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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Films to be pleasantly surprised by…

I don’t know what’s worse when going into a film – a feeling of dread, or a feeling of apathy.

The majority of the films I watch, I watch because I want to, because I’m curious, or because they’ve been sitting on my shelf for a decade and it’s time to write about them.

But sometimes I’ll go into a film with little or no expectations, only to be completely wowed by a flick I wasn’t expecting to enjoy – those are the best kinds of cinematic experiences, right?

This is far from a comprehensive list, but here are a few of my recent favourites.

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Three children’s movies that won’t make you wish you weren’t watching them

Anyone who’s had to sit through a couple of hours of Peppa Pig episodes stitched together for a cinema release knows that some kids’ films are better than others.

Sure, the kids might enjoy them, but if you’re spending the whole 90 minutes rolling your eyes or scrolling on your phone, you’re not getting your money’s worth.

Here are three of my favourite ways to spend 90 minutes while sharing a bowl of popcorn with the junior Late Reviewers – but three films I’d probably be happy to watch without them too.

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