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Movies of 1987 Bracket Game: Lethal Weapon Vs. Predator


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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


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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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January 3: Happy Birthday Mel Gibson and J. R. R. Tolkien


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Mel Gibson celebrates his 61st birthday today.  He moved to Australia when he was 12 and began his film career there in the late 1970s.  He first became known through director George Miller’s Mad Max films, the first of which was released in 1979.  He also made a pair of notable films with Peter Weir, Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously, and starred in the 1984 film The Bounty as Fletcher Christian, opposite Anthony Hopkins as William Bligh.

Gibson made his Hollywood debut starring opposite Sissy Spacek in the 1984 film The River.  However, his real breakthrough to stardom came in 1987, in a film that some people may have voted for in the new bracket game:

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


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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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Movieline Cover Gallery 2000

Quest for Failure


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“What I really want to do is direct.”

In the nineties, it seemed like every movie star wanted to take a turn in the director’s chair.  A couple of them were highly successful in that endeavor.  Most weren’t so lucky.  Just before Kevin Costner hit the jackpot with Dances With Wolves and before Mel Gibson scored Oscar gold with Braveheart, F.X. Feeney examined the phenomenon of actors who try to direct.  In this article from the July 1990 issue of Movieline magazine, Feeney asks why movie stars keep stepping behind the camera.

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Movies of 1996 Bracket Game: Ransom Vs. The Rock


Ransom Vs. The Rock

We’re continuing our look back at the movies from the year of the Atlanta Olympic games.  As we work our way down the top-grossing movies of 1996, the quality of the movies improves a bit.  Ron Howard’s suspense drama, Ransom and Michael Bay’s action flick, The Rock, were the fifth and seventh highest-grossing movies of the year.  Audiences flocked to see these movies twenty years ago.  What do we think of them today?

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Post-Apocalyptic Movie Bracket Game: Waterworld Vs. The Road Warrior


Water World Vs. The Road Warrior

It’s the end of the world as we know it.  And I feel fine.  In celebration of Mad Max: Fury Road, we’re getting post-apocalyptic.  So get ready to fight off zombies, scavenge for goods and run for your life!  And maybe spend some quality time in an abandoned mall or Bill Murray’s house.  We’re looking at what happens in movies when society crumbles.  Are we replaced by apes or pod people?  Is Kevin Costner a fish person or a postman?  Our dystopian future is up to you.

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Movies of 1995 Bracket Game: GoldenEye Vs. Braveheart


Braveheart Vs. GoldenEye

We’re looking back at the movies from 1995.  What was hot twenty years ago?  Which movies dominated the awards?  And which movies have stood the test of time?  In the Movies of 1995 bracket game, we’re pitting 16 of the biggest and best-remembered movies of the year against each other.  Readers will vote until only one movie reigns supreme.

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Movies of 1995 Bracket Game: Braveheart Vs. Get Shorty


Braveheart Vs. Get Shorty

We’re looking back at the movies from 1995.  What was hot twenty years ago?  Which movies dominated the awards?  And which movies have stood the test of time?  In the Movies of 1995 bracket game, we’re pitting 16 of the biggest and best-remembered movies of the year against each other.  Readers will vote until only one movie reigns supreme.

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Movies of 1995 Bracket Game: Braveheart Vs. Apollo 13


Braveheart Vs Apollo 13

We’re looking back at the movies from 1995.  What was hot twenty years ago?  Which movies dominated the awards?  And which movies have stood the test of time?  In the Movies of 1995 bracket game, we’re pitting 16 of the biggest and best-remembered movies of the year against each other.  Readers will vote until only one movie reigns supreme.

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What Might Have Been: Mel Gibson


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Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson came from Australia to conquer Hollywood.  He became one of the most beloved actors in the world and an Academy Award winning director.  But then his career imploded.  In fact, that doesn’t cover it.  Gibson’s outrageous behavior destroyed his career spectacularly.  And yet, he seems unrepentant to this day.

On might speculate about where Gibson would be today if he managed to fight off his inner demons or at least keep them from spilling out into public view.  (He’d be better off, I’m guessing.)  Instead, we’re going to look at how his career may have changed if he had made different decisions along the way.

Here’s a look at what might have been…

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