Night Boat

“She is the fairies’ midwife…”

Creepy, pretentious in all the right ways, and way ahead of its time, this 1981 Duran Duran video predates Michael Jackson’s more-famous Thriller.

Crafted by Highlander director Russell Mulcahy, it mixes zombies, scuttling crabs, and lead singer Simon Le Bon gravely intoning Shakespeare while staring pensively at … something.

The British Fab Five might not have sold as many records as, say, Madonna, but their impact on the MTV generation is undeniable.

No one worked with as much style as they did, pumping out elegant mini-movies, each one unique.

Take me back to my rockin’ childhood.


Sing Street

He did it all for the nookie.

Trying to impress an older girl, a bumbling but well-meaning high school kid starts a band in ’80s Ireland in this clever, music-filled, feel-good romantic comedy.

Yanked out of a private academy and tossed in with the ruffians at public school, young Conor discovers his greatest joy is making videos like his MTV idols.

That morphs into singing (and writing) his own songs, launching a band, and discovering some cold, hard truths about his family and friends.

The pinch or two of reality makes his hard-fought happiness shine even brighter, however.


Blade Runner

“Time to die…”

It is one of the most profoundly sad moments in film history, as Roy Batty, a replicant who is violent because that is how his masters made him, departs this mortal coil.

Delivering a searing monologue which he wrote himself, Rutger Hauer looms over badly-injured former cop Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who lies in a rooftop puddle.

“All those moments will be lost in time … like tears in rain.”

He’s talking about his own fragile dreams, but Batty could also be describing the memories of film fans.

Shards of cinema, here one moment, gone the next.