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 August 27We’re back to review more movies from 1982, and this time it’s The Junkman!, 1982, and we’re off to see The Junkman.
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.
The Junkman may be one of the oddest films I’ve ever watched. It’s part of a trilogy in some ways as it acknowledges the existence of Gone in 60 Seconds and Deadline Auto Theft as films made by the main character of this film, H.B. Hailcki.
The film really is just a very loosely held-together narrative that is one excuse after another to get into a car chase. Any chance there is to jump in a car and chase someone, they’ll take it. But at the end of the day it is about a public relations manager hiring a team of assassins to take out their own client for… reasons.
Sit down, watch this movie, pay zero attention to the words being said because they’re meaningless. And best of all, if one was to look at certain free streaming sites, they would find it uploaded there for free because I’m not sure how many people even remember this movie exists.
If you like cars, watch it. If you don’t, you can safely skip this one.
1982 Movie Reviews will return on Sept. 3 with The Concrete Jungle!