2016 | DIR. ROSEMARY MYERS | REVIEW BY GLENN COCHRANE.
It has been argued that “retro” films have become commonplace and that the new wave of 80’s-centric titles is contrived. The last few years have given us a slew of titles such as The Way Way Back, Everybody Wants Some andPing Pong Summer – to name just a few – and they’ve all had something in common: coming-of-age stories set against nostalgic backdrops. And so rather than subscribing to the pretentious notion that retro movies are contrived, I choose to think that they reflect the generation of directors who make them. No one bulked at films of the 80s that threw back to the 1950s and 60s. Stand By Me wasn’t considered to be contrived, nor was Grease,Diner or American Graffiti. They were all the product of personal experience, and their sincerity was undeniable. The same should be said for our latest crop of “retro” goodies.