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Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: Beetlejuice Vs. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

It’s time to pick our last finalist for the Movies of 1988 bracket game.  We have two offbeat comedies with cartoonish sensibilities.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit? blended actual animated footage of iconic cartoon characters with a live-action spoof of film noir.  While Beetlejuice basically introduced American audiences to the full glory of the Tim Burton aesthetic for the first time.  Which one will get a shot at the crown?  That’s up to you.

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Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: Bull Durham Vs. Beetlejuice

Over the course of this bracket game, we’ve talked a lot about what a great year 1988 was for comedy.  But that’s a pretty broad umbrella.  Both of our movies today could be classified as comedies, but aside from laughter they don’t share a lot in common.  Bull Durham is equal parts sports movie and romantic comedy.  A lot of the humor comes from how perfectly Ron Shelton captures a world he knew well; minor league baseball.  Beetlejuice, on the other hand, is a fantastical creation filled with oddities without a sports team or a love triangle in sight.

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Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: Heathers Vs. Beetlejuice

Today’s bracket is one of my favorites.  We have two wickedly funny comedies and as an added bonus they both feature Winona Ryder!  These two movies launched the careers of not just Ryder but also Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater.  Both of these eccentric movies veered into dark territory in different ways.  Beetlejuice introduced mainstream audiences to Tim Burton’s unfiltered imagination while Heathers is the most black-hearted high school comedy ever made.  It’s up to readers to decide which creepy comedy advances to the next round.

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Lego Dimensions: Fun With Fun Packs: E.T. and Beetlejuice

So this is it.  As Christmas looms, I am taking my last look at Lego Dimensions.  For the final two Fun Packs, I have chosen two characters who pack a nostalgic punch.  In terms of game utility, neither Beetlejuice nor E.T. brings all that much to the table.  But if you grew up on the movies of the 80’s, you’re going to want to add them to your collection anyway.

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Jeffrey Jones Gallery

What the Hell Happened to Jeffrey Jones?

Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones is an actor most renowned for his roles playing the strange, generally unlikable comic foils to the audience’s hero. Jones is more than that, though. He is a purist who greatly values acting and takes the craft very seriously. He spent years honing his ability in acting schools, and many more in theater, including Broadway. When he imported that to the silver screen, it panned out well. Recently though, things haven’t been going so hot for Jones. Roles have dried up; he has been arrested on numerous occasions, the jailing centering around his status as a sex offender.

What the hell happened?

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Happy 64th Birthday Michael Keaton!

Let’s all wish Michael Keaton a happy 64th birthday!

Typically, I have been posting galleries for all the WTHH subjects on their birthdays.  But Keaton already has a gallery.  So rather than just repost it, I figured I’d do something a little different.  To celebrate Keaton’s birthday, here’s a look at the opening monologue from when Keaton hosted SNL last year and he briefly reprised his two most famous roles.

Anyone else get chills when Keaton said “It’s show time!”  Just me?  Okay fine.  If you haven’t gotten your Keaton fix, be sure to re-read What the Hell Happened to Michael Keaton.

Now I have 365 days to figure out how to celebrate Keaton’s 65th birthday…

Michael Keaton - Beetlejuice - 1988

Michael Keaton – Beetlejuice – 1988

Michael Keaton - Batman - 1989

Michael Keaton – Batman – 1989

Geena Davis Gallery

What the Hell Happened to Geena Davis?

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Geena Davis rose to prominence in the 80’s.  She capped off the decade with an Academy Award.  She kicked off the 90’s with a starring role in the pop culture juggernaut, Thelma and Louise.  But by the end of the 90’s, her film career vanished.  What the hell happened?

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What the Hell Happened to Winona Ryder?

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Winona Ryder

She was arguably the actress of my generation.  Or at least she was during my late teens and early 20’s.  And then, she disappeared from the big screen in the midst of a bizarre shoplifting scandal.

What the hell happened?

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What the Hell Happened to Michael Keaton?

Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton started out as a manic comic and grew into an unlikely leading man and an even more unlikely super hero.  As the first big-screen Batman, Keaton was able to make deals that secured him A-list work.  But when he walked away from the Bat-franchise, Keaton’s opportunities dried up.  Eventually, he all but disappeared from the spotlight.

What the hell happened?

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