Category: 1980s


Crossing Delancey

I had no preconceived ideas about Crossing Delancey before I saw it. I’d maybe heard the title here and there, but that’s about it. And I’d never really seen Amy Irving in a movie before (hearing her voice a cartoon character doesn’t really count). I found her to be an adequate leading lady, but I think this material really allowed her to shine as an actress, but more on that later.

Ms. Irving plays Isabelle, an (aspiring) intellectual who works in a fancy New York bookstore and swoons over pedantic author Anton (Jeroen Krabbe, who still gives me the willies because of The Fugitive), a man who is everything her traditional Jewish upbringing is not. Her grandma is concerned for Isabelle’s love life (as well she should be) and hires a marriage broker to find a nice man for Isabelle. Enter Sam (Peter Riegert, a surprisingly attractive romantic lead…I’m used to him as the mean detective in The Mask or the snarky butler in Oscar), a nearby businessman (pickles, to be specific) whose had a crush on Isabelle from a distance for years. Isabelle thinks she’s too good for a pickle peddlar and snubs him, but for some reason can’t get him out of her mind…I’m sure you can guess the rest. Isabelle is a pretty unlikable character and I think any actress would have had a hard time convincing me that this woman was worthy of sweet Sam. Amy does her best, though. (Did you notice that we did a movie starring the infamous ex-Mrs. Spielberg just after watching Steven’s Indiana Jones movies? Total coincidence…)

Color Club On the Wild Side

This is Color Club’s On the Wild Side, a deep gray frosty mess. All I can say is ugh. This picture is two coats and a topcoat and you can keep it, Color Club! ~K

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

All fairness? I don’t know what K is smoking but it is totally not fair to stick me with Temple of Doom and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Am I right people? Plus, she got to do her favorite Indy movie, so in all fairness, I should get to do mine!

Ok, enough venting. Like I said, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is my favorite in the series. I love Harrison Ford’s Indiana, but throw in Sean Connery as his dad, and I am at a loss to figure out how to make it better. Oh yeah, bring John Rhys-Davies and Denholm Elliott back as Sallah and Marcus Brody respectively, and make them even funnier than before, and this is almost the perfect action movie, at least in my book.

This story opens with a little look into the back story of Indiana Jones. We find out that Indy’s father is obsessed with finding the Holy Grail, which has the power to give eternal life, and we see where his hatred of snakes stems from (“I hate snakes, Jock! I hate ‘em!”). This opening scene sets the stage for “the Jones’ Boys” quest for the Holy Grail. This involves slogging through catacombs in Venice, hitching a ride on a Zeppelin, and contending with Indy’s old nemeses, the Nazis.

In Raiders, the best parts of the movie were when Indy and Marion were sparring. In this one, the sparring is also terrific, except it’s between Indy and his dad. Alison Doody is gorgeous as Dr. Elsa Schneider, but she is just no match for Sean Connery.

OPI Berlin There Done That

OPI’s Berlin There Done That is a brownish-grayish cream polish (is it just me, or does it seem like I am always wearing creams?)  The formula is quite good and was pretty much opaque after just two coats.  Although I don’t love the wide brush, I have tiny little nails, but I am getting used to it and not slopping polish all over the place, at least not too badly.

I can’t say why, but I have become a sucker for these seemingly odd colored cream polishes (like Orly’s Mirror Mirror or OPI’s Skull and Gloss Bones).  They are colors I didn’t think I would like initially, but once they are on my nails, I sort of loved them, and this is no exception. ~K

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

E says that I don’t get to review both of the “good” Indiana Jones movies (even though in all fairness I should do) so here I am again to review Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I would say this is my least favorite of Indy’s big screen adventures, but that doesn’t mean it’s a complete stinker. There are some great things here, such as Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan), and the entire opening scene in Cafe Obi Wan (sans Willie’s surreal musical number) is just awesomeness. There’s also some funny slapstick in the jungle and later in the Maharajah’s palace as Indy and Willie clumsily seduce each other. And the business in the tunnels with the spiky ceiling and the bugs is just classic Indiana Jones (plus, we get the famous hat grabbing scene that has been parodied over and over).

