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St Elmo’s Fire (1985)

Doe-eyed...and chubby cheeked?

A group of College graduates struggling to make their way in the big bad world (this concept all too familiar to me at
the moment) is addressed in Director Joel Schumacher’s 80s Brat Pack  classic. Namesake of John Parr’s soundtrack song, this movie has the hollywood brains, beauty and brawn in the form of its renowned Director and all-star cast.
However, (and its a big however) St Elmo’s Fire is a strange one. Read the rest of this entry »

We’ve all seen the classics: Top Gun, E.T, Back to the Future. The canon is long. But what about the less-celebrated movies of the 80s?

This blog is your guide to the almost-blockbuster, ‘average’, the box office flop and the downright obscure. Why? Because a good wine takes years to mature, Van Gogh wasn’t famous until he was dead, and the best of treasure is usually buried. These movies showcase Hollywood’s biggest stars, often before they were famous, provide you with an off the common evening’s  viewing and can be bought ridiculously cheaply online!

So here is your first bounty of bargains, I promise not to spoil any plotlines but I can’t guarantee I won’t gush over the trivia.

Witness (1985)

Lukas Haas as Samuel who witnesses the murder

This ‘thriller’ starring Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis  and Danny Glover and directed by Peter Weir is mostly set in an Amish community. After a young Amish chile witnesses a murder, police detective Ford discovers a web of corruption which leads him and the Amish community into danger.

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One of the most significant factors which influence me when deciding which productions to see is ticket prices. I’m forever being told that, as a student, I can get cheap deals for tickets at many theatres and when i’m proactive about this I can usually get discounts or cheap seats for some productions. But what happens when I reach 25 and the student-discount excuse will no longer wash? Read the rest of this entry »

“He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind”: a piece of advice Kevin Spacey should have paid greater attention to in making his decision to put on this play at the Old Vic. As artistic director of the theatre and a lead character in the play, Spacey obviously has a vested interest in the success of this production and although he gives an outstanding performance as Henry Drummond, the rest of the play is uncomfortably exaggerated and tedious. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Class

Cottlesloe Theatre, 12th October

It is often said in reference to the Holocaust that ‘we must remember, lest we forget’. Ryan Craig’s translation of Tadeusz Siobodzianek’s ‘Our Class’ certainly upholds this idea. This world premiere adds significant weight to the argument that events of the Second World War are still very much a raw wound waiting to heal and manages to give a gripping yet harrowing insight into an overlooked aspect of this era.

The play tells the story of Read the rest of this entry »

Avenue QAs an avid childhood fan of Sesame Street, the prospect of watching a musical parody of the programme was both nostalgically enticing and daunting. This anxiety proved unnecessary: Avenue Q manages to strike a comfortable balance between satirising popular culture and celebrating a series which has entertained and educated millions of children. However, this musical is not to be mistaken as a kid’s show; in fact it is created exclusively for adults, with similarities to Sesame Street lying solely in form rather than content. The story follows Princeton, a college graduate who moves onto Avenue Q where he meets friends who help him to find his ‘purpose’ while learning valuable life lessons along the way. Read the rest of this entry »