Movies Came Out In (1981)
Chariots of Fire – Long and boring, absolutely did not like this film. I never saw as a kid, my dad said I would hate it. Some almost 40 years later, he was spot on. The plot is 2 Olympic athletes, a Jew & a Christian, compete in the 1924 games, and hilarity ensues. Just kidding. One is running/competing for God, one is running to overcome prejudices. The best part is the theme song, that I really enjoy.
Atlantic City – Just watched recently, and wasn’t that impressed. I thought that the plot (aging NJ gangster paired with the wife of a small-time pot dealer, trouble ensues) was a little suspect in that characters weren’t developed very much and the story was a bit thin. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve watched, but it seemed more like a made-for-tv film than anything else.
On Golden Pond – Never saw originally, watched recently. I liked it, nothing outstanding but I still enjoyed it. Probably the most interesting thing is that it pairs real-life father/daughter (Henry & Jane Fonda) as on-screen father/daughter. They have a somewhat estranged relationship and the grandfather/grandmother watch (babysit) their teen grandson for a summer and a relationship blossoms.
Raiders of the Lost Ark – A classic. Influenced me greatly as a kid. I’ve seen well over 200 times, easily. If you don’t know the plot, trust me, just go watch this movie immediately.
Reds – Just saw recently, an interesting story (true), but way too long. I liked the way the film was director with the witness accounts/testimonials mixed in with the film, but again, did it really need to be over 3 hours? The plot is basically that an American journalist is infatuated with communist Russia and wants to bring their ideals and way of life to the USA.
Raiders of the Lost Ark – but films like this never seem to win, however, I’m impressed that it was even nominated.
Ceremony Year (1982) – Movies Came Out In (1981)