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Worst to First: Ranking the Sequels of 1998

We spent a few weeks in January pondering the best movies from twenty years ago.  But before you find yourself waxing nostalgic about how they don’t make ’em like they used to, here’s a little reminder that Hollywood made just as much crap thirty years ago as they do today.  If you’re looking for bad movies, sequels are usually a pretty good bet.  1998 had its fair share of clunkers with very few bright spots to even the scales.  It’s not the worst year in sequels we have seen so far, but it’s still pretty lousy.  Let’s relive the mediocrity of the sequels of 1998

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Movies of 1987 Bracket Game: Lethal Weapon Vs. Predator


Our final four is split into two genres; action and comedy.  Today, we’re tackling the former with two of the more memorable action movies not just of the year, but of the decade.  Lethal Weapon didn’t invent buddy cop movies.  But it sure did shape them.  Predator didn’t define a genre, per se.  But it mashed up two existing genres in a way that was uncommon at the time.  Both movies launched franchises which remain on-going with the help of recent reboots; Lethal Weapon in the form of a TV show and Predator with an upcoming movie.  Today, we decide which movie will represent the action genre in the final round.

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Movies of 1987 Bracket Game: Lethal Weapon Vs. Good Morning Vietnam


Today’s match pairs two rising stars against each other at the moments when their careers took shape.  Robin Williams and Mel Gibson were among Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men.  And they can both trace their A-list status back to the movies they headlined in 1987.  Gibson costarred opposite Danny Glover in the buddy-cop movie that defined the genre.  And Williams received his first-ever Oscar nomination for playing a zany army DJ for the Armed Forces Radio Service during the Vietnam Conflict.

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Movies of 1987 Bracket Game: Lethal Weapon Vs. The Untouchables


As we move into a new year, it’s a Le Blog tradition to spend the month of January looking back at the movies of the past.  Yep, the bracket games are back.  For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be pairing up movies from thirty years ago to pick the reader’s favorite flick from 1987.  I think you will all agree when you see the line-up that it was a pretty solid year with enduring entries in many different genres.

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What the Hell Happened to Rene Russo?

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Rene Russo came seemingly out of nowhere and became one of the top actresses of the 90’s.  She start in a string of hits for most of the decade.  She has worked with directors like Richard Donner, Wolfgang Petersen, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Ron Howard.  And then, as suddenly as she appeared, she left Hollywood for a six year hiatus.  These days, she plays the mother of the god of thunder in the Thor movies.

What the hell happened?

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