Ghostbusters (1984, dir. Ivan Reitman)

A trio of disgraced academics working on the paranormal turn to the private sector. Still-effective horror-comedy balancing New York snark, slapstick, and Lovecraftian interdimensional terror. Great city cinematography, and some lovely delicate moments to counterbalance the widescreen mayhem. Both sequel and reboot followed.

Ghostbusters II (1989, dir. Ivan Reitman)

The Ghostbusters have to reunite to battle anotherĀ supernatural threat to New York. As much a remake of the 1984 original as a sequel, this passable reprise lacks the firstĀ film’s freshness, but has a few good lines and performances nevertheless.