Badlands

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Badlands is a 1973 American crime film written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, and featuring Warren Oates and Ramon Bieri. The story, though fictional, is loosely based on the real-life murder spree of Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, in 1958, though that basis was not acknowledged… Continue Reading

Child’s play

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Child’s Play is a 1988 American slasher film directed and co-written by Tom Holland, and produced by David Kirschner from a story by Don Mancini. Catherine Hicks plays a widowed mother who gives her son a doll for his birthday, unaware that the doll is possessed by the… Continue Reading

Eraserhead

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Eraserhead is a 1977 American body horror film written, produced, and directed by David Lynch. Shot in black and white, it is Lynch’s first feature-length film, following several short works. Starring Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Jeanne Bates, Judith Anna Roberts, Laurel Near, and Jack Fisk, it tells the story of Henry Spencer… Continue Reading

The blob

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The Blob is a 1958 American independent science-fiction horror film by De Luxe, about a growing, corrosive, alien amoeboidal entity that crashes to Earth from outer space inside a meteorite. It devours and dissolves citizens in the small communities of Phoenixville and Downingtown, PA, growing larger, redder, and more aggressive each time it does… Continue Reading

Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes

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Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes (Water Drops on Burning Rocks in the english version) is a 2000 French drama film directed by François Ozon. The film is based on a German play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Tropfen auf heisse Steine. The film is divided in 4 acts. Germany… Continue Reading

Beetlejuice

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Beetlejuice is a 1988 American comedy-fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. The plot revolves around a recently deceased young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home, and an obnoxious, devious ghost named Betelgeuse (pronounced “Beetlejuice”, portrayed by Michael Keaton) from the Netherworld… Continue Reading

The lost boys

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The Lost Boys is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, and Corey Feldman between others. The film is about two brothers who move to California and end up fighting a gang of young vampires. The film blends horror, humor, and… Continue Reading

The Karate Kid

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The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts drama film produced by Jerry Weintraub, directed by John G. Avildsen, written by Robert Mark Kamen, in which a martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. It stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, William Zabka and Elisabeth Shue. It is… Continue Reading

À nos amours

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À Nos Amours (To Our Loves in the english version) is a 1983 French drama film directed by Maurice Pialat and written by Arlette Langmann and Pialat, about a 15-year-old girl named Suzanne (Bonnaire) who experiences her sexual awakening and becomes promiscuous, but is unable to… Continue Reading

Tuff Turf

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Tuff Turf is a 1985 American drama film directed by Fritz Kiersch and starring James Spader and Kim Richards. Morgan (Spader) is a troubled teenager from Connecticut who relocates to Los Angeles with his parents after his father’s business goes under. Morgan struggles to make friends, and trouble ensues… Continue Reading

Monkey shines

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Monkey Shines is a 1988 American horror film written and directed by George A. Romero, based on the novel by Michael Stewart. The film stars Jason Beghe as Allan Mann, an athlete who becomes a paralyzed quadriplegic and develops a bond with an intelligent service monkey named “Ella”. The film, which was… Continue Reading

The unbearable lightness of being

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a 1988 American film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Milan Kundera, published in 1984. Director Philip Kaufman and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière portray the effect on Czechoslovak artistic and intellectual life during the 1968 Prague Spring of socialist liberalization preceding the invasion by the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact that ushered in… Continue Reading

I spit on your grave

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I Spit on Your Grave is a 1978 American rape-and-revenge exploitation horror film written, directed, produced and edited by Meir Zarchi. It tells the story of Jennifer Hills (Camille Keaton), a Manhattan writer whose summer vacation in a riverside cabin goes tumultuous when a group of five men gang… Continue Reading

Just one of the guys

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Just One of the Guys is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Lisa Gottlieb. Terri Griffith (Joyce Hyser) is an aspiring teenage journalist living in Phoenix, Arizona who feels that her teachers don’t take her school newspaper articles seriously because of her good looks. After failing to get… Continue Reading

Romancing the stone

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Romancing the Stone is a 1984 American action-adventure romantic comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a silly, high-spirited chase picture that takes us, as they say, from the canyons of Manhattan to the steaming jungles of South America. The movie’s about a New… Continue Reading

Casualties of war

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Casualties of War is a 1989 American war drama film directed by Brian De Palma, with a screenplay by David Rabe, based on the actual events of the incident on Hill 192 in 1966 during the Vietnam war, in which a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when… Continue Reading

The war of the roses

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The War of the Roses is a 1989 American black comedy film based upon the 1981 novel of the same name by Warren Adler. The film follows a wealthy couple with a seemingly perfect marriage. When their marriage begins to fall apart, material possessions become the center… Continue Reading

Daguerréotypes

Originally shot in the mid-70s, Agnès Varda’s vérité documentary Daguerréotypes has aged splendidly, acquiring flavors that would’ve been inconceivable at the time it was made. Back then, Varda hauled her camera around her Paris neighborhood on the Rue Daguerre, intending to capture what… Continue Reading

