Movie Madness Intro: The DeLorean Region

In March, ScreenAgeWasteland will have its 2nd annual Movie Madness tournament to determine the greatest movie of the 1980s.

Similar to the NCAA March Madness tournament that starts with 64 teams and ends with one winner standing tall, SAW is going to have 64 of the best movies from the 80s battle it out.

The great thing is you, the wasteoids, will be able to help determine the winner by voting in the matchups!

You will have to check back on March 1, 2021, when voting begins, to see what the matchups are for each region. The movies were picked by an intricate scoring system in order to get the best of the best films from the decade with minimal opinions or bias involved. The top four movies to grade out the highest are your four number one seeds in each region. Also, there was a limit of only two films per director. Lastly, the vote in winners will be marked at the bottom so you can see if your pick made the field of 64.

Check out the entries already announced in other regions to see possible Final Four matchups:

The VHS Region  |  The Training Montage Region

Here is your DeLorean Region!

Akira (1988)

“A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.”

Directors: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Writer: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama

Back to the Future (1985)

“Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.”

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Batman (1989)

“The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes the clownishly homicidal Joker.”

Director: Tim Burton

Writers: Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren

Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

Blood Simple (1984)

“The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.”

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Stars: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya

Brazil (1985)

“A bureaucrat in a dystopic society becomes an enemy of the state as he pursues the woman of his dreams.”

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writers: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown

Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro

The Breakfast Club (1985)

“Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.”

Director: John Hughes

Writer: John Hughes

Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

“After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy.”

Director: Irvin Kershner

Writers: Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan

Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Fanny and Alexander (1982)

“Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.”

Director: Ingmar Bergman

Writer: Ingmar Bergman

Stars: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Kristina Adolphson

The Fly (1986)

“A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.”

Director: David Cronenberg

Writers: Charles Edward Pogue, David Cronenberg

Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz

Kagemusha (1980)

“A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord’s double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.”

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Writer: Masato Ide, Akira Kurosawa

Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken’ichi Hagiwara

The Right Stuff (1983)

“The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.”

Director: Philip Kaufman

Writers: Philip Kaufman

Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris

The Road Warrior (1982)

“In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline-rich community escape a horde of bandits.”

Director: George Miller

Writers: Terry Hayes, George Miller, Brian Hannant

Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston

Scarface (1983)

“In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.”

Director: Brian De Palma

Writers: Oliver Stone

Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer

The Thing (1982)

“A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.”

Director: John Carpenter

Writer: Bill Lancaster

Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David

Wings of Desire (1987)

“An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.”

Director: Wim Wenders

Writers: Wim Wenders, Peter Handke

Stars: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander

Rob Reiner Vote In Winner

Stand By Me (1986)

“After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a childhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.”

Directors: Rob Reiner

Writers: Raynold Gideon, Bruce A. Evans

Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman

What do you think of the films in this region? Have any predictions for which film will make it to the Final Four from this group of films?

Author: Vincent Kane

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