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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) by Ramblings of a Cinefile – Ultimate 80s Blogathon

Here’s my entry to the Ultimate 80s Blogathon hosted by Drew @Drew’s Movie Reviews and Kim @Tranquil Dreams .
Go and check all the other contributions.

Drew's Movie Reviews

Welcome to week 2 of the Ultimate 80s Blogathon! If you missed any of the posts from last week, check out the list of entries here.  Next up is Marta from Ramblings of a Cinefile with her review of George Miller’s classic Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.  If for some reason you don’t follow Marta already, go give her site a look.  She reviews all kinds of films and television shows and posts quotes that puts my Movie Quote of the Week to shame.  But enough about my babbling, here is Marta’s review.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

One of the first post­apocalyptic films of the 1980s, Mad Max 2 (or The Road Warrior) has, very quickly, risen to the status of cult classic with his taciturn anti­hero (a strong reminder of the Man with No Name from Leone’s Dollars Trilogy) and its bleak, vast landscapes of the Australian outback, perfect setting…

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Sound & Motion Pictures: TV shows nostalgia 3

Here’s my third foray down memory lane, it’s time for the glam eighties! There are so many TV shows from that decade that I watched and liked but the following are the ones I consider most iconic. As usual they are listed in chronological order.

Magnum P.I. – theme by Ian Freebairn-Smith, Mike Post, Pete Carpenter (1980)

Mustachioed, manly Tom Selleck driving a Ferrari and helping people in Hawaii… what’s not to like?!


Hill Street Blues – theme by Mike Post (1981)

The daily life of a police department with its ups and downs. Quirky, relatable characters and interesting stories made for a solid, quality procedural cop show.


Fame – Fame, Irene Cara (1982)

“You got big dreams, you want fame? … Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying. With sweat.” Lydia Grant is not kidding and all the students at the NYC High School for the Performing Arts know it.


Knight Rider  – theme by Stu Philips and Glen A. Larson (1982)

An A.I. on a car that helps the hero fighting for justice… how cool was that!


Miami Vice – theme by Jan Hammer (1984)

Another manly man on a Ferrari, no wait… two of them, and in Armani suits, fighting crime… even better! Bonus: an alligator as a pet on a sailing boat.


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La Marche

Director: Nabil Ben Yadir, Main Cast:  Olivier GourmetTewfik JallabVincent RottiersM’Barek BelkoukNader BoussandelLubna AzabalHafsia HerziCharlotte Lebon

Set in the autumn of 1983 and inspired by true events, this film tells the story of a non-violent protest against racism in France. Tired and frustrated by yet another act of random violence towards Maghrebi immigrants committed by policemen, a group of friends decide to take action. They organise a march through France to raise awareness about the widespread racial prejudice and to fight against discrimination. At the very beginning they are joined by four other people, complete strangers that believe like them in non-violent demonstrations. Along the way they become a tight-knit group and meet rabid racists, more moderate opposers and enthusiastic supporters. They walk in good or foul weather, reaching small town and cities alike, to spread their message. Their final destination is Paris, where thousands of people join them in an historic rally on the 3rd of December 1983. The film is a very nice mix of drama and comedy, well balanced and never dull. It avoids cliches and easy tropes. The actors are not only excellent in their respective roles but have also great chemistry, which makes the best part of the film. Heartwarming and engrossing. —9/10

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Empire State

Director: Dito Montiel, Main Cast: Liam HemsworthMichael AngaranoDwayne JohnsonEmma Roberts

Boy dreams to become a NY policeman but he ends up becoming a security guard for an armored car depository.  His dream in tatters, he decides to organise a heist at said depository with the help of his best pal, a petty criminal. Things get complicated, then messy and finally they spiral out of control. Michael Angarano’s performance and the characterisation of the Greek neighbourhood in Brooklyn are the only noteworthy things of the whole film. They reminds me of James Ransone’s character and the “Greek” connection in season 2 of The Wire; ironically, Ransone plays here an FBI agent while Paul Ben-Victor is the father of the lead and an ex-cop. For the rest…well, Liam Hemsworth has the emotional range of a flatworm, which makes me regret the absence of Channing Tatum, Montiel’s favorite actor, and it is something, because I’m really not a fan of the guy! Dwayne Johnson as the tough, good cop is utterly forgettable and Emma Roberts seems like she dropped in by chance. Montiel had a good idea but he comes up short. Wasted opportunity! Watch “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” instead.  —5/10

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Oldies but goldies: Say Anything (1989)

Director: Cameron Crowe, Main Cast: John CusackIone SkyeJohn MahoneyLili Taylor;


This is a classic romcom, quoted throughout the years in movies and tv-shows, but it is also a honest look on first love and teenagers. Cameron Crowe’s first effort as director/writer  is sweet, compelling and accurate. John Cusack is perfect as Lloyd and there are memorable scenes: anything involving Lili Taylor, Gas ‘n’ Sip guys and, of course, Lloyd holding the boombox playing “In your eyes”.  Heartwarming–7.5/10

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