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Five 80’s Nostalgia Films Guaranteed To Give You The Warm Fuzzies

Retro- Geek, Instagram Throw-backs, Vintage style and Hipster- Chic- It’s totally rad these days to focus on retrospect in fashion, print, design and most importantly (for us), cinema. You only have to look at the recent Netflix sensation STRANGER THINGS to see a programme saturated with 80’s popular references.

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The 80’s as an era was characterised by the introduction of ‘high-concept’, big budget Hollywood blockbusters. As big business took control of the studios, film budgets skyrocketed due to new technologies, developments in special effects and inflated salaries of name-recognition stars. After the innovations of the 70s, films in the 80’s were less experimental and original, but more formulaic and entertainment was king. By the end of the 80’s the average U.S. movie budget was $18 Million, a staggering increase from the $5 million figure at the start of the decade.

Here are the 80’s films that never fail to give us the warm fuzzies.. Schweet!

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Our Top 5

1 . Beetlejuice (1988) from Director Tim Burton

Chosen by Sarah

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What’s the film about ?  Beetlejuice was written by horror specialist  Michael McDowell and directed by Tim Burton and is about a couple of recently deceased ghosts who contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

Why Sarah selected this film…  I really love Tim Burton’s approach to movies and find the worlds he creates to be darkly beautiful.  This is a particular favourite of mine because it’s the perfect blend of humour, iconic acting performances and amazing special effects – all in all, a movie I’ll happily see time and time again.

Trivia  I was surprised to find out that Michael Keaton’s part of the film only lasted seventeen and a half minutes out of the ninety two minute running time – it seemed so much longer!

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2. E.T the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) from Director Steven Spielberg

Chosen by Emily

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What’s the film about ?
ET the Extra Terrestrial directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, , tells the story of Elliott, a lonely boy who befriends an
extraterrestrial, called “E.T.”, who’s stranded on Earth. He and his siblings help it return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government.

Why Emily recommends this film…
The films is complete escapism, it brings alive many childhood fantasies and innocently deals with fundamental life lessons such as compassion, integrity and loyalty. Similarly to the Goonies, Hook and a number of other fantasy films of the same ilk, ET follows the plot from a child’s point of view. This device really does revert the viewer to childhood where illusions can’t be broken and magic is real, if you only have the power of belief. Watching it today, the music, Special Effects and plot are so evocative it can still transport me back to a happy innocent place.  Released on June 11, 1982 by Universal Pictures, E.T was an immediate blockbuster, surpassing Star Wars to become the highest-grossing film of all time—a record it held for eleven years until Jurassic Park, another Spielberg-directed film, surpassed it in 1993.  

Trivia: Spielberg himself was the first voice of ET. During shooting, Spielberg acted out the voice parts of E.T. by positioning himself just to the side of the camera, uttering famous phrases like “E.T. phone home,” but also occasionally speaking in full sentences to better connect the character to the child actors

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3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) from Director John Hughes

Chosen by Sarah

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What’s the film about ?  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was written, co-produced and directed by the amazing John Hughes and, as most people will know, it’s about a high school wise guy who is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal and his older sister thinks of that.

 

Why Sarah selected this film…   This movie makes me smile every time I watch it.  I don’t know whether it’s the fact that the movie encourages living life to the fullest or you feel as if you are on this crazy adventure with Ferris, Cameron and Sloane but I always feel uplifted and happy every time I’ve seen it, which is now a considerable amount of times!

Trivia  John Hughes personally designed Ferris’ bedroom, mirrored mostly on his own bedroom when he was in high school.

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4. Ghostbusters (1984) Directed by Ivan Reitman

Chosen by Emily

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What’s the film about?
The 1984  original Ghostbusters film directed by Ivan Reitman,  has become somewhat of a cult classic. The story follows a group of scientists,  Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) and his Columbia University colleagues (Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson) as they get kicked out of their prestigious academic posts, and start a private practice as professional ghost-catchers, ridding New York of the Ghouls.

