The Empire Strikes Back
review: This affirmed Star Wars geek finds everything to love about the iconic Episode V in the saga, from the introductions of Yoda and Lando Calrissian to the epic duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, including its revelatory climax.
review: Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro in their definitive collaboration, the most artful boxing movie ever, and one of the defining cinematic portraits of a scumbag.
The Blues Brothers
review: Arguably the best movie to come out of Saturday Night Live, filled with great music and a few hilarious episodes (the country and western incident in particular).
The Stunt Man
review: Peter O'Toole in a kaleidoscope of a movie, tossing the main character and the viewer into a wild and surreal ride. Still waiting to be rediscovered.
review: George C. Scott and Marlon Brando in the role that charts the course of his late career as someone more interesting in commentating on the state of humanity than his own stardom.
review: With all due apologies to everyone else in it, Bill Murray dominates in his breakout role as the nutcase matching wits with a gopher.
review: Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, and Jack Nicholson combine for the creepiest hotel experience ever.
review: Mel Gibson is so shockingly subdued in this he's hardly recognizable, in the debut of an ever-expanding franchise that keeps getting weirder.
review: Leslie Nielsen completely revamped his career with this movie, which otherwise tends to date much poorer.
review: Goofy sci-fi fun in exactly the tradition that Star Wars obliterated three years earlier.
Herbie Goes Bananas
review: The Love Bug franchise reaches the final installment of its original run in about as inspired fashion as the later in the Pink Panther originals.
review: Recommended to me as a predecessor to the TV series Fringe, but more reminiscent of gonzo movie experimentation.
Smokey and the Bandit II
review: A somewhat desperate attempt to contextualize the Bandit as a folk hero.