‘Monster Squad’ (1987)

January 6, 2021 — It is my humble opinion that Monster Squad is one of the most underrated movies ever made. This in mind, children of the 80s and 90s would have a hard time remembering this classic. Unless they were originally die-hard Monster Squad fans. Those who do love and remember the film will tell you it is an extremely quotable movie — and for many — the one that sparked their interest in horror movies.

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‘Die Hard’ (1988)

December 30, 2020Die Hard catapulted a young Bruce Willis into action stardom, and created pop-culture iconography that is still loved today. Nevertheless, Die Hard does not get the accolades it deserves when compared to other action films of the ‘80s. The thing is, Die Hard is a much more interesting film than many people know. When you start peeling back the layers of this late-80s masterpiece, you begin to understand just how magical this film about German terrorists truly is.

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‘Gremlins’ (1984)

December 23, 2020 Gremlins is one of the most interesting movies in the history of cinema. Aside from the fact that it is an excellent movie in its own right. This film has been steeped in light-hearted controversy since it debuted, and the dinner table arguments have only grown through the years. Gremlins is genuinely one of the most endearing features ever made. However, what makes a movie that uses puppets and low-brow humor so memorable after all this time? Read More »

‘Black Rain’ (1989)

December 16, 2020Black Rain is a movie focusing on the Yakuza in Japan from a time before Japanese culture became a mainstream interest in the United States. Thanks to the feature’s era — and its contrast to late 80s/early 90s America — there are scenes in this film that seem futuristic even though they reflect everyday Japan at the time of filming. In many ways, Black Rain serves as an underappreciated transition between the light-hearted buddy cop movies of the 80s, and the grittier cop movies that the 90s produced.

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Tombstone (1993) Review

December 9, 2020 — By the time Tombstone premiered on December 24, 1993, the 90’s western revival was in full swing. In truth, the genre had never truly gone away; its enormous popularity at the start of the 1930s all but guaranteed an enduring legacy. Its tropes and conventions bleeding into other genres. To such an extent that it became inextricable from the many other Hollywood pulp genres. Enjoying cyclical revivals that would see it resurface every 20 years or so.

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Coming to America (1988)

December 2, 2020 — Did you know Eddie Murphy helped write the story for Coming to America? When the movie released, Eddie Murphy was already a household name. Quickly transitioning to movies after a successful run on Saturday Night Live. By 1988 he had already starred in classics like 48 hours, Beverly Hills Cop, The Golden Child, and Trading Places. His career was already on an upward trajectory by the time Coming to America came around. However, one could argue it was this film that would shape Murphy’s career moving forward.

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