Oh, Nostalgia! Remember the 10 MOST LOVED FILMS OF THE 80’S
Avant-garde, 80s cinema was a futuristic reflection of fashion, of the technological revolution that would define the contemporary digital world and brought a bold vision in the art of storytelling, whether starring children, teenagers or adults. From teen comedy coming of age to the adventure of Indiana Jonesthe 1980s are responsible for some of the best films ever made.
And exuding such an unparalleled irreverence, the time was able to transform cinema in a permanent way, with features that combined the technological revolution that emerged during the period with a universe of peculiar and synesthetic narratives, where fashion dictated the costumes inside and outside the screens and the music reflected the zeitgeist.
Originality, authenticity and trend made the films an immeasurable feast of fun experiences. It was in the 80s that the best teen movies were produced. It was also here that many immortalized themselves, after failing at the hands of some executioner critics who did not understand how far ahead of their time these films were (see Roger Ebert).
And at this pace Stranger Thingswe separate for you top 10 movies of the 80s. Here are those essential productions that made the decade the most delicious cultural historical memory the world has.
Uniting four distinct genres (comedy, fantasy, adventure and science fiction), The ghost hunters brings innovative visual effects for the time, with an original narrative that played with the old childhood imagination that ghosts would be prowling around us. Expanding that premise to the whole of New York City, the film features a fun and engaging cast, as it promotes a hilarious encounter between the master of humor. Rick Moranis with Bill Murrayboth whose trajectories started in the sketch program second city.
With a soundtrack that brings the essence of the synthpop beat, The ghost hunters it has a representative cast and owns an absolutely original humor, which uses the supernatural as its weapon to build a narrative full of ironies. And although many of his jokes were not noticed by children in the first instance, they are now considered some of the great gems of comedy.
9 – ET – The Extraterrestrial (1982)
Steven Spielberg has a fascination with children’s imagination and knows how to explore fantastic narratives from a fascinating point of view, capable of pleasing the younger audience as well as the older one. Popular around the world, its features have characteristics that strengthen friendships between children, always putting them at an advantage over adults. In his films, it is precisely the simplicity and imaginative power that allow the little ones to live adventures that adults would never be able to.
AND ET – The Extraterrestrial brings exactly that essence. Highlighting only Elliot’s mother among the older characters, the plot is told from the strong connection between the little boy and this peculiar being from another world. While the adults’ arguments are usually little explored, the filming angles always place them at the edge, often even failing to show their faces (see the school teacher), to emphasize the lack of importance for the narrative construction. And to ensure the necessary emotional appeal, the filmmaker also filmed the feature in chronological order, in order to extract the most authentic sensations from the child actors.
the plot of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale had everything to be a hit movie from Disney, were it not for the bizarre story of the mother falling in love with her son (the studio rejected the project because of this). At the first instance of dubious taste, this plot actually helps to build the ideal humor of the feature, involving the audience in a narrative where time travel becomes a fun joke about predestination and the impacts that our attitudes have on our future.
With an unusual cast from such disparate generations, Back to the future brings together the popular teen actor Michael J. Fox to the peculiar veteran Christopher Lloyd, starting one of the most passionate and stylistic adventures in POP culture. Much more than making people laugh, the film became a socio-cultural landmark, launched futuristic trends in its sequel and is still praised and replicated in contemporary productions. Irreverent and well directed, the film is one of the greatest gifts the 80s could have given us.
Adolescence was one of the main focuses of 80’s films. As a flamboyant and unapologetic generation, she alone yielded good productions. In Kittens and Kittenspassing through Thousand Note Woman, Say What You Want and The Girl in Shocking Pink, the teen features of the time are anything but obvious and deliver stories that realistically express the essence of youth. And the father/mentor of this class was precisely John Hughes. Master in filtering all the teen angst of the period, he is the owner of the best coming of age movies, in addition to being responsible for making us meet Kevin McCallister, from They forgot me (the best Christmas movie you respect!).
Is at Five’s Club he goes much deeper into his student/youth narrative. leaving the mood of Thousand Note Woman and Enjoying Life Adoidado on the other hand, he delivers a dramedy that explores the fragility of each of the families to which these teenagers belong, explaining – through a tumultuous and uncomfortable Saturday of detention – how much each of them is the fruit of their own environment. Using the famous school stereotypes as a social deconstruction, the film goes beyond the portrait of the people from the backyard, the nerds, the patricinhas and the playboys, and reflects on the weight that youth carries due to family demands, exposing a wound real existing among young people. Sensitive and touching, the comedy drama still remains unsurpassed in the aesthetic and style it created.
