Flicks From The Past!

Reviews

Empire Records

This is what is considered a cult film from the middle of the Nineties during the period of lots of indie films, following the same style as Dazed and Confused and Clerks. But is it truly any good? Well let's find out....

Date: 5th September, 2015

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Another classic from the eighties that if you believe the rumours is just waiting to be ruined by a remake. Raiders of the Lost Ark is a perfect family rollercoaster of an adventure which is throw back to classic adventure serials. But how well does it hold up after over thirty years? Let's find out....

Date: 4th September, 2015

Rocky

Rocky is about a down on his luck club fighter given the chance of a lifetime to face the world heavyweight champion. Imagine a story of the American dream but in the boxing world, and this pretty much sums up the film....

Date: 1st August, 2015

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Well after the success of the original Terminator film it was only a matter of time, according to everyone involved, before a sequel was made. The only question was how to bring back Arnold Schwarzenegger....

Date: 4th July, 2015

Little Shop of Horrors

Originally a 1960s movie, which was revived for an off-Broadway musical, then remade by director Frank Oz, this is one of the funniest musicals I have ever seen. The Eighties was responsible for some very strange movies, this is definitely one of those....

Date: 28th June, 2015

The Terminator

This is one of several films that made the eighties famous for action films, and made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star, and to this day some would argue that it is the best role he has ever done....

Date: 25th June, 2015

Jurassic Park

Man and dinosaur never walked the earth at the same time - let's face it, dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago and man is relatively new to the planet. Yet man likes to mess with nature and try to recreate things that should just be left alone....

Date: 1st June, 2015

Ghostbusters 2

Ah Ghostbusters… these will always be a favourite of mine so I’m going to always be a little biased. I remember seeing this film in the cinema and loving every minute of it. But I was only 10 years old. Does it still hold up now? I would say yes, but maybe not so much when compared to the original...

Date: 17th May, 2015

Labyrinth

Siblings are annoying and sometimes we just wish they would disappear so that we could be an only child. But what if they were stolen by the Goblin King?...

Date: 16th May, 2015

Hook

How many of us spent our childhoods jumping out of trees, off swings and into the air in the hope that we too would take to the skies and fly off to Neverland......

Date: 26th April, 2015

Calamity Jane

Cowboys – check. Indians – check. Tomboy who turns out to be downright perdy – check. Well I’m sold! What? It’s also a musical. Bring it on....

Date: 5th April, 2015

The Italian Job (1969)

I’m going to pretend that the remake didn’t happen because this film needs no modernised version. Four million dollars – through a traffic jam. It’s a brilliant idea from writer Troy Kennedy Martin, a classic piece of British cinema that keeps giving....

Date: 15th March, 2015

The Belle’s of St Trinian’s

Before Rupert Everett donned the wig and skirts for the dual role of Miss and Mr Fritton in the 2007 film St Trinians, there was Alastair Sim....

Date: 15th March, 2015

Mary Poppins

The film that children will always remember Julie Andrews for, and everyone will snigger at Dick Van Dyke's terrible cockney accent (especially the British!)....

Date: 15th March, 2015

A Shot in the Dark

The only (proper) Inspector Clouseau film to not reference the Pink Panther in any way shape or form, and to be honest, will always be the best of the bunch. This is Peter Sellers at his comedic best....

Date: 19th February, 2015

Daffy Duck – Duck Dodgers and the 24½th century

This is one of the most famous of all the Looney Tune cartoons ever made, and for me one of the funniest. It's the one that I remember Marvin the Martian from the most. Daffy Duck is so much fun as well....

Date: 15th February, 2015

Chasing Amy

Kevin Smith’s third film could be considered critically the best film he has ever made. Following from Mallrats, which was panned by the critics yet loved by audiences (after it was released on the home video market), this low budget film was not expected to do much....

Date: 15th February, 2015

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Here we go with another reboot of Spider-Man. Everything is redone and recast, whether it is a good or bad thing. This version came out in 2012, about five years after Spier-Man 3 came out, and in many people’s eyes destroyed the franchise....

