Film Review

Film Review

Running Scared (1986)

While it’s not quite as much fun to watch nowadays, Running Scared is still a sorely neglected action comedy that holds up as one of many great buddy cop movies to come from the 1980s. Of course, many buddy cop movies have since been overshadowed and neglected thanks to the […]

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Highlander (1986)

It’s hard to think of a much-loved action movie that’s as silly as Highlander, but that just might be part of its main appeal. Even before we get to the set-pieces, it’s worth remembering that this is the movie that decided to cast a well-known French actor (American by birth) […]

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

*** Contains Spoilers *** Rossini is supposed to have said of Wagner that he had some wonderful moments, but dreadful quarter-hours. You might say the same thing of Peter Jackson: there is something Bayreuthian about the excess of everything in his Hobbit saga. Still, he seems to have retained the […]

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When The Wind Blows (1986)

While the 80s was a time for superfluous hair dos, phallus wielding men and oily saxophone phone players (see Lost Boys… Trust me), it was also a time of great fear and anxiety over the increasingly real threat of nuclear war. With the ‘Cold war’ seeing the U.S and Russia […]

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

It’s not hard to see just why The Breakfast Club struck a chord with teenagers who embraced it in the mid-1980s. It’s a perfect mix of teenage angst, comedy, some good tunes and a strong dislike of adults who can’t remember what it was like to be young and struggling […]

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Terms of Endearment (1983)

I believe I first heard about Terms of Endearment in the early 1990s. It was a critically acclaimed movie with great actors in it, and as such I took note of it. Did I actually see it? I don’t recall. It was clearly, to my early-20s self, a slightly dull […]

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Saving Santa (2013)

Here’s something (mildly) controversial. Saving Santa isn’t actually as bad as everyone has been saying. It might be because I’m an animation nutter, obsessed with musicals and spend 11 months of the year waiting for the one month I can legitimately watch Christmas films, but I actually quite enjoyed it. […]

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Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Before he became known to kids as the voice of a cute, animated donkey, Eddie Murphy’s signature role was, arguably, that of Detective Axel Foley, a motor-mouthed, street smart, wise-cracking cop who would inevitably get results while being chewed out by authority figures he never listened to. He was the […]

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Philomena (2013)

A (partly) forgiving tale of Irish Catholic cruelty The very talented Steve Coogan, who costars with the impeccable Judi Dench, also wrote the screenplay (with Jeff Pope) for Stephen Frears’ neat retelling of a touching and thought-provoking true tale from Ireland. This film concerns a lady with this name, Philomena […]

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Galaxy of Terror (1981)

The 80s were a good decade for Roger Corman; for that splendiferous decade he’s got 66 producer credits on IMDb.com. When I hear Corman’s name, I usually go “yay!” out of my sheer joy for pop culture unpolluted by elitist notions, but there also remains at the back of my […]