Monday, January 27, 2014

The Leading Ladies of the 1980's (redux)

The Leading Ladies of the 1980's! - That is right, I am revisiting hence the redux the list's thus far made for the leading ladies and men of each decade. A total of only 3 does not allow us to fairly capture the actors from around the globe that truly left a mark in that particular decade. With a lot of thought a pain staking hours I have finally came up with the leading lists for each decade and now bringing you the COMPLETE LIST of the ladies of the 1980's who simply were in my book the definition of that decade. Enjoy and left me know via comments your thoughts...perhaps you agree or disagree and have leading ladies that potentially belong to the "Runner's Up List."

The eight top leading ladies deemed as the defining women of the 1980's are:

Meryl Streep, Kathleen Turner, Molly Ringwald, Sissy Spacek, Michelle Pfieffer, Jessica Lange, Debra Winger, & Isabelle Adjani.

These leading ladies truly hit the silver screen in big ways with major roles in motion pictucres during the 1980's. "Love Those Classic Movies!" will highlight in articles each leading lady as being the definition of what made the 1980's a great decade for films.

Great films that each leading lady appeared during the 1980's:

Meryl Streep:

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
Still of the Night (1982)
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Silkwood (1983)
Falling In Love (1984)
Plenty (1985)
Out of Africa (1985)
Heartburn (1986)
Ironweed (1987)
A Cry In The Dark (1988)
She-Devil (1989)

Kathleen Turner:

Body Heat (1981)
The Man With Two Brains (1983)
Romancing The Stone (1984)
A Breed Apart (1984)
Crimes of Passion (1984)
Prizzi's Honor (1985)
The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Julia and Julia (1987)
Switching Channels (1988)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
The Accidental Tourist (1988)
Tummy Trouble (1989)
The War of the Roses (1989)

Molly Ringwald:

Tempest (1982)
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
P.K. and the Kid (1987)
King Lear (1987)
The Pick-up Artist (1987)
For Keeps? (1988)
Fresh Horses (1988)

Sissy Spacek:

Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Heart Beat (1980)
Raggedy Man (1981)
Missing (1982)
The Man With Two Brains (1983)
The River (1984)
Marie (1985)
Violets Are Blue... (1986)
'night Mother (1986)
Crimes of the Heart (1986)

Michelle Pfeiffer:

The Hollywood Knights (1980)
Falling In Love Again (1980)
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)
Grease 2 (1982)
Scarface (1983)
Into The Night (1985)
Ladyhawke (1985)
Sweet Liberty (1986)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
Married to the Mob (1988)
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Dangerous Liaisons (1989)
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

Jessica Lange:

How To Beat The High Co$t of Living (1980)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Tootsie (1982)
Frances (1982)
Country (1984)
Sweet Dreams (1985)
Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Far North (1988)
Everybody's All-American (1988)
Music Box (1989)

Debra Winger:

Urban Cowboy (1980)
Cannery Row (1982)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Mike's Murder (1984)
Legal Eagles (1986)
Black Widow (1987)
Made in Heaven (1987)
Betrayed (1988)

Isabelle Adjani:

Clara et les Chics Types (1981)
Quartet (1981)
Possession (1981)
Next Year If All Goes Well (1981)
All Fired Up (1982)
The Last Horror Film (1982)
Antonieta (1982)
Deadly Circuit (1983)
One Deadly Summer (1983)
Pull Marine (1984)
Subway (1985)
You've Got Beautiful Stairs, You Know (1986)
Ishtar (1987)
Camille Claudel (1988)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Knife in the Water (1962)

Knife in the Water (1962)
Directed By: Roman Polanski
Starring: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, & Zygmunt Malanowicz.

~ This is the very first motion picture that Roman Polanski directed.

Krystyna (Umecka) and Andrzej (Niemczyk) are a couple that enjoy the finer things in life. Krystyna with a rough past that hungered for wealth and has it now with her husband Andrzej. The couple are enjoying a drive into the country a planning to spend a quiet weekend when meeting a young man (Malanowicz) in an odd way. The young man is standing in the middle of the country road that the couple driving in the country happen to be on. They drive and yell for him to move and he does not. A very close call but the car is able to by Andrzej move off and not hit the young man. Words are

 exchanged and are heated but the young man enjoys no pressure in life and playing with his life and with cars in this same way. One thing leads to another and the young man is in the car driving with the couple where the destination eventually is reached which is a lake.

The couple tell the young man that they are there to enjoy their sail boat for the weekend. The young man knows they can enjoy the finer things in life and has never enjoyed ever being on a sail boat. He is asked what his plans are which is simply going back on the road and having no real plans and just letting things happen when they do. He is offered to enjoy the weekend with them and he accepts.

Both men seem to have a lot against one another where Andrezej always seems to look down on the young man. What Krytyna points out is that her husband is man and has issues with the young man because they are too alike. When her husband was in his 20's he had the same attitude and did not have anything to his name either. There seems to be much more emotion between people that oddly enough have not known each other until this chance encounter on the road. It is amazing what happens on this short amount of time on the lake where perhaps a drowning happens, passion happens and much more. This is a very enjoyable and a movie that for Roman Polanski is a great way to be introduced into the motion pictures.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

In Pictures: Jane Fonda

Here is our 55th installment of this very successful feature to "Love Those Classic Movies!!!" This article is simply an enjoyment via beautiful pictures of our favorite golden age classic stars. Not a lot of writing at all or tid bits or extras just simply as it is stated, "in pictures!" Hope you enjoy the leading lady who lights up the screen with her diverse rolls...Academy Award winner Jane Fonda!


Donald Sutherland & Jane Fonda

Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, & Jane Fonda in "The China Syndrome"

Robert Redford & Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda with her father Henry Fonda

Robert Redford & Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda & Anthony Perkins

Jane Fonda, Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn in "On Golden Pond"

Jane Fonda, Christine Lahti, & Robert Redford

Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, & Lilly Tomlin in "9 to 5"