Revisiting . . . The Dream Warriors (1987)

In hindsight, the third instalment of the ‘Elm Street’ series did as much good as it did bad.

First of all, it took a movie of great craft and imagination to salvage a franchise left moribund by 1985’s Freddy’s Revenge, a movie that was as brave in its intentions as it was stupid in its execution. You could write a volume on the deficiencies of that first sequel. For one thing, it was robbed of Charles Bernstein’s Krueger-defining score, a scathing lullaby which encapsulates the offbeat nature of nightmares in a way that was crucial to the series…

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Character Battles – Martin Riggs vs John McClane

It is a wholly ridiculous concept, but who hasn’t pondered a hypothetical battle between two of their favourite movie stars, particularly when they possess similar personalities and attributes. We have already had Freddy vs Jason and Alien vs Predator, and while those movies sucked beyond comprehension, it didn’t stop us from flocking to the movies in our legions…

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Super Mario Bros. (1985)

Home video gaming in the 1980’s was ultimately defined by two consoles, the Atari Video Computer System (2600) and the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

Sure, there were many other popular, well received, and well made consoles during that time, but it ultimately came down to two. The Atari era defined the first half of the decade and the NES defined the latter half. There was one game in particular that catapulted the NES into the stratosphere and made not only Nintendo synonymous with video games, but also a mustachioed Italian plumber named Mario a household name…

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Revisiting . . . Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

There is a memorable scene in The Sopranos in which Tony vents his frustrations about ‘The Happy Wanderer’.

Tony hates those people, the kind who refuse to see the world in a cynical light and instead walk around whistling with a clear conscience and a stupid smile on their face. John Candy’s irrepressible Del Griffith – the unlikely hero of John Hughes’ greatest movie – is the personification of ‘The Happy Wanderer’, a man who accepts the negativity of modern day America with impervious good cheer. Del is kind, helpful and sincere. With him, what you see is what you get . . .

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Howling II: Stirba – Werewolf Bitch (1985)

Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf is as ridiculous as it sounds, but not half as bad as people tend to make out.

Okay, it is wholly ridiculous: a heady blend of MTV pop music videos, New Wave eroticism and classic Hammer Horror, but unlike hundreds of other efforts floating around in the ‘bad movie’ afterlife, you’ll be hard pressed to call it boring. In fact, it is positively spellbinding in its presentation, a movie with eschews logicality in favour of a visceral experience of shallow exhibitionism…

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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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