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I guess I just like liking things

I thought I’d mix things up a little by going backwards instead of forwards in this installment of yearly lists. Eventually I’ll run out of years and I’ll have to go sideways, and I don’t even know how that would work, so let’s not worry about that just now.

Here are my favorite movies from 1988:



10. Red Heat – One of Arnold’s lesser known movies, but I thought it was fun.  James Belushi is the American cop partner to Arnie’s Russian cop in the US, and they mess Chicago up something fierce.

9. A Fish Called Wanda – Hey, I just talked about this one! I don’t remember a lot of specifics about this one, actually, other than remembering I laughed at it a lot. It’s got two Monty Pythoners in it, so I’m sure that helped.

8. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Honestly, the Ruprecht parts are the best parts. I don’t actually care much about the rest of the movie.

7. Bloodsport – The movie itself isn’t all that great, I know, but the fighting is awesome. Seeing different styles pitted against each other is exactly the sort of thing I like in fighting movies.

6. Rambo III – I’ll admit that this one gets a bump because of the series as a whole, but Rambo rescuing his father figure is a decent idea for a third act.

5. Scrooged – My favorite version of The Christmas Carol, even over the Muppet version, and I know that makes me some sort of monster.

4. Big – I think this one gets bumped up a little because of nostalgia points. If I were to watch it again these days I’d probably think it was just all right.

3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit – There’s no question mark in that title, so I think we’re meant to assume the guy from the Abbott & Costello routine framed Roger Rabbit.

2. Beetlejuice – Tim Burton, Winona Ryder, and Michael Keaton all at (or near) the height of their powers. There’s been talk of a sequel lately, and I know I shouldn’t want one, but I still do if all three of them are involved.

1. Die Hard – Almost a perfect action movie, and I’ll fight anyone who disagrees!

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