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Title: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Gjay81 on December 05, 2008, 01:09:44 PM
Vote for your favourite film of 1988

For other year polls (1950-1987), and rules to the tournament, please click here (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=4819.0)
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: roujin on December 05, 2008, 01:11:38 PM
1. My Neighbor Totoro
2. Grave of the Fireflies
3. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
4. Die Hard
5. Akira
6. Heathers
7. A Fish Called Wanda
8. Coming to America
9. Big
10. Beetlejuice
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Gjay81 on December 05, 2008, 01:12:20 PM
Cinema Paradiso

With Die Hard, Scrooged, and Big, very close behind
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Junior on December 05, 2008, 01:12:52 PM
The Best Year Ever TM

Also, Die Hard.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Gjay81 on December 05, 2008, 01:14:08 PM
The Cinema near me is playing Die Hard, and Scooged, this christmas. I cannot wait!!!!
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: FroHam X on December 05, 2008, 01:16:32 PM
The Cinema near me is playing Die Hard, and Scooged, this christmas. I cannot wait!!!!

Yay '88, the year of my birth. Die Hard is the awesome!

And Bloor Cinema in Toronto is play a double-feature of Home Alone and Die Hard on the 17th.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: edgar00 on December 05, 2008, 01:21:54 PM
A very good year, no doubt.

Grave of the Fireflies.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: ¡Keith! on December 05, 2008, 01:35:50 PM
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: FroHam X on December 05, 2008, 01:37:39 PM
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

I don't know. Who did?

The title has no question mark.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Tequila on December 05, 2008, 01:39:39 PM
Totoro, easily.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: pixote on December 05, 2008, 01:41:58 PM
The Thin Blue Line today.

pixote
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: ¡Keith! on December 05, 2008, 01:44:03 PM
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

I don't know. Who did?

The title has no question mark.

Don't blame me I just copied the above.

(http://i35.tinypic.com/2rq0y9f.jpg)

yep, easily my fav of 88.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on December 05, 2008, 02:13:22 PM
For those of you who don't vote for it, I'd like you all to DIE HARD!!!

Not really though.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Thor on December 05, 2008, 02:14:22 PM
Whoa. That's a great year. Maybe Roger Rabbit... hmmm.... No, Killing.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: FroHam X on December 05, 2008, 02:18:25 PM
For those of you who don't vote for it, I'd like you all to DIE HARD!!!

Not really though.

Amen!
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: arcnyc on December 05, 2008, 02:22:48 PM
I'd like to three-way-tie my top 3 but since I have to pick just one... WWJD?

1. The Last Temptation of Christ
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3. Die Hard
4. Coming to America
5. A Fish Called Wanda
6. Beetlejuice
7. The Thin Blue Line
8. Stand and Deliver
9. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
10. Akira
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Bill Thompson on December 05, 2008, 02:43:33 PM
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Kevin Shields on December 05, 2008, 03:03:56 PM
YIPPIE-KAY-AY-MOTHERCINECAST!ER!!!
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Melvil on December 05, 2008, 03:12:08 PM
Yay '88, the year of my birth. Die Hard is the awesome!

Mine too, but I didn't realize just how kickass a year to be born it was. This has got to be the hardest choice yet. I've got it down between Die Hard, My Neighbor Totoro, and Grave of the Fireflies...
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: StarCarly on December 05, 2008, 03:19:33 PM
Die Hard is great, but clearly more people need to see The Vanishing.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on December 05, 2008, 04:09:46 PM
The Vanishing is great, but it doesn't Die Hard!
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Basil on December 05, 2008, 04:17:21 PM
Die Hard, but it's difficult not to be tempted by The Land Before Time.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Gjay81 on December 05, 2008, 04:20:12 PM
is there no love out there for cinema paradiso? I only saw it a few weeks ago but i absolutely fell in love with it, and its been such a long time since i saw a movie which lived up to its reputation
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: smirnoff on December 05, 2008, 04:43:22 PM
Another Woman
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Wilson on December 05, 2008, 04:45:06 PM
Back to the f...Die Hard
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: FroHam X on December 05, 2008, 04:57:15 PM
Back to the f...Die Hard

