So we come to the Eighties….I almost said alas.
But the best films were better than the decade deserved. This might be the last time I can say this…
1980 The Long Good Friday (John Mackenzie) (A good year…but nothing else was close)
1981 Blow Out (Brian DePalma) (over Eye of the Needle and Southern Comfort)
1982 Diner (Barry Levinson) (over Blade Runner and Victor/Victoria)
1983 Baby It’s You (John Sayles)
1984 Secret Honor (Robert Altman) (over The Terminator and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
1985 Prizzi’s Honor (John Huston) (over The Purple rose of Cairo, Sweet Dreams and Desperately Seeking Susan…Good year for comedy. As I recall, we needed it.)
1986 Something Wild (Jonathan Demme) (over F/X and Peggy Sue Got Married)
1987 The Bedroom Window (Curtis Hanson) (over Hope and Glory, which I probably need to see again)
1988 Midnight Run (Martin Brest) (over Beetlejuice and Running on Empty)
1989 Glory (Edward Zwick) (over Dead Calm, Black Rain and Black Rainbow)
At the top, at least ,the eighties were a strong decade on film. With the possible exception of 1987, every one of these films would have been strong contenders in just about any year of the previous two decades, about whom few have been heard to complain. 1980 and 1983 were as good as it gets.
Who knows? Maybe the nineties won’t be so bad….
Okay. I won’t get my hopes up.