Tag Archives: 1980s

Halit Refig – Teyzem AKA My Aunt (1987)

(warning: you may not want to read this review before watching film.)
If I am not mistaken, the scenario of this film is based upon an award winning story from Cumhuriyet,a prestigious paper in Turkey.Teyzem( My maternal aunt) is a very sentimental and successfully- managed story of relation between a young aunt in Istanbul and her nephew coming to the city to visit her and his grandparents.The aunt and her nephew, Baris,manage to construct a sound and secret friendship and alliance amongst each others during summer holiday and arrange visits to the former’s boyfriend who is a handsome guitarist in a local band. Noone in the family is aware of these secret visits.In the film, the audience is given opportunity to observe daily life of an Istanbul family making his way through a very moderate economic resources.For grandparents, nothing could be more important than their daughter’s eventual marriage with a decent man. Read More »

Brian Eno – Thursday Afternoon (1984)

“I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium. Video for me is a way of configuring light, just as painting is a way of configuring paint. What you see is simply light patterned in various ways. For an artist, video is the best light organ that anyone has invented.”

“I started working with video in the late 70’s … as a way of making paintings. Rather than dramas or stories or all the things that are usually connected with video, because of its background and its connections with theatre and film. I wanted to connect video with pictures and with picture-making, and began by making pieces that were very long, slow, slowly changing examinations of, for instance, a landscape – or in my case the skyscape of Manhattan, where I was living at the time.” Read More »

Manuela Serra – O Movimento das Coisas (1985)

A film-documentary which has been very praised by many Portuguese critics / bloggers.

“A sua singularidade define ao mesmo tempo um modelo – de cinema, de autor, de um país, de uma época –, se esse modelo pudesse ser constituído sob a forma da indefinição e do inacabamento”.

“Its uniqueness defines also a model – of cinema, of auteur, of a country, of a time – if that model could be established under the form of vagueness and of incompleteness.” Read More »

James Robert Baker – Blonde Death (1984)

Meet Tammy, the Teenage Timebomb. Eighteen years of bottled-up frustration are about to explode.

Romance blooms as the pair spends their days intertwining loins and exterminating innocents. But the endless rumpus falters in the looming shadows of one-eyed homicidal lesbians and former prison boyfriends, and everything soon spirals into apocalyptic, suicidal oblivion. Their lawless descent finally explodes in a sadistic poisoning scheme that wipes out every park-goer at Disneyland; a scene that was illegally shot inside the guarded gates of the actual Magic Kingdom™. Read More »

Dean Stockwell & Neil Young – Human Highway (1982)

The new owner of a roadside diner stuck in a town built around an always leaking nuclear power plant plans to torch the place to collect insurance. However, an assortment of bizarre characters and weird events (such as spaceships flying around) gets in his way. Read More »

Lewis Teague – Alligator (1980)

A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage. Read More »

Ringo Lam – Hok Haau Fung Wan AKA School on Fire (1988)

A young schoolgirl, Yuen Fong (Fennie Yuen) becomes caught in a tragic stranglehold of triad activity after she testifies in court over a triad beating. When this news reaches the triad leader Brother Smart (Roy Cheung), Yuen Fong must pay him protection money for what she has done as events begin to escalate. Read More »