lol. Awesome.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on December 05, 2008, 05:05:02 PM
Awesome, indeed!
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: duder on December 05, 2008, 06:04:24 PM
Another Woman
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Mandrake on December 05, 2008, 06:09:19 PM
its a tossup between Dead Ringers, Another Woman and The Last Temptation of Christ
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Emiliana on December 05, 2008, 06:14:18 PM
is there no love out there for cinema paradiso?

I thought it was great, but as it is in the same year as Grave of the Fireflies, I can't vote for it. A Fish called Wanda and Die Hard are really tempting choices as well. I plan on watching A Short Film about Love on Sunday, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a priority on the "to do" list as well (if only I could find it).
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: smirnoff on December 05, 2008, 06:43:19 PM
Another Woman

We're agreeing a lot lately. Commando, and now this. One of us may be coming around duder :)
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: duder on December 05, 2008, 06:47:20 PM
Another Woman

We're agreeing a lot lately. Commando, and now this. One of us may be coming around duder :)

Well, Commando is the pinnacle of the cinematic art, so it doesn't really count.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: edgar00 on December 05, 2008, 07:04:46 PM
is there no love out there for cinema paradiso?

I thought it was great, but as it is in the same year as Grave of the Fireflies, I can't vote for it. A Fish called Wanda and Die Hard are really tempting choices as well. I plan on watching A Short Film about Love on Sunday, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a priority on the "to do" list as well (if only I could find it).

Alright. A little bit of backup for Grave. With a couple more votes it just might secure a second place finish.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: sdedalus on December 06, 2008, 01:30:11 AM
1. Dangerous Liaisons
2. Bull Durham
3. The Last Temptation Of Christ
4. Die Hard
5. Eight Men Out
6. The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad
7. As Tears Go By
8. Beetlejuice
9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
10. The Thin Blue Line
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 07, 2008, 07:36:30 PM
I voted for Grave, but I really wanted to be the lone vote for Beetlejuice.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Thor on December 08, 2008, 10:28:36 AM
Since I voted for the entire Dekalog in 1989, I'll switch to Roger Rabbit for this year.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Gjay81 on December 08, 2008, 07:04:41 PM
is there no love out there for cinema paradiso?

I thought it was great, but as it is in the same year as Grave of the Fireflies, I can't vote for it. A Fish called Wanda and Die Hard are really tempting choices as well. I plan on watching A Short Film about Love on Sunday, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a priority on the "to do" list as well (if only I could find it).

Alright. A little bit of backup for Grave. With a couple more votes it just might secure a second place finish.

i've just finished watching grave of the fireflies and.........wow!!!  That film has hit very hard. How can something so sad be so amazing? Truly truly worthy of getting through to the knockouts. I'm gonna take my vote off cinema paradiso and secure this film the place it deserves. I ain't gonna forget this film in a hurry

Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: THATguy on December 08, 2008, 09:46:37 PM
I love Grave of the Fireflies (and My Neighbor Totoro), but my vote had to go to Last Temptation of Christ, my Top Film of the 1980's.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Gobman on December 11, 2008, 07:35:41 PM
Last Temptation, no doubt.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: The Mighty Celestial on December 12, 2008, 10:34:45 PM
 My fave:
 

  5. Die Hard - A Chhristmas favorite of mine. And the test of any holiday film is if answers this question: Does it inspire the holiday spirit within me?
Yippy-kay-yay, mother-f#cker.
This is how great Christmas-themed action movies are supposed to be made.

  4. Colors - Finally, a movie that started to address the reality of the relationship between the police-world & that of the modern gangsta lifestyle.

