The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (the people who give out Oscars) celebrated director-producer Richard Donner last night. There was even a mini-reunion of the cast of Lethal Weapon, with Danny Glover, Mel Gibson and Rene Russo:
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Lots of industry insiders attended the event, paying tribute to a filmmaker who has probably influenced you way more than you know. So let’s take a little trip down movie memory lane and revisit some of his greatest hits!
The Omen (1976)
One of Donner’s first films still frightens audiences 40 years after its release. Who could forget the terror that is Damien? We still call people that name when they’re acting, well, a little devilish…
The superhero movie that started it all, Donner’s Superman set the bar for all caped crusader movies to come. I still think the opening title sequence for this movie is one of the best around.
Also, check out this behind the scenes documentary about the making of Superman to see Donner in action.
The Goonies (1985)
GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE. We can thank Donner for bringing the adventures of a rag-tag group of kids looking for buried treasure into our lives. A classic in every way. Let’s not forget about the Truffle Shuffle!
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Donner directed all four films in the action franchise and took the”buddy cop” movie concept to the next level. Aren’t we all to old for this #&$! every now and then?
Bill Murray at his Bill Murray-ist. Scrooged is an ’80’s retelling of A Christmas Carol, complete with Buster Poindexter (David Johansen) AND Bobcat Goldthwait in supporting roles. It doesn’t get much more rad than that. Oh, did I mention Bill Murray (and Buddy Hackett and Robert Mitchum?!)
Donner also produced the Free Willy movies, inspiring a generation of kids to aspire to be marine biologists. And on that note, I will end this piece with the classic Michael Jackson jam, “Will You Be There” featured on the film’s soundtrack.