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Sami Muirhead: movie nostalgia is a good antidote

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Sami Muirhead: movie nostalgia is a good antidote

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Sami Muirhead: movie nostalgia is a good antidote in these crazy times

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Our formative years make or break our taste in music and movies (and men!).

There truly are some wonderful movies currently on our big screens and if you love a trip down memory lane then you need to see Ghostbusters: Afterlife. When a single mum and her two kids arrive in a small town, they discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

The movie’s DNA is beautifully nostalgic and has shades of The Goonies when it comes to humour and comical suspense, and there are lots of tilts of the hat to the original Ghostbusters movie.

You see I adore the movies. Always have. One of my earliest memories is my grandma taking me to the heart of Brisbane in the city to see E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. I was eight. I fell in love with the movies and with ET.

I was forever thankful to my grandmother for introducing me to a world that transported me to so many other worlds. I love the smell of popcorn. I love the air-conditioning. I love the trailers. I am even a weirdo who loves the credits as I am always in awe of just how many people make a movie.


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E.T. was released in 1982 and it was a solid year for good movies. I soon spread my wings and watched all sort of genres of films. To this day I will watch and enjoy any movie except horror. I am too chicken to watch humanity inflict evil and cruelty upon others.

But it was two years later in 1984 that the big guns came out for me that remain some of my favourite movies, including Romancing the Stone, Splash, Footloose and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

However, it was Ghostbusters that stole my heart. I had a T-shirt and hyper-colour coffee cups with the Ghostbusters logo on them. I would blast the Ray Parker jr song on my cassette player from my bedroom for hours on end.

The world was obsessed with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson as the awesome foursome jumped in the Ecto-1 with their proton packs and took on Slimer ghost, Stay Puft the Marshmallow Man, The Gatekeeper and Gozer The Destroyer.

So, during these crazy times maybe a trip to the movies will make you remember simpler times when we were kids. Who you gonna call?