Moviegeek5: 30th Anniversary Movies 1989 – 2019
As previous years, we take a look back at movies released 30 years ago, and as this is 2019 it means we have reached the final year of the 1980s. The year offered a number of excellent films, so many in fact that it was difficult to choose! We have picked out a spread of films that represent different genres but are all great in their own way.
Check out the list below and let us know in the comments below what your list of 1989 would look like:
The third Indiana Jones movie is a strong contender for being the best one; it was certainly my personal favourite growing up. The Last Crusade moved on from the oddities of the otherwise excellent second movie and returned to the biblically inspired subject matter of the first one but by a stroke of genius threw Indiana’s father into the mix. Sean Connery is wonderful as Jones sr. and the complicated relationship between father and son brings lot of laughs and extra depth of character to the film. Moving, exciting, and wonderfully made this is indeed a superb adventure movie.
There is a niche within coming-of-age dramas which consists of movies set in boarding schools; there aren’t many, but they are there. One of the best is certainly Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society. The story is set around a group of friends in a strict boarding school. They have just started at a new school and have plenty of pressure from home to do well, when they met their new English teacher, Mr. Keating whose infectuous love for poetry will change the trajectory of their lives. Robin Williams is excellent as Keating and the film will undoubtedly leave more than a few poetic quotes branded into your mind for good.
1989 was actually quite an important year in terms of superhero movies. The Christopher Reeves Superman movies in had been succesful, but apart from that the subgenre had very little to offer. That is until Tim Burton made the first big Batman movie and pitted the unlikely lead actor Michael Keaton against legendary Jack Nicholson as the arch-nemesis The Joker. Since eclipsed by Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy (2005-12), this balanced the darkness of the Batman with a tangible comic feel which reinvigorated the character and the subgenre on the big screen, paving the way for the eventual explosion of superhero movies.
If you are going to watch one romantic comedy from the 1980s (excluding high school rom-coms) this is probably the best recommendation I could give you. Set over a number of years, the story revolves around Meg Ryan’s Sally and Billy Crystal’s Harry, who at first dislike each other after meeting at random, but slowly become friends after a number of more or less random meetings. They might very well be perfect for each other, but will they ever take that step for fear of ruining their friendship? Ephron’s great script offers so much more that just that very famous cafeteria scene and is not an 80s movie to be missed!
One of the big comedians of the 1980s was the Canadian John Candy, who broke through like so many else on SNL and sadly passed away much too early in 1994. In our final entry he stars as the titular uncle Buck, a big immature man who cannot pull himself together to move things along with his girlfriend or keep his apartment in order. When his brother and sister-in-law are desperate to get someone to look after their kids during a family crisis and they are forced to ask Buck. What follows is a warm and genuinely funny comedy in which the real heart is the relationship between Buck and his contrary teenage niece. A really good comedy for the whole family.