March 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm #546879
1. On Golden Pond
3. Chariots of Fire
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. Atlantic CityMarch 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm #546881
Just watched Chariots of Fire again last week. Nothing else on this list was as deserving in my opinion, but I haven’t seen Atlantic City. It’s an excellently made film, and one of my personal favourites.March 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm #546882
Reds and Atlantic City blow the competition away. I also enjoy Raiders, but its not nearly as good as the top 2.
2. Atlantic City
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
4. On Golden Pond
5. Chariots of FireMarch 16, 2014 at 11:46 pm #546883
Need to see all of these. I’ve only seen On Golden Pond: I enjoyed it, but it was no masterpiece.March 17, 2014 at 5:09 am #546884
This is an interesting lineup because at one time or another, I have considered each of them as my personal choice. Nowadays, it really only comes down to two choices: Atlantic City and Reds.
Chariots of Fire is a good film and I also fully support its win, even if it may not be my personal choice.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is a very entertaining film and is probably the best Spielberg-adventure film, but it only ranks a strong 4th on my list.
The weakest film here is On Golden Pond, but that isn’t to say I didn’t like it. It was just a nice, solid film that didn’t really do much for me.
The surprising thing about REDS is that it is the typical big sprawling epic that the Academy loved as evidenced by the love they have given to films like Out of Africa, The Last Emperor, Braveheart, and The English Patient….and other than The Last Emperor, the other three don’t hold up that well. The ironic thing, for me, is that one of the times they didn’t honor the grand epic, it was one that stood the test of time and has remained riveting.
Atlantic City is very intimate and I remember being very swept up in its almost dreamlike quality. I could use a rewatch though.
I still think REDS was the deserving winner.
Missing from this lineup:
Prince of the City
RagtimeMarch 17, 2014 at 11:06 am #546885
I think both Chariots of Fire and Raiders of the Lost Ark are two of the best movies ever made. Chariots of Fire gets my vote. Atlantic City is a great movie, a much better movie about old age than On Golden Pond. I think Reds is long and boring and On Golden Pond is rather annoying. I would have nominated My Dinner with Andre and Modern Romance.March 17, 2014 at 11:33 am #546886
I liked all of the above, and was really happy for Burt Lancaster. Same for Henry Fonda.
But for sheer entertainment and “enjoyability”, I voted for Raiders, a film the likes of which appears to have a terrible bias against when it comes to the dickless Oscar,
Reds is sublime. Probably my personal choice for BP and BDMarch 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm #546887
This one gets my blood boiling. Raiders is one of my all time favorites and I’d easily call it the best film of 81. Other than that, Brian De Palma’s Blow Out is actually better than any of the nominees.
But Reds would have made a fine winner. It’s a great film.
But Chariots of Fire? Are you kidding me? It’s far from a great film, and might not even be a good film. I’ll just call it decent and leave it there. One of the worst BP’s (third worst I think).March 17, 2014 at 10:49 pm #546888
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK by a landslide. Entertainment at it’s finest, wonderfully crafted with a shamefully ignored performance by Harrison Ford.
Atlantic City & Reds are great films with merits a plenty…still no cigar.
On Golden Pond & Chariots of Fire are OK films with special merits here and there. The former having some very special performances.