The 80's, 90's, and Beyond

The blockbuster trend continued throughout the 1980's and was joined by a new style of comedy geared to a younger audience. Screwball comedies such as Amy Heckerling's Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1980) appeared low on sophistication, but not on laughs. The trend of depicting youth on screen was picked up by writer and director John Hughes whose comedies such as Sixteen Candles (1984), Weird Science (1984), and The Breakfast Club (1985) offered subtle insight to the pressures facing youth in a way that hadn't been focused on in previous eras. Huge box office returns were attained by comedies such as John Landis' The Blues Brothers (1980), Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters (1984), and Martin Brests' Beverly Hills Cop (1985) whose stars had made their name through television shows like Saturday Night Live. While the 1990's had its share of Big budget films both successful (Terminator 2, 1992) and not (Waterworld,1995), the decade saw the emergence of independent films and their subsequent rise into mainstream entertainment. Quentin Tarantino exploded on the scene and was catapulted to rock star fame with the hip crime dramas Reservoir Dogs (1991) and Pulp Fiction (1994), while Neil Jordan's The Crying Game continues to receive acclaim by critics for reasons beyond shock value. As the cinema prepares to enter a new century, it seems entirely possible that changes in the medium will take place. Imagine a virtual film that allows for the audience to actually be in the story. Perhaps we'll sit in a theater and look not at a screen, but through virtual glasses that allow for the three dimensions that resemble real life. During the 1920's when the cinema was undergoing the transition to sound, there was a widely shared opinion that "talkies" would not be accepted by the public which had grown to love the silent cinema. It is inevitable that the future holds changes for the film medium, changes that will give the filmmakers of tomorrow a new ground for which to apply their creativity and dazzle audiences with movie magic.