We’ve had a lot happen this week. A lot of new members, some fairly depressing news in the headlines. Thought it might be time to fire up my first “Best ever” thread. I reckon it’ll be of interest to most.
What are your favourite action films of the 1980s? I realise that picking one may be something of a stretch, so here’s three of my own to start with.
Die Hard (1988)
Spawned so many imitators and its own sequels. A complete surprise at the time. Most of us had only seen Bruce Willis in light romantic comedy roles. Our action men were big muscle-bound bastards, like a condom stretched over walnuts. This weedy shit wouldn’t wash. Except he did. Great performances, and a genius move to keep all the action in one place. The film really hasn’t aged much.
Never bettered by any of its sequels, the original 1987 Verhoeven movie is a masterpiece, a predictor of the future and funny as shit. Memorable for making a corporation almost as famous as its eponymous hero, it’s a deeply cynical view of the future of privatisation, corporate power and its indifference.
Easily the one I’ve watched the most, and zero problem with referring to this as an action film. Most of the film still holds up beautifully today, on account of it being much more character driven than many of its contemporaries. It is also a horror film, structurally. It isn’t that much different from a teen slasher movie where victims are picked off one by one. However, anyone that’s seen it already knows it’s so much more. Might be my favourite action movie of the era.