Why Emily recommends this film…
I remember first watching it when I was six in America and just like it’s theme tune, it’s stuck with me ever since. The film is iconic, fun and for it’s time, technically very clever. It made  excellent use of the new special effects technologies that came out of the 80’s, using a subject matter that lent itself to showcasing the visual effects. Although many aspects of the film might seem slightly corny watching it today, one must remember,as with any film, it was a product of it’s time. The soundtrack, entertaining plot and light hearted comedy, deliver up a generous helping of cinematic nostalgia.  The film received two Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Song (for the hit song “Ghostbusters“) and Best Visual Effects.

Trivia: The “marshmallow” goo was actually shaving cream. More than 50 gallons was dumped on Walter Peck (William Atherton), almost knocking him to the ground.

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5. Blade Runner (1982) from Director Ridley Scott

Chosen by Sarah

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What’s the film about ?  Blade Runner is based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K Dick and is a classic envisioning of a dystopian future, set in 2019 Los Angeles.  The film focusses on a replicant hunter who must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a spaceship and who have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Why Sarah selected this film…  This movie doesn’t make me feel warm and fuzzy with nostalgia, as such, but I selected it because I’m still blown away by Ridley Scott’s creative vision, especially with regards to the location in which the film is set.  I have read quite a few Philip K Dick books and have enjoyed every one of them and this movie is one of the best interpretations of his ideas out there, along with Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly.

Trivia:  In 1969, Martin Scorsese met Philip K. Dick to discuss the possibility of adapting the novel into a film but the novel was never optioned and the project fell through.

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Which films from the 80’s do you remember the most fondly and who do you think we should have included on our list? Please leave a reply below, we’d love to hear from you.

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Film Focus: STRANGER THINGS’ Props Master Lynda Reiss speaks with Emily Cook

Film Focus’ Emily Cook speaks with Special Guest Hollywood Props Master Lynda Reiss about her most recent work on Netflix sensation STRANGER THINGS. They discuss the show, what a props master actually does and Lynda reveals some behind the scenes secrets from the set of the series. Lynda has also worked such iconic productions as American Beauty, True Detective and Cruel Intentions.

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Film Focus on: Tickled (2016)

Emily and Sarah review recent release Tickled. When New Zealand Journalist David Farrier starts researching an innocent story into the intriguing and silly world of competitive endurance tickling, he comes up against some fierce resistance and the story quickly becomes something quite sinister in this gripping and chilling documentary. The film was supported by Stephen Fry who donated to the Kick Starter campaign which funded the film’s production. Here’s what we made of it…

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Film Focus on: Swiss Army Man (2016)

Emily and Sarah review recent release Swiss Army Man staring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. The film tells the story of a hopeless man stranded on a deserted island who befriends a washed-up corpse and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.The film is directed by visionary duo, renowned music video directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert who bring their own brand of bizarre ‘out there’ creativity to the mix. We also hear from Daniel Radcliffe himself who we saw at the press preview screening of the film the other week. Here’s what we thought of it…

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Film Focus: Episode 10- The 80’s Edition with Special Guest, Stranger Things’ Lynda Reiss

In this episode Emily and Sarah review recent releases Tickled, a bizarre and chilling documentary into the sinister world of competitive tickling, and Swiss Army Man including an interview clip with Daniel Radcliffe, the film’s star. Emily catches up with special guest, Hollywood Props Master Lynda Reiss to talk about her most recent work on Netflix sensation STRANGER THINGS . We’ll find out the latest on Sarah’s challenge to watch over 500 feature films in a year and, as if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be getting all warm and fuzzy as we reveal Our Top 5 80’s Nostalgia Films.

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Film Focus: BBC Proms Multi-Camera Director Peter Maniura speaks with Emily Cook

Film Focus’ Emily Cook speaks with highly accomplished multi-camera director and live events producer Peter Maniura. They met up at the BBC in London to talk about the art of directing multi-cameras for live TV, the media landscape of today and Peter’s top tips for anyone wanting to break into the industry.

