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The Brat Pack: Celebrate Warner Bros’ 90th anniversary with heat’s epic film list

Warner Bros. turns 90 years old this year, and to celebrate we are rootling around in their archives, blowing huge plumes of dust from those decrepit old reels, and checking out the classics we’ve been missing out on. Well, sort of. Basically Warner did the dust-blowing hard work for us by reissuing 90 of their best movies on Blu-Ray DVD, but whatever. It was a metaphor.

Anyway, to celebrate, we’re looking back at some of the big screen highlights of the ‘80s and early ‘90s and planning a bumper film night on the sofa in our pyjamas. Want in? Of course you want in. Scour the list below for cinematic inspiration, and bring a big bag of Revels with you. You. Are. Invited.

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Point Break
Point Break
Point Break
 
Point Break

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
True Romance
True Romance
 
True Romance

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.

The Goonies
The Goonies
The Goonies
 
The Goonies

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.

The Lost Boys
The Lost Boys
The Lost Boys
 
The Lost Boys

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.

 
 

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