Top Ten 1987


Michael Douglas has had a spotty acting career, sometimes brilliant (Wonder Boys) and sometimes embarrassing (Disclosure), but goodness knows that when he’s on, he’s spot on. The scion of eighties maleness, that of the white, upper-middle-class financier, revealed its ugly side to brilliant effect in Oliver Stone’s otherwise worthless Wall Street: the film’s ins-and-outs-of-finance plot is hardly memorable, but when Douglas gets uppity about greed and capitalism, the whole thing goes ablaze with a brightness that can be seen for miles. He returned to the role nearly twenty years later, and it appears that he still had energy to spare for it.

Honour Roll: Steve Martin, Roxanne; Jack Nicholson, Ironweed; Gary Oldman,Prick Up Your Ears; Robin Williams,…

  • Moonstruck
  • Babette's Feast
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Ironweed
  • RoboCop
  • The Dead
  • Who Killed Vincent Chin?
  • Radio Days
  • Wings of Desire
  • Matewan