#628 Barbarosa (1982)

Starring Willie Nelson and Gary Busey, Barbarosa is a stuffy, 60s spagetti western style movie made to idolise a fictional outlaw who goes around Mexico robbing people by gunpoint.

The thing is, I’ve never quite understood westerns – and the stuffy Barbarosa really can’t convince me otherwise.

80s-o-meter: 7%

Total: 15%

#627 Real Genius (1985)

Val Kilmer’s always wise cracking – but never exactly laugh-out-loud funny – character is at hard to stomach for the first 30 minutes, but as soon as the movie introduces an actual plot, Real Genius becomes interesting enough to watch for the remaining 45 minutes.

The movie kind of tries something new, but the theme was already better handled one year earlier in Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

80s-o-meter: 84%

Total: 63%

#613 The Aviator (1985)

Ah, Christopher Reeve. Don’t even think I didn’t notice how you casually exchanged a few words, climbed into that 1930’s Stearman plane, run it down the airstrip and took off towards the skies in one continuous shot.

The Aviator was for a Reeve his pet project he got to do between other roles and the part seems made for him with considering his flying hobby and the looks of the silent era movie star.

The movie took quite a literal downhill from the moment the plane crashed, and the challenges the script throw in their way don’t feel real nor menacing enough for any adult viewer, but it’s still interesting to see how they make it back to the civilisation.

80s-o-meter: 28%

Total: 61%