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FILM RETROSPECTIVES

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.

Cherry 2000 (1987) dir: Steve De Jarnatt, starring Melanie Griffith

This blend of sci-fi, action, romance and comedy fails to make the most of its eerily prescient subject matter. However, there is some amusement to be had in its production design, action sequences and cast.

Melanie Griffith in Cherry 2000

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Hercules (1983) written and directed by Luigi Cozzi

Lou Ferrigno and Sybil Danning won Razzies for their work in this incoherent and guiltily amusing peplum revival. If you ever wanted to see a bear being hurled through space courtesy of laughable special effects, then you might derive some enjoyment from this.

Sybil Danning and Ingrid Anderson in Hercules (1983)

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RoboCop (1987) dir: Paul Verhoeven, starring Peter Weller

The controversial Dutch director's comic-book sci-fi action flick both revels in and slyly subverts its own genre, twisting itself into a razor-sharp corporate satire in the process. The action is exhilarating, the comedic skits are stingingly funny and the cast is superb.

Peter Weller in Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop

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They Live (1988) written and directed by John Carpenter

Wrestler Roddy Piper plays John Nada, a homeless man who makes a shocking discovery about the world around him after he dons a pair of sunglasses. This anti-capitalist satire wasn't a huge hit at the time but has recently been popularised by a slew of social media memes.

Roddy Piper as John Nada in They Live

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Repo Man (1984) written and directed by Alex Cox

This defiant cult debut mixes drama, satire, sci-fi, action and punk music in a deconstruction of the myth of America's success story.

Emilio Estevez and Zander Schloss in Repo Man

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Big Trouble in Little China (1986) directed by John Carpenter

Kurt Russell plays Jack Burton, one of his most iconic yet buffoonish characters, in this zippy and witty homage to Chinese and Japanese swordplay fantasies, trucker movies and screwball comedies.

James Hong in Big Trouble in Little China

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Do the Right Thing (1989) written and directed by Spike Lee

The director's third and finest feature-length film is a boldly stylised and invigorated cinematic statement on racial tensions and a vital snapshot of late 1980s hip-hop culture.

Do the Right Thing

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Videodrome (1983) written and directed by David Cronenberg

James Woods plays a dealer in cable TV sex and violence who meets his match in the shape of a bizarre and perverse new show. Sonja Smits and Debbie Harry also star in a bodily horror tale which is now widely regarded as being one of the director's best.

James Woods in Videodrome

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This is Spinal Tap (1984) directed by Rob Reiner

This mockumentary parody of the pompous excess and egomania which has tended to surround many heavy rock bands has been endorsed for coming remarkably close to reality by a number of real musicians themselves.

This is Spinal Tap

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) starring Harrison Ford

It's a film which barely needs any introduction! Steven Spielberg's first Indiana Jones adventure has been much sequelled, cloned, parodied and homaged through the years - but never quite equalled.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

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