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Forgotten or Unappreciated Films of the 1980s: Vol. 1

Before he had his face rearranged through both amateur boxing and plastic surgery, the 80s ‘Mr. Cool’ Mickey Rourke played a guy who undergoes surgery to rearrange his disfigured face. Irony aside, Rourke was always a formidable actor and his 80s catalogue is impressive.

Milk (2008) • Right At Your Door (2006) • 1408 (2007)

Following the turbulent years of Harvey Milk’s life in San Francisco until his assassination by resentful conservative councilman Dan White (Brolin) in 1984, Milk is a wonderful film full of pathos and humour. Penn is truly extraordinary as the flamboyant yet gracious title character (“Penn-sational!” to quote my buddy Faystar from the ISeeFilms blog), given excellent support from the entire cast blessed with an Oscar-winning script by Dustin Lance Black…

NO SPEECH PREPARED… A Gambler’s Guide to the 81st Annual Academy Awards

It’s almost time again for the Oscars – that back-slapping, tear-fest that celebrates Hollywood’s finest. It still astounds me that the Academy Awards retain an audience each year – the ceremony is almost sickeningly self-congratulatory and overstays its welcome by a good three hours. Yet, save for last year, I still manage to watch this event each and every year due to a history that stretches back to adolescence…

SEX, DRUGS AND NOSTALGIA: Another Gen-Xer (proudly) shows his age…

It all comes down to timing, I guess. We each have films that can stop us in our tracks and bring about the immediate symptoms of acute adolescent nostalgia. Depends when you were born, and which movies were around when you were 14, 15, 16. The word ‘impressionable’ means nothing to you when you’re a teenager, but as you get older, you come to understand it’s meaning quite profoundly…

Langley Parks: Soundscapes, Themes & Noise – free individual track download…

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