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…