Heh, remember mullets? Man. What was everyone in the 1980s and the early ‘90s even thinking? Well, we don’t know. But what we do know is that Keanu ‘never ages’ Reeves and Patrick Swayze made a Brat Pack classic right slap in the midst of the decade-straddling Mullet Years. Keanu plays an FBI agent infiltrating a gang of surfers – yes, actually – who he suspects are responsible for a series of bank robberies. And, basically, they are. The formula for a cult classic? Mullets + cheesy dialogue + a lot of skydiving.
True Romance was Tarantino before he was Tarantino (Q.T. wrote the film, but didn’t direct it or get any shots of actresses’ feet in there), but there’s still plenty of Quentin to observe in this classic: namely, big violence, lots of violence. Christian Slater does his usual Jack-Nicholson’s-eyebrows-on-someone-elses’-head thing, leading Patricia Arquette from one seedy motel to the next while lugging around a bunch of cocaine and some guns. Then everyone dies, the end.
Watch this film not for the cool Rube Goldberg-like alarm clocks or the pirate ship in the middle of a flipping cave or the “hey, you guys!” bit, but instead for the feeling of being six-years-old again, sat on a rug right in front of the TV with a warm mug of cocoa on a rainy Sunday afternoon, just watching the heck out of The Goonies. It features a young Sean Astin, a young Josh Brolin and an at-the-time-relevant Corey Feldman, but who especially cares about the cast when the film pulls as hard on the nostalgia chords as this.
No, not those Made in Chelsea kids – the original Lost Boys, led by The Two Corey’s (Haim + Feldman), pitted against a platinum blonde and pre-24 Kiefer Sutherland. Turns out Santa Carla is just teeming with vampires, and when Corey Haim’s brother Michael starts turning into one the gang decides they have to take action i.e. kill a load of vampires so all the half-vampires turn into non-vampires. That’s how vampires work, alright? Anyway, The Lost Boys is one of those couldn’t-be-made-in-any-other-decade-than-the-‘80s films, and as such is an absolute must-see.