10 Classic ’80s Sci-fi Moments: ‘The Terminator’

#3 – “The Terminator” (1984) – “I’ll be back.” – If one is compiling any type of Top 10 List involving science fiction films from the 1980s, James Cameron’s seminal picture “The Terminator” has, has, has to be included on the list.  Have no fear, we are following the “rules”, and it just so happens that this is Cameron’s second feature on our Top 10, back-to-back actually. Well, time travel, cybernetic beings, gunplay, violence, and hair-raising chase scenes are all thrown together into a bastion of action-packed thrills, concepts and…

10 Classic ’80s Sci-fi Moments: ‘The Abyss’

#4 – “The Abyss” (1989) – Bud desperately attempts to revive Lindsey – Ed Harris seems to always bring an intensity to every role, whether he’s a mobster in “State of Grace” (1990) and “A History of Violence” (2005), an astronaut in “Apollo 13” (1995) or a legendary painter in “Pollock” (2000).  Intensity might as well be Bud Brigman’s middle name in James Cameron’s dramatic sci-fi masterwork “The Abyss”. In a scene that will trigger tears in the most hardened of hearts, Bud desperately tries to revive his wife Lindsey…

10 Classic ’80s Sci-fi Moments: ‘Blade Runner’

#5 – “Blade Runner” (1982) – Roy Batty’s “Tears in the Rain” speech – To some (including us), Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” felt five hours long, even though its runtime is less than two.  One hour and 57 minutes, actually.  It’s true! Still, there is absolutely no denying the movie’s impact on science fiction cinema that still can be felt 36 years later. Speaking of feeling, our #5 ’80s sci-fi moment comes from a replicant, an artificial being named Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer).  He knows that his “life” is ending…

10 Classic ’80s Sci-fi Moments: ‘RoboCop’

#6 – “RoboCop” (1987) – Clarence and his gang kill Murphy – Lathered with ultraviolence, wild special effects, outright terrific action set pieces, and some humor along the way, Paul Verhoeven’s “RoboCop” proudly holds up 31 years later and still towers over its sequels and one remake. One of the many reasons is the old adage that an action film is only as strong as its villain, and whoa, does this movie have its lion’s share!  A gang, in fact, led by Clarence Boddicker played by the grumpy dad in…

10 Classic ’80s Sci-fi Moments: ‘WarGames’

#7 – “WarGames” (1983) – Tic Tac Toe with Joshua – With PC sales starting to light up during the early 1980s, the nation’s fascination with computers began brightening as well.   Although “Return of the Jedi” (1983) was the big box office winner that year, “WarGames” became the surprise hit! A high school hacker, David (Matthew Broderick), believes that he hit the jackpot, when he easily finds his way into the U.S. Military.  The problem?  David accidentally ignites a supercomputer “named” Joshua who begins a countdown towards global thermal nuclear…

10 Classic ’80s Sci-fi Moments: ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’

“Twilight Zone: The Movie” (1983) – Rod Serling’s sci-fi television show “The Twilight Zone” burst with waves of ironic and sometimes sinister pomp and circumstance as well as ingenious writing for five magical seasons on CBS, so directors Joe Dante, John Landis, Steven Spielberg, and George Miller had enormous shoes to fill by taking this legendary program to the big screen.  Even though Warner Bros. made a healthy profit with 29 million dollars of box office receipts, critically, the film suffered with mixed reactions. The movie contained four episodes, and…

10 Classic ’80s Sci-fi Moments: ‘They Live’

“They Live” (1988) – Horror movie legend John Carpenter frightened millions of fans during the 1980s with”The Fog” (1980), “The Thing” (1982), and “Prince of Darkness” (1987), but he capped off the decade with a different kind of scary movie.  “They Live” (1988) was his political take on Reaganomics married with a secret alien invasion. WWE wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, of all people, plays the lead protagonist to decipher friend from foe, but of course, he naturally comes with his own brawny and mouthy bent.   Although his iconic line of…

10 Classic ’80s Sci-fi Moments: 10. ‘Time Bandits’

Art House Film Wire is strolling down Memory Lane and looking back at 10 classic moments of ’80s sci-fi!  Certainly, there are hundreds and hundreds of memorable scenes to choose, but after much blood, sweat and tears, here are 10 of our favorites! It’s time to start, so let’s begin with “Time Bandits”! “Time Bandits” (1981) – Director/writer Terry Gilliam’s fingerprints are all over this bizarre journey, as a band of time-traveling dwarfs recruit Kevin (Craig Warnock) to join them on their outta-this-world adventure.  While Gilliam employs his trademark steampunk…

Celebrate Quentin Tarantino’s birthday with a classic ‘Pulp Fiction’ clip

Writer/director Quentin Tarantino turns 55 on March 27, and ever since he burst on the scene at age 29 with “Reservoir Dogs” (1992), his films have been thrilling moviegoers for over 25 years.   He has a couple projects in the works, including a film set in 1969 during the Charles Manson murders called “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and an upcoming “Star Trek” project.  Hey, beam us up! Tarantino also steps in front of the camera on occasion, and to help celebrate the man’s birthday, here is a classic…

Enjoy the NCAA Tourney and this hilarious basketball clip

The 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament enjoyed a spectacular first weekend, and beginning on March 22, the teams of the Sweet Sixteen will compete on the hardwood to determine the ultimate Final Four.  The Tourney showcases some amazing basketball, and this hilarious from 2004’s “Along Came Polly” is amazing, even though the basketball is terrible.   Enjoy, and “Let it Rain!” Image and Trailer credits: PictureBox