Category: 1980s

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Before I would develop an obsession with Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Vertigo, Raiders of the Lost Ark was my all-time favorite movie.  Perhaps as testament to the film’s greatness, it still ranks as a close second.  When someone...

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Excalibur (1981)

Co-scripted and directed by John Boorman, made after failing to get his intended very adult take on Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” films made into one movie, Excalibur offers up an ambitious, brutally violent take on...

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The Goonies (1985)

A huge fan favorite for those who watched this growing up, The Goonies makes up for its silly, predictable story and stereotypical characters (the portrayal of the murderous and thieving Italian-American family, the Fratellis (which means...

The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers ranks among my favorite films of all time — not the best, just a favorite.  With inspiration that never remotely comes close to ceasing, John Landis’ wildly over-budget film is more an experience...

Breakin’ (1984)

Wholly dated by today’s standards, but then, all the more reason to watch.  Breakin’ (originally titled in production as Breakdance (which it was still called in foreign markets), then Break Dancin’) is an earnest attempt at a feel-good break-dancing...

Style Wars (1983)

Style Wars is a documentary look at the street art among the youth of New York in the early 1980s, especially in the South Bronx, particularly in graffiti art and break-dancing.  The film takes...

Krush Groove (1985)

Krush Groove resides firmly on my list of guilty pleasures — a film that generates unintentional laughs from its worst moments, but which only makes me love it all the more for it, to the point...