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The year that gave us Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Temple Of Doom also gave us these 20 underappreciated movies...
It's been said that 1984 was a vintage year for movies, and looking back, it's easy to see why. The likes of Ghostbusters and Gremlins served up comedy, action and the macabre in equal measure. James Cameron's The Terminator cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's star status and gave us one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of the decade.
This was also the year where the Coen brothers made their screen debut with the stunning thriller Blood Simple, and when the Zucker brothers followed up Airplane! with the equally hilarious Top Secret! And we still haven't even mentioned Beverly Hills Cop, This Is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and the unexpectedly successful romantic comedy, Splash. Then there was Milos Forman's sumptuous period drama Amadeus, which »
Though lacking the structure and balance of the wine itself, “Sherry & the Mystery of Palo Cortado” is a mildly engaging documentary that covers various aspects of the golden-hued liquor, from production to cultural standing. Once Spain’s most important export, sherry has taken a battering in the past few decades, often seen as a dowdy tipple rather than a complex, versatile drink. Jose Luis Lopez Linares aims to correct this notion, milking the ambiguity surrounding the highly prized “palo cortado,” a type whose spontaneous oxidation takes the taste to a whole new level. Food channels, more than fests, will be the natural consumers here.
The unwieldy title won’t help with marketing, making the film seem even more like a TV promo, and while vet docu helmer Lopez Linares keeps returning to the “mystery,” he arouses interest rather than satisfying viewer curiosity. “Palo cortado” literally means “short stick,” or “short line, »
- Jay Weissberg
2 items from 2015
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