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Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Directors: George Armitage
A disappointingly low showing for one of the best comedy thrillers of the '90s. Great cast (John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd as a professional hitman!), great script, killer soundtrack. Read Review
The Lost Boys (1987)
Director: Joel Schumacher
Vampires, mullets and the Frog Brothers in '80s California, this was the Buffy of its time, a guiltily pleasurable blend of comedy and horror. If you're in your 30s and remotely cool, this was a big part of your adolescence. Read Review
Spider-Man (2002)
Director: Sam Raimi
A home run for Raimi, proving that a director of bonkers, low-budget horrors could helm a gargantuan summer blockbuster apparently effortlessly, and still manage to crowbar in a role for Bruce Campbell. Read Review
Beauty And The Beast (1991)
Directors: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Disney's 30th animated feature well and truly announced that the studio's doldrum years of the '80s were now over, and that The Little Mermaid was no fluke. Read Review
American Psycho (2000)
Director: Mary Harron
The appalling violence of Bret Easton Ellis' supposedly unfilmable early '90s novel was understandably toned down, but Christian Bale's Bateman (his arrival as a grown-up star) remains terrifying, and the critique of '80s avarice remains undiluted. Read Review

The Cat Concerto (1947)
Directors: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
The 29th Tom And Jerry one-reeler is one of only three shorts to make the 500, and it's easy to see why. Eschewing the domestic setting of most T&J efforts, The Cat Concerto takes a simple, daft premise - Tom is a concert pianist trying to play Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No.2; Jerry, attempting to sleep in the piano, stops him - and milks it for every last drop of comedy and invention. As ever, the violence is mouth-wateringly brutal, but there is a real playfulness here, too; watch Tom's pinkie elastically elongate to reach a top note. The key to its greatness, though, is the exquisiteness of the animation, be it realising the snobbishness in Tom's maestro or perfectly matching the mayhem to music. The funniest, most beautifully realised seven minutes and 49 seconds you could ever have the good fortune to see. Bravo!

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