'80s Movie News

Tara McNamara on The Hays Gaze, Mondays in July on TCM

Watch our TCM Special: “The Hays Gaze” airing in July!

Before there was G, PG and R, and definitely before PG-13, there was The Production Code. Willam H. Hays was hired by the studios collectively to create and administer a ...
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ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET is the book we loved in 1970 — and it’s the Mother’s Day movie we’re thrilled to get now!

What girl of the 1970s and '80 (and beyond) didn’t try the exercise “We must, we must, we must increase our bust!� Judy Blume’s novel, “Are You There God? It’s ...
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CONFESS, FLETCH’s Annie Mumolo Spills Secrets from the Set

https://youtu.be/XN8fzpWi2ns In Confess, Fletch, Annie Mumolo elevates a character trope into a character for the ages. One-upping the Gladys Kravitz and Stanley Roper nosy neighbors of yore, Mumolo's "Eve" is ...
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Why You Need to See CONFESS, FLETCH ….Twice

If you're a Fletch fan (and who isn't?), the release of Confess, Fletch, the third film in the Fletch series, is both exciting and vexing. Fans want a new movie, ...
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Why GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE is the movie we need right now

When anyone postulates, "Who ya gonna call?" most everyone smiles, knowing the 3-syllable answer. Thirty-seven years have passed since the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man pounded the streets of New York, but ...
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INTERVIEW: David Henrie explains why he & Selena Gomez made an ’80s teen comedy for today’s moviegoers

https://youtu.be/VIvZwnOFrIs If you're reading this, you likely share the same opinion as David Henrie and Selena Gomez: what the world needs now is an '80s teen comedy. There's something buoyantly ...
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Podcast: Racism, rape culture & Jake Ryan: How SIXTEEN CANDLES influenced a generation

Humorously showing the emotional pain of teenagers aching for true love amid the social expectations of high school, Sixteen Candles turned a teen sex comedy into an pop cultural phenomenon that was watched by every '80s kid. ...
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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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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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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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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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