Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) – Amy Heckerling

Amy Heckerling directs from a Cameron Crowe screenplay, which he adapted from his own book, so you knew going on that with Heckerling and Crowe on board the film was in good hands. And then the cast was filled with up and comers, and an iconic scene which any teen boy who grew up in…

Megaforce (1982) – Hal Needham

I haven’t watched this movie since coming across it as a kid during a SuperChannel preview (man those were the days huh?). And re-watching it now, I’m struck by one thing, Megaforce is a pendulum, it’s bad, it’s so bad it’s good, and then it’s back to bad again. This is a terrible film, and…

The Dark Crystal (1982) – Jim Henson and Frank Oz

1982 was a great year for genre film, and I remember seeing Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal in the theatre, and being totally in awe of it. The story for me was ok, but it was the realm I found myself in, Thra as portrayed on the big screen (though I didn’t know the name…

The Sword and The Sorcerer (1982) – Albert Pyun

Sometimes nostalgia should definitely be left in the past. The 1982 film, The Sword and The Sorcerer very much falls into that category. In the early 80s, thanks to the film, Conan the Barbarian, and the fantasy games and novels that were on the rise at the time, the sword and sorcery genre of films…

For Special Services (1982) – John Gardner

John Gardner’s second 007 novel, updating Ian Fleming’s James Bond for the 1980s, is on the book shelf this week, and delivers the crisp, solid, sex and violence filled thrill ride we’ve come to expect from England’s top spy. This story, set largely in America, sees the return of Bond’s old nemesis, SPECTRE, with the…

Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline (2009 – 2016)

Space… There was a lot of it between the end of Star Trek: Enterprise in 2005 and the next Human Adventure. For the first time since 1987, there were no Star Trek series or films in production. It was strange for a number of fans, though a large percentage of them realised that it was…

Police Squad! (1982) – Blu-Ray Review

In case you missed it last week, and are in need of a laugh, or more, Paramount Pictures released the classic, and far too short-lived Police Squad! (In Color) to blu-ray. Serving as the basis for the Naked Gun films, the makers of Airplane! turned their attention to television, and the police drama and piled…

Q (1982) – Larry Cohen

The next title from the Dragons & Dinosaurs chapter in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book is one I remember from my youth, not because I saw, but because I didn’t but the poster fascinated me. Of course, if the special effects were on par with the artwork of the poster this would have…

Tides of the Dark Crystal (2018) – J.M. Lee

The third volume of the Dark Crystal novels continues to interweave with the Netflix series, Age of Resistance, even though some of the details are different. That doesn’t detract from the story, it just another version of the telling, perhaps a song told by Kylan the Gelfling as I join him, Naia, Tavra, Amri of…

Shadows of the Dark Crystal (2016) – J.M. Lee

I remember being delighted the first time I saw The Dark Crystal in 1982, I even had a movie calendar from Burger King (for 1983) that had one of its months dedicated to the Jim Henson creation. The world (I didn’t know at the time that it was called Thra) appealed to me, and despite…

Swamp Thing (1982) – Wes Craven

Way back in 1982, one of the best years for genre films ever, the DC Extended Universe didn’t even exist, it wan’t even thought of, and a number of DC titles (as well as Marvel) were in development with other studios who thought that they would be able to make them . This leads us…

The King of Comedy (1982) – Martin Scorsese

The next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its recommendation of Taxi Driver is this Scorsese classic starring Robert DeNiro and Jerry Lewis. The film didn’t do well at the time, but I also remember it being marketed as a comedy and for me it was…