I recently read a book called Ready Player One that’ll soon be a movie. Which got me thinking how growing up nerd was absurd. So yeah, go ahead, shoot me. Cos I get it. Everyone’s obsessed with the 80s. Which I confess, is so crazy. As when we look back, we just remember the gravy. Nostalgia goggles set to rose-tinted and hazy. But it is … Continue reading Nerds never say die
I heard somewhere once that our obsession with the 1980s has gone on longer than the decade itself. And with Back to the Future being in the news for reaching the ‘future’ date not too long ago (and, alarmingly, accurately predicting loads of inventions and tech we now take for granted), I thought it a good time to revisit 30 (don’t ask why I picked … Continue reading 30 best films from the ’80s
Hey Hollywood, what gives? I suppose young regularly replaces old, but some of the women from movies I loved growing up during this decade must still be acting. They can’t have all retired, right? Ladies like Phoebe Cates and Jennifer Jason Leigh (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Kelly Lebrock (Weird Science), Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club), Elisabeth Shue (The Karate Kid) and Geena Davis (Beetlejuice). … Continue reading Whatever happened to ladies of the ’80s?
There’s a scene in Jerry Maguire where Tom Cruise’s Jerry accuses Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Rod Tidwell of having no heart. He responds angrily with, ‘No heart? I’m all heart motherfucker!’ That’s what you get with Pride. It’s all heart. And it very much wears it on its big gay sleeve. Although saying that, it’s not as flamboyant as you might think. In fact, given the … Continue reading Pride: a heart-warming tale of pits and perverts
Ok, here are the rules. The songs had to have been released in the ’80s, but could have been used in any films during this time. Whether they introduce or accentuate a scene, or were the film’s theme song, each track is special to me in some way. Here’s my list: ‘Atomic’ by Blondie (1980) – Trainspotting This takes place in the Volcano club where … Continue reading Best use of 80s electro songs in film
Will I ever be any good at parkour/freerunning? I found myself asking this question last night as I sat in a London hospital with – yet another – injury. This time quite a bad one, a deep gash in my shin that needed two stitches. Let’s rewind for a second. For those not familiar, parkour is essentially a type of movement used to overcome obstacles … Continue reading Damn, parkour is a tough sport!