By The Decade: Eight great films from the 80s

Here we go with another By The Decade post to help broaden my cinematic horizons and welcome your recommendations from a specific era – and this one is sure to pull together a decent list!

Following the previous 3 From The 30s4 From The 40s5 From The 50s, 6 From The 60s and 7 From The 70s posts, and the brilliant suggestions from readers for their favourite films from the 1930sthe 1940sthe 1950sthe 1960s and the 1970s, there are loads of great suggestions for you to check out too in the By The Decades section.

Now I was worried that my 1970s choices were pretty mainstream, and I think that’s going to be a concern this week too. Not to say there’s anything wrong with mainstream – watch what you want to watch, people! – and there were plenty of hidden gems that decade too, these just happen to be the ones that I either revisit most often, or feel strongly about.

Oh, and I’m aware there are some Amblin-shaped gaps in my choices, but that’s mainly because I’m absolutely certain they’ll be filled by other people!

As ever, I’ll add the reader recommendations later, but for now, here are my eight from the eighties…

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Does Horror cinema encourage the opposite of toxic fandom?

I’ve been listening to a lot of film podcasts recently – don’t worry, I’m not considering starting up my own, nobody needs that.

Hearing filmmakers and fans discuss their favourite movies and themes is always good fun, but the disparity between the types of enthusiasm shown towards different genres is really interesting to me – specifically, the passion of horror fans, which seems to be a more positive experience than fans of other genres.

Let me show my working…

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The Batman comic that can’t (and shouldn’t) be adapted for the screen

The Dark Knight has been around for more than 80 years, and it’s fair to say there have been some good, bad and downright ugly entries in his back catalogue.

Batman movies have generally been a mixed bunch too, and with Zack Snyder’s Justice League dropping tomorrow and Matt Reeves’ The Batman just finishing production (see below), we’re going to take a quick look at a Batman comic we’ll probably (and thankfully), never see adapted.

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