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Top 10 - Films of 1987


  1. SirPant
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My Top 10 favorite Films of 1987

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1
Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987,  R)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
A huge favourite of mine and certainly Hughes?s best film I believe.
2
Evil Dead 2 1987,  R)
Evil Dead 2
It's rare that a sequel exceeds its predecessor, especially in horror films, but that's exactly what Evil Dead 2 has done! Bruce Campbell at his best!
3
Wings of Desire 1987,  PG-13)
Wings of Desire
My only criticism of Wings of Desire is that it has people playing themselves. It's a pet hate of mine but I'm really not too bothered as I love Peter Falk and I'm a big Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds & Crime and the city solution fan. I also love Berlin and so I think I was always going to love this film, although, I certainly don't always love Wim Wenders films. For me, he is either great or terrible, this is great though - probably my favourite of his although it is neck and neck with Paris, Texas. Every element of this film is sublime, the script, the imagery - I loved the way it was splashed with colour as the main character got closer to his dream of reality and feeling. This is some an awesome film and so beautifully filmed - a love letter to love almost!
4
Full Metal Jacket 1987,  R)
Full Metal Jacket
A film of 2 halves, it shows the real, ugly and stupid side of war. Kubrick made the last great war film, everything after this is just special effects. Brilliant!
5
Withnail and I 1987,  R)
Withnail and I
A classic British comedy. 'I demand more booze'!
6
Raising Arizona 1987,  PG-13)
Raising Arizona
Slated on its release, this has now been established as a classic comedy of the finest calibre. Quite right too! The Coen brothers early comedy was just a taste of what was to come. Brilliant. Always wondered why they never cast Nicolas Cage again though!? Not that I'm complaining.
7
RoboCop 1987,  R)
RoboCop
I first saw Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop a couple of years after its cinema release. I was only 11 years old and it was the first 18 certificate (or X as I think it was known then) that I ever saw. On reflection, this moment was pretty important in my life as it was a pivotal moment in my movie loving life. I watched it with friends during a sleepover and we were all scared of being caught by my friend's mother. I was also scared of looking like a big baby in front of my friends if I indeed got caught out acting scared (due to being scared of the content). I was also scared of the content. Watching a man's hand being shot off or seeing a man melt in toxic goo is not really the sort of thing a 11 year old should be watching but then again if rules weren't broken the likes of RoboCop wouldn't exist anyway. At 11 all I saw was action, gore, guns, things I didn't understand and my curiosity in alternative film was born. Later in life I rediscovered so much more, indeed the actual point of the film. Children and narrow-minded adults often disregard RoboCop as nothing more then a violent action film. It is in fact one of the greatest works of satire of the 20th Century. An action packed violent satire but a satire all the same. The idea of corporations owning the rights to Police departments and social protection was a dystopian future nightmare in 1987 but one that has become a reality. Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner's Orwellian style vision of the future was miles ahead of its time. Police, Government and the Media governed by greedy corporations has pretty much all come true and the exaggeration that is RoboCop doesn't at all seem as far fetched and fun as it once did. To do all this and still insert humour into it is a mark of genius. Add the great characters, the great lines, the memorable scenes and the awesome soundtrack and you've got a modern masterpiece. I would indeed, buy that for a Dollar.

http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/robocop-dir-paul-verhoeven-1987-i-first.html
8
Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) 1987,  PG)
Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)
Au Revoir Les Enfants by Louis Malle is 99% autobiographical and is regarded by Malle himself as the most important film he made. It's an entertaining enough film until the astonishing climax. Powerful and subtle at the same time with many interesting characters. Most of the characters aren't explored in great detail, this adds to the story, and without spoiling the ending, is kind of the point and how Malle remembers it. The most striking character of all is actually the Kitchen boy Joseph, again I won't tell you why as it will spoil the film and you really should see it for yourself!
9
Predator 1987,  R)
Predator
A classic Alien Action film with plenty of cheese. Its not a guilty pleasure, its just a pleasure.
10
La Bamba 1987,  PG-13)
La Bamba
Lou Diamond Phillips's Ritchie Valens is a classic from my chidhood! Love it!

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