6 – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Spielberg presented us with one of the best works in the history of cinema. Indiana Jones it is not just a milestone in the childhood of children born and raised in the 80’s and 90’s. The character’s narrative comprises a powerful children’s imagination, where archeology, history and the fantasy universe meet at once.
Becoming the biggest box office of the year, surpassing the mark of US$ 389 million, the film was nominated for nine Oscars – taking four statuettes, has a very rich production in terms of visuals and in 1999 it was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry, of the Library of the United States Congress, being considered “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”.
5 – Star Wars – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1983)
The 70’s were not prepared for what would hit them. The year 1977 was transformed by what would become the biggest POP culture franchise in the world. And though ‘A new hope‘ has been instrumental in making ‘Star Wars‘ the immortal success that he is, it is undeniable that the best feature of the original trilogy is in fact ‘The Empire Strikes Back‘.
With a well-developed plot, the sequel brings new characters, explores the narrative in a much deeper way and takes care of practical visual effects, one of the best and most praised features of the feature. Building that whole universe with the use of miniatures and lots of stop motion, the film is realistic, palpable and helps to further consolidate the brand as the greatest gift that George Lucas could have given to the world. #gratitude
4 – Robocop – The Policeman of the Future (1987)
Robocop it’s one of those rare cinematic experiences where each frame promotes very immersive synesthetic sensations. With a script that explores Detroit’s moral and social decay, amid brutal behavioral, cultural and technological change, the film explores the life of a police officer being reduced to a simple machine. And with a partially lucid mind trapped in a mechanical body, his reactions – hitherto supposedly programmed – will take him to extremes that highlight, very authentically, the violence of a finished industrial city and all the consequences that the negligence of the public power, in through the rise of an innovative company, can generate.
Directed by Paul Verhoeven, Robocop is a raw and critical account of the technological revolution that emerged at the height of the 80s and masterfully mixes the action and science fiction genres, delivering a violent, visceral and well-graphic narrative. Winner of the Oscar for Best Sound Mixing, the feature remains timeless and continues to fascinate audiences, even after so many decades.
James Cameron he has few films under his belt, but most of them are worth an entire filmography. O Terminator is one of those cases, being a groundbreaking masterpiece from start to finish. Rich in practical visual effects, the feature makes the blasé acting of Arnold Schwarzenegger a very important instrument for the very construction of your character. With an avant-garde plot, which thinks about technology decades ahead of its time, sci-fi remains the biggest reference when it comes to artificial intelligence in cinemas and the dangers that robotic technology can present to the world.
Bringing the theme of Skynet, which is very similar to the global connectivity that the internet has brought to all of us, the production has an impeccable script from beginning to end, introduces Sarah Connor to the world, consolidating her as one of the most badass characters in the history of cinema, a reference for the conceptual construction of countless future female characters. Considered one of the great precursors of the science fiction genre, the film is one more on this list that was selected, in 2008, by the United States Library of Congress, to be preserved in the National Film Registry, being considered “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”. ”.
Stanley Kubrick he had a very peculiar way of producing his films. Methodical and perfectionist, he had the gift of exploring the expressiveness of the actors in categorical and striking angles, which contributed to making his works admirable and unforgettable for the history of cinema.
And although this adaptation of the Stephen King is not one of the author’s favorites, the feature is one of the best cinematographic productions ever made. bringing a Jack Nicholson exaggerated and purposefully overacting, the film knows how to build tension from beginning to end, delivering a horror that honors the genre, as it consolidates itself as a priceless cult. Powerful, The illuminated failed to have a profitable journey in theaters, but time has consolidated him as one of the eternal rare gems of the industry.
It is still incomprehensible how much Martin Scorsese was wronged at the 1981 Oscars, when indomitable bull lost the statuette for Best Picture to the coming of age people like us. Still, time has done it justice and attested to the mastery that is this biopic of wrestler Jake LaMotta. With an entirely black and white photograph (except for a little more than a minute of family video, recorded with what appears to be a Super 8), the feature gives a fascinating account of the tumultuous life of the boxer, who ended his career as a failed stand-up comedian. With Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro delivering his best performances and characterizations, the feature is directed with surprising vigor, promotes a synesthetic experience and has a symbolic and emotional soundtrack, which helps to set the pace of the drama.
Flawless, it is a stark reminder of the inherent cinematic talent of Scorsese and received eight Oscar nominations, taking the statuette in the categories of Best Editing and Best Actor. Receiving mixed reviews at the time of its release, the production was already stylistically and aesthetically ahead of its time and is now considered the filmmaker’s Magnum opus. In 1990, it became the first film to be selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, in its first year of eligibility.
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