1980s Film

Movie musings on films and stars of the 1980s. For the record, we don’t patronise bunny rabbits.

In Review: Life Moves Pretty Fast (Book)

by Maryann O'Connor 19 June 2015

How could we not be sceptical about another book on 1980s movies? Nostalgia, ho! But Hadley Freeman’s ode slash entreaty to us not to forget how good we had it [despite what those awful film critics might have said at the time] paired with discussion of current industry goings-on does provide a considerable dollop of hey-I-never-knew-that alongside […]

Read the full article →

In Review: Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

by Chris Milton 27 January 2015

Rising levels of anti-semitism and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz means that the re-release this week of one of the finest films about the Holocaust, Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants, is more than timely.

Read the full article →

In Focus: When the Wind Blows (1986)

by Maryann O'Connor 12 November 2014

In honour of the New Empress Magazine Adaptations Special, here is a discussion of an adaptation which holds a special place in my heart and mind; Raymond Briggs’ When the Wind Blows. There were plenty of films that scared me as a youngster; like many, I wailed over Hazel being stalked by the black rabbit in Watership Down […]

Read the full article →

New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The ‘Burbs (1989)

by Maryann O'Connor 3 September 2014

Let’s all take some time to consider what the world would be like had Tom Hanks turned down the chance to star in Joe Dante’s wonderfully absurd suburban nightmare. It’s not a world that we would want to live in. Here Mark Searby says some cool trivia stuff about the The ‘Burbs, which will be getting […]

Read the full article →

New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Re-Animator (1985)

by Maryann O'Connor 28 May 2014

Join Mark Searby to have a look back at this disturbing H.P. Lovecraft adaptation in honour of its DVD/Blu-ray release next week. Zombie cats and living severed heads. Nice. More New Empress Magazine Video Blogs

Read the full article →

In Review: White Dog (1982) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 27 March 2014

Hailed as a masterpiece by some, Sam Fuller’s drama, about a white German shepherd dog trained to attack black people, is the kind of picture rarely made by big Hollywood studios. It’s simply too controversial and real-life for the dream factory to handle. When execs either lose their marbles or bravely edge a bet, we […]

Read the full article →

The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The Stuff (1985)

by Martyn Conterio 10 March 2014

The latest New Empress Magazine Video Blog takes a look at The Stuff (1985), a gooey B-movie written and directed by Larry Cohen (It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Ambulance). The Stuff is out on Blu-ray and DVD via Arrow Video. For more New Empress Magazine Video Blogs, click the link here

Read the full article →

John Candy (1950 – 1994) Remembered

by Mark Searby 4 March 2014

John Franklin Candy died twenty years ago today (4th March). Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, the Canadian funnyman was a staple of mainstream Hollywood movies and a popular screen presence. Whether it was as Chewbacca spoof Barf, in Spaceballs (1987), the pain in Steve Martin’s harried exec’s ass in Planes, Trains and […]

Read the full article →

The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)

by Maryann O'Connor 24 January 2014

Mark Searby enlightens us on the scaly B-Movie joy that is Donald G. Jackson’s Hell Comes to Frogtown… What the Sam Hell?! More New Empress Magazine Video Blog action here

Read the full article →

In Review: Lust in the Dust (1985) on DVD

by Mark Searby 3 January 2014

Notoriously outrageous drag queen Divine stepped away from her working relationship with director John Waters in 1985 and teamed up with director Paul Bartel  to make this comedy western, talking its lead from Blazing Saddles but with added skirt-wearing bravado.

Read the full article →

The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

by Maryann O'Connor 12 December 2013

To celebrate the release of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China on Blu-ray, Mark Searby discusses some of the most memorable moments from this 1986 genre-busting favourite. For more video blogs check out the New Empress Youtube page here: NewEmpressMagazine

Read the full article →
Page 1 of 512345