Date: 14th February, 2015

Spider-Man (2002)

Well this I would say is an insanely good super hero comic book movie. It covers everything that you would expect from a Spider-Man film. Web slinging action, excellent set pieces and a good old fashioned baddy, although I would have preferred Doc Ock....

Date: 13th February, 2015

Kramer vs. Kramer

As Meryl Streep receives critical acclaim for her performance as the Witch in Disney’s adaptation of Into the Woods, I was reminded of the first...

Date: 31st January, 2015

Shakespeare in Love

Poor Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) has lost his gift and his quill is wordless. Even his muse Rosaline can’t help him complete his new play...

Date: 31st January, 2015

Ghostbusters

This is one those films that is so timeless and virtually liked by everyone. It's a perfect little comedy about chasing and catching ghosts. I'm sure every one reading has seen it (shame on you if you haven't!!!!!!)...

Date: 30th January, 2015

The Great Race

This is a film that stars some of the classic actors of a golden age of cinema that were capable of doing just about anything. The film is entertaining, albeit long though. It has a humour that everyone can enjoy, from sophisticated wit to silly slapstick humour. This could be one of the most entertaining films I have ever seen....

Date: 22nd January, 2015

The Matrix

It is well known that The Matrix is considered a masterpiece of filmmaking. Well I never got it. I never thought this film was great, or even really liked it. I can't say I hate it, I just never really thought it was any good....

Date: 20th January, 2015

Tron

Tron is very much a film that you either love or you hate. Most people that hate or find it hard to follow. I never had this problem. I do have to adm...

Date: 12th January, 2015

Tron: Legacy

Tron: Legacy is another of those films that you either loved or you hated. Personally I loved it. I was a huge fan of the original, being a part of th...

Date: 12th January, 2015

La mala educación (Bad Education)

Opening the 57th Cannes Film Festival in 2004, Bad Education is one of Pedro Almodóvar’s most daring pieces of cinema. Less camp and surr...

Date: 11th January, 2015

Madagascar

Do you like a move it move it? If not, then this film may not be for you, although if it doesn’t get you bopping your head and giggling then you...

Date: 11th January, 2015

Batman (1989)

The eighties was a strange time for Batman fans, especially in the UK. All of the versions that I was exposed to were very camp. The cartoons and the 1960s...

Date: 9th January, 2015

The Dark Knight

Well what can you say about this version of Batman. It is widely regarded as one of the best versions as well as being regarded as one of the greatest...

Date: 8th January, 2015

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

In 1992 this original version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer came out. Years before Sarah Michelle Gellar starred as Buffy, Kirsty Swanson first played t...

Date: 31st December, 2014

Star Wars

In 1977, a $10 million budget film was released that changed everything in the movie industry. Not only did it become the highest grossing film at the...

Date: 22nd December, 2014

Mrs Doubtfire

It sounds horrendous – a film about a man who dresses up in women’s clothing as a way to see his children every day. Yet unlike Anne Fine&...

Date: 22nd December, 2014

Con Air

Here’s a thought – let’s put several highly dangerous criminals on a plane and transfer them to a new location... Sounds like a grea...

Date: 22nd December, 2014

Man on Fire

The second adaptation of the 1980’s book Man on Fire by novelist Phillip Nicholson (writing as AJ Quinnell), Man on Fire is a violent, bloodthir...

Date: 22nd December, 2014

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Marleys were dead, to begin with. This is one of the scariest (albeit slightly tweaked) opening lines of any Christmas story, or indeed any sto...

Date: 22nd December, 2014

Back to the Future

‘Back to the Future’ will always be remembered as one of the best films from the Eighties. Everything about it was pretty much perfect for...

Date: 21st December, 2014

Carlito's Way

One of those forgotten films that is a true classic, that actually demonstrates how films should be made......

Date: 20th December, 2014

Transformers The Movie (1986)

Remembering the film from the past that made me love the Transformers even in my late teenage years....

Date: 6th October, 2014

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