Posts Tagged ‘1981’

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

“I remember a time of chaos, ruined dreams, this wasted land. But most of all, I remember the road warrior, the man we called Max.” With the international popularity of “Mad Max,” George Miller was excited to get back into the driver’s seat and continue with his hero as he wandered the dystopian wastes of…

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Atlantic City

“I’m dangerous! People come to me from Las Vegas! I know Bugsy Siegel! I was his cell mate!” It’s time to draw the curtains on our 1981 series with another Louis Malle film, Atlantic City. While technically made in 1979 and released in Canada and France in 1980, this film wasn’t released in the US…

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Gallipoli

“It’s not our bloody war.” The late 70s and early 80s were a great time for Australian cinema. The filmmakers churned out lots of great (and cheap) movies and these movies helped create a resurgence of Australian films on the world cinematic stage. Peter Weir was one of these filmmakers, and his 1981 film Gallipoli…

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An American Werewolf in London

“You left my wife a widow and my children fatherless, and I understand I am to walk the Earth in limbo – one of the living dead – until the wolf’s bloodline is severed and the curse lifted. You must die, David Kessler.” John Landis made a big shift in his filmmaking when we went…

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Thief

“You gotta get to where nothin’ means nothin’.” Michael Mann has spent most of his film career exploring the world of crime and the criminals that inhabit it. Not to mention neon lighting. His feature film debut, Thief, certainly started him on the right track. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as…

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Blow Out

“I got the whole thing on tape.” Anyone who listens to the show knows that we have a love/hate relationship with Brian De Palma. With his 1981 film Blow Out, he makes one of his strongest films and lands squarely on the side of ‘love’ for us (thank the heavens since neither of us had…

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My Dinner with André

“Well, you look terrific!” “Well, I feel terrible.” My Dinner With André is certainly not an easy film to classify. It certainly is a film that could be considered divisive, but that’s really between people who get into it and people who just don’t click with it. It is a film of two people having…

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Escape from New York

“Snake Plissken. I’ve heard of you. I heard you were dead.” Many films in the early 80s continued the cynicism of the 70s, and that certainly holds true for a number of John Carpenter’s films, who has used several of his films and characters in them to take a pointed look at the hypocrisy of…

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