Crash! Landen’s 10 Best Films of 1986
I know what you’re thinking. “Where’s Platoon? Where’s that Woody Allen movie? Blue Velvet? Hello?” And my answer would be: ” Great movie and in my top 20, but a little overrated (see Full Metal Jacket for a better Vietnam War movie)… Didn’t see it… Blue Velvet was decent, but it had a lot of flaws (illogical actions and reactions, overacting, an erroneous viewpoint, etc)…. And, hi.
More movies that didn’t quite make my list: Labyrinth… The Mosquito Coast… One Crazy Summer… The Mission… F/X… Henry:Portrait of A Serial Killer… Short Circuit… The Money Pit… There were a plethora of watchable movies in 1986, but most of them didn’t reach great heights. So here’s my list, which may reflect on my age at the time, I don’t know…
Update #1: A glaring error: Highlander.
8 River’s Edge (I saw this one probably too young age and it was disturbing. I’d like to see it again to see if it holds up.)
5 Highlander (I overlooked this one on my list. It’s a great film, even with its many glaring flaws. The scenes set in the past hold up pretty well. The scenes in the ‘present’ (of 1986) are so thoroughly grounded in the 80s that it may reach the point of distraction. It was a very ambitious undertaking for a lower budget film. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s a great fantasy film, though, and Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown and that hot babe that plays Lambert’s wife in the 16th century are all great in this.)