  3. The Last Temptation of Christ - Best. Jesus. Movie. Ever.

  2.  Akira - My first look at anime. Well, kick ass anime that is.
When I first saw this, I realized that, if I didn't have to work for a living, I would spend all of my time lookin' up at what those crazy asians were concocting on the animation tip, yo.

  1.  Midnight Run - I never get tired of watching this film.
And even though it's a good film to watch on TV, I really think it's best watched uncensored. Deniro's use of the F-word is really crucial in depicting his absolute frustration with Grodin's character. I laugh every time just watchin' DeNiro's face every time Grodin pushes him to the limit.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Ronan on December 15, 2008, 12:39:20 PM
1. Dangerous Liaisons
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: winrit on December 20, 2008, 02:15:03 PM
Looks like Stand and Deliver is on the list twice. 

Women on the Verge
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: chesterfilms on January 11, 2009, 12:28:31 PM
Grave of the Fireflies
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: worm@work on March 17, 2009, 03:29:59 PM
Grave of the Fireflies

Since Totoro and Women on the Verge don't seem to stand a chance.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: jbissell on March 17, 2009, 03:36:11 PM
Just realized I haven't voted in this one.

So, if someone wants to bribe me...
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: THATguy on March 17, 2009, 03:38:08 PM
Thin Blue Line People!  Dangerous Liasons people!  C'mon, move your votes over to Last Temptation!
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 17, 2009, 03:46:03 PM
GotF has been sitting on the shelf for a bit now - I should prolly watch that.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Mike Shutt on December 24, 2010, 11:48:38 AM
1. Die Hard
2. A Fish Called Wanda
3. Beetle Juice
4. Dead Ringers
5. Big
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: MartinTeller on December 26, 2010, 10:39:29 AM
1. Time of the Gypsies
2. Drowning by Numbers
3. Midnight Run
4. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
5. Let's Get Lost

Honorable: The Thin Blue Line, A Short Film About Killing, A Short Film About Love, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Damnation, Grave of the Fireflies, Last Temptation of Christ, Imagine: John Lennon, The Vanishing, Another Woman, My Neighbor Totoro, Rage Net, Salaam Bombay!, Tapeheads, Distant Voices Still Lives
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: 1SO on September 02, 2014, 12:31:29 AM
          5 Stars
1.   Die Hard
2.   Who Framed Roger Rabbit

          4 Stars
3.   Dangerous Liaisons
4.   Grave of the Fireflies
5.   Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (SHORT)

          3 ½ Stars
6.   The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
7.   Midnight Run
8.   My Neighbor Totoro
9.   Rain Man
10.   Eight Men Out
11.   The Vanishing
12.   Heathers
13.   They Live

          3 Stars
14.   Talk Radio
15.   The Big Blue
16.   Twins
17.   Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
18.   Drowning By Numbers
19.   The Last Temptation of Christ
20.   Stand and Deliver
21.   Big
22.   The Unbearable Lightness of Being
23.   Miracle Mile
24.   The Chocolate War
25.   Cinema Paradiso
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Totoro on September 02, 2014, 01:54:07 AM
Someday, I hope someone redoes (english?) these polls and make sure they last forever.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Bondo on April 21, 2015, 09:18:11 AM
Out of 58 films. Top shame is Dead Ringers. Most mainstream I haven't seen is Child's Play, though Dangerous Liaisons is second and much more likely for me to watch. Probably 1SO's next turn on Top 100 Club.

1.   My Neighbor Totoro
2.   Die Hard
3.   Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
4.   Grave of the Fireflies
5.   Coming To America
6.   Talking To Strangers
7.   High Hopes
8.   Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
9.   Beetlejuice
10.   Drowning By Numbers
11.   They Live
12.   Big
13.   A Fish Called Wanda
14.   Akira
15.   Rain Man
16.   The Serpent and the Rainbow
17.   Killer Klowns from Outer Space
18.   Running On Empty
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: 1SO on April 21, 2015, 09:42:10 AM
Out of 58 films. Top shame is Dead Ringers. Most mainstream I haven't seen is Child's Play, though Dangerous Liaisons is second and much more likely for me to watch. Probably 1SO's next turn on Top 100 Club.

