Maria von Trapp (inspiration for The Sound of Music) died on the 28th.
From now on with this series I'm going to try to publish a new review in conjunction with the 25 Years Ago summary post. In looking at the films released in any given month I will go first toward films that have some intrinsic value but I've never seen. Barring anything like that I will go with something I've seen, but not reviewed. The goal will be to always provide a new review each month on a film reaching its 25th anniversary. I will not, however, waste my time or yours on reviews of films like more than half of those listed below.
So for this month I chose Street Smart. This was Morgan Freeman's breakout role and a pet project of star Christopher Reeve's for several years. Freeman scored an Oscar nomination and went on to great acclaim an juicier roles in films like Glory and Driving Miss Daisy. I won't say more about it here. You can read my review by clicking the link above.
Since I started this series I've come across very few films I feel strongly about, but March 1987 saw the release of three films that are featured in My DVD Collection.
Raising Arizona. This film saw them completely change gears from the dark murderous noir they envisioned and created in Blood Simple. Raising Arizona is an absurd comedy akin to the Looney Tunes. I remember watching it in bits and pieces on cable when I was a kid. I thought it was sort of funny, but I didn't get most of the humor in it. Little did I know I would eventually grow up to be a huge Coen Brothers fan and absolutely love just about everything they do. Now I truly appreciate Raising Arizona for what it is and can finally laugh at the humor.
Also that same weekend was a film I came to very late, not seeing it until I was in college ten years later. Evil Dead II was Sam Raimi's follow up to his debut The Evil Dead. That first film was a creepy horror film taking a basic premise - a guy alone in a wooded cabin - and giving it a unique vision. The sequel was not so much a sequel as a very tongue-in-cheek remake, starring the same lead actor, Bruce Campbell, who is a master of physical comedy. I remember seeing this for the first time and barely being able to contain myself. I laughed until it hurt.
I've never seen Angel Heart starring Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro right before Rourke's precipitous decline. Don't know much about it except what I can scrap together from plot summaries that suggest it's a creepy noirish private detective yarn.
The great comedy director Blake Edwards just about hit rock bottom with Blind Date starring Kim Basinger and Bruce Willis. He needs a date for a hoity-toity work function and gets set up with Basinger. But if she drinks she gets out of control and hilarity ensues. Gotta love those alcoholism comedies.
Barry Levinson's comedy Tin Men starred Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss as two rival aluminum siding salesmen in 1963 Baltimore. They engage in a game of revenge and one-upmanship. I have not seen this and know next to nothing about it.