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GMD Social Poll: Top Ten Films of 1988

Discussion in 'GMD Social Forum' started by CiG, Oct 15, 2018.

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Film Poll Game?

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  1. CiG

    CiG Zen Arcade

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    Yeah I figure this could also be a good way to get movie recs.
     
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    Let's do a 70s year next. New Hollywood ftw.
     
  3. CiG

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    I'd be happy to pick a year by popular vote for the next year, just to fuel this new game. So hit me up with the year you want.
     
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    Preferably a year with no Godfather or Star Wars. 1979 looks to have a good mix.
     
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  5. TechnicalBarbarity

    TechnicalBarbarity -TheNightsBane-

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    maybe one from the 90's. 90 or 95 would be fun to do.

    i'd also toss in a vote for 86 or 89 for the eighties and 79 for the seventies.
     
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  6. Oblivious Maximus

    Oblivious Maximus I am the worm

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    95 was a great year.
     
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    i was thinking you could also do five or ten year ranges for less popular eras. like, barely anyone's gonna do a 1965 list i'd assume, but a '60s poll would probably get plenty of votes. same goes for a 2005-2009 poll or something.

    i'm up for doing any year though. i think the best year ever is probably 1974 so i guess that'd get my vote.
     
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  8. CiG

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    Yeah doing decades for the less popular years is a good idea, I'll definitely keep that in mind. Don't think I'll do randomly generated years at all actually, I think I'll just choose popular years or years I'm currently obsessing over etc.
     
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    1. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
    2. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
    3. They Live
    4. Child's Play
    5. Собачье сердце (Heart of a Dog)
    6. Spoorloos (The Vanishing)
    7. Hell Comes to Frogtown
    8. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
    9. Dead Ringers
    10. Maniac Cop
     
  10. TechnicalBarbarity

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    imo we should just do like top 5 lists or something for the less popular years instead of lumping them up together.
     
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    care to describe and/or sell me on these? surprised you didn't list ON THE SILVER GLOBE btw

    1987 according to IMDB
     
  12. Oblivious Maximus

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    Sliver Globe is an interesting one. I usually just list it as 1977/88 as is technically a patchwork completed in '88 but yeah, it did actually come out that year so I might actually knock something off my list to make room for it. Per your request:

    Track 29 - Off the rails (pun very much intended) Roeg film about Gary Oldman claiming to be Theresa Russell's estranged son. Utterly insane performances from Oldman and Christopher Lloyd (who gets off having his ass smaked by a pink rubber glove wearing Sandra Bernhard) and Russell proving that no one does "hot mess" better. Both over the top and absurd yet also really heavy and sad at the same time. Why it's not more well known baffles me. It has "cult appeal" written all over it. I wrote about it here.

    Angel Guts: Red Vertigo - The debut film from the brilliant Takashi Ishii who wrote the manga the film series was based on as well as the scripts for all the films. A love story between a nurse and her would be rapist that will give many a terminal case of the triggers, though that could be said of Ishii's entire output. In all seriousness, it's really a fascinating study of two broken people who find temporary solace in each others desperation. It's one of those films that walks a fine line, many will dismiss it as mere exploitation (it is a Pinku eiga film after all) while the raincoat crowd will probably be bored with all the drama. Best of both worlds, really. A rather brief film at around 70 some odd minutes, but one that packs quite a wallop. I also happened to have scribbled some thoughts about it, but be forewarned, it needs some fine tuning.

    Edge of the Axe - Rock solid slasher from Spanish genre master José Ramón Larraz. It doesn't attempt to reinvent the genre or anything but the central mystery is airtight and the murders are nasty. Not an overt gorefest or anything, but the fucker really swings that axe and the opening killing set in a carwash is brilliantly staged. It was a Spanish/American co-production which is why it feels so overtly American but it's Larraz so there's still things about it that set it apart from other slashers from the same period. It also makes for a fascinating time capsule being one of the very first, if not the first films to use instant messaging as a plot device. Real catchy country tune during the opening credits, too.

    Dial: Help - Loony Italian horror from Ruggero Deodato, the man behind Cannibal Holocaust. This one gets shit on a lot by people who can't seem to get past the premise of a model being pursued by cursed telephone lines which, admittedly, is ridiculous yet the film plays it totally straight which is what makes it so refreshing and endearing. There's certainly not much you could compare it to. Also a nice time capsule with production design and fashions that couldn't be any more of their time. Some real funky looking landlines on display throughout. Charlotte Lewis in the lead doesn't hurt either. Unbearably gorgeous woman. Fancy any more spam?

    The Catwoman - Porno fantastique from actor turned director John Leslie who plays a Svengali of sorts who grooms a woman fed up with her unreliable boyfriend to unleash her inner feline, metaphorically and literally. Now, it's not 100% clear if she's actually supposed to turn into a cat or if all the inner animal, laws of the jungle jargon and talk of cats and hyenas are meant to be a metaphor for the dating world, though some things late in the film make the werecat scenario entirely plausible and Leslie returned to this material a few years later with Curse of the Catwoman (1991) which was overt in the whole people turning into cats idea. Whatever the case may be, it's an incredibly clever film with a fantastic score and leading lady Kathleen Genrty is scorching.
     
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    Anom@nder Rake lives on the internet

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    1. Spoorloos / The Vanishing
    2. Deadbeat at Dawn
    3. Heathers
    4. Diehard
    5. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    6. Death Spa
    7. Phantasm II
    8. Dead Ringers
    9. Zombi 3
    10. The Serpent and the Rainbow
     
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    Was on CIG's RYM list so I'm leaving it. If CIG doesn't want to count it that's fine by me.
     
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    Every other database site has it as 1987. RYM is hardly the gold standard when it comes to release date accuracy, 1988 is when the film was released internationally but it was originally released in the U.K. the previous year.
     
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    I'm international to where it was originally released :p
    But please yourself what you do. If we do '87 I'll probably put in that year just to be a PITA.
    Not like changing it will effect the results so laziness wins out.
     
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    We'll definitely be doing '87, great year.
     
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    Ok I'll write a note for myself on the screen that Eat The Rich came out in the UK in '87 but my international vote was counted internationally for '88.
     
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    I can't count your vote internationally we're both downunderers. :cool:
     
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    I posted the message from Tasmania!
     

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