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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.

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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Matinee (1993) directed by Joe Dante and starring John Goodman

This unfairly overlooked homage to the magic of old monster movies, set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, is one of the director's best films.

The ant-headed Mant in Joe Dante's Matinee

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North by Northwest (1959) directed by Alfred Hitchcock

While an archetypal mixture of Hitchcockian tropes, this vicariously thrilling and funny adventure stands as one of his very best.

Cary Grant in North by Northwest

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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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1941 (1979) directed by Steven Spielberg and starring John Belushi

Spielberg’s chaotic misfire of a big-budget WWII comedy was a critical and (to a lesser extent) commercial blip from which he thankfully recovered.

Christopher Lee and Toshiro Mifune in 1941

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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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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 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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​Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

This Monty Python take on the Arthurian Legend is so funny it will leave more than just a flesh wound.

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The Apartment (1960)

An all-time classic trio of Billy Wilder, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine.

Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine

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