31. "Alvin And The Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Christmas", by ? (1981)
This Christmas special is every bit as heinous as it sounds. And then some. However, if one wishes to imbibe the Christmas spirit, this special can prove hilarious to watch. Yet, even then, by the end of this trainwreck, you'll be rooting for Alvin and the boys to become road pizzas - or at least for Alvin to become a little flat. O-Kay!
32. "Diner", by Barry Levinson and MGM (1982)
Wow! What an amazing cast of characters in this one, and almost all of them at the beginning of their careers! This movie came out just as I was about to graduate from high school (Columbia High, Class of '82!) and it is filled with an amazing spirit of hope and anticipation. Just as I was on the cusp of beginning a wonderful life as an adult, so, too, were these six (6) knuckleheads. Who are The Six? They are Kevin Bacon, as Fen Fenwick; Tim Daly, as Billy Howard; Steve Guttenberg, as Eddie Simmons; Paul Reiser, as Modell; Mickey Rourke, as Boogie Sheftell; and Daniel Stern, as Larry Schreiber. Ellen Barkin is in this as well.
I absolutely fell in love with this movie, and Barry Levinson, by extension. Where do I begin with this master's movies? Before "Diner", he made "...And Justice For All", another favorite ("YOU'RE out of order! The whole trial is out of order!"). After "Diner" came "The Natural", "Tin Men", "Good Morning, Vietnam", "Rain Man", "Avalon", "Bugsy", "Homicide: Life On The Streets", "Sleepers", and "Liberty Heights". Unfortunately, he's had a dry spell for the last twelve (12) years.
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