Back to the Movies Recap: 20-11

We’re heading into the home stretch on our Back to the Movies odyssey through the films of 1983 and upon reaching the top 20, we’re finally beginning to come upon multiple films that would be considered classics today along with several others that are less well known in 2011 but remain extremely watchable, enjoyable films for a contemporary audience. And then there are the three almost unbearable sequels…

For those of you who’d like to check out any of these films: out of these ten films, nine are available on Netflix with the only exception being Psycho II, which is available on DVD and is also available for instant streaming through Amazon’s paid streaming service Amazon Instant Video. 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 previous three recap pieces below:

Recap of 50-41

Recap of 40-31

Recap of 30-21

 

20. Psycho II

Back to the Movies Review

Roger Ebert Review

New York Times Review

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19. Silkwood

Back to the Movies Review

Roger Ebert Review

New York Times Review

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18. Yentl

Back to the Movies Review

Roger Ebert Review

New York Times Review

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17. Blue Thunder

Back to the Movies Review

Roger Ebert Review (Not Available)

New York Times Review

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16. Scarface

Back to the Movies Review

Roger Ebert Review

New York Times Review

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15. Jaws 3-D

Back to the Movies Review

Roger Ebert Review (Not Available, though he has referenced the film negatively many times in other reviews)

New York Times Review

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14. Never Say Never Again

Back to the Movies Review

Roger Ebert Review

New York Times Review

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13. The Big Chill

Back to the Movies Review

Roger Ebert Review

New York Times Review

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12. Superman III

Back to the Movies Review

Roger Ebert Review

New York Times Review

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11. National Lampoon’s Vacation

Back to the Movies Review

Roger Ebert Review (Not Available)

New York Times Review

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Best of 20-11

Best Male Performance: Al Pacino in Scarface
Honorable Mention:
Mandy Patinkin in Yentl

Best Female Performance: Meryl Streep in Silkwood
Honorable Mention: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in Scarface

Best Score/Music: Scarface (music by Giorgio Moroder)
Honorable Mention: Blue Thunder (score by Arthur B. Rubinstein)

Must-See for 2011 Viewers: Silkwood
Honorable Mention: Scarface