favorite 80’s movies » Some Kind Of Wonderful (dir. by Howard Deutch, 1987)
”I’d rather be next to someone for the wrong reasons than alone for the right ones. I’d rather be right.”
Sweet Bard of YouthAfter a wildly prolific decade of screenwriting and directing that made him the king of teen comedy, John Hughes receded from the cinematic landscape, his legend preserved by the classic 80s trilogy of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day…
While writing his 1984 breakout film Terminator, James Cameron lived on McDonald’s, diner coffee and the money he made painting one-sheets for bad direct-to-video movies. The director, who would go on to helm the highest-grossing movie of all time, Avatar, expressed a surprising fondness for that early, “zero billion dollar” stage of his career while speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival recently [video].
It was actually easy to write cause I didn’t have to self-isolate like I do now, from multi-tasking with other businesses, and with a family with five kids. I was already isolated… basically just a sad, dark, isolated human being. There was an innocence to it in a funny way. I was the anonymous, kind of angry wannabe filmmaker. There’s some courage that comes from that, you say whatever comes into your head. It gets harder and harder to do that as you go along and you get encumbered by expectation and business relationships and all of that sort of stuff. I was kind of like a free voice in the wilderness in that stage. Most people hate that period of their life when they’re just trying to break in as an artist, and then you spend the rest of your career wishing you were back in that situation. —James Cameron recalls his ‘angry wannabe filmmaker’ phase
Classic sword-and-sorcery movies
With the proliferation of video cassettes in the 80s, a mobile film distribution sprung up in Ghana. These are some examples of the posters created by Ghanaian artists for these showings. They display an artistry absent from many western film posters, which rely more on poorly Photoshopped images of actors than a surrealist creativity.
Some awesome vintage Thai horror movie posters… See if you can spot any of your favorites.
That Scanners poster though
Starship Troopers (1997) - A new kind of enemy. A new kind of war.
Paul Verhoeven’s gonzo satire was destined, even designed, to be misunderstood. An action spectacle with the heart of a Grade-Z creature feature, the movie was derided as “90210 in space,” missing the fact that Verhoeven deliberately cast blandly good-looking actors as fodder for the movie’s militaristic mill. Stealing shots from Triumph Of The Will, the story of a society abandoning individual rights, and even identities, in response to an alien invasion, Starship Troopers is a wicked, acidic comment on how easily people can be convinced to trade freedom for security. That it also functions for the unaware as a full-throated Fascist recruiting ad is part of its brilliance. Verhoeven admits and even indulges its appeal before turning it inside out. (Avclub.com)