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A Cornucopia of Great Movies
by Jon Schuller

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30 years ago we bought a new home in Charlotte, N.C. and moved into it in July, 1989. So much has happened in that span of time I couldn't possibly cover it all unless I wrote several, rather long columns. But in that year 1989 there were many wonderful and great films that premiered all over the place. Our daughters, too, love films as much as we do and I believe that they have treasured memories involving going to the movies. This particular year was a big one for pictures.

As usual there were some really forgettable films that came out in 1989 so we're not wasting any valuable time with those. But the great ones, the now immortal ones, far outnumber the failures. Top 10 grossing pictures for 1989:
1.Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $474,171,806
2.Batman $411,348,924
3.Back to the Future Part II $331,950,002 4.Look Who's Talking
$296,999,813
5.Dead Poets Society $235,860,116

6.Lethal Weapon 2 $227,853,986
7.Honey, I Shrunk the Kids $222,724,172
8.Ghostbusters II $215,394,738
9.The Little Mermaid $184,155,863
10.Born on the Fourth of July $161,001,698
Awards (Academy and Golden Globes) were many and well-deserved.
Director: Oliver Stone Born on the Fourth of July
Actor: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Day-Lewis
Actress: Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Tandy, Pauline Collins
Supporting Actor: Denzel Washington, Ray McAnally
Supporting Actress: Julia Roberts, Brenda Fricker, Michelle Pfeiffer
Best Picture: Born on the Fourth of July Driving Miss Daisy Dead Poets Society

Over 200 movies premiered world-wide in 1989. So many of the titles are still being watched 30 years later. So many
marvelous actors and actresses created unforgettable characters in never-to-be-forgotten plots and places. Have you ever seen these great films:
The January Man, January, 1989 Please see my column, I Like It Even If They Don't (7/28/ 2016)
Sing March, 1989
Major League April, 1989
Field of Dreams April, 1989
Road House May, 1989
Dead Poets Society June, 1989
Batman June, 1989
Lethal Weapon 2 July, 1989
When Harry Met Sally July, 1989
The Abyss August, 1989
The Package August, 1989
Sea of Love September, 1989
Black Rain September 1989
Please see my column "BOLO: New York City Detective Missing in Japan" (April 6th, 2017)
An Innocent Man October, 1989
Steel Magnolias November, 1989
Driving Miss Daisy
December, 1989
Glory December, 1989
Always December, 1989

These are just a few of many amazing pictures. I've written several "anniversary" columns like this one before and what always strikes me about the movies I feature is how and why they remain fresh and vibrant after so many years. Why do we remember them and don't get bored even when we know so much of the dialogue and specific scenes? The power of films to influence, to inspire and to create thought, never ceases to amaze me. Movies can and still compete with other forms of information, especially today with I-phones and the internet. I, as a life-long, diehard movie fanatic can honestly say that I'm glad for this. Our country (and the world) needs creativity more than ever before. We need what pictures can and still provide: honesty, truth, decency and morals. And fresh views of the world and humanity must be constantly renewed so we all can enjoy what life offers all of us.

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Other columns by Jon Schuller:

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How To Capture a Famous Year on Film

40 Is So Young

I Can Feel It. Can You?

Life Seems to Imitate Art

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Jon Schuller
I am a former New Jersey native, living in Charlotte, N.C. for almost 30 years. I am a lifelong movie lover with lots of movie trivia knowledge and soundtracks in my CD collection. I enjoy sharing my love of films with everyone and have so many fond memories growing up in darkened movie theaters. I have been married 50 years (as of December 22, 2018) and we both share a passion for film (and each other of course).



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