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Posts tagged “1980’s

Cheque’s In The Mail….

Released thirty years ago today, one of the all time great teen apathy movies was made, which for me is up there with Rebel Without A Cause, A Clockwork Orange, Gummo, Over The Edge, Spring Breakers and The Outsiders and as one of the all time great teen movies. Tim Hunter, who went on to direct a few episodes of Twin Peaks crops up now and again on TV projects;

Dennis Hooper, fresh off Blue Velvet paired with Crispin Glover is quite a cult movie combination. Some of the films memorable lines are still exchanged between me and my friends when the situations requires, hence the post title. Here’s a brief documentary;


Cheque’s In The Mail…

Released thirty years ago today, one of the all time great teen apathy movies was made, which for me is up there with Rebel Without A Cause, A Clockwork Orange, Gummo, Over The Edge, Spring Breakers and The Outsiders and as one of the all time great teen movies. Tim Hunter, who went on to direct a few episodes of Twin Peaks crops up now and again on TV projects;

Dennis Hooper, fresh off Blue Velvet paired with Crispin Glover is quite a cult movie combination. Some of the films memorable lines are still exchanged between me and my friends when the situations requires, hence the post title. Here’s a brief documentary;


Ghostbusters (2016) Trailer

The 1980’s reboot programme continues, except this time around Sony are playing with a radioactively rabid fan-base, and one of the more beloved films of the Reagan generation. Of course all the keening and wailing about it being a ladies fronted picture is utterly immaterial, as the one and only thing this film should be measured against is this – is it funny? As a fan of Kristen Wig and some of the other comedic actresses here I was mildly looking forward to this. Not in a ‘I’ve put the release date in my schedule’ kind of way, but more in a ‘oh I’m pleasantly excited to see this is coming out next week’ sort of way. If that makes sense. Anyway, here;

Do we have any word yet on potential cameos? Well, erm, certainly no major laughs in that preview, so the best I can say is I hope they’re left the gags for the film? Hmph……


Miracle Mile (1988) Capsule Review

I love unearthing old gems. Has anyone out there in the electronic wilderness heard of Miracle Mile, the 1988 cult oddity which has developed something of a fevered fan base over the past few decades? Anthony Edwards ‘stars’ as a likeable young dude who meets and falls in love with a young lady at the famous LA La Brea tar pits, only to find something of a spanner in the works when he inadvertently picks up this rather alarming phone call;

I’d heard about this for years as part of the 1980’s Armageddon / nuclear threat sub-genre, but it’s never had a region 2 release or UK TV transmission. It’s incredibly 1980’s in the best way, rather garish colour schemes and a portfolio of then contemporary supporting character actors (Denise ‘TNG‘ Crosby, Mykelti ‘Heat‘ Williamson, Robert ‘Robocop‘ DoQui, Vasquez from Aliens and the always furtive Eddie Bunker) plus a pulsing score from the always seething Tangerine Dream. I’ve always liked ‘real-time’ movies when done well – as in the film unfolds in seventy minutes once the terrifying call is intercepted – and as a social document of LA at the time the locations and paraphernalia irradiate their own isotopic interest;

The whole picture has that Scorsese’s After Hours, John Landis unappreciated Into The Night or a Risky Business vibe, of one night inverting a malingering suburban malaise with some rather more lethal implications, disrupting a bourgeois apathy via the best and worst night of your life. Recommended as something of a pop art antidote to the UK’s Threads which took a rather more bleak view of the then imminent end of days…..