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Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: Die Hard Vs. Working Girl

Today’s match-up features two movies which slyly sent-up corporate culture in the 1980’s.  In Working Girl, Melanie Griffith played a put-upon secretary who finds that her hair style and tacky clothes have impaired her ability to break through the glass ceiling.  Bonnie Bedelia’s character in Die Hard experiences similar career frustration.  She has to go so far as to move across the country and revert to her maiden name in order to advance.  And then she ends up working with some coked-up jackass who gets himself killed by terrorists.  Come to think of it, if there was one thing Working Girl could have used more of, it was terrorists.  Imagine Han Solo and Ellen Ripley teaming up to take on some intergalactic mercenaries.  That sure would have pepped up Mike Nichols’ rom com.  Where was I again?  Oh yeah, today’s match features to movies with almost nothing in common.

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Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: Working Girl Vs. The Accused

By and large, the movies of 1988 were pretty heavy on the testosterone.  The bracket game reflects the male-centric cinema of thirty years ago.  (Let’s not kid ourselves, things haven’t changed all that much.)  A few of the movies in our bracket game feature strong female characters, but there weren’t a lot of female protagonists to choose from.  Some movies I considered for inclusion were Mystic Pizza, Hairspray, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Gorillas in the Mist and Married to the Mob.  I ended up choosing Working Girl and The Accused because I felt they better represented what was going on in movies in 1988.

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Most Unwanted

Which actor or actress is like nails on a chalkboard to you?  Who do you avoid at all costs?  In the September 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, the writers asked a bunch of random moviegoers which stars they found the most annoying.  Some of the answers will probably surprise you.  Some, not so much.  Whether you agree with their selections or not, these fans came up with some pretty funny quotes about their least favorite actors.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1990

Antonio Banderas: The Real Don Juan

Banderas - Desperado

It’s Antonio Banderas’ birthday!  To celebrate, we’re revisiting an interview from the August 1995 issue of Movieline magazine.  Banderas was still establishing himself as a Hollywood movie star.  But his work was being overshadowed by tabloid headlines about his affair with his costar and future wife (and future ex-wife) Melanie Griffith.  It’s easy to forget, but at the time the affair was seen as quite a scandal since both actors were married at the time.  Stephen Rebello gets Banderas to open up about his career, his love life and what he sees for himself in the future (our past).

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August 9: Happy Birthday Anna Kendrick and Melanie Griffith


Two actresses with Oscar nominations as well as musical theater experience headline today’s birthday post.

Anna Kendrick’s career started on Broadway, playing Dinah Lord in the musical adaptation of the movie High Society.  She was 12 on opening night in 1998, which did not prevent her from impressing enough people to get a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.  Her movie debut, at about 18, was in Camp, a musical about high schoolers at a summer theater camp.  Anna had a big scene performing “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Stephen Sondheim’s Company:

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 1992

Razzies 1992

The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

The thirteenth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1992.  Aladdin and The Bodyguard were the highest-grossing movies that year. Unforgiven took home a lot of big prizes at the Oscars and Al Pacino finally won Best Actor.  Unfortunately it was for Scent of a Woman.   A weird thing happened at the Razzies.  Despite leading the pack with seven nominations, The Bodyguard didn’t win a single award.

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Movies of 1986 Bracket Game!: Little Shop of Horrors vs Something Wild

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As I looked over a list of all of the movies released in 1986 while designing this newest bracket game, it struck me that there were several really unique and wonderful movies that came out that year which didn’t necessarily fit into any traditional genre. So since I was bound and determined to include a few of these movies I just went ahead and gave them their own section of the bracket. 1986 wouldn’t have been complete without them. Today’s matchup is between two movies in which a new and exciting presence enters a nerdy man’s dreary life to offer a little excitement before proving, quite predictably, to come with some built-in trouble.
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Melanie Griffith: Dark Side of the Moon

Melanie Grffith - Movieline Cover - October, 1990

Melanie Grffith – Movieline Cover – October, 1990

“Is Melanie Griffith a bimbo?”  The question is perhaps less urgent in the 21st century than it was twenty-five years ago.  But in 1990, Movieline contributor Joe Queenan took a deep dive into Griffith’s career to date in an attempt to figure out if there was more to the actress than a helium voice and a butt that just won’t quit.

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Melanie Griffith Gallery

What the Hell Happened to Melanie Griffith?

Melanie Griffith

Melanie Griffith

Melanie Griffith is the daughter of Hollywood icon, Tippi Hedren, an Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner.  She rose to the A-list in the 80s working with directors like Brian De Palma, Mike Nichols and Jonathan Demme.  But after a promising decade, she stumbled and fell off the a-List in the 90s.

What the hell happened?

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