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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781501130458
Characteristics: viii, 339 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 04, 2019

A fairly fun read, and lots of details about the iconic 80s movies most of us of that era all saw. Leaves the rails on occasion to bash any of the hints of patriotic feelings that were also part of the 80s (i.e. she makes no bones about not liking Top Gun, Tom Cruise or anything about great things from Reagan, so non-liberals be warned.) The trip down memory lane is still worth it and overall Ms. Freeman is pretty humorous. Kind of a weird fascination with the young Dan Ackroyd...can't say I ever heard a woman swoon over him as a Hollywood hunk in my life prior to reading this book. To each, their own, I suppose.

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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