Feature: The Great Year Long 90s Movie Challenge

Following on from 2020’s 80s Movie Challenge World Geekly News decided to run another year-long movie challenge for 2021, and surprising absolutely nobody, this time we chose to focus on the 1990s. However, while our list last year was taken from the book Ultimate 80s Movies by Empire Magazine’s Helen O’Hara, for The Great Year Long 90s Movie Challenge we worked out a list of the 50 Ultimate 90s Movies ourselves. It was hard work, and a LOT of difficult decisions had to be made, but in the end, I think we came up with a good mix of the high profile and cult movies that define the decade.

This time, due to several other writing commitments, I’ve been unable to take on as many films as I did last year. You can view all the team’s 90s articles to date here and the ones I have written myself are listed below:

Feature: The Great Year Long 80s Movie Challenge

For 2020 over at World Geekly News, we’ve given ourselves the challenge of watching and writing about 50 of the most iconic movies from the 1980s. For me, rather than just do straight-up reviews, this was an opportunity to write mostly nostalgic pieces. In many of them, I share my memories of seeing those era-defining movies for the first time, as well as a few tidbits of information from behind the scenes. In a few, I have re-evaluated the film from a modern perspective, and on the very odd occasion, I hadn’t seen the film before, so share my thoughts as a newcomer.

My pieces for this series are, in part, inspired by the book Wiffle Lever to Full in which author, radio presenter and all-round jolly good chap Bob Fischer tells the story of his Geek’s Journey, partly through his childhood memories of films and TV shows he loved growing up in the 70s and 80s, and partly through his challenge to attend as many science-fiction and fantasy conventions as he can in one year. Reading that book made me realise that people might actually be interested in my own stories.

You can view the World Geekly News team’s collection of pieces in The 80s Movie Challenge here, but these, below, are the ones written by me:

Feature: Nostalgia Done Right

Nostalgia Done Right is World Geekly News’ occasional look at the films and shows which trade in retro-goodness but don’t just use obvious era-appropriate music, fashion, props etc for a quick response of “Oh, I remember that…”. The callbacks they make to the bygone times and the beloved properties they reference come from a place of love:

  • Cobra Kai is set in the modern-day but it employs nostalgia for the 1980s, not just as a reminder for what has gone before for fans of the films, but it’s also used as a means of looking at the motivations of its two main adult characters and why they turned out the way they did.
  • Ashes To Ashes followed up Life On Mars with typical Eighties style and brought Gene Hunt’s story to a beautiful close with a circular twist. However, nostalgia in the adventures of DI Alex Drake doesn’t just act as a tool to remind us of the setting – nostalgia itself becomes an important clue to understanding what’s going on.

So far there have been two instalments, but I plan to expand on it with other retro-loving properties.