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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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Ten Films That Showed Hollywood How To Live

Movies teach us things.  Whether we are aware of it or not, we learned how to interact with the world around us partially by watching and imitating movies.  But what about the people who make movies?  According to author David Thomson, the Hollywood power set has learned life lessons from the movies as well.  In the July 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, he offers ten examples.

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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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