And for those of you who have lived sad, Indiana Jones-less lives, here’s a quick recap of the plot:  Dr. Jones (apparently before he remembered all of that righteous indignation about how ancient artifacts should be in museums) is in Shanghai to sell a relic to a big shot crime boss and very nearly becomes a relic himself. He escapes (of course!), dragging bratty singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw, woefully miscast in a badly written part) and miniscule sidekick Short Round along with him for a series of misadventures in India. There are bugs, snakes (naturally), and chilled monkey’s brains, and that’s just dinner.

This movie genuinely scared me as a child, but so did Raiders and Crusade. I think the difference here is that (spoilers!) my trusty Dr. Jones becomes one of the bad guys, and that’s just really depressing, even if it’s short-lived. Unacceptable!

OPI Charmed By a Snake

I couldn’t help myself. This is OPI’s Charmed By a Snake from their India Collection. It’s a gorgeous, caramel brown with tons of gold shimmer. This picture is two coats with a topcoat, and can I just say, I’m in love! ~K

Raiders of the Lost Ark

There are not words to describe my love for Indiana Jones. I never get tired of them (no, not even Temple of Doom) and that’s kind of a big deal for me and my infinitesimal attention span. Raiders is my favorite (I think mainly because I want to be Marion Ravenwood when I grow up…) so I’m glad I get to review it. This is where we first meet Dr. Jones, part-time archeology professor and part-time tomb raider (don’t deny it, he’s always going after the treasure). After losing a fancy find to his perpetual nemesis, Belloq (Paul Freeman), Indy is enlisted by the US government to stop the Nazis from acquiring the legendary Ark of the Covenant. To do so, he has to look up an old flame, Marion (Karen Allen) who isn’t completely pleased to see him again, but eventually agrees to help him out.

This movie has everything: romance, adventure, Nazis, snakes, giant boulders, archeology, Harrison Ford…yeah, I think I listed all of the important things. Ford is fantastic as Indiana Jones (no surprise there, he was terrific as Han Solo as well) as are all of the cast in their respective parts. Steven Spielberg is like a kid in a candy store behind the camera and John Williams score is completely iconic. None of the other Indiana Jones movies are as good as this one (although The Last Crusade comes close…gotta love me some Sean Connery). If you haven’t seen Raiders (I think you must live under a rock if you haven’t) go and see it immediately. You won’t regret it.

And on a totally unrelated sidenote: Does anyone else want to marry Seth MacFarlane after watching the Oscars last night, or is it just me? (Call me, Seth!)

OPI Dusk Over Cairo

My polish for this movie is OPI’s Dusk Over Cairo, a coral-y mauve frost monster that was a little bit sheer. This picture is three coats without a topcoat. It’s kind of a matronly color, but I will admit it is a pretty shade and does remind me of a fiery sunset. Still, not my cup of tea. ~K

Xanadu

I loved Xanadu.  It was a little weird, but completely hilarious.  Oh, sorry, did you think I was talking about the movie?  Yeah, no.  I was talking about the Broadway musical based on the movie, which was about a million times better than the movie.  I mean, for a movie that has an animated sequence where the two main characters turn into fishes and then birds (yeah, you heard that right—birds and fishes), it took itself a little too seriously.  That was the main reason I loved the musical and the movie left me feeling sort of meh.  The musical understood that the plot was absurd and the characters were kind of obnoxious, but they made it work by sort of winking at the audience the entire time.

Okay, so I didn’t hate the movie Xanadu.  I loved the music, and I was surprised to find that I knew a lot of the songs already (I have since found out that my parents used to listen to the soundtrack when I was young).  Olivia Newton-John was adorable, and Gene Kelly, even at 68 was all charm and finesse, dancing all over the place.  As for the leading man, Michael Beck was laughably bad.  I’m pretty sure they could have found someone who could act and had at least a little charisma to play Sonny Malone.

As for the plot, Sonny Malone is an artist, struggling to find inspiration.  Enter Kira, a beautiful woman who turns his world upside down and encourages him to help his new friend Danny (Gene Kelly) open a nightclub named Xanadu.  Eventually, we find out that Kira is a muse who comes to Earth to help inspire creativity in artists, including Danny when he was a young musician.  Despite her best efforts, Kira falls in love with Sonny, but it’s up to a higher power to decide if they will ever get to be together.

