Welcome to an exciting year-long project here at The Nerdy. 1981 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 5, 1982, and we’re off to see Evil Under the Sun!
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.
Evil Under the Sun
What is it about Agatha Christie movies that they always seem to attract some of the most interesting actors of the time? And why is it everyone seems to want to play Hercule Poirot?
I’m not the biggest fan of murder mysteries because I know it always ends up relying on some minuscule piece of evidence you won’t catch as the audience. That being said, I enjoyed Evil Under the Sun. It’s a great cast – I’ll never say no to some Roddy McDowall or Maggie Smith – and, just as I figured, it relied on things I really couldn’t have possibly figured out. But I’ll at least say it’s not a Christie story I was familiar with so I was enjoying a story I hadn’t seen driven into the ground.
Guy Hamilton also did a gorgeous job directing the film, but with four James Bond films on his resume, that’s not really that much of a surprise. He definitely brought a great eye to filming in a gorgeous location.
At the end of the day, it’s a movie based on a story by Agatha Christie, so you know what you’re in for. It’s worth a watch if you’ve never seen it before, and especially if you aren’t familiar with this particular story of hers.
1982 Movie Reviews will return on March 19 with Deathtrap and Victor/Victoria!