Film Review

Film Review

The Sure Thing (1985)

Teen movies can be fun. Road movies can be fun. But I can’t think of too many teen road movies that end up being any good (though do feel free to let me know of any obvious titles I may have forgotten), and I certainly can’t think of any that […]

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Withnail & I (1987)

Withnail & I is a film about poverty, but it’s an amusing poverty. It’s the poverty of people who have a rich family, the poverty of people pursuing their dreams and living a hedonistic lifestyle as often as possible without actually having to deal with reality. It’s the poverty of […]

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Bound (2013)

Written and directed by Leone Marucci, this is a movie featuring interweaving tales of crime and drama in a style that was overstaying its welcome about ten years ago, and now just feels so far past its sell-by date that the film never recovers from the way it is structured. […]

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The King Of Comedy (1982)

The King Of Comedy is the lighter, but just as warped, companion piece to┬áTaxi Driver from director Martin Scorsese and star Robert De Niro. It’s a scathing look at celebrity adoration and the quest for fame, something that is all the more relevant nowadays than it was back in the […]

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WarGames (1983)

WarGames holds up today as an enjoyable drama, which is surprising considering just how dated it is. This is a movie about the danger of computers made at a time when computers were still very unwieldy and slow, but it holds up thanks to a decent script, perfect pacing and […]

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Enemy Territory (1987)

Gary Frank plays Barry, an insurance salesman who desperately needs to get his life back on track, in this action thriller, one of the truly neglected gems of the 1980s. Barry needs just one good commission to help him put things right, a commission that he’s so desperate for he […]

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The Monster Squad (1987)

“You know who to call when you have ghosts but who do you call when you have monsters?” That was the tagline that I remember accompanying The Monster Squad, and, in my opinion, it was the tagline that held it back from becoming the success it should have been when […]

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RoboCop (1987)

From Paul Verhoeven (who has given us such varied delights as Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers, Total Recall and, yes I will include it here, Showgirls) comes this late 80s action classic that I’m not ashamed to openly embrace with open arms. Peter Weller plays brave Officer Murphy, reassigned to a […]

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

Fatal Attraction, it’s the movie that gave us the term “bunny boiler” and it’s a slick thriller for adults. Or, at least, that’s how it seems on the surface. When you start to probe the appeal, and the different aspects, of Fatal Attraction it soon becomes clear that this is […]

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty of 2013 has a passing resemblance to Danny Kaye’s of 1947, and none at all to James Thurber’s original creation (in which a hen-pecked husband, who inhabits a short story about five pages long, is sent out to buy overshoes and dog biscuits while his wife […]