Masterpiece Memo: The Greek Blues With Rembetiko

Costas Ferris’ extraordinary, sinfully under-seen, Rembetiko from 1983, begins and ends with the music. Literally. Your ears are in for a real Greek treat – baglamas, violin, santouri, bouzouki – the music emerges from the opening frame. From behind the hanging bead pass of a Greek bar, a secluded venue, one of many, for the social […]

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1983 Horror Film Angst Will Leave You Creepily Shaken And Stirred

There’s a general feel about 1983. That the commercial film world took its foot off the gas to some degree. I mean, there were some genuinely moving stories. There were films that excelled technically. And what seems to be as per usual, a stream of international cinema slipping through the net. Some, dare I say […]

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Gorky Park – Doing Business in Moscow Can Be Murder

We all enjoy being stumped by riddles like Why is a raven like a writing desk? A riddle is a mental puzzle, a brain teaser much like a good mystery. Well, here’s another riddle. Question: Why is Gorky Park like the U.S. presidential election? Answer: It’s a story about a corrupt American businessman, Russian collusion, and a coverup designed […]

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This is Your 30s: My Full-Circle Experience With The Big Chill

A few key moments standout from my experiences with the world of cinema as a child. The first time I saw Jaws and refused to go anywhere near the beach for six months. My first trip to the cinema to see The Little Mermaid and instantly falling in love with Disney animation. The moment I discovered Mary Poppins and found my childhood (and […]

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The Sentimental Melodrama of ’83: Terms Of Endearment Review

Narratively, Terms Of Endearment leaves a lot to be desired in terms of interesting characters or dynamic storytelling. This is a very slow, deliberate, and melodramatic look at the struggles of a married mother of three who never seems to catch a break and is constantly struggling to get a grasp on life.

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Heat and Dust (1983) – Gender Imbalance Spans Time & Space

Heat and Dust was Merchant/Ivory’s biggest hit to date internationally. Britain was in the throes of nostalgia for the period of Raj India – Lean’s A Passage to India was about to break on the big screen and, on TV, The Jewel in the Crown would dominate.

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L’argent: Talking Money

Narration is simple explanation to tell the story. Cinematic language shows that there are many different ways to explain scenes, and create a variety of approaches for the audience. Robert Bresson was one of the most important narrators to shape mise-en-scene for showing impulse. The actions of people, and the background information, create some of […]

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The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)

Hot off the success of his now-classic anti-war epic, Peter Weir took on the adaptation of Christopher Koch’s potboiler about a collision between romance, journalistic obligation and revolution, The Year of Living Dangerously, which would become his last purely Australian effort.

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Mind Games: Revisting David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone

You are either in possession of a very new human ability… or a very old one. Dr. Sam Weizak (Herbert Lom) 1983 saw four film adaptations of Stephen King’s works; Christine, Cujo, the short film The Woman in the Room and David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone. Out of these four, I would argue that The […]

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L’été meurtrier: Red Hot Isabelle Adjani Kills It In One Deadly Summer

There is a sweltering heat, shimmering sweat, at the very opening of L’été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer), when Elle steps into the frame. “That girl” quickly becomes the talk of the southern French town, and claims the leering eyes of most of the men. Much of what makes Isabelle Adjani smoking hot here, is what […]

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The Danger of Dreams: Review of The King of Comedy (1983)

Everyone is told to chase their dreams. That’s the phrase we use. Chase it. A chase tends to involve singular focus and an unbending will to capture whatever it is you’re chasing. It sounds nice to say chase your dream, but it’s a phrase that can easily be twisted into the rationalization for desperate attempts […]

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Fatalistic Entertainment: Videodrome Review

Max Renn (James Woods) is the President of cable channel 83 named Civic TV. Specializing in X-Rated content as a TV station, Max is always looking for the next shocking content to attract viewers. On a TV show panel he defends his content choices by being a small station and needing to survive. On the […]

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Local Hero: A Romantic Postcard from Scotland to the Rest of the World

I am proud of my Scottish roots, although I am sorry to say that I have only been there as a child. I will make a promise to make the journey there to return to my homeland. Scotland is often seen in a negative light, from the likes of Trainspotting, to Flith and NEDs. With these […]

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Star 80 (1983) – Bob Fosse’s Last Roar

Bob Fosse directed only five films and this, the one with the odd licence plate title, was his last. The dancer/choreographer/screenwriter/director had a penchant for the underbelly of society, particularly from a show business perspective, and all five of his films reflect that and benefitted from the resulting edginess he achieved. Sweet Charity was about a […]

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Coppola’s Dream Familial Noir: Rumble Fish Review

Rusty James (Matt Dillon) longs for the days of gang warfare and the loyalties borne out of life in the gritty streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Rumble Fish is the tale of a local street tough trying to live up to the perceived reputation of his older brother Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke). We’re taken by Director […]

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Educating Rita: Chemistry With Julie Walters and Michael Caine

Julie Walters and Michael Caine. I mean, we talk about the on-screen chemistry between acting folk, likely when it is either not meant to be, or works like a charm. And charm is something both of these British acting heavyweights give off as naturally as rain in April. From a purely British perspective of course. […]

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So Long and Thanks for all the Laughs: Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown, And things seem hard or tough, And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft, And you feel that you’ve had quite eno-o-o-o-o-ough, Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving And revolving at 900 miles an hour. The Galaxy Song Growing up in my rather eccentric household, […]

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Rewind: 1983 in Film – WarGames

WarGames

David Lightman (Matthew Broderick), computer gamer enthusiast, who doesn’t take much interest in anything else. He sits at home on his computer after dialing up, and waiting to connect. He only wants to play a game. Instead, he enters into the game of all games, to end the world. John Badham’s underrated cult classic is simplistic in its execution […]

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Happiness Is Not To Be Trusted – Tender Mercies Reveiw

Tender Mercies won the Best Actor Academy Award, and Best Original Screenplay when the event was held in the early months of 1984. Written by Horton Foote, who had previously worked with Robert Duvall on the adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird – and reccomended him for this role. Duvall gives a subtle and nuanced, […]

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Pauline à la plage: Yet Another Alluring Éric Rohmer Love Lesson

Éric Rohmer’s third Comédies et proverbes from the 1980s is yet another masterful grasp of the human language of, and lessons in, love. Pauline à la plage (Pauline at the Beach) is a delectable, perceptive, heart-on-sleeve entry into our 1983 in Film series. Rohmer had delved with such affairs for three decades before Pauline stepped onto that beach. […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 30: Was 1983 Such A Poor Year For Film?

Flashdance

Podcast 30 already, and we rewind all the way back to 1983 to discuss the notion of it being one of the very worst years in cinema. Is it really? Filmotomy Deputy Editor Steve Schweighofer is your host this week to help us investigate. He recruits the varied film expertise of Daniel Smith-Rowsey, Rob Motto, […]

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