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I guess I just like liking things

penniesfromheavenThis is starting to get hilarious (to me). The farther back I go, the fewer I’ve seen. I fully anticipate a point where I’ve seen one or less of the movies released in a particular year. Some might say I should give up at this point and go back to doing newer years, but this really does crack me up and I must continue. I’ve only seen 17 movies from 1981, and I can’t in good conscience put more than 6 of them on my list.

6. Clash of the Titans – Way better than the new remake(s), and I’m including the robot owl in that assessment.

5. Pennies From Heaven – It didn’t make my Steve Martin list, and it isn’t his best, but I still like it.

4. The Evil Dead – I go back and forth on this one. If anyone other than Bruce Campbell were in it, I probably wouldn’t much care for it all. But he is, and it gets reverse spillover love from Army of Darkness, so it makes the list.

3. Superman II – The best of a bad lot, and it still has major issues (plastic enclosing emblem! forgetfulness kiss!). Eh.

2. The Great Muppet Caper – John Cleese is in this!

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark – Literally one of the best movies ever made.

Bonus list: every other movie from 1981 that I have seen. I don’t remember much about most of these:

  • An American Werewolf in London – I remember the cool transformation scene, and that’s about it.
  • Chariots of Fire – Inspiring story? Sure, I guess. That song, though.
  • Escape from New York – I’m sure it’s great, but I literally remember nothing about it.
  • For Your Eyes Only – Bond, but the Roger Moore version.
  • Friday the 13th Part 2 – All of the F13 movies might as well be one big movie, as I can’t keep them straight. Literally the only two kills I even remember are the arrow through the throat in the first one and the frozen face smash in the last one.
  • Halloween II – I saw this on TV, and Michael Myers burned someone’s face off in a hot tub in a hospital.
  • History of the World: Part I – Confession time: I don’t enjoy Mel Brooks movies as much as I feel I’m supposed to.
  • Nighthawks – Stallone in a beard! I sorta remember liking this one, but the only thing I can remember about it is that Stallone had a beard.
  • Scanners – I only remember the exploding head bit. That’s the only part anyone remembers from this one.
  • Stripes – It’s fine? I guess? Slacker Bill Murray is Best Bill Murray, after all. I dunno. The second half of the film drags it down.
  • Time Bandits – I remember it being loopy and that’s about it.

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