Life Moves Pretty Fast

Life Moves Pretty Fast

The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies (and Why We Don't Learn Them From Movies Anymore)

Book - 2016
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From Vogue contributor and Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman, a personalized guide to eighties movies that describes why they changed movie-making forever--featuring exclusive interviews with the producers, directors, writers and stars of the best cult classics.

For Hadley Freeman, movies of the 1980s have simply got it all. Comedy in Three Men and a Baby , Hannah and Her Sisters , Ghostbusters , and Back to the Future ; all a teenager needs to know in Pretty in Pink , Ferris Bueller's Day Off , Say Anything , The Breakfast Club , and Mystic Pizza ; the ultimate in action from Top Gun , Die Hard , Beverly Hills Cop , and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ; love and sex in 9 1/2 Weeks , Splash , About Last Night , The Big Chill , and Bull Durham ; and family fun in The Little Mermaid , ET , Big , Parenthood , and Lean On Me .

In Life Moves Pretty Fast , Hadley puts her obsessive movie geekery to good use, detailing the decade's key players, genres, and tropes. She looks back on a cinematic world in which bankers are invariably evil, where children are always wiser than adults, where science is embraced with an intense enthusiasm, and the future viewed with giddy excitement. And, she considers how the changes between movies then and movies today say so much about society's changing expectations of women, young people, and art--and explains why Pretty in Pink should be put on school syllabuses immediately.

From how John Hughes discovered Molly Ringwald, to how the friendship between Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi influenced the evolution of comedy, and how Eddie Murphy made America believe that race can be transcended, this is a "highly personal, witty love letter to eighties movies, but also an intellectually vigorous, well-researched take on the changing times of the film industry" ( The Guardian ).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, c2016
ISBN: 9781501130458
Branch Call Number: 791.43 Free
Characteristics: viii, 339 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 20, 2017

An amusing, if facile, look at 80s movies and culture. If you grew up with these movies, you'll probably enjoy it, even though you might find the author's blithe, shallow style annoying. A book that deals with a similar subject, but goes a little deeper is "Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now." The tile, of course, comes from "Ferris Bueller," and I think she gives the character far too much credit, as he is kind of a horrible friend to poor Cameron.

Jul 26, 2016

For fans of social humor, film analysis, and sardonic wit. Deep fun.

TSCPL_StaffPicks Jul 20, 2016

Loved this in-depth look at several movies that defined the 80's! There are lots of behind the scene details and its well-researched. Its a very fun read!

Jun 03, 2016

A laugh-out-loud romp through your favorite 80’s movies. Oodles of movie tidbits, interviews with directors, and surprisingly in-depth commentary on film creation and social critique.

Apr 06, 2016

A superbly fun book full of great tidbits on your favourite 80's movies, but paired with some surprisingly in-depth discussion of movie and social critique. Freeman clearly loves her topic (who wouldn't), and is quite passionate about young James Spader and young Dan Aykroyd (again, who wouldn't be?). Her discussions of Pretty in Pink, When Harry Met Sally, Dirty Dancing, The Princess Bride and Ghostbusters were the best of the book. Her later chapters on social class, racism and feminism were great, but seemed to be missing the aura of fun the earlier chapters had. A fun read - highly recommended for everyone who loves 80's movies, and (even though it's only April I'm calling it already) one of the best non-fiction books of 2016.

CMLReads_Kris Mar 16, 2016

I thought this would be just a fun nostalgic read, but I was fascinated by the comparisons of today's culture verses the culture during the 1980s. I highly recommend this book to fans of John Hughes films.


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