The Films of 1981

Part I of my Neverending Film Festival:

Beginning with the year I was born (1981), I plan to watch many of the films released during my lifetime, in the order they were released. This list represents the films from 1981 I plan on watching with some brief comments on my reactions to the movie's that I have watched.
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1.
Scanners (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. (103 mins.)
“ Great premise and a superb Michael Ironside performance as Revick aren't enough to save this film from a dull protagonist and some questionable editing. David Cronenberg hasn't quite hit his stride by this point, but the themes of the mind that are so prevalent in his work are here, as is his penchant for gore and shock value. ” - TheNeverendingFilmFestival
 
2.
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In New York, South Bronx's main police precinct is nicknamed Fort Apache by its employees who feel like troopers surrounded by hostiles in a wild west isolated outpost. (125 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
“ A solid Paul Newman performance can't save this shoddy b-movie. A terrible script filled with every cliche in the book and a dash of subtle racism is made worse by the editing decisions in the film. At best, this is a mediocre TV movie of the week. One point of interest is the Bronx location shooting. The shots of the war zone that was the Bronx in the late '70s/early '80s give this film a time capsule feel. ” - TheNeverendingFilmFestival
 
3.
Eyewitness (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Eccentric Vietnam War vet turned janitor claims to have witnessed a murder of a man tied to international political underground in order to get the attention of a TV reporter he has a huge crush on. The cops suspect his loser best friend. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
4.
The Aviator's Wife (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young student is devastated when he finds that his girlfriend is cheating on him. In order to find out why she did it, he decides to spy on her and her lover. (104 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
5.
All Night Long (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A drummer plants doubts into the mind of a bandleader about his wife's faithfulness in an attempt to take over the band himself. (87 mins.)
 
6.
Diva (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller. (117 mins.)
 
7.
The Funhouse (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask. (96 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
8.
Modern Romance (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Albert Brooks directs himself as a successful film editor with far too many issues that affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend. (93 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
9.
Cutter's Way (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter. (109 mins.)
Director: Ivan Passer
 
10.
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband. (122 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
 
11.
Thief (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Coming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the Mafia, who have other plans for him. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann