Tag Archives: 1980s

Ann Hui – Jin ye xing guang can lan AKA Starry is the Night (1988)

A social worker falls in love with a teenager, and remembers an affair she had with a professor while she was at university.

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“I spent a year at the Vidal Sassoon headquarters,” brags Lydia (Brigitte Lin), a sprightly social worker trying to impress Tian-An (David Ng), a stock market whiz kid and aspiring hairstylist. It’s a fitting overture for a movie brimming with striking hair, from Tian-An’s very 1987 mullet to Cai-Wei’s very 1966 bob-with-bangs, from Dr. Zhang’s (George Lam) caterpillar mustache to Lydia’s butch-adjacent boy-cut. It works; Tian-An falls for Lydia, and despite their nearly 20-year age difference, their relationship flourishes in health and happiness—or does it? Read More »

John McTiernan – Nomads (1986)

A French anthropologist gets murdered in Los Angeles after he discovers the existence of some unknown demonical creatures. Before he dies, he reveals his secret to a young doctor…

One of those rare fantasy movies that has the courage to be conceptually uncompromising with its audience, this plays with several layers of reality so that often one is uncertain if the particular scene currently on-screen can be taken at face value or not … yet by the movie’s end all makes perfectly coherent sense according to the movie’s own internal logic. (imdb) Read More »

Walter Hugo Khouri – Amor Estranho Amor AKA Love Strange Love (1982)

Man remembers 48 crucial hours in his life when, as a teenager, he visited his mother, the favorite woman of an important politician, in a bordello owned by her, right before some important political changes in Brazil, in 1937. In those hours, he discovers his own sexuality. Read More »

Staffan Roos – Limpan (1983)

Charles Lindberg is an alcoholic, through and true. Always on the butt-end of the authorities he is only trying to make a decent living, and get some drink aswell… Read More »

Helen Hill – Mouseholes (1999)

A film documenting a woman dealing with the slow death of her grandfather in a hospital. Read More »

Harun Farocki – Ein Bild AKA An Image (1983)

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Four days spent in a studio working on a centerfold photo for Playboy magazine provided the subject matter for my film. The magazine itself deals with culture, cars, a certain lifestyle. Maybe all those trappings are only there to cover up the naked woman. Maybe it’s like with a paper-doll. The naked woman in the middle is a sun around which a system revolves: of culture, of business, of living! (It’s impossible to either look or film into the sun.) One can well imagine that the people creating such a picture, the gravity of which is supposed to hold all that, perform their task with as much care, seriousness, a responsibility as if they were splitting uranium. Read More »

Jean-Jacques Andrien – Australia (1989)

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Australia is about Edouard Pierson, a Belgian-born wool dealer who emigrated to Australia after World War Two. The movie actual takes place in Belgium as he returns to his homeland to assist his family with their wool business. Edouard was left a single father after his girlfriend died and when he goes to Belgium he leaves behind this young girl, whom his family don’t know about. He meets a beautiful woman, Jeanne, another single parent, and an intense relationship develops. Edouard’s relationship with his family has its ups and downs and many secrets are revealed before the movie’s conclusion ties everything together. Read More »