30th AnniversariesAirplane!: This film still holds up in my book. It's slapstick comedy at it's finest, with word-play not seen again until more recent shows like Futurama and American Dad.
The Blues Brothers: Another comedy classic and a must-see for anyone who has missed it. The album is great too.
The Empire Strikes Back: Do I even need to explain this? It's the best Star Wars film- bar non.
Flash Gordon!: Awesome effects, a silly plot and a soundtrack by Queen make this a cult-classic. It has at least two different DVD releases, so you have no excuse! See it!
Prom Night/Friday the 13th/The Fog: A trio of horror classics all came out this year. Two of them inspired a few sequels, while all of them got a remake in recent years.
Inferno: Dario Argento's final work with Mario Bava is a triumph of style over substance. I still don't 'get' the plot, but it is pretty.
The Pumaman: This piece of Eurotrash got famous thanks to MST3K. Lopsided flying, punching Aztecs and Donald Pleasance make this a hoot- even though it's not a comedy!
The Gods Must Be Crazy: Slapstick comedy and social commentary were never mixed as well as they were here. Have they ever been since? That's up for debate, my friends.
Superman II: While we had to wait over 20 years to see this movie done right, the first real appearance of Zod and Superman facing a true set of rivals make this a classic still. Kneel!
That's going to be hard to top. Let's see what we've got from 1985...
25th AnniversariesBack to the Future: This film goes 88 miles an hour and established a film that everyone knew would hold up for decades. Good call, huh?
Rambo- First Blood, Part II/Rocky IV: Sly had a busy year, putting out two sequels. One is certainly higher in quality, while the other one made Dolph Lundgren a star.
Day of the Dead: A lot of people debate whether this movie lived up to it's lofty goals. Regardless, it has a place in history for introducing us to Captain Rhodes.
Gymkata: This anti-classic has a silly plot, bad action and some seriously '80s fashion. Even the selling point of the movie barely makes an appearance.
Fright Night: Vampires and Roddy McDowall make this film great. Often overlooked by many in comparison to other horror films, it deserves more notoriety than it has.
Phenomena: Dario Argento shows up again in my favorite film that he has ever made. The soundtrack, the gore effects and the plot make this a classic.
Return of the Living Dead/Re-Animator: Two zombie cult classics made their debut this year. Both are known for their comedic value, crazy effects and plots that led to a series of sequels. No remakes yet though.
Ghoulies: Charles Band helped make his mark in the film industry with this film about killer hand puppets. This one also led to a series of sequels and, subsequently, Full Moon Studios.
American Ninja: Michael Dudikoff and Steve James made their mark in this very '80s films. If you want to see the prototype for the genre, this is a great- and fun- place to start.
***One quick note- I'm not going a Best of 2010 list. For two reasons: 1)The site Anniversary is in February and 2) The site doesn't focus on new releases. A Best and Worst of Mondo Bizarro- Year Two List(s) will show up then***
Next up, we wrap up this annual series with a look at films celebrating their 20th and 10th Anniversaries. This is going to make us feel old, right? Stay tuned...