Category: 1980s

Hellraiser Essay - 1987 Clive Barker Movie Film

Tearing ‘Hellraiser’ Apart to Its Artistic Core

“Hellraiser’s creators channel the works of Francis Bacon, Walter Sickert, Allen Jones and Zdzisław Beksiński. These impressionist and surrealist craftsmen, like Barker and Randel, expose the horrors of their lifetime to the populace at large.”

The Lair of the White Worm Cast - Every Actor and Character in the 1988 Movie

Know the Cast & Characters: ‘The Lair of the White Worm’

‘The Lair of the White Worm’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every actor and character in Ken Russell’s 1988 movie.

The Last of England Movie Essay - 1987 Derek Jarman Film

In a State of Exile: ‘The Last of England’ in 1987

“If ‘The Angelic Conversation’ portrays a time where loving affection could be found amongst the rubble of industrialization, then ‘The Last of England’ shows how affection, love and hope are lost qualities of a paradisal past.”

David Cronenberg Essay - Crimes of the Future (1970)

Death Is Not the End: Self-Destruction in the Films of David Cronenberg

“Perhaps David Cronenberg is owed another kind of reputation: that of a humanist filmmaker who observes and questions, who understands our pain and sorrow as well as our ambitions both intellectual and libidinous.”

64 Day Hero Movie Essay - 1986 Randolph Turpin Documentary Film

Gloves-On Storytelling in ’64 Day Hero’

“Despite its storytelling flaws and omissions, ’64 Day Hero’ is a must-watch for the boxing documentary completist.”

Career Woman Movie Essay - Big Business

Having It All: The Career Woman Takes Over

D.M. Palmer on the career women of ‘9 to 5’ (1980), ‘Baby Boom’ (1987), ‘Big Business’ (1988), ‘Working Girl’ (1988) and ‘Disclosure’ (1994).

Dennis Potter Essay - Cold Lazarus

Must Write a Happy Ending: The Posthumous Dennis Potter

“Dennis Potter left us with one of the most ambitious and meaningful pieces of British television, bridging commercial and public broadcasting to address the state of the nation and the fate of the artist with his customary irreverence and accessibility.”

Guilty or Not Guilty: On Mrinal Sen’s ‘Kharij’

“‘Kharij’ is a scathing expose of societal problems that — truth be told — aren’t exclusive to Indian society.”

70s Britain Cinema Essay - O Lucky Man! Movie

No Future for You: The Cinematic Image of 70s Britain

“The 70s were a tumultuous and often bleak decade for the British film industry, and this pessimism bled into its output.”

Ignacio Agüero - I Never Climbed the Provincia 2019 Documentary

OVID Shines a Light on Chilean Documentarian Ignacio Agüero

Ignacio Agüero Essay: Vague Visages’ Q.V. Hough on OVID’s streaming celebration of the Chilean documentarian.

James Cameron Movies and Feminism - Aliens

WOMAN: At the Heart of James Cameron’s Filmmaking

“If you’re looking for feminism, don’t look at James Cameron — look at his films.”

Mona Lisa Movie Film

A Quest for Happiness: On Neil Jordan’s ‘Mona Lisa’

“‘Mona Lisa’ was ahead of its time, a precursor of urban fairy tales in late 90s British cinema.”

Devil in the Flesh Movie Essay - 1986 Marco Bellocchio Film

Trapped in the Bed Frame: On Marco Bellocchio’s ‘Devil in the Flesh’

“Bellocchio’s 1986 film ‘Devil in the Flesh’ is perfectly representative of the great Italian director’s outlook.”

Heat Movie Film

Mannhunting: Exploring Masculinity in the Films of Michael Mann – Part Two

Mannhunting #2 by Bill Bria: “In Mann’s duality of man, cop and robber are, in Stevenson’s words, ‘radically both’ one and the same.”

James Caan in Thief

Mannhunting: Exploring Masculinity in the Films of Michael Mann – Part One

Mannhunting #1 by Bill Bria: “The protagonists and antagonists in Mann’s films tend to be mirror images of each other, all of them caught within masculinity’s shackles.”

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Movie Film

A Wild Ride in the Bullpen: How a Young Pedro Almodóvar Upended Genre and Gender

“For all the praise showered on Almodóvar’s later work, it lacks the wildness, freshness and exuberance of his 80s filmography, which often feels unfairly overlooked as a result.”

Dark Habits Movie Film

Nuns and ‘Dark Habits’: Spoiling God’s Servants

“By spoiling God’s servants with sex, drugs and doubt, films like Almodóvar’s ‘Dark Habits’ show that earnestly criticising the Catholic Church’s crimes is not the only way to weaken centuries of unchecked supremacy.”

Antonio Banderas in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Antonio and Almodóvar

Fedor Tot on Pedro Almodóvar’s Collaborations with Antonio Banderas

Koyaanisqatsi Documentary

Pandemic-Era Prophecies of Godfrey Reggio’s ‘Koyaanisqatsi’

“Nearly 40 years after its release, ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ continues to send signals.”

Poltergeist Movie Film

The Erosion of Family in the ‘Poltergeist’ Films

“The ‘Poltergeist’ films will remain eternally relevant as long as America and other countries keep making the same tragic mistakes over and over again, building their own haunted houses for spirits to eventually consume from within.”