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At 29th June of 1988, the movie "Coming to America" was released.

"Coming to America" is one of those films that best exemplifies the 80's exuberance and unique appeal, it's raunchy and outrageous on the surface but sweet and good-hearted inside. And the film carries such a tender naivety in its portrayal of the fictional country of Zamunda and Royal Family's lifestyle that it makes today's films depressingly cynical in their desperate attempt to copy reality by any means.

Yes, a country like Zamunda is very improbable but that makes the beginning of the film so fascinating. That Prince Akeem, waking up on his 21st birthday, would be treated with such an exaggerated devotion echoes one of Cinema's greatest values: escapism and dream. It doesn't work in every case but here it does and for a simple reason: the "Coming to America" plot line perfectly contrasts with the "Coming from Zamunda" set-up, Zamunda had to be in a total opposition with New York for the film's own comedic purposes. 

It doesn't avoid some clichés like the passing of zebras and elephants to show that the film is set in the African continent, yet it's one of these moments we remember the most from the film just before, as the trailer says, the fairy tale stops as soon as the first shot of New York City appears.

"Coming to America", directed by John Landis and starring Eddie Murphy, is in the same vein than their previous work in "Trading Places", a movie compared to Frank Capra's classics. Only this time, it's not a wags to riches story but quite the opposite, it's a Cinderella story told in reverse since it's the Prince Akeem who comes to America to marry a woman, and as he explains to his friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) : "I want a woman who will arouse my intellect as well as my loins". 

This premise leads to a succession of situations so funny that you almost forget about the romantic purpose of Prince Akeem's trip and the presence of Arsenio Hall as the second lead of the film is responsible of that as he literally outshines all the other cast members and creates the perfect comic-straight man duo that this kind of stories need. Semi's priceless look from the window when Akeem shouts: "Life. Real life! A thing that we have been denied for far too long!" is the perfect counterpart to Akeem's naive enthusiasm as he joyfully gives the F-word back to an angry neighbor.

After they find a place to live and a job, the whole New York's discovery part is a tribute to the actors' extraordinary talent to portray different characters from chatting barbers to drags, from singers to pervert reverends, they both nail their roles and we, as viewers, are invited to spot them every once in a while. 

The beauty of "Coming to Africa" is that it features two levels of true appreciation, one on the story and another through a series of sketch-like vignettes demonstrating two sides of the actors' talent, without overdoing them. In a way, "Coming to America" prefigures the appeal of Eddie Murphy's "Nutty Professor" and his wonderful talent as a comedian when given a good role, and Prince Akeem is one of his best. But to attribute the success of the film only on Eddie Murphy's talent would be untrue, and even more unfair.

Another force of the film relies on the whole casting, starting with the perfect couple that could have ever played Akeem's parents: James Earl Jones as the authoritarian King Jaffe Joffe and Madge Sinclair as the most comprehensive mother but no less Queen Aoloan, both who'd team up later to play much ore memorable royal couple in a certain Disney film set in Africa.

Both Jones and Sinclair possess a majestic and absolutely irresistible aura, and the powerful image of King Jaffe Joffe inspires an ominous sensation beautifully conveyed by the music that accompanies his own entrance in New York. 

The rest of the cast include another veteran actor, John Amos, as the McDowell restaurant chain owner, Shari Hadley as his beautiful daughter, Eriq La Salle as her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend, Samuel L. Jackson in his typical scene-stealing 80's supporting roles and it also features briefs but heart-warming cameos of Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy as...you know, and if you don't, well, make a guess.

Released by Paramount Pictures, the film was a commercial box-office success, both domestically and worldwide. It grossed $288,752,301 at the worldwide box office. It was the highest earning film that year for the studio and the third-highest grossing film at the United States box office. The film was nominated for two Oscars: Best Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman Landis and Best Makeup by Rick Baker, who designed the makeup effects for both Murphy's and Arsenio Hall's multiple supporting characters.

