Usually, I go ahead and put the winner of the bracket game in the title. But this time, I am going to keep you guys in suspense just a little while longer because this one was close! I spent a lot of time working on the Sequels of 1988 article that I posted today, so I didn’t check the votes very often yesterday, but every time I did check, it was a dead heat. This morning, the victor was decided by one vote and I think the end result will come as a surprise to a lot of readers (approximately half of you based on the votes). Which comedy was the readers’ favorite movie from thirty years ago?
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.
Today’s match focuses on two high-concept comedies that have’t held up as well as audiences might have expected them to. Twins was a massive hit thirty years ago. More than The Terminator, Twins was the movie that established Arnold Schwarzenegger as an A-list movie star. But as big as it was back in the day, the comedy hasn’t held up especially well. When was the last time you even thought of it? Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, on the other hand, is still pretty well liked I think. But it probably isn’t as highly regarded as we all thought it would be in the late 80’s when it was being hailed as an instant classic.
Every now and then, Movieline would run an article that was really off the wall. This is one of those. In 1985, film critic David Thomson wrote a book titled Suspects which imagined what happened to several famous movie characters after the movie ended. It was basically pre-internet fan fiction. Ten years later. Thomson was working on a follow-up. As best I can tell, the second book was never published. At least I can’t find any evidence of it. As a teaser to the work-in-progress, Movieline published some of the entries in the June ’95 issue.
She started her career as the 80’s answer to a femme fatale. She quickly became an international sex symbol. At the peak of her career, Turner was a well-respected Academy Award nominee as well as a box office draw. But the big parts slowed down and then she seemed to disappear from movie theaters entirely.
What the hell happened?