'80s Movie News

cast of St. Elmo's Fire 1985

Podcast: ST. ELMO’S FIRE reflects how life in the ’80s truly was “out of hand.”

St. Elmo's Fire was a response to the teen films of the 1980s, examining what happens after college.  Joel Schumacher crafted an authentic and progressive story about the emotional lives and professional ...
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Andrew McCarthy Molly Ringwald Jon Cryer Pretty in Pink

Podcast: Why PRETTY IN PINK’s OG Simp Duckie was never gonna get the girl.

Before John Hughes, a movie couldn't be made that was just about who was going to take a girl to prom. But with a high school divided into the haves and ...
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RED DAWN Patrick Swayze Lea Thompson Jennifer Grey Charlie Sheen C. Thomas Howell Darren Dalton Brad Savage

Podcast: How the U.S. Capitol insurrection can be traced back to RED DAWN

"Wolverines!" The call creates a Pavlovian swell of patriotic pride in '80s teens. John Milius' Red Dawn is one of the few teen action films of the '80s -- and definitely the ...
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Risky Business Riley Roberts

Podcast: RISKY BUSINESS Declared Women are Products and Money is all that Matters.

When you're looking to explain the 1980s, look to Risky Business. Teens were attracted to the Paul Brickman comedy by the music video featuring Tom Cruise dancing in his underpants. Running constantly on ...
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Podcast: MODERN PROBLEMS is the most off the rails look at the early ’80s crisis of masculinity.

Modern Problems (1981) is the weirdest, off the rails, PG-rated Christmas hit. It's biggest problem was turning a raunchy mature R-film into a PG one so that it could be released on ...
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9 to 5 Parton Fonda Tomlin

Podcast: 9 TO 5 is a snapshot of 1980

Pour yourself a cup of ambition, it's the 40th Anniversary of 9 to 5! Wonderfully executed as a broad office buddy comedy, 9 to 5 made a definitive impact in ...
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Stir Crazy Tara McNamara Riley Roberts

Podcast: Why STIR CRAZY’s black-white buddy comedy holds up 40 years later.

In 1980, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor's follow-up to their 1976 hit Silver Streak was highly anticipated. Despite critic's panning the film, Stir Crazy did double the business, was the 3rd highest grossing ...
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Riley Roberts The Outsiders Two Bit

Podcast: Did THE OUTSIDERS perpetuate or explore toxic masculinity?

The Outsiders is one of the most popular teen books in the 1980s, and teens couldn't wait to see the movie directed by one of the biggest names in cinema. ...
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Riley Roberts podcast Beverly Hills Cop

Podcast: BEVERLY HILLS COP blazed a new path of positive portrayals while encouraging corruption

Beverly Hills Cop was the No. 1 movie in 1984, a year that many consider one of cinema's best. As Detroit police detective Axel Foley (a role originally written for ...
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Top Gun Riley Roberts

Podcast: TOP GUN taught ’80s kids that rules were for losers.

Listen and subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher. Top Gun is an iconic '80s action classic, a blockbuster that's beloved, and a Tony Scott treasure that has been selected for preservation ...
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AIRPLANE! Otto Pilot Riley Roberts

Podcast: A 19-Year-Old Argues that AIRPLANE! Isn’t Funny Anymore — Here’s Why She’s Right.

American Film Institute lists Airplane! (1980) as one of the Top 10 Funniest Movies of All Time, and any Gen X'r would agree with that. Gen Z, not so much. ...
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the goonies, Beetlejuice, 4K Ultra HD Blu Ray

FREEBIES! We’re giving away THE GOONIES & BEETLEJUICE in 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray!

UPDATE! We have winners! Mark Perry who entered through Facebook and @KylotheCardigan from Insta. Thanks everyone who entered! If you didn't win, these 4KUHD Blu-Ray Combo Packs are now available ...
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