top of page
  • Writer's picturedee

A Gilmore Movie Night: The Deer Hunters 1.4

Hello and welcome to an extensive list of all things film related. Cue your inner Gilmore, grab your redvines, poptarts, and twinkies, sit down, relax, and enjoy.

(if you'd like a complete list accompanied by more lists and reviews and everything in between, check out my IMDB page).

The Deer Hunter (1978)

This is the first episode in which the title itself is a reference to something. In this case, it’s the 1978 film The Deer Hunter. This film is about a group of three friends who are Russian-American steelworkers, and how their lives changed by the Vietnam War. Let’s do a quick overview (or recap if you’ve seen the movie). In 1968, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage), lifelong friends from a working-class Pennsylvania steel town, prepare to ship out overseas following Steven's elaborate wedding and one final group hunting trip. In Vietnam, their dreams of military honor are quickly shattered by the inhumanities of war; even those who survive are haunted by the experience, as is Nick's hometown sweetheart, Linda (Meryl Streep).The Deer Hunter was the #9 movie of 1978, and won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. It is notable as the first film which Meryl Streep received a nomination for.

The Thing from Another World (1951)

Possible allusion to a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction horror film directed by Christian Nyby, produced by Edward Lasker for Howard Hawks Winchester Pictures Corporation, and released by RKO Pictures. It's about an alien (James Arness) from a flying saucer crash found frozen in the ice by Captain Patrick Hendry (Kenneth Tobey) sent by scientist Dr. Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite). After bringing it back to the North Pole research base, Carrington and Hendry disagree over what to do with it. Meanwhile, the alien creature begins to thaw and wreck havoc.

Saved by the Bell (1989 - 1993)

If you haven't seen or heard of this show, where have you been? While it's extremely cringe, it remains iconic. This show was a popular teen sitcom which aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. The story follows a group of friends at high school, and their relationship with their school principal. Lovable schemer Zack Morris leads his pals on adventures at California's Bayside High School. The friends navigate relationships, final exams, school dances, breakups and more while frequently frustrating their principal, Mr. Richard Belding, who does his best to keep them in check. The Bayside gang is rounded out by cheerleader Kelly, jock Slater, feminist Jessie, fashion expert Lisa and nerd Screech, and although the teens' jealousy and rivalry sometimes get the best of them, at the end of the day, their friendship overcomes all. Rory would have been between five and ten when watching this (also hinted at by Lorelai). Also... leave it to none other than Rory Gilmore to choose a show that revolved around school.

Flashdance (1983)

This is a 1983 romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne, about a working class teenage girl who dreams of being a professional dancer. Alex Owens (Jennifer Beals) is a beautiful young woman who works a day job in a steel mill and dances in a bar at night. When Alex discovers that her handsome boss, Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri), is both interested in her and supportive of her performing career, she renews her efforts to get accepted into a prestigious dance conservatory. Although Alex is frightened of failure, she is cheered on by Nick, as well as by her mentor, former ballet performer Hanna Long (Lilia Skala). This movie was panned by critics but in face had a commercial success and was the #3 movie of 1983. Now in our lovely show, the “Flashdance phase” is a time Lorelai believes she was wrong. In the movie, the main character wears 1980s dancewear (I'm talking leotards, leg warmers, oversized sweatshirts and ripped jeans) as these were popular fashion choices in 1983 (when Lorelai was 15) because of the film. As Lorelai is now older, she looks back and regrets that whole fashion era of her life. Hey, at least it's better than gauchos.

I appreciate you reading this far. If you're enjoying yourself, feel free to continue onto the next episode. No rules here. This is a fun space.

[ PREVIOUS 1.3 ] • [ NEXT 1.5 ]

5 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page