Anyone seen Witchboard, a horror film about a group of people terrorized and killed by evil spirits after summoning them with a Ouija board? I think my older sister, a scary movie junkie, rented this once. That's how I saw it. The only notable thing about it is that it stars Tawny Kitaen, an actress best remembered for having once been married to David Coverdale and being featured in his Whitesnake music videos.
Before Clint Eastwood became a perennial Academy darling with tailor-made films to please Oscar voters, he directed throwaway genre films like Heartbreak Ridge.
The Mosquito Coast from director Peter Weir and Crimes of the Heart by Bruce Beresford, two films I know virtually nothing about, were released this month in obvious bids for end-of-year Oscar notices. In the case of the latter it paid off with nominations for Sissy Spacek, Tess Harper and the screenplay.
I found Oliver Stone's Platoon pretty damn harrowing when I was a child. I loved the fighting and action and blood, but I recall being mildly traumatized by the death of Willem Defoe's character and the callous way in which his own comrade-in-arms Tom Berenger left him to die. I recall the fear as Defoe's character crawls his way through an underground tunnel not knowing what's ahead, the nighttime firefights in the jungle that were absolute chaos with no sense of who's an enemy or a friend. It's a film that impacted me in all the ways it was probably intended to. It's been a while since I last saw it, so I wonder how well it holds up.
The Neil Simon adaptation Brighton Beach Memoirs is a movie I have fond memories of watching as a kid. I didn't know much about Jewish cultural heritage or even my own place in it, but something made me feel very connected to the story. Perhaps because it's a coming of age story more than it is about a Jewish teenager in Brooklyn. Jonathan Silverman would go on to a listless career afterward, but here he is great.
In other news:
At the same time Brighton Beach Memoirs was arriving in cinemas, Neil Simon's third part of the trilogy, Broadway Bound, was making its Broadway debut.
10th - Elie Wiesel accepts the Nobel Peace Prize.
14th - The first non-stop and non-refueled round-the-world flight, Voyager, takes off in California.
23rd - Voyager arrives home in California, completing its record-setting flight.