An 80s Movie Sampler: D Through E (And One More C)

It's been a while since I've done an 80s Movie Sampler. Things have been so busy that it's been difficult for me to find the time to go down the cinematic Memory Lane of the 1980s, but I wanted to remedy that with my latest article.

This Sampler will be covering 80s titles beginning with the letters D and E, but before we get to them, there's one title I forgot to include in An 80s Movies Sampler: C. I don't know how I could've forgotten this, especially as one of the movie's cast members, Scott Schwartz, is a Facebook friend of mine, but before the Ds and the Es, I have to acknowledge A Christmas Story.

Almost four decades out from its' initial release, A Christmas Story is an established classic of holiday cinema. The tale of young Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) and his quest to get a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas, A Christmas Story is a timeless classic. We've all had to deal with annoying childhood bullies. We've all tried to curry favor with our teachers. We've all said things we aren't supposed to. Finally, we've all hoped for a certain gift to come our way, either for Christmas or for a birthday. A Christmas Story is relatable for all audiences because it truly captures the joy and the pain of being a child.

Every cast member of A Christmas Story delivers a memorable performance. From Peter Billingsley as Ralphie to Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon as the parents to Zack Ward as the bully Scut Farkus, every actor brings the humor and heart of the screenplay to life. I, of course, have to give a shout-out to Scott Schwartz as Flick, Ralphie's friend who's tricked into getting hsi tongue stuck to a flagpole. I've met Scott in person several times, even interviewing him on the red carpet of the Hoboken International Film Festival in 2019, and he's a man who knows how to have fun. He loves pro wrestling, comedy, adult films and retro pop culture. If you attend a major pop culture convention, you might see Scott there helping the show's staff or representing guests when he's not being a guest himself. Say hello to him. He's a cool guy.

We now begin the article proper with the first D title on the list, Daffy Duck's Quackbusters.

This last Looney Tunes compilation film is also one of the last times Mel Blanc would voice the beloved Looney Tunes characters. The plot, put briefly, is that Daffy Duck inherits a fortune from deceased millionaire J.P Cubish, with the provision that the money be put to a good use. Daffy decides to start a ghostbusting service with the help of Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig, yet greed gets the best of the duck in the end.

Quite a few people feel this last of the Looney Tunes compilation films is also the least of them. They'll point out, for example, how Mel Blanc's voice work in the newly animated sequences is in stark contrast to the vintage material, or they might feel the plot is chasing trends. No matter how you put, Daffy Duck's Quackbusters has quite a divisive reputation.

Speaking for myself, though, this was the first of the Looney Tunes compilation films I can recall watching, and I thought it worked quite well. I didn't mind the voice differences, mainly as I was paying more attention to the comedy, but I feel that Mel Blanc, even near the end of