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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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Sense & Sensibility

The-Five-Senses-blogathon   Sorry to disappoint if you were thinking about Jane Austen and the film. This is my entry to the Five Sense Blogathon, organized by My Filmviews, Karamel Kinema and MovieInsiders. The idea behind it is quite simple and pretty neat: for each of the five senses (Sight, Sound, Taste, Smell and Touch) you describe the film related association you have with it. This can be a particular movie or even a scene, but also something having to do with the movie going experience. So without further ado, here are my five choices:

Sight 2001SpaceOdyssey One might say that it’s the prominent sense when one experiences a film and since the dawn of motion pictures there’s been countless visually stunning films, but 2001: A Space Odyssey holds a special place. Kubrick’s masterpiece is captivating beyond words.

Sound AFistfulofDollars Western is a classic and beloved genre but Sergio Leone changed the game with A Fistful of Dollars and took it to a very different place. He also changed the sound made by a gun, giving it a unique and unforgettable voice.

Taste BabettesFeast There are several films/scenes with or about food that come to mind but Babette’s Feast is the one that takes hold and will not let go. The long and precise preparation of each dish, the dedication of the cook and the actual feast are memorable.

Smell

Considering this particular sense I have a double entry: a good smell and a bad one. Chocolat The smell of chocolate is powerful and even overwhelming… Have you ever prepared a Sachertorte? If yes, then you can understand. Naturally Chocolat and its several cooking scenes come to mind. LoChiamavanoTrinita On the opposite side of the spectrum but equally overwhelming is the strong odor of an unwashed human body and Lo Chiamavano Trinita’ (They Call Me Trinity) reeks from start to finish.

Touch Manhunter   Well, imagine being blind and touching a sleeping tiger… Thomas Harris had a great idea and Michael Mann translated it to the screen beautifully in Manhunter.

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