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Emily Cook: My time as Media Producer and Press Liaison for the Isle of Man Film Festival 2016

An update from Film Focus’ Emily Cook

I’ve been rather busy…. I’ve spent the last week working as Media Producer for the fabulous Isle of Man Film Festival as part of their core team. Working with DOP and Editor Nick Coole, I produced and published a series of highlights videos across the week, arranged and ran press junkets as well as provided content for the Festival’s official social media platforms.

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From left: Actor John Rhys Davies, Mark Kermode, Emily Cook, Nick Coole. Photograph ny Mark Boyd for D.E.D.

We welcomed back our patron BBC Film Critic Mark Kermode and special guests; visionary artist Roger Dean, world class actor John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Sliders) and Hollywood Props Master Linda Reiss (Stanger Things, American Beauty, True Detective) for a week of events from daily free screenings with exclusive previews of international shorts and features, to a Q&A with the Props Master of hit Netflix show Stranger Things, to outdoor screenings of cult films in the grounds of a medieval castle, to an all-Island, four-venue movie pub quiz, to Hollywood actor John Rhys Davies sharing hilarious and poignant stories of his life behind the lens and treading the boards with our gracious and always-entertaining patron Mark Kermode. And much more.

It was such fun conducting the interviews and producing the videos .You can find them below.

Our Video Series:

Mark Kermode behind the scenes interview – IOMFF2016 Highlights

Mark Kermode explains what he feels a Film Festival is all about.

‘Stranger Things’ an audience with Hollywood a Props Master Lynda Reiss – IOMFF2016 Highlights

The highlights from the Isle of Man Film Festival’s evening with Hollywood props master Lynda Reiss. Freshly back from working on Netflix Sensation Stranger Things in the States, Lynda gives an intimate talk to a packed house at Interior Rehab.

An Evening With…John Rhys Davies and Mark Kermode – IOMFF2016 Highlights

BBC reviewer and patron to IOMFF Mark Kermode returns to interview our special guest, acclaimed British actor JOHN RHYS-DAVIES (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings) about his life and career, before a screening of one of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ in the stunning setting of the Gaiety Theatre.

‘Pitch Fest’ – IOMFF2016 Highlights

The latest from Isle of Man Film Festival’s film pitching competition, ‘Pitch Fest’, where we welcome filmmakers to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of industry experts from the IOM and the UK.

International Short Film Competition and Award Ceremony – IOMFF2016 Highlights

Mark Kermode and our visiting filmmakers join us for a special screening and prize presentation for our 2016 International Short Film Competition. We also celebrate some of our home-grown filmmaking talent.

Manx Made Movies Preview Night -IOMFF2016 Highlights

Tuesday 6th-The highlights from our cast and crew preview night – an exciting billing of the latest Manx-made and MannIN Shorts Independent productions.

The Best Manx Independent Film category Shortlist screening and Filmmaker Q&A – IOMFF2016 Highlights

The Isle of Man Film Festival presents a special screening of this year’s shortlisted films from the Best Manx Independent Film category with a Q&A from the Filmmakers.

Island-wide Film Pub Quiz – IOMFF2016 Highlights

All the highlights from the Isle of Man Film Festival’s Island-wide Film Pub Quiz which took place in Ramsey, Douglas, Peel and Port St Mary simultaneously. An interactive, fun night featuring some quiz questions specifically devised by Mark Kermode. We also hear from the organisers of the quiz, Richard and Ed.

Roger Dean’s exclusive exhibition tour – IOMFF2016 Highlights

Visionary artist Roger Dean, whose work has influence filmmakers such as James Cameron, gives an exclusive tour of his exhibition to a lucky group of local artists.

Photos  Babb Photography Steve Babb.

Camera and editing work by Cooledit ‘Nick Coole’

The festival is only made possible by a core team of dedicated individuals who put their heart and soul into ensuring they provide the best programme of events for YOU, the audience.

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