SHORTLIST VINTAGE FILM OF 1988

The Abyss

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

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The Abyss

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

“Keep your pantyhose on,” Ms. Mastrantonio is repeatedly admonished by Mr. Harris as they confront an alien undersea force – but he may as well be talking to the audience directly. Described as science fiction, a mystery and a suspense thriller, The Abyss is all of those things at their best.

Director: James Cameron

Starring: Ed Harris , Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio , Michael Biehn

Major nominations on original release : None

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Rain Man

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

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Rain Man

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

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Incredible filmmaking is required to attract millions of people watch a story with such somber subjects – death, debt, and institutionalization among them – and that’s just what the director, writers and actors delivered in this cross-country drama that swept the awards in 1999..

Director: Barry Levinson

Starring: Dustin Hoffman , Tom Cruise , Valeria Golino

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award for Best Picture (won), Director (won), Original Screenplay (won), Actor (Hoffman - won); BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay, Actor (Hoffman)

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Heathers

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Heathers

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

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There were mean girls long before Mean Girls, but here the Brooding New Guy’s plan to end their rule of the school involves the kind of violence historically reserved for the royals of things bigger than proms.

Director: Michael Lehmann

Starring: Christian Slater , Shannen Doherty , Winona Ryder

Major nominations on original release : None

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Hairspray

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Hairspray

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

There are people who believe abstract artists don’t have the talent to make something that scans as “art” for a wide audience, but John Waters called their bluff here. And while it made sense to keep trying with A Star Is Born, why did anyone feel the need to remake Hairspray?

Director: John Waters

Starring: Debbie Harry , Divine , Ricki Lake , Sonny Bono

Major nominations on original release : Sundance: Grand Jury Prize

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Die Hard

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

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Die Hard

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

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Bruce Willis doesn’t save the entire world in this first installment, but he does save a skyscraper full of hostages held by a gang of greedy Eurotrash led by Alan Rickman. Is John McLane America’s James Bond? Let’s see who plays him next.

Director: John McTiernan

Starring: Alan Rickman , Alexander Godunov , Bonnie Bedelia , Bruce Willis

Major nominations on original release : None

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Dangerous Liaisons

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Dangerous Liaisons

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

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A refreshing reminder, at the time it was released, that greed and corruption weren’t born in the USA in the 1980s. The fact that all of the French aristocrats on the screen have regional American accents doesn’t help, but then Dangerous Liaisons is primarily a feast for the eyes (which the actresses might have reminded the audience, were there a gag reel, “are up here”).

Director: Stephen Frears

Starring: Glenn Close , John Malkovich , Keanu Reeves , Michelle Pfeiffer , Mildred Natwick , Swoosie Kurtz , Uma Thurman

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay (won), Actress (Close), Supporting Actress (Pfeiffer); BAFTA for Best Director, Screenplay (won), Actress (Close), Supporting Actress (Pfeiffer - won)

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Cinema Paradiso

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

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Cinema Paradiso

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

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Achingly sad and romantic, the story of Salvatore Di Vita is a must-see for film-lovers. If you haven’t seen it since its original release (or if you have never seen it), the director’s cut released in 2002 adds nearly an hour and explains what happened to Elena, Salvatore’s long-lost love.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

Starring: Antonella Attili , Jacques Perrin , Philippe Noiret , Salvatore Cascio

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (won); BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film (won), Original Screenplay (won), Actor (Noiret - won), Supporting Actor (Cascio - won); Cannes Special Jury Prize (won)

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Big

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Big

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

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Why do so many grown men act like children today? For some, it may be because Elizabeth Perkins found it so charming in this delightful fantasy, in which a 12-year-old from the Jersey suburbs becomes a 30-year-old in Manhattan. Ah, to be young again.

Director: Penny Marshall

Starring: Elizabeth Perkins , John Heard , Robert Loggia , Tom Hanks

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Actor (Hanks)

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Beetlejuice

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Beetlejuice

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1988

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

Had Tim Burton’s bizarre, scary, slapstick tale of home-sharing between the dead Maitlands and the living Deetzes been a flop, perhaps we might never have seen “Batman” and other superhero flicks “rebooted” in the first place. If nothing else, Beetlejuice forever holds the distinction as the first DVD shipped by Netflix.

Director: Tim Burton

Starring: Alec Baldwin , Catherine O'Hara , Geena Davis , Jeffrey Jones , Michael Keaton , Winona Ryder

Major nominations on original release : None

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