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From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...
A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.
As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little, »
George Clooney is turning 54 on Wednesday, and though he's a megastar now, I'm not sure he could predict his success in his early days guest-starring on The Facts of Life and Roseanne. To celebrate the Oscar winner's birthday, we rounded up pics of him throughout his career, from his appearance on the short-lived 1985 series Street Hawk all the way up to his most recent role as an art-loving soldier in The Monuments Men. Enjoy, and happy birthday George! »
A quick review of this week's "Community" (which you can find, as usual, on Yahoo Screen) coming up just as soon as I teach the reverse Jim Gaffigan... In terms of the emotional story at the heart of it, "Grifting 101" wasn't appreciably deeper than last week's "Intro to Recycled Cinema." Yes, Jeff gets jealous of anyone who may seem cooler than he is, as everyone called him out on when he was mocking the class, but that was still a fairly thin excuse to pay homage to various visual and plot motifs of con artist films like "The Sting" and "The Grifters"(*). (*) It's been at least 15 years since I watched "The Grifters," but my memory of it doesn't track with Abed's assessment that it's surprisingly light on actual grifts. Anyone with a more recent viewing care to weigh in? Fortunately, the parody elements, the guest performance by Matt Berry as the new professor, »
- Alan Sepinwall
3 items from 2015
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