As a comedy and romance (not a romantic comedy, mind you) the film is not without some predictable situations, but it delivers what is expected, it's funny, it has a happy ending, and most of its scenes can be watched regardless of their context.

It's a great movie to watch and re-watch and its classical status can't be denied, since 27 years later after its release, the image of Murphy as the Old Jewish man, Arsenio Hall as a woman, the McDowell's logo and the unforgettable 'Soul Glo' will forever be associated with the 80's, a decade where movies were made just for fun and only for fun. Strongly recommended to anybody that likes blasts from the past.

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#ComedyFilm   #Romance
#Onthisday   #MovieReview
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At 4th May of 1984, the movie "Sixteen Candles" was released.

Films like 'Sixteen Candles' personify what the 80's was all about. And if you were a child of the 80's, you will probably identify with this film a lot more than the now younger generation. The story is simple enough, but it works so well. Most films are about other films, and few invent new stuff in the film world. So when something new comes around, it is remarkable. The big deal with this film is that it does add something to the cinematic vocabulary that wasn't there before.

This film was written and directed by John Hughes. Hughes had written a couple films prior to this one for the group National Lampoon's, namely the classic comedy "National Lampoon's: Vacation." "Candles" marks the directorial debut of Hughes, his first complete film. Why is this of any significance ?

Well, Hughes followed up this film a year later with a little movie called "The Breakfast Club." As if that wasn't impressive enough, in the 1980s, Hughes produced more hit sequels to the "Vacation" series, a movie called "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and created some of the finest films of the careers of Chevy Chase and John Candy. He's the father of 80's comedy and the grandfather of comedy as we know it today.

'Sixteen Candles' takes place basically over the course of one day when a family forgets the sweet sixteenth birthday of a girl amid the preparations for the oldest daughter's wedding. The sixteen year old is played by the 80's teen queen Molly Ringwald. It was the movie that helped her gain that title and is the best of her career. She plays the role of Samantha Baker with ease and charm. 

We feel all her range of emotions from the hurt of being forgotten to the longing she feels for a boy, Jake Ryan, who she has a major crush on but doesn't think he knows that she's alive. Little does Samantha know that Jake wants to meet her and the movie goes through a series of near misses between the two. 

Anthony Michael Hall plays "The Geek" who is constantly hitting on Samantha. He acts like he is a man of the world, but really is full of hot air. Hall is extremely funny and the scene where he gives Jake advice on women and eventually drives the prom queen home in Jake's father's Roll Royce are priceless. Both sets of Samantha's grandparents are funny, one set are the worriers and the other the carefree sort. Gedde Wannabe is funny as an exchange student who comes with one of the grandparents. He does take the Asian stereotypes to the max but he comes across with a nice degree of charm. 

The film also has a great soundtrack with songs by The Thompson Twins (If You Were Here),The Stray Cats (Sixteen Candles), Billy Idol (Rebel Yell), David Bowie (Young Americans), Spandau Ballet (True), Oingo Boingo (Wild Sex In The Working Class), The Vapors (Turning Japanese), Frank Sanatra(New York,New York), AC/DC (Snowballed), Darlene Love (Today I Met The Boy I'm Gonna Mary), Wham! (Young Guns), Patti Smith(Gloria), Stevie Ray Vaughan (Lenny), Kajagoogoo (Kajagoogoo) and more. The Thompson Twins' "Wish You Were Here" perfectly frames the ending scene where Jake and Samantha finally hook up. The film grossed $23,686,027 against a budget of $6.5 million.

The biggest weakness of the film is it starts off rather slow, establishing its story and characters in broad strokes with zero subtlety. But as the film goes along, it becomes something surprising for a teen comedy, a funnier and more involving experience that finds room to probe some deeper emotions. 

John Hughes gets his target audience: he obviously hasn't forgot what it's like to experience teen angst, and he gives it the most humorous and charming touch! Even now a lot of aspects of this movie still works, even the comedic elements. This is a movie that left a mark for teen comedies and is most definitely worth seeing.

