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Movies of 1987 Bracket Game: Predator Vs. Wall Street


John McTiernan’s Predator was a manly movie.  Most 80’s action movies would be satisfied with having a bunch of commandos shooting up a gang of insurgents in the jungle.  But that’s Predator‘s starting point.  From there, the military guys find themselves hunted by an alien creature.  By comparison, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street is a lot more grounded.  In his still-topical drama, greedy men do whatever it takes to make themselves just a little bit richer.

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Movies of 1987 Bracket Game: Fatal Attraction Vs. Wall Street


In 1987, Michael Douglas was having a very good year.  He had the biggest hit of his career to date (adjusted for inflation, Fatal Attraction remains the highest-grossing movie in Douglas’ filmography) and he would go on to win Best Actor (not Best Supporting Actor) for a supporting role in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.  Douglas’ one-two punch of 1987 pushed him into the A-list and fueled his career as a leading man into the next decade.

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Charlie Sheen: Guns n’ Neuroses

Sheen - Navy SEALS

Charlie Sheen is a train wreck.  He has melted down very publicly over the course of decades.  In this interview from the August 1990 issue of Movieline magazine, Lawrence Grobel asked Sheen about his troubled youth.  It turns out that Sheen was going down a bad path long before he found fame and fortune in movies like Red Dawn, Platoon and Wall Street.  In a line that borders of prophesy, Sheen told Grobel “Me and AIDS got famous at the same time.”  Grobel paints the portrait of an angry young man struggling to set things right.

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What Might Have Been: Sean Young

Sean Young

Sean Young

Few actresses embody the concept of a “missed opportunity” as well as Sean Young.  For a time, she seemed to be the next big A-list star.  A leading lady for the 80s.  Young herself has compared herself more than once to Julia Roberts.  But somehow, she never became America’s Sweetheart.  We’ve already examined what happened to her.  So now, it’s time to look at what might have been.

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What the Hell Happened to Daryl Hannah?

Looking over Daryl Hannah’s filmopgraphy, it’s surprisingly impressive.  Hannah rose to prominence in the early 80’s and then was kind of forgotten about.  Moreso than a lot of other actresses I have covered.  She’s worked with top directors like Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone and co-starred alongside Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford and Michael Douglas.  What the hell happened?

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