L'Oreal The Muse's Inspiration 2

L’Oreal’s The Muse’s Inspiration was too perfect of a fit for this movie to pass up.  I’m not usually a big fan of orange, but I quite liked this polish.  It’s an orange base with gold shimmer.  The formula was pretty nice, and this picture is only two coats, which is lovely for an impatient person like me. ~E

Ladyhawke & Orly Fowl Play

Ladyhawke

There are some who think Ladyhawke is a silly movie with a totally anachronistic score (I’m not naming names…*cough*…my sister). Maybe their right…but I love it anyway. It is the story of a pickpocket (Matthew Broderick) who is swept up in the epic love story of a man (Rutger Hauer) cursed to be a wolf at night and his lady (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is a hawk by day. This is a particularly cruel curse in that they are always together, but can never truly be…you know, together. They need this particular pickpocket to help them get revenge on the bishop who cursed them.

Sure the music is a little dated, but I still think it’s beautiful. I have the soundtrack on my ipod and listen to it a lot. The cinematography is breathtaking and the story is magical. They just don’t make movies like this anymore.

Matthew is adorable (like a medieval Ferris Bueller). Michelle is completely gorgeous, while Rutger is super intense and strangely attractive. Definitely a good, watch, so check it out sometime.

Orly Fowl Play

For this movie, I chose Orly’s Fowl Play from their Birds of a Feather Collection. The above photo was 3 coats plus a topcoat. This polish is kind of sheer, but I think it was worth it. Look at all of the things it’s got going on: deep purple jelly base, tiny silver glitter, larger iridescent glitter and color-shifting flakes. It’s pretty much gorgeous, right? Definitely a winner, Orly! ~K

Labyrinth & Misa Lost to the World

Labyrinth

Isn’t it amazing how you can watch a movie that you’ve seen hundreds of times throughout your life and still discover something new with every viewing? This is how I feel about the movie Labyrinth. Jim Henson really created a wonderful world with this film that I thoroughly enjoy escaping into every once in a while.

The story starts with Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), an imaginative teenager who is forced to babysit her stepbrother, Toby. As Toby cries, Sarah wishes that the goblins would come and take him away, which they promptly do. Sarah is distraught and the Goblin King (David Bowie) comes and offers her a magic crystal as payment for her brother. She refuses and sets off on a journey through the labyrinth to rescue Toby. Along the way she is tempted, tricked and meets many new friends. This is a coming of age story that highlights the challenges of that twilight time between childhood and womanhood–using Muppets.

David Bowie’s creepy wigs and very tight pants aside, he really puts his heart and soul into this performance and comes off appropriately terrifying and alluring. Jennifer is lovely and interacts with the puppets like a pro. But the puppets are the real joy of the film. The performances are wonderful and the designs are intricate and lifelike (much more so than the kind of disturbing puppets in The Dark Crystal). It might come off as a little bit silly on the first viewing, but give Labyrinth a chance and dig a little deeper. You’ll love it as much I do.

Misa Lost to the World

This is Misa’s Lost to the World from their Wanderlust Collection. This is 2 coats of a shimmery brown polish that sort of reminds me of chocolate milk. Not the most original color, but still very pretty. ~K

Romantic Comedy

Don’t let the title fool you–Romantic Comedy is not very funny. Nor is it very romantic. It stars Dudley Moore and Mary Steenbergen as writing partners who spend years fighting their attraction to each other…and just plain fighting. He marries the wrong woman, then she marries the wrong man. These crazy kids just can’t seem to get their timing right.

Dudley Moore strikes just the right world-weary note, while Mary Steenbergen has the bright-eyed new girl in town act down pat, but I just don’t buy these two as a couple. Partly, because Mr. Moore is practically a head shorter than Ms. Steenbergen. When he raves and rants at her I kept wondering why she doesn’t just swat him like a bug. Other than the two leads, the acting is lackluster and the plot meanders and drags. Before I saw Romantic Comedy, I wondered why I’d never heard of it. Now I know why. Take my advice:  let this one pass you by and watch Arthur instead.

Essie Mini How High

Essie’s Mini How High (don’t ask me what that name means, I don’t get it) is a pale pink jelly. The above picture is 3 coats and it’s still a bit sheer. This is a very girly color, but subtle. Definitely work appropriate. ~K

As someone who was raised in the ‘burbs, I have to say that I think it’s people who live in the city that are crazy. But that’s not the point of this movie. The point of The ‘Burbs is to showcase the bizarre, the paranoid and the just plain nuts in quiet suburban life. Tom Hanks stars as a mild-mannered inhabitant of a peaceful cul-de-sac, on a stay at home vacation. Bored to death, he starts watching the goings-on of his neighbors, particularly the creepy family next door who don’t take care of their house or yard and only come out at night. When one elderly neighbor disappears under suspicious circumstances, the entire street gets in on the stakeout, which quickly escalates into a full-blown witchhunt.

