‘Five films of’ is back this week with 1980. As you can see by the films above, we have quite a collection. I have tried to avoid the completely obvious choices, so no Star Wars, Superman or The Blues Brothers, but two of the films are pretty big.

Airplane!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: Shirley the best comedy ever.

So many jokes in one film. It’s a classic and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn’t laugh at least once during it.

The plot almost doesn’t matter, but when half of the passengers and all the cockpit crew of a plane get food poisoning, it’s up to disgraced war vet Ted Striker to save the day. That doesn’t even sound like a comedy. Trust me, it’s hilarious

The Fog

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: It’s foggy.

Not John Carpenters best, but a decent horror film with plenty of suspense. The people who run the fog machine company would have made a mint on this film.

Also worth a watch to see Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis on screen together.

Smokey And The Bandit II

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: A childhood treat.

My childhood memories of films, frequently revolves around watching The Canonball Run films, The Gumball Rally and this. They were always on TV.

This one was great. Lots of chasing, Dom DeLuise, Sally Field, Burt Reynolds and elephants. What more could you want. I watched this more than the original and definitely more than the third which only has Burt back in a cameo. Good family film.

Popeye

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: Feed me spinach.

I can’t tell you a lot about this film, as I last watched it over twenty-five years ago. So it’s a bit of a recommendation for myself as well.

It could be rubbish but my star rating is based on my IMDB score for it. So go watch it. Live action Popeye, what could go wrong?

The Shining

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: It’s what I plan to do when I write my novel. Minus the killing.

Here’s Johnny! It sounds like the perfect idea. Go and live in a hotel for the winter as caretaker, and write your novel. What could go wrong? Well after an audiobook listening to Stephen King on writing, little did I know The Shining is unintentionally him writing about himself. Again, minus the murder. But an alcoholic writer was exactly what he was at the time.

Anyway, whatever he thinks of the film, I love it. One of my all time favourite horrors, and I probably watched it way too young. Think I must have been around eleven.

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