Revisiting . . .The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

We live in an age of instant gratification; the 21st century world waits for nothing.

If a sequel, tie in or teaser trailer isn’t released within a year of the original then you’ve missed the boat. Moviegoers had to wait three years before another visit to a galaxy far, far away with nothing in between but a bunch of plastic figures and your own imagination to continue the saga. But when the Empire recovered to rear its ugly head, it was well worth the wait and, just as A New Hope changed the cinematic landscape, The Empire Strikes Back changed the direction of sequel making…

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Revisiting . . . Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Despite a mixed critical reception for the culturally offensive ‘Temple of Doom’, audiences’ lapped up the experience of a third Indiana Jones movie.

After a brief hiatus to focus on more serious fare in the form of The Colour Purple, Empire of the Sun and Always, a third instalment was always going to be an irresistible draw for Spielberg, Lucas, Ford, and an audience hungry for more…

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Revisiting . . . Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

The beauty of coming up with a character who was originally conceived as James Bond without the gadgets is that you can treat him like Bond.

As long as you can come up with a situation, a new location, some new characters and a new dilemma within which to place your hero, then you have the grounding for a new film. There is no need to reference a previous film in order for the formula to be effective. That is clearly what Spielberg and Lucas had in mind with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom…

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Greatest Movie Posters of the 80s Part Three

Back in the 1980s a trip to the video store was an experience in itself.

In a era before widespread graphic design, movie production companies relied on a more traditional art form in order to promote their pictures, employing canvas artists to turn their predominantly low budget VHS Vehicles into the kind of visual spectacular that would leap off the shelves amidst an oversaturated market…

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