Tom Hanks is always likeable, even when he’s acting bat-crap-crazy, like he is here. I never want to see a movie where he’s the villain, I just wouldn’t buy it. Would anyone? I was very excited to see Carrie Fisher here as his long-suffering wife. Princess Leia is the coolest, right? Corey Feldman puts in an appearance as one of Tom’s cohorts and it just made me want to watch The Goonies (a much funnier movie than this one). This isn’t the greatest piece of cinema to come out of the ’80’s, but it provides a great bit of nostalgia from the decade that produced me.

In honor of those neighbors that have kept me up into the wee hours (and vice-versa) I present to you China Glaze’s Up All Night. This is a dark navy shimmer, almost black indoors, but gorgeous in the light. This could probably have been a one coat polish, but I did 2 for this picture, just to make sure I didn’t have any bald patches. Lovely formula, lovely color. ~K

When we were little, my sisters and I used to pretend sword fight around the house saying, “Hello.  My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die.”  Yeah, my family has loved The Princess Bride for just about as long as I can remember.  In fact, I can only think of one person I have ever met that doesn’t like The Princess Bride.  It is just so quotable!  When we were watching, K said that she thought she could quote the entire thing, word for word, and I didn’t doubt it.  I mean, who didn’t quote “No more rhyming, I mean it/Does anyone want a peanut?”

But, as for the movie itself, it is definitely a movie with something for everyone.  Like the grandpa says at the beginning, there’s “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.”

The movie starts with a little boy home sick playing old school video games.  His grandpa comes for a visit and reads him a story called “The Princess Bride”.  This story centers on Buttercup and Westley, played by Robin Wright (in her first movie) and Cary Elwes respectively.  They are both good, but I have always loved Cary Elwes since seeing this movie.  He is dashing and handsome.  Robin Wright is sufficiently pretty to be the princess bride, but she really doesn’t have much else to do.  When they are stuck in the fire swamp, she is of absolutely no use to anyone.

Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant are also terrific in this movie.  Mandy is a Spanish swordsman who has sworn to kill the six-fingered man who murdered his father.  Andre is the super strong, but very gentle giant who helps Mandy out.  Okay, so really everyone in this movie is so darn good that it’s hard to find someone who isn’t wonderful.  Chris Sarandon plays the nasty prince who chooses Buttercup to be his bride, only so he can murder her and start a war with a neighboring country.  Christopher Guest plays his companion and cohort in crime, and also just happens to have six fingers (well, actually 11-I don’t anyone to think that there’s a villain running around this movie with a total of only six fingers).  They are thoroughly enjoying being evil, but they do it subtly most of the time.  Peter Faulk plays the grandpa, and he is always reliable, and Fred Savage is his grandson.

Then there are all the guest stars that add so much to the movie.  Billy Crystal and Carole Kane play Miracle Max and his wife Valerie, and they have some of the most quotable lines in the whole thing.  Well, except for Peter Cook, who is the clergyman performing the Prince and Buttercup’s marriage (Mawiage is what bwings us togevah today).  Wallace Shawn is also incredibly quotable as Vizzini, who, in a way, brings all these characters together.

As for the polish for this movie, it was kind of tricky because there are so many polishes out there that fit with the whole princess theme.  Instead, I decided to go in a totally different direction and chose Butter London’s Lady Muck.  I know, an interesting choice, but I think it works.  In one of the most memorable scenes in the movie (it actually kind of scared me as a child), an old lady confronts Buttercup and calls her all sorts of horrible names for letting her true love go.  She calls Buttercup the queen of “rubbish, filth, slime, and muck,” so Lady Muck seemed like a different, but still appropriate polish.  Plus, K and I really wanted to get a Butter London on the blog.

I totally adored this polish.  The color is gorgeous.  It is a grayish blue color with a rainbow of silvery shimmer.  This picture is three coats, although I might have gotten away with just two.  The polish did dry quickly, which you know I love, but that can also make it challenging to apply.  This polish seemed to smooth itself out fairly well.

So, much like The Princess Bride, Butter London’s Lady Muck is well worth the time.  And returning to over and over again. ~E

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