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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.

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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Paprika (2006) adapted from a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui

Satoshi Kon's final anime feature film is a wild but intelligently thought out ride through the world of dreams. A film often cited as having inspired Christopher Nolan's Inception, its embrace of themes such as the dangers of the malicious use of technology and the influence of culture on consciousness are all the more pertinent nowadays.

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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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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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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) silent animation

Lotte Reiniger's painstakingly-detailed adaptation of a One Thousand and One Nights story is the oldest surviving feature-length animated film.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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​Dreamchild (1985)

The controversies behind Lewis Carroll's love of Alice are tastefully recorded in this intriguing lost 80s film.

Coral Brown and Nicola Cowper in Dreamchild (1985)

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​Gunbus (1986)

The big budget British film that went straight to video in its own country.

Gunbus was a huge flop

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