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RETRO

A nostalgic (but not blindly nostalgic) look back at some cult and classic movies. Are they worth checking out once you take off the rose-tinted glasses? Find out in this retrospective section.

Blue Velvet (1986) written and directed by David Lynch

Don the gas mask for this analysis of the surreal director's subconsciously disturbing classic starring Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper.

Blue Velvet (1986) titles

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The Blues Brothers (1980) starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

John Landis's epic blend of comedy, musical, action and spiritual quest is a cult movie in the truest sense of the word. A must if you love blues or car chases.

The Blues Brothers (1980)

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Enter the Ninja (1981) starring Franco Nero and Susan George

Menahem Golan kicked off the Western world's 1980s Ninja craze with this entertaining but problematic low-budget action flick, also starring Sho Kosugi.

Franco Nero and Susan George in Enter the Ninja (1981)

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Beverly Hills Cop (1984) starring Eddie Murphy

This comedic cop thriller, directed by Martin Brest and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, is formula stuff but blends action and humour very well.

Eddie Murphy, John Ashton and Judge Reinhold in Beverly Hills Cop

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The Burbs (1989) directed by Joe Dante and starring Tom Hanks

A slight but enjoyable suburban comedy which wrings as much humour as it is possible to do so out of sinister neighbours and pop-culture horror references.

Tom Hanks and Rick Ducommun in Joe Dante's The 'Burbs

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Escape from New York (1981) directed by John Carpenter

This cult classic, starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes and Harry Dean Stanton, works largely because of its atmosphere and amusing performances.

Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken in Escape from New York

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The Ice Pirates (1984) starring Robert Urich and Mary Crosby

An uneven swashbuckler-influenced 1980s space opera comedy directed by Stewart Raffill, also starring Anjelica Huston, Ron Perlman and John Carradine.

Robert Urich, Anjelica Huston and company in The Ice Pirates

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

Welsh director Peter Greenaway's most controversial yet accessible film: a scathing and gruesome satire of Thatcher-era consumerism.

Alan Howard, Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

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The Wicked Lady (1983) remake directed by Michael Winner

This remake of an adaptation of Magdalen King-Hall's novel is shallow, trashy period fun starring and overacting Faye Dunaway and a wooden Oliver Tobias.

Glynis Barber in Michael Winner's The Wicked Lady

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Absolute Beginners (1986) directed by Julien Temple

A retrospective review of this British 1950s-set musical flop which has subsequently gained a cult following, in particular after David Bowie's recent passing.

Patsy Kensit and Eddie O'Connell in Absolute Beginners


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