Tag Archives: 1980’s

Wolf Warrior II

How American cinema has changed since the 1980s, I’ll use the action film as the conduit to make this point. Back then we had ridiculously over the top, jingoistic, star vehicles centred around a handful of names. Now, those films are shot and financed exclusively

Pick of the Geek – I Know You Know

Set in South Wales in 1989, I Know You Know tells the story of single parent father Charlie Callaghan (Robert Carlyle) and his eleven-year-old son Jamie (newcomer Arron Fuller). Written and directed by Human Traffic’s Justin Kerrigan, what is remarkable about this film is that

The Clan

Following his stint in the Spanish-language anthology film, 7 Days in Havana which was undertaken by several filmmakers and actors from golden boy, Benicio del Toro to Emir Kusturica. Pablo Trapero returns to the director’s chair with a kaboom in The Clan, Argentina’s entry for

Return of the Killer Tomatoes

Roll up! Roll up! Do you love 80’s movies? Of course you do. Do you love incredibly ridiculous comedies that have the charm of a Zucker-Abrahams production? Then you need to sit down and watch the 1988 creature feature parody, Return of the Killer Tomatoes!

The Ninja Trilogy

For Eureka, the masterminds that brought the world the Masters of Cinema label, to release titles like Blackula and the Cannon Ninja Trilogy is an odd stretch. While that is a question that could be asked it also draws attention to a change that has

Society

When visual effects finally caught up with the gory imaginings of horror fans and movie makers alike, technical advances in animatronics, and more practical SFX in liquid and foam latex meant that the human frame could be distorted to an entirely new dimension. Ridley Scott’s

Porky’s

The Last American Virgin, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Animal House and Porky’s – the 1980s was packed to the brim with teen sex comedies that rigidly follow the same formula. To that end, one could legitimately rinse and repeat the previous review of the

The Delta Force

Despite a reputation comparable to the top-tier of American action stars, Chuck Norris doesn’t have the catalogue of roles to permit his lofty status. The “best” of a bad bunch are Texas Walker Ranger, getting beat up by Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon

White Dog

Slavery has been something of a hot topic in cinema over the past 18 months, what with critical & commercial darlings in 12 years a slave and Django unchained bringing racial inequality into the public discourse. With this social sickness being given an unheralded amount

Big Trouble in Little China

It’s a rare occurrence in the home release review trade when one ponders who a review is actually for. John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China is just such an occasion, in the UK it’s one of the more commonly broadcast movies on terrestrial and