Movies Came Out In (1982)
Gandhi – Great film. Saw a few times as a kid growing up in school. Very powerful. True story in which Ben Kingsley plays Mahatma Gandhi and his peaceful, non-violent ways to get British control out of India.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Great film. Holds up in my opinion, as I’ve watched with my own daughter. I always cry at ET “dying”. The story is basically that a young pre-teen boy befriends an alien who got left behind on earth and has to fight the government for the alien’s safety.
Missing – Never saw originally, but saw recently. Based on a true story, the depiction was “ok”. Some of the acting felt “flat”, especially the interaction between Sissy Spacek and Jack Lemon. I was glad I watched, I wasn’t aware of this situation (an American journalist disappears in Chile during a government overthrow in 1973).
Tootsie – Never saw originally, but saw recently. I enjoyed it, pretty funny. The story holds up well, even by today’s standards, as an out of work male actor has to pretend to be a woman to get a starring role on a soap opera.
The Verdict – Never saw originally, but funny how this simple plot (washed up lawyer, takes on big money suit, setbacks ensue, redeems himself, etc…) has shown up a lot over the years in movies. It was “ok”, pretty predictable. I really did not like Paul Newman striking the woman in the bar, that was a bit much and I could have done without.
Ceremony Year (1983) – Movies Came Out In (1982)