Anything Goes : Why do you think 80’s films were the best decade of cinema? by Ilana Mack

Ilana Mack

Why do you think 80’s films were the best decade of cinema?

Why do you think 80’s films were the best decade of cinema? Everyone who knows me is aware that I’m a huge fan of 80’s motion pictures that inspired me to be a writer. That unique plot creativity, ‘re-watchability’ factor, signature saxophone-infused scores, CGI that wasn’t that development but yet much more believable, actors’ natural human-like appearances, superheroes that actually looked like superheroes, revolutionary fashion, classic vehicles, and of course… amazing haircuts! Under oath of Writers, I swear that I'll do my best to bring it back to the contemporary cinematography :)

Ilana Mack

I am planning to co-direct and/or co-produce... to have my power as a writer.

Mark Withers

They weren't. I think you're being nostalgic. Perhaps the 80's could be classed as the decade with the most 'fun' (yet throwaway) films, but quite often this was unintentional and is more evident now thirty years later by way of how badly they've aged and how ridiculous we looked. If anything the 80's introduced the decline of decent filmmaking/cinema (subjective opinion obviously) mainly due to the over-powering US 'studio system'. There WERE good 80's films - Repo Man, Mystery Train, Blue Velvet, Manhunter; but these better pictures were made with little-to-no studio interference and returned relatively small grosses, which in a business sense is not good business sense for the art-less studio hogs. Then again, Ghost Busters, The Thing, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Shining, Aliens and Bladerunner proved to be quality studio presented films (if not all immediate money back hits), yet for each of these there were many rotten talking baby films, ill-conceived Superman sequels, cash-in Karate Kid follow-ups, Chuck Norris pictures (or anything from Canon), Mannequin, Top Gun (it's camp trash, admit it, otherwise go with Cocktail) and Ishtar. Personally I wouldn't say there was a 'best' decade as each one has successfully presented some great films outnumbered by real clunkers. Perhaps the sad thing is how we are now over-indulged by quantity over quality with some diabolical filmmaking and the studios still muscling out the smaller, often more engaging pictures. "Goonies never say die".

Beth Fox Heisinger

Ahhh, the electric guitar solo!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Anthony, obviously, you're too young to have experienced them in the day. "Digital" really had nothing to do with it. ;) LOL!

Mark Withers

Except for the digital watch, the 80's was an analogue era, Mr Garrone.

Debbie Croysdale

I think the 80s was more a particular mind set, than the technical methods involved. I usually prefer edgy, deep stuff, not fashion based. Though recently I've been tuning in to a weekly slug of Dallas. I know it's a series, but a lot of films in that era were of similar ilk. Glamour/Family/Love Hate. Desperately Seeking Susan, Sex Lies and Videotape, Nine n Half Weeks, are ones stick in my mind most.

Michael Willer

In my experience, the people who glorify the '80s have extreme nostalgia for that time and therefore rose-tinted glasses to the actual quality of the movies. Sure, there was ET, The Breakfast Club, and Poltergeist, but the '70s had Close Encounters, Taxi Driver, and The Exorcist, and the '90s had Schindler's List, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Matrix. Comparing decades is like picking a favorite ice cream flavor: 100% subjective. Personally, being a child of the '90s, I would say the greatest films have come from either the '30s or the '70s. But no one decade is better than the rest.

Mark Gunnion

My least favorite decade for films of the 20th century. My faves are the 30s and 70s.

Brian Walsh

Film was in an upswing in the 80s. It's when I first remember seeing cinemas built with more than 2 screens....the multi-plexes. Money was being poured in and being made. I remember talking to friends who actually saw Star Wars in the theatre more than 20 times.....and it was running for months. Now it's an environment of huge openings and gone to video in a couple of months. The money side has changed so much that it's completely changed how and what kind of films are being made.

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