He’ll make you laugh, then he’ll make you scream: The Films of John Landis

“An American Werewolf In London” is the film that I remember most distinctly as a child. It’s partly because I knew I wasn’t allowed to watch it, partly because it scared me so much. It’s only later in life that I fully appreciate the frightening influence it had on me – the...

Top 10 Sequels of the 1980s

[ad#Google for posts – rect with border] In the eighties, the high-concept movie was in vogue, its number increasing. Thanks largely to blockbusters “Jaws” and “Star Wars”, the eighties saw what was tried and trusted in the decade before it and simply repackaged the thrills...

Top 10 Robert Zemeckis Films

“Are you telling me you built a time machine out of a DeLorean”: The Magic of Robert Zemeckis Robert Zemeckis was once asked if television was a bad influence on children. He answered, emphatically, “television isn’t an education, but I see no reason to turn it off.” What would...

Top 10 Steve Martin Films

Steve Martin, stand-up comedian turned Hollywood movie star, is responsible for many endearing American comic classics such as The Jerk, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Steve Martin was born in Texas, 1945. He quickly found a kinship with showmanship...

Top 10 American Coming-of-Age Drama Films of the 1980s

The ‘coming of age’ movie is a bit ambiguous. There’s a tendency to link the sub-genre to films about kids, so Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, and Jeff Daniels in Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild, and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars seemingly came of age too late in...

Top 10 Horror Films of the 1980s

I vaguely remember my introduction to the horror film. My cousin was visiting, the curtains had been drawn on a sunny afternoon, and John Landis’ An American Werewolf In London had been placed in the VCR. I was seven years old. As I lay in bed for days after all I could...

Top 10 Tom Hanks Films – 1980s

From 1984 to 1989 Tom Hanks solidified himself as one of the Hollywood elite. Aside from a couple of more restrained dramas in the middle of the period showing his diversity and pre-cursing his later work, predominantly the films of the middle to late eighties highlighted Hanks’...