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30 Years Later: Ranking The Movies Of Summer 1984

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 5, 2014 3:36 PM
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Ranked: Movies Of 1984
Friday, June 8th, 1984 was quite a day. Homosexuality was decriminalized in New South Wales, Australia; an F5 tornado struck the town of Barnevald, Wisconsin, USA, destroying 90% of it; President Ronald Reagan attended a summit in London; the Celtics beat the Lakers 121-103 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA finals; TV gameshow “Press Your Luck” paid out the biggest ever jackpot (to that point) of $110,000 to one Michael Larson who had figured out how to beat the system; and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” was poised to knock Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” off the Billboard Charts number one spot. Oh, and modern classics “Ghostbusters” and “Gremlins” were both released.

Watch: Vintage 1-Hour 'NOVA: The Magic of Special Effects' Explores 'Temple Of Doom,' 'Return Of The Jedi' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 23, 2014 11:35 AM
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Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom Steven Spielberg Harrison Ford
A few weeks ago Drew McWeeny over at HitFix wrote a treatise on the current age of filmmaking and its overrealiance on CGI (partly inspired by the illuminating VFX reel for “Only God Forgives”), dubbing our era the “age of casual magic.” He wondered whether modern-day audiences still had the capacity for awe in the face of ever-increasing spectacle. While we can’t pretend to know the answer to that question—we’ll see how the general movie-going public responds to Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” which appears to be aiming for the awe of yesteryear—what we can do is turn the clock back and see what images and effects mesmerized audiences thirty years ago.

'Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom’: An Appreciation On Its 30th Anniversary

  • By Peter Avellino
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  • May 22, 2014 12:01 PM
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Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom
Released on May 23, 1984, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary and the fighting still hasn’t died down. At the time, “Return of the Jedi” was just one year old, and “E.T.” wasn’t even two years old, and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” that first collaboration between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, was just then approaching its third anniversary. To say that the two men were on top of the showbiz mountain almost feels like an understatement. 'Temple of Doom' was a huge hit when released—really, there was no way it wasn’t going to be—but didn’t match the box office of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and was the subject of a surprising amount of controversy.

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