What Happened To The Movies?

Two thousand and sixteen is managing to trip on by quite nicely, summer is breathing its last, and so far this year I’ve been to the cinema once, Captain America: Civil War, what happened to the movies?

Back in the glorious Eighties, 1986 to be precise, the movie world was full of grand entertaining fare and I watched a big heap of movies some I still watch these days:

Aliens, Armour of God, A Better Tomorrow, Big Trouble In Little China, Blue Velvet, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Labyrinth, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Manhunter, Platoon, Raw Deal, Stand By Me and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Now that’s a great year for movies and that’s just the movies I could find with a little help from Wikipedia but 1986 doesn’t end there here’s a list of movies from that year I’ve watched more than once but haven’t watched recently:

8 Million Ways To Die, April Fool’s Day, At Close Range, Avenging Force, Back To School, Biggles: Adventures In Time, Clockwise, Cobra, Colour of Money, Critters, Crocodile Dundee, Deadly Friend, Delta Force, Down and Out In Beverley Hills, Eye of the Tiger, F/X, Firewalker, Flight of the Navigator, The Fly, Friday the 13th Part VI, Golden Child, Heartbreak Ridge, Heat, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Highlander, Hitcher, House, Howard the Duck, Invaders From Mars, Iron Eagle, Karate Kid 2, Martial Arts of Shaolin, Maximum Overdrive, Money Pit, Name of the Rose, No Mercy, Psycho 3, Salvador, Short Circuit, TerrorVision, Three Amigos, Tough Guys, Trick or Treat, Vamp and The Wraith.

What an amazing year, what great entertainment, enjoyable movie after enjoyable movie but, and like everything, crap stank up the year with Tom Cruise in Top Gun. I hated the movie in 1986 and nothing’s changed in 2016.

Let’s for the purpose of this post compare movies 1986 to movies 1996 to 2006 and 2016 and here’s a list of movies released in the year 1996 that I’ve watched and enjoyed:

Broken Arrow, Fargo, The Frighteners, Kingpin, Escape From LA, Bordello of Blood, Maximum Risk, Last Man Standing, The Ghost and The Darkness, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Bad Moon, Star Trek: First Contact, Scream, Bottle Rocket, First Strike and Hamlet.

1996 was not a great year for the movies and I watched a whole bunch that I really didn’t enjoy:

Twister, Trainspotting, The Rock, Phenomenon, The Phantom, Mission: Impossible, Michael Collins, Michael, Mars Attacks! The Island of Dr Moreau, Independence Day, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Eraser, Daylight, Chain Reaction and The Arrival.

The 1990’s was a dismal time for movies having said that what’s the 21st century been like? Let’s check out the 2006 movies I enjoyed:

Underworld: Evolution, Wristcutters: A Love Story, Inside Man, V For Vendetta, Slither, Lucky Number Slevin, Superman Returns, Clerks 2, Idiocracy, The Departed, The Prestige, Stranger Than Fiction, Casino Royale, Déjà Vu, City of Violence, The Host, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Paprika, Tekkon Kinkreet, Curse of the Golden Flower, Dragon Tiger Gate, The Election 2, Exiled, Children of Men, Thank You For Smoking and Pan’s Labyrinth.

Movies I didn’t enjoy:

Rocky Balboa, Tenacious D, Crank, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible 3 and The Hills Have Eyes.

Though it wasn’t a great year for English language movies there were a few foreign language gems. I especially have affection for The Host, Exiled, Dragon Tiger Gate, Tekkon Kinkreet and City of Violence.

This year I’ve watched and enjoyed:

Captain America: Civil War, Batman versus Superman, Monkey King 2, Midnight Special, Deadpool, London Has Fallen and 10 Cloverfield Lane. My favourite movie, so far, this year is Monkey King 2 though I didn’t mind the rest I must say Deadpool was proclaimed as an highlight but I preferred the much maligned Batman versus Superman, it’s my favourite comic book movie of the year. I watched all of these movies, except for Cap’ America, downloaded from the World Wide Web and I’ll probably use illegal downloading to view these:

Doctor Strange, The Magnificent Seven, Yoga Hosers, Suicide Squad, Jason Bourne, Star Trek Beyond, Green Room, The Nice Guys, X-Men: Apocalypse and a big bunch of horror movies, I’m especially looking forward to watching the South Korean movie Train To Busan, from the trailer it looks insane.

Train To Busan

And of course there’s Star Wars: Rogue One, I wasn’t impressed with Godzilla, stories of re-writes and re-shoots don’t fill me with confidence but it’s Star Wars I’ll end up watching it at the pictures.


Though the 21st century can’t compare with the Eighties, movie wise, it does seem a tad more interesting than the 1990’s.


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