Flight Of The Navigator (1986)

A fun film with great (for the time) special effects. Flight Of The Navigator, like most films I saw in the 1980's was girlfriend friendly. But to see Star Trek IV or 2010: The Year We Make Contact I had to pay by seeing *at least* three John Hughes films!
June 1986
On the back of the clipping: $7.69 for a Tahbilk cabernet sauvingnon. Fetch the time machine, Jeeves

The Terminator

I regret that I never saw The Terminator at the cinema. I was 19 and much too busy being in love, getting my drivers license and playing in a band. But as always, I still found the time to cut the movie ad out of the paper.
December 1984
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Salem's Lot (1980)

I saw Salem's Lot on TV rather than this edited cinema version and I remember it being quite scary. I also remember being surprised at how well David Soul could act.
From The Sun newspaper March 20 1980
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Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii / Rust Never Sleeps

My older brother took me to see this in 1979 or 1980. As an impressionable teenager this was the most mind blowing double feature I've ever seen and hugely influential on my future musical life.  I smuggled in cassette player (actually a massive ghetto blaster - the Mayfair cinema was pretty relaxed) and recorded the whole thing.

The Awakening

An old-school horror film released in 1980 in the midst of a slasher and zombie film explosion. Needless to say it was a box office dud. I didn't see it but I loved the poster enough to add to my newspaper clippings collection.
On the back of the clipping: a bottle of 1976 Wynns Coonawarra Hermitage then for sale at $2.75 recently sold at auction for a grand total of.... $27.50. Like The Awakening it hasn't aged very well.

Urgh! A Music War

Here's an obscure one for you. The Police were the draw card, but they were only one of twenty eight bands in this film of live performances from mainly UK punk/new wave bands.
On the back of the clipping: note the 'Tandoori Turkey' Christmas dinner from Moghul

Monty Python's Life Of Brian

After Star Trek: TMP, Alien and uh, Moonraker this was my next favourite movie of 1979. What fourteen year old scifi nerd didn't like Monty Python? The best of the Python movies by far.
The Sun, November 14 1979
On the back of the clipping: the 'You Asked For It' column sounds like a Monty Python sketch itself..

The Shape Of Things To Come

This was the crappiest of crappy Star Wars rip offs. Made in Canada (not Italy for once). It was bad, not in a 'so bad its good' way, just plain bad.
August 23 1979
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I have no idea why I cut this out of the newspaper in 1980. I wasn't at all interested in anything related to Olivia Newton-John and I was devastated ELO one of my favourite bands was involved. Still, Xanadu is a very catchy song....
August 1980
On the back of the clipping: cricket, cricket, cricket

Airport '80: The Concorde

I never saw this film at the time, but I always looked forward to the dramatic 'Airport' movie posters. This one was no exception, promising action and excitement. Much more than the film delivered.
December 5 1979
On the back of the clipping: Riteway supermarkets!

Time Bandits

Monty Python-esque, funny and surreal, this was one of Terry Gilliam's best films and one of the bright spots of my 1981, a year filled with ever increasing school and family angst.
December 10 1981
On the back of the clipping: cheap furniture when 'colonial' was the design de jour

The Nude Bomb

I was a huge Get Smart fan so naturally I cut this clipping out but I didn't bother seeing the film. I was too busy seeing the dozens of sci-fi films released in 1980. By all accounts the film lived up to its title. Bomb, that is.
October 30 1980
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