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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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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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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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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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Network (1976) directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Peter Finch

This mad-as-hell look at the manufactured reality of television, also starring Faye Dunaway, is a savage chronicle of modern times. It's well worthy of its Oscar wins.

Peter Finch is mad as hell in Network

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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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​The Best Man (1964)

A now-timely depiction of the political skullduggery behind the U.S. Presidential race.

Franklin J. Schaffner's The Best Man

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