Police

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Police is a 1985 French romantic crime drama film directed by Maurice Pialat and starring Gérard Depardieu, Sophie Marceau, and Sandrine Bonnaire. Written by Catherine Breillat, the film is about a moody, jaded police detective investigating a drug ring who falls for a mysterious woman and is drawn into… Continue Reading

Le scandale

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Le scandale (The Champagne Murders in the english version) is a 1967 French suspense thriller mystery film directed by Claude Chabrol and starring Anthony Perkins. It was the first of two films that Chabrol made with Perkins, who is most famous for his role in Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock,… Continue Reading

The devils

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The Devils is a 1971 British historical drama horror film directed by Ken Russell and starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. Russell’s screenplay is based partly on the 1952 book The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley, and partly on the 1960 play The Devils by John Whiting, also based on Huxley’s book. The film is a… Continue Reading

Poltergeist

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Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural horror film about a family whose home is invaded by malevolent ghosts that abduct the family’s younger daughter. It was directed by Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg wrote and produced, but had a clause in his contract to prevent him from directing another… Continue Reading

La ville des pirates

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La Ville des pirates (City of pirates in the english version) is a 1983 French fantasy film directed by Raúl Ruiz. Made during Ruiz’s most active and fruitful era of filmmaking, the film is considerably one of Ruiz’ best works and exemplifies several recurring… Continue Reading

Drugstore cowboy

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Drugstore Cowboy is a 1989 American crime drama film directed by the American filmmaker Gus Van Sant. Matt Dillon plays the leader of a group of dopeheads who wander around the country robbing pharmacies to feed their habits. Dillon’s chums include doltish James Le Gros and teen-age… Continue Reading

Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath is a 1963 horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film is centered on three separate tales that have an introduction and conclusion from Boris Karloff. The film stars an international cast in three short stories. The first, titled “The Telephone”, involves Suzy… Continue Reading

Belle de Jour

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Belle de Jour  is a 1967 French drama film directed by Luis Buñuel and starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, and Michel Piccoli. The film is about a young woman who spends her midweek afternoons as a high-class prostitute while her husband is at work. The title of the film… Continue Reading

Brazil

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Brazil is a 1985 dystopian science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard. The film stars Jonathan Pryce and features Robert De Niro, Kim Greist, Bob Hoskins and Ian Holm between others. The film centres on Sam Lowry, a man trying to find a woman who appears in his… Continue Reading

The hitcher

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The Hitcher is a 1986 American road action-horror film directed by Robert Harmon and written by Eric Red. It stars Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jeffrey DeMunn. Howell plays Jim, a young man who gives a ride to a hitchhiker, played by Hauer. After narrowly escaping death,… Continue Reading

Matrimonio all’Italiana

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Matrimonio all’italiana (Marriage italian style in the english version) is a 1964 film by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the World War II era story of a cynical, successful businessman named Domenico (Mastroianni), who, after meeting a naive country girl, Filumena (Loren),… Continue Reading

The wicker man

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The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film written by Anthony Shaffer and directed by Robin Hardy. The story, inspired by David Pinner’s 1967 novel Ritual, centres on the visit of Police Sergeant Neil Howie to the isolated island of Summerisle, in search of a missing girl. Howie,… Continue Reading

Maîtresse

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Maîtresse (Mistress in the english version) is a 1975 French film directed by Barbet Schroeder, starring Bulle Ogier and, in one of his earliest leading roles, Gérard Depardieu. Looking for a measure of affection and companionship, Olivier (Depardieu) crosses the path of the lovely Ariane (Ogier). She happens to be… Continue Reading

The lickerish quartet

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The Lickerish Quartet is a 1970 drama film produced, written and directed by Radley Metzler, in which a wealthy Italian matriarch finds an unlikely object of lust in the form of a mysterious blonde visitor. Metzger created R-rated movies with widescreen ambition and this film marked the… Continue Reading

Breaking glass

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Breaking Glass is a 1980 British film directed by Brian Gibson; starring Hazel O’Connor, Phil Daniels and Jonathan Pryce, that depicts the rise and fall of Kate (O’Connor), an angry but creative young singer and songwriter from London in the 80’s, backed by a hustler (Daniels) and… Continue Reading

Sex, lies and videotape

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Sex, Lies, and Videotape is a 1989 American independent drama film that brought director Steven Soderbergh to prominence. It tells the story of a man who films women discussing their sexuality, and his impact on the relationships of a troubled married couple and the wife’s younger sister.… Continue Reading

Wake in fright

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Wake in Fright (also known as Outback) is a 1971 Australian thriller film directed by Ted Kotcheff, about a young school teacher from Sydney who descends into personal moral degradation after finding himself stranded in a brutal, menacing town in outback Australia. It stars Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence and Chips Rafferty. The screenplay, written by Evan Jones,… Continue Reading

If….

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if…. is a 1968 British drama film produced and directed by Lindsay Anderson satirising English public school life. Famous for its depiction of a savage insurrection at a fictitious boys’ boarding school, the X certificate film was made at the time of the May 1968 protests in France by a director… Continue Reading