Live Poll: Back to 1989

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1989 was a significant year in history due to the fall of the Berlin Wall and other political eruptions. But not only movies concerned with politics flash back in time. Which of these films partly set in 1989 is your favorite depiction of the time?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls090831616/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/s7gANXa115Q/
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My choice here is Monster
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I very much salute this: it should be noted that 2019 is basically the new 1989 with too many coincidences to list already (I'm talking hundreds on dozens of different levels ranging from odd reoccurrences to pop culture trends). 

FYC:
"Twin Peaks" (1990) (time frame: February-March 1989) 
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) (time frame: February 1988 - March 1989, heavy emphasis on the latter)
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014) (same as with the last one)
and/or "Twin Peaks" (2017) (significant new and re-edited scenes in February-March 1989)

Secretly I'm really sad I was not re-watching "Twin Peaks" on 30 years of depicted events, however I will likely retaliate by rewatching it on 30th anniversary of airdates. ;)

P.S. Oh and very special thanks for a few 90's movies set in the 80's. For some reason I'm seeking some of those to watch in the few following years.
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I get the point about when the films were made, but I'm not sure I need to be too strict. It's not necessarily about level of difficulty. It would even be interesting to add Do the Right Thing. I think it was shot in 1988, so setting it in 1989 is a choice.
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ElMo, thanks for the advice, anyhow. It's just that film, to be honest: it became so idiosyncratic and personal that each shot is a small miracle and a small torture. :) In one case I took some time to correct the expiration date on a mineral water bottle, despite bottle's label is painfully handwritten. Paradoxes like that are at the film's core at this point... It will be a very weird movie.

I really hope that following films, given the experience on this one, will be made much, much faster. I actually hope to make at least two a year. :) 
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I hear you loud and clear...

I have also a that film in mind, something that's been stewing in my mind for ten years... honestly I don't dream of a career, only of telling that story, I'll make that possible even if it takes 10 more years... by any -honest- means necessary lol. If I manage to achieve that, I guess I'll die happy :)

Not that it matters, some make it at 20, some at 30, some at 60... but may I ask how old you are and when did you start taking your goals seriously? 

Thanks for sharing:)
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ElMo, I'm 27 (that age when it could be still and just or already) and pinpointing the date when I started to take things seriously is hard... But probably 2007. It was the year when that idea came to me, when I got my first camera and when I've started what I now call "studio". It's more that in the sense of what was called in the USSR "creative association", as we're more of an art collective than filmmaking venture (although I hope that in a few years we will be both, much more effectively). 

I sincerely hope that this 12-year travesty of a production is not a mangum opus and is actually a start, because as of now I have at least 388 (I've rechecked the list) big ideas (for features, books, series, etc.) and I hope to have most of them done in some way in my lifetime. Considering that some ideas came into fruition already it doesn't seem that far fetched, but it's also clear that cutting the corners will be needed: some will become movies-within-movies (it's actually a great way to have two ideas done in one movie) and some probably just result in short stories. 
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Man, you've got all my respect and admiration... 27 is the age when I started nurturing dreams like an idiot instead of taking the big and risky step!
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For the heck of it (a possible sister suggestion to this list or to add a few to the above list). The following 12 documentaries with at least 500 ratings and set partly in1989 (according to their respective plot summaries).

Bob Lazar Area 51  Flying Saucers 1. Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers (2018)                           

The Central Park Five
2. The Central Park Five (2012)                           
                           
Love Gilda
3. Love, Gilda (2018)                           

Best Worst Movie
4. Best Worst Movie (2009)                           
                         
Joan Rivers A Piece of Work
5. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)                           
                            
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
6. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010)                           
                           
Jason Becker Not Dead Yet
7. Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (2012)                           
                          
This Aint California
9. This Ain't California (2012)                           
                           
Bill Hicks Sane Man
10. Bill Hicks: Sane Man (1989 Video)                           
                           
The Panama Deception
11. The Panama Deception (1992)                           
                           
Nightmare Factory
12. Nightmare Factory (2011 TV Movie)                           
                                    

Raul O Incio o Fim e o Meio
13. Raul: O Início, o Fim e o Meio (2012)                          






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I considered The Central Park Five, but added the mini-series instead of the documentary. I'm more tempted to add the Ceausescu film as it would represent another political event of 1989.

Feel free to use these for a suggestion of your own, if you wish.
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I like this poll. I was still a teenager in that times and remember 1989 was celebrated euphoric because of the wall the people of the German Democratic Republic teared down. But it also ragged our country somehow. After the rush attitudes collided. There was a very wrong managment of the developement funds for the east, which were misused by some dubious people. They built industrial facilities, which never were used. And after that no one had the guts to buy them. Millions of DM (Deutsche Mark, the currencies at that time, before the €uro came.) from the German state budget leaked through opaque channels. But that's only Germany.

Look at the more eastern east. 'Lord of War' might have been a good option. Even though it does play in '89 only for a short time. It's just a sequence of the movie, but leaned on an actual story. I voted for 'Goodbye Lenin'. :D
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