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Back in 1981, Brian De Palma was right in the middle of his run as The Next Hitchcock and John Travolta was close to peak stardom. They teamed up for a classic that mixes murder mystery, political conspiracy and a look behind the scenes of low-budget filmmaking. The camerawork goes for a lot of home run shots (but swings and misses sometimes). We get introduced to John Lithgow and Dennis Franz. What’s not to like? “Blow Out” was one of the first movies that made me understand how much I loved good movies (and curly redheads – thank you, Nancy Allen).

If Alfred Hitchcock had been alive to make 1980s cryptoporn, he would have made “Body Double” (1984). Let me explain. In some dark, horny corners, it’s cult classic. It launched the career of Melanie Griffith. It’s a kinky update of “Rear Window” where a claustrophobic actor replaces a bed-ridden photographer, a hard-core vixen replaces a Madison Avenue princess and Hollywood hills replace Manhattan walk-ups. Hitchcock devotee Brian De Palma wrote and directed. Frankie Goes to Hollywood makes a cameo in a music video that launched a thousand rubouts. I like to watch… uh, I mean, I liked to watch it.