#SixteenCandles  #MollyRingwald
#80sMovies  #Movies
#Onthisday   #Romance
#Comedy  #JohnHughes
#MovieReview   #RomanticComedyFilm
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At 20th June of 1986, the movie "The Karate Kid, Part II" was released.

Two years after the success of the smash hit ‘Karate Kid', it was inevitable that the forces behind this most entertaining movie were going to go on and continue the story. In ‘KK2' we get to learn a lot more about the life of Mr. Miyagi and the development of his student, ‘Daniel-san'.

We once again get to see that fighting is only the last resort to your problems. There's plenty of adventure and conflict as our triumphant duo discovers more about the price of honour, the way one must fight when only the winner survives and the true power of friendship.

Following the theory that success is not to be tampered with, director John G Avildsen has paired up karate student Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) with mentor Mr Miyagi (Pat Morita) and poured them in to story little change from the original. Daniel gets beat up a few times, Mr Miyagi comes to his rescue, after a few life lessons Daniel wins the day, oh and he meets a girl and falls in love again too. 

Six months after his student Daniel has triumphed in the karate championship, Mr. Miyagi receives a troubling letter from Japan. His father is gravely ill, and he must return to his ancestral home in Okinawa, a place he left 45 years ago. In a gesture that demonstrates the deep bond between them, Miyagi allows Daniel to accompany him.

Shortly after they arrive, Miyagi's father dies and Daniel, whose own father is dead,  comforts his teacher in a very moving scene. The past weighs heavily on Miyagi. His old friend Sato, now a successful businessman, has not forgiven him for stealing the love of Yukie, the woman he was designated to marry.

Honor, according to Japanese tradition, is at stake here. Sato challenges Miyagi to a karate match from which only one man will walk away alive. If Miyagi refuses to fight, Sato will destroy the village, which is built on property he owns.

The screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen focuses on this challenge to Miyagi's pacifist values. Are the karate master's principles more important than the survival of his ancestral village ?

While Miyagi wrestles with his conscience, Daniel falls in love with Yukie's young niece, Kumiko, who is a dancer. He learns some new moves from her that help him out as he suffers various humiliations at the hands of Sato's vicious nephew Chozen.

The Karate Kid Part II, is bound to please fans of the first film. Noriyuki "Pat" Morita's karate master is better than ever as one who knows the value of a pure heart and a clear mind. Ralph Macchio's Daniel demonstrates new sensitivity as he has a valuable cross-cultural experience.

The film's signature tune was Peter Cetera's song "Glory of Love", which was a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. When Daniel and Miyagi are being driven by Chozen and his friend after they arrive in Okinawa, Chozen tunes in the radio of the car until he reaches a station playing "Fascination", the same song to which Ali and Johnny were slow dancing at the high-end country club in the original film. The soundtrack is notable as being the final album released by United Artists Records.

The Karate Kid, Part II opened in 1,323 theaters across North America on June 20, 1986. In its opening weekend, the film ranked first in its domestic box office grossing $12,652,336 with an average of $9,563 per theater. The film earned $20,014,510 in its opening week and ended its run earning a total of $115,103,979 domestically.

This movie is a great extension of the ‘Karate Kid' story, which shows an uplifting story about overcoming the odds and staying true to yourself. Miyagi's strong ‘anti-violence' theme continues in KK2, showing Daniel that the secrets of karate are that it is only to be used it when there is no other way. 

This movie is also very much about forgiveness, as Miyagi says at the start of the film ‘A person with no forgiveness in heart, living worse punishment than death'. Miyagi is the standout character in KK2, as he is always calm and rational, in situations in which most of us would not be, with his character going through a range of emotions that give us a much greater insight into him. If you are a Karate Kid fan than you have to watch what is a most satisfying of sequels. 

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+Jim Hart Hey Jim, you defiantly can replace the default launcher. I did it and it works great with Nova launcher. I was going to include it in the video but I was trying to keep it short and concise.
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aloha, +MobileTechReview . i love your reviews and vs. videos. Will you be doing one with the chrome pixel 2015? aloha have a nice day.
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