Welcome to an exciting year-long project here at The Nerdy. 1982 was an exciting year for films giving us a lot of films that would go on to be beloved favorites and cult classics. It was also the start to a major shift in cultural and societal norms, and some of those still reverberate to this day.
We’re going to pick and choose which movies we hit, but right now the list stands at nearly four dozen.
Yes, we’re insane, but 1982 was that great of a year for film.
The articles will come out – in most cases – on the same day the films hit theaters in 1982 so that it is their true 40th anniversary. All films are also watched again for the purposes of these reviews and are not being done from memory. In some cases, it truly will be the first time we’ve seen them.
This time around it’s March 24, 1982, and we’re off to see Eating Raoul! (And we’re publishing this on the 26th, because who wants to see a dark comedy on a Thursday?)
Quick side note: Since we launched this series this year, we’ve discovered that Vintage Video Podcast is doing the exact same project with two differences: First, it’s audio (naturally), and second, they are doing every major film. We’ve listened to numerous episodes and it’s fun checking off their thoughts against my own. Check them out over at Vintage Video Podcast.
Eating Raoul is one of those movies that has been on my “to watch” list for about as long as I’ve had a “to watch” list. I just never seemed to get there. Finally, I did, and I enjoyed it, but couldn’t help but feel like something was missing.
A couple discovers the quickest way to achieve their dreams is through murder after accidentally killing a swinger. From there it’s just a series of murders and like any other story, once you break one major crime, all the rest come easily to you.
The best way to describe the movie is as a “black comedy,” and while it excels at this in certain points, it also feels like it leaves a lot of potential darker moments left on the table. All of this builds and builds to the title of the film becoming a reality, and that scene is just… nothing.
It’s a cute concept, and you can see how it inspired a lot of what came after it, but it also leaves you wanting more.
1982 Movie Reviews will return on April 2 with Cat People, Pandemonium, and Silent Rage!
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