Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Arthur Pewty, Dec 17, 2019.
Yep - 80's Hitchcock. Fun to watch though.
The on-stage stuff was great, the rest not so much. BUT, I remember one scene...
Less Than Zero, the book, is a great example of 80s cutting edge literature. Less Than Zero, the movie, is a great example of why a book should have never been made into a movie.
It's early -- released December 1979 -- but Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz," which I just saw, is extraordinarily evocative of an early-80s aesthetic. Great film too, though definitely a strange one.
This is it! Among genre pics, this really captures the 80s.
I'll also mention several John Carpenter films, including "Escape from New York," which is just slam-bang action pic irrespective of its date, and this one, another of my period favorites:
Even though it was a huge failure upon release and didn’t bear the fruits of its influence until years later, Blade Runner has retroactively become one of the quintessential 80’s films. It may embody the “real” aesthetics, but the cyberpunk production design and melancholic synth score embody how a lot of people picture 80’s sci-fi.
With a quintessential 1980's score by Jan Hammer.
The Running Man
Into the Night
Adventures in Babysitting
Night of the Comet
The Wedding Singer
Not filmed in 80s, but exemplifying them.
Adventureland Official Trailer
People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles.
I'm 20 and if there was one single 80s movie I'd call quintessential to how I view that decade's imagination of the future, it'd be Blade Runner. The fact it's deeply rooted in german expressionist sci-fi and continues to influence film and art - even spawning a sequel 35 years after the initial release - just stresses the importance of this movie.
Bueller. Bueller.... Bueller.
Weekend At Bernie's!
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Ruthless People yet. Can't get much more 80s then Bette Midler's outfits, or the Memphis design furniture in her home:
I tend to agree with you, but they do certainly have the styles in 80's hair and clothing!
Yes! Complete with Wang Chung soundtrack...
Maybe. For example, my son is now into Bob Seger & Speingsteen after having seeing films where their music was featured.
I liked the future as imagined from the 80's...plus, I was a broke teenager and saw most of my movies 2-for-1 (or free after a ride in the trunk / boot of a car) at our local drive-in. Even then, the seemingly inexhaustible post-Armageddon supply of hair product, make-up, gasoline, and ratty-but-chic clothing taxed my suspension of disbelief to its breaking point...
Night of the Comet (mentioned above but deserving of a repeat - weapons-savvy Valley Girls fight for survival in L.A.)
Dead-End Drive-In (for some reason, drive-ins are prisons in the future)
Def Con 4 (I don't believe it's ever been released on DVD)
World Gone Wild (starring an aging Bruce Dern, of all people - I think this one was direct to pay cable)
Cherry 2000 (if you haven't seen Melanie Griffith as a post-apocalyptic bounty hunter trying to wrest a working sex robot from Tim Thomerson's gang in the ruins of Las Vegas, you really should)
I'm sure there are many others...but my drive-in experience remains a bit on the hazy side.
I just watched Teen Wolf (1985) on Amazon. Sheesh, someone add that to the list.
Has no one mentioned the Back to the Future franchise?
The 80's didn't have one look --1989 looked a lot different than 1980. This film came out in 1980, which means it was filmed in 1979, but I remember thinking, this doesn't look like any 70's I remember.
Already mentioned, but I'm going to highlight Liquid Sky. It doesn't look remotely like any other decade.
Michael Mann's Manhunter. The Miami Vice clothes, 80s synth rock soundtrack, mullets, neon...
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