The two in Bold will have interesting stuff for you to pick at. The other one is a mildly entertaining Shocktober pick at best.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: MartinTeller on April 21, 2015, 12:00:24 PM
1. Time of the Gypsies
2. Drowning by Numbers
3. Midnight Run
4. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
5. Let's Get Lost

Honorable: The Thin Blue Line, A Short Film About Killing, A Short Film About Love, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Damnation, Grave of the Fireflies, Last Temptation of Christ, Imagine: John Lennon, The Vanishing, Another Woman, My Neighbor Totoro, Rage Net, Salaam Bombay!, Tapeheads, Distant Voices Still Lives

1. Time of the Gypsies
2. Hairspray
3. Drowning by Numbers
4. Midnight Run
5. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Add Landscape in the Mist, The House of Smiles and Lady in White to the HM.

Biggest shame: Cane Toads: An Unnatural History
Most popular I haven't seen: Rambo III
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 30, 2016, 04:39:49 AM
Why are votes for polls like this one locked ?
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: pixote on May 30, 2016, 05:04:35 AM
Why are votes for polls like this one locked ?

These polls (from 1950s onwards) were designed for a particular project that had a timeline. I started going through and unlocking them and adding options and changing them to "pick your top five" ... but I haven't gotten very far yet.

pixote
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: oldkid on May 30, 2016, 11:03:16 AM
A Short Film About Love 5/5
The Last Temptation of Christ 4.5/5
My Neighbor Totoro 4.5/5
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 4.5/5
Salaam Bombay! 4/5
Die Hard 4/5
Rain Man 3.5/5
A Short Film About Killing 3.5/5
The Naked Gun 3.5/5
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 3.5/5
Big 3.5/5
Dead Ringers 3.5/5
Mississippi Burning 3.5/5
Time of the Gypsies 3.5/5
Grave of the Fireflies 3.5/5
Akira 3.5/5
Beetlejuice 3.5/5
Coming to America 3.5/5
The Adventures of Baron Munchausan 3.5/5
The Land Before Time 3/5
The Accidental Tourist 3/5
Scrooged 3/5
The Thin Blue Line 3/5
A Fish Called Wanda 2/5
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 30, 2016, 08:44:10 PM
Why are votes for polls like this one locked ?

These polls (from 1950s onwards) were designed for a particular project that had a timeline. I started going through and unlocking them and adding options and changing them to "pick your top five" ... but I haven't gotten very far yet.

pixote

Okay. Whenever you unlock them, will you post on them to say so, as to make them appear in the unread posts page ?
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: pixote on May 30, 2016, 08:52:50 PM
For sure.

pixote
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 19, 2016, 03:23:54 PM
1. A Short Film About Love
2. My Neighbor Totoro
3. Chocolat
4. Running on Empty ('80s US Brackets Discovery!)
5. Alice
6. The Vanishing
7. They Live
8. Die Hard
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
10. Killer Klowns from Outer Space
11. A Fish Called Wanda
12. Hellbound: Hellraiser II
13. Powaqqatsi
14. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
15. Akira
16. Grave of the Fireflies
17. As Tears Go By
18. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
19. Bull Durham
20. Cinema Paradiso
21. Dead Ringers
22. The Thin Blue Line
23. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
24. Tiny Toy (Short)
25. Rain Man
26. Heathers

Need to rewatch:
The Land Before Time
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: pixote on August 04, 2017, 02:06:29 PM
New poll. Vote for your top five!

Previous results for best single film:

Film
          Votes         
Die Hard
9
Grave of the Fireflies
8
The Last Temptation of Christ
6
The Thin Blue Line
5
My Neighbour Totoro
3
Dangerous Liaisons
2
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
2
Akira
1
Cinema Paradiso
1
Scrooged
1
Rain Man
1
Dead Ringers
1
As Tears Go By
1
The Naked Gun
1
Bull Durham
1
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
1
The Vanishing
1
Another Woman
1
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
1

pixote
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: MartinTeller on August 04, 2017, 02:21:21 PM
1. Time of the Gypsies
2. Hairspray
3. Drowning by Numbers
4. Midnight Run
5. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

No change.

This was a busy theater-going year for me, the year I started college. Movies I can definitely remember seeing in the theater:

Imagine: John Lennon
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
A Fish Called Wanda
Talk Radio
Gorillas in the Mist
Scrooged
The Accused
Coming to America
Alien Nation
Rain Man
Betrayed
Twins
Punchline


and maybe these? I think these were all home viewings, but the memories are fuzzy...

Dead Ringers
Die Hard
Bull Durham
Bright Lights, Big City
School Daze
Working Girl
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: goodguy on August 04, 2017, 03:04:02 PM
Time of the Gypsies (Kusturica)
Damnation (Tarr)
Kung-fu master! (AKA Le petit amour, Varda)
On the Silver Globe (Zulawski)
A ay (AKA Oh, Moon!, Reha Erdem)

HM: A Short Film About Killing (Kieslowski), Alice (Svankmajer), Chocolat (Denis), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Kaufman), Jane B. par Agnès V. (Varda), Heathers (Lehmann), The Distance Between You And Me And Her (Michael Kann)

Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: pixote on August 04, 2017, 04:08:02 PM
Would Alice crack that top five?

pixote
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: goodguy on August 04, 2017, 04:31:49 PM
Would Alice crack that top five?
Not today (added it to HM).

P.S. Just noticed your poll edit. The US title for Kung-fu master! always makes me chuckle.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: DarkeningHumour on August 05, 2017, 04:18:51 AM
I have watched an average of 10 movies a year from 1980 to 1987, then we hit 1988 and than number goes to 20. I am not sure what happened between 1987 and 1988 but clearly momentous changes were transpiring in the world.

My Neighbour Totoro
Die Hard
Grave of the Fireflies
Who Killed Roger Rabbit
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: oldkid on August 05, 2017, 01:50:26 PM
1988 was a good year.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: philip918 on August 05, 2017, 02:58:26 PM
Die Hard
My Neighbor Totoro
Grave of the Fireflies
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
Akira
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 05, 2017, 05:57:31 PM
The Vanishing
Die Hard
A Fish Called Wanda
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
The Thin Blue Line

HM: Akira, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Hairspray, My Neighbour Totoro, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, They Live, Heathers, Beetlejuice

Saw all of the above in the cinema that year (or whatever year they turned up in cinemas here), except for Totoro.

Really must see: Grave of the Fireflies, Cinema Paradiso
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Teproc on August 08, 2017, 07:24:04 AM
Tonari no Totoro / My Neighbour Totoro
Hotaru no haka / Grave of the Fireflies
A Fish Called Wanda
Die Hard
The Last Temptation of Christ
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: DarkeningHumour on August 08, 2017, 09:51:05 AM
Good year for anime.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on August 13, 2017, 06:00:11 AM
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: oldkid on August 13, 2017, 02:10:59 PM
It is easy to see why A Short Film about Love and A Short Film about Killing are put into the Dekalog, but Keislowski filmed the tv show and the movie shorts with different cameras, he extended the two stories, and he released the two theatrically.  So I keep them separate, while reserving the right to claim that Dekalog, as a whole,  is one of the greatest films of all time.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on August 15, 2017, 04:41:25 PM
Formally it obviously is the right way to handle the matter in such a way! Both the short films outmatch their corresponding parts in The Decalogue; I just wanted to keep things simple. In my view the sum of The Decalogue itself is considerably greater than the value of the episodes themselves.
Title: Re: Best Film of 1988
Post by: Keil S. on February 13, 2018, 07:10:33 AM
Can’t believe I’m the only one who selected Running on Empty.  That film is sublime.