Back to the Movies Recap: 40-31

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I’m 40 percent of the way through my epic journey through the top 50 films of 1983 and as expected, films 40-31 included quite a few clunkers. I’m continuing to find some gems along the way (particularly with the trio of Stephen King adaptations in this group) but with each bad film I watch, I find myself asking the same question: “THIS movie made more money than all the other films I’ve seen so far?” The next ten films look like another mixed bag similar to the group I’m recapping below so the roller coaster ride through 1983 looks to continue.

For those of you who’d like to check out any of these films: out of these ten films, nine of them are available on Netflix with many available for Instant Watch. The one exception is My Tutor, which has been released on DVD but is not a part of the Netflix library. In addition to including links to my full reviews I’ve written for the blog, I’ve also included links to the 1983 reviews by Roger Ebert (when available) and the film critics of the New York Times. I’ve also handed out some awards and superlatives for this group of ten at the end of the list. You can also find a link to my recap of movies 50-41 by CLICKING HERE.

40. Max Dugan Returns

Review: http://filmnerds.com/blog/2010/06/22/no-40-max-dugan-returns/

Ebert: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19830328/REVIEWS/303280301/1023

NYT: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?_r=1&res=9F05E0DA143BF936A15750C0A965948260

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39. A Christmas Story

Review: http://filmnerds.com/blog/2010/06/30/no-39-a-christmas-story/

Ebert: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19831215/REVIEWS/40820001/1023

NYT: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D05E4DF1339F93BA25752C1A965948260

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38. Breathless

Review: http://filmnerds.com/blog/2010/07/13/no-38-breathless/

Ebert: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19830513/REVIEWS/305130301/1023

NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/1983/05/13/movies/richard-gere-in-breathless.html?scp=4&sq=breathless&st=cse

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37. The Dead Zone

Review: http://filmnerds.com/blog/2010/07/15/no-37-the-dead-zone/

Ebert: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19831026/REVIEWS/310260301/1023

NYT: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9F05E1DC123BF932A15753C1A965948260

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36. The Rescuers

Review: http://filmnerds.com/blog/2010/07/20/no-36-the-rescuers/

Ebert: N/A

NYT: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9F03E2DE1F39E334BC4F53DFB166838C669EDE
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35. Christine

Review: http://filmnerds.com/blog/2010/08/06/no-35-christine/

Ebert: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19831213/REVIEWS/312130301/1023

NYT: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9503E5D71F39F93AA35751C1A965948260&

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34. Cujo

Review: http://filmnerds.com/blog/2010/08/10/no-34-cujo/

Ebert: N/A

NYT: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9E0DE1D81F39F930A2575BC0A965948260

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33. The Right Stuff

Review: http://filmnerds.com/blog/2010/08/18/no-33-the-right-stuff/

Ebert: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19831021/REVIEWS/310210301/1023

NYT: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9E05E1DC123BF932A15753C1A965948260

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32. Class

Review: http://filmnerds.com/blog/2010/08/25/no-32-class/

Ebert: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19830722/REVIEWS/307220301/1023

NYT: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9502E1D81138F931A15754C0A965948260

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31. My Tutor

Review: http://filmnerds.com/blog/2010/09/15/no-31-my-tutor/

Ebert: N/A

NYT: N/A

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Best of 40-31

Best Male Performance: Martin Sheen in The Dead Zone
Honorable Mention:
Ed Harris in The Right Stuff

Best Female Performance: Dee Wallace in Cujo
Honorable Mention: Melinda Dillon in A Christmas Story

Best Score/Music: The Right Stuff (score by Bill Conti)
Honorable Mention: Breathless (Rockabilly soundtrack with original music by Jack Nitzsche)

Must-See for 2010 Viewers: A Christmas Story
Honorable Mention: Cujo