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.
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.
We are rounding out the second round of the Movies of 1988 bracket game. After today’s match, we will have our final four. Today’s contest is between two popular comedies both of which had some cross-generational appeal. Roger Rabbit‘s blend of animation and live action appealed to both kids and adults. To sweeten the deal, the movie includes a heavy dose of nostalgia and some risqué gags that will go over the heads of most youngsters. Big created a fantasy that plays out differently depending on your age. Kids could fantasize what adult life and the freedom that comes with it might be like whereas adults could imagine what it might be like to recapture some of their childhood wonder.
One of these ostensibly family friendly comedies will advance to the final four and the other will be eliminated from the game.
Our two headliners were both involved in a 2008 movie. One played a villain, the other co-wrote the story. So naturally they were photographed together at the Cannes premiere of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is turning 48 today. After graduating from Australia’s National Institute for Dramatic Arts in 1992, she began working on stage; her roles include the title role in Sophocles’ Electra and Ophelia in Hamlet. She made her feature film debut in 1997, co-starring in Paradise Road and starring in Oscar and Lucinda. Just a year later, she won Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, and received an Oscar nomination, for playing the title role in Elizabeth. Her first Oscar win came six years later, for Best Supporting Actress, playing none other than Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator.
It’s been thirty years since the release of the science fiction comedy, Back to the Future. Today is not the actual anniversary of the movie’s release date. But it is Back to the Future Day. According to the sequel, Back to the Future Part II, today is the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown use the DeLorean to travel thirty years into their future in order to save Marty’s kids and set up two sequels. So welcome to the 21st century, Marty. Sorry to say, we still need roads. But we do have some totally awesome facts you need to know about Back to the Future!