Tuesday, November 26, 2013

25 Years Ago This Month: November 1988

What I've seen

Oliver & Company, inspired by Dickens' Oliver Twist, was Disney's predecessor to their animated musicals renaissance a year later. With songs by Billy Joel, it paved the way for The Little Mermaid and The Lion King

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown brought great international success, and a first Oscar nomination, to Pedro Almodóvar.

I always had a soft spot for the Bill Murray comedy Scrooged, a contemporary update of Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Murray as a cold-hearted TV executive who learns the meaning of Christmas through lessons delivered by a ghost played by Carol Kane, Bob Goldthwaite in the Bob Cratchit role. Also with Robert Mitchum, Karen Allen, and Alfre Woodard.

Producers and screenwriter find an excuse to bring the Antereans back to earth so they can make money off the sequel Cocoon: The Return with the return of the principals from the first film including Wilford Brimley, Maureen Stapleton, Brian Dennehy, Steve Guttenberg, Don Ameche, Hume Cronyn, and Jessica Tandy.

For my horror movie marathon last year I tried to watch Child's Play, but it was boring enough that I stopped halfway through. Oscar-nominated Brad Dourif voiced the homicidal doll. Chris Sarandon was the detective chasing him.

What I'm familiar with, but haven't seen

The Land Before Time was one of the early examples of an alternate studio trying to siphon money off the Disney animated feature market. It's about cute little baby dinosaurs scampering about in prehistoric times.

"The dingo took my baby!" Meryl Streep defends herself against accusations that she killed her child when, in fact, she was taken by a wild Australian dog in the based on a true story A Cry in the Dark. Sam Neill is her husband, also accused.

There was also the U2 concert film Rattle and Hum.

Ernest Saves Christmas. Oh dear god.

Iron Eagle II. Oh dear god double.

What I really know nothing about

In Everybody's All American, Dennis Quaid is a college football star who becomes a mediocre unknown NFL player. He struggles to hold his life together amid a flailing career and a marriage (to Jessica Lange) that's going to pieces. Also stars Timothy Hutton, John Goodman, and Patricia Clarkson.

Liam Neeson and Diane Keaton starred in a long-forgotten family drama called The Good Mother. It involves a man suing his ex-wife for custody when he believes her new relationship with a man is bad for their four-year old daughter. It is the the second non-Star Trek directorial effort from Leonard Nimoy.

John Carpenter's action/horror/sci-fi They Live, starring wrestler Roddy Piper and Keith David was released.

Non-movie news

8th - Vice President George H. W. Bush defeats Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis for the United States Presidency.

16th - Benazir Bhutto elected Prime Minister of Pakistan in first open election in ten years.


6th - Actress Emma Stone


27th - John Ford stock company actor John Carradine

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