NAUSICAӒ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984)

For those who enjoy a good post-apocalyptic diesel-punk environmental fable, with the usual stunning animation from Hayao Miyazaki.

CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981)

Maybe the most British sports movie ever made, it uses track & field in the 1920s deal with complicated issues of personal conviction, racism, and classism, and also some guys run on a beach.

ANIMALYMPICS (1980)

Our Virtual Film Festival continues with a movie seemingly made for me as a kid and absolutely no one else in the world.

THE GOONIES (1985)

After the passing of the great blockbuster director Richard Donner, we revisit one of his most beloved hits.

PLATOON (1986)

A very violent, dark Vietnam movie written and directed by an actual Vietnam veteran, so I would say it’s high quality but your mileage may vary.

HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE (1987)

Somewhere between a social satire and sketch comedy resides this weird late-80s time capsule that I thought was funny but not necessarily notable.

BLUE VELVET (1986)

An, um, unique take on the dark underbelly of a small town from David Lynch, sort of the proto-Twin Peaks.

AMADEUS (1984)

A story about a normal human who is confronted with genius and it slowly drives him insane. I think I might like this movie so much because of my own psychological problems, but I definitely like it a lot.

HOOSIERS (1986)

As March Madness continues in Indiana, we revisit this 1980s piece of “Pepperidge Farm buncombe” that’s somehow effective despite basically nothing that happens off a basketball court working at all.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (1989)

Sort of the prototypical modern romantic comedy, beloved by many. I appreciated it more than enjoyed it, I think.