It’s that time of the week again! Time to listen to your three favorite film geeks gush, gloat and occasionally obliterate every film released in 1985! Every Friday, you’re invited to follow along as the boys review every film released on the corresponding week in 1985. Click the slider below and you’ll be transported back in time, a time when Madonna ruled the airwaves, Stephen King ruled the bookshelves and Axel Foley ruled the box office. We’re taking you back to the decade of big hair, big shoulders and big, memorable movies (and you don’t even need a DeLorean!). So sit back and prepare to have your mind blown as
With your hosts Scott Davis, Austin Kennedy and Jesse Hoheisel
On this week’s show:
GYMKATA — An Olympic gymnast (Kurt Thomas) is brought in by the American secret service to infiltrate a remote nation who only allows outsiders to stay if they can survive a trecherous game in which they are pitted against the elemenets, crazed townspeople and ninjas. This film has become notorious over the years due to how ridiculous it is.
Director: Robert Clouse. Starring: Kurt Thomas.
Rated R. 90 minutes.
ALAMO BAY — Racial tensions erupt in a fishing town as several Vietnamese families move in to fish the same waters as the conservative and bigoted southerners. It’s only a matter of time before the Ku Klux Klan installs themselves on the ships in full uniform, because that’s just what happens.
Director: Louis Malle. Starring: Ed Harris, Amy Madigan.
Rated R. 109 minutes.
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES — Based on the short stories of Angela Carter, THE COMPANY OF WOLVES offers a labrynthian tale of a small town during the Middle Ages that is occasionally plagued by a pack of wolves. By as young Rosalie’s grandmother tells her, only some wolves are wolves all the time.
Director: Neil Jordan. Starring: Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury.
Rated R. 95 minutes.
GOODBYE NEW YORK — An upper middle class woman (Julie Haggerty) quits her job, leaves her cheating husband and flees New York City, hoping to see Paris. Unfortunately, she misses her layover and instead continues onto Tel Aviv. Stuck in Israel with no money she tries to make things work out until she can find a way out of her mess.
Director: Amos Kollek. Starring: Julie Hagerty, Kollek.
Rated R. 93 minutes.
WHERE THE GREEN ANTS DREAM — A mining company hires a geologist to look into a hill they hope will yield a prime uranium deposit. The local aborigines however inform him that this is where the green ants dream. They claim that to destroy the hill will not only be blasphemy, but it may destroy humanity as well.
Director: Werner Herzog. Starring: Bruce Spence, Wandjuk Marika.
Rated R. 100 minutes.
SILVER CITY — Polish immigrants travel to Australia in the years following World War II, where they are expected to work and pay back the government for their passage. During this time, a young woman falls in love with a married man and the two carry on an affair while the world around them changes.
Director: Sophia Turkiewicz. Starring: Gosia Dobrowoiska, Ivar Kants.
Rated PG. 93 minutes.
SMORGASBORD — Jerry Lewis stars in and directs this film about a suicidal man who finally seeks psychiatric help in order to figure out what’s wrong with him. Along the way, he gets into a bunch of hysterical predicaments and meets several strange characters, some of whom are also played by Lewis.
Director: Jerry Lewis. Starring: Lewis.
Rated PG. 89 minutes.
THE HIT –Ten years after a former gangster testifies against his cronies, two hitmen kidnap and transport him across Spain, taking him to his eventual death. Along the way, traitor works on each of the hitmen psychologically and no one seems sure if he’s trying to manipulate the situation to his benefit or if he really has made peace with his fate.
Director: Stephen Frears. Starring: Terrence Stamp, John Hurt.
Rated R. 98 minutes.
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