Sunday, July 20, 2014

25 Years Ago This Month: July 1989

Lethal Weapon 2 was the big release of the month, a sequel to the successful buddy cop film starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. The sequel added Joe Pesci for some truly annoying extra comic relief, but continued to tackle important topical issues. This time it was South African apartheid. Basically Riggs and Murtagh get to take down the racist institution all on their own. Or at least the criminal diplomat in Los Angeles running a major drug ring.

The counter-programming was When Harry Met Sally..., the incredibly popular and much-beloved to this day romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.

There was a Bond film, too. The sixteenth in the series, License to Kill, was Timothy Dalton's second and final outing as the MI5 operative.

I will always have a soft spot for the Weird Al Yankovic vehicle UHF as I used to be a fan. And the movie, while it's uneven and not particularly good, still has some hysterical moments.

On the other hand, Weekend at Bernie's, though I enjoyed it at the time, does not have any really. How many laughs can you squeeze out of a dead guy?

Finally, from the list of what I've seen, is Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

If you were a teenage girl in 1989, you probably saw Shag, starring Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, and Annabeth Gish, about a group of four friends on a getaway in Myrtle Beach, SC, in 1963.

Tom Hanks would have a few more years before becoming a Serious Actor. This year's outing was dog buddy comedy Turner & Hooch. Another of those stupid comedies I was smart enough to pass up even when I was eleven and never went back to it.

Non-Movie News

5th - "Seinfeld" premiered on NBC

31st - Gameboy portable gaming system was released in the US by Nintendo


16th - Real Madrid star and Welsh football player Gareth Bale
21st - Rory Culkin
21st - Juno Temple
23rd - Daniel Radcliffe


2nd - director Franklin Schaffner, aged 69 of lung cancer, director Patton and Planet of the Apes

3rd - Jim Backus, aged 76 of pneumonia, from "Gilligan's Island" and the voice of Mr. Magoo
10th - Mel Blanc, aged 81 of coronary artery disease, voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, etc.
11th - Laurence Olivier, aged 82 of renal failure.

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