Sunday, October 28, 2012

Direct Current #14/Box Office 1984

ITEM!  Star Trek Fan Companion - Enterprise 2x14 "Stigma"
Here's a bona fide Enterprise classic, the AIDS episode in which T'Pol becomes ostracized for having a disease linked to mind melds, which at this point in Vulcan society are a definite no-no.  Plus fun with Denobulans!

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SOAP BOX

Was 1984 a huge year for movies?  You bet your big brother!

1. Beverly Hills Cop ($234 mil)
Eddie Murphy in his biggest hit, and essentially the birth of the modern buddy flick.  Sadly I have never seen it.

2. Ghostbusters ($229 mil)
I grew up knowing Ghostbusters as much for the cartoon series as the two (soon to be three, minus Bill Murray?) movies, so it's always a little odd to remember that most people think of the movies first (and probably the cartoon not at all).  I still think it's awesome that this movie even exists, but it's a little odd that so few movies like it exist.  I'd suggest maybe Beetlejuice and Ivan Reitman's own Evolution and the Men in Black series, but normally Hollywood strips huge hits to the bone.  What's up, Hollywood?

3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ($179 mil)
I think as far as most fans are concerned, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade are the highlights in this series, while Temple of Doom competes with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull behind them.

4. Gremlins ($148 mil)
I think I have ably suggested elsewhere that this is what you get when Spielberg had vague ideas of continuing the E.T. story.  I haven't seen this one, either!

5. The Karate Kid ($90 mil)
Literally, 1984 seems to have been the year the decade really got a firm grip of how to define itself.  I mean, can you think of another year where so many cultural touchstones happened?  I guess we'll see...

6. Police Academy ($81 mil)
Spawned a franchise that lasted well into the next decade.  Seriously!!!

7. Footlose ($80 mil)
Otherwise known as One Degree of Kevin Bacon.  Or perhaps one degree away from Flashdance.

8. Romancing the Stone ($76 mil)
Otherwise known as Michael Douglas trying to be Indiana Jones.  But seriously, this movie is awesome.  Great soundtrack.  Not great like John Williams, but still memorable.

9. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock ($76 mil)
Spock died in the last movie.  This whole movie is about bringing him back.

10. Splash ($69 mil)
Brought to you by Ron Howard and Tom Hanks.  Thank you, 1984.

Other notable films: Purple Rain ($68 mil), Amadeus ($51 mil), Revenge of the Nerds ($40 mil), The Terminator ($38 mil), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter ($32 mil; bogus lie in title), Conan the Destroyer ($31 mil), Dune ($30 mil), Cannonball Run II ($28 mil), The Muppets Take Manhattan ($25 mil), A Nightmare on Elm Street ($25 mil), Sixteen Candles ($23 mil), The Neverending Story ($23 mil), Johnny Dangerously ($17 mil), Supergirl ($14 mil)

Source: Box Office Mojo

1 comment:

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

I remember watching the Pop Up Video or whatever they called it on AMC for Beverly Hills Cop where the notes on the screen pointed out how ludicrous the title is. Who's the "Cop" in the title? Eddie Murphy is a Detroit cop and he works with two Beverly Hills cops, so it doesn't make much sense. Also I guess most of this movie's script was improvised. Anyway, how could you not see that? I think it's on cable about every other day on some channel or another.

Basically any Indiana Jones without Nazis is just not as good. That's the lesson there.

Just yesterday I was referencing the controversy when there were two different "Ghostbusters" cartoon series, which prompted the one based on the movie to be renamed "The REAL Ghostbusters."

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