I can think of two off the top of my head. The first is Explorers,directed by Joe Dante and released in 1985.It stars River Phoenix,Ethan Hawke and perfectly captures the 80's.The Film Has a Spielberg-inspired fantasy feel to it.Not successful at the box office it fared far better in home video and in cable re-runs. The other is an obscure movie called The Gate. think of this one as a Spielberg horror movie.Released in 1987 this American-Canadian horror movie really scared me as a child. The story centers around a two boys who accidentally open a gate to hell in their back yard. Cheesy and not well remembered this is one of my favorites and ill still watch it every time it comes on T.V.
Post by mylittleponfarr on Apr 2, 2015 11:49:43 GMT
I used to be able to say that a couple of films I had caught on a Saturday afternoon that captivated me, but no-one else had seen were Laputa and My Neighbour Totoro, but nowadays every man and his daggett has seen the Studio Ghibli films. I'll settle for another movie starring the best actor from unexpectedly amazing 80's films- Lou Gossett Jr! It's a little film called Diggstown (or Midnight Sting in the UK). Barely managing to contain the talents of the great LGJ and James Woods, this film combines the best bits of every prison drama, boxing film, con movie, and buddy comedy you can think of. Alright, I was a bit more than a kid when it came out (1992), but it's time to give this movie the chance it deserves, since it's such fantastic fun!
Many of my favorite oddball movies of the eighties have passed into cult classic status but one. Bob and Doug McKenzie's Strange Brew (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1983) has never enjoyed a high profile like other eighties cult comedies UHF, Adventures in Babysitting, or Real Genius. Strange Brew stars Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis as their SCTV alter egos, the McKenzie brothers. Also featuring appearances by Paul Dooley, Max Von Sydow and voice overs by Mel Blanc. The plot is a very loose adaptation of Hamlet with a lot of good natured jabs at Canadianisms. Bob and Doug set out on a simple quest to scam free beer from a local brewery. They stumble onto an evil brewmeister's plan to dominate the world with mind-controlling beer and help return ownership of the brewery to the true heir. Bob and Doug's clueless wandering make them more like passages rather than participants in the story. But their random ramblings are what's so funny about this movie. Their comic delivery is so natural it appears to be almost entirely improvised. This film was described to me by friends for months before I had the chance to see it for myself. Usually this can build unreasonable expectations that ruin the viewing experience. But I found Strange Brew to be funnier than anything my friends told me. I bought the DVD release of Strange Brew on day one in 2010 and still watch it from time to time with fond memories.
One film that I don't hear a lot of people talking about is The Wizard. This was a film starring Fred Savage and Christain Slater. Basically fred savage who plays Corey in this movie is trying to stop his brother, Jimmy, being institionalised after the death of his sister. The two run away and we see how good Jimmy is at playing arcade games and Corey enters him in the video game championships in Calfornia. We see the power glove, the nintendo hotline being used and this film was the first time I saw Super Mario Bros 3. Incase you aren't aware of it, here's the trailer -
Generally I saw all the popular kids movies at the cinema and stuff, but my dad used to bring home action movies such as Jean Claude-Vandamme's Blood sport and Dolph Lundgren's Dark Angel or "I come in peace" it was also known as. Legally way out of my age range but I still enjoy them to this day!
For me it would have to be Batman Forever, it was the first film I can remember seeing in the cinema and I thought it was amazing. Jim Carrey was brilliant as The Riddler, Tommy Lee Jones... even as a kid I was disappointed with Two-Face. The film was great and I still have a soft spot for it even though it does seem to get a bad reputation due to its sequel and also the Nolan films which now makes people says anything before is shit. This film wasn't shit, it got the balance between light and dark perfectly to me. There are niggles now but I still enjoy.
Also, I have mention did I did laugh whilst listening to the last show during Glen's rant about how boring Superman 3 is and then one of th ads during the break was 'Superman faces his most challenging fight yet in SUPERMAN III'. False advertising! Anyhoo enjoy the show guys.
I've always loved Legend, with a Tom Cruise so young he's still afflicted by pimples and Thetans, and Tim Curry in absolutely stunning effects makeup as Darkness -- it was years before I could accept that it's the same guy in The Worst Witch and Rocky Horror. Also, my earliest memory of a movie giving me downstairs tingles is from the latter part of Legend, when Mia Sara's character is seduced by the dark side (though apparently not to the extent the original script would have had)! I still enjoy the film today, Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack or Tangerine Dream.
Changing tone, The Great Outdoors is a film I remember fondly but don't hear mention of nowadays. John Hughes script; Dan Aykroyd, John Candy and the first cinematic role for Annette Bening... I recently watched this again for the first time in maybe a couple of decades and was amazed at how comfortably familiar it was, and still fun. It's apparently just been put up on Netflix UK and I encourage everyone to give it a look, whether you've seen it before or not.
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