I fully expected it to come down to Die Hard vs. Beetlejuice.  Turns out I was completely wrong in my predictions.  Instead, we have two very funny movies either one of which would be deserving of being crowned champion.  Which movie will get that honor is entirely up to you guys.

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Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: A Fish Called Wanda Vs. Die Hard

We are entering the final stretch of the Movies of 1988 bracket game!  It’s down to action hero Bruce Willis against of trio of very different comedies.  Can any of them stop John McClane on his march to victory?  Just like in Die Hard, the “fly in the ointment” finds himself opposed by a motley band of criminals led by a suave European.  But the gang from A Fish Called Wanda is a whole lot sillier than the terrorists who invaded Nakatomi Plaza.  Still, if Detective McClane isn’t careful, he is in imminent danger of having chips shoved up his nose.

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Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: A Fish Called Wanda Vs. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

We are kicking off the second round of our Movies of 1988 bracket game with two sublimely silly comedies about con men and criminals who are constantly trying to get one over on each other.  Both A Fish Called Wanda and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels feature dim Americans pitted against sophisticated Europeans and the culture clash that results generates a lot of laughs.  As does the ridiculous physical comedy.  While both movies are smart, neither shies away from low-brow humor.  As we keep saying, 1988 was a great year for comedy.  But there’s only room for one intercontinental caper comedy in the final four.  Which one will it be?

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Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: A Fish Called Wanda Vs. The Naked Gun

Happy New Year, everyone!  Here at Le Blog, we ring in the new year with a look back at the movies from decades past.  We’re kicking things off with the cinematic offerings from thirty years ago.  Rain Man was the highest-grossing movie of the year.  It also dominated the Oscars taking home Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.  Die Hard redefined the action genre and Robert Zemeckis used new technology to blend live action with animation seamlessly in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?  Tom Hanks received his first Oscar nomination for Big (he lost to Dustin Hoffman) and Jodie Foster won her first Best Actress statue for The Accused.  It was a good year for movies and a great year for comedy.  Which movie will readers pick as their favorite from 1988?  That’s up to you guys.

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Jamie Lee Curtis: Please Refrain From Sucking

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The month of April was Women in Hollywood month at Movieline Magazine.  What does it say about the state of women in film that the magazine interviewed Jamie Lee Curtis twice in a five year period?  Probably nothing.  Curtis’ 1991 interview was brash, funny and refreshingly honest.  Five years later, she was still all of those things.  Maybe more so.

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Jamie Lee Curtis: Controlled Substance

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In April on 1990, Movieline magazine published it’s first annual Women in Hollywood issue.  The cover story was an interview with Jamie Lee Curtis.  Curtis sat down with Lawrence Grobel to discuss her Hollywood parents, her drug addiction and how her body came to define her career.

 

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Comeback Kid: Jamie Lee Curtis

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Over the course of a movie career, there are naturally ebbs and flows; peaks and valleys.  Looking back from a distance, it can be hard to remember when one of our favorite actors was up or down.  Today, Jamie Lee Curtis is mostly seen on TV commercials shilling yogurt that regulates your digestion.  She’s also the lone bright spot in the otherwise wretched Fox show, Scream Queens.  Going back over the course of her long career, Curtis has had several parts which could be considered comebacks.  But of them all, I